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John Reuben – "What About Them"
January 9, 2007, 12:58 am
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This is not an official video, but there isn’t one, and this was all I could find. The words are pretty powerful, and the photos aren’t bad either.

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Wow. Is there an official video for this song. I’d love to see it. Those are some great and convicting lyrics. The message reminds me of Oh My God by Jars of Clay….kind of leaves me with the same feeling…deeply moved, but unsure what to do about it.

Comment by kat

Is it just me, or is there still hope for CCM?

Comment by Eric Brown

WOW! Thought I’d post the lyrics:

What About Them?
From The Boy Vs. The Cynic

Puff the magic Jesus floats around the universe
The United States is its favorite place
On the whole entire earth
So sing your songs and wave your flag
And thank the Lord for all you have
But what about them?
Did you forget about them?

We came, we conquered, never speak of this again
Life must go on, lets not think of them
Things are comfortable now, the pioneers have settled in
A perfect blend of progress and pale skin
For our sake and those to come
We’ll rewrite the text so you can forget where you came from
Tell it in a way that’ll build your self esteem
Repackage the product and sell the American dream

Puff the magic Jesus, floats around the universe
The United States is its favorite place
On the whole entire earth
So sing your songs and wave your flag
And thank the Lord for all you have
But what about them?
Did you forget about them?

History is best forgotten, even better rewritten
And since there’s no forgetting, lets remember it different
Commit to it so strongly ‘till you believe it
The truth is there but you aren’t able to receive it
You need to know you’re safe here
Hide your face here, cuz you’ve found your faith here
But four walls with no windows doesn’t mean you’re it
Four walls with no windows doesn’t mean they don’t exist

Puff the magic Jesus, floats around the universe
The United States is its favorite place
On the whole entire earth
So sing your songs and wave your flag
And thank the Lord for all you have
But what about them?
Did you forget about them?

What a prosperous, wondrous place
Remember to say grace before we scrape our plates
And ignore the crying outside the door
Sure you’ll pray for their burdens
But you don’t wanna make it yours
Thin lines divide but there’s a world of difference
So crawl back into your happy existence
And feel the bliss of ignorance keep you warm
Blessed are those who mourn, but it’s so foreign
The more you have the less you care
The less you care the more you become unaware
Sure life’s not fair, but it favors us apparently
And how are we to interpret this excess?
Is it God’s favor, ill behavior, or simply man’s modern progress?
God bless us as we sweep this mess under the rug
Don’t want to walk barefoot on the tile and step in the mud
Out of sight, out of mind, and pushed to the side
Left for someone else to rationalize and justify

Puff the magic Jesus, floats around the universe
The United States is its favorite place
On the whole entire earth
So sing your songs and wave your flag
And thank the Lord for all you have
But what about them?
Did you forget about them?

Comment by Cristy

Is there hope for CCM? Yes. Is there hope for CCM Radio. I’m not so sure. Songs like this, like “Oh My God”, Todd Agnew’s “My Jesus”, and half of Keith Green’s music just don’t fit in the “uplifting” category. Too controversial, to confrontational. Too meaty, not enough milk, and not generally palatable. There are some stations out there that will play challenging songs, but not the big ones. They don’t get big by playing stuff that makes their audience uncomfortable. (Can you tell this is a big beef with me?)

Maybe I’m too hard in my criticism, and maybe I just don’t understand all that is involved in the music process. But I still think the prophetic voice of Christian music, calling us out of the mire and into spiritual action, is drowned out by the praise and worship dominance. (It’s like in The Blues Brothers: “What kind of music do you usually have here?” “Oh, we got both kinds. We got praise and worship.”)

Comment by euphrony

Praise and Worship is hollow and dirivitive. Both musicial and contextual. There’s no content. Its the same recycled anthems we’ve been hearing since 1985.

Its absolute garbage, with very few noteable exceptions.

Thats all the Christian music fan can handle. Without hurting any feelings, Mercy Me is all they can handle. Do we need people doing that stuff? Of course. But secular music has their string of great bands/artists that goes back to the 1950’s that excist artistically AND popularly.

John Hooker. Bo Diddly. Little Richard. Elvis. The Rolling Stones. The Beatles. The Velvet Underground. The Beach Boys. The Who. The Police. U2. The Smiths. etc etc.

The biggest artists are often the BEST artists. No top teir artistic Christian artist has been big since Keith.

Christian music fans aren’t music fans. They buy music for different reasons.

That leaves people like me hung out to dry, because I can’t digest the repetitive BS marketed to soccer moms and 14 year old girls.

On another note, not to name drop, because I’m nobody and nobody knows me, but I got a chance to hang out with J. Reuben in Savanahh last november. Really good guy, good hearted and funny. Defintely one of the better guys I’ve run into doing music.

dan

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