"Holly Holy" as written by and Neil Diamond....
Holly holy eyes
Dream of only me
Where I am, what I am
What I believe in
Holly holy
Holly holy dream
Wanting only you
And she comes
And I run just like the wind will
Holly holy

(Sing) Sing a song
(Sing) Sing a song of songs
(Sing) Sing it out
Sing it strong (Sing, sing, sing, sing)
Yeah
Yeah

Call the sun in the dead of the night
And the sun's gonna rise in the sky
Touch a man who can't walk upright
And that lame man, he's gonna fly
And I fly
And I fly

Holly holy love
Take the lonely child
And the seed
Let it be filled with tomorrow
Holly holy

(Sing) Sing a song (Sing)
(Sing) Sing a song of songs (Sing)
(Sing) Sing it out (Sing)
Sing it strong (Sing, sing, sing, sing)
Yeah
Yeah

Call the sun in the dead of the night
And the sun's gonna rise in the sky
Touch a man who can't walk upright
And that lame man, he's gonna fly
And I fly, yeah
And I fly

Holly holy dream
Dream of only you
Holly holy sun
Holly holy rain
Holly holy love


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"Holly Holy" as written by Neil Diamond

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    General Commenttoo bad the title is listed as "holly holly", because the actual title "holly holy" is such a giant clue to the meaning. look what happens when you change just one letter.

    neil diamond is from a jewish family. i don't know whether he's observant. probably not, considering that he's recorded christmas songs.

    his choice of words is explicitly Biblical: "song of songs" being the most obvious example. in the version with which I'm familiar, Neil sings "let it be full with tomorrow," an archaism reminiscent of Old Testament language (and the King James version)

    some would consider the song blasphemous, because it equates earthly love with the power of God, or of Christ. these are miracles: the sun rising at night, on command; to heal someone who can't walk (and--by giving him the ability to fly--perhaps overachieving?)

    potentially disturbing, also, is how the religious/spiritual themes are combined with primal sexuality. follow the changes in tempo and emotional intensity; they align precisely with the body's response to arousal, climax and release. (it's not as if this is some sort of innovation. it's the crux of the unspoken objection to rock-and-roll from its very beginning.)

    maybe you won't go quite so far as that. but we'd likely agree the song has the feel of a ritual.
    foreverdroneon June 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI honestly think it is about religion. I mean all you have to do is look at the dead of the night verses to see it. The "she" could be regarding the virgin Mary.
    redlipson May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it is religious, too. In fact, much of Neil's work does. For me, this song soars. It really stirs me up.
    styledataon June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song title is Holly Holy
    Richie45069on August 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is meant to make you think of both simutaneously. Religious and earthly love. The relationship between the two. And maybe the relationship between the holy and the profane (sexual) as well.

    I agree with foreverdrone the tempo of the song certainly has a primal intensity to it... both describing "ecstasy" (whether religious or otherwise) and capable of inducing some form of it as well, both lyrically and musically.

    Holly Holy - she which is earthly, and yet holy, as well.


    Holly holy love
    Take the lonely child
    And the seed
    Let it be filled with tomorrow
    Holly holy


    The richest and most beautiful stanza in the whole song.

    42 stepson August 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHolly Holy Day refers to the battle of Nantwich. Situated in Cheshire England, this medium size town was on the side of the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War and endured a six-week siege by the Royalist forces, many of whom were eventually captured and changed sides.

    After the siege was lifted, in January 1644, the local people marked the event in subsequent years by wearing sprigs of holly in their hats or on their clothing.

    The annual commemoration on January 25 became known as Holly Holy Day.

    While the song certainly sounds religious it is also something of a personal love narrative and may even refer to political liberation or freedom from religious persecution...

    Where I am, what I am
    What I believe in...
    ZEN911on May 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThank you, Zen911, for your most informative comments, and thank you everybody for your input. My legs have been partially paralyzed for over 60 years--since I was a baby, and I love the line about the lame man gonna fly. I interpret the song from a romantic and a Christian perspective, and I see the two as compatible. Christian theology sees a husband-wife relationship between G_d and Israel in the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) and between Christ and his church in the Greek scriptures (New Testament). FWIW, the sun/Son play on words is used frequently, as is the reference to Jesus as the seed or offspring of Eve in Genesis 3 and the offspring of Mary in Luke 1-2. As to a Jew using Christian imagery, I would look to Neil's song "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show." I played piano for three years in an Assemblies of God church, so I'm very familiar with the religious version of tension, climax and release. Thanks for this great forum!
    PianoDanoon July 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI've not heard that Diamond has definitively explained the song, kinda guess he offers different explanations at different times, if he even does explain it.

    But the song is not religious. Like Kenneth Burke, he couches his thoughts on secular things and relationships in religious terminology. The song's about his love for a woman, the religious terminology it intended to bring thoughts of redemption, sanctification and healing to the relationship between him and his beloved. His love for her is considered as a sacred thing, and sacred words are being used to express it.
    Coyote57on August 09, 2013   Link

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