Protest Songs for a Mad World

 

I started writing songs that carried strong political and anti-religious polemic many years ago. The problem was they were so distinctive that they didn't seem to fit with the Lambert output (this is less true live and I have sung Rely on Fiction and Over Your Head on several occasions now). Fiction by The Sounds of Lambert

 

I have been lucky enough to be noticed in America where atheists are ostracized and persecuted for their non-beliefs, a couple of internet stations have played these songs and interviewed me at unearthly hours.I found this very cathartic and it made me realize just how bad they are treated over there. These songs are obviously personal to me and I hope get across the messages without appearing too glib or clumsy. The following I wrote about my experiences when I started to doubt, I was encouraged to look back at the words of Christ (I was finding Saint Paul unpalatable) but I started to see how anachronistic his teachings were too, and irrelevant and damaging to a forward looking culture.

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It's very hard to debate belief and most of the time, frankly it isn't worth the hassle. Part of the reason for this is that certain elements of debate are beyond certain Christian's reach. It is hard not to feel patronised as an Atheist but conversely it is also very hard not to be patronising back. This song addresses this dichotomy...

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