Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HOTEL MORMONISM - ExMormon Song Parody of Another Eagles Classic

This song parody basically wrote itself with very little effort from me.  Of course, it's a great song to begin with - one of my favorite Eagles songs - and I've thought for a long time that it would lend itself well to creating an LDS song parody.  So thanks to the Eagles for the original song and music... and thanks to the Mormon Church for the inspiration!!

HOTEL MORMONISM
Sung to the tune of Hotel California

I was born and raised Mormon, no choice for me then,
Brainwashing successful, said Amen and Amen.
And I never would question, I learned to just go along,
My brain was empty and my thoughts were dim,
But I could see it was wrong.

There I stood in the doorway, saw the light at last,
And I was thinking to myself
This could be nothing or this could be vast.
As I researched on Google, it would show me the way,
There were voices from the internet,
I thought I heard them say...

[Chorus]Goodbye to the Hotel Mormonism,When you get a taste (when you get a taste),
Such a total waste.

Closing the rooms at the Hotel Mormonism,
Thanks to what’s out there (thanks to what's out here),
Google lays it bare.

My mind is definitely lifted, I saw how foolish I’ve been.
I found a lot of very blatant lies, lots of spin.
How they skirt all the issues, just duck and weave.
They’re told not to question, they’re told just believe.

So I stopped being Mormon, could not compromise,
I knew I hadn’t felt the spirit there since I found all the lies.
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake me up in the middle of the night,
Just to hear them say...

[Chorus]
Goodbye to the Hotel Mormonism,
When you get a taste (when you get a taste),
Such a total waste.

Closing the rooms at the Hotel Mormonism,
Thanks to what’s out there (thanks to what's out here),
Google lays it bare.

And now I can see it, the brainwashing in place,
And I know they are all just prisoners there of their own device.
And in the Mormon chapel, they gather once again,
They listen to the programming, and they just all say Amen.

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before.
"Relax," said the Bishop, "We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!"

© Diane Tingen, 11/13/18

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CRAZY CAT LADY??!!

I was looking through comments on my blog and came across one that was posted in August 2018 (to "Come, See All the Lies - LDS Hymn Parody #119).

Here's the comment:  "Wow, it seems like you have a lot of free time to do this type of crap.  Get a life, cat lady!"

So Ms./Mr. ANONYMOUS, here's my reply to you:

You may see me as a "crazy cat lady" (the word crazy is implied in the phrase "cat lady"), but this blog and the hymn/song parodies I write are my way of dealing with how the Mormon Church micro-managed my life for 54 years.  If you happened to actually read my blog, you know that I feel the Mormon Church is a bogus religion which was created by Joseph Smith and perpetuated through the years by other men for their own questionable purposes.  Although you may not like what you phrase as the "crap" I write, that doesn't matter to me.  What does matter to me is getting the word out there to help others who may be struggling with questioning Mormonism, and to add my voice to the choir of dissenters who hope that one day the Mormon Church will cease to exist just as other dangerous cults have disintegrated in the past.

The fact that you even went on my blog is a statement all by itself.  Perhaps you were just surfing the web or perusing blogs, but it is more likely that you are a True Believing Mormon (TBM).  The fact that you called what I write "crap" and characterized me as a "crazy cat lady" is a dead give-away.  Usually when TBMs find information on the internet like that which is contained in my blog, they have to lash out.  But even if they do last out as you have done, it is still my sincere hope that a seed has been planted and may grow into actual questioning.  Any religion worth adhering to should be able to be examined under a microscope in order to determine its credibility.  When I did that with Mormonism, though, it did not stand up under the scrutiny.  If you're interested, all of my views about Mormonism are contained within a book I have written - "Closing the Door on Mormonism: The AHA! Moments that Triggered my Awakening," available as an e-book on Amazon/Kindle.


