"Before Time Began" as written by and Ian Gillan Steve Morse....
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    General CommentEasily the best song on the whole album.
    I may interpret too much into it, but I think that it has more than one meaning, I'll explain. The title suggests it's about the past, maybe a group of prehistoric humans facing the hardships of their time.
    Most of the song up to the last 7 lines or so is a sad and angry look at the current state: people living in a state of dull day-to-day survival, conflicts, superstitions and mistakes having shaped a hostile environment.
    The last part however contrasts that negativity with something else:
    The promise of a future for those of mankind who endure, underlined by strong guitar and organ chords.
    Now here's where the multi-leveledness I mentioned comes into play: The whole song can be applied to just about any era of humanity, up to and including our own time where many people feel the way described in the song. Also here's where for me, the true meaning of the song lies, and what makes it so strong: That the promise of the future is for us too, that we're not at the end of human history but at the beginning of a new time and that we will go on through the hardships, together, to a greater tomorrow.
    The final notion isn't hard to understand. Without any ill will towards believers, those that embrace the promise can finally leave the gods and superstitions behind them that have caused humanity so much problems for so long.
    Das Boeseon March 18, 2009   Link

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