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Chumbawamba drinks a toast to Charlie

All of nature in its place
By hand of the designer
Comes our Charlie spins the world
From here to Asia Minor
In between the Platypus
And perfect Aphrodite
Charlie come with opposing thumb
To question the Almighty

Over the river and over the sea
Through holy storm and thunder
Steer a course for a brave new world
Of common sense and wonder

See the dancing President
The congressman and teacher
Jumpin’ to the music of
The wealthy Midwest preacher
Charlie come with a brand new dance
Get on the floor and follow
Find yourself a partner and
We’ll swing into tomorrow

Over the river and over the sea
Through holy storm and thunder
Steer a course for a brave new world
Of common sense and wonder

Armed with truth we’re stepping out
Come join the worldwide party
Charge your glass and face the world
We’ll drink a toast to Charlie

Over the river and over the sea
Through holy storm and thunder
Steer a course for a brave new world
Of common sense and wonder.

Comments

  1. #1 rickflick
    November 16, 2008

    Charmin’!

  2. #2 Blaise Pascal
    November 16, 2008

    Was it my imagination, or did they sneak a little bit of “I get knocked down” in there right before the last verse?

  3. #3 Die Anyway
    November 16, 2008

    That was fun!

  4. #4 Lerjoy
    November 16, 2008

    Fabulous, thanks!

  5. #5 GOPnot4me
    November 16, 2008

    Here’s a glass charged w/ a Black & Tan for Charlie!

  6. #6 Serafina
    November 16, 2008

    Chumbawumba’s newest cd, The Boy Bands Have Won, is actually a pretty amazing cd. For those of you who only know their hit 10 yrs ago (Thubthumping), you wont believe it’s the same band.

  7. #7 stewart
    November 16, 2008

    Thanks for this – I heard the song on the Guardian’s science podcast, but lost the reference. Nw I’ll track it down.

  8. #8 KC
    November 16, 2008

    I hadn’t been too happy with their acoustic forays – well, the English Rebel Songs album was pretty okay, actually. But I kinda liked their popish-yet-Anarchist music of yore. You know, the stuff that didn’t make them famous. ;)

  9. #9 Joel
    November 16, 2008

    DENVER — A controversial billboard will likely be popping up in a neighborhood near you, just in time for the holidays.

    The billboard is paid for by a Colorado atheist group. The message sits against a blue sky backdrop and says, “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.”

    Ten billboards will pepper metro Denver, while one will be put up in Colorado Springs…

    “The Bible is being fulfilled. It says that in latter days, you have all these kinds of things coming up, trying to disrupt the validity of Christianity,” Johnson said. “If they don’t believe in God, how do they believe they came about? We denounce what they are doing. But we do it with love, with gentleness, with decency and with compassion.”

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/17977308/detail.html#-

  10. #10 Wowbagger
    November 16, 2008

    “The Bible is being fulfilled. It says that in latter days, you have all these kinds of things coming up, trying to disrupt the validity of Christianity,”

    The bible predicts billboards? That’s amazing!

  11. #11 Your Mighty Overload
    November 16, 2008

    Now I bet Cuttlefish could do better than this – come on, show us yer skills Cuttle!

  12. #12 Kel
    November 16, 2008

    “If they don’t believe in God, how do they believe they came about?”

    It’s evolution baby

  13. #13 Mariana
    November 17, 2008

    “We denounce what they are doing. But we do it with love, with gentleness, with decency and with compassion.”

    ROFL.

    Sorry, I have nothing to add, really, it’s just hilarious.

  14. #14 Mark
    November 17, 2008

    PZ, I’m impressed you would post a Chumbawumba video. However, they did abandon their anarchist roots which I will always feel bitter for.
    :(

  15. #15 Holydust
    November 17, 2008

    @Mariana:
    Exactly. So we should kick them in the shins.

    You know. With gentleness, with decency, and with compassion.

  16. #16 Helioprogenus
    November 17, 2008

    I’ve never been a fan of Chumbawumba, but I gotta admit, it’s a catching little tune. There have been many anti-religious songs, but I can’t recall any that were so Darwinian in nature. Would have sounded better if Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead was growling those lyrics.

