Joseph, Who Understood

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This is a rather distinctive Christmas song by the band The New Pornographers (HT Anthony LeDonne). Here are the lyrics:

 

Joseph, Who Understood

 

Rumors are flying
All over Galilee these days
And Mary, I’m trying
To be cool

When my friends walk by them
They cannot look at me
In the eye
Baby, I’m trying

You’re asking me to believe in too many things
You’re asking me to believe in too many things

I know this child
Was sent here to heal our broken time
And some things are bigger
Than we know

When somehow you find out
That you lost a father
To a god
Well, Mary, that’s life

You’re asking me to believe in so many things
You’re asking me to believe in so many things

Oh Mary, is he mine?
Mary, is he mine?
Mary, is he mine?
Mary, is he mine?
Oh Mary, is he mine?
Mary, is he mine?
Tell me, is he?

You’re asking me to believe in too many things
You’re asking me to believe in too many things

Now, Mary, he is mine
Mary, he is mine
Mary, is he mine?
Now, Mary, he is mine
Mary, he is mine

You’re asking me to believe in so many things
You’re asking me to believe in so many things

  • Gary

    Ok, I’m liberal, and I don’t think I’m a prude. The group needs to change their name.

    • http://irrco.wordpress.com/ Ian

      Really? I really like it. That whole ‘rock and roll is the new pornography’ thing.

      • Gary

        Whoa… Rock and roll is 50′s. I can identify. The average person is going to have a negative response to their name. Unless they are just looking for shock value. Considering the music they play, they won’t appeal to the 20 something’s. And with the name, they won’t appeal to anyone over 50. “New pornography thing” is unknown to me. Of course, I don’t get out too much.

        • Gary

          Nothing to do with the music, just the name.

        • http://irrco.wordpress.com/ Ian

          “New pornography thing” is unknown to me.

          That’s probably it. I grew up with the ‘rock and roll is the new pornography’, rock music is corrupting the youth, idea, so I it makes me smile. I’m under 50, though not 20-something (or 30-something), so I guess i’m similar age to the band. Maybe there’s a narrow window.

          On reflection though, ‘porn’ is quite a common word among my peers. We talk about food porn (certain cooking shows), torture porn (Mel Gibson’s Passion), mummy porn (erotic novels) so I wonder if there’s a point at which the word lost its shock.

          None of this intended to disagree with you, just interesting to see different emotional reactions to a word. I take it James agrees with you, given his upvote.

          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

            The name was not self explanatory to me at all, but made me assume that there would be a raunchy kind of sound, explicit lyrics, and perhaps nudity in album art. I had heard of the band but never listened to them until this song was drawn to my attention, and was astonished…that their sound was nothing like what the name led me to expect.

            • http://irrco.wordpress.com/ Ian

              Fascinating!

              And even more curious, according to Wikipedia (which, as we know, is always right), they didn’t even pick the name based on the “rock and roll is the new pornography” evangelical teaching, but based on a Japanese film. So the name evidently wasn’t self-explanatory to me either!

              Funny how the same thing can have such diametrically different associations for different people.

          • Gary

            Being over 60, rock and roll of 50′s and then transitioning to Beatles, etc in the 60′s was my music. Even today, I would find it difficult to use the word “porn” to describe something, at least with other people present. Certainly not as an adjective connoting good. Mental block. Although I’ve heard the words “food porn”, on cooking shows, and I get it. But I would find it difficult to use the words in a conversation describing my like of food. Again, my mental block. My granddaughters, 20′s, will say I hate you, to friends, which I have learned, is suppose to mean I like you. I do not understand it. Conclusion, I have become a cranky old man, and 20 year-olds, have become young whipper-snappers.

            • Gary

              To put it in context, I relate more to the “New Christy Minstrels”, which are very old, not new (Kenny Rogers was a member). So my new is old. And “new pornographers” does not compute.


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