"his truth is marching on" as written by and Mike Doughty....
They say that God is great
They say that God is love and I believe them
Dont fear the random fate
I trust the hand of the Almighty and the infinite

His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on

Let me know your enormity
And my tininess
And help me see your infinity
And my finiteness

And Im fucking starved for love
I deeply need to feel connection with the infinite
I want the nourishment
I need to drink it just like water, and it will sustain me

His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on

Let me know your enormity
And my tininess
And help me see your infinity
And my finiteness

My heart is yearning now
My arms are aching for some girl
Or other, didnt want me
And still I need you more
Need you to soothe this searing sadness
And the nameless gnawing

His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching

His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on

Let me know your enormity
And my tininess
And help me see your infinity
And my finiteness and


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"His Truth Is Marching On" as written by Mike Doughty

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    General CommentI just realized that he uses nameless gnaw in both "His Truth Is Marching On" and "Tremendous Brunettes." Just pointing that out. I figured I would just add something since this song hasn't gotten any comments yet.

    You can look at this song as Mike talking about God in which that would make sense since he has travelled around the world seeing many different cultures and their religions. This song could be about him referring to everyone having their own image of god and how there's no evidence saying one person is right about God.

    Perhaps it's about a girl as it seems obvious to be. He's been in love, and she didn't want him. It seems though that it wasn't just a one time thing. He's having a hard time finding a girl that's right for him, perhaps that may intertwine with the God reasoning about how everyone has their own opinion about God and he just needs to find one that he believes in.
    hellothisispaulon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMike posted a blog about this song. I thought it might be helpful:



    Somebody wrote me, angry about "His Truth." Again. I wrote her back saying, respectfully, that she seemed angry at this God she didn't believe in. She got PISSED. A friend of hers forwarded an IM exchange.

    Here's my response:

    Dear David:

    Does she know so much about my life to say that bad shit isn't going down?

    I do believe somebody who sees the sorrow in the world and gets pissed off that people believe in a God that's not intervening--rather than, say, FEMA--has an implicit beef with a God that's not paying attention.

    It's baffling to me that to believe in God means:

    a) I believe in an interventionist God the Dude, rather than a more fluid idea.

    b) spirituality has eliminated fear/struggle in my life. You can call it ignorance, but it's not always bliss.

    c) I'm endorsing Christianity/"salvation"/some other dogmatic, organized belief system. That spirituality = religion.

    I don't have a dogmatic idea of what God is; it changes almost from day to day. Sometimes it's the spirit of humanity, sometimes it's Love, sometimes it's music, sometimes it's The Cosmos (yeah, cornball), and somethimes that old, paternal God the Dude. Among other things. Personally, that's essential to my spiritual consciousness.

    "He had no interest in addressing what is widely acknowledged to be THE major question in christianity."

    You're right, I have no interest in addressing that. Personally, it's irrelevant to my spiritual life.

    "...he's ultimately afraid of uncertainty."

    Yep. And not only the terror of confronting the future, but uncertainty itself. Fear isn't gonna change anything, it's just gonna cost you sleep. We live on a ball of dirt hurtling through space, buses and trucks are everywhere, bird flu may be imminent; every day is an act of faith.

    Why is an endorsement of spiritual consciousness by nature smug? "This milkshake tastes great." "Fuck you for praising a milkshake that I don't have!"

    Is it a contest? Does the most peaceful guy win? Does anybody win?

    Why does one have to take "I trust the hand of the almighty and the infinite" at face value, not an metaphor? Are you hearing "the almighty" and not "the infinite"?

    The lyric is "Don't fear the random fate." Where am I denying the existence of randomness in that sentence? The first part of the lyric's about the pointlessness of fear. And the second part: doesn't fate mean a predetermined (and implicity gloomy) course of life? The lyric isn't "don't fear the bad shit that randomly occurs in life." The lyric refutes the existence of fate.

    I've met a lot of people in my life with much more basic problems than me--people struggling with a special needs child, people struggling with spouses' illnesses, people in Cambodia and Eritrea struggling with poverty, guys who lost limbs in the Iraq war. Some of them are much more at peace than I am. People whose consciousness is "the world is bigger than just me" are happier.

    Above all, why would this song make somebody mad? Why not just say, "Ah, this guy's a loon, and not as smart as me," and press the skip button?

    Thanks, David.

    Mike
    Alpha13on June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that Mike (much like what was posted above) hoped Christians could relate to this song but he expressed that he does not practice a traditional form of religion
    johnielsen08on January 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure whether Mike Doughty is a Christian or not (judging by the above post by Alpha13, anyway) but this song certainly does express some of the very reasons why Christians believe in God. There is also an earlier song Doughty wrote entitled "Sweet Lord in Heaven", and it's very similar. I am always happy when a popular musician sings about God in a positive way, and blurs the line between "rock" and "Christian rock". If you listen to the classic folk, blues and early rock music, God was not a taboo, He was mentioned and praised often in music.

    Personally, I am a Christian and am not ashamed to admit it. I love all kinds of music, and I think the separation of Christian music from the mainstream stuff has really harmed our culture. I believe that we as human beings were created in God's own image. Our voices were made to praise God, though given the capability and free will to sing about whatever we please. Whether Mike Doughty believes it or not, he has used his voice for both bearing his heart and soul and praising the Lord despite backlash for it, and I wish there were more artists who did the same!
    mightymattfijion November 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am a Christian. God often uses music to draw me to Himself and show His very personal love to me. The first time I heard this song my heart, mind and spirit were in a dark and deep place. I believe God used this song to lift up my head, set my gaze on Him, invite me to come closer to him and get up and dance. The phrase "His truth is marching on" has given me courage to fight my mortal enemy who is trying to destroy me and rob me of all that is good in my life. This song has become my fight song. I would also add that my God knows no boundaries in the things He uses in the lives of His children.
    brenda1021on January 11, 2017   Link

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