annotated lyrics booklet which
belongs to "Something New Under The Son"
could be ordered through the "Something New Under The Son" LP
(US version only). It was written and annotated in 1981. I added some
annotations too, below some of the pages.
to the opinions of some reviewers, this album..." shows that the
annotations were made after the release of "Something New Under
The Son" and the first reviews.
- The album
titles of the second cycle of seven (albums
#8-14) are given, called "phase two of my music".
- Some details
here about the first cycle of seven albums, plus "Something New
Under The Son" (album #8).
- Here "Something
New Under The Son" is called "Album
number eight in a series of fourteen different statements...".
song listing includes "The
Tune", which was originally intended for inclusion on "Something
New Under The Son" (it should have been a double album).
From Eden" is mentioned a couple of times
in the annotations. The theme of this unreleased album obviously has
something to do with God being a Father to his children.
is not from the series of 14 albums, but it was most likely recorded
(in 1974), with Larry's sister Kristy Beth.
details here about "89 Is Really 99" are given in the second
annotation. It's referring to the song "Nightmare" on "So
Long Ago The Garden", where
Larry Norman sings "... and said exactly 89 words to me".
This was actually 94 but the uncensored version of "Nightmare"
contains 99 words ("We sleep till he arrives" were the missing
words). The words "89 is really
99" are sung in "Leaving The Past Behind" (see next page
of the booklet) and can also be found on the back cover of "The
Story Of The Tune"; the words also refer to the difference between
all songs until "In Another Land" (89; the first cycle) and
all songs until "Something New Under The Son" (99; the last
of the released albums).
you wish to count the words in "Nightmare" for yourself, note
that abbreviated words like
's and 'll and 've should not be counted.
- The Song
"Leaving The Past Behind" contains
several clues; see the previous page for the meaning of the words
"89 is really 99".
In The Sky Is Number Nine" is a clear reference to the second album
is the second cycle of albums. The album remains unreleased, and is
probably unrecorded but for a few songs. All we know now is that "Deep
Blue" was released; it's on the "Barking At The Ants"
album, where it says the song is from "Island In The Sky".
It was actually recorded in 1976 though.
last line refers
to "City Of The Lost Angels", album #10, like the annotation
Norman's 97th Nightmare" is indeed the 97th song in these two times
seven cycles, when counting the corrected number of songs of each release.
last page of the booklet, mentioning several
forthcoming albums, including "Island In The Sky".
At The Ants" was released, "On Tour" not yet, both are
from 1981. It may indicate that the booklet before the annotations was
written in 1981, as these albums are listed in what seems to be the
original print of the booklet.