Existen artistas a los que un pelotazo les marca toda su trayectoria. Un ejemplo de esto es el de Joan Osborne, que con One of Us, perteneciente a su primer álbum (Relish, 1995), murió de éxito. Apenas se supo más de ella.
En esta canción plantea cuestiones existenciales sobre Dios, con frases del tipo: «¿Y si Dios hubiera sido como uno de nosotros?» «¿Qué le preguntarías si lo tuvieses cara a cara?«.[audio:OneOfUs.mp3]
If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?
And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?
Back up to heaven all alone
No, nobody calling on the phone
No, just tryin’ to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome