Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Order - Sunrise

One of the things I love about YouTube is how it has become this great cultural repository that allows you to be able to view things that might otherwise never have been available to you. Obviously, seeing this performance by New Order in Tokyo from 1985 will never be the same as it was to be there, but in 1985, I was a confused 13 year old Mormon kid living in Kearns, Utah. So, this video on YouTube is the closest I'll ever get.

IMHO, this is such an amazing and cathartic song. Some might argue that it is not atheistic because he is talking to god as if god exists. However, the sheer conviction with which he sings this song as a diatribe against a god that has forsaken him (the protagonist within the reality of the song, I don't literally mean Bernard Sumner) is something that is so blasphemous that to many believers it is beyond the pale of what they can imagine when someone addresses the almighty.









Sunrise
by New Order

I've been waiting to hear your voice for too long now
One way conversations do not work somehow
Tell me how does one get your soul in touch with the one above
When one way conversations pay a price for the use of love
I tried so hard last night you would not talk to me
I live with the fear of the few with the gift
And I know what's going to be

Why did you never speak my name in front of my family
You gave a gift that you then took away
Like you never did before
Your name might be God but you don't say that much to me
Your name might be God but you don't say that much to me
We might be your black sheep
But you forgot us a long time ago
We might be your lost sheep
But it's time you remembered us now

As we spend our days together, nothing can go wrong
No one told the truth about it because it was so strong
If you ever think of me, if you hear my name
If you read between the lines, you'll hang your head in shame
These ??? ears will never hear, the ice will never freeze
Whatever I have done for you I did because you complained

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