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06 October 2008 @ 10:40 pm
Uncle Randy is still at it.  
From one of the grandfathers of Jesus Music, the guy who brought us silly why-do-we-do-this-to-ourselves songs like "Lung Cancer," "American Fast Food," and "Great Big Stupid World" and tear-jerking songs of regret like "Rachel Delevoryas," comes a new anthem. It's not terribly carefully thought out, but that's not really the point of an anthem, is it? They're reductionist by nature. They lack nuance. And they catch us at some primal level.

Lyrics here, video at the end of this post:

"Life is Tough, God is Good," by Randy Stonehill

Life is tough
God is good
It’s a shame that we don’t trust in Him the way we should
Life is tough
Suck it up
Mercy from the Maker’s meant to fill your cup

We love to filibuster, rail and scoff
If we shut our mouths we might be better off
We’d begin to hear a still small voice lead us through these woods
Life is tough, sure enough
But God is good

Sin is sweet
For a while
But it’s like trying to make a pet out of a crocodile
Sin is sweet
Until it’s not
You see the Venus flytrap has you caught

Hearts so hard that you can’t convince
’Til we’re choking on our choices and the consequence
It wouldn’t have to be that way if we understood
Life is tough, sure enough
But God is good

You hear the people say
Life is tough
God is good

Say it with me now
Life is tough
God is good
That’s right

All the people pray
Life is tough
God is good

You hear the people say
Life is tough
God is good
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Life is short
Truth to tell
And it’s not a dress rehearsal so live it well
Life is short
Don’t you blink
It isn’t going to work out the way you think

It’s a broken world with broken souls
We might not always be happy but we can be whole
And Jesus hung on the cross to make sure we could
Life is tough, sure enough
But God is good

Then all the people say
Life is tough
God is good
that’s right

You hear the people pray
Life is tough
God is good
alright

Say it with me now
Life is tough
God is good

All the people pray
Life is tough
God is good
well well well
I said well well well

Life is tough
But God is good
It’s a crime that we don’t trust in Him the way we should
Life is tough
So they say
And you never really live it ’til you give it away
You can call me a fool, meet me toe to toe
But I can’t deny this love I know
Not talkin’ bout Santa Claus or Robin Hood
Noooo
Life is tough, sure enough
But God is good

And all the people say
Life is tough
God is good
that’s right

All the people pray
Life is tough
God is good
that’s right, yeah

Say it say it say it
Life is tough
God is good
that’s right that’s right that’s right that’s right

Life is tough
God is good
God is good
God is good