Uniting atheists, agnostics and believers struggling for a better world – through music

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My band Fruity Frank and the Frisky Freaks (based on a computer game I wrote in the 1980s with my brother providing graphics like shown above!) has recorded a cover version of Bob Dylan’s song “Death Is Not The End”, also performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds featuring Kylie Minogue, or alternatively by other artists including the Waterboys (although our version was closer to Nick and Kylie’s).

It was dedicated to Ruth Wallis, my grandmother, who died today (about 12 noon, 3 June 2013), an atheist and committed revolutionary who did not live long enough to see a socialist revolution. Even if she is not in heaven, she leaves behind a sort of spirit in those she has affected over her lifetime. I sent her a CD including this song which she really appreciated – the inspiration she has given me, as well as good advice, over the years (mainly by telephone in more recent times), is part of her legacy which lives on now she has gone.

You may also like to listen to “Donovan’s Doorway”, dedicated to Gayle O’Donovan, a leading member of the Green Party in Manchester, and member of Green Left (a left-wing faction within the Greens) until she moved to Norwich where she died in tragic circumstances in January 2012.

Listen to them at https://soundcloud.com/fruity-frank.

[These songs were very emotional for me and I did not have my best singing voice. If you want to hear me at my best, albeit in a very dated song politically I wrote and performed in 2004, go to https://soundcloud.com/galaxia/things-can-only-get-bitter.]

3 thoughts on “Uniting atheists, agnostics and believers struggling for a better world – through music

  1. A Christian woman (Yas Martil) who occasionally sings with Fruity Frank and the Frisky Freaks (in fact, she did so for “Death Is Not The End”) last week suggested John Lennon’s “Imagine” as another song to do. This was a bit odd, since it’s an anti-religious song! However, with a little help from that friend (as the Beatles sang), I came up with new lyrics designed to help unite religious and non-religious people struggling for a better world. We’ll do a recording soon, and perhaps a video, but in the meantime read the following draft lyrics (which I’ll additionally read out as a poem at my grandmother’s burial on Friday):

    Some imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today…

    Some imagine there’s a heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us not just sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in joy…

    Your spirit lives on
    When you’re gone
    In people you’ve known
    Ever since your birth
    In those you’ve affected
    In your time on the earth

    Believers and non-believers unite
    Continue the fight
    Of those who are gone
    And whose spirits live on
    To make Lennon’s hopes reality
    A world of joy and hilarity

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    Freedom of religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    And a schemer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

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