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Sun Arise (Love It To Death, 1971)

“Sun Arise” Lyrics:

Sun Arise come every mornin’
Sun Arise come every mornin’
Sun Arise come every mornin’
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise fillin’ up the hollow
Sun Arise fillin’ up the hollow
Sun Arise fillin’ up the hollow
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise, she come every mornin’
Sun Arise, each and every day
Sun Arise, she come every mornin’

Sun Arise
Every every every every

She drive away the darkness everyday
She drive away the darkness everyday
She drive away your darkness everyday
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Ever-y ever-y ever-y ever-y
(repeat to fade)

We enjoyed resting and spending time away, but as always, it’s good to be back! 

In 1971, Alice Cooper released their breakthrough album, Love It To Death. It has become one of the greatest LPs of all time – a quintessential Classic Rock record.

Songs such as “I’m Eighteen,” “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Second Coming,” “Hallowed Be My Name,” and “Caught In A Dream” are masterpieces that not only helped them advance their reputation but also defined Alice Cooper for many decades to come.

At that time, I’ve got to be honest with you, Love It To Death was a really hard record to make…We sat in Detroit in a barn, ten hours a day, and we learned how to play. I developed a sound, Alice’s vocal sound, Dennis developed a bass sound, Glen had a guitar sound, Neal had a drum sound. So when Love It To Death came out, it was the first time people heard it and said, “That’s Alice Cooper.” – Alice Cooper

With producer Bob Ezrin’s help, Alice Cooper would soon be propelled into the upper echelons of notoriety and stardom. First, Frank Zappa had given them an opportunity, and now, Ezrin’s guidance would provide them with direction, clarity, and purpose – a ‘Killer’ combination.

”Sun Arise” was the opening song on the Love It To Death tour and the closing song on the Love It To Death LP. Aboriginal in nature, the song is a tale of the Sun (considered a deity to the Aborigines) and its significance to their tribal beliefs and traditions – “bringin’ back the warmth to the ground.

The song was initially written and performed by Australian music comic Rolf Harris with help from “In The Wild’s” Harry Butler, a Western Australian naturalist. But, like any song covered by Alice Cooper, the band spun it in a different direction, adding their signature style and flair to the tune.

Alice Cooper’s version of the song was less tribal and showcased more of who they were. “Sun Arise” (and the entire Love It To Death LP) could be depicted as their chrysalis – their new beginning, discovery, and transformation.

With Love It To Death, they were about to embark on a journey few could ever understand or imagine – an endeavor that would forever change the face of Rock and Roll.

Many cultures, like the Aborigines, believe multiple gods are involved in maintaining the nature and order of the universe. For instance, they believe the Sun is one such deity that both gives and controls life – as if to say there’s no possible way one God alone could be responsible for everything.

Perhaps humanity’s limited mind can’t quite grasp the concept of such majesty and awe. It’s just too much to comprehend or fathom that this incredible power from one All-knowing, All-powerful being gives life to all creation.

However, many others have stated that the more one studies the sciences, nature, and the world around us, the more one finds the fingerprints of one higher authority touching all facets of this life (Romans 11:36).

God’s Word lists verse after verse about Creation and its existence because of Him. Verses such as John 1:3, Psalms 96:11-12, Psalms 95:4-5, Romans 1:20, and Isaiah 43:20 all define Creation and the natural flow of life by His design. However, let’s look at one particular passage closely.

7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9 Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10

Please notice and read those verses carefully. It’s as if we are being told that all we must do is stop.

Stop, look, and listen to the magnificence of this world—the order of it all. While we humans question the existence and acts of our Creator, the rest of Creation goes on doing what it was intended to do.

All of Creation continues to praise His name by merely living out its existence – by being what it was designed to be. Stop and think about that. It is incredible, and so many of us don’t see it.

We can learn a great deal from the beasts of the land, birds in the air, and fish in the sea. Their existence glorifies Him by simply doing what it’s always done.

BRIEF SIDE NOTE: Did anyone witness the solar eclipse this past week? We were fortunate enough to witness its totality in Evansville, IN. It was fascinating and awe-inspiring. Here are a couple photos (they aren’t the greatest, but you get the idea):

Again, there are signs and wonders in all creation that show us HIS splendor and glory. Perhaps if we pay more attention to them, we may find HIM speaking to us. Maybe HE is trying to declare to us HIS return is near.

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”Luke 21:25-28

No one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return (Mark 13:32-37). However, it’s tough to argue with the state of the world coupled with the signs and wonders we are witnessing across the globe. We remain vigilant as the nations rage and the stars, sun, and moon show us signs.

Now, let’s examine the song from an even deeper level. We’ve often discussed the need to “die daily” and live as “new creations” through Him. If we consider this song from that perspective, changing the word ‘Sun’ to ‘Son,’ ‘Holy Spirit,’ or ‘Lord,’ “Sun Arise” takes on a new meaning.

Placing Our Heavenly Father and Creator into the narrative becomes even more significant – more than just the light of the Sun drowning out the darkness of night or warming up the cold earth.

By breaking down the lyrics stanza by stanza, we find the meaning of life—a depiction and reference to those verses listed in Job.

Sun Arise come every mornin’
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Couldn’t we change those first lines in the song as follows: “Son arise come every mornin’…bringin’ back life to my soul”? Thus, echoing daily 2 Corinthians 5:17, which reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Sun Arise fillin’ up the hollow
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Similarly, the second stanza could read, “Holy Spirit arise, fillin’ up the hollow…bringin’ back fullness to my soul.” Hence, bringing life to Romans 15:13, which reads, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

She drive away your darkness everyday
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground

Finally, the last stanza could read, “Lord drive away the darkness every day…bringin’ back the light to my soul.” A daily declaration of John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Also see John 3:19-21.)

It’s as if this song gives new meaning to Job 12:7-10. As all of His creation carries out the tasks set before it – being and existing as it was created to be, we are also given an assignment. As His children, we are called to “love one another” as He loved us. (John 13:35, Ephesians 5:2).

Wrapping this up, “Sun Arise” is simple and to the point. It clarifies what can otherwise become something much more complicated (or convoluted). Isn’t that what we often try to do? Complicate things.

Why do we question every part of our existence and rebel against the elements of nature? It seems we could learn a thing or two from the birds of the air, fish of the sea, and creatures of the earth.

A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers–including even his power to revolt. It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.” – C.S. Lewis

Doesn’t Lewis do a masterful job explaining humanity?  The quote above sums up our existence brilliantly.

As we learn to become what we were created to be, we find there is a season for all things, and while we may not understand many of the events we see and experience, Our Heavenly Father has a perfect plan.

We must allow ourselves to do what comes honestly and naturally. We must learn to seek the architect if we are serious about better understanding the blueprints.

In conclusion, on the surface, “Sun Arise” is a simple song about the sun and its responsibility to provide light and warmth to the earth. However, an extra nugget or two in an Alice Cooper tune always exists. Sometimes, it’s barely detected; other times, it’s more noticeable.

“Sun Arise” also reminds us that each day is new. We are given a clean slate – leaving the past in the past and focusing on what’s ahead. We were not created to dwell in darkness. Instead, we were made to embrace the Light – a daily reminder often helps us remember that.

Interestingly, Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death image and style are alive and well today. All of the foundations of that LP still apply, and there’s no denying its significance. Even some fifty years later, Love It To Death is quintessential Alice Cooper!

That’s it for this week, be well and catch you next week.

Until then, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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