This is my response to this week’s Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we were asked about a track called “Selling the Drama” by a band called Live. I’d not heard of either before, but I gave the track a listen.
For starters, the song appears to be credited to every member of the band, four in all, all male.
I found this track confused, to be honest. So in that context, I wasn’t sure what I was being asked.
For a start it is overtly anti-Christian. They might well have meant all religions, but the image of Jesus on the cross is a uniquely Christian symbol.
The language is way too strong for me, frankly. I might have expressed myself in that way aged twenty, but I’m far more sophisticated now. I’m embarrassed by how poorly I expressed my thoughts back then. I suspect that in thirty years time, they’ll all feel embarrassed about this song.
Religion is not for me, but if having a religion helps someone get by, where’s the harm? The harm only begins when they start asserting that their belief trumps everybody else’s.
My buddy Fandango uses the term “whatever floats your boat”, and he’s dead right. If we’re trading songs, Lennon said it best. “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.” Life’s hard enough and if somebody wants to believe something to help them through, who am I to argue?
The song goes on to say, “we won’t be raped”, plus the title itself, is “Selling the Drama”. A preacher exhorts something, a congregation obediently buys whatever lines are being sold. It’s all about control, which is exactly what rape is. So “we won’t be…” seems quite plainly to be saying that people should think for themselves, draw their own conclusions.
Bravo to that. And, by the way, if somebody thinks for themself and then decides to follow a religion, fair enough. It’s the indoctrination aspect which is unacceptable.
But this is where the song becomes confusing.
I also see the lyric, “I’ve been here before”. What’s he on about? Reincarnation?
It could be, you know. This song has an overtly religious theme, so talking about reincarnation is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Also bear in mind that as beliefs go, reincarnation is no more or less credible than christianity.
So are these guys saying “don’t let people foist their beliefs onto you”, but in the next breath trying to foist a belief onto us?
Them or me. One of us is confused. A weird write, this. Although not religious myself, I find I am defending a religion.