"Novim's Nightmare" as written by and Yusuf Islam....
Once I had a dream, that worried me
Like a drunken guillotine
Lingering just above my head
Why, why, why, why?
Why was I born "The Nine"
Cursed repeatedly
Who would know if I should die.

No one needed me
Doo doo doo doo doo
Dark and empty was the place to which I'd come
Cold and silent was the house my name was on
Nine rooms and a tomb in every one

S'dark and empty was the place to which I'd come
All at once my bones began to change
I was tall and young again,
Sweet as rain falling on the snow
Who, who, who, who?
Who is he, who am I, and
What laid in between?

How can I say goodbye? No one let me in
Can't see no need for Nine no more
Now it's too late to open the door.

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"Novim's Nightmare" as written by Yusuf Islam

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    General Commentthis has been up here for more than 3 yrs with no comments, so i doubt anyone will answer, but does anyone know what he means by 'the nine?'
    brain.damageon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, it's not "the nine" it's "born 'a' nine, cursed repeatedly". Novim obviously comes from the Latin Novem, for nine. What you have to understand is that "Numbers", the album this song is on, was made while Cat Stevens was studying Numerology.

    Subtitled "A Pythagorean Theory Tale", "Numbers" is a concept album based on a fictional planet called Polygor in a far-off galaxy, and the "Polygons" who inhabited its palace. The album includes a booklet with excerpts from the book of the same name, written by Chris Bryant and Allan Scott.

    In the booklet, it explains: "Novim was silent and old. He spent much of his time reading and thinking about everything deeply."

    I can only guess at the meaning of most of the song, but I'm willing to bet that it would be more clear if you had the book by Bryant and Scott.

    The song's references to death and tombs could simply be due to Novim being old and thinking about death, however it is more likely that it is explained in the book, since the booklet that accompanies the album says, right after introducing Novim: "The nine Polygons followed a life of routine that had existed for as long as any could remember. They did not seem to age, nor did they seem to change. It was, therefore, all the more shocking when on an ordinary day things first started to go wrong."

    Possibly the song could also be explained by meanings attached to the number nine by Numerology, which I am unfamiliar with.
    NewTribalVisionson November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was just going to answer, so I made an account, and when I came back you had posted this. what are the odds?!? Well, I guess there's no need to answer now, you pretty much said everything. Except maybe that nine is an unlucky number on Polygor.
    katherine22on November 03, 2006   Link

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