Ontological Argument: Lyrics

Tony Bennett — one of the greatest voices ever. I love this song for a couple reasons. First, if you were going to sing the ontological argument, this would be it, right? I mean, ‘the very thought of you’ and ‘the mere idea of you’ echo the argument. The second reason I love this song is how it invites me into an appreciation and even experience of God’s unsurpassable satisfaction, which is how we understand divine apatheia. So, here’s our prescription for a healthy mind: Find a quiet place to listen to Tony. Push play and listen quietly. Play it a second time while singing it to God. That’s the important part. Do this twice weekly for six months. Welcome to the journey of apatheia.

The very thought of you and I forget to do
The little ordinary things that everyone ought to do
I’m living in a kind of daydream
I’m happy as a king
And foolish though it may seem
To me that’s everything

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You’ll never know how slow the moments go till I’m near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You’ll never know how slow the moments go till I’m near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

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