Etta James

God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)

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Cain slew Abel, Seth knew not why
For if the children of Israel were to multiply
Why must any of the children, why must they die?
So he asked and the Lord and the Lord said:

Man means nothing, he means less to me
Than the lowliest cactus flower or the humblest yucca tree
Chases 'round this desert
'Cause he thinks that's where I'll be, that's why I love mankind

I recoil in horror from the foulness of Thee
From the squalor and the filth and the misery
How we laugh up here in heaven
At the prayers you offer me, that's why I love mankind

The Christians and the Jews were having a jamboree
The Buddhists and the Hindus joined on satellite TV
Picked their four greatest priests
And they began to speak

And they said: "Lord, a plague is on the world
Lord, no man is free
The temples that we built to you
Have tumbled down, fell into the sea"

Lord, if you won't take care of us
Please, please let us be?
And the Lord said, and the Lord said:

I burn down your cities, how blind you must be
I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we
You must all be crazy to put your faith in me

That's why I love mankind, you really need me
That's why I love mankind