  17. #17 Julius
    November 17, 2008

    Aaah, Chumbawamba. I do believe that another song of theirs, “We don’t go to God’s House Anymore”, was an important element in my, er, spiritual development*. And it’s a damn good song. The only album of theirs I have is actually the Uneasy Listening compilation, but that’s got a nice little blurb for each song explaining the background and the context of the album it’s taken from.

    * away from religion and other “spiritual” bollocks, that is. Also instrumental in that was Douglas Adams’s essay/speech on why he’s an atheist.

  18. #18 Brad D
    November 17, 2008

    Nice tune… not at all what I expected based on their one hit.

  19. #19 Peter Ashby
    November 17, 2008

    KC I know what you mean. This song doesn’t surprise me, not after We Don’t Go To God’s House from the Jesus H Christ album. I agree though that they don’t quite fit their new folkie mode.

  20. #20 Piltdown Man
    November 17, 2008

    Chumbawamba:

    Steer a course for a brave new world
    Of common sense and wonder

    Give me back my broken night
    my mirrored room, my secret life
    it’s lonely here, there’s no one left to torture

    Give me absolute control
    over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby, that’s an order!

    Give me crack and anal sex
    Take the only tree that’s left
    and stuff it up the hole in your culture

    Give me back the Berlin wall
    give me Stalin and St Paul
    I’ve seen the future, brother: it is murder.

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won’t be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
    and it’s overturned the order of the soul …

    You don’t know me from the wind
    you never will, you never did
    I’m the little Jew who wrote the Bible

    I’ve seen the nations rise and fall
    I’ve heard their stories, heard them all
    but love’s the only engine of survival

    Your servant here, he has been told
    to say it clear, to say it cold:
    It’s over, it ain’t going any further

    And now the wheels of heaven stop
    you feel the devil’s riding crop
    Get ready for the future: it is murder

    There’ll be the breaking of the ancient Western code
    Your private life will suddenly explode
    There’ll be phantoms, there’ll be fires on the road
    and the white man dancing

    You’ll see a woman hanging upside down
    her features covered by her fallen gown
    and all the lousy little poets coming round
    tryin’ to sound like Charlie Manson
    and the white man dancin’

    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St Paul
    Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima

    Destroy another fetus now
    We don’t like children anyhow
    I’ve seen the future, baby: it is murder

    When they said REPENT
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said REPENT
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said REPENT
    I wonder what they meant?

    – Leonard Cohen, “The Future”

  21. #21 pcarini
    November 17, 2008

    … For those of you who only know their hit 10 yrs ago (Thubthumping), you wont believe it’s the same band.

    That’s me, and I didn’t. While it’s a definite improvement (I really, really, really hated Tubthumping), it sounds a little too much like it should be in A Mighty Wind. I say this as a fan of bluegrass and folk music.

  22. #22 pcarini
    November 17, 2008

    @Piltdown Man #20: That’s great song, but what’s the point of posting it in full?

  23. #23 eddie
    November 17, 2008

    I love chumbawamba too but was torn between the sentiment of ‘give the anarchist a cigarette’ and my anti-smoking stance. Nothing’s perfect.

    Slightly off topic for this post but on topic for pharyngula generally: Last week I went to a concert organised by Threads of Sound. Their flyer featured this great picture;

    threads5.jpeg

    Does anyone know who it’s by?
    Apart from the obvious; that it’s an octopus rather than a squid, you can see that the larger tentacle pads are at least as big as the human figures on deck of the ship.
    Is this realistic? I mean, when these animals get larger, do the pads get larger too or do they grow more of them?

  24. #24 Owlmirror
    November 17, 2008

    That’s great song, but what’s the point of posting it in full?

    Pilt takes it all deadly seriously. He’s an anti-modernist who hates the very idea that humans might possibly progress without the Roman Catholic Church providing guidance — and setting dissidents on fire.

  25. #25 RickrOll
    November 17, 2008

    Give me back my broken night
    my mirrored room, my secret life
    it’s lonely here, there’s no one left to torture

    Give me absolute control
    over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby, that’s an order!

    Give me crack and anal sex
    Take the only tree that’s left
    and stuff it up the hole in your culture

    Pilty, thanks for the objective view of the Roman Catholic Church!