As I've said before about ANONYMOUS comments, making a comment to which I can't reply directly to the person is the epitome of cowardice.  I am not ANONYMOUS on my blog or anywhere else.  My real name is all over this blog, and I can be contacted easily by email through my blog, so no one has any excuse for posting an anonymous comment other than being afraid to talk to me directly.  And if by any chance you wish to come out of the shadows, you know where to find me. 

And one more thing - I have a dog.  One dog.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

GASLIGHTING - ExMormon Song Parody

GASLIGHTING and MORMONISM.  After reading a blog entry on the Post Mormon Mental Health website entitled Mormons, you aren't going crazy - it's called Gaslighting, I started to see that there is a definite connection between the two.  In my opinion, what the Mormons Church does is brainwash its members, and it seems apparent to me now that one of the tactics they use is gaslighting.  After all, also in my opinion, Mormonism is replete with lies, so something has to be done in order to make people buy into it all, and continue to believe it despite volumes of evidence to the contrary.

Some background about GASLIGHTING:  As explained in the noted blog entry, the word gaslighting comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, which was later made into a movie in 1944 starting Ingrid Bergman ("Paula") and Charles Boyer ("Gregory Anton").  The plot of this play/movie is about Gregory Anton who manipulates his wife Paula into thinking she is going crazy in order to hide his criminal activities from her.  When Paula begins to notice missing pictures, strange footsteps in the night, and the gas lights in and around their apartment dimming without being touched, Gregory tells her she is imagining it, insisting that nothing has changed.  Naturally, Paula begins to believe that she is losing her mind.



Today, the term gaslighting is used to refer to a form of psychological abuse in which false information is given to the victim with the intention of making them doubt their own memory and perception of reality.  In order to cause confusion in their victim's mind, the perpetrator uses such tactics as denial, deception, contradiction and blame in order to gain or maintain control in the relationship.


Until I read this blog entry, I hadn't thought of Mormonism as using gaslighting as a tactic, but it makes a lot of sense.  After all, Mormonism is replete with lies, but Mormons are told to simply accept it all by faith - and if they have trouble doing that, then the Mormon Church basically tells them that there is something wrong with them, and not the church or its teachings.  So they must pray more, read their scriptures more, go to more church meetings, and follow the teachings to the letter in order to become more worthy of receiving the personal revelation that the Mormon Church has the ultimate truths and is the ONLY TRUE CHURCH ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. 

When I was writing my book ("Closing the Door on Mormonism: The AHA! Moments That Triggered my Awakening"), I did a lot of research about cognitive dissonance theory, which suggests that when a person's beliefs and desires conflict, they experience discomfort as they become aware of the inconsistencies; and when these held beliefs collide, a state of tension is experienced.  This tension is defined as cognitive dissonance; and it seems to me that gaslighting and cognitive dissonance go hand-in-hand.

After reading this article about gaslighting and the Mormon Church, my mind immediately started writing lyrics to a song parody - and the tune that popped into my mind was "Moon River."  So here is my latest song parody about GASLIGHTING and MORMONISM.

GASLIGHTING
Sung to the tune of Moon River

Gaslighting, Mormons at the switch,
They say they will enrich your life.
It’s apparent,
And so blatant,
Whatever they’re saying,
They’re twisting the knife.

Non-members, drifting off to Hell,
They’ll save us all from Hell, they say.
They’re trying to prove by and by,
All the reasons why,
You simply must comply,
Just do it their way.

Gaslighting, bending what is true,
They know just what to do and say.
It’s just fiction,
So don’t listen
To what they are saying
Or what they portray.

Those Mormons, shading every fact,
Their grand façade is cracked, for sure.
They whitewash and shade everything,
Pulling every string
As to the lies they cling,
Gaslighting du jour.

