On Tweetdeck, I follow mentions of “nonbeliever”, because I’m a glutton for punishment.
I noticed that people kept tweeting, “What’s a god to a nonbeliever?” and wondered where that phrase came from. At first, I thought it must be some Christian pop rock song. However, the phrase came up way too frequently for that.
It comes from a song by Kayne West, featuring Frank Ocean and Jay Z called, “No Church In The Wild”
The lyrics are fascinating, and appear unfavorable to religion and revisionist/whitewashing history. The song also brings up Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma…and polyamory? I thought that was pretty keen:
[Hook: Frank Ocean]
Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a God?
What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?
Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild
Tears on the mausoleum floor, blood stains the Colosseum doors
Lies on the lips of a priest, Thanksgiving disguised as a feast
Rolling in Rolls Royce Corniche
Only the doctors got this, I’m hiding from police
Cocaine seats, all white like I got the whole thing bleached
Drug dealer chic, I’m wondering if a thug’s prayers reach
Is Pious pious cause God loves pious?
Socrates asked whose bias do y’all seek?
All for Plato, screech, I’m out here balling, I know yall hear my sneaks
Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy he laid beats
Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats, preach
I live by you, desire
I stand by you, walk through the fire
Your love is my scripture
Let me into your encryption
Coke on her black skin
Make a stripe like a zebra, I call that jungle fever
You will not control the threesome
Just roll the weed up until I get me some
We formed a new religion
No sins as long as there’s permission
And deception is the only felony
So never fuck nobody without telling me
Sunglasses and Advil, last night was mad real
Sun coming up, 5 a.m., I wonder if they got cabs still?
Thinking ’bout the girl in all leopard
Who was rubbing the wood like Kiki Shepherd
Two tattoos one read “No Apologies”
The other said “Love is Cursed by Monogamy”
It’s something that the pastor don’t preach
It’s something that a teacher can’t teach
When we die the money we can’t keep
But we probably spend it all cause the pain ain’t cheap, preach
This website here offers an explanation of the lyrics much better than I could do.
Also you can hear it:
I think I might like it.
What do you think it means?