Paul Kelly sings God Told Me To

Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly has produced a music video for his song, “God Told Me To”, filmed by director Natasha Pincus at Stark Raving Productions, Melbourne.

Paul Kelly in God Told Me To music video

Paul narrates the story of John Johanna, a character from an American folk song, unveiling a commentary on fundamentalist religion and its attempts to justify murderous policy and practice.

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Filming was shot by director/producer Natasha Pincus via Starkraving Productions, worked with director of photography Warwick Field, art director Kevin Azzopardi. Visual effects were developed at Airbag Productions. Production manager was Sacha Giurietto. Stills photographer was Narelle Sheean.

Stoking the Fire

Behind the scenes interviews with Paul Kelly and Natasha Pincus.

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Free Downloads

Paul is offering free downloads of 100 of his songs in a series from A to Z. So far he’s up to D with ‘Deeper Water’, ‘Difficult Women’, ‘Desdemona’, ‘Dumb Things’, ‘Don’t Explain’, ‘Don’t Harm The Messenger’ and ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’, ‘Down To My Soul’, and ‘Don’t Stand So Close to The Window’.

Lyrics for God Told Me To

My name is John Johanna, I am misunderstood
Lately I have been accused of grievous murder in cold blood
My mission is most righteous, my cause is true and just
The wicked need chastisement, you know it’s either them or us
God told me to
I did what I had to do
God told me to

All around me empty chatter, the old men wring their hands,
Meanwhile in broad daylight Satan gathers his unholy bands
The mighty strength of angels carries me on my seeking flight
My anger is a hammer – you know not its power or the hour it strikes!
God told me to
I answer not to them or you
God told me to

Seven golden candles flaming bring forth the Son of Man
In his mouth a two-edged sword, seven stars shining in his right hand
The beast has eyes before him, the beast has eyes behind
Those not with me are against me, they’re surely gonna feel my holy fire!
God told me to
To thine own self be true
God told me to
God told me to
I’m just doing what I have to do
God told me to