"One Of Us" as written by and Eric M Bazilian....
If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?

Just tryin' to make his way home
Like back up to heaven all alone
Nobody callin' on the phone
'Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
And yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?

Just tryin' to make his way home
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone
Just tryin' to make his way home
Nobody callin' on the phone
'Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome


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"One of Us" as written by Eric M. Bazilian Eric Bazilian

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    General CommentIn an interview, Joan Osborne stated that the song was less about religion and how we view God, and more about how we see each other. She, in my opinion, is able to convincingly show us how poorly we treat each other by using disguising God in a human form.
    LPon August 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentya ethan
    corkyiversonon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot nearly as profound a thought as people seem to believe.
    justinbaily21on November 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the death of authority. People feel secure if there is some higher power informing them of their place in the world. If god is one of us he is no wiser than we are. We are alone in the world with no authority to guide us. With no higher power we must make our own choices. Not to be too Freudian, but this song is about reaching the age when our parents aren't gods to us and we must find our own path. And the sadness the loss of absolute certainty entails.
    Jacostaon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd yet, there's LP's comment: "In an interview, Joan Osborne stated that the song was less about religion and how we view God, and more about how we see each other."

    Wow! I've been looking at the song backwards!

    What if God were one of us, but I didn't know who... and yet I share this planetary bus with all these people, and maybe, just maybe that slob here, or that lost person there, is God.

    What would I do differently just thinking that? What would everyone do? Would we stop ignoring the slobs and the lost, and treat them with love and compassion, simply because of how special they might be?

    But wait, they *are* special.

    -Pie
    EatingPieon October 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think 'God' in this song is really meant to be more of a metaphor for authority, but I could be wrong.
    105on April 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally great
    honest
    thought provoking
    ethanbentleyon May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"What you do to the least of these, you do to Me..."
    brother_nelsonon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat would you ask God if you had to narrow it down to one question? There's so many things he needs to explain. Suffering. Human misery. Why he doesn't do more for us. Which question would you put to him?

    Would you even want to talk to him, if he came with all the baggage of, say Christianity? If it meant you had to subscribe to organized religion?

    God is great. And remote. And out of touch. He has no idea what we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. He lives far away on a cloud.

    Would things suck as much as they do if God had to walk a mile in our shoes? What if HE had to ride the bus to his little apartment and sit there all alone like an old man. Would life be the way that it is if God had to be just a slob like the rest of us?
    asdf_dafon April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know where the clip at the beginning of the song comes from? It sounds like something out of the Alan Lomax collection of folk recordings. It seems to me that knowing more about that song could shed some light on what this song means.
    ax2groinon April 11, 2005   Link

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