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Hey all,

 

Which songs can you relate to regarding how you feel about/after deconversion? Any genre will do.

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Slash -Nothing to Say

 

Black Sabbath- God is Dead?

 

 

The lyrics to both of these songs really hit home with me. There have been times that I cranked it to 11 and sang along as loud as I could.

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I spent 25 years as a strict fundy Baptist. I missed out on so much during this time.

Shortly after deconversion when the huge weight of religion's guilt and judgement fell from my shoulders I heard Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life and it really moved me.

 

I'll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
I'll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once will smile and take me in
And I'll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And on I'll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

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Tom Waits - God's Away on Business

 

Nirvana - Ain't it a shame

 

Maryilyn Manson - The Fight song

 

XTC - Dear God

 

Bad Religion - God's Love

 

Slayer - Jesus Saves

 

Tool - Opiate

 

NIN - Terrible Lie

 

George Gershwin - It Ain't Necessarily So

 

John Lennon - Imagine

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers -  Shallow Be Thy Game

 

Dan Fogelberg - Part of the Plan

 

Rush - Roll the Bones, Faithless, Free Will, Peaceable Kingdom

 

Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over, Heavenly Bank Account

 

A Perfect Circle - Judith

 

The Animals - Sky Pilot

 

NoFX - Best God in Show

 

Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours

 

Elvis Costello - God's Comic

 

Bryan Steeksma - Reason

 

Ani Difranco - What if No One's Watching

 

NIN - Heresy

 

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

 

Lacuna Coil - Heaven's a Lie

 

 

I like music  :D

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Awesome. I love getting to know new music. :D

 

One of mine: yesterday I listened to "Dishes" by Pulp and I nearly cried. It's a "return to sanity" song I think.

 

"I'd like to make this water wine,

But that's impossible

I've got to get these dishes dry

And I'm not worried that I will never touch the stars

'Cause stars belong up in heaven, and the Earth is where we are

And aren't you happy just to be alive?

Anything's possible, and you've got no cross to bear tonight, no, not tonight

And I'm not Jesus though I have the same initials"

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In no particular order...

 

Three Days Grace

  • "Burn"
  • "Just Like You"
  • "Home"
  • "Scared"
  • "Let You Down"
  • "Wake Up"
  • "Overrated"
  • "Riot"
  • "Get Out Alive"
  • "Let It Die"
  • "Over and Over"
  • "Gone Forever"
  • "Bitter Taste"
  • "The Good Life"

Pantera

  • "Walk"

Everclear

  • "Father of Mine"
  • "Normal Like You"

Breaking Benjamin

  • "I Will Not Bow"

Rush

  • "Tom Sawyer"

R.E.M.

  • "Losing My Religion"

Blue October

  • "Razorblade"
  • "James"
  • "Dirt Room"
  • "Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek"
  • "Hate Me"
  • "Ten A.M. Love Song"
  • "Chameleon Boy"
  • "Into the Ocean"
  • "Angel"

Linkin Park

  • "Guilty All the Same"
  • "Castle of Glass"
  • "Numb"
  • "Breaking the Habit"
  • "Papercut"
  • "Bleed it Out"

Avenged Sevenfold

  • "This Means War"
  • "Hail to the King"

AC/DC

  • "Hell's Bells"
  • "Highway to Hell"

Imagine Dragons

  • "Lost Cause"

Red

  • "Feed the Machine"

Rev Theory

  • "Justice"

The Offspring

  • "Rise and Fall"
  • "Let's Hear it for Rock Bottom"
  • "Nothingtown"
  • "Takes Me Nowhere"
  • "Half-Truism"

Thousand Foot Krutch

  • "Welcome to the Masquerade"

Rammstein

  • "Sonnne"
  • "Du Hast"

Godsmack

  • "Serenity"
  • "Whatever"
  • "Keep Away"
  • "Bad Religion"
  • "Straight Out of Line"
  • "Faceless"
  • "Changes"
  • "I Stand Alone"
  • "Re-Align"
  • "I Fucking Hate You"
  • "Releasing the Demons"
  • "I Am"
  • "Speak"
  • "The Enemy"

Frank Sinatra

  • "My Way"

Dio

  • "Holy Diver"

Marilyn Manson

  • "(s)AINT"
  • "Tainted Love"
  • "Disposable Teens"
  • "Sweet Dreams"

Twisted Sister

  • "We're Not Gonna Take It"

Papa Roach

  • "Getting Away with Murder"

 

I'll add more as I think of them. Some of them will be posted by others in this thread.

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The Police - Oh My God

 

Oh my God you take the biscuit
Treating me this way
Expecting me to treat you well
No matter what you say.
How can I turn the other cheek
It's black and bruised and torn
I've been waiting
Since the day that I was born.

