Friday, April 10, 2015

THE LEAVING (was the Hardest Part) - Song Parody

Here's another ExMormon-themed song parody set to a Tom Petty song.  Yes, the leaving really was the hardest part.  From the point when I started my research (prior to going on a Mormon Church History Tour in the Summer of 2001) to the time when I realized that Mormonism is a total and complete fraud was a relatively short period of time.  But actually leaving?  That took much longer.  After all, I was born and raised Mormon, and spent 52 years as an active member.  So leaving was not an easy thing to do.  I hung on and hung on, thinking that maybe I was misunderstanding.  During that time, I held on firmly to the Mormon Mantra that I wasn't righteous enough to understand the intricacies of it all, that the ways of God are mysterious, and on and on, ad nauseum, blah, blah, blah...

My experience then was very similar to when I went to the Temple for the first time at 22 years old (the day before I got married in the Temple).  The Temple was so different than what I had imagined - full of symbolism, weird gestures, and strange hand signals, all of which was very disturbing at first glance (and second glance... and third glance... well, you get the picture).  But I bought into the Mormon Mantra then as well, tried to accept it on faith, and believed that if hung in there, read the scriptures, studied, prayed, and regularly attended my church meetings that eventually I would understand it all.  Never happened then - and it didn't happen later or during my AHA! moments when I finally realized that Mormonism was made up from the get-go (and began kicking myself for buying into it for so long).

So here's my latest song parody, which I'm posting with a huge thank you to Tom Petty for providing me with such great music as my inspiration.

THE LEAVING (was the Hardest Part)
Sung to the tune of The Waiting by Tom Petty

So happy, makes me feel like heaven right now,
And it feels like something from a dream.
Yeah, I've never known nothing quite like this,
And it feels so good since I finally got away,
It really doesn’t matter what the Mormons say,
But then no one coulda ever told me ‘bout this,
I said yeah yeah (yeah yeah)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

[Chorus]:
The leaving was the hardest part,
Every day I saw one more card,
I took it on faith, I took it to the heart,
The leaving was the hardest part.

Well yeah, I wish I’d found the lies a long time ago,
Too long I just went with the flow.
But then I saw I was out of touch,
I buried my head in the sand too much,
It took me a while to finally disavow
The Mormon ways and live like I wanna live now,
I said, yeah yeah (yeah yeah)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

[Chorus]:
The leaving was the hardest part,
Every day I went one more yard,
I took it on faith, I took it to the heart,
The leaving was the hardest part.

[Bridge:]
Oh, why did I just believe it before I saw the lies?
Why did I just believe it before I saw the lies?
After I realized, it took me quite a while
Before I walked away,
I stayed for much too long.

[Chorus]:
The leaving was the hardest part,
Every day I went one more yard,
I took it on faith, I took it to the heart,
The leaving was the hardest part.
Yeah, the leaving was the hardest part.

© Diane Tingen, 4/10/2015

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