"Letter from a Concerned Follower" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
It's weird to think of all the things
That have not been keeping up with the times
It's ten o'clock the sun has just now
Begun to set the western hills on fire

And I hear that you don't change
How to you expect to keep up with the trends?
You won't survive the information age
Unless you plan to change the truth
To accommodate the brilliance of men, the brilliance of men

Some folks think we're better now
Social evolution's new synthetic will
Will keep us on a straighter path
As better men use brand new math
With no wrong answers

I'm just a little bit worried
Do you have some sort of plan?
Have you been finally defeated
By the cunning of these fully evolved men?

And I hear that you don't change
How do you expect to keep up with the trends?
You won't survive the information age
Unless you plan to change the truth
To accommodate the brilliance of men, the brilliance of men


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"Letter from a Concerned Follower" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General CommentThis is amazingly precise and I love the idea of it being a letter to, in my opinion, Jesus. Faith is dying and men are getting smarter. Christianity is losing. So what's Jesus gonna do about it? Tough question.
    Bjorkmanon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit makes me laugh. "the brilliance of man"? what a bunch of BS. man is not brilliant. arrogant, yes, and stubborn. but not brilliant. stupid as hell. and i think the greatest arrogance of all is thinking that God is something that would change in this physical world....he's the eternal he's the only that doesn't change.

    but like a lot of david's other sarcastic songs, i think this song is good but the direct opposite is not the complete truth, or in the case of this song, the ideas expressed in this song aren't near as much the enemy as are those who don't think our perception of God should change back to what it was before idiots twisted Him into a pathetic petty vindictive childish whiner whose feelings get hurt by us mean mean people.
    battaryacidon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjust a small correction, doesn't really make a difference, but in the first verse:

    "its ten o' clock has now just begun to fade"

    just something i noticed
    agenstthegraneon April 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song--one of the top three best Pedro the Lion songs--very clever. Using sarcasm and arguing from the point of view of the opposite of what Bazan believes, he uncovers the ridiculousness of the argument. Why should we believe in a God who changes with the times, as a relativist would say? If the sun is setting the same way it has for the history of the earth, why should God have to change to keep up with the “brilliance of men”. How arrogant! I love it.
    gus.chigginson November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like this guy. He's an actual INTELLIGENT christian. Someone who questions the whole faith and is not afraid to be controvertial. Unlike many christians I know who are just blind followers indoctrinated to the point that they are the type of person that Jesus dude came to show the light.

    I am in no way christian and think christanity has a lot to answer for but I do not hate it. I recognise that there are many positive aspects of faith.

    Like I said, I like this guy. He does not blindly follow his faith, he questions it and points out the hypocrisies and contradictions. (I refer to his other nongs and not justt his one).
    Andaahon August 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel that the song not only deals ironically with the belief that man has control over what God is. While the ever changing perception of man and the ever constant will, actions, and promises of God are central to the piece.

    A more subtle theme that I can find is in the lines "I'm just a little bit worried..."

    It is basically the cry of doubt found in many modern Christians. As one, I understand when it feels as though we are fighting a losing battle, not only to keep our own faith, but to allow those who want to believe to learn for themselves what God truly is.
    Are_You_Loston October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the general comments from here are correct. A sarcastic yet worried tone goes through this song about David's faith in God, as well as man's in general.

    I think his lyrics are amazing. It's too bad he fell away from the God he loved so much at some point. He truly had a gift to express his concerns and joy over his faith. I will miss this!
    penackaon March 05, 2009   Link

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