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    So far we've covered songs with themes about love, food, color, transportation, planets, war, crime and numbers.

    All of those themes have some element of religion, being a part of our past, present and/or future. Whether you're agnostic, monotheistic, polytheistic, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, or whatever your faith. There's a song that's been written in the name of life, death and spirituality, whether in the place of worship, or in pop culture...

    Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
    Knocking on Heaven's Door - Guns 'N Roses
    Angel - Sarah McLachlan
    God Bless My Daddy - Dennis Pavao

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    I Can Only Imagine
    http://www.andiesisle.com/icanonlyimagine.html

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    Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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    GOD ONLY KNOWS - Beachboys;
    HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL - Tavares;
    HALF HEAVEN, HALF HEARTCHE - Gene Pitney;
    MY SWEET LORD - George Harrison;
    HEAVEN - Rascals

    Last year, I put out a compilation CD titled HEAVEN AND HELL with lots of songs about devils and angels.

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    Here's a few....

    The Lord's Prayer - Sister Janet Mead
    One of Us - Joan Osborne
    Alive! - Rebecca St. James
    I Thank You - Rebecca St. James
    America (National Day of Prayer Version) - Rebecca St. James
    Wait For Me - Rebecca St. James
    On the Third Day - Michael Olson
    Heavenly Father - Kitaro
    Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
    Religion - Elton John
    Dominque - The Singing Nun
    Day By Day - Godspell
    Jesus Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood
    Amazing Grace - Judy Collins, various others
    He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - various
    Battle Hymn of the Republic - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Carol of the Bells - various artists
    Onward Christian Soldiers - various
    Rock of Ages - various
    God Bless America - Various Artists
    God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood

    I'm sure there a ton more if you include just about anything from the Contemporary Christian music genre not to mention traditional Christian music sung in Chruches, etc. And I can't even imagine what kind of music other religions have.... so taking this into account, I can see this evolving into a long topic.... I think.
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    JOHN LENNON - Imagine

    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today...

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one
    “First we fought the preliminary round for the k***s and now we’re gonna fight the main event for the n*****s."
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    HEAVENLY FATHER - Sandy Stewart (a "Hawaii-only" hit);
    HEAVEN ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR - Paul Nicholas;
    YOU'LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN - Stylistics;
    UNDERCOVER ANGEL - Alan O'Day;
    ANGEL OF THE MORNING - Merilee Rush; Juice Newton;
    EARTH ANGEL - Penguins;
    MY SPECIAL ANGEL - Bobby Helms;
    MY ANGEL BABY - Toby Beau

    and so many other "angel" and "devil" songs .........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    MY SWEET LORD - George Harrison
    OK, I'll admit, I'm going to hell for NOT being a Beatles fan, but THAT'S the song I was looking for! I kept searching Google for the "hare krishna" song. lol!

    • BODHISATTVA - Steely Dan
    • (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
    I'm not sure if this song is about Buddhism or religion, but anyways!...
    • Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

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    Ho'omana
    More Love, More Power
    both by Kawika Kahiapo

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    I'm sure there a ton more if you include just about anything from the Contemporary Christian music genre not to mention traditional Christian music sung in Chruches, etc. And I can't even imagine what kind of music other religions have.... so taking this into account, I can see this evolving into a long topic.... I think.
    Those are good points. Which is why I'm trying to dig up those that are more from the mainstream and Billboard charts. There's also TONS of metal on the subject. Then of course you have all the Christmas music.. yay!

    • Fly with Angels - Na Leo Pilimehana
    • Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
    • Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
    • Gods of War - Def Leppard
    • Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (also applies to the "numbers" thread)
    • Highway to Hell - AC/DC (also applies to the "transportation" thread)
    • Let There Be Rock - AC/DC (according the "Rock Bible" of Genesis)

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    If by Bread.

    If a picture paints a thousand words,
    Then why cant I paint you?
    The words will never show the you Ive come to know.
    If a face could launch a thousand ships,
    Then where am I to go?
    Theres no one home but you,
    Youre all thats left me too.
    And when my love for life is running dry,
    You come and pour yourself on me.

