So here's the source of those vague musical memories I was having:
|The Good Shepherd: Children's Songs from the New Testament by Kristen|
It appears that I misjudged how old the record was, because the copyright on the back was 1983. The record was attributed to Embryo Records, which doesn't seem to have a lot of internet presence. After a little Google footwork, I determined that it wasn't a company owned by the church at the time but it was later acquired by Deseret Book.
Just as I remembered, however, the back cover did have all the lyrics for the songs, and I was surprised by how many I recognized and could even hum a few bars of. The song in question was entitled "The Pharisees & Saducces":
|my apologies for the clumsily-spliced-together-from-two-separate-shots-because-of-problems-with-horrible-glare look|
Some points of irony about this song:
- Many Mormons cannot see what doesn't fit their picture of the world.
- Many Mormons like their "privileged places"--in the church they have divine nature and individual worth, but it's scary to think of leaving the church and stripping themselves of those comforting teachings.
- Many Mormons do not think that a knowledge of the truth (that they are members of a cult, that Joseph Smith was a con man, that their donations fund extravagant lifestyles for the church leaders, etc) will set them free and will passionately resist any efforts to inform them of the truth.
- Many Mormons resent the teachings or claims of ex-Mormons and uphold that ex-Mormons are bad, despite their "miracles" (being happy without the church, becoming financially successful, not becoming drug addicts, etc).
So it exists--a relic of my childhood brainwashing, a testament to Mormon hypocrisy and a veritable snack tray of forced rhymes and rancid cold cuts. It was kind of tempting to just light the thing on fire right there, but I thought that might attract a little too much attention.