Monday, March 16, 2015

It Ain't Necessarily So Reprise

(Reclaimed from Bubblews, where it appeared on February 5, 2014. Image credit: Mantasmagorical at Morguefile...there are no true "missing links" to support the notion of macroevolution, but the concept's been useful to some people...

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A few years ago, while reflecting on the biblical parallels to the plot of "Porgy and Bess," I found the following lyrics running through my mind. Those who remember the song "It Ain't Necessarily So" will notice that these words don't quite fit the Gershwins' tune; they have a tune of their own that's sort of a variation on the one in "Porgy and Bess."

It ain’t necessarily so. It ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’re liable to hear people say when they criticize the Bible ain’t necessarily so.

Now it may have taken more than twenty-four hours for humankind to appear;
Twenty-four hours, or twenty-four centuries, that part is not perfectly clear,
But still, we know even the sorriest junkie
Is not even the great-great-grandson of a monkey.
It ain’t necessarily so.

It ain’t necessarily so. It ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’re liable to hear people say when they criticize the Bible ain’t necessarily so.

Some have more, and some have less, and it’s always nice to share,
But letting government take it all is never going to be fair.
The sons of the Soviet Army 
May now admit that their fathers were barmy.
It ain’t necessarily so.

It ain’t necessarily so. It ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’re liable to hear people say when they criticize the Bible ain’t necessarily so.

The baby wants Mother all to himself; that’s known as original sin,
But back inside Mother’s body is the last place he wants to get in.
People long for movement, air, and sun,
Not that forgotten place where they had none—
That dark, warm, moist grave’s no one’s idea of fun!
It ain’t necessarily so.

It ain’t necessarily so. It ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’re liable to hear people say when they criticize the Bible ain’t necessarily so.

When we hear people saying things that we know cannot be right,
All we have to do is remember what’s true; we don’t need to run or to fight,.
The Christian-phobics come on so strong
Because they know that their beliefs are all wrong!
It ain’t necessarily so.

It ain’t necessarily so. It ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’re liable to hear people say when they criticize the Bible ain’t necessarily so.