Thursday, 25 May 2006

'Trite Worship Song'

I was sent this by a priest friend a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to post it as a bit of fun. The words are to be sung to the tune of that old favourite (especially at School Masses), Shine Jesus Shine.

Naff composers are always working
Worship songs in the hymnbook lurking
Waiting there for a fool to request them
Fear that day for we detest them
Tear out the page
Tear out the page

Trite Worship Song
With a chorus that's strangely catchy
Trite Worship Song
Which the men can't sing
Starts really low
Then the chorus goes ultrasonic
Meanings obscure and the words don't rhyme

Sing it once and you'll soon regret it
Sing it once and you'll never forget it
(It's) in your head and you can't stop humming
Eyelids twitching and fingers drumming
Stop up your ears
Stop up your ears

Trite Worship song
With a chorus that's strangely catchy
Trite worship song
For the family Mass
You know the type
So beloved of trendy vicars
Sandles and socks and a folk guitar

Round the altar the priest is prancing
Chances here for liturgical dancing
Arms are waving and hands are clapping
Tuneless strumming and tambourine slapping
Long hair and beards
Long hair and beards

Trite worship song
With a chorus that's strangely catchy
Trite worship song
Which the men can't sing
Starts really low
Then the chorus goes ultrasonic
Don't know the words
But I'll just hum along



Anonymous Eugenio said...

Wonderful. Every Liturgy Planing group ought to be made sing "Trite worship song" every time they have the desire to "Polish the Good Lord".

How may parishes will chose that song rather that the Veni Creator to which Church attaches a Plenary Induldgence to who pray the Veni Creator at Pentecost.

12:37 pm  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...


9:45 pm  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

This made me laugh out loud... but it is so sadly true!

12:00 am  
Blogger Fr Tim Finigan said...

Good one, Nick!

12:25 am  
Anonymous Les Thomas said...

Is it trite to sing of God’s glorious grace and the power of his word?
Of the resplendent risen Christ?
Of the great power of the Holy Spirit?

To replace all these with….. adolescent banalities
does this bring glory to our Heavenly Father?
And you, his friends, you applaud….???

What message does this convey to our young people…???

12:56 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

One of the great things about Catholics is their ability to laugh at themselves. The 'Trite Worship Song'(which a friend sent me)is not criticising the sentiments behind such songs as 'Shine Jesus Shine' (praiseworthy in themselves) but rather their banality of style, especially when the same few pieces are played at almost every Mass in some churches! I for one find it tedious, especially given the richness of our tradition, And, in my experience, young people find these tunes patronising. However, I'm not saying that these songs don't have a place in our 'worship' - but not every Sunday!!!

9:53 pm  
Anonymous Liam said...

Father perhaps you should look at this website which is the Society for a Moratorium on the music of Marty Haugen and David Haas. At the bottom of the page it has more parodies of those much loved hymns.

4:32 pm  

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