Saturday, 11 January 2014

What does George Fox say?

Those who read this blog know I am obsessed with that weird and wonderful song by Ylvis called What Does the Fox Say? But then the Quakers come along and make a parody of it and I love it even more!

 Whoever said that Quakers were boring and outdated clearly don’t know me and all my Quaker peeps at our local Meeting House. Quakers invented fun.

 OK, maybe that last bit is not true. But Quakers are alive and well all over the world and our sense of peace, justice, truth and simplicity shine in our lives made possible through our form of worship—a direct connection to God through listening to that “still small voice” in silence.

This song is about George Fox—the founder of the Quaker movement. It is a bit of history lesson as well as a bit of fun. There quotes by George Fox are used today to understand the nature of “that of God in everyone” and our purpose in this world.

Here is a link to the video:

There are also links at the top to click on to read the quotes by George Fox in full as well as other Quaker resources. Also, in case you’ve missed the original video, there’s a helpful link to see it so you know why this is so clever and funny.

But for those who are without the ability to watch youtube, here are the lyrics.


1650’s England

Kingless country

Civil war

Dudes in robes the only way

To communicate with God


All pay tithes

And all swear oaths

Churches full of empty forms

A shoemaker

Begins to preach


What does George Fox say?

"I saw, also, that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. In that also I saw the infinite love of God, and I had great openings."


What’s George Fox say?

"Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you go.”


What’s George Fox say?

"Be still and cool in your own mind and spirit from your own thoughts, and then you will feel the principle of God.”


What’s George Fox say?

“I heard a voice which said, "Jesus Christ can speak to your condition"; and when I heard it, my heart did leap for joy."


What’s George Fox say?


Shaggy hair

Leather clothes

Comes for prayer then steps on toes

He can’t stand

Bad theology

He serves a jail term or three


His jailers rise

And follow him

He’s an angel in disguise

His piercing eyes

See your course

‘Cause he’s connecting to his





He’s connecting to his





What does George Fox say?

“The Lord does not dwell in these man made temples but rather in people’s hearts.”


What’s George Fox say?

“Christ says this, and the Apostles say this but what can you say?”


What’s George Fox say?

“Walk cheerfully over the earth answering to that of God in everyone.”


What does George Fox say?


The insight of George Fox

Was that the spirit can guide us.

It talks in a still small voice

Of Love and Truth.

What do you hear?


Will you keep yourself open

To peace and integrity?

What do you hear?


You have a guardian angel

Hiding in your soul.

What do you hear?

I want to know. 


If you are looking for a place of worship to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, a place to slow down and really be able to listen to the voice of God inside of you then check out the Quakers.
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  1. clever.......and I did so enjoy the Quaker party on my last day!

  2. I love the original too, but this is very cool!