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Wonderful World (Detroit Stories, 2021)

“Wonderful World” Lyrics:

You cheat and steal every day
You’re only human, it’s okay
Don’t bother with morality
It doesn’t sound like fun to me

And if the truth gets in the way
Bend it. Twist it, that’s what I say
I wanna get in trouble with you
I wanna hit and run with you

I’m gonna be the air you breath
I’m gonna teach you to deceive

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me
Just like me

This rotten place is just my style
The smell of death just drives me wild
Money’s a route and that’s for sure

That old disease without no known cure

So much sin, and so much pain
So many souls for me to gain
I wanna kiss and tell with you
I wanna go to hell with you

I’m gonna be the air you breath
I’m gonna teach you to believe

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me

It could be a wonderful world
If everyone could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If All of you were just like me
Just like me

Detroit Stories is Alice Cooper’s 21st solo album. It was released on February 26th, 2021, and it quickly reached the #1 slot on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart. Inspired by Alice’s hometown, Detroit, MI, he states the record pays homage to “the birthplace of angry Hard Rock,” and it seems many critics agree.

“Well, I was born in Detroit…Detroit was Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges, the MC5 – all really show bands but really hard rock bands. Guitar-driven hard rock. And I remember when I was seven years old, my uncle brought over a Chuck Berry record and said, ‘Listen to this!’ That right there was the first time I ever heard rock ‘n’ roll that wasn’t driven by piano or horns. It was guitar. And I went, ‘Oh!’ That really gave it another edge, you know?” Alice Cooper

 The tracks “I Hate You” and “Social Debris” contribute to the album’s flashback appeal and Detroit flare. Those two tracks could have easily been included on any of the classic Alice Cooper (Group) LPs.

Detroit Stories is unique in so many ways. It features various musical styles and genres, perfectly combining everything we love about Alice into a single LP. Hints of almost every previous LP are tucked neatly into the album’s tracks.

Wonderful World” is the eleventh track on the album, and at first glance, one might question, “Is this a cover of Louie Armstrong’s timeless classic?” Of course, Armstrong’s track is actually entitled “What a Wonderful World.” But wouldn’t that be interesting – Alice bellowing that ageless masterpiece?

Alice’s “world” is a bit darker than Armstrong’s. It’s not laced with “trees of green, red roses too.” Instead, it’s a “rotten place” filled with “so much sin and so much pain.” It’s as if these two worlds have vastly different blueprints crafted by two distinctly divergent architects.

You cheat and steal every day
You’re only human, it’s okay
Don’t bother with morality
It doesn’t sound like fun to me

And if the truth gets in the way
Bend it. Twist it, that’s what I say
I wanna get in trouble with you
I wanna hit and run with you

I’m gonna be the air you breath
I’m gonna teach you to deceive

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me
Just like me

The very first stanzas lay the groundwork. This “wonderful world” doesn’t thrive on honesty, beauty, or virtue. It’s the opposite of everything we were taught as children. It’s twisted, demented, and laced with death.

Who is the subject issuing these marching orders? A gang leader? A mob boss? A common criminal? Perhaps someone who was just led astray? Maybe a false prophet? Or is it something even more sinister?

Many people, things, and ideas influence us. Various sources claim that the average person is exposed to roughly 5,000 ads per day (in an average 16-hour day, that’s approximately 83 ads per hour). Stop and think about that. We are constantly being influenced to buy, buy, buy the latest services and products.

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the enemy has carefully crafted a plan devised to ensnare us with “Sex, Death, and Money.” He’s done a decent job distracting us from our Creator and what we were created to be.

Notice in the song that this much darker world is driven by deception, money, sin, pain, and death. [Sounds incredible, right?] There’s something slimy about hearing, reading, or noticing what the world is compared to what our Creator intended it to be.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out, or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:13-25

The above-listed passage is long. Read it carefully. Within these verses, there are two distinctly different worlds.

The world of flesh offers the same things pointed out in the song. It’s a twisted portrayal of life that deprives us of our divine inheritance. Somehow, it also has an arrogance, a dog-eat-dog mentality. It’s evil—void of our Creator and His Spirit.

In comparison, the world of the Spirit (His Holy Spirit) is focused on others. People there freely focus on the fruit of the Spirit. With that, there’s no room for arrogance, hate, selfishness, etc. Such things are replaced by humility, respect, kindness, joy, and Love.

Notice how the character in “Wonderful World” uses “Sex, Death, and Money” to motivate its prey. As mentioned above, we are consistently being barraged by them to distract us from our Creator and His Word. In the song, what sounds like a cordial invite is really a trap.

We must know the difference between virtue and vice. We are given the freedom to choose between two polar opposites. Christ’s promises and the enemy’s ploys are recognizably different.

Wrapping up this week’s post, life is full of choices. We are promised truths that are actually lies and conned out of what is, in fact, true. We must depend on the Lord’s wisdom and not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 1 John 4: 1-6

The above-listed verses encourage us to recognize that accepting Christ as Lord gives us the power to overcome. The verses in Galatians 5 and 1 John 4 teach us the difference between His Spirit and the enemy’s spirit. We’ve been given a litmus test regarding the actions and aspects of what we hear, see, touch, feel, and think.

We must learn to test the spirits before we act upon the things that influence us. Knowing Him means we see the stark difference between the world of flesh and the world of the Spirit. If we struggle to recognize the discrepancy, we haven’t diligently sought His Spirit.

In conclusion, Detroit Stories is an incredible LP. While many may appeal that the old days are Alice’s best work, we disagree. The last 35+ years of Alice’s work have provided multiple songs and LPs that have become classicks, and, in our opinion, they surpass the “heydays” of the 70s.

Alice’s music inspires us with nuggets of truth and wisdom. While many songs from the past provoke thought and emotion, we believe his most exciting era started with The Last Temptation and continues today.

We continue to pray for Alice, Sheryl, the band members, the crew, the Solid Rock teen centers, and everyone who comes into contact with them during their mission. Thank God for the Arts and also for Alice Cooper.

That’s it for this week. Catch you next Friday.

Until then, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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