O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

Doubting with The Roots

I don’t post a whole lot about music here, but I’m in a reflective scan-the-whole year mood and was recently thinking about doubt-related music. Only weird people go into a year wondering What will be the best doubt song of 2010? I certainly didn’t.

But when I hear one, it captures my attention, like Nickel Creek’s “Doubting Thomas” — which works the phrase “O me of little faith” into the chorus — or pretty much everything on David Bazan’s 2009 album Curse Your Branches.

That’s probably why I keep being drawn to “Dear God 2.0″ by The Roots. It’s a remake of the original “Dear God,” by Monsters of Folk, and this new version is a collaboration between the two groups for The Roots’ 2010 album How I Got Over. The first version was a good song. The hip-hop element added to the remake makes it even better.

You can watch it below. Don’t worry: it’s safe for work.


Notable lyrics:

If I could hold the world in the palm of these
Hands, I would probably do away with these anomalies

But if you’re lost and around
Why do we suffer?
Why do we suffer?

Why is the world ugly when you made it in your image?
And why is livin’ life such a fight to the finish?

Dear God, I’m trying hard to reach you
Dear God, I see your face in all I do
Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe it.


There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking here — philosophically, it’s pretty standard Where is God amid suffering? stuff — but it’s refreshing to hear a thoughtful group like The Roots tackle these issues.

I also appreciate Black Thought’s ability to rhyme “prophecies” with “broccoli.” It’s imperfect…but awesome.


I’m sure there’s a lot of good doubty music out there. Do you have a favorite?

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posted December 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

I’m not sure if would qualify as doubty—but one of those songs that i’ve been listening to lately. it’s angry — and yet full of love. yep, kid rock. and I’m not a huge fan of kid rock, but i like this song. Amen — check it out on youtube (and if you’re so inclined, I actually just posted a blog about this song the other day….just sayin 😉

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Larry Shallenberger

posted December 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

The Lost Dogs — No Room
Our souls balanced on a wire
Below is a consuming fire
If there’s no room for doubt now
There’s no room for us
Inside and out now
He’s looking for us
Christ comes
Fill the empty places
To breathe
We must find the spaces
If there’s no room. . .
And none of us are safe
Here in the dark
We try to touch his hand
Here in the dark
We know it’s death to see his glory
We’re here alive to tell the story
If there’s no room for doubt now
There’s no room for us
In side and out now
He’s looking for us. . .
To breathe
We must find the spaces
He’s looking for us

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Jason Boyett

posted December 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Larry! Thanks for the reminder about that Lost Dogs song. I’d forgotten. I used to be a big fan of those guys back before Gene Eugene died. Great song.

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posted December 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

“Shoreline” by Deas Vail.
Not new for 2010, but one that’s been very important to me this year. The lead singer, Wes Baylock, hits ALL of those notes. Plus, the music is subtle and elegant. Me loves.

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