© Diane Tingen, 11/7/2018

ONE LAST NOTE:  In examining gaslighting, I began to realize that there is also a definite correlation between gaslighting and our current political situation since it seems to me that the current resident of the White House uses the strategy of gaslighting on a regular basis.  So here is some information that might help us all survive Gaslighting in the Age of Trump.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PLEASE DON'T CALL US MORMONS - LDS Hymn Parody #128

It's been quite a while since I wrote an LDS Hymn Parody.  But because the "Mormon Church" is a bottomless pit of inspiration, it was only a matter of time before something they did or said elicited some new ideas for me.  So when Russell M. Nelson (Rusty, the current profit) revealed this supposed commandment from the Lord banning these nicknames, my mind started churning out my latest LDS Hymn Parody, "Please Don't Call Us Mormons."

The fact that it has been decided that calling them Mormons is directly from Satan is interesting all by itself.  As this CNN article points out, what about the "I'm a Mormon" campaign?  Was it a horrible thing then to call them Mormons?  And what about their websites - Mormon.org and LDS.org?  Also, what about institutions with LDS in their names, like LDS Business College or the LDS Hospital, both located in SLC?  The list goes on and on with references to the names Mormon and LDS that have been put out there by the church itself.




It never ceases to amaze me what passes as "important" in the Mormon Church (and yes, I am going to continue to call my former life-long religion by the forbidden name).  Abolishing formerly used "nicknames" has become their latest crusade despite the fact that there are so many urgent issues going on in the world.  Apparently the Lord (and/or Rusty) thinks the rebranding of the church is of utmost importance - much more important than confronting allegations of sexual abuse by "priesthood" leaders, children being forced to participate in private interviews during which they are asked inappropriate questions about sexual matters, the need for humanitarianism efforts for starving people around the world, the use of tithing money for building shopping malls, the fact that people are leaving the church in droves (probably due to the fact that there is so much information about the Mormon Church online - just Google it), and so on.

Apparently the Mormon Church has attempted to ban its nicknames before this.  According to this CNN article, similar efforts were made in 1982, 2001 and 2011.  Interesting that I don't recall this since I was still an active member of the Mormon Church in 1982 and in 2001.  But since I left the church in 2004, by the time 2011 rolled around, I had already been out of the church for seven glorious years.

But this time they seem very serious, particularly since they have already renamed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is now officially The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.  But whether Rusty came up with this current campaign all on his own or whether it really came from the Lord is debatable.  One thing is clear, though - the whole thing is ridiculous, and the fact that they want to be taken serious is also ridiculous.



Here is my favorite pic of Rusty (and his lovely wife)... after all, the man needs a little humor and levity.




SO ANYWAY... here is my 128th LDS Hymn Parody, dedicated to the silliness that is "Mormonism."


PLEASE DON’T CALL US MORMONS
Sung to the tune of How Firm a Foundation - #85

1.  Please don’t call us Mormons, an edict from the Lord,
Or maybe from Rusty who must not be ignored.
What more can we say than to you we have said?
Please don’t call us Mormons, please don’t call us Mormons,
Please don’t call us Mormons, just call us Saints instead.

2.  And while we are at it, don’t call us LDS,
We are Latter Day Saints, and that we have to stress.
The name we are called is our focus right now,
Although it seems silly, although it seems silly,
Ignoring this dictum the church cannot allow.


3.  These nicknames upset us, and they offend the Lord.
They came straight from Satan, and so they are abhorred.
So say we are members of God's church on earth,
And we will be happy, and we will be happy,
And we will be happy, for whatever that's worth.

4.  There’s one other mandate you must remember, too,
The word “Mormonism” is also now taboo.
Calling our doctrine "Mormonism" must end.
This need for rebranding, this need for rebranding,
This need for rebranding, we refuse to defend.


5.  And so say the Mormons, revealing God’s command,
The use of the “M word” is now completely banned.
But using a new name does not change the past,
The church is still bogus, the church is still bogus,
The church is still bogus, the final die is cast.

6.  A pig is still a pig even with lipstick on,
And when the sun goes down, we know there’ll be a dawn.
There are certain things that you simply can’t change,
So not saying Mormons, so not saying Mormons,
So not saying Mormons does not make them less strange.

