We begin week two of my search for songs for a Ten Commandments playlist – a soundtrack for my new book TEN. Last week you got things off to a cracking start with suggestions for the Tenth Word: “Do not covet.” You can find the playlist on my Spotify account – or just search for “10: do not covet”. It features the likes of REM, Talking Heads, Barenaked Ladies, Janis Joplin and Skee-Lo. For the winning submission, I went with the most literal “do not covet” lyric – “I wish I had Jessie’s girl.” A signed copy of TEN is heading to Sean Hall, who’s clearly a big ’80s music fan.
This week I’m looking for songs that capture the heart of the Ninth Word:
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.” Exodus 20:16
At first blush this Word conjures up a courtroom scene, where your neighbour is on trial, and you give inaccurate testimony about them. In the book I discuss the wider subject of deception, and some of the ways we engage in that as individuals, institutions and society. Here’s a couple of quotes to illustrate:
“Gossip: when you hear something you like about someone you don’t.”
” If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.“
The song lyric I opened the chapter with is from the Marvin Gaye classic, “I heard it through the grapevine”:
“People say believe half of what you see, son, and none of what you hear.”
So, what song lyrics come to mind for you when you think about “bearing false witness”? Or about gossip, or lying, or deception? Write the lyric, the song and the artist in the comments below, and at the end of the week I’ll choose my favourite submission and send that person a copy of the book. Feel free to share this in your networks – I’d love to build a playlist as varied as last week’s again!