Randy Newman

God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)

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A New Orleans-style blues, "God's Song" sounds like a mournful blues piano player performing on Bourbon Street at four a.m. while questioning mortality. The song is, as many of Newman's creations, loaded with black humor, yet it is also extremely poignant at the same time. Basically a conversation with God and a contemplation of man's subservient role on earth, this song addresses most of the deep, mortal questions that most people ask themselves at some point in their lives. Musically, it's built around some simple but highly effective ragtime and blues piano riffs and chord changes, and it is masterful in its construction.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sail Away 1972 Reprise 3:36
Lonely at the Top: The Best of Randy Newman 1998 WEA International 3:39
Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman 1998 Rhino 3:37
The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 2003 Nonesuch 3:24
Original Album Series 2011 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:39
The Randy Newman Song Book [Box Set] 2016 Nonesuch 0:00