© Diane Tingen
10/23/2018




Saturday, February 17, 2018

NEW PROPHET, NEW PROPHET - ExMormon Song Parody


I found this "advertisement" on Facebook for tonight's festivities!!

Doesn't the photo go well with my newest song parody??  

Exciting times - if only I could be there tonight...

NEW PROPHET, NEW PROPHET
Sung to the tune of Matchmaker, Matchmaker
(from "Fiddler on the Roof")

New Prophet, New Prophet,
Old one has died,
TBMs cried,
ExMormons sighed,
New Prophet, New Prophet,
Why should we care?
The next geezer is the heir.


New Prophet, New Prophet,
Nelson's the one,

Already done,
Surprise to none.
Truly believing he has their respect
While watching them genuflect.


The Prophet,
Mormons all listen
Pretending
What he's saying is true.

But me, no,
I am not stupid,
I long ago saw through the lies they spew.

New Prophet, New Prophet,
He's 93,
How long he'll live
We'll have to see.
Dallin B. Oaks is the next one in line,
And won't that just be divine?!!

The Prophet?
Profit's more like it,
The money
Is the aim of the hoax.

Donations,
Tithing and others,

Have made those old geezers some rich old blokes.

New Prophet, New Prophet,
More of the same,
Nothing will change,
Name of the game.
Day after day, I'm so glad I got out,

So without a doubt,
I want to shout,
Open your eyes,
It's full of lies,
A pile of crap in disguise.

Friday, November 25, 2016

ALL ABOUT THE TRUTH, NO LYIN' - ExMormon Song Parody

Well, it happened again... I was listening to the radio and All About That Bass came on... and my brain immediately went into parody mode. Seriously, this one wrote itself.

The truth is very important to me.  So after doing independent research about Mormonism, seeing the lies, and realizing that I had been adhering to a bogus religion my entire life, I had no choice but to leave. Either something is true or it isn't. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. No wiggle room. Period.

ALL ABOUT THE TRUTH, NO LYIN'
Sung to the tune of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Because you know it's all about the truth,
About the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth... truth... truth...

Yeah it's very clear, there ain't no facts there
And they can spin it, spin it like they just don't care
Cause they threw the facts, facts right out the window
And what's the purpose? To make a lot of dough.

I see the Mormon Church spinning the evidence,
We know that shit ain't real, come on now, make it stop.
If you got the info, info, just tell the truth,
Cause everything they say is bullshit from the bottom to the top.

Yeah, the Mormons all tell me "don't worry about the lies"
(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)
But I'm really not stupid and there is no compromise.

(they're lyin, uh, they're lyin', lyin')
You know I won't be no go-along close-my-mind Mormon clone
(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)
So if that's what you're thinking, then that little bird has flown.

Because you know it's all about the truth,
About the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth... hey!

I'm thinking with my brain,
I found the truth and it is very plain.
No, I'm not playing, I see just what it is,
And I'm here to tell you...
Everything they say is bullshit from the bottom to the top.


Yeah, the Mormons all tell me "don't worry about the lies"
(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)
But I'm really not stupid and there is no compromise.

(they're lyin, uh, they're lyin', lyin')
You know I won't be no go-along close-my-mind Mormon clone
(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)
So if that's what you're thinking, then that little bird has flown.

Because you know it's all about the truth,
About the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth...

Because you know it's all about the truth,
About the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth...

Because you know it's all about the truth,
About the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth, no lyin'
It's all about the truth, about the truth...

Yeah, yeah... ooh... it's all about the truth...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

ANOTHER ANONYMOUS COMMENT... ISN'T THAT SPECIAL?!!


Last week, an "Anonymous" person posted a comment on one of my posts.  Here's what this person said:









Wow, seriously??!!  Did I kill someone?  Did I work as a prostitute - and get caught?  Did I sell drugs? What terrible sin was I unable to overcome so I could be a member?

Well, I have to say that this comment takes the cake.  I've been writing this blog for over 5 years now, and in that time there have been a number of people who have make Anonymous comments.  But this comment is way beyond what I have seen up to this point.

