Famous

Written June 1998

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I’ve got this theory about religion
back in the old days you knew God was watching everything,
and if he’s watching then your life matters
he might be backstage, maybe he’s just outside the ring..

I’ve got this theory, now that religion
has been demoted to just another channel on TV,
the only people who seem to matter
are those whose faces are pasted onto big and little screens
+++ if you were famous, would your life matter?
+++ would you be happy, or would the limelight make you sadder?
+++ God was famous, but they wouldn’t let him be,
+++ now we’ve got more famous people than we need..

I’ve got this theory that I could love you,
and not so badly if I must say so myself,
you’ve seen me shabby, and that’s not pretty,
but you still like me, and you know when to give me hell,
+++ and if you loved me would my life matter?
+++ would you be happy, or would I only make you sadder?
+++ Jesus loves you, and they nailed him to a tree—
+++ I’m about as happy as I’m gonna be…
+++++ to all the strangers in all the houses
+++++ turn off the TV, rise from your couches,
+++++ out in the twilight the day’s receding
+++++ with all of your might, while your heart’s beating, sing..

I’ve got this theory that we’re all lonely
from the famous and the aimless to the pointless and the homely
let’s be lonely all together,
that could be lovely, it would be better
+++ if you were famous, would your life matter?
+++ would you be happy, or would it only make you sadder?
+++ God’s not famous anymore, but she loves this world for free,
+++ I’m about as famous as I wanna be, you know I’m
+++ just about as famous as I wanna be…

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