  26. #26 pcarini
    November 17, 2008

    Piltdown Man @ 20:

    [full lyrics to Leonard Cohen's The Future]

    This tune, from the same album, may put Pilty on the fainting couch:
    Closing Time

    An excerpt:

    Ah we’re drinking and we’re dancing
    and the band is really happening
    and the Johnny Walker wisdom running high
    And my very sweet companion
    she’s the Angel of Compassion
    she’s rubbing half the world against her thigh
    And every drinker every dancer
    lifts a happy face to thank her
    the fiddler fiddles something so sublime
    all the women tear their blouses off
    and the men they dance on the polka-dots
    and it’s partner found, it’s partner lost
    and it’s hell to pay when the fiddler stops:
    it’s CLOSING TIME

  27. #27 BGOG
    November 17, 2008

    Leeds band!!

  28. #28 Wowbagger
    November 17, 2008

    I like this one more:

    I wont believe in heaven and hell.
    No saints, no sinners,
    No devil as well.
    No pearly gates, no thorny crown.
    You’re always letting us humans down.
    The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
    Those lost at sea and never found,
    And it’s the same the whole world round.
    The hurt I see helps to compound,
    That the father, son and holy ghost,
    Is just somebody’s unholy hoax,
    And if you’re up there you’ll perceive,
    That my heart’s here upon my sleeve.
    If there’s one thing I don’t believe in…
    It’s you,
    Dear god.

    XTC, Dear God

  29. #29 The Beagle Project
    November 17, 2008

    Leeds band! Indeed – from West Yorkshire from where CD posted the first copies of The Origin.

  30. #30 Andrés Diplotti
    November 17, 2008

    Give me back my broken night
    my mirrored room, my secret life
    it’s lonely here, there’s no one left to torture

    Give me absolute control
    over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby, that’s an order!

    Take my home, take my land,
    take me where I cannot stand.
    I don’t care, I’m still free,
    you can’t take the sky from me.

  31. #31 Nick Gotts
    November 17, 2008

    it’s lonely here, there’s no one left to torture

    Give me absolute control
    over every living soul

    - Piltdown Scumbag, quoting Leonard Cohen

    We have here Scumbag’s philosophy in a nutshell.

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought “Charlie” must refer to Charlie Windsor, self-styled “Prince of Wales” and “Heir to the throne”, who is 60 this week. Phew – at least Chumbawamba haven’t sold out that completely!

  32. #32 One Eyed Jack
    November 17, 2008

    Interesting lyrics. Horrible song.

  33. #33 Realist Golfer
    November 17, 2008

    It’s 2008, right?…..I prefer Greydon Square to this, and I’m “old”

  34. #34 AJS
    November 17, 2008

    Ah, Chumbawamba. I remember them from when they used to tour with The Levellers …..

    I also remember playing the B-side of the “Tubthumping” 45 (it’s a song called “Farewell to the Crown”) at full volume on my Seeburg ELPC-1 on the morning of 1 September 1997.

    Nice that’s someone’s written a protest song about Charles Darwin. Anyone know of any protest songs against stupid American measurements? We only learned metres, litres and kilos when I was at school …..

  35. #35 NMcC
    November 17, 2008

    Let’s all go to Piltdown’s house for a party. Yeeha!

    Perhaps not, it would be as dead as heaven on a Saturday night.

  36. #36 karen
    November 17, 2008

    Way to rock the recorder.

  37. #37 spgreenlaw
    November 17, 2008

    Stained glass windows keep the cold outside
    While the hypocrites hide inside
    With the lies of statues in their minds
    Where the Christian religion made them blind
    Where they hide
    And prey to the God of a bitch spelled backwards is dog
    Not for one race, one creed, one world
    But for money
    Effective
    Absurd

    Do you pray to the Holy Ghost when you suck your host
    Do you read who’s dead in the Irish Post
    Do you give away the cash you cant afford
    On bended knees and pray to lord

    Fat pig priest
    Sanctimonious smiles
    He takes the money
    You take the lies
    This is religion and Jesus Christ
    This is religion cheaply priced
    This is bibles full of libel
    This is sin in eternal hymn
    This is what they’ve done
    This is your religion
    The apostles were eleven
    Now theres a sod in Heaven

    This is religion
    There’s a liar on the altar
    The sermon never falter
    This is religion
    Your religion

    Religion I/II, Public Image Ltd.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO6uh2o0GOQ

    John Lydon does everything better.

  38. #38 FactsDontMatter
    November 17, 2008

    Um… In what respect, Charlie?

