The nineties seem to be full of songs questioning faith, God and Christianity, turning traditional beliefs on their heads. Dishwalla distinctly refers to God as a woman in yesterday’s song, Counting Blue Cars.
Nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award, Joan Osborne takes her own look at God and his presence among us in today’s track. Although she presumes he’s male, she does refer to him as a ‘slob, like one of us’, taking Papal phone calls. Haunting and simple, honest and earnest, it’s one of the most memorable songs of the era.
“What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that
you would have to believe
in things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints
and all the prophets…”
Day 344: One Of Us – Joan Osborne