When the earth moves again

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The J.A. in possibly the configuration (with Papa John Creach)
in which they recorded 30 Seconds Over Winterland in the early 1970s.

Is this Jefferson Airplane song simply an example of drug-induced hallucination or does it actually have a deeper – possibly even esoteric – meaning?

In golden Hannibal Carthage days marchin’ onto Rome
Knockin’ on the door and findin’ nobody home there
Rome she cut our army down and left them in the snow
So now I go to where I come from
Now I go home to the Sun

When the earth moves again
When the earth moves again my friend
Watch the lady ride on thru
When the earth moves again

Egyptian kings they sing of Gods and pyramids of stone
And they left the deserts clean and they left the deserts golden
Shinin’ as a beacon for those who need a road
Into the day and thru the night we go to find our way home

When the earth moves again

My love to all the people I leave behind
Search out the new ground around you

When the earth moves again

Your head can pull your lady around
And you can leave whenever you can and the ground
Take what you and on the land sea foam glass is sand

If you’ve only lived on earth you’ve never seen the sun
Or the promise of a thousand other suns that glow beyond here
And if you care to see the future look into the eyes
Of your young dancing children and don’t be afraid of our ways

When the earth moves again
When the earth moves again my friend
Watch the lady ride and sigh
When the earth moves again

Moses Moses the Red Sea closes
Over you when you least expect it to
When the earth moves again
When the earth moves again

Written by Paul Kantner.

First released on Bark (1971), but the live version on 30 Seconds Over Winterland (1973) is by far more powerful.

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2 Responses to When the earth moves again

  1. Thomas E. Chastang says:

    You would obviously have to ask Paul what he meant, if he remembers (see his comments regarding writing “Sketches of China.” It seems to me that it’s just a science fiction-inspired take on aliens having visited the Earth in the past. The two lines beginning with “If you’ve only lived on Earth …” are taken from an Arthur C. Clarke story or novel (can’t remember which at the moment).
    TEC

  2. Eric says:

    “In golden Hannibal Carthage days marchin’ onto Rome
    Knockin’ on the door and findin’ nobody home there”

    60’s and later anti war protests in Washington DC . Nobody home means no effect/Nixon flying out to avoid the protests.

    “Rome she cut our army down and left them in the snow
    So now I go to where I come from
    Now I go home to the Sun” (or home to Woodstock as Slick sings it)

    Refers to Cointelpro destroying the “Movement.” People turn away from politics and go with
    the “Back to the Land”, “Spiritual” and sci fi movements of the time.

    All just my never humble opinion. The rest is pretty self explanatory in the above light.

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