Frank Turner Sings ‘Glory Hallelujah’

Here’s a catchy little song about atheism. Lyrics are below!

Brothers and sisters, have you heard the news?
The storm has lifted and there’s nothing to lose,
So swap your confirmation for your dancing shoes,
Because there never was no God.
Step out of the darkness and onto the streets,
Forget about the fast, let’s have a carnival feast,
Raise up your lowered head to hear the liberation beat,
Because there never was no God.

There is no God,
So clap your hands together,
There is no God,
No heaven and no hell.
There is no God,
We’re all in this together,
There is no God,
So ring that victory bell.

No cowering in the dark before these overbearing priests,
Not waiting until we die until we restitute the meek,
No blaming all our failings on imaginary beasts,
Because there never was no God.
No fighting over land your distant fathers told you of,
Not spilling blood for those who have never spread a drop of blood,
No finger pointing justified by fairies up above,
Because there never was no God.

There is no God,
So clap your hands together,
There is no God,
No heaven and no hell.
There is no God,
We’re all in this together,
There is no God,
So ring that victory bell.

And I know you’re scared of dieing man and I am too,
But just pretending it’s not happening isn’t gonna see us through,
So just accept that there’s an end game and we haven’t got much time,
And then in the here and now we can try and do things right.
Forget about the crazy things that people have believed,
And think of wondrous things that normal people have achieved,
‘Cos I’ve known beauty in the stillness of cathedrals in the day,
I sang Glory Hallelujah! Won’t you wash my sins away?
But now I’m singing my refrain and this is what I say,
I say there never was no God.

There is no God,
So clap your hands together,
There is no God,
No heaven and no hell.
There is no God,
We’re all in this together,
There is no God,
So ring that victory bell.

There is no God,
So clap your hands together,
There is no God,
No heaven and no hell.
There is no God,
We’re all in this together,
There is no God,
So ring that victory bell.

You can hear an acoustic version of the song here.

(Thanks to Jon for the link!)

  • Justin P.

    Love it!

  • Kate

    EPIC! Love, Love, LOVE this <3 Thanks!

  • rachel

    “Because there never was no God.” double negative?

  • http://alabamatheist.blogspot.com/ Tim D.

    Love Frank Turner! Got to see him live in 2009 when we saw him and Sum 41 open for The Offspring in St. Augustine. Solid guy.

  • http://www.lukesci.com Luke

    I like the idea of happy-clappy atheists for a change.

  • http://atheos-godless.blogspot.com Barry

    “Not spilling blood for those who have never spread a drop of blood” should read, “No spilling blood for those who’ve never spread a drop of love” surely?

  • SlipperyWhenWet

    This is currently my favorite song.

    Ever.

  • JW

    Loved Frank Turner since I saw him live touring with The Offspring, I only recently found out about this song on PZ’s blog, which made him that much more amazing. I’d encourage everyone to look into his other work, because he’s an outstanding musician.

  • Bescherman

    Frank Turner really is an inspiration and a thoroughly lovely chap too. Love Ire and Song is one of my favourite albums of all time.
    I saw him perform this in a tiny pub in Camden, London, and he prefixed it with something to the effect of “I’m not trying to offend anyone or tell you you’re wrong. We all have a chance to express our opinion and this is mine now”.

    And don’t be hating on the improper grammar. It’s musician’s licence ffs and engaging some english colloquialisms. I’m pretty sure it’s deliberate as he’s an excellent lyricist and shows great skill in his other work.

  • Kerri

    @rachel – I thought double negative, too, but “poetic license” covers a lot of grammar since in music and verse.

    I like the lyrics, but I’ll have to get to my other machine to watch the video with sound.

  • Bescherman

    Oh, having commented and then watched the vid, I see he says pretty much the same thing here! #spaz

  • Mary

    Love love love!!! :) The grammar does leave a little to be desired, but so be it. Good stuff! I just wish I could share it on Facebook without offending everyone I know. There is too much anger in the world.

  • http://silveroutlinedwindow.wordpress.com/ Shannon

    Goosebumps…

  • Alex

    “Because there never was no God.” double negative?

    Yes a double negative but in a way it kind of describes history in that denial of God was never an option and usually included a direct threat.

  • http://www.libertysjourney.blogspot.com Liberty

    This is really awesome. It is SO HARD to find songs to sing to my little girl, because I was raised fundamentalist and all the songs I know are about God. It is really annoying, and something like this is a breath of fresh air.

    • Marte1 618

      Try “Imagine” and when she is older John Lennon’s “God”. The first line sums it up, god is a concept by which we measure pain.

  • SlipperyWhenWet

    I believe “justified by fairies up above” is really “justified by phantoms up above”.

  • double negative

    english is one of the few languages that has moved away from the use of double negatives to still imply a negative

    French for example: “je ne sais pas” means “I don’t know” but both ne and pas are terms of negation.

    English itself used double negation until the first grammar books based on the Latin language were written (Latin being the morally upright and correct language base, as opposed to other precursors to English that did use double negation).

    For additional info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jespersen%27s_cycle

  • Ocean

    Bought on itunes! Awesome

  • http://www.twitter.com/evanbenner Evan

    I’ve been listening to his latest album nonstop since it came out. Fantastic.


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