earth wind and fire – serpentine fire

Earth Wind and Fire was an American R&B band formed in 1969 by Maurice and Verdine White. The band’s name comes from Maurice’s zodiac sign, Sagittarius, of which the primary element is Fire; Earth and Air are its seasonal elements.

The song “Serpentine Fire” was one of the hits from their 1977 albumĀ All n’ All. According to comments posted at the Youtube link for the song, like many albums of the time, there was a theme that tied the tunes together, and in this one the concept was the battle between good and evil.

Maurice was said to have been into Egyptology and metaphysics at the time, and the phrase “serpentine fire” refers to the Vedic concept of kundalini - Sanskrit for “coiled” – a person’s dormant creative energy conceptualized as a snake coiled three-and-a-half times around the sacrum (spine). Sacrum, by the way, is Latin for “sacred”.

Perhaps this music was meant to spark the awakening of a listener’s kundalini energy? At the very least, the song would make one want to learn more about this concept, as these are not empty-headed lyrics.

On the surface, the metaphysical themes are cast in the frame of a love song. It may be read that way too, as listening to music is an individual experience, and we bring our associations and frames-of-reference into play in order to understand it.

Waking up and seeing your beloved’s face glowing in the morning sun on the pillow beside you can bring this song to mind. <3

When I see your face like the mornin sun you spark me to shine
Tell all the world, my need is fulfilled and that’s a new design
As long as you’re near, there is no fear of a victory
But when I’m away, influences stray my mind to disagree
I wanna see your face in the morning sun ignite my energy
The cause and effect of you has brought new meaning in my life to me

Gonna tell the story morning glory all about the serpentine fire
Gonna tell the story morning glory all about the serpentine fire

oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah, oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
I need to see your face like the morning sun ignite my energy
The cause and effect of you has brought new meaning in my life to me
The moments I find when I’m inclined to do my best
Negative wins when I give in and then I lose the test (not many times)

Gonna tell the story morning glory all about the serpentine fire
Surely as life begun, you will as one battle with the serpentine fire

oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah, oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
Surely as life begun, you will as one battle with the serpentine fire
Surely as life begun, you will as one battle with the serpentine fire
Gonna tell the story morning glory all about the serpentine fire
Gonna tell the story morning glory all about the serpentine fire

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