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The old savanna calling

In my “One After 909” post, I showed that the titular number is 11/11 (that is, 1), which comes after 10/11 (that is, .909), and that moving over twice from 11/11 brings us to 9/11. I also mentioned, but didn’t discuss in any detail, the fact that the song ends with “Oh, Danny Boy, the old savanna calling.”

That the song ends with the word “calling” is significant, since 911 is also a phone number. A reference to a phone call also appears, together with the “move over once, move over twice” pattern, in another Beatles song, “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,” which includes the line “Sunday’s on the phone to Monday, Tuesday’s on the phone to me.” (9/11 was a Tuesday.)

But in this post, instead of focusing on “calling,” I want to look at the significance of “the old savanna.” The original version of “Danny Boy” doesn’t say anything about a savanna; the first line is “Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling” (meaning, presumably, the bagpipes calling Danny off to war). But in the Beatles’ version, it’s not pipes but a savanna. This made me think of Magritte’s famous “this is not a pipe” painting:

As it happens, there’s another Magritte painting with the same concept, only it uses an apple (sorry, a non-apple) instead of a pipe.

The apple, of course, is a symbol of New York. It also occurs in several other Magritte paintings, including this one, which also includes shapes evocative of the Twin Towers.

The same apple appears in the Magritte painting below, which is called “The Son of Man” after a biblical figure who appears in the Book of Daniel.

So by conspicuously not being a pipe, the Beatles’ “savanna” leads us to Magritte and the Big Apple, a connection which is reinforced by the use of the name Danny. But there’s more to it than that. A savanna is, as I mentioned before, a kind of plain (sounds like “plane”). More specifically, the savanna is the natural habitat of the lion (or, in Arabic, osama). “The old savanna calling,” then, could refer to a phone call from a lion — or, as it says in the They Might Be Giants song “The Guitar,” “Hush my darling, be still my darling, the lion’s on the phone.”

I’ve mentioned the 9/11 references in “The Guitar” in a previous post. In addition to the phone reference (the number the lion is calling is of course 911, and the music video cuts to footage of buildings collapsing right after the word “phone”), it contains the line, “In the spaceship, the silver spaceship, the lion takes control.” The lion hijacks a spaceship rather than an airplane because this song is from the 1992 album Apollo 18, which has a space travel theme. (The year most closely associated with space travel is, naturally, 2001.) Here’s the album cover.

The reader will perhaps already have noticed the significance of the number 18 (9/11 = .8181818…) and the similarity of the words Apollo and apple. The name Apollo also resembles Apollyon, which in fact is an anagram of “Apollo NY.” This connection is reinforced by the giant squid on the cover. It brings to mind that other giant cephalopod, the North Pacific Giant Octopus. The standard scientific name for this species is currently Enteroctopus dofleini, but dated synonyms include Polypus apollyon, Octopus dofleini apollyon, and Octopus apollyon. Apollyon is the angel of the abyss, which is probably why the name was chosen for a deep-sea creature; as such, it would actually be more appropriate for the giant squid, which frequents much deeper waters than the octopus. What’s the big deal about Apollyon? Well, you see, the name appears in the Bible only once — in Revelation 9:11.

Aside from the apple/Apollyon connections, the Apollo 18 is clearly meant as a reference to the lunar missions of NASA’s Apollo program. The use of the number 18 in connection with the moon is significant, because the 18th tarot trump is called “The Moon” and features two towers.

If we move over once, move over twice, from XVIII to XVI, we find an image even more obviously evocative of 9/11.

A well-established occult tradition, derived from mapping the 22 Major Arcana to the 22 Hebrew letters and their astrological correspondences as given in the Sefer Yezirah, associates Arcanum XVI with the planet Mars. Nostradamus’s 9/11 quatrain (quoted here) mentions Mars, and Tuesday is also the day of Mars (diēs Mārtis). In most English-language decks, Arcanum XVI is called simple “The Tower,” but in the Tarot de Marseille its title is, oddly, “La Maison Diev” — that is, the house of God. If the god in question is Mars then the Tower represents the House of War or Dar al-Harb, the Islamist term for the infidel world. Another old name for this trump is “Sagitta,” the arrow, which brings us back to Apollo.

