Atheist Advent 2011

de Benedict Young

Soulful songs on a godless guitar

Episodios

Arab Spring, U.S. Fall

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23 December

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13 December: Solstice [2009]

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I am now totally convinced that Pod-o-Matic makes up the stats about downloads. I am certain I know the one and only person who is listening to this. Swell.

11 December: A Snow Moon

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10 December: Jabbering Away, in their Own Language

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8 December: True Lullaby

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True Lullaby Promise me baby that you will not cry And I will sing you a true lullaby There are no reasons for tears anymore All reasons for tears are forgotten Promise me baby that you'll never be sad Think of the dreams that a child should have Dream like a demon, don't let them go Dreams always come true tomorrow Promise me baby for a year and a day You'll walk in the sunshine and not brave the rain Rain will come calling and surely enough There will be moments of sorrow

7 December: Cheap Credit Killed Hitching

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A song about hitchhiking, which needs work

6 December: I'm Going Postal for Christmas

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I’m Going Postal For Christmas I’ve been cooking food for days now Turkey’s on the tray It’s way past autumn baby, no time for making hay But my lover isn’t home yet He really should be hear And my gravy’s getting weaker as I add my salty tears And she says “oh no” And she says “oh no” My lover ain’t home And my turkey’s gone cold He said she was a trifle It did not mean a thing Romance should not be stifled At an office party fling But boy when I first saw her It made alarm bells ring They’re drowning out the church bells going ding-a-ling-aling I’m basting with a vengence Cooking up a stew And in my sprouts I’m carving Some cross-hairs just for you And if Santa Claus comes sliding down that sooty Christmas flue He’s going to get what’s coming Cos these sprouts ain’t just for you

4 December: Unspecified Incident at Sea

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Trouble out in the channel... For pictures, chat and videos, come to www.atheistadvent.com

3 December: Thank the Chickens

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Thank the Chickens When the goose had made my feather bed / He sat back down in his cosy nest Give him half an hour and he’ll feel better He only needs to grow back all his feathers Thank you goosey for my feather bed I looked all round the factory / Searching for the goose who laid that duvet for me I’d really like to shake him by the flipper For keeping me so warm in frosty weather Thank you goosey for my feather bed And when I’m done I’ll thank the pig who laid this bacon When I’m done, I’ll thank the chickens When I’m done, I’ll thank the cow who popped this steak I hope it’s not important what they’re missing The farms are filled with brids and bees / Lamb donor retirees Playing by the river with their grandkids Gambling [or gamboling] not for matchsticks but for giblets That’s the scene that plays around in my head So thank you goosey for my feather bed

2 December: The Long-Playing Earth

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The Long-Playing Earth The stylus of the night / Is swinging round the long-playing Earth And music and lamplight / Spring up wherever it falls Stylus of darkness / Stylus of the stars Where will you fall? The clouds will be my covers / Colder than a stolen throne And the dagger moon will watch me / Until the day returns Stylus of darkness / Stylus of the stars Where will you fall? And when the day returns I take my hand from off my eyes and watch the eastern windows But the passage of the night has left everything unchanged Stylus of darkness / Stylus of the stars Where will you fall?

1 December: Atheist Advent

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A brief hello message, after a year of inscrutable recordings.

1 Dec: Conference of the Cows

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This is the first song of Atheist Advent 2011. For the next twenty-four days I will write and record a song each day. This is the first, entitled, Conference of the Cows. Come over to www.atheistadvent.com to see videos and tell me what you think. I'd love to hear from you.

Rocking the Cradle (arr. Lyn Geddes)

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Recorded during a practice for the the Edge of the Folk concert, Clements Hall, York, Sat Sept 24. Lyn Geddes sings 'Rocking the Cradle' (trad., arr Geddes)

Santa Claus' Curse, pt. 1 [Reason Breeds Monsters]

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With permission of the band Reason Breeds Monsters - by which I mean, my own permission, since most of the band is on a cycling holiday - here is a version of an Atheist Advent 2010 song arranged for several instruments. For more info, songs, pictures, and a logo made on GIMP, see: http://www.reverbnation.com/reasonbreedsmonsters and there's occasional action over here: http://www.atheistadvent.com/

June 29, 2011: Season of the Wolf

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Song written for Atheist Advent 2009 and recorded in this version, 2010. As I upload this, we're far from the Season of the Wolf. Heat waves in Europe, strikes in Greece, strikes in Britain, and under my window the kids from the estate look at the strawberries we planted and I hear them debating when they will be ready; no group of bishops and professors could have more gravitas. The wolves don't go hungry, but many others do.

26 December: Lord of Misrule

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The final song of Atheist Advent 2010. Lord of Misrule.

24 December: Santa Claus' Curse pt. 3

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Atheist Advent song for Christmas Day 2010

December 22: On Beadnell Bay

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Flawed version of a song that could be ok if I had time to practice it.

19 December: Where the Cities Are

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A song about recent, present and future wars.

16 December: Panic Gunners

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15 December: Love During War Time

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A song that is clearly a folk version of Talking Heads

14 December: James Bond Will Return

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The theme tune from an as-yet unmade James Bond film.

13 December: Métro, boulot, dodo

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Our song for 13 December. For videos and news, go to http://www.atheistadvent.com

December 11: Nauseating NGO Publicity Stunts Vol. I

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I'll blog about this. If reading does not offend your podcasty sensibilities, look out on www.atheistadvent.com. Or I might actually record a REAL podcast, with words, and tell you about it.

December 9th: Santa, I've Been Good. So Bring Me a New Government.

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Song written on eve of national demonstrations against the education reform vote, in Britain. For more info, go to www.atheistadvent.com

8 December: They're Nobody's Now

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The song for the 8th December Atheist Advent. I was thinking about moving house.

6 December: Extracts from a Speech by the Executive Secretary of the UN CBD

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Atheist Advent. Song for the 6th December. After COP 10.

5 December: What if Every Falling Snowflake Made a Musical Note?

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Atheist Advent. Our song for the 5th December. See www.atheistadvent.com

4 December: Independent's Wikileaks Editorial Decisions

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Song written for Julian Assange, inter alia.

3 December: Entombed

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Atheist Advent, 3 December. 'Entombed'.

2 December: Jesus Fighting with the Police

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Atheist Advent: 2 December. "Jesus Fighting with the Police."

Frozen Headlights (Atheist Advent, 1 December 2010)

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Atheist Advent 2010. 1 December. Much of Europe lies under snow. A cold snap. While on the street we cry for a snap election.