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November 15, 2004 |

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I can't get the song "You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor" out of my head (and Iím an atheist). Can you give me the words? I want to sing it with my right-wing Republican family members who think Iím a fruitcake.

Diane Powers
Seattle

Dear Mr. Keillor,
I'm always moved by your reading of "The Raven." Is that reading available on tape or on CD?

Frauke Elber
Newport News, VA

Diane & Frauke,
You can hear ďYou Donít Love GodĒ and ďThe RavenĒ online in the archive, and Diane, if you want to patiently listen to the song over and over and over and write down the words, you go ahead. Thatís how I got the words to the old Carter Family songs that I know. That was before there was an Internet, and you had to keep moving the needle back on the LP and listen to those tiny voices and their Southern accents and decipher the words. Now itís so easy to get Carter Family lyrics that nobody sings their songs much anymore. Is there a lesson here?

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