Blog By Barry

January 5, 2009

“From a Distance” is depressing and creepy.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ampersand @ 12:43 am

I know it’s supposed to be inspiring, but really:

From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
Theyre the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
Even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
What all this fighting is for.

"God Saves The Sea," uploaded by ePi.Longo with a Creative Commons license. Click on image for details.Shorter “From a Distance” lyrics: “God is too far away to realize how much everything here sucks. So rejoice!”

My friend Sara pointed out that the right vocalist could turn this song into a subversive critique of theism, just by singing it with a bitter, cynical tone.



  1. Yeah, I’ve sometimes reflected on this odd lyric.

    Doctrinally, God is supposed to be closer to us that we are to ourselves and no sparrow falls but that God knows it. So the suggestion that God sees us only from a distance, and the difficult details of our lives are beneath His notice, seems perverse.

    Rather, I understand the song to suggest that for humans to perceive the world as God perceives it, we must transcend the prejudices that are triggered by our senses: prejudices based on race, gender, social class, age, etc. “Distance” is the literary device to suggest understanding that does not depend upon our senses, and the prejudices those sensory imputes evoke.

    A nice sentiment for a song. But, as anyone who has enjoyed discussing the merits of “color-blind” social policy will attest, probably not good policy – even for God.

    Nice photo, however. Where’d you find that?

    On other topics, who is this Ampersand guy, and why is he muscling in on Barry’s blog? Doesn’t Ampersand already have a blog? When do we hear from the eponymous Barry? Or do we have to wait until he’s finished all his homework – like, 70 sepia-toned pages of plot and graphics?

    Come on, you know you wanna procrastinate! Bar-ry! Bar-ry! Bar-ry! Bar-ry…!

    Comment by nobody.really — January 9, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

  2. Hi, N.R.! 😛

    Nice comment.

    The image comes from here.

    Comment by Ampersand — January 12, 2009 @ 5:41 am

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