The Christians and the Pagans

May 4, 2009 at 8:01 am 6 comments

imagesMoved beyond what is reasonable by this song this morning, must be Monday…

It’s funny and lively and hopeful. And sad, that’s what got me, so sad and utterly pointless that religion drives people apart like this. The lyrics don’t read nearly as well as they sound in the song.

[edit, added youtube link, thanks Temaskian!]

ARTIST: Dar Williams
TITLE: The Christians and the Pagans

Amber called her uncle, said “We’re up here for the holiday
Jane and I were having Solstice, now we need a place to stay”
And her Christ-loving uncle watched his wife hang Mary on a tree
He watched his son hang candy canes all made with red dye number three
He told his niece, “It’s Christmas eve, I know our life is not your style”
She said, “Christmas is like Solstice, and we miss you and it’s been awhile”

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
And just before the meal was served, hands were held and prayers were said
Sending hope for peace on earth to all their gods and goddesses

The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch
Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, “Is it true that you’re a witch?”
His mom jumped up and said, “The pies are burning,” and she hit the kitchen
And it was Jane who spoke, she said, “It’s true, your cousin’s not a Christian”
“But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share
And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere”

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
And where does magic come from, I think magic’s in the learning
Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning

When Amber tried to do the dishes, her aunt said, “Really, no, don’t bother”
Amber’s uncle saw how Amber looked like Tim and like her father
He thought about his brother, how they hadn’t spoken in a year
He thought he’d call him up and say, “It’s Christmas and your daughter’s here”
He thought of fathers, sons and brothers, saw his own son tug his sleeve saying
“Can I be a Pagan?” Dad said, “We’ll discuss it when they leave”

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold


Entry filed under: life.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Temaskian  |  May 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Lovely song.

    I suspect it would be easier for a christian and an atheist to be friends than say, a Fundamental Baptist with a Southern Baptist.

    Lesser dogma to tussle about.

  • 2. atimetorend  |  May 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for posting the actual song Temaskian, that’s a big improvement.

  • 3. Temaskian  |  May 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

    You’re welcome. =~)

  • 4. Lorena  |  May 4, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I think it’s possible for Christians and non-Christians to sit at dinner together, but only after many years of the Christians knowing about it.

    In my case, we just don’t talk about it ever. But I think my relatives believe that I am going through temporary insanity and that I will come to my senses. After all, they became baptists because of me.

    So every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we sit together–a couple from my side and a couple from his side–The others talk about church; I say nothing.

    At least they’re not trying to convert me. If they did, there would be trouble. But they know better.

  • 5. Temaskian  |  May 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    They say your sins come back to haunt you. The very people I brought to church are the very same ones I try to avoid now.

  • 6. Will  |  May 23, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful lyrics – thanks for posting this.

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