Monday, September 17, 2007

Hymn 2000

The most interesting thing to me about this track is the intro, which sounds a lot like Jethro Tull with its flute and piano duet. Tull's first jazz-blues-styled effort This Was came out in 1968, so it's possible that Elton heard it...but Ian Anderson was hardly the only person plowing that particular field at the time.

Lyrically, it finds Bernie weaving some sort of Dylan-inspired vaguely science-fictionish scenario, with lyrics like

And the comfort of mother
Was just an appeal for protection
For the cat from next door
Was found later at four
In surgical dissection


For soon they'll plough the desert
And God knows where I'll be
Collecting submarine numbers
On the main street of the sea

For the body of the song, John provides a deceptively amiable folk-rock setting. If you don't pay too much attention to the lyrics, it's a passable track.

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