In reality, though, this comment really is typical of TBMs, even if it is very extreme. TBMs essentially parrot what they are told by their leaders, that anyone who leaves the Mormon Church does so because of a finite number of reasons, the main one being that they have "sinned."  Of course, there are a few other reasons why Mormons have decided people leave the church. Here's a chart showing the actual truth:




If this Anonymous Poster had bothered to really read what is on my blog (rather than do a "hit and run"), he/she would have discovered that what lead to my disavowing Mormonism is the fact that I began independently researching Mormon Church History, and in doing so discovered its extremely sordid nature.  What followed was an in-depth study of what I had uncovered and an increasingly disturbing realization that my life-long religion was actually made up by Joseph Smith from the get-go and perpetuated by many other men since that time.  After realizing that I had been duped into adhering to a bogus religion my entire life, I could no longer be associated with such a deceptive religious organization.

It always cracks me up when someone posts an "Anonymous" comment on my blog.  Making a comment to which I can't reply directly to them is the epitome of cowardice.  Oh, they can make a comment riddled with ridiculous accusations, but then they cower in the corner, withholding their identity so an actual exchange of ideas can't be made. Isn't that special?!! 


Another Anonymous comment was posted on my blog a few years ago, and in response to that one, I wrote the below post:



And so to all the cowards out there who post anonymous comments berating people based on minimal information, I say STOP DOING THE "HIT AND RUN" ROUTINE. INSTEAD, YOU SHOULD FACE THOSE WHO YOU BERATE DIRECTLY.  UNTIL YOU DO THAT, YOU ARE SIMPLY COWARDS WITH NO BACKBONE WHO TALK A BIG GAME BUT CAN'T STICK AROUND TO HAVE AN ACTUAL EXCHANGE OF IDEAS. AND THAT IS REALLY SAD.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DON'T YOU DARE BAIL - LDS Hymn Parody #127


The leaders of the Mormon Church never cease to amaze me with the ammo they continue to give to those who have left Mormonism.  The newest example of this is a rant by Jeffrey R. Holland at a Tempe Arizona Devotional on April 26,2016.  In that rant, he said, "Don’t you dare bail.  I am so furious with people who leave this church.  I don’t know whether 'furious' is a good apostolic word.  But I am.  What on earth kind of conviction is that?  What kind of patty-cake, taffy-pull experience is that? As if none of this ever mattered, as if nothing in our contemporary life matters, as if this is all just supposed to be 'just exactly the way I want it and answer every one of my questions and pursue this and occupy that and defy this - and then maybe I'll be a Latter-Day Saint?!' Well, there's too much Irish in me for that."


And then he finished his rant by saying, "This church means everything to me!  Everything! I don't care what happens.  I don't care what price is to be paid.  As painful as that can be ans as much as I don't want to invite the test, as much as I don't want to sound arrogant or self-confident or filled with any kind of price other than the love of the Lord, this church means everything to me, and I'm not going to leave it, and I'm not going to let you leave it."  Whoa... I'm not going to let you leave it?!!  Cult much??  

Of course, memes and comments about his speech have hit the Ex-Mormon groups on Facebook like a thunderstorm (like the ones I've included here).  There's even a post on YouTube called Angry Holland about this rant.  It's all been very entertaining.  

Another outgrowth of his speech is that I immediately starting writing an LDS hymn parody in my mind (as I've said on here before, "Because they make it so easy!!").  Of course, sometimes these LDS hymn parodies write themselves, and this was one of those.


So here's my 127th LDS hymn parody, dedicated to Jeffrey R. Holland for the entertainment value... because he always knows just what to say. 

DON’T YOU DARE BAIL
Sung to the tune of True to the Faith – #254

1. When you’re faced with many questions
And it seems to not make sense,
Will you bail on Mormonism
Even though there’s no defense?  No!!

(Chorus)
Don’t you dare bail on the Mormon religion,
Though you can see that it’s full of deception.
No patty cake, that’s a mistake,
No taffy pulling, for goodness sake!!

