Song #4: Joy To The World
“No more will sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He’ll come and make the blessings flow,
Far as the curse was found.”
This 1719 classic first paints a totally bleak picture of the world, then promises it’ll all be better one day. Well, it’s been nearly 300 years since this total downer was written, and in that time we’ve endured lots of wars, a few tsunamis, boy bands, Outsourced, New Coke, and, of course, Balloon Boy. Haven’t we suffered enough?