Jerusalem (2:51)

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“Jerusalem” is an adaptation of Hubert Parry’s hymn, with lyrics from “And did those feet in ancient time”, a poem from the preface to William Blake’s ”Milton a Poem”. Debuting on this track is the Moog Apollo, the first polyphonic synthesizer, still a prototype at the time.

“And did those feet in ancient time” is a short poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem, one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The date of 1804 on the title page is probably when the plates were begun, but the poem was printed c. 1808. Today it is best known as the anthem “Jerusalem”, with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.

The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during the unknown years of Jesus. The legend is linked to an idea in the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a new Jerusalem. The Christian Church in general, and the English Church in particular, has long used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace.

In the most common interpretation of the poem, Blake implies that a visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England, in contrast to the “dark Satanic Mills” of the Industrial Revolution. Blake’s poem asks four questions rather than asserting the historical truth of Christ’s visit. Thus the poem merely implies that there may, or may not, have been a divine visit, when there was briefly heaven in England.


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  • Vangelisideras

    voz de privilegio, maravillosa interpretación

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CosmicYage

    Bliss on 2'05"

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe


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  • ruebe_and_luki

    majestic as fuck D:

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fmaoc

    le must c'est que l'indémodable à la même odeur après cinquante trois piges au compteur.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel


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  • RobTween

    It is ashame now Keith is pretty much financially broke and living in a small Apartment in Santa Monica. Ca. I'd pay him good to pick at his brain for a couple hours!!

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    One of my favorite albums of all time. Pure classic from start to finish.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • billfires


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  • Imageteria

    Brain Salad Surgery! Dang! My introduction to Prog rock at 15. This should be considered one of the top 100 Headphone albums of all time. Those pretentious Britboys nailed it!

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jsnruf

    Olympic opening ceremony made me think of this

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tiagoandresvaz

    epic song! but lastfm have such TERRIBLE SOUND QUALITY!! pops and cracks all the time ... and white noise in the background

    25 Jun 2012 Reply

    I'm starting a 'Love Beach is an underrated album campaign'......any takers? People reckoned Drama was crap when that came out and it's had a well deserved reappraisal. About time we did the same for Love Beach. The cover is truly awful but the music eh........not bad at all.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • wisaac5440

    Sorry granpubah-the 1st ELP not close

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • granpubah

    Sorry Wayne both the 1st ELP and Trilogy. Blow this away. Period Sorry Done!

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • wisaac5440

    One of the best albums ever made. Period.End of discussion.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • plaidsheep

    LOVE love love these old epic tracks from ELP

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
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    Damn, I love their sound.

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