I bought a fifty-year-old album "The Good Book" by Melanie while on holiday and it inspired this story here.
I think the Bible has some good moral codes but a lot of terrible ideas as well and often the right-wing Christians take those to oppress others.
I know and am friendly with a lot of wonderful religious people who know and practice moral values.
This is a vaguely good playlist to uplift your soul and some may touch on religion but all will make you feel better and give you good feelings, well they do for me and I hope they do for me too.
So here we go, listen to these and you will feel good, I promise.
"The Good Book" by Melanie Safka
I really didn't expect the beauty of this song, lyrically beautiful, I chose one set in my linked post but here are some more.
Give the poet a poem and the singer a song
And then tell us you love us
So we don't feel alone.
"I Still Have Faith In You" by ABBA
When ABBA released "Voyage", I was a little apprehensive. I like a lot of their music, and when they hit they really do hit the target, but I often find their albums patchy, even though I have every one of them.
I played this when I bought it on a recommendation, the first time I thought it was OK. Then I played it again and this song, starts out slightly trit but the chorus is absolutely gorgeous, and the songs on the rest of the album started to fall into place.
I now think this is their best album ever, and this song is just perfect and does not sound trite at all now to me.
I still have faith in you
It stands above the crazy things we did
It all comes down to love
"Converted" by The Alabama 3
This is a fire and brimstone call to worship, probably not what you would expect but I love this band and think they are one of the greatest live experiences that you will ever see.
Lots of their songs have an evangelical feel and below is the story of when I took an atheist friend of mine to see them.
Now all sing
"Let's Go Back To Church
Let's Go Back To Church
Been So Damned Long Since I Sang This Song
Let's Go Back To Church"
"Estimated Prophet" by The Grateful Dead
This is probably the song that got me into the Grateful Dead, it is unusually in 7/4 time and while not religious as such, I think its chorus and the use of the word prophet in the title, deserve its inclusion in this playlist.
California, preaching on the burning shore
California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know, I'm gonna shine
"Lazarus" by David Bowie
I think this was written when David realised the end of his time on earth was near. It does sound ominous but is a narration of looking down from heaven, but it is still a wonderful song with lots of pertinent points in the lyrics.
Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now
"Angels" by Robbie Williams
Probably his best-loved song, and a good way to complete this playlist, full of emotion, and hope that you have enjoyed these selections. They are all favourites of mine.
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call
She won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead
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