An Atheist Album

by Shelley Segal

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Over the last few years I have become involved in the secular movement.
I feel quite impassioned by the fact that some laws are in place solely to appease the religious lobby. (eg: Marriage Inequality, Euthanasia, Abortion)

I feel as though many ethical discussions that our community needs to have are held back because of irrational and unscientific ideas.
I think that generally people are not taught how to think critically and logically, which is becoming an increasingly important skill in the increasingly dynamic society in which we live, where the decisions we make today can have deep consequences for our future.
The debate between religious and secular world-views is nothing new. I have written this album firstly as an expression of my honest response to these issues.

Also, I hope to bring this essential and interesting discussion into the public discourse. This is a topic which is not so readily delved into.
I don’t claim to have all the answers or that my world view is without flaws. I just want to encourage genuine skepticism, inquiry and discussion when it comes to important issues.

I believe that no opinions or beliefs are beyond criticism, no matter how sacred they may be.

I can handle having my views scrutinised and challenged. In fact, I welcome it.

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released November 14, 2011

Produced By Tom Nichols at Britannia Row Studios, London
Thanks to the amazing Bella Chipperfield on the keys.
Thanks to the rest of my band who won't be named for subject matter.
Thanks to Davide, Oded, Charlie and all the guys at Brit Row.
Thank you to my parents. They are two warm, loving and generous people, who have supported me in everything I do, including things they disagree with. They have taught me to speak out about what I think is right.
Thank you to my brother. My best friend who will sit up with me all night talking and arguing about the world. He helps me to be a more logical and rational person and is the most moral and upstanding human being I have ever met.

Thank you to my heros who have impacted me and helped me throughout my change in perspective and the writing of this album:

Christopher Hitchens
Sam Harris
Richard Dawkins
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Bill Maher
PZ Myers
AC Grayling
Ani Difranco
Alanis Morisette
Tim Minchin
Daniel Dennett
Matt Dilahunty
Lawrence Krauss
Wafa Sultan
Michael Shermer

You have inspired me and made me think and rethink again. Thank you for your humbling contributions to humanity.

Thank you to fellow Secularists
Progressive Atheists INC
The Atheist Foundation of Australia
Crispy Sea

Thank you to my friends and family for your support and for putting up with many heated discussions and rants over the years xx

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Shelley Segal Melbourne, Australia

An artist, an activist & an explicit story-teller, Shelley uses her music not only to express the way she sees the world, but to create the world that she wants to see.

“Thoughtful lyrics celebrating life, love, and reason” –Julia Burke

Desirous of all expressions, Shelley flirts with elements of jazz, folk, pop, blues, reggae & electronica, imparting a pure joy about music & it’s power.
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Track Name: Eve
The bible tells me I was made for and from man
And I must do for him everything that I can
I must surrender to his will, yeah I must submit
I can’t make the household decisions coz I am unfit
It tells me my place
With ever-lasting grace

The bible tells me I must be silent you can’t hear my voice
My role has been divinely defined and I have no other choice
I may not be a teacher of man, I must cover up my shame
These are the laws of the one who in vain I cannot name
He tells me my place
With ever-lasting grace

And my punishment for wanting to learn
Is a painful birth from which I may not return

The bible tells me that I am unclean
I am impure you cannot touch me and it has nothing to do with where I’ve been
It is part of who I am, It is because I corrupt man
I was asking for it just by being a woman
He tells me my place
With ever-lasting grace

And my punishment for wanting to learn
Is a painful birth from which I may not return

The bible tells me I was made for and from man
And I must do for him everything that I can
I must surrender to his will, yeah I must submit
I can’t make the household decisions coz I am unfit
It tells me my place
With ever-lasting grace
Track Name: Saved
Say that i need to be saved
Say with me the devils got his way
I want to know how when you are praying
And when you are dooms-daying
How you think you know that someone is listening to what you are saying

So you think that you
Can tell us how to live our lives
Never questioning the source from which your moral code derives
You think that suffering is part of some great plan that’s been devised
I wonder, I wonder
When we’ll be rid of your lies

Say I need to hear the truth
A sales-pitch of eternal life and eternal youth
All these blessings you are bestowing
Upon the one you say is all-knowing
Are they really deserved if ‘He’ is sending me where you say I am going?

So you think that you
Can tell us how to live our lives
Never questioning the source from which your moral code derives
You think that suffering is part of some great plan that’s been devised
I wonder, I wonder, I wonder, I wonder

What will it take for you
To start opening your eyes
To start questioning the bullshit everyone around you buys
You think it’s any of your business what goes on between my thighs?
I wonder, I wonder,
When we’ll be rid of your lies
Track Name: Gratitude
Life can be hard, things can get rough
Stay on your guard and protect the good stuff
Sometimes we all feel like we’ve had enough

Don’t wanna spend my short time feeling down
Or go through my days getting used to a frown
So I will express my anger where credit is due
But it wont take away from my gratitude

There’s nowhere to hide when you live in a cage
You feel young inside but on the outside you age
Everyone lied when they told you there’s the next stage

Coz one day my memories will all be gone
Not a single one of all whom I love will go on
I’m afraid of the end yeah I don’t want it all to
But it won’t take away from my gratitude

When the world is on fire, down come the rains
Truth and desire, help us overcome our pains
But when we take it higher only mystery remains

And it’s almost too good to be real
And while it’s hard to define the transcendence we feel
I don’t believe in a great power to say thank you to
But it won’t take away from my gratitude

After the rain has washed everything away
Here comes the rainbow to brighten up your day
And contrast with the grey

Confusion runs deep and it’s hard to know what’s right
Sometimes you can’t sleep and you get lonely at night
But you decide what you keep and the morning brings a new light

