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Regina Spektor: Laughing With Meaning


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Song Released: 2009

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Laughing With Lyrics

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


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    Dec 26th 2010 report

    I think that she's saying that people don't care about God until they need him for their selfish gains. Like God, or religion, is a joke until you need him. I don't know...I think that she is mocking how everyone calls themself a Christian yet no one wants to pay the price

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 6th 2019 report

    During the joyful moments of our lives we forget who gave us those moments but when hardship comes we seek the only one who could make thing OK because no one truly can except God.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2017 report

    My interpretation of this song I believe personally, is revealing how faithful you are in your everyday walk with God, epscially refuring to the the young early believers, and the influence non believers provoke in a new believer or even another non believers(whom may have some knowledge of religious background)life. I am a non donomiational Christian and my husband is not. I have personally witnessed the lyrics to this song in my life from my husband and seen him pray in the hospital when our daughter was diagnosed with a progressive form of epilepsy. I've seen him pray when his close friend died overseas, and I've seen him pray when we've been so broke and in desperate need of money, but outside of those hardships, he laughs at the Bible, tithing or any spiritual aspect of God and Christianity on a daily basis.. In my beliefs, God is the only one who knows how pure your heart and faithfulness really is and when Regina sings "we're all laughing with God" I interpreted that as," one day when my husband sees the truth and becomes a full believer, God will laugh with joy and we all will rejoice in praise and laughter in the end! "

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2017 report

    I love this song because I never thought about anyone laughing at god. The idea of laughing at god (believing in an omniscient creator, but laughing at him/it is so unusual an idea, that I fell in love with contemplating its possibility). Anything that stretches my imagination appeals to me. Do I think my interpretation is correct - definitely not - but the fact that the song allowed me to think about something out of all normal circles really makes me happy! Laugh at or with God - why not?!

  5. anonymous
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    May 13th 2013 report

    God isn't only there when you are in need but also when you are having a good time.

    "but God can be funny"

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 27th 2012 report

    This song is about karma. When things are going great, you forget about God and think you're more than him or simply don't find need for him. It's not until times get rough that we start to seek God, then he's laughing at us in a sarcastic tone, as if to say, "now you need me". In the end of the song, it turns out we are all in one group with God, laughing with him in harmony.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2012 report

    I never plan out anything… what I sing about is what I feel. In my song Laughing With, people turn to God in bad times for hope and reassurance.

  8. anonymous
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    May 16th 2012 report

    I think this song is a commentary on hubris and and humility. Life is so fragile, but we humans have a way of pretending we're invincible and god-like ourselves. After all, what's more empowering than poking fun at at all-powerful being? On the other hand, when we're most vulnerable, we need something to cling to, to make us feel safe, to give us hope. "Laughing with" exposes the irony in choosing God both as an object of riducule and as our life line in a time of need.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2012 report

    Really, I'm a Christian, but honestly I'm not offended. I think it means that some people laugh and say "Oh, Gods not real!" on a day to day basis, but in times of crisis, they don't laugh at him. However, I don't care about what it means, but this is an excellent song, that can be enjoyed by everyone, even if you are a christian. Thanks!

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2012 report

    i'm not religious at all but I think she's trying to make people understand you need to be faithful to God, like instead of scoffing him off and then in the same breath praying to him when you need something, instead of giving thanks at random for what you have.

  11. AnneJ
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    Sep 19th 2011 report

    I think I agree with the above mentioned interpretation of this song being a critical approach to the way people only need God when they are in trouble, and otherwise just laugh at Him. So, don't feel insulted as a Christian ;-)

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2011 report

    I think that people laugh at Christianity and the idea of God, they find him funny, but as soon as something happens, or danger comes, no one is pointing and laughing at God anymore. Most people pray for the first time when something is horribly wrong in their life. People use God as their emergency source of help. They turn to him in times of need. But all the other times he is simply a funny anecdote at a dinner party.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2011 report

    I think that this song is about those Christians who are scared of saying that they are Christians when they sre hanging out with their friends. So they claim to be atheists. But when they really need a miracle suddenly they are Christians they don’t mind it anymore.

    I am not saying that all atheists and Christians are like this, but come one everyone knows at least one

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2011 report

    I believe she is saying everyone believes in God and doesn't "laugh at" him when things are going bad and they desperately need him, but otherwise people think they are fine without him and laugh at the idea of needing God and see any religion as a joke, like believing in santa or magic.

  15. anonymous
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    Dec 23rd 2010 report

    I think that this song is more to do with god really caring about you, like sometimes we might not understand what he is doing but he really is our friend and he is there.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 21st 2010 report

    I am a Christian, and I know Regina Spektor is Jewish. I don't beleive she is meaning to be disrespectful of God in this song, I think she's making fun of the way we ineterpret God.

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