An atheist writes a song: the Flaming Lips’ “Vein of Stars”

Here’s a really good song with atheist lyrics (or at least agnostic ones):

Here are the lyrics:

Who knows?

Maybe there isn’t

a vein of stars

calling out my name.

No glow

from above our heads.

Nothing there to see you

down on your knees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .

Twenty-five, twenty-six,

twenty-seven.

Off in the future

maybe there ain’t no heaven.

It’s just you and me

and maybe that’s just as well.

And if there ain’t no heaven

maybe there ain’t no hell.

I like all the low-key Socratic “maybes.” I would call the writer of these lyrics a “person of doubt” (as opposed to a “person of faith”); he or she is someone of existential sorrows and acquainted with grief (like the Jesus of the Gospel of Mark).

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to An atheist writes a song: the Flaming Lips’ “Vein of Stars”

  1. andrewclunn says:

    You should listen to their album “At War With the Mystics.”

  2. santitafarella says:

    Andrew:

    Thanks for the advice. I know of a few of their songs, but I’ve never actually listened to that whole album. I like the title.

    —Santi

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