Friday, 14 December 2012

No Religion (1995)



No Religion from Days Like This is somewhat controversial.  Controversial, that is, for those into Vanology (the science of Van interpretation).  Is it Van's declaration of atheism?  Or is it saying the world is generally secular?  Is he mocking the example of Jesus?  Or is he saying Jesus' example was higher than anyone can aspire to?

More questions than answers I'm afraid.  Here are the lyrics with reader comments following.  Forget which song site it comes from.   

                    No Religion

We didn't know no better
and they said it could be worse
Some people thought it was blessing
Other people think that it's a curse
It's a choice between fact and fiction
And the whole world has gone astray
That's why there's no religion, no religion, no religion here today
And there's no straight answers
Of what this thing called love is all about
Some say it's unconditional
Other people just remain in doubt
Well I cleaned up my diction, I had nothing left to say
 Except there's no religion, no religion, no religion here today
And they ask what hate is
It's just the other side of love
Some people want to give their enemies
Everything they think that they deserve
Some say why don't you love your neighbours
Go ahead, turn the other cheek
But there's nobody on this planet that can ever be so meek
And I can't bleed for you
You have to do it your own way
And there's no religion, no religion, no religion here today
And they ask what hate is
It's just the other side of love
Some people want to give their enemies
Everything they think that they deserve
Some say why don't you love your neighbours
Go ahead, turn the other cheek
But have you ever met anybody who's ever been the meek
And it's so cruel to expect the saviour to save the day
And there's no religion, no religion, no religion here today
And there's no mystery, and there's nothing hidden
And there's no religion here today
And there's no religion, no religion, no religion here today


Reader Comments:
Floodle Zoot   -   His views have frequently changed back and forth and you can see it in his albums. But to argue that this song is against religion is totally misguided. That’s not at all what he is saying. Read the lyrics. He’s saying in this song that the world is messed up because there is no religion. He’s lamenting its loss in society. Can you really deny that? Maybe in 2012 he’s against religion but in 1995 when he produced this, he was clearly saying something different.

Nola horse rider   -   What is the big deal about this being religious or not? I love the music for what it is..just plain Awesome!!
 

The zenful dog   -   Listen more carefully. If you are a Morrison fan…you’ll see he’s a Believer…this song is *NOT* an “Anti God” song…it’s talking about Love is not a ‘Religion’–meaning—…ie. ” I can’t bleed for you”, is a DIRECT REFERENCE to Jesus…he’s saying..”i’m not your savior”—Belivers consider being called “Religious” a SLUR—he’s saying he agree’s with that…don’t look to me to save you..bleed for you…you have to learn how to love or deal with hate (ie. turn a cheek)–you find it.

Floodlezoot   -   In this song he's talking about the important things in society that are lost when religion is abandoned. He's not talking about its evils, though I agree with you, he is an excellent place to know what those evils are.  But....... he's talking about the tragedy of what is lost when religion is thrown out too, in a subtle way. Classic Van.

thezenfuldog   -   Dude, with all due respect...you completely missed the point....this is *NOT* an "Anti-Religion" song---by virtue of the fact Morrison's roots are in "Soul"/"R&B" and if you view just 10 examples of the 1000's of examples---he's a Believer...Calling a Believer "Religious" is considered a "Slur" by most people that know the Bible---are who are believers...People who are believers DO NOT want to be thought of as "Religious"--as it's not what it's about--thus "LOVE" is not about a "RELIGION"--

Patty from Toledo   -   anyone know who's singing with Van on this? Two great voices!
Dylan Martin   -   Love it!!!

Smigsable   -   I hear you also my son !! Walk in Peace Forever more !!! Religion ? Not much gone down in my back yard, why should a far fetched story make me feel any better ! Ludicrous !!! Love your music Van, always have !!
Carolina swamp fox   -   Good luck with that. Ask yourself how it is that love transcends death and that reality is the dream that perception lags behind. To believe that that's an accident takes an act of wilful denial, not faith. Peace be with you, too.

Kelsey7717   -   Hahaha OH MY GOSH my mom used to play the tape that had this song in the car when she took me to my church related Wednesday night activity! I never ever wanted to go and one night this song came on when we were driving there and I was like listen mom-no religion today!!! and every time after that I would sing this song on Wednesday night
Alfredo Olivares   -   If this music does not open your eyes while we are in this planet,nothing will, you´ll have to wait till you die.

bigmagic96   -   A joy from start to finish.

The Wayne Rennie    -   ONCE AGAIN VAN DOES A SIMPLE SONG INTO A WONDERFUL STaTEMENTSEN VAN IN CONCERT MANY TIMES YOU CAN NEVER PREDICT HIS MOOD HE IS ALWAYS GREAT

TheOffcialACCFans   -   rock your Irish Soul van!!
Dana Yeoman   -   Great song. Love Brian's back up vocals too.

pjb live - You’re a true DUMBASS! Read the lyrics fool….IT”S NOT AGAINST RELIGION.

TheZimmy7 - When I saw him sing it Live in 1995, he walked back up to the Mic and said “”And Thank God For That”, in a very sarcastic tone.

Floodle zoot - What statement in this song suggests anything against religion??? Saying “there’s no religion here today”, is just stating a fact that society is secular. Where is anything about the poor being kept down or that he is against religion?

TheZimmy7 - Yes He Went through his Religious phase along with his drinking phase but when he sang this song, he had Seen the Light, that Religion only stops the poor from murdering The Rich.

Floodle zoot - In this song he’s talking about the important things in society that are lost when religion is abandoned. He’s not talking about its evils, though I agree with you, he is an excellent place to know what those evils are. But……. he’s talking about the tragedy of what is lost when religion is thrown out too, in a subtle way. Classic Van.

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