Song Lyric Sunday — Gimme Some Truth

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt from Helen Vahdati is all about “truth.”

“Gimme Some Truth” is a protest song written and performed by John Lennon. It was written in 1969 and first released on his 1971 album Imagine. It contains various political references to the Vietnam War.

The song expresses Lennon’s frustration with deceptive politicians, and the hypocrisy and chauvinism of politics. It also reflects some widely held feelings of the time, when many people were participating in protest rallies against the war and the government.

Lennon referred to president Richard Nixon as “Tricky-Dicky,” a nickname that became popular during the Watergate hearings. There are many lyrical references to politicians as deceiving, slick, and cowardly characters.

No doubt, if he were alive today, Lennon would be able to express similar sentiments about today’s politics and politicians.

Here are the lyrics.

I’m sick and tired of hearing things from
Uptight short sided narrow minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic psychotic pigheaded politicians
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied
Son of tricky dicky’s
Gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocket full of hopes
Money for dope, money for rope

No short-haired, yellow-bellied,
Son of tricky dicky’s
Gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocket full of hopes
Money for dope, money for rope

I’m sick to death of seeing things from
Tight-lipped condescending mama’s little chauvinists
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I’ve had enough of watching scenes from
Schizophrenic egocentric paranoiac primadonnas
All I want is the truth just give me some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied,
Son of tricky dicky’s
Gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocket full of hopes
It’s money for dope, money for rope

I’m sick to death of hearing things from
Uptight short sided narrow minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic psychotic pigheaded politicians
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth

The Legend of All Legends

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The Christian Bible was written over the course of 1,600 years by about 40 different authors on three different continents. This unique collection of stories serves as the foundation for the world’s largest religion, Christianity.

Every word of the Bible has been studied and parsed. The book has been weaponized and wars have been fought over it. Non-believers in the “truth” of the Bible have been persecuted and killed. It has been questioned and ridiculed as much as it has been revered and prized.

So is the Bible a factual accounting of the creation of everything by an omnipotent being, or is it a book of legends and myths, no different from the legend of King Arthur or the mythologies of the pre-Christianity gods?

To me, the Bible is an interesting, sometimes fascinating, book of fables and parables. But it’s not a text book, a history book, or a science book. Too much of the Bible is simply unbelievable to my practical, pragmatic mind.

Many of the “facts” in the Bible are simply wrong or are scientifically impossible. For example, according to Genesis, the universe is just over 6000 years old. We know that is not true.

Or take the tale of Joshua stopping the sun moving across the sky. This story assumes that the earth was flat and was at the center of the universe. And for the sun to stop, the earth would have to cease rotating on its axis, which would destroy the planet. We know these stories, and many other biblical stories, to be false.

Further, the Bible is full of inconsistencies. How can it be an accurate historical record, when the various books of the Bible contradict one another?

We also know that other world religions also contain rich histories of mythology and fantastical sounding stories, many of which stories are similar to those found in the Bible.

I have no quarrel with those for whom the Bible brings solace and comfort and serves as the anchor for their spiritual and religious beliefs. I would hope that they have no quarrel with me for believing that the Bible is simply a book of legends.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “legend.”

 

One-Liner Wednesday — Dangerous Ground

“A society is moving toward dangerous ground when loyalty to the truth is seen as disloyalty to some supposedly higher interest.”

This quote is attributed to American novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson.

I think the Republicans in Congress should take heed, as they are definitely treading on dangerous ground. Especially now that indictments are being issued.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Hidden Truth

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What is truth? Is it definitive? Is it fact-based? In an early post on this blog, Facts Versus Truth, I referenced a quote from William Faulkner, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

In today’s post-facts/alternative facts Donald Trump era, I finally get what Faulkner was expressing. Facts don’t matter anymore. Truth has become subjective. Truth is something one believes to be true and anything that contradicts that perceived “truth” must be hidden from one’s consciousnesses.

For example, let’s look at what Trump supporters believe to be “the truth.” In a survey by Public Policy Polling, 75% of Trump voters believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the entire story about Russia’s meddling in our election process is “fake news.”

Only 45% of Trump voters say that they believe that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians to get information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, even though Trump Jr. not only admitted to taking the meeting, but released the emails setting up that meeting. Seriously?

And 77% of Trump voters believe that Trump should remain in office even if the investigations reveal that Trump is found guilty of colluding with Putin and the Russians.

Is the truth somehow hidden from the minds of Trump supporters? Or are they just willfully ignorant of the truth?

I think it’s the latter.


This post is for today’s one-word prompt, “Hidden.”

 

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Shoot the Messenger

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“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s book, 1984, in a long, long time — or if you’ve never read it — now is the time to do so. It’s particularly relevant these days when alternative facts (aka, lies) are being presented as valid options for actual facts (aka, the truth) and when real news is called fake and fake news is called real.

When the message offers you the truth, don’t shoot the messenger.


This post is part of the One-Liner Wedesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.