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Lyr Add: Purple Hand (Seals & Crofts)


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Subject: Lyr Add: Purple Hand (Seals & Crofts)
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 22 - 12:31 PM

An opening post ought to bring in the lyrics, however
I wanted to find a quote which
helps to clarify the words in this mysterious song.

This quote comes from Drexel University's student paper.
Seals & Crofts had performed there in 1971, including singing the song "Purple Hand".
The student review repeats the spoken introduction from the performance.
This is printed in the Drexel Triangle, vol. XLVIII, no. 45, page 15, dated December 3, 1971.

"another Seals and Crofts release entitled Down Home. It included "Purple Hand", which is about a time when Jimmy [Seals] and Dash [Crofts] were hundreds of miles apart and, on the same night, had an identical dream -- that of a menacing purple mountain appearing out of nowhere on an ordinary beach."

Have you heard them sing this song? With its interplay of mandolin and guitar? If you haven't,
here is "Purple Hand".

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Purple Hand (Seals & Crofts)
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 22 - 12:42 PM


It came in early morning,
an ordinary day,
When all the sleepy citizens
Were on their merry way.
Nor mortal eye, no voice, no ear
Escaped the destined plan,
When all of us together
Had to face the Purple Hand.

Let them be,
Don't bother, let 'em be.
It's too early for them to see.
Let them go,
Don't bother, let 'em go.
Come tomorrow, they will know.

First there was an ocean,
An ordinary street;
Then suddenly a mountain
Began to show its peak.
Remember back unto the day
When twenty thousand taught:
This is it: Get off your knees,
Look what your hands have wrought.

Let them sleep,
Don't bother, let 'em sleep.
Maids of heaven will surely weep.
Let them go,
Don't bother, let 'em go.
Come tomorrow, they will know.

Lyrics by James Seals
Music by James Seals and Dash Crofts
Published by:
Harem Music/
Dawnbreaker Music (BMI)

from the album Down Home
distributed by Bell Records, a division of
Columbia Pictures Industries [TA 5004]
copyright 1970

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Purple Hand (Seals & Crofts)
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 May 22 - 09:56 PM

Verse Two, in this song, has a Baha'i reference which will get the attention of any listener who knows their Baha'i catechism, so to speak.

"... the day when twenty thousand ... "

That number is much proclaimed and repeated as the initial number of Persian/Iranian nineteenth-century martyrs to the newly-appeared Baha'i "cause."

Recently one Western observer inquired, why has nobody put that number to the test? After all, the 'cause' acquired its first believers (and first martyrs in many cases) in 1844, and at no point before. It wasn't all that long ago; can't these things be documented somehow?

Of course, it would all be in Farsi/Persian language documentation.
That there were martyrs, and that their martyrdoms were often public spectacles, there is indeed record, and no doubt of it;
only the number is in question.
The Baha'is, and before them, the people known as Babis [long story], were never a really large number of people, especially in Ottoman Persia -- always a minority.
So the question more specifically is:
HOW many thousand?
Don't know if anyone would be satisfied with the answer, though, after all this time.

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