It's time to put God away

Damnin' the children
Makin' the ill just a little more sick

It's time to put God away
(I put God away)

This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie
This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie

It's time to put God away
(I put God away)

For a void without a question is just perverse
A void without a question is just perverse
Like tear gas misters at my grave

It's time to put God away
(I put God away)

For a void without a question is just perverse
This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie
This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie

It's time to put God away
(I put God away)


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    General Comment"People would always ask me, 'Are you a spiritual person?' and I would say yes, but it made me uncomfortable. Before 'Faith/Void,' I was reading a lot of atheist literature and I realized, no, I’m not a spiritual person, because I don’t know what that means. I like mountains and oceans and stuff, which is where I’ve always felt some sort of power of meaning, but that’s not necessarily spiritual. I’ve realized it’s better if we just stop talking in that language, because it can lead to so many conflicts."

    avclub.com/articles/bill-callahan,26516/
    ilseon March 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe remarks Callahan made that this song followed a realisation he had after reading Atheist literature is pretty damn telling.

    "damning the children,
    making the ill just a little more sick"


    I believe there is another interview where he remarks how he realised the effect of religion through history has basically been bad.

    It seems an inanely wall-eyed account of religion, one which only really makes sense to me by taking into account atheist literature, I think, because its analysis is absolutely negative.

    The void/question lines are a bit more interesting.


    Perhaps I am being too literal - or perhaps I am simply wrong; I do find myself doubting my understanding of this song since it just seems so unusually banal for BC.

    Compare with the subtly in previous Callahan lyrics:

    "all we need is here on earth, every other day"

    "God is a word and the argument ends there"

    Whereas, here, he treats religion like a childish toy, but this is because the account of it hereis childish and superficial. And this is a 9 minute epic which keeps banging on. Awful; in my humble opinion anyway.

    I'm not arguing that Callahan has to embrace religion (Christianity particularly) but that if he is going to dismiss it he ought to do so with his trade-mark humour, subtlety and finesse.

    [*hopefully I will not anger anyone; if you think my account of the song is superficial, please critique it*]
    dazelnuton March 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove Bill Callahan's voice, and music, but how do you find peace without a god? Not even a god, but a higher purpose. Knowing that the creator of the world knows your name and loves you despite any mistakes you may make, this is peaceful knowledge. Knowing you have a purpose on this earth grounds the mind and wandering spirit. The human mind capable of love and madness is not a mere happenstance. You were made by the same God who made the oceans and forests. The peace one experiences in nature is peace in God and His creation.
    mermorseon March 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
    To find my peace, to find my peace in the light"

    most definetly incorrect

    it should be:

    This is the end of faith, no more must I strive
    To find my peace, to find my peace in a lie
    folgsamon April 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. To find peace without faith. An amazing way to end a truly thought-provoking album.
    Aoshieon December 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone is damning children and then finding peace within a lie? Please explain.
    Arachidamiaon March 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song's title is an allusion to the Dischord split LP Faith/Void, with one side The Faith and the other, Void.
    martymcaon October 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen all around me gets crazy and I find myself completely alone and hurt, I can pray to God because he is my comforter. I never get it from anyone else. That to me is a proof that God lives. When people say he is not real, then they never possibly have known a time where they hit rock bottom, where it is impossible for our mind to invent the peace and burden uplifted.
    I perhaps know what I am talking about, and I do not argue the existence of God.
    happy7on March 01, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningThe word void might be used as a synonym for afterlife. Or it could mean just "being in the dark" here, while still living. Either way, a question would serve as an attempt to ratify ignorance on the subject. With the first interpretation, one would start by questioning what happens in such a "void" and then proceed by experiment to find out (perhaps philosophically?). With the other interpretation though, it would lead to a cessation of living by rules here and now which are based on non-provable absolutes.


    "A void without a question is just perverse"

    A remarkable line, I think. .. In one sweep there is his reason.
    When I hear it I think of stagnated places where no true realisation can penetrate, where a constant feeling of the unknown exists but the search for a truth is beset by an acceptance of an absolute which can't be questioned.


    In what way is the perversion of an accepted void similar to the imagery in the following line?
    One would first have to assume that people would come to one's own funeral. One would place the misters there to either increase the crying (albeit, tears of physical pain and therefore false) or to cause suffering (post-mortem) to people who had cared enough to be at the funeral.
    commonknowledgeon August 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first couple of times I listened to this song, I wondered if it could have been written from the point of view of the actual world it's self which was seeing people become non-religious one by one until faith had subsided from the populace. This would allow the second set of lines to be interpreted as opposite of religion being damning and sickening.
    commonknowledgeon August 25, 2012   Link

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