    If a man could be two places at one time,
    Id be with you.
    Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
    If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
    Id spend the end with you.
    And when the world was through,
    Then one by one the stars would all go out,
    Then you and I would simply fly away
    Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
    Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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    One of my favorites that was a big top 40 hit in 1970:


    Everything is Beautiful* - by Ray Stevens
    (partial lyrics below - complete lyrics here)

    Jesus loves the little children,
    All the children of the world;
    Red and yellow, black and white,
    They are precious in His sight;
    Jesus loves the little children of the world.

    Refrain
    Everything is beautiful in its' own way,
    Like a starry summer night
    or a snow covered winter's day.
    Everybody's beautiful in their own way,
    Under God's heaven, the world's gonna find a way.

    There is none so blind as he who will not see.
    We must not close our minds,
    we must let our thoughts be free.
    For every hour that passes by,
    you know the world gets a little bit older.
    It's time to realize that beauty lies
    in the eyes of the beholder.

    * YouTube video link.

    Additional Songs

    Kanaka Wai Wai - Hui O'Hana or Melveen Leed; others
    Jesus Loves Me - traditional written by Anna B. Warner and David Rutherford McGuire; recordings- various artists
    God Bless America Again - Loretta Lynn
    Why Me - Kris Kristofferson


    Border Song - Elton John
    Jesus Is Just Alright With Me - Doobie Brothers
    In God's Country - U2
    Last edited by mel; October 18th, 2007 at 04:02 PM. Reason: adding more songs
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    [QUOTE=Pomai;170909]OK, I'll admit, I'm going to hell for NOT being a Beatles fan, but THAT'S the song I was looking for! I kept searching Google for the "hare krishna" song. lol!

    Side-note to MY SWEET LORD: Harrison was judged "guilty of unintended plagiarism" for using the music of HE'S SO FINE, a 1963 hit by the Chiffons. The clincher was a rendition of HE'S SO FINE by Jonathan King (EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOON) which was played in court. It overlaid the lyrics of HE'S SO FINE on the musical background of MY SWEET LORD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    Side-note to MY SWEET LORD: Harrison was judged "guilty of unintended plagiarism" for using the music of HE'S SO FINE, a 1963 hit by the Chiffons. The clincher was a rendition of HE'S SO FINE by Jonathan King (EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOON) which was played in court. It overlaid the lyrics of HE'S SO FINE on the musical background of MY SWEET LORD.
    There's been a few hip hop songs out there that sound like they've plagiarized other music, unless they too "unintentially" wrote something that coincidentally sounded similar.. just not exact.... "different but da' same". lol

    Places of worship...
    • Church in an Old Hawaiian Town - Braddah Waltah
    • The Temples of Syrinx - Rush (one of my favorite tunes by them!)
    • Shangrila - Billy Idol

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    "Like a Prayer" --Madonna
    "Sister Christian" --Night Ranger
    "Heaven" --Los Lonely Boys

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    "Chant A Psalm All Day"=Steel Pulse
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    An email from God:
    To: People of Earth
    From: God
    Date: 9/04/2007
    Subject: stop

    knock it off, all of you

    seriously, what the hell


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    OK, I'll admit, I'm going to hell for NOT being a Beatles fan...
    Wrong. Hell won't even have you.Even Satan likes the Beatles.

