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I Love the World

The song:
The album is called 'Thunder and Consolation'; the music is thunderous and the lyrics console a few people, we think and we've been told so. The opening track is called 'I Love the World', which some people say is a cynical outlook on the destruction of our world. And we don't think it that way; man is killing the world but we love it. And if we can do something to save the world then we will do. And the chorus goes "I love the world, I love the world, I love the world" etc. It's a very simple statement: we love the world!
- Source: Robert Heaton in an interview with German radio station Radio Bremen 4 in February 1989 -

The line occured to Justin Sullivan while recording the Thunder and Consolation album at Sawmill Studios in Cornwall: "walking along the railway line on a warm, sunny, misty winter's day wondering what to do with one particular song. We'd had the verses and bridges for some weeks but could never find the right chorus and then it just came into my head because at that moment the line was the one and only truth. 'I Love The World.' "
- Source: Between Dog and Wolf Magazine -

A small street right in the centre of Bradford.

The Ark is a symbol for the hope that amidst all destruction of the earth we will survive. In the Genesis, the first book of the bible, when God sees how sinful man is he decides to destroy the earth with a flood. He only saves one man, Noah. God orders him to build a huge ship, the Ark, and to take his family as well as one female and one male of every kind of animal on this ship. Then he lets it rain for fourty days, until every living thing on earth has drowned. After a hundred and fifty more days God makes the water slowly disappear. Noah sends out different birds a few times, until finally a dove brings back an olive leave, so that Noah knows the ground is dry again, and everybody leaves the Ark and lives happily ever after. Noah, by the way, is 600 years old when all this happens . . .
- Source: The Bible. Genesis 6-8 - Read more: King James Bible -

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I Need More Time

The song:
"Everyone I know says 'I need more time'. When you're young you think, I'll do this and that, I'll look at that, I'll travel there. . . And now I'm older and realise I won't do all the things I planned to. I'll not play football for the England team. One of my favourite movie scenes is in Blade Runner, when the android played by Rutger Hauer goes to his maker, and Tyrell says to him, 'What seems to be the problem?' And he says: 'Death.' "
- Source: Justin Sullivan on Corso. My translation back from German - Read more: IMDB on Blade Runner -

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I Wish

Grey eyes:
The person in Eleven Years has also grey eyes.

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If You Can't Save Me

Calvary Hill:
The place where Jesus Christ was crucified to death. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Marc and Luke, on the cross Jesus was mocked to save himself, if he really was the son of God, a notion echoed in the lines "You're never going to save the world/If you can't save me". The Gospels also report that after Jesus died the sky went black.
- Source: e.g. The Bible. Matthew 27, 38-43 - Read more: King James Bible -

There were several women named Mary present at Jesus' crucifixion, one of them his mother.

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The song:
At some stage in your life someone will come up to you and say 'you're just like your mother'. And they'll be right, cos it's true. The personalities of your parents will rule your life, and there's no way you can get away from that. You may live your life and think that you've broken away from the mould, but what you're really doing is leading your life in exactly the same way as your parents would do if they were you. However different you might think you are from them, whether you like it or not, eventually you'll end up being very similar.
Some parents I think defend you all the time, whether you're right or wrong, and some parents go to the other extreme, and lead you to believe that whatever you do isn't good enough. Mine are like the latter. Therefore, I go through my life believing that whatever I do isn't 'good' enough. In some ways that's a pain in the neck but in other ways it's really good because you're always trying to get better.
- Source: Justin Sullivan in an interview with House of Dolls Fanzine in 1989 -

Compare BD3, Dawn, Familiy, Family Life, Home, March in September, My People, No Mirror, No Shadow and Twilight Home for other explorations of the theme of family and home.

Very human family of monsters in the classical American sitcom of the same name that was aired between 1964 and 1966.
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Into the Wind

We took all the holy books and we burned them:
I think anyone who looks at the modern world sometimes thinks, "Why don’t we just take the Bible and the Torah and the Koran and oh, fucking burn the lot?" Because the endless arguments and conflicts over which God said what to which Prophet are all nonsense, and people know it’s nonsense. [. . .] I am from a religious background. By the time I got to about 19, I’d been through quite a few religions, and what I had worked out quite early in my life was that they were all the same. And interestingly enough there’s kind of a mystical element to all of them, which is about light and truth, and not about words. [. . .] They’re all the same, at the top end, once you get past the "We’re right and everybody else is wrong." The thing about the religions of the book, and, up to a point, the other great religions of the world, is that they’re all cults, and the reason that they survive is that they’ve got a built-in hostility to outsiders.
- Source: Allan MacInnis: "New Model Army: Tribal Warfare and Western Civilization. Telephone interview on May 18th, 2008 -

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The song:
"On the Easter Island they build massive statues of stone. In order to transport them they had to chop their trees. There was a successful civilisation on this island, but it needed more and more land. One day the last tree was chopped, and the soil eroded, with underfeeding and diseases as result. Moreover they couldn't build anymore ships to get off the island. Since as Briton I am an islander, too, the song tells a lot about my own feelings. You could even read the fate of the Easter Island as prophecy for the fate of the whole planet".
- Source: Justin Sullivan in German Online Magazin Uncle Sally's; my translation - Read more: Wikipedia -

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The song:
"This is a song about something that's happening in England over the last five years, perhaps the front line against the government is the Road Protest Movement."
- Source: Justin Sullivan, 21/08/98, Sumpfblume, Hameln -

