Saturday Song — “My God” (Alice Cooper)

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And now for something completely different…

People who were surprised when shock-rocker Alice Cooper “came out” as a practicing Christian (and a conservative Republican golfing businessman, to boot) must not have paying attention. Even his most provocative work had an intense strain of moralism. As early as 1977′s Lace & Whiskey, he was creating songs like “My God,” with its references to 1 Kings 19. (NB: If something about the production sounds familiar, it might be because his collaborator went on to do this two years later.)

If I should find myself in blackest night, and fear is stabbin’ me all over / A tiny prayer cracks the dark with light / and I hear sounds behind my wall. / Inside, a still small voice, it calls and calls. Then like a thunderbolt it falls and falls: My God!

When life becomes more real than children’s games, or we’ve become too old to play them, / We’ll grow old gracefully, we’ll hide our shame, but there’s that voice behind the wall. / And like my conscience, it is still and small. / Each word is mercy, protects us all: My God!

“Et in lux perpetua/Deus domine/Et in pax aeternus/Deus domine.”

I was a boy; when tempted, fell sometimes, / And fell so low, no one could see me, / Save for the eyes of Him that sees my crime. / When sheep, like me, have drifted lost, / All frightened children who are tempest tossed, / Down flies His wrath like an albatross: My God!

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  • Gary Chapin

    Color me gobsmacked, and I was a big AC fan when but a lad. Just forgot about this one … comes right after (or before) his “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” — complete with his Judy Garland imitation, “I’m always Chasing Rainbows.”

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    I thought this post might be some Chapin-bait… Alice has stayed interesting through the years, still trying new sounds and writing some excellent songs. He, Ezrin, and the original band reunited for a “sequel” to Welcome to My Nightmare. Bold weirdness:

    You know what heavy metal needs more of? More tuba. Now THAT’S a heavy metal instrument.