2. Though we know that it’s a shit show,
And the lies are obvious,
Will you bail on Mormonism
And make Holland furious?  No!!

(Chorus)
Don’t you dare bail on the Mormon religion,
Though you can see that it’s full of deception.
No patty cake, that’s a mistake,
No taffy pulling, for goodness sake!!

3. While we know the sordid history
And how awful it can sound,
Will we stand by our convictions,
And not patty-cake around?  Yes!!

(Chorus)
Don’t you dare bail on the Mormon religion,
Though you can see that it’s full of deception.
No patty cake, that’s a mistake,
No taffy pulling, for goodness sake!!

4. When we hear from Jeffrey Holland
As he spews his words of fear,
What on earth would make us doubt it?
After all, it’s all so clear.  NOT!!

(Chorus)
And so I bailed on the Mormon religion,
Mainly because it is full of deception.
Leave me alone, don't even phone,
I am no longer a Mormon clone!!

© Diane Tingen, 5/4/2016


Monday, April 4, 2016

TRUTH MEANS NOTHING - LDS Hymn Parody #126

Here's another LDS Hymn Parody - the 126th I've written.  Of course, this new parody adheres to the general theme of this blog, which is that Mormonism is replete with lies and deception. What's more is that it is very obvious to me that they do not really care about "THE TRUTH."

Facts?  What are those?  Evidence?  Says who?
If we say it's "TRUE," then it's TRUE!!! 

So many members of the Mormon Church hide their heads in the sand, believing what they are told, and not doing any independent research to find out otherwise.  I know because I did the same thing.  Having been born and raised in the Mormon Church, I just went along for 52 years.  I did question things now and then, but I would just put my doubts on a shelf and trudge forward.  But you can only put so much on a shelf until it starts to crumble, and my shelf finally did that after I began to research on my own - first about Mormon Church History, and then when I realized just how sordid it is, other topics as well.  Finally it became blatantly obvious to me that the whole thing is just a scam, created by Joseph Smith for his own purposes and perpetuated by many others ever since.




So yes, I truly believe that TRUTH MEANS NOTHING to the Mormon Church.  Its members are supposed to "just believe" and "doubt their doubts."  What they're not supposed to do is what I did - engage in independent research because that's when their lies and deception are exposed.  And naturally, the Mormon Church strongly discourages (prohibits) search on the internet, and of course Google is not a friend to Mormonism.

TRUTH MEANS NOTHING
Sung to the tune of Truth Eternal - #4

Truth means nothing, never did,
Lies are covered up and hid.
Mormonism, pure deceit,
False pretense, with lies replete.

All the facts and evidence
Show the lies, there’s no defense.
All made up, so very clear,
By the prophet they revere.

Joseph Smith, a charlatan,
Clever man, the tale he spun
Now lives on despite the lies,
Bogus doctrine in disguise.

© Diane Tingen, 4/4/2016



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MORMON WASTELAND - Song Parody of a Classic by The Who



Here's another song parody, this one to a classic song by The Who.  I heard this song on the radio recently, and the minute I heard it I started singing "Mormon Wasteland." Seriously, this song parody wrote itself.

It wasn't until I started doing some research about this song, though, that I discovered its real title is actually "Baba O'Riley" and not "Teenage Wasteland."  I found a very interesting article about its meaning at this link:  http://www.shmoop.com/baba-o-riley/meaning.html

I didn't know any of this... I have always thought it's a song about teenage angst.

As far as this song parody goes, my opinion of the Mormon Church fits perfectly with the title "Mormon Wasteland."  For so many years, I felt trapped inside the Mormon Wasteland, trying to "just believe," but struggling to understand things that I now consider completely absurd.  I bought into the mantra they espouse that basically says that if you are having trouble believing it, it's you and not them - that you just need to pray more, read the scriptures more, have faith, and attend more church meetings (and, you know, "Doubt your Doubts").  But regardless of how much I did those things, I still felt very conflicted. Finally, after researching Mormon Church History, I had a very significant AHA Moment and ultimately came to the conclusion that it's all completely bogus... and the moment when I had that realization was very freeing and was a huge turning point in my life.

