Music Monday – “Look through a faithless eye/Are you afraid to die?”

Atheism week continues here on the Head Tale with today’s Music Monday clip, “Thoughts of a Dying Atheist” by Muse.

A quick review of the lyrics could provide a few meanings.  On its surface, iit’s basically about how an atheist must feel when facing death, knowing that their beliefs mean there is nothing afterward – no Heaven, no Hell, no reincarnation, no limbo., nothing.  What’s not clear is if this is leading to a deathbed conversion or not.  (Hopefully I get a chance to address this topic in a bit greater detail either later this week or at some point in the future.)

The funniest part to me is that the band Muse is well-known as a favourite of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer.  So I wonder how many impressionable young readers may get into the band Muse based on that recommendation, come across the idea of atheism from a random song title out of the band’s back catalogue and end up converted (er, de-converted?)

Could happen!

Anyhow, it’s a pretty rocking song…

Comments 2

  1. John wrote:

    Here’s a cute country video in the ballpark of your dialogue. (I have a weakness for twangy country music.) It is more thoughtful than it might seem because she comes from a gospel/country background and continues to sing for that audience. I get the sense she is using this song to gracefully distance herself from the religion and not lost her audience.

    (I trust you don’t mind my many comments on this series. It is a subject I think about, and I appreciate the opportunity to banter about it.)

    Posted 22 Dec 2010 at 9:10 pm
  2. HeadTale wrote:

    Thanks for posting this.

    I mostly know Iris DeMent from her “In Spite of Ourselves” duet with John Prine (which Shea and I had as our “last song” at our wedding reception if you can believe it!) and a couple other tunes of hers I’ve come across (“Wasteland of the Free”). Hadn’t heard this one but as you say, it’s definitely on topic.

    It’s only similar is style if not exactly theme but do you know Kasey Chambers? Check out “We’re All Going To Die Someday”: (Crappy clip – all others that used to be on YouTube must’ve been removed)

    Oh, and no worries about making lots of comments. I’m just glad that something I’m writing is finally generating some interaction from my readers! 😉

    Posted 04 Jan 2011 at 3:16 pm

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