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There are times when I feel good now, babe
There are times when I know I should, oh darling
There are ones that I want to do
But ain’t nobody like you

Nobody

I’ve been watching you for so long now, babe
In my heart I’m feeling so strong for you, babe
And I hope you feel it too
‘Cause ain’t nobody like you
And you know it, babe

I’ve been up and I’ve been down
I’ve had my feet swept off the ground
By somebody who just picked me up and threw me away
Yeah
I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor
I’ve had boys in and out my door
But I know you’re the only
Really the only one for me

There’ll be times when you want to go now, babe
There’ll be times when I want to keep you at home

But not this time, gonna to see it through
‘Cause ain’t nobody like you
And you know it, babe
you know it, you know it, you know

I’ve been around the world a few times, oh babe
I have searched but I could not find my garden
Always end up being blue
‘Cause ain’t nobody like you
And you know it babe

I’ve been up and I’ve been down
I’ve had my feet swept off the ground
By somebody who just picked me up and threw me away
Oh yes yes yes he did now
I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor
I’ve had boys in and out my door
But I know you’re the only
Really the only one for me

Sure good to me

Ain’t nobody like you
You know it, babe

Sometimes I need your love
Sometiems I need you to care
So come put your arms around me
Show me that you’ll be there
All that I’m trying to tell you is baby
Ain’t nobody like you
And you know it babe
And you know it babe

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These are the days
These are days you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

These are days that you’ll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It’s true
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they’re speaking
To you, to you

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Mamma been laid off
Pappa been laid off
My brother’s been laid off
For more than two years now
Ooh can’t get a job
Billy can’t get a job
Ooh they gotta listen to the blues
Help them to strive
Help them to move on
Help them to have some future
Help them to live long
Help them to live life
Help them to smile
Don’t let them stay home and listen to the blues

Pappa been laid off
Mamma been laid off
Billy can’t get a job
For too long too long
Don’t let them lose
We gotta give them a chance
It’s gonna come back on everyone
If you don’t make them dance
Don’t let them stay home and listen to the blues

There’s nothing sacred (why why why))
breathing hatred
We have to face it (why why why)
No one can take it
And feel no pain

One day we’re gonna wake up
And the ghetto’s all around
All over my friend
Have you ever seen a man break down

Do you know how that feels
To walk the streets with your head held high
Why, why, why
Oh Lord, have mercy
Did you ever see a man break down

There’s nothing sacred
Breathing hatred
We have to face it
No one can take it (how can they take that much)
And feel no pain

Ooh did you ever see a man break down

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Hans Kung: Credo

Written: 1992
Read: 1994

Till I read “Credo” I had a high regard for Hans Kung. Seeing his thick, serious-looking books in the library and knowing that he got in trouble with the Catholic Church, I assumed he was a serious, independent thinker. After reading “Credo” I was shocked.

If I got my theology from the newspaper it would be almost as good – and not much different. I was hoping for something deeper, better reasoned, something that would make me think.

In “Credo” Kung explains the Apostles’ Creed, a short list of beliefs that Christians have universally held for nearly 2000 years: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, and so on. In Latin the first word is “Credo” – I believe.

Kung goes through the Creed line by line. Unlike Christians through most of time, Kung believes:

  • There was no Adam and Eve.
  • There is no original sin.
  • There is no hell.
  • There will be no Judgement Day.
  • The were no miracles.
  • There was no Virgin Birth.
  • Jesus was merely a holy man till his death.
  • Jesus did not rise physically from the dead.
  • The Bible is not the Word of God but a history book about the Jewish and Christian religion.

But Kung does believe that after death Jesus somehow became one with God; that he was closer to understanding God than anyone.

While Kung freely questions the truth of the Bible, he never questions the received wisdom of his time and place – the German-speaking world of the late 1900s. Past ages were backward and knew little. Not so Europe in 1992, at least compared to the Bible and Christianity.

His knowledge of the past is shockingly thin for such a learned man. He has never read Lucretius, for example. Or if he has, he did not understand him. Otherwise he would know that most of what passes for received wisdom in the West these days has been believed before and found wanting.

Kung disproves hell in part by showing that most people in his part of the world no longer believe in it. Wait, this is theology? But that is what most of his book boils down to: theology by the numbers. If most religions or most Germans believe it, it must be true.

Kung believes that the great religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism – all seek the same truth. Christianity has got the closest, but even it has fallen short.

Kung seeks that common truth, that understanding of a Higher Reality. But in trying to find what is common to the great religions – that can also be squared with current Western thinking! – he is left with something that is neither great nor religion.

True, “Credo” is too short to go into all the hows and whys, so maybe his thicker, heavier books do. But from his style of thinking in “Credo”, I doubt it.

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