Who Sang That? Religious Imagery In Rock 'n' Roll Songs

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Many allegedly-secular rock 'n' roll lyricists pepper their songs with specifically religious imagery, be it from the Bible, liturgy, or other sacred writings. Can you guess who sang what?


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  • 1. 
    Who sang, "I thought that they were angels, but much to my surprise, they climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies."
    • A. 

      Jefferson Airplane

    • B. 

      The Kinks

    • C. 

      Styx

  • 2. 
    Who sang:"Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth Better to be poor than a fat man in the eye of a needle And as these words were spoken I swore I hear The old man laughing 'What good is a used up world and how could it be Worth having'" 
    • A. 

      Prince

    • B. 

      Sting

    • C. 

      Bruce Springsteen

  • 3. 
    Who sang:”Now I've heard there was a secret chord, that David played, and it pleased the Lord, but you don't really care for music, do ya?”
    • A. 

      Leonard Cohen

    • B. 

      Van Morrison

    • C. 

      Bob Dylan

  • 4. 
    Who sang:"You read about Samson, all from his birthHe was the strongest man ever had lived on earthOne day while Samson was walking alongLooked down on the ground he saw an old jaw boneThen he stretched out his arm and his chains broke like threadsAnd when he got to move, ten thousand were dead"
    • A. 

      Cat Stevens

    • B. 

      Grateful Dead

    • C. 

      Peter, Paul & Mary

  • 5. 
    Who sang:"So I pledge here before everyone who's listeningTo make my every action for the good of all beingsFor the rest of my lifetimes andEven beyond i vow to do my best to do no harmAnd in times of doubt i can think on the dharmaand the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara "
    • A. 

      The Beastie Boys

    • B. 

      Eminem

    • C. 

      Kanye West

  • 6. 
    Who sang:Night comes inLike some cool riverHow can there beBe another dayTake my handO real companionAnd we’ll danceWe’ll dance ‘till we fade awayO the songsPour down like silverThey can onlyOnly break my heartDrink the wineThe wine of loversLovers tired of being apart
    • A. 

      Fleetwood Mac

    • B. 

      The Innocence Mission

    • C. 

      Richard and Linda Thompson

  • 7. 
    Who sang:"In the ancient days, we will return with no delayPicking up the bounty and the spoils on our wayWe've been traveling from state to stateAnd them don't understand what they say3,000 years with no place to beAnd they want me to give up my milk and honeyDon't you see, it's not about the land or the seaNot the country but the dwelling of his majesty"
    • A. 

      Bob Marley

    • B. 

      Matisyahu

    • C. 

      Sufjan Stevens

  • 8. 
    Who sang:"He's the king of the mountainAnd the clear crystal fountainHe's the saint of the riverHe's the ancient of days"
    • A. 

      Van Morrison

    • B. 

      U2

    • C. 

      Shane McGowan

  • 9. 
    Who sang:"Remember, rememberNever forgetAll of your life has all been a testYou will find the gate that's openEven though your spirit's brokenOpen up my heartCause my lips to speakBring the heavens and the starsDown to earth for me"
    • A. 

      Cher

    • B. 

      Madonna

    • C. 

      Stevie Nicks

  • 10. 
    Who sang:"I took the moneyI spiked your drinkYou miss too much these days if you stop to thinkYou lead me on with those innocent eyesYou know I love the element of surpriseIn the garden I was playing the tartI kissed your lips and broke your heartYouYou were acting like it was the end of the world"
    • A. 

      Live

    • B. 

      Coldplay

    • C. 

      U2

  • 11. 
    Who sang:"Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns It calls me on and on across the universe Jai guru deva om"
    • A. 

      The Beatles

    • B. 

      Spinal Tap

    • C. 

      The Rutles