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I FEEL MUCH BETTER after reading “The Worst Lyrics of 1995” (2/2). Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” is the most utterly banal song I’ve ever heard, lyrically and musically, yet I’m stunned at how often I hear it played. Her concept of God as a guy and “Just a slob like one of us” does not constitute, for me, a great revelation. I was beginning to think I was alone until you gave it not one, but two mentions (no doubt relinquishing R. Kelly’s space on the list for “You Remind Me of Something”).
The fact that “One of Us” is widely popular is so ironic; perhaps Osborne is a theological genius and the song is actually a brilliant joke. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seem to be getting it. Maybe she should have called it “God Kissed a Girl Who Went Down on Him in a Theater.”