"As Above, So Below" as written by Jamie Oliver Jack Reynolds, James Nicholas Righton and Simon Lee Campbell Taylor-davies....
Sailing silver waves
Through the skies and 'round your eyes
And in the pockets of the tide
A meeting place by night

Sequin covered swans
They're used to make their own mosaics
A ceremony comes
An exponential fate

The dance of the cosmos shows
The stitches of space that slowly come and go
The dance of the cosmos shows
As above, so below

A whippowil in flight
Turns east towards Westphalia
In search of lost time
With the magic of true light

Tone zodiac in tune
With the fossil of our theme park
And falling from the seams
Sees the steeple, swarm delight

The dance of the cosmos shows
The stitches of space that slowly come and go
The dance of the cosmos shows
As above, so below

The dance of the cosmos shows
The stitches of space that slowly come and go
The dance of the cosmos shows
As above, so below

Galloping, galloping, beams faster
Galloping, galloping, beams faster
Galloping, galloping, beams faster

Joining together and still faster
Joining together and still faster
Joining together and still faster
Joining together and still faster
Onwards past, never and still faster

The dance of the cosmos shows
The stitches of space that slowly come and go
The dance of the cosmos shows
As above, so below

The dance of the cosmos shows
The stitches of space that slowly come and go
The dance of the cosmos shows
As above, so below



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"As Above, So Below" as written by Jamie Oliver Jack Reynolds James Nicholas Righton

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    General Commentamazing! what is "above" in "the cosmos" join what is "below" through the elements ("tune","light") with help of birds ("swans","whirppoorwhil") in order to create love ("ceremony","steeple","meeting by night") and life in general ("fossils","fate")
    lcklaxon February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs Above, So Below is an old term. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…. It means that the cosmos has sort of macro/micros relationship on scale. It's the idea behind derivation & divining, as well as totem and the idea that one can influence the macro by manipulating the micro. Think Voodoo dolls. Whipoorwills only fly at night and Westphalia is referenced in some occult materials, though I'm pretty sure it's actually just a region in Germany. At least today. I like this song. My username is UtSupraInfra, which means "As above, below." I think of it in the sense that as things are in the divine, I should also do them in the mundane.

    Amen.

    J
    utsuprainfraon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's also taken from Grant Morrison's The Invisibles series, where he argues that humanity/existence as a whole is a cosmic fetus waiting to be reborn into something new. Barbelith, which is "As Above, So Below" functions as a womb, providing existence with what it needs to evolve. It's basically about the ludicracy of "black/white," Us Vs. Them mentality or I Vs. The Other from psychology, because we're basically all the same thing. As Above, so Below.

    The escalation in the song could be interpreted, if we're going by the Invisibles comparison, to be the approaching apocalypse, when existence makes the next leap to something new.
    Solarioon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAh so like in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

    I love the nerdy sci fi/literary references in Klaxons' songs.
    benwolfsclawon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTool has a similar lyric in the song Lateralus: "As Below, so Above and beyond I imagine."

    If they have some sort of connection, I have yet to find it.
    aenema69on June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJamie said that the song is essentially about "the reverberations of the stars in the cosmos".
    PrimalChaoson August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"In search of Lost time"

    always makes me think of proust when i hear it. probably isnt though.
    laura_laurenton September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRe: whiporwhills

    Many religious belief systems have a particular spirit, deity, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife, such as Heaven or Hell. These creatures are called psychopomps, from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός (psychopompos), literally meaning the "guide of souls". They were often associated with horses, whippoorwills, ravens, dogs, crows, owls, sparrows, harts, and dolphins.

    In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms. It is symbolically personified in dreams as a wise man (or woman), or sometimes as a helpful animal. In some cultures acting as a psychopompos was also one of the functions of a shaman. This could include not only accompanying the soul of the dead, but also vice versa: to help at birth, to introduce the newborn's soul to the world.

    from Wikipedia
    utsuprainfraon January 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"As Above So Below" was a saying Aleister Crowley made frequently... makes sense, with the whole "Magick" theme and whatnot.
    ~t.henry14~on March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnot to seem stupid but can someone please explain this more simply.
    ambershmackkk!on April 19, 2008   Link

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