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Music Monday: First Aid Kit - “Hard Believer”

September 5, 2011

Welcome to the second installment of Music Monday! This week’s featured artist is a relatively new favorite of mine and a sharp contrast to Tom Waits from last week. The folkish sister duo from Sweden, First Aid Kit, came to my attention over two years ago when I was shown thier cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.” I had almost forgotten about then until about a year and a half ago when I came across one of thier originals “Hard Believer,” which is today’s Music Monday song of the week.

My goal for Music Mondays is to feature artists that are accessible not purely as non-religious, skeptical, or humanist artists, but as generally good artists that you can go pick up and listen to all the time. I can’t think of a an artist that fits this criteria much better than First Aid Kit. After hearing “Hard Believer” I ordered their most recent album Big Black and the Blue and haven’t been able to put it down for the past year. In fact, they are currently touring with another one of my favorite bands (soon to be featured on MM), Bright Eyes. They have also added more fall/winter North America tour dates and have been in the studio recording a new album that I am eagerly awaiting.

With no further ado I predent First Aid Kit’s “Hard Believer”:

So you ask for my opinion well what is there to say
To be honest and just foolish won’t make you want to stay
You’ve got to go on and get moving and I can’t do that for you
Got so many plans and so much you want to do

Love is tough, time is rough
On me

Well I see you’ve got your bible your delusion imagery
Well I don’t need your eternity or your meaning to feel free
I just live because I love to and that’s enough you see
So dont come preach about morality that’s just human sense to me

Love is tough, time is rough
On me

And it’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful

Love is tough, time is rough
On me

As always please send your Music Monday suggestinos to me at or leave a message in the comments.
You can listen to past a future songs featured on Music Mondays via this nifty little grooveshark playlist that contunually gets updated with your suggestions.



About the Author: Cody Hashman

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Cody Hashman is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Psychology, where he was the co-founder and president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers.




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