  39. #39 mandrake
    November 17, 2008

    I first got into this band because of a double cd they released. With Noam Chomsky.

    http://www.akpress.org/1996/items/forafreehumanity

    Showbusiness! is my favorite album, but Wysiwyg also good and has the line “You can buy your friends/But I’ll hate you for free.”

    and AK Press rocks, and they’re very cool people – I used to sell their stuff when I owned a bookstore.

  40. #40 Mark
    November 17, 2008

    I like AK Press.

  41. #41 the pro from dover
    November 17, 2008

    antireligious songs are a dime a dozen but pro evolution songs are much rarer or even those that mention evolution, Darwin or primates. I’ve always wanted to compile a CD of evolutionary based songs and suggestions are always welcome. List includes; revolution-Beatles, man on the moon-REM, monkey to man-E. Costello, Mammal-TMBG, Monkey man-Toots among many others, Mr. Stupid-R. Thompson, Gorilla you’re a desperado-W. Zevon, Money for nothing-Dire Straits, Boy in the bubble P. Simon among others, apeman-kinks, alley oop-hollywood argyles, superman song-crashtest dummies, monkey time-major lance. There must be more out there. TPFD.

  42. #42 Piltdown Man
    November 17, 2008

    pcarini @26:

    This tune, from the same album, may put Pilty on the fainting couch:
    Closing Time

    Oh I don’t know …

    “So we struggle and we stagger
    down the snakes and up the ladder
    to the tower where the blessed hours chime …
    Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked
    By the winds of change and the weeds of sex
    looks like freedom but it feels like death
    it’s something in between, I guess
    it’s CLOSING TIME “

  43. #43 Piltdown Man
    November 17, 2008

    spgreenlaw @ 37:

    John Lydon does everything better.

    About time the inventor of the spunk sandwich was admitted into the Atheists’ Hall of Fame:

    “I got no emotions for anybody else
    You better understand Im in love with my self
    My beautiful self

    I look around your house, you got nothing to steal
    I kick you in the brains when you get down to kneel
    To pray, you pray to your god

    No feelings, no feelings
    No feelings for anybody else
    Exept for my self”

    Credit where’s it’s due, though, Bodies is great …

  44. #44 Steve_C
    November 17, 2008
  45. #45 Piltdown Man
    November 17, 2008

    Nick Gotts @ 31:

    We have here Scumbag’s philosophy in a nutshell.

    “Where figures from the past stand tall
    And mocking voices ring the hall,
    Imperialistic house of prayer -
    Conquistadors who took their share!
    They keep calling me …”

    Do I belong to some ancient race?
    I like to walk in ancient places
    These are the things that I can understand.
    I don’t believe in your modern ways
    Don’t care about the things you say,
    Your policies have failed the test of time …”

  46. #46 Piltdown Man
    November 17, 2008

    This is fun!

    “Well we know what makes the flowers grow, but we don’t know why
    And we all have the knowledge of DNA, but we still die
    We perch so thin and fragile here upon the land
    And the earth that moves beneath us, we don’t understand
    So we rush towards the judgement day, when she reclaims
    A toast to the Luddite martyrs, then, who died in vain
    Down at the lab they’re working still, finishing off
    How do we tell the people in the white coats enough is enough? “

    “Faster, faster, like a whirling dervish spinning round
    Faster, faster, until the centre cannot hold
    You screamed ‘give us liberty or give us death’
    Now you’ve got both – what do you want next ?
    Here comes the war!
    Put out the lights on the Age of Reason!”

  47. #47 Somnolent Aphid
    November 17, 2008

    Big Chumbawamba fans at our house. Fascinating band. Fascinating ethic.

  48. #48 Moses
    November 17, 2008

    You listen to Anarcho-Punk/Post-Punk?

  49. #49 spgreenlaw
    November 17, 2008

    Yeah, Steve C, he’s a shadow of his former self. I can’t hate him though, PIL and the Pistols gave my lethargic teenage ass a major kick in the butt. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  50. #50 Ebonmuse
    November 17, 2008

    That made me smile. :)

    Most music about religion and humanism, I’m afraid, is suffocatingly preachy. But that was a wonderful little tune that sends a positive message without being heavy-handed. Catchy, too!

  51. #51 windy
    November 18, 2008

    I don’t believe in your modern ways

    I didn’t know you could comment here using smoke signals.