 

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The Police - Oh My God

 

Oh my God you take the biscuit

Treating me this way

Expecting me to treat you well

No matter what you say.

How can I turn the other cheek

It's black and bruised and torn

I've been waiting

Since the day that I was born.

 

 

a fellow fan of the band the police. You just got yourself an up vote. 

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[ . . . ]

 

Tool - Opiate

 

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A Perfect Circle - Judith

 

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I like music  biggrin.png

 

Ravenstar, whatever else happens in the messed up world of ours, you will always be dear to my heart for including both Tool and APC in your list! jesus.gif

 

Since these two songs have already been listed, I want to add this one by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers--"Atheists Don't Got No Songs." I don't know if we have any bluegrass lovers on this site, but no list of deconversion songs is complete without it.

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Anything by Tori Amos.

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Anything by Tori Amos.

 

That's what I came into here to say! I've adored Tori since the 90s and have all her albums, but since deconverting, the lyrics mean so much more to me.

 

 

And relevant to the OP, I happened across this link while googling for something else: http://www.michaelnugent.com/2013/01/30/75-songs-for-atheists-agnostics-and-freethinkers/

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Awesome lists!

 

I've come back to my teenage years a bit; I listened a lot to "bad religion". I like to relisten to it and connect back to the feelings/thoughts I hada at the time. Now I see that when I was 18 I was so close to leaving christianity. A shame that I became a member of that christian student group and radicalized there. But this music really reminds me that I was quite frustrated with xtianity at the time, making me sympathize with/respect that teenager version of me more! :)

 

I like how my perception of music has changed after deconversion. Another example, I love the song "imagine" by john lennon. There is a nice cover by jack johnson. This suggested that jack johnson is an unbeliever himself, which triggered me to pay attention to other lyrics by him, and I noticed some sentences in other songs by him that confirm my suspicion. Not that I care a lot about what someone (dis)believes, but it's just funny! ;)

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Squalloscopes- Big Houses (



It seems to be about someone rejecting religions/Catholicism and I think many here could relate to it! 

Particularly this line: 'In the circle 'round the kitchen table, I say my amens because I feel blessed, secretly hoping while joining hands that they can't feel my trembling fingertips'

 

And my favourite: I want trees instead of gravestones, nothing to confess!

I love love love this song =)

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Squalloscopes- Big Houses (

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It seems to be about someone rejecting religions/Catholicism and I think many here could relate to it!

 

Particularly this line: 'In the circle 'round the kitchen table, I say my amens because I feel blessed, secretly hoping while joining hands that they can't feel my trembling fingertips'

 

And my favourite: I want trees instead of gravestones, nothing to confess!

I love love love this song =)

I was listening to this song at the moment I realized I no longer believe.

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Squalloscopes- Big Houses (

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It seems to be about someone rejecting religions/Catholicism and I think many here could relate to it!

 

Particularly this line: 'In the circle 'round the kitchen table, I say my amens because I feel blessed, secretly hoping while joining hands that they can't feel my trembling fingertips'

 

And my favourite: I want trees instead of gravestones, nothing to confess!

I love love love this song =)

I was listening to this song at the moment I realized I no longer believe.

 

This song is really what sealed the deal for me when I heard it and really paid attention to the lyrics.

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I've been listening to some of Roy Zimmerman on youtube, his songs are more comedy but they are quite fun. At least I think so, depends what you're looking for tongue.png  Think he may have song on other subjects, but not sure - only listened to his Christian stuff.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvJ1qhPIgmNq2tZIhUBxCQ

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I'd recommend David Bazan's "Curse Your Branches" if you want something a little more melancholy, and Quiet Company's "We Are All Where We Belong" for something more uplifting and triumphant. Also, you should check out Tim Minchin's songs for some comic relief! 

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I had been told all my life the story about the difficult journey of the lonely Christian in a secular world. They didn't mention how it is for the lone unbeliever in a Christian world.  The sense of alienation is intense.  People are strange when you're a stranger...

 

"People Are Strange" -- sung by the Doors.

People are strange when you're a stranger 
Faces look ugly when you're alone 
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted 
Streets are uneven when you're down 

When you're strange 
Faces come out of the rain 
When you're strange 
No one remembers your name 
When you're strange 
When you're strange 
When you're strange 

People are strange when you're a stranger 
Faces look ugly when you're alone 
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted 
Streets are uneven when you're down 

When you're strange 
Faces come out of the rain 
When you're strange 
No one remembers your name 
When you're strange 
When you're strange 
When you're strange 

When you're strange 
Faces come out of the rain 
When you're strange 
No one remembers your name 
When you're strange 
When you're strange 
When you're strange

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One that's been stuck in my head for so long!

 

It's Alright, It's Ok. by Ashley Tisdale

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