"Crown of Creation" lyrics

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"Crown of Creation" lyrics

Postby Airplane Freak on Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:29 pm

The lyrics to the song "Crown of Creation" were lifted verbatim from the 1955 John Wyndam book Rebirth [The Chrysalids] and never properly credited. I found this disappointing, but forgivable as in one lover to another… "How could you? I still love you!" Bearing in mind also that Jerry Garcia never properly credited Elizabeth Cotton for "Sugaree" on the album.
The book is a post-nuclear apocalyptic novel of a band of survivors in Labrador who are evolving into mutants and believe they are the last remnant of humanity. At the end of the book a delegation from survivors in New Zealand arrives, making contact. Their words to the Labrador contingent are the lyrics of "Crown of Creation".
The book is a great and little-known classic which every Airplane freak should read, and the equal in every sense to other post-apocalyptic novels like A Canticle for Liebowitz, Dahlgren, and Triumph.
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Re: "Crown of Creation" lyrics

Postby brumus on Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:14 pm

Don't forget AA Milne and Pooneil.

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Re: "Crown of Creation" lyrics

Postby JoeD80 on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:53 pm

Airplane Freak wrote:The lyrics to the song "Crown of Creation" were lifted verbatim from the 1955 John Wyndam book Rebirth [The Chrysalids] and never properly credited.


Paul wrote this in his lyrics book:

("sampled" with permission, and most appropriately, from John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids", written specifically, originally and humorously/ironically, for and at the request of The Hubert Humphrey campaign for President, 1967 or -8 or so ... for a 'campaign song'! ... from the current flavor of the month - Jefferson Airplane)
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