  52. #52 Wowbagger
    November 18, 2008

    Pilty, in his ignorance, quoted lyrics from Joy Division’s Dead Souls – if Ian Curtis was a christian he wasn’t a very good one, since he committed suicide, a mortal sin to a god-soaked loon like Pilty; also, the song was covered for the soundtrack to The Crow by Nine Inch Nails – whose singer, Trent Reznor, writes lyrics like Your god is dead and no-one cares.

    And, of course, it references conquistadores – aka catholics who raped and murdered thousands for the glory of their bloodthirsty god.

    Bwahahahahaaa! Nice one, Pilty!

  53. #53 Sheri
    November 18, 2008

    pro from dover, you can add to your evolution song list the wickedly witty “Origin of Species,” described by songwriter Chris Smither as “making fun of dummies”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpNoQaB2LT0

    If it’s primates you’re looking for, you might enjoy the cryptic “Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse” by Warren Zevon:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY2CZ0GYUHY

  54. #54 the pro from dover
    November 18, 2008

    I like Chris Smither’s song. Is it on a CD? I must have monkey wash somewhere already in my collection. Thanks for the help. Also as far as apes are concerned I don’t have any song about gibbons altho Billy is the singer/guitarist in ZZ top, that doesn’t really count. TPFD.

  55. #55 hedberg
    November 18, 2008

    I like Chris Smither’s song. Is it on a CD?

    The song is on his 2006 album “Leave the Light On.” Check out Smither.com. Most everything he has ever recorded is brilliant — nobody does that style better.

    Here’s another Smither video that’s well done and interesting.

  56. #56 hedberg
    November 18, 2008

    The link that didn’t work in the previous post:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgxNU9YHTZw

  57. #57 Prometevsberg
    November 18, 2008

    “Posted by: the pro from dover | November 17, 2008 4:10 PM

    antireligious songs are a dime a dozen but pro evolution songs are much rarer or even those that mention evolution, Darwin or primates. I’ve always wanted to compile a CD of evolutionary based songs and suggestions are always welcome. ”
    The swedish entertainer & pianist Povel Ramel
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povel_Ramel had the song “Digga Darwin”(“Dig Darwin”)which can be heard at
    http://goranbength.blogspot.com/2008/11/digga-darwin.html top file
    the text goes, in a rough & ready line-by-line translation, with the backing singers in brackets:
    Dig Darwin
    (Text & music: Povel Ramel)

    Dig Darwin, dig Darwin
    Dig Darwin, dig Darwin…
    This man, (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh, this man, (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    He made an amazing discovery (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    He found we are all related (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    From monkeys you have come, and monkey you shall always be.
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    He sat in his chamber, puulled on his sideburns
    And thought Adam Eve, /oh there must be something wrong/ (in english in the original)
    That fairy tale is beuttiful, but illogical and narrow
    I prefer to believe in a natural razzmatazz
    A chain from the dawn of life until today
    From the first paramecium(literally: slipper animal) unto dad and mom, and then me
    Yes, devils in the firestove, a tempting idea(literally: a bribing idea)
    We are soldiers in the same army
    Monkey or man must be a coincidence,
    I think I will put it down on a note.

    Said this man(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    The amoeba got a fin(Mmm)
    Became a little fish (Aha!)
    The fish got little legs, crawled ashore at its own risk(Naaw)
    It pondered: /”So far so good”/(in english in the original) but what am I gonna become now?
    (Yeah!)
    Lizard or bird, maybe mammoth or wilderbeest(Hallelulyah)
    When it had passed (Mmm)
    the great sieve of nature(Oiii)
    It had become a worldly lot of animals all over the place
    (Naaw)
    Some were frozen in development (Mmm)
    Other sat in trees (Wow!)
    danglinmg among the branches, grew longer arms and legs(Oi!)
    One fell to the ground (Mmmm)
    Finally got to his legs (naaw)
    Got glasses and a moustache, see, here we got uncle Knut!

    (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    :Reciting:
    Two small organismans were once swimming in the ocean
    He wanted to be hers, she wanted to be his
    A third came swimming, weak as a blancmange
    Was shoved aside and did kinda not join in
    This, my friends, are called selection
    Inherited traits are changed through mutation
    he has the greater chance to get ahead in the queue
    Is that which is optimally fitted to its own enviroment
    His possibilites to heighten his frequency within the population in the next generation is great,
    :recitation ends:
    So eat your breakfast(literally: porridge), mind your body and honour your dad and mom!

