Tuesday, March 27, 2012


You are the Crown of Creation
You are the Crown of Creation
and you've got no place to go.

Soon you'll attain the stability you strive for
in the only way that it's granted
in a place among the fossils of our time.

In loyalty to their kind
they cannot tolerate our minds.
In loyalty to our kind
we cannot tolerate their obstruction.

Life is Change
How it differs from the rocks
I've seen their ways too often for my liking
New worlds to gain
My life is to survive
and be alive
for you.

Paul Kantner (the rhythm guitarist/singer for the band and writer of the song) based the song off of a quote from John Wyndham's 'The Chrysalids': "They are the crown of creation; they are ambition fulfilled, and they have no where to turn. But life is change, that is how it differs from rocks, change is its very nature."

In context of the times that the song was written, it can definitely be seen as a metaphor of sorts to the era that the band was in the midst of: great conflict both abroad (Vietnam), and here in the States between what essentially was mainstream society and the band's own counterculture. The line "In loyalty to their kind/they cannot tolerate our minds./ In loyalty to our kind/ we can not tolerate their obstruction" refers to the hippie's ideas and growing voice, and the government's attempts to keep them down.

Very revolutionary, like much of what this band did during the late sixties.


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