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The 1 after 909

In a previous post I listed various song lyrics and such, most of them discovered by William John, which could be read as prophecies of 9/11. Many of these prophecies included internal clues that it was necessary to add two to the numbers given. For example, Nostradamus refers to “l’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois” (1999, 7th month) — but “sept mois” is ambiguous. If we add two to “sept,” we find another “Sept. mois,” September. If we apply the same add-two formula to the year, we get 2001.

In reference to this pattern, I titled the post “Move over once, move over twice,” a line from the Beatles song “One After 909”:

My baby says she’s trav’ling on the one after 909
I said move over honey I’m travelling on that line
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don’t be cold as ice
I said I’m trav’ling on the one after 909

At first glance this seems to fit the pattern established by Nostradamus. We have 909, we have the line “move over once, move over twice” telling us to add two, and that brings us to 911. It’s always bothered me, though, that the math doesn’t really work — because we don’t start at 909, we start at the one after 909, which presumably means 910.

That takes us to 912, the wrong number — and the song does later say, “then I find I got the number wrong.” His baby said she was traveling on the one after 909, which he assumed was 910, so when he told her to move over once, move over twice, he expected to find her on 912 — but she wasn’t there. They misunderstood each other. What was his baby thinking? She must have interpreted the numbers or the moving over in a different way.

Then it hit me: what he got wrong was the sequence itself. He assumed, naturally enough, that 909 was followed by 910 — but what’s the song called? “One After 909.” The next number in the sequence isn’t 910, it’s one. But what kind of number sequence goes . . ., 909, 1, . . .? Try this one.

If you move over twice from 909 you get 911, but if you move over twice from the 1 after 909, you get something even better: 9/11, complete with the slash between month and day. This interpretation also fits with the end of the song:

I said we’re trav’ling on the one after 9 0,
I said we’re trav’ling on the one after 9 0,
I said we’re trav’ling on the one after 909.

“Nine oh” and “nine oh nine” are two completely different numbers if we read them as integers, but they are the same if we consider them as two different ways of referring to the repeating fraction .90909090909 . . . .

What about the singer, who “got the number wrong” and ended up at 12 instead of 11? Well, this song comes from the album “Let It Be,” which has 12 tracks — and the 12th one is called “Get Back.”

While listening to “One After 909” just now, I noticed for the first time that it ends with, “Oh, Danny Boy, the old savanna calling.” A savanna is a kind of plain (as in plane), and “calling” alludes to phone calls and therefore to the emergency number 9-1-1.

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The seven walruses

I was thinking in a idle moment about the parodic possibilities of an apocalyptic scenario involving, say, seven sea lions, when it hit me — or walruses. A walrus is a kind of seal. So naturally I put on Magical Mystery Tour to check if, by any chance, “I Am the Walrus” happens to repeat that word seven times.

I doesn’t — only four. But four is still good. The word walrus, after all, comes from “whale-horse,” and the four apocalyptic horses and horsemen are probably the best-known part of the seven seals prophecy. And, though it doesn’t have seven walruses, the song is still divided into seven parts, four of them punctuated with “I am the walrus,” and the other three with “I’m crying.”

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:1-4)

I’m crying.

So, how well do the seven seals from the Book of Revelation match up with the seven sections of “I Am the Walrus”? Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. a conqueror with a bow — “see how they run like pigs from a gun” (the modern equivalent of a bow)
  2. a red horse bringing war — “stupid bloody Tuesday
  3. a pair of balances (symbol of justice and the law) — “pretty little policemen in a row”
  4. Death on a pale horse — “yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye”
  5. buried martyrs waiting for the Lord to avenge them — “sitting in an English garden” (cemetery) “waiting for the Son”
  6. sun and moon darkened (because of dust in the atmosphere?) — “choking smokers”; all tears wiped away — “the joker laughs at you… see how they smile”
  7. the slaughtered wicked devoured by birds — “Edgar Allan Poe” (of “Raven” fame)

Sometime I’ll also have to take a look at the Lewis Carroll connections (the walrus is from “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” the eggman is Humpty Dumpty), but not right now.

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Move over once, move over twice: 9/11 prophecies

This is a collection of poems, song lyrics, etc., which were written prior to September 11, 2001, and which can be interpreted as prophecies of the terrorist attacks that took place on that day. Most of these were identified by William John, but some of them are my own.

