Humanist songs?

    • Raugust said...
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    • 12 May 2007, 23:32

    Humanist songs?

    I'm curious--what songs, if any, do you all most associate with humanism? What musicians, in your view, have the most humanistic themes or values?

    There are a lot of views on what is entailed in "humanism," so I expect a variety of answers to this. Which is why it could be interesting. :)

    If there's interest, maybe we could work on making a short (CD-length?) playlist of "Humanism Anthems." To start things off, here's a relatively obvious one:

    John Lennon - Imagine

    • heulwen said...
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    • 30 Jun 2007, 14:11
    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 9 Sep 2007, 09:05
    If you know German, you should definitely check out the Austrian rap group Texta, especially the tracks Es bahnt Sich An and Laimas Religion.

    • 5anna said...
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    • 12 Jan 2008, 13:21
    Somehow I find many songs by a Finnish indie group Hay & Stone very humanistic or... I dunno. Their lyrics just happen to fit my wordview. If you have chance to find their songs, I'd definitely recommend at least What People Seek, Last Time Around (my personal fave, btw) and Freedom Fighter. I guess the titles tell pretty much about their message... (:

    • sbaird said...
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    • 23 Jan 2008, 19:26
    Try We've been invited to play at several Humanist conferences. Our music promotes Science and Rational Thought through humor.

    Evolution really can turn a fish into a man
    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 24 Jan 2008, 21:11
    Schillers An die Freude. (Last movement in Beethovens symphoni 9)

  • Clearly

    Del Amitri's - "I'm an unbeliever"

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 7 Nov 2008, 21:10
    Dalla zona 3 Milano un annuncio per organizzare:
    sabato, 22 novembre 2008
    un'iniziativa che vorremmo fosse fatta propria dai comitati di tutte le zone della città:



    LUOGHI: nove luoghi significativi di Milano, uno per ogni zona, affollati e frequentati

    DATA E ORA: sabato 22 novembre, ore 16:30 - 17:30
    CHI: genitori, insegnanti, bambini, amici di tutte le scuole di zona, musicisti, cantanti
    CHE COSA FAREMO: ogni gruppo suonerà e canterà un pezzo da concordare - meglio se uguale per tutte le piazze - e lo ripeterà diverse volte, per un tempo complessivo di circa un'ora.

    PROPOSTA DI MUSICA: Marcia trionfale dell'Aida perché
    1) è facile da imparare, suonare e cantare;
    2) è meno abusata di Inno di Mameli e Va pensiero
    3) è molto potente, si fa sentire
    4) La musica classica è inusuale: nei luoghi pubblici con molta cacofonia può attirare l'attenzione più di un pezzo di musica leggera;
    5) esprime la nostra voglia di batterci fino in fondo e di 'tornare vincitori'!

    1) farsi vedere: la protesta per la scuola non si è fermata con l'approvazione del DL Gelmini in Senato!
    2) distribuire materiale informativo sulle ragioni della protesta e su come intendiamo proseguire la nostra civilissima e importantissima battaglia;
    3) richiamare l'attenzione dei media.

    Se lo facciamo in tanti, in tante zone in contemporanea e diamo l'impressione di un buon coordinamento e organizzazione, i media ne parlano.


    • Imek said...
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    • 3 Jan 2009, 10:43
    I'm a fan of Rush's lyrics. This song is probably the most obviously connected with Humanism off the top of my head:

    Faithless by Rush
    I've got my own moral compass to steer by
    A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
    And all the preaching voices -
    Empty vessels of dreams so loud
    As they move among the crowd
    Fools and thieves are well disguised
    In the temple and market place

    Like a stone in the river
    Against the floods of spring
    I will quietly resist

    Like the willows in the wind
    Or the cliffs along the ocean
    I will quietly resist

    I don't have faith in faith
    I don't believe in belief
    You can call me faithless
    I still cling to hope
    And I believe in love
    And that's faith enough for me

    I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.
    • EmongFM said...
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    • 29 Jan 2009, 22:59
    Björk - All Is Full of Love or Alarm Call

    Very hopeful and sincerely beliving in humans ;) Existentialism..

    • cbd1 said...
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    • 15 Feb 2009, 03:38


    I think Nine Inch Nails has some kick-ass songs with lyrics that relate here.

    1. The Hand That Feeds
    2. Right Where it Belongs
    3. Capitol G
    4. ?.. u decide

    • Metzae said...
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    • 2 Mar 2010, 20:52

    Gaian Soundtrack

    I have been working on compiling a "Gaian" soundtrack for a while now, and I have had so much help putting it together that I feel it's almost my duty to share it with this group. Gaian music is about humanity, the planet, and our symbiotic relationship with it, and most (if not all) of the songs have a humanist focus. I'm always looking for more suggestions, so I would encourage you to contact me directly with ideas.

    Neo Gaian Soundtrack

    Here's an incomplete list of some of the songs:
    * “Within You Without You” by the Beatles
    * “The Warmth” by Incubus
    * “Make You Feel That Way” by Blackalicious
    * “Float On” by Modest Mouse
    * “A Dream” by Common
    * “Bowl of Oranges” by Bright Eyes
    * “The Heart of Life” by John Mayer
    * “I Know I’m Not Alone” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
    * “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot
    * “Hold Me Now” by Polyphonic Spree
    * “I Can Walk on Water” by Basshunter
    * “One” by U2
    * “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
    * “I Believe” by Joe Satriani
    * “Rooftops” by Lostprophets
    * “If Everyone Cared” by Nickelback
    * “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
    * “Ain’t Got No / I Got No Life” by Nina Simone

    Eric P. Metze
    "Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design."
    ~Rivus Palpatine
  • People by the Andrew Jackson Jihad

  • Voltaire- What god thinks.
    thats pretty much as on the button as you can get i think

    and saint simon by the shins
    losing my religion by REM
    they're both sort of the process of realization

  • by the way i made an account here just to answer that question

  • Thunder Road

    Bruce Springsteen's music to me feels humanist in a non-verbal kind of way, but his song Thunder Road has some great humanist lyrics, such as these (the context is that he's trying to get a girl to go out with him instead of stay inside and think about past lovers):

    You can hide 'neath your covers and study your pain
    Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
    Waste your summer prayin' in vain
    For a savior to rise from these streets
    Well now I'm no hero that's understood
    All the redemption I can offer girl is beneath this dirty hood
    With a chance to make it good somehow
    Hey, what else can we do now?

    and also

    We got one last chance to make it real
    To trade in these wings on some wheels
    Climb in back
    Heaven's waitin' down on the tracks
    So come take my hand
    We're ridin' out tonight to case the Promised Land

    To me he's talking about living for what's real and what's happening now rather than the past or God or heaven - and he says that "redemption" and "heaven" can be found right here, right now.

  • The Simphony of Science (Carl Sagan)- A glorious dawn

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