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Dear God (XTC)

"Dear God" is a song played by band XTC. The song was inspired by a series of books with the same title, seen by lead singer Andy Partridge as an exploitation of children. The opening and ending verse is sung by the then eight year old Jasmine Veillette, the daughter of a friend of producer Todd Rundgren. The lyrics are addressed to God, and vividly describing the range of human suffering, which the narrator attributes to God. The singers conclude every verse with the line "I can't believe in you." Despite the prayer-like quality, the lyrics strongly imply doubt about God's benevolence ("The wars you bring, the babes you drown, those lost at sea and never found."), His/Her existence ("Did you make mankind after we made you?"), and the value of the Bible as God's word ("Us crazy humans wrote it [...] Still believin' that junk is true / well, I know it ain't and so do you").
The song was controversial because of its anti-God sentiment which might be interpreted as either dystheism or atheism. In the UK, when the song was originally released as a single many record shops refused to stock the track, fearing a religious backlash.
Everybody believes the song "Personal Jesus", performed by Depeche Mode, is a religious song. However, it was inspired by the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley. According to songwriter Martin Gore:
"It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?"
Even Marilyn Manson, proclaimed by some to be to the Anti-Christ of rock music, performed a 2004 cover version of "Personal Jesus" which appears on the band's best-of compilation album. 
Christian rock is a form of rock music played by bands whose members are Christians and who often focus the lyrics on matters concerned with the concept of the Christian faith. Christian rock includes subgenres like Christian punk, Christian metal and fusion genres like Christian hardcore and Christian alternative rock.