Keith Cook - guitar, bass, drums, vocals
Single - $0.75
Album - $4.00
Charts #14 in subgenre today
Previous peak charts position #55
November 17, 2020
Story behind the song
The Tower of Babel (Hebrew: ???? ???, Migdal Bavel) narrative in Genesis 11:19 is an origin myth meant to explain why the world's peoples speak different languages.
According to the story, a united human race in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (????). There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, observing their city and tower, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world.
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Awhile back I ended up with Leon Russell's drum machine.
I wrote 20 songs around everything left on it and there were 9 that he arranged which are denoted by the number he saved them on the machine as being included in the title, for example (Song 01).
I also included alternate versions of those 9 songs as instrumentals.
In the pages of the stories of ages I was searching in the witching hour
The words were written of an Ancient windowless Tower
And a city said to reach to heaven children of man given birth
The peoples language were confused an they were scattered about the Earth
From the Holy Sepulcher old city Western Wall in the east
To the pantheon where all the saints feast
The people of all religions came from around the globe
To try to touch the hems lay down their heavy load
All the musicians had come together under the sun
For Cecilia,John and Job liberata for every one
From the cloud came Heavenly sounds
Across the river from the Howling of the Hell hounds
All the angels began to arrive
Gifts and wounds
The great mysteries all in five
Here comes the saints again
Confess your sweetest sin
Goodbye to you my friend
Well never meet again
Hide the light within
A story to tell
Down by the wishing well
Here comes the saints of hell magic fairy spell a story to tell
Down by the wishing well