Since leaving Mormonism behind over 10 years ago, I have never regretted leaving the "Mormon Wasteland."  So yes, I worked my way out of Mormonism's blunder, so grateful that the exodus is here and the happy ones are near (and that those happy ones include me).  After having spent 52 years inside the Mormon Wasteland, I am very grateful that I got it together before I got any older and wasted any more time on a bogus religion based on an enormous stack of lies.

MORMON WASTELAND
Sung to the tune of Teenage Wasteland by The Who

I saw the charade,
I felt so betrayed,
I turned my back on all the lying.
I don’t need to fight,
To prove I’m right,
I don’t need to be forgiven.

Don’t cry,
Don’t raise your eye,
It’s only Mormon Wasteland.

And so with the dawn,
All my doubts are gone,
Worked my way out
Of Mormonism’s blunder.
The exodus is here,
The happy ones are near,
Let's get together
Before we get much older.

Mormon Wasteland,
It’s only Mormon Wasteland.
Mormon Wasteland,
Oh yeah, Mormon Wasteland.

They’re all clueless!!

© Diane Tingen
3/30/2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

HELLO FROM THE OUTSIDE - ExMormon Song Parody ala Adele

Another song parody... this one parodying a current song by Adele.  Of course, right now they're over-playing this song on the radio so I seem to hear it every time I'm driving in my car.  So naturally, with the way my ExMormon brain works, I started adding my own words and came up with the below parody.

Not surprisingly, the theme of this parody follows the ongoing theme of this blog--that Mormonism is replete with lies, that the history of the Mormon Church is extremely sordid, and that the religion itself is completely bogus.  But thankfully, after too many years of going along and trying to "just believe," I began doing my own independent research and finally realized that it is completely bogus.  Then, after struggling for quite a while with that realization, I ultimately left Mormonism behind.  Of course, TBMs who read this will most likely say I haven't moved on because I can't seem to leave it alone... but I've covered that empty argument in previous blog entries.



So now I can loudly say HELLO FROM THE OUTSIDE... outside the confines of a bogus religion that attempted to strip me of my own voice and individuality, but in the end was not able to do so any longer.

HELLO FROM THE OUTSIDE
Sung to the tune of Hello by Adele

Hello, it’s me,
I was wondering why with all the deceit you still believe.
When you look at everything
That the Mormon Church is telling you,
It’s lies and double-dealing.

Hello, can you hear me?
Those in Salt Lake City scheming about how to hide the truth.
When I was younger, naïve,
I just simply went along with all you told me to believe.

There's such a difference between us,
And a million miles.

Hello from the other side,
I must have asked a thousand times
Why within Mormonism everything makes no sense,
But when I asked, they simply told me more lies.

Hello from the outside,
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To simply believe all the lies that they tell,
But it don’t matter, the lying doesn’t tear them apart, never did.

Hello, what’s the deal?
It’s so typical of them to try to cover-up the history
Because it’s sordid,
Just why is it that you refuse to see that all of it is bogus?

It’s no secret that the Mormon Church
Is running out of time.

So hello from the other side,
I must have asked a thousand times
Why within Mormonism everything makes no sense,
But when I asked, they simply told me more lies.

Hello from the outside,
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To simply believe all the lies that they tell,
But it don’t matter, the lying doesn’t tear them apart, never did.

Ooooohh, never did.
Ooooohh, never did.
Ooooohh, never did.
Never did.

So hello from the other side,
I must have asked a thousand times
Why within Mormonism everything makes no sense,
But when I asked, they simply told me more lies.

Hello from the outside,
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To simply believe all the lies that they tell,
But it don’t matter, the lying doesn’t tear them apart, never did.

© Diane Tingen, 1/31/2016