God Speaks of Marty Robbins (Pete Townshend) Eel Pie Publishing Ltd. / BMG Music Publishing, Ltd.

Pete: "Very simple song. God is asleep, before Creation - before the Big Bang - and gets the whim to wake, and decides it could be worth going through it all in order to be able to hear some music, and most of all, one of his best creations, Marty Robbins." Pete also wrote about the origin of the song on his website Nov. 29, 2005: "I am going to show The Theme of Creation on TowserTV...This is a film made by Tim Thelen about Meher Baba's extraordinary (and somewhat baffling) book God Speaks in which he explains the Universe. The film closes with a guitar piece I wrote called Marty Robbins. Tim's film really helps me get to grips with what the book is conveying about our human function. I have since written words for the piece, that I've rechristened "God Speaks - through Marty Robbins." When I've done a vocal on it I'll post it."

Marty Robbins was a well-known Country & Western artist from Arizona who won the first Grammy for a C&W song, "El Paso." He also had the first hit record featuring fuzz-tone guitar, "Don't Worry," in 1961 and became one of country music's giants long before his death in 1982. This song originally appeared as an instrumental demo called "Marty Robbins" recorded by Pete in June 1984 and included on his Scoop 3 album. The song had its live premiere performed by Pete on an In The Attic webcast at Oceanic Studios Dec. 17, 2005. In Pete's liner notes, the title contains a comma: "God Speaks, Of Marty Robbins." Although not otherwise listed as related to the piece, this song was included in the 2007 theatrical workshop version of The Boy Who Heard Music, sung by the characters of Gabriel and Ray High.

And when the world began
I'd been asleep forever
I opened one eye
'Twas then it was I
Got the whim to wake

And when the weight of space
Rolled like it was an ocean
One became one
Father and son
Watched the sunrise break

And as the ocean warmed
And from this dream we woke
One sang to greet the dawn
One pursed his lips and spoke
Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear the music play
Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear what the people say

I heard the heavens sing
Predicting Marty Robbins
I knew I'd find
Music and time
Were the perfect plan

I watched my son sail on
A little ship a-bobbin'
I had to grow
I needed to know
Exactly who I am

And as the ocean warmed
And from this dream we woke
One sang to greet the dawn
One pursed his lips and spoke

Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear the music play
Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear what the people say

Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear the music play
Wake up and hear the music
Wake up and hear what the people say

 

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