"Teen For God" as written by and Dar Williams....
The sun burns down
Leaving God's bright stamp
On Peach Branch Horse and Bible Camp
Where we're splashing in the water
Joined in song
Swimming with the Spirit the whole day long
I'm a teen for God

God is watching - teen for God
God is watching - teen for God

The girls have looks and the girls have rules
They came here from their Bible schools
They can make you pay attention
To the way you dress and eat
Make you trip over your own two feet and they
Kneel down on their towels at night
Their nightgowns glow with a Holy light
And we pray for the sinners
And their drunken car wrecks
And vow that I'll never get high
And have sex
I'm a teen for God

God is watching - teen for God
God is watching - teen for God

And God made every leaf on every tree
Each grain of sand
God has a plan
For what we're meant to be
I gotta wait for God

Dear Lord
I plan each day
The things I will not do or say
But I'm driven by a passion
Is it only there to tame?
It fills my heart and it calls my name and
This world that you made for us
I know, I know, is dangerous
So I ride a lot of horses
And I never even swear
Sorta like praying I'm just not there

Oh God

God is watching - oh God
God is watching

But God made love
God made the rivers run
And cowboy boots and bathing suits
And the boy's skin dries in the sun...
You gotta help me, God

Help me know, four years from now
I won't believe in you anyhow
And I'll mope around the campus
And I'll feel betrayed
All those guilty summers I stayed
But then I'll laugh
That I fell for the lure
Of the pain of desire to feel so pure
And I'll bear all the burdens
Of my little daily crimes
Wish I had a God for such cynical times
Far from today

But for now I'm a sacred vessel
Rip me open - I spread your word
Like a milkweed pod
I'm a radio station -
Your Holy transmission
Even more, like a lightning rod

I'm a lightning rod - a teen for God

God is watching - teen for God
God is watching... a teen for God


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    General CommentFunny thing is, I'm Jewish/athiest and I still love this song. Dar Williams just has an excellent way to draw people in.
    Soul wanderon October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPeace Branch Horse and Bible Camp
    shanieron February 24, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think being atheist is as good a reason as any to like this song, because to me it sounds like it's saying that having faith in whatever god and/or religion is all well and good, but you have to choose it yourself and *only for* yourself. A "find your own truth and leave others in peace to find theirs" kind of thing.
    limarion May 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a delightful parody of a Christian summer camp for teens and the fanaticism that seems to be a big part of teenage Christianity (and kept me firmly in the non practising believer group throughout high school).

    I think Dar strikes perfect notes all the way through describing the perfect, pure girls who pray for everyone else while policing them as well, the idea that the absolute worst things you could ever do are get high or have sex, and the struggle between purity and your maturing libido which leaves you with the strong impression that perhaps sex isn't so evil after all "and the boys' skin dries in the sun."

    I also thought she kind of hit it dead on when describing the Teens for God who give up their religiosity in college, possibly because they wanted to get high and/or have sex.
    Sylviedon April 04, 2011   Link

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