"Dear God" as written by Glen Ballard and David Allan Stewart....
Dear God
Hope you got the letter and...
I pray you can make it better down here
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer

But all the people that you made in your image
See them starving on their feet
'Cause they don't get enough to eat
From God

I can't believe in you
Dear God
Sorry to disturb you but...
I feel that I should be hear loud and clear

We all need a big reduction
In the amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image
See them fighting in the street

'Cause they can't make opinions meet about God
I can't believe in you
Did you make disease
And the diamond blue?

Did you make mankind
After we made you?
And the devil too?
Dear God,

Don't know if you noticed but...
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
And as crazy humans wrote it
You should take a look

And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain't and so do you, dear God
I can't believe in

I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven and hell
No saints no sinners no devil as well
No pearly gate no thorny crown

You're always letting us humans down
The wars you bring
The babes you drown
Those lost at sea and never found

And it's all the same the whole world round
The hurt I see helps to compound
That Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody's unholy hoax

And if you're up there you'd perceive
That my heart's here upon my sleeve
If there's one thing I don't believe in...
It's you, dear God.

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Dear God" as written by Andy Partridge

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    General CommentThis song reflects how I feel about 'God' perfectly. I love Sarah Mclachlan's Rarities, B-Sides, and Other Stuff cd.
    the wretchedon February 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is *not* about atheism. Andy Partridge of XTC, who originally wrote/performed the song, wrote it after his wife died, IIRC. The song's written from the perspective of someone who believes in God, but who's suffered, and doesn't understand *why*. They *want* to disbelieve in a god, but at the same time can't quite do so. So they cry out, wanting to understand why all the hurt and injustice can exist?

    For another take on the same question, check out "Prayer" by Disturbed.
    SirThorethon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHahahahahahahaha.

    That was to the people who think this song is sad.

    I don't believe in god and I can tell you I do go through hard times but it has NOTHING to do with the lack of religion, as I'm sure you Christians don't havge perfect lives either.

    And the most important thing people need to remember is that this song was originally done by XTC, so whether or not Sarah really does believe in god or not isn't the issue.

    Bu this song is amazing anyway.
    loud-and-proudon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto address a few points
    1. the song was definitely written by an atheist, check out the extended interview
    2. To get hung up on whether or not the author was an atheist or not misses the point of the song entirely. To put it a single sentence, "I can no longer believe in an all good, all knowing, all powerful God, as the suffering of the innocent, often caused by his creation (nature), would not be allowed to happen by such a deity, whose worshippers believe is perfectly good despite his having drowned every baby in the world in the great flood". Or in a few words, the problem of natural evil.
    3. In respect to how happy one can be as an atheist, I think that for the most part it balances out. Day to day, the atheists I know are happier, as they have less guilt and a more positive view of human nature. The death of loved ones can be significantly harder to recover from however.
    4. Whether or not I am an atheist is irrelevant as to the value of any of the above.
    dmhaleon October 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone realize this song is actually by XTC?
    pumpkingirlon February 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's by XTC... it's the first song most people think of when they think of XTC. It's kind of weird to hear Sarah McLachlan singing this because I always associate her with more spiritual/religious stuff, but I think she expresses emotion better in her voice than Andy Partridge ever could. Still, I like the XTC version better.
    zooeyon June 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDear Sarah...
    Your songs sound good, but the meanings are crap!!! If you say we created God then who created you...evolution?

    "You're always letting us humans down." Humans are the ones that let themselves down.

    You say you can't believe in God, but are you truly happy? Your song is so negative and absent of hope. You must realize that if you live without God, you die without hope!
    sundayboys33on May 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsundayboys33

    umm... keep your religious beliefs to yourself. because i don't think sarah mclachlan plans on reading this and i'm fairly sure no one who will gives a shit.

    what? was that too 'angry at all the fucking psycho-christians trying to destroy everything even slightly anti-bible, toting their idiot phrases and dime-store logic because they're too damn afraid of standing up and thinking for themselves' of me?
    ... sorry.
    irate hippi chicon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsounds like someone has some serious issues they need to work out. why the irateness?

    I find this song to be really sad...because it's the song of someone who is so bitter that they've knowingly blinded themself. And I know people like that.

    These lyrics have a sick and awful irony to them. After going on and on about how wretched an miserable this world is, longing for a God who will DO something to "make it better down here", an inadvertant paradox arises...

    "No saints, no sinners, no devil as well. No pearly gates, no thorny crown."

    If there are no sinners and no devil, then WHY is the world as screwed up as it is? The song blames God. But "no thorny crown"? Right...yeeeah. God loves us so much that He subjected Himself to the world's cruelty and shed His blood, enduring the ultimate pain and humiliation so that anyone on this screwed up world who would only love Him back could have everlasting life. He LOVES us, the song even makes a REFERENCE to it.

    It's really a sad song...
    saredubyaon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFirst off I luv Sarah, but I must point something out? If she doesn't believe, then why this letter?
    midnight_angelon June 15, 2004   Link

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