Eliza Gilkyson — Is It Like Today
Album: Paradise Hotel
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Released: 2005
Length: 5:38
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Many years ago he looked out through a glassless window.
All that he could see was Babylon.
Beautiful green fields and dreams,
And learn to measure the stars.
But there was a worry in his heart.

He said,
How could it come to this?
I'm really worried about living.
How could it come to this?
Yeah I really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day.
It moved out 'cross the Mediterranean.
Came to western isles and the Greek young men.
And with their silver beards they laughed
At the unknown universe.
They could sit and guess God's name.

But they said,
How could it come to this?
We're really worried about living.
How could it come to this.
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution.
Blood just looks the same when you open the veins.
But sometijmes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone.
But the furrowed brow has never left his face.

He said,
How could it come to this?
We've been living in a landslide!
How could it come to this?
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day, man packed up,
Flew off from the planet.
He went to the moon,
Now he's out in space,
Hey, fixing all the problems.
He comes face to face with God.

How could it come to this?
I'm really worried 'bout my creation.
How did it comes to this?
You 're really killing me, you know.
It isn't just today?
Is it like today?
Is it like today?
Bang!
Comments (363)add comment
 denisecerniglia wrote:
Such a great song. great cover

 
Agreed!  Always loved World Party's original but this is one fine cover!
Such a great song. great cover
Great song. World Party still tops it but the cover is very good.
the gods
die
and take the world
with them
how did it come
to this

dr strangelove

{#Bananajam}
Love this! I thought it was Lucinda Williams.
Pretty good.  I VERY much prefer the World Party (Karl Wallinger) version, however.

You might be missing the point of the humor.

Deists haven't believed in a god this paltry since the development of monotheism.

I agree, it is a nice tune. Gave it a 7.

 

 ElCamoteLoco wrote:


Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.

 

 


 ncollingridge wrote:
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..

 
I agree 100%.  Well said.
Perfect for today.
 westslope wrote:

LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  

 

Well, our provincial motto is Supernatural British Columbia. If anyone's in doubt, spend an afternoon deep in the west coast rainforest and let all the ambient sounds and light seep inside you. It's not like other forests. ;-)  We even have our own Spirit Bear (white Kermode bears), found nowhere outside BC. /gush

This song is one of those cases where I like the cover as much as the original.
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..
 Skydog wrote:
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson

 
Hear hear.  Nice post, my friend.
 bitbanger wrote:

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.



 
Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.
REALLY NICE
I am really liking this more the more I hear it {#Hearteyes}
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson
If I were teaching history in junior high or high school, this song would be on the exam.
Yeah, World Party preferable, but nice to know that others appreciate a song enough to do their own version. Wonderful song, my kids have been brain washed with this. Lovely
Reminds you of what a poet Karl Wallinger is. Great song
Prefer the original