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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tower of Babel/Elton John

From Elton John's 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, this song portrays a morally corrupt age and summons stories from the Old Testament to suggest sin and degradation: It's party time for the guys in the Tower of Babel/Sodom meet Gomorrah, Cain meet Abel. These episodes all occur in the Book of Genesis. Elton employs an unconventional pronunciation for the word "Babel" ("Bay-bul") but at least it allows him to rhyme it with "Abel."

Submitted by Bob McLeod

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