    !(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    Ohh, such an amazing discovery (Dig darwin, dig Darwin)
    He found we are all related ((Dig darwin, dig Darwin)
    From monkeys you have come, and monkey you shall always be
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    This man(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Oh, this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    What a man (Dig Darwin, d-i-g D-a-r-w-i-n)

    A s-c-i-e-n-t-i-f-i-f-i-c s-u-c-c-e-s-s!

    Now , if that is a not a celebration of Darwin, what is?

  58. #58 Prometevsberg
    November 18, 2008

    “Posted by: the pro from dover | November 17, 2008 4:10 PM

    antireligious songs are a dime a dozen but pro evolution songs are much rarer or even those that mention evolution, Darwin or primates. I’ve always wanted to compile a CD of evolutionary based songs and suggestions are always welcome. ”
    The swedish entertainer & pianist Povel Ramel
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povel_Ramel had the song “Digga Darwin”(“Dig Darwin”)which can be heard at
    http://goranbength.blogspot.com/2008/11/digga-darwin.html top file
    the text goes, in a rough & ready line-by-line translation, with the backing singers in brackets:
    Dig Darwin
    (Text & music: Povel Ramel)

    Dig Darwin, dig Darwin
    Dig Darwin, dig Darwin…
    This man, (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh, this man, (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    He made an amazing discovery (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    He found we are all related (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    From monkeys you have come, and monkey you shall always be.
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    He sat in his chamber, puulled on his sideburns
    And thought Adam Eve, /oh there must be something wrong/ (in english in the original)
    That fairy tale is beuttiful, but illogical and narrow
    I prefer to believe in a natural razzmatazz
    A chain from the dawn of life until today
    From the first paramecium(literally: slipper animal) unto dad and mom, and then me
    Yes, devils in the firestove, a tempting idea(literally: a bribing idea)
    We are soldiers in the same army
    Monkey or man must be a coincidence,
    I think I will put it down on a note.

    Said this man(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    The amoeba got a fin(Mmm)
    Became a little fish (Aha!)
    The fish got little legs, crawled ashore at its own risk(Naaw)
    It pondered: /”So far so good”/(in english in the original) but what am I gonna become now?
    (Yeah!)
    Lizard or bird, maybe mammoth or wilderbeest(Hallelulyah)
    When it had passed (Mmm)
    the great sieve of nature(Oiii)
    It had become a worldly lot of animals all over the place
    (Naaw)
    Some were frozen in development (Mmm)
    Other sat in trees (Wow!)
    danglinmg among the branches, grew longer arms and legs(Oi!)
    One fell to the ground (Mmmm)
    Finally got to his legs (naaw)
    Got glasses and a moustache, see, here we got uncle Knut!

    (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    :Reciting:
    Two small organismans were once swimming in the ocean
    He wanted to be hers, she wanted to be his
    A third came swimming, weak as a blancmange
    Was shoved aside and did kinda not join in
    This, my friends, are called selection
    Inherited traits are changed through mutation
    he has the greater chance to get ahead in the queue
    Is that which is optimally fitted to its own enviroment
    His possibilites to heighten his frequency within the population in the next generation is great,
    :recitation ends:
    So eat your breakfast(literally: porridge), mind your body and honour your dad and mom!

    !(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Ohh this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    This man, who found how it all hangs together,(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    We dig Charlie Darwin and his theory of evolutioni
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    Ohh, such an amazing discovery (Dig darwin, dig Darwin)
    He found we are all related ((Dig darwin, dig Darwin)
    From monkeys you have come, and monkey you shall always be
    Hey, dig dig you, dig dig you, dig dig Darwin

    This man(Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    Oh, this man (Dig Darwin, dig Darwin)
    What a man (Dig Darwin, d-i-g D-a-r-w-i-n)

    A s-c-i-e-n-t-i-f-i-f-i-c s-u-c-c-e-s-s!

    Now , if that is a not a celebration of Darwin, what is?