"The road movement in England is partly as it appears, in the sense of an ongoing eco-battle with the powers that be. England is a small country and there is 462 of these roads pending and if they go on doing this there will be nothing left, road after road after road. And it isn't the answer. Thatcher didn't like anything that was even lightly public because it smacked of socialism, so she'd destroyed the public transport system so there wasn't anything except cars. Everyone loves cars, I love my car and I love driving and all the rest of it. It isn't the answer. So on one side, it is a movement against roads which I think is gathering support. On the other side, it is the only direct confrontation with central power that is going on at the moment in Britain. I think that since the collapse of the Berlin wall, it has thrown the old left wing into disarray combined with the destruction of the old industries which led themselves to strong unions. So the point there, confrontation there, is more likely to be these kind of eco-things."
- Source: Justin Sullivan in an interview with Chris Benn in February 1997 -

Snelsmore Wood is also about the Road Protest Movement.

St George's Hill:
Place in the county Surrey, southwest of London, not very far away from Newbury. The place is famous because in April 1649, during the English Civil War, a group of Diggers, nonviolent agrarian communists, assembled there and began to cultivate the common land. They claimed that God had created the Earth for everybody to share and provide for their basic needs. Their activities alarmed the Commonwealth government  (i.e. the government of Oliver Cromwell and the parliament) and roused the hostility of local landowners, who were rival claimants to the common lands. The Diggers were harassed by legal actions and mob violence, and by the end of March 1650 their colony was dispersed. Ironically, today there is an exclusive housing estate for celebrities and wealthy people on St George's Hill.
- Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica - Read more: Wikipedia -

Leon Rosselson wrote the song "The World Turned Upside Down" about this event, which was covered by Billy Bragg (on the "Back to Basics" compilation), the Oysterband ("The Shouting End of Life") and Attila the Stockbroker ("The Siege of Shoreham"), who also spoofed it ("The Liggers' Song" on "This is Free Europe"). I can only highly recommend all four albums. This is how it goes:

In 1649
To St. George's Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people's will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
They were the dispossessed
Reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace they said
To dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common
And to make the waste ground grow
This earth divided
We will make whole
So it will be
A common treasury for all

The sin of property
We do disdain
No man has any right to buy and sell
The earth for private gain
By theft and murder
They took the land
Now everywhere the walls
Spring up at their command

They make the laws
To chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven
Or they damn us into hell
We will not worship
The God they serve
The God of greed who feed the rich
While poor folk starve

We work we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Or pay rent to the lords
Still we are free
Though we are poor
You Diggers all stand up for glory
Stand up now

From the men of property
The orders came
They sent the hired men and troopers
To wipe out the Diggers' claim
Tear down their cottages
Destroy their corn
They were dispersed
But still the vision lingers on

You poor take courage
You rich take care
This earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
All things in common
All people one
We come in peace
The orders came to cut them down

Stanworth Woods:
I think a place in Lancashire in the North West of England, were the M65 motorway was completed in 1997.

Marking crosses upon doors:
This might be a biblical reference: The second book of Moses, Exodus, tells the story of how the Israelites flee form a famine in their Promised Land and settle in Egypt, where they are oppressed by the Pharaoh. God then sends a series of plagues onto Egypt. The final plague kills all first born sons, passing over the houses of the Israelites who have sacrificed a lamb and marked their doors with the blood.
- Source: The Bible. Exodus, 12 - Read more: King James Bible -

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The song:
"Well, when Marshall joined the band he was obsessed with Evil [sic] Knievel from when he thought he was a stuntman at ten years old on his bike, so we started talking about it. And when we went to Montana to Evil Knievel's home town after he'd died, we were in this Chinese restaurant that hadn't changed since the fifties. So we are in this weird windswept desolate place and we asked the waitress about Knievel and she said 'oh that bastard!' (laughter). No one liked him and he wasn't a very nice character but a very interesting one. Nowadays all stunts are very scientifically worked out for safety, but his weren't and half the time he thought he probably wouldn't make it, yet he took off anyway. And of course he didn't always make it. A very interesting man. When I came to write the album I found I'd written a lot in my notebook about him, I'd never read a book, it was just from conversations with Marshall and that line in the chorus [
Do they come to see a man fall – or to see him fly?] was just one of the lines I'd written. It seemed like a good metaphor for a lot of things - all the way down to The X Factor."
- Source: Justin Sullivan in Yorkshire Times -

Robert Craig 'Evel' Knievel (October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle stunt performer.
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The X-Factor is a television show in which aspiring singers compete with each other. Some of the contestants are really talented, but others make complete fools of themselves.
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Gone twenty-nine days:
After one of his accidents Knievel was in a coma for 29 days.
- Source:
Wikipedia -

The river is deep, the valley is wide:
Perhaps the Snake River Canyon in Idaho that Knievel tried to jump in a steam-powered rocket in 1974. He failed and crashed, but only had minor injuries.
- Source: Wikipedia -

A few month before his death Knievel publically announced his conversion to the Christian faith.
- Source: Wikipedia -

Have a crack:
To have a chance to attack or compete with.
- Source: The New Oxford Dictionary of English -

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A dream in a dream:
There is a famous poem called "A Dream Within a Dream" (published 1849) by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) that questions the way one can distinguish between reality and fantasy.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow—
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream:
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand—
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep
While I weep—while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

- Source: Project Gutenberg -

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