Song of the Day #169 – David Bazan

Today’s song features another great local artist, Seattle singer/songwriter David Bazan. It’s a candid, live recording of Hard To Be at a house concert in Beverly, MA. David was raised Pentecostal and was a rising star in Christian music circles until 2004 when he began questioning his faith. His recent release, Curse Your Branches, is an eloquent meditation on his falling out with Christianity. Check out the poignant and powerful lyrics below. I like David’s music and I admire the way he searches, relentlessly, for the truth, regardless of the consequences.

Hard To Be by David Bazan

You’ve heard the story
You know how it goes
Once upon a garden
We were lovers with no clothes

Fresh from the soil
We were beautiful and true
In control of our emotions
‘Til we ate the poison fruit

And now it’s hard to be
Hard to be
Hard to be a decent human being

Wait just a minute
You expect me to believe
That all this misbehaving
Grew from one enchanted tree?

And helpless to fight it
We should all be satisfied
With this magical explanation
For why the living die

And why it’s hard to be
Hard to be
Hard to be a decent human being

Childbirth is painful
We toil to grow our food
Ignorance made us hungry
Information made us no good
Every burden misunderstood

So I swung my tassel
To the left side of my cap
Knowing after graduation
There would be no going back

And no congratulations
From my faithful family
Some of whom are already fasting
To intercede for me

Because it’s hard to be
Hard to be
Hard to be a decent human being

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