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Monday 11 December 2017

Lily song on churchgoers' list

Lily Allen's The Fear has been suggested as good listening material for churchgoers during Lent
Lily Allen's The Fear has been suggested as good listening material for churchgoers during Lent

A Lily Allen hit song is among suggested listening for churchgoers preparing for Easter.

The radio version of the song The Fear - without expletives - is recommended as a possible scene-setter before Bible study for church groups on a new Lenten course entitled Exploring God's Mercy.

The five-week course book uses music, DVDs and podcasts as aids to preparation for Easter and has been drawn up by the Bishop of Sheffield Dr Steven Croft.

Dr Croft said he believed The Fear, with a theme of materialism and starting "I want to be rich and I want lots of money" captured a "certain spirit" of contemporary culture.

"It is not to play in public worship, it is suggested for groups to listen to if they want, there is a pretty clear instruction in the book to group leaders to check out the lyrics first and to make sure that they use the version that is played on the radio," Bishop Croft said.

He added that he thought The Fear was a "clever" song which used interesting puns.

"I am not commending it as a way to think, but the song sums up a particular way of seeing the world which is very common, which is confused and afraid but also confident.

"I think she has captured something of the spirit of the age there."

Lily attracted headlines last year after David Cameron revealed he had told his then six-year-old daughter Nancy to stop listening to her songs because some of the sexual references in the singer's lyrics were inappropriate for a child of that age.

Other additional material recommended for the course includes the Neil Diamond song Pretty Amazing Grace and clips from Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and the movie 2012.

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