During this time of oversaturation of Jesus tunes, I thought I would ask if anyone knows some good atheist/anti-religious songs. Rush is one of my fav bands and they have several. Here are the lyrics to one of their latest, "Brought Up to Believe".

I was brought up to believe
The universe has a plan
We are only human
It’s not ours to understand
The universe has a plan
All is for the best
Some will be rewarded
And the devil take the rest
All is for the best
Believe in what we’re told
Blind men in the market
Buying what we’re sold
Believe in what we’re told
Until our final breath
While our loving Watchmaker
Loves us all to death
In a world of cut and thrust
I was always taught to trust
In a world where all must fail
Heaven’s justice will prevail
The joy and pain that we receive
Each comes with its own cost
The price of what we’re winning
Is the same as what we’ve lost
Until our final breath
The joy and pain that we receive
Must be what we deserve
I was brought up to believe

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One of my favorite songs is Judith by "A Perfect Circle" A little heavier than Rush, but I like heavy. I like Rush too. Tool is a good band. The singer Maynard James Keenan is the frontman for A Perfect Circle as well. Opiate by Tool tells it like it is as well. Once again a little heavy. Judith is great though, about his mom who worshiped faithfully her whole life only to be brought down to early, 'broken down and paralyzed, he did it all for you'. Great line. Check it out on YouTube. The bass player Paz is fine :0)

Elvis song for my funeral - Return to Sender address unknown.
I've always been a really big rush fan.  Alanis Morissette's forgiven is a really good song, it reminds me of when i used to have to go to a christian elementary school.

I hate to seem self-centered, but if you like rock music, especially similar to A Perfect Circle, I have a solo project called Dawn of Reason. Most of my lyrics are about religion in some way. I have an album out on iTunes (although I try not to promote it too much because my vocal skills weren't exactly well tuned at the time and the recording quality isn't the best) called Let the Empire Fall and I'm working on my second. Here are the words to one of my songs entitled "Wrong":


Drown me for another's deeds

Destroy me 'cause I can't believe this

Stone me with my familiar spirits

Don't speak to me 'cause you're a good Christian


Save me from my selfish needs

Come take me 'cause I can't concede this

Calm me with your talk of darkness

Remember me 'cause I'll see you there


Control me 'cause my thoughts are not with Him

Conflict me 'cause because I don't need to feel

Command me 'cause I can't think on my own

Condemn me but you're wrong


I would rather go to hell (x8)


Control me 'cause my thoughts are not with Him

Conflict me because I don't need to feel

Command me 'cause I can't think on my own

Condemn me but you're wrong

Love the Rush tunes. On their recent tour, they played what some fans called the "Atheist Trilogy" - three songs that deal with religious themes (including the two songs posted on this thread).


If you like Rush, you might like my band, Sonic Mosaic. As the lyricist, I do not purposely set out to write anything blatantly atheistic, but it certainly comes out in my writing. In one song, Negative Proof Positive, I write:


Reasoning with you has taught me everything
You'd just as soon say that fairy tales are true
Just this once, could you listen, stop your talking?
You'd see how reasoning teaches us everything (yeah)
Reasoning with you has taught me everything
Can't you see how reasoning teaches us everything?


The song, Just Speculation, is the more blatant:


Do you dare to touch the sky?
Are you foolish enough to try?
You may show a facade
You kneel to pray then swear to god


There are times you seem to be
Seeking constant ecstasy
If there are things you can't release
You find someone else to appease


To me it's all just speculation
Another abstract contemplation
Sometimes the journey is sublime
Searching for a soul to share the time


Is there room for giving grace
To someone's life you'd soon erase?
There's no way to understand
You've settled in the sinking sand


Maybe you're wrong in being right
There's no more time to be polite
You want beliefs to be embraced
To me that's such a bitter waste


To me it's all just speculation
A way to extract information
Sometimes the journey is maligned
Searching for a soul to do the time


Have a place to go if you behave?
There's so much more that you could save
From the cradle to the grave


You can check out entire songs (and lyrics) for free on sonicmosaic.com.

Let's not forget the amazing atheist song "Do You Realize?" by The Flaming Lips! They have many others dealing with the topic but that one is the theme song to my coming out....
anybody listen to Porcupine Tree??? Listen to the song "Halo"
Absolutely a great song, Matt.


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