Normally when I hear the name Regina Spektor, I think “my gorgeous future wife.”
Maybe I have to reconsider the wife part.
Her new album, Far, is being released today. The first single is called “Laughing With” and it is essentially saying that we may scoff at the notion of God, but when we’re put in difficult situations, we’re not laughing anymore:
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor
No one laughs at God when the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God when it’s gotten real late and their kid’s not back from that party yet
Of course, we know that atheists don’t resort to (or “laugh at”) God in troubling times. We know better than to think a god is going to help us. We know we have to turn elsewhere to get comfort or help.
To suggest that “no one” resorts to God may be lyrically pleasing, but it’s certainly inaccurate.
For what it’s worth, the chorus does discuss the commercialization of God, so there’s that:
God can be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie
Who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious
Does anyone have a different interpretation of the lyrics?
And screw it, we all know she’s still on my list of future wives.