Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Atheist in New York

Whilst reading a topic over on the Richard Dawkins forum, about Richard's description of himself as a "cultural Christian", and having recently read several articles about the power of Christian fundamentalism in the US, I got the line "I'm a Christian, I'm a cultural Christian" (sung to the tune of "I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien" from Sting's "Englishman in New York") stuck in my head, temporarily knocking out the chorus from Mel & Kim's "Respectable" that has been lodged there since 1987.

After a few days of that, I decided the only way to get it out would be to write the whole song, so I did, and here it is:

I don't drink nonsense I take facts my dear
I like my brain to remain unfried
And you can hear it in my logic when I talk
I'm an Atheist in New York

See me walking down Fifth Avenue
A God Delusion here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
I'm an Atheist in New York

I'm an alien I'm a rational alien
I'm an Atheist in New York
I'm an atheist but I'm a cultural Christian
I'm an Atheist in New York

Now I've got Mel and Kim back in my head again... I ain't ever gonna be respectable! (Respectable)

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