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Music Monday: Wilco - “One Sunday Morning”

August 20, 2012

“One Sunday Morning” is one of those songs that you listen to while you are cleaning your house because it’s soothing, long, and unsurprisingly appeared on your Wilco Spotify radio station, but you never really get a chance to sit down and listen to it. It is a beautiful song and makes Sunday morning chores tolerable (heh, it’s still better than church). It also has hard-hitting lyrical content—many Wilco songs do—when you get a chance to pay attention. 

This song, the final track from Wilco‘s 2011 album The Whole Love, is a 12-minute story reflecting on the death of a “religiously condemnatory father.” Jeff Tweedy manifested the lyrics to the song after a discussion about religion with the boyfriend of novelist Jane Smiley. Jane’s boyfriend even gets a nod in the subtitle of the song, “Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend.” 


As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Grooveshark playlist or Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.    



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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