Laughing With

 ◊  Saint Afra, pray for us

A song by Regina Spektor (listen):

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when
     they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one laughs at God
     when the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God
     when it’s gotten real late
     and their kid’s not back from their party yet

No one laughs at God
     when their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God
     when they see the one they love
     hand-in-hand with someone else
     and they hope that they’re mistaken

No one laughs at God
     when the cops knock on their door
     and they say we got some bad news, sir
No one’s laughing at God
     when there’s a famine or fire or flood

Chorus
But God can be funny
     at a cocktail party when listening
     to a good God-themed joke, or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
     and they get so red in the head
     you think they’re ‘bout to choke
God can be funny
     when told He’ll give you money
     if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie
     who does magic like Houdini
     or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket
     and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious, ha ha

Ha ha

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
     when they’ve lost all they got
     and they don’t know what for

No one laughs at God
     on the day they realize that the last sight
     they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes
No one’s laughing at God
     when they’re saying their goodbyes

chorus

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God in hospital
No one’s laughing at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
     when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
We’re all laughing with God