The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

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  • Topic: Hair, Age of Aquarius, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
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05 Countercultures

1) ‘Age of Aquarius’

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‘Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In’
From Hair: The American Tribal Love-rock musical (music by Gail MacDermot, lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni, 1969).

When the moon is in the Seventh House
and Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!

When the moon is in the Seventh House
and Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

As our hearts go beating through the night
We dance unto the dawn of day
To be the bearers of the water
Our light will lead the way

We are the spirit of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
Angelic illumination
Rising fiery constellation
Travelling our starry courses
Guided by the cosmic forces
Oh, care for us; Aquarius

The Fifth Generation had a massive hit with this in 1969. Hair was an enormously successful theatrical rock musical from 1967 through the 1970s. There’s a film version from 1979 directed by Milos Forman (who also directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Other songs include ‘Hair’ and ‘Good Morning Starshine’.

|"Hair" | |She asks me why...I'm just a hairy guy. | |I'm hairy noon and night; Hair that's a fright. | |I'm hairy high and low, | |Don't ask me why; don't know! | |It's not for lack of bread | |Like the Grateful Dead; darling | | | |Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair | |Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen | |Give me down to there, hair! | |Shoulder length, longer (hair!) | |Here baby, there mama, Everywhere daddy daddy | | | |CHORUS: | |Hair! (hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair) | |Flow it, Show it; | |Long as God can grow it, My Hair! | |...
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