Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and The Shondells
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"Crystal Blue Persuasion" - Tommy James and The Shondells (1969)
The title for "Crystal Blue Persuasion" came to Tommy James one day while he was reading the Bible's Book of Revelation about the New Jerusalem.
“The words jumped out at me, and they're not together; they're spread out over three or four verses.”
James was also inspired by the passage in the Book of Ezekiel which speaks of a blue light that represented the presence of the Almighty God, as well as the Book of Isaiah which tell of a future age of brotherhood of mankind, living in peace and harmony.
“I as well as the rest of the band was becoming Christian at that time and it just felt very right as a sort of semi-religious poetic song. 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' was sort of our way of saying how proud we were of our new-found beliefs in a kind of pop record way."
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