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    Ke Alo O 'Iesu - Dennis Kamakahi
    Heaven's Just a Sin Away - Kendalls
    Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley
    Jesus Will Save Your Soul - Reno & Smiley
    Little Mountain Church - Doyle Lawson
    Prayer Bells of Heaven - Jimmy Martin
    No Tears in Heaven - Buck Owens, Kenny Price, Grandpa Jones & Roy Clark
    Jacob's Vision - Stanley Bros.
    I'll Meet You in the Morning - Browns Ferry Four (& Grandpa Jones)
    Sail on Toward Home - Doyle Lawson
    Man from Galilee - Greencards
    The Old Home Place - J.D. Crowe & the New South
    Turn Your Radio On - Rose Maddox
    White Dove - Osborne Bros.
    On the Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky
    A Beautiful Life - Chuckwagon Gang
    Angel - Sara Storer
    Take me in the Lifeboat - Flatt & Scruggs
    I'll Fly Away - various artists
    Little White Church - Jimmy Martin & Sunny Mountain Boys
    Messiah - G. F. Handel
    Angel Band - Stanley Bros.
    Heaven's Bright Shore - Alison Krauss
    I Saw the Light - Hank Williams (and others)
    Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    Me & God - Josh Turner & Ralph Stanley
    A Voice from on High - Ralph Stanley
    House of Gold - Seldom Scene
    Are You Washed in the Blood - Jim & Jesse
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Jim & Jesse
    O Death - Ralph Stanley
    God's Not Dead - Johnson Mountain Boys
    Family Reunion - Carl Story
    Brighter Mansion Over There - Reno & Smiley
    Unclouded Day - Various
    The Fields Have Turned to Brown - Seldom Scene
    Who Will Sing for Me - Jimmy Martin
    The Weapon of Prayer - Louvin Bros.
    Kumulipo - Makaha Sons (Hawaiian creation chant)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    There's been a few hip hop songs out there that sound like they've plagiarized other music, unless they too "unintentially" wrote something that coincidentally sounded similar.. just not exact.... "different but da' same". lol

    M. C. Hammer freely admitted that his YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS is a direct steal of SUPER-FREAK by Rick James.

    SURFING USA by the Beach Boys used the music from Chuck Berry's SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN and is now attributed to Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry.

    Other artists produced follow-up tunes to their hits that were so similar that the second recordings did not sell, keeping them in the "one-hit wonder" category:

    Chantays: PIPELINE ................ BEYOND;
    Pyramids: PENETRATION ......... PRESSURE;
    James/Bobby Purify: I'M YOUR PUPPET ........... YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

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    Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikiyaki View Post
    Wrong. Hell won't even have you.Even Satan likes the Beatles.
    Guess I'm deemed to Purgatory by Iron Maiden. Or I could be the Prodigal Son, from the same album!

    But ultimately, it's all For the Love of God by Steve Vai. Also check out Cesar Huesca's rendition of For the Love of God. AWESOME!

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    Last Kiss - Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders or Pearl Jam
    The Chapel of Love - Dixie Cups
    Last edited by GeckoGeek; October 20th, 2007 at 02:40 AM.

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    A few more....

    Healing Hands - Elton John
    The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord) - George Harrison
    The Light That Has Lighted The World - George Harrison
    Praise the Lord - Poi Dog Pondering
    God Bless America - Connie Francis
    Yes, I Believe in God - Rebecca St. James
    He Loves You - Seawind
    The Devil is a Liar - Seawind
    Angel of Mercy - Seawind
    Hallelujah - Seawind
    Hallelujah - Sweathog
    The Hallelujah Chorus - from Handel's "The Messiah" (various recordings)
    Silent Night - various artists
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing - various artists
    Joy to the World (Christmas carol) - various artists
    Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
    Do You Hear What I Hear - Whitney Houston; various other artists
    O Come All Ye Faithful - various artists
    O Holy Night - various artists
    Angels We Have Heard on High - Manheim Steamroller
    Away in a Manger - various artists
    Teen Angel - Mark Dinning
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    • Revelations - Iron Maiden
    • Holy Diver - Dio
    • Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath
    • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    • Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    • Cathedral - Van Halen
    • Race with Devil on Spanish Highway - Al Di Meola
    • Suite Sister Mary - Queensryche (one of their best-written compositions, right Tiki?!)

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    I Ke Alo O Iesu
    No Kristo
    Ua Mau
    Hawai'i 78
    O 'Oe 'Io
    Nu 'Oli
    E Ala E (ka la i ka hikina)
    E Na Punahele
    'Ekolu Mea Nui
    Eia Makou
    Malama I Ka 'Aina
    Shout to the Lord
    I Call Him Lord
    Kanaka Wai Wai
    Eia No Makou Nei
    Hawai'i Aloha

    Any other songs in 'olelo you can think of that fit into this category? Sorry! I just love songs in 'olelo.
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    BTW, the reason I included "I Call Him Lord" in that list is because Na Palapalai sang it.
    'Alika

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