The absence of God will bring you comfort, baby
And planning's for the poor so let's pretend that we're rich
And I'm not my body or how I choose to destroy it
Folk singers sing songs for the working, baby

We're just recreation for all those doctors and lawyers
There's no relief for the bleeding heart
Because they'll be losing bodies tonight

And Rob says you love, love, love, and then you die
I've watched him while sleeping and seen him crying with closed eyes
And you're not happy but you're funny and I'm tripping over my joy
But I just keep on getting up again

We could be daytime drunks if we wanted
We'd never get anything done that way, baby
And we'd still be ruled by our dueling perspectives
And I'm not my perspective
Or the lies I'll tell you every time

And Morgan says maybe love won't let you down
All of your failures are training grounds
And just as your back's turned you'll be surprised, she says
As your solitude subsides

And Mike, I'll teach you how to swim
If you turn the bad in me into good again

And I say there's trouble
When everything is fine
The need to destroy things
Creeps up on me every time
Just as love's silhouette appears
I close my eyes and disappear tonight

And something's got to change
Because our love's the slowest moving train


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The Absence of God song meanings
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    General CommentPart of my rant can be seen in my reply to XianSnake above, but my interpretation of this song, regardless of what she meant when writing it, is that the absence of god DOES bring me comfort. For years I felt bad because I couldn't figure out what religion felt right to me and even with church involvement and religious friends, I could never swallow Christianity or religion in general. Then I started reading and journaling and discovered that there ARE no gods.

    But back to the song... to me it reads as some have said above, like an exploration of lifestyles without the presence of religion. Freedom to act in a way that seems sensible to the individual, and freedom to explore other people's beliefs without guilt - "we could be daytime drunks if we wanted to, but we'd never get anything done"; "Rob says..."; "Morgan says..."

    "And I say there's trouble, when everything is fine" means that when things are static and unchanging, we are not growing as a people. She feels the need to "destroy" things, to shake them up.

    All in all I think this song is about everyone's search for truth and meaning in life, and how they are reflected in society.
    lilygreenon September 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know the meaning behind "you're not happy but you're funny, and i'm tripping over my joy?" I can relate to it personally...one of my best friends is depressed but has the greatest sense of humor I've ever encountered, and has made me about the happiest person in the world. But I'm puzzled as to what it means in relation to the song.
    ace1111on January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd I say there's trouble When everything is fine The need to destroy things Creeps up on me every time ...so true
    reclusenjon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing...that's all I can say
    jimadkinsloveron December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenton light inspection, I would say that this song explains that without the idea of some omnipotent, objective being watching our actions here on earth, we don't feel guilty for the stupid, mean, and wasteful things we do. it's the same idea behind the concept that if our actions aren't remembered, they are meaningless. this is the atheist's one saving grace. while the religeous person has the advantage of 'knowing' that they have life after death, and an absolute scale of good and evil, the atheist has the wondeful advantage of 'knowing' that none of their actions mean shit, and as long as none of it bites them in the ass before they die, they are ok.
    shoezon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnd Morgan says, maybe love won't let you down
    All of your failures are training grounds
    And just as your back's turned you'll be surprised she says
    As your solitude subsides

    I love that line. it gives me chills everytime i hear it.
    Every failure i've made i've learned from it and as i look back on it, it wasn't such a big deal after all.
    hannahbearon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcoming from a recovering drug addicts perspective, she says, "I am not my body, or how I choose to destroy it," I think she's basically saying that only you are truly responsible for what you do. Nobody can make excuses and blame anyone else, because in the end all you have is you. You can think your way out of anything, and this song chronicles the thought processes of someone who realizes this.
    xedenxon March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love when she's singing about Rob, who seems lonely yet hopeful about love. The whole song is just very well-written and beautiful.
    nyssaneon June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what religion they are?
    luckymrbritesideon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentright you are, luckymrbriteside. thats what i think the songs about too.

    i tend to think this song is about different philisophies on life. every few lines is a different perspective or idea... we love love love and die, were just recreations for doctors and lawyers, love wont let you down, youre not what you do to your body, you learn from your failures...etc. etc.

    i think it about what you believe when you dont believe in god (hence the name of the song). but i could be way off.
    ohpioneeron July 28, 2005   Link

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