  59. #59 Prometevsberg
    November 18, 2008

    oops, please delete double post…

  60. #60 windy
    November 18, 2008

    The swedish entertainer & pianist Povel Ramel had the song “Digga Darwin”

    WTF, why didn’t I hear about this before?? “Kalle Darwin” LOL :)

  61. #61 Piltdown Man
    November 18, 2008

    Wowbagger @52:

    if Ian Curtis was a christian he wasn’t a very good one

    Never said he was.

    … since he committed suicide, a mortal sin

    Let’s hope he repented at the last minute!

    (Of course since rock music perpetually oscillates between egotistic hedonism and nihilistic despair, it’s not surprising its practitioners so often come to a bad end.)

    also, the song was covered for the soundtrack to The Crow by Nine Inch Nails – whose singer, Trent Reznor, writes lyrics like Your god is dead and no-one cares.

    A truly terrible cover version – all whiny nasal ‘American-Satanist’ vocals. Great movie though.

    And, of course, it references conquistadores – aka catholics who raped and murdered thousands for the glory of their bloodthirsty god.

    “History is a collection of lies statesmen have agreed upon.” – Napoleon.

  62. #62 Owlmirror
    November 18, 2008

    “History is a collection of lies statesmen have agreed upon.” – Napoleon.

    Looks like you’re repudiating Catholicism, then, seeing that theologians and clerics are statesmen for the Church.

  63. #63 Piltdown Man
    November 18, 2008

    They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five
    Judge says to the High Sheriff,
    “I want him dead or alive
    Either one, I don’t care …”

  64. #64 Owlmirror
    November 18, 2008

    They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five
    Judge says to the High Sheriff,
    “I want him dead or alive
    Either one, I don’t care …”

    For someone who rejects modernism, you sure are familiar with modern music. And with Freemasonry, come to think of it. And with other works that would clearly belong on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, if it still existed.

    Good thing the modern Church is all mushy and humanistic and liberal, or you might find yourself coming to the attention of the Holy Office.

  65. #65 Prometevsberg
    November 18, 2008

    ..and before i forget it, the swedish drinking song, “Natural selection”, winner of the 2001 national competition for new drinking songs,taken from
    http://www.vinosprithistoriska.se/?id=643 where you also see a picture of the proud winner, Rolf Malmström, of Örkelljunga

    Det naturliga urvalet
    Melodi: Skånska slott och herresäten

    När Darwin studerade liv i naturen
    Så fann han att först dör de svagaste djuren
    De sämsta bland hjärnceller dör också först
    Så öka din IQ och minska din törst.

    badly & quicly translated into doggerel it goes:
    melody http://web.comhem.se/~u85341761/snaps/skanska.mid

    When Darwin studied life natures way
    He found that first the weakest animals die
    the worst of the brains cells also die first
    So heighten you IQ and lessen your thirst

  66. #66 Wowbagger
    November 18, 2008

    Pilty, are you claiming that members of the Spanish forces didn’t rape or murder anyone during the colonisation of South America? Not one member of any of the South American native peoples? That absolutely everything in this article is false?

    Or are you claiming the Spanish of the time weren’t Catholics? Or perhaps they weren’t – wait for it – True Catholics??

    If so, then you really have lost the plot – if, that is, you ever posessed it.

  67. #67 Kel
    November 18, 2008

    It’s not rape if it’s permitted by the bible ;)

  68. #68 Sheri
    November 19, 2008

    pro from dover @ 54, have you never heard “The Funky Gibbon” by the Goodies??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXq8rELhUkw

    They were approximate contemporaries of Monty Python but enjoyed only minor success on this side of the Pond. (The fragmentary ornithologist reference at the beginning of this clip refers to the fact that Goodies member Bill Oddie is a rabid birder.)

    Nice choice of Smither video, hedberg. I saw him in concert for the fourth time a year ago Monday – still as awesome as ever.

  69. #69 Robert Martin
    December 27, 2008

    I would never expect to convert anyone here.

    Posted by: Wowbagger | November 16, 2008 11:35 PM

    “The Bible is being fulfilled. It says that in latter days, you have all these kinds of things coming up, trying to disrupt the validity of Christianity,”
    The bible predicts billboards? That’s amazing!

    Look at the verses below.. this is what the writer was trying to say. The bible does not mention billboards but it says . . .
    2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
    2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

    “Willingly ignorant” Ignorant = lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified. Willingly = accepted by choice or without reluctance.
    In laymens terms – dumb on purpose

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