Song Analysis “Laughing With” Regina Spektor

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

[I think if you asked aliens, assuming they exist and have intelligence, what kind of people would be strongest in their belief in God, they would probably guess that people who are happy and prosperous would be the strongest in belief in God. Yet, it seems that the opposite is true today, as the wealthiest are often atheist, while the poorest, are steadfast in faith. These meek people have firm faith in God and are quite reluctant to mock God.]

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

No one laughs at God when their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God when they see the one they love hand in hand with someone else
And they hope that they’re mistaken
No one laughs at God when the cops knock on their door
And they say “We’ve got some bad news, sir,”
No one’s laughing at God when there’s a famine, fire, or flood

[Could you imagine telling a joke about God to a mother who has just heard her daughter as died? It would be rude and totally inappropriate. But then why would we ever tell a joke about God? Somewhere, someone is dying. Someone has just found out he or she has cancer. Somewhere, someone is praying that his family will have enough to eat tonight. Yet, in this world, many people are mocking God.]

But God can be funny
At a cocktail party while listening to a good God-themed joke or…
Or when the crazies say he hates us
And they get so red in the head
You think that they’re about to choke

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

[See “Does Joel Osteen like being rich?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZCVTcnoyzk. Spektor mocks the idea of a wish-granting God. If our prayers are nothing more than wishes to fulfill our material wants, then our faith is very shallow. We ought to pray for virtue and for the serenity to accept God’s will.]
God can be so hilarious
Ha ha
Ha ha

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when they’ve lost all they got
And they don’t know what for

No one laughs at God on the day they realize
That the last sight they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes
No one’s laughing at God when they’re saying their goodbyes

But God can be funny
At a cocktail party while listening to a good God-themed joke or…
Or when the crazies say he hates us
And they get so red in the head
You think that they’re about to choke

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

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war

No one’s laughing at God in a hospital
No one’s laughing at God in a war

No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving
Or freezing or so very poor

No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
We’re all laughing with God

[Note how one little word makes such a big difference. Spektor says no one’s laughing at God, but in fact, all of us, are laughing WITH God. In truth, we can only laugh because God gives us minds that process humor. And no one gets our jokes better than God does, as He knows all.

I want to leave with a Hadith I’ve cited before, see, https://asad123.wordpress.com/?p=1196&preview=true, According to hadith, the Prophet (S) asked Jibreel, “What is Mika’il in charge of?” He replied, “The plants and the rain.” (At-Tabarani) In another hadith, the Prophet (S) asked Jibreel, “Why do I never see Mika’il laugh?” He replied, “Mika’il has not laughed since the Fire was created.” (Ahmad)]

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