I’d rather find out what’s real than deny
The truth may be hard but it’s better than living a lie
So before disaster strikes and everything I’ve built comes unglued
I’ll be revelling and dancing in my gratitude
Track Name: Apocalyptic Love Song (For Hitchens)
One day the sun is going to die
For us it means no more sunsets
To the universe, just one less star in the sky

Almost all who ever lived, have already died
Countless stories of love and war and hope and pain
Now lay silent side by side

And yes I understand that my whole life is just a blink of an eye
in the history of the earth, as with each moment that goes by
but this moment that I’m with you
It feels like time has stood still
It feels somehow like it matters
And that it always will

In one billion years, the oceans will dry
While somehow life may continue
It will not be known to you and I

To think we are so important, is an obvious crime
We know that we are specks on a tiny dot
Hurtling through space and time

And yes I understand that my whole life is just a blink of an eye
in the history of the earth, as with each moment that goes by
but this moment that I’m with you
It feels like time has stood still
It feels somehow like it matters
And that it always will
Track Name: I Don't Believe in Fairies
I don’t believe in fairies
I don’t believe in ghosts
I don’t believe in vampires
Hungry for our throats

I don’t believe in demons
Or witches that can fly
I don’t believe in dragons
I think they’re all a lie

So when I’m in the dark
I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid
Of creations imaginations have made

I don’t believe in Jesus
I don’t believe in Zeus
I I don’t believe in Allah
I think they have no use

I don’t believe in adam
I don’t believe in eve
I don’t believe in talking snakes
I think it’s make believe

So when I’m in the dark
In a dark place, In a dark place
I know it’s only me and what I face

I don’t believe in heaven
I don’t believe in hell
I don’t believe that we are children
Who need to fear to behave well

I don’t believe in salvation
I don’t believe in sin
I don’t believe it will be easy
But I believe that reason can win

So when I’m in the dark
I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid
Of creations imaginations have made

When I’m in the dark
In a dark place, In a dark place
I know it’s only me and what I face
Track Name: House With No Walls
You’re standing in house with no walls
You don’t wanna leave coz it feels like home
You’re sitting in a house with no floor
You can feel the mud seeping in
But you just choose to ignore

All the evidence that what you think isn’t real
You don’t look because you don’t like the way it makes you feel
You say you need the shelter to get through all your falls
That’s why you choose to live in a house with no walls

You’re wearing the emperors new clothes
You think they’ll protect you from the world but how can you be sure
You’re wearing anything at all?
Even when the others tell you that your raincoat is worth more than

All the evidence that what you think isn’t real
You don’t look because you don’t like the way it makes you feel
You say you need the shelter to get through all your falls
That’s why you choose to live in a house with no walls

Why don’t you build your shelter from the things we know
All the out dated dogma why don’t you let it go

You’re standing in house with no walls
You don’t wanna leave coz it feels like home
You’re sitting in a house with no floor
You can feel the mud seeping in
But you just choose to ignore

All the evidence that what you think isn’t real
You don’t look because you don’t like the way it makes you feel
You say you need the shelter to get through all your falls
That’s why you choose to live in a house with no walls
Track Name: Afterlife
Follow the guidebook for an afterlife
Which one do I try which one do I try?
I’d like to believe that i’ll never die
But I can’t comply, no I can’t comply

All the self appointed representatives of their own imaginings in the sky.
They want to usher in the messianic age.
They don’t mind if it’s brought on by nuclear rage

They are so sure of their ability to outlive the utility of their bodies
But just remember that was the last thought in the brain of every suicide bomber
in every hijacked plane

Follow the guidebook for an afterlife
Which one do I try which one do I try?
I’d like to believe that i’ll never die
But I cant comply, no I can’t comply

Thousands and thousands are humming that the second comings coming
And environmental responsibility is succumbing
To the suicidal longing for paradise
Can’t we see it’s already before our eyes?!

All that makes us who we are we find, cannot survive without a mind
But you’re so afraid to die you’re willing to sacrifice
Living through it all with the knowledge that you have only ONE LIFE

Follow the guidebook for an afterlife
Which one do I try which one do I try?
I’d like to believe that i’ll never die
But I cant comply, no I can’t comply

From the day that you are born, you are going to die
It’s not a pleasant thought at all but way that I deal with it
Is to treasure each moment with my surroundings and those I love

I spend my days, trying to engage with the world,
To learn as much about everything as I can
Using the body of knowledge which is our shared heritage to further understand
The historical and evolutionary context of man.

To hold revelation in a higher place is to spit in the face of those who chose to dedicate their lives to enrich our own

Follow the guidebook for an afterlife
Which one do I try which one do I try?
I’d like to believe that i’ll never die
But I cant comply, no I can’t comply
Track Name: Saved (Acoustic)
Say that i need to be saved
Say with me the devils got his way
I want to know how when you are praying
And when you are dooms-daying
How you think you know that someone is listening to what you are saying

So you think that you
Can tell us how to live our lives
Never questioning the source from which your moral code derives
You think that suffering is part of some great plan that’s been devised
I wonder, I wonder
When we’ll be rid of your lies

Say I need to hear the truth
A sales-pitch of eternal life and eternal youth
All these blessings you are bestowing
Upon the one you say is all-knowing
Are they really deserved if ‘He’ is sending me where you say I am going?

So you think that you
Can tell us how to live our lives
Never questioning the source from which your moral code derives
You think that suffering is part of some great plan that’s been devised
I wonder, I wonder, I wonder, I wonder

What will it take for you
To start opening your eyes
To start questioning the bullshit everyone around you buys
You think it’s any of your business what goes on between my thighs?
I wonder, I wonder,
When we’ll be rid of your lies