(Update: See here for more of these, also from William John.)

Nostradamus:

Quatrain 10.72 from Nostradamus’s Centuries reads as follows:

L’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy d’effraieur.
Resusciter le grand Roy d’Angolmois.
Avant apres Mars regner par bon heur.

“In the year 1999, seventh month, from the sky will come a great king of terror….” It’s very evocative of 9/11, but the date just isn’t quite right. Several people have noticed that “sept mois,” while literally referring to the seventh month, July, also suggests September, abbreviated as Sept. — but the year is still wrong. William John, though, has pointed out that we get from sept (July) to Sept. (September) by adding two. If we do the same for the year, adding two to 1999, we get 2001 — a perfect match. This is, as we shall see, an important pattern. Several other 9/11 prophecies also require adding two — and, like Nostradamus’s quatrain, they contain internal hints (like Nostradamus’s ambiguous sept) that adding two is necessary.

The Beatles:

The Beatles song “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” contains the following lines:

Didn’t anybody tell her?
Didn’t anybody see?
Sunday’s on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday’s on the phone to me

Sunday plus two days is Tuesday, so the Sunday-Monday-Tuesday sequence fits the add-two pattern established by Nostradamus. September 11, 2001, was a Tuesday. “On the phone” is also a hint, since 911 is the emergency phone number in the U.S. Furthermore, the word Monday sounds like monde (world), implying, “The world hears Sunday, but I hear Tuesday” (because I know to add two).

Another Beatles song that fits the add-two pattern is “One After 909”:

My baby says she’s trav’ling on the one after 909
I said move over honey I’m travelling on that line
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don’t be cold as ice
I said I’m trav’ling on the one after 909

If you start at 909 and “move over once, move over twice,” you end up at 911. This one’s not quite perfect, though, because we’re actually starting at the one after 909 — i.e., 910 — so moving over twice takes us to 912. It’s still highly suggestive, though.

The Beatles song “I Am the Walrus” also alludes to 9/11 — “stupid bloody Tuesday” — but it doesn’t require adding two.

The Rolling Stones:

“Ruby Tuesday” might be the same as “stupid bloody Tuesday,” rubies being blood-red, and the line “Still I’m gonna miss you” could refer to the way the prophecies tend to “miss” the day in question, requiring the reader to add two.

Cat Stevens:

“Tuesday’s Dead” fits right in with “stupid bloody Tuesday” and the others. Cat Stevens also recorded a song called “Sun/C79”; add two, according to the prophetic formula, and Sun. 7/9 becomes Tues. 9/11 (not sure what to do with the C; maybe it’s the Muslim crescent?).

They Might Be Giants:

In the song “The Guitar,” first they sing, “In the spaceship, the silver spaceship, the lion takes control.” This sounds like a hijacking, and the name Osama means “lion” in Arabic. Later in the song, we hear, “The lion’s on the phone.” Just as in the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” the phrase “on the phone” is an allusion to 9/11 by way of the emergency phone number 911. The music video cuts to footage of buildings collapsing right after they sing “on the phone.” This song is from the album Apollo 18. Apollo suggests Apollyon, the demon mentioned in Revelation 9:11, and 18 plus two (move over once, move over twice) gives us 20 — that is 9 + 11.

Also of interest is the TMBG album “Mink Car,” which was released on September 11, 2001, and which begins with the word “Bangs!” — that is, explosions, plural. The lyrics to “Bangs” also include the line “Blow my mind, your royal flyness” — an echo of Nostradamus’s king of terror who comes from the sky.

Osama, by the way, though it means “lion” in Arabic, also happens to mean “king” in Japanese. (Actually, o means “king,” and sama is an honorific suffix, like san only more so.) The Japanese, of course, were the ones who pioneered the tactic of crashing airplanes into enemy targets.

U2:

If 9/11 is “stupid bloody Tuesday,” and if the add-two rule means Sunday can refer to Tuesday, then of course the song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” comes to mind. I can’t find any internal hints about adding two, though, unless it’s the name of the band itself. Just as Nostradamus’s sept uses the seventh month to allude to the ninth, the name “U2” — that is, a double U — uses the 21st letter to allude to the 23rd. Move over once, move over twice.

If you can think of anything else to add to this list, leave a comment.

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