Love Is The Law



We lived in a dogfish egg case, you could barely call it home
A sorry little lot, no roof on top but the fish left us alone
"Try a little more", said the girl next door, it's time to roam

Mad Lizzy Crumbs' blind cobblers thumbs were a sight to behold
She was a rum old slapper and we always tried to get her pants off when she phoned
Left her cap by the sink, it's not what you think, oh take me home

Now we know where we're going baby
We can lay back, enjoy the ride
Take in the sights and drown in our senses
Love is the law so take me deep inside

Strap-on Sally chased us down the alley, we feared for our behinds
Oasis was a shop with shoes so hot, they were sure to blow your mind
Running so fast, I can taste the past, oh take me home

Now we know where we're going baby
We can lay back, enjoy the ride
Take in the sights and drown in our senses
Love is the law so take me deep inside

These waters run deep, it's clear my little one
Blue velvet star sky, not a sound
The light in your eyes, the smile on your ruby lips
Tells me my lost soul is found

Now we know where we're going baby
We can lay back, enjoy the ride
Take in the sights and drown in our senses
Love is the law so take me deep inside


Lyrics by:
Squire

Format:
Released April 1997:
Love Is The Law (Geffen, WGFS 22243, Promo CD)
Love Is The Law (Single Edit) / Love Is The Law (Rock Edit) / Love Is The Law (LP Version) (Geffen, PRO-CD-1091, US Promo CD)
Love Is The Law / Dreamer / Sale Of The Century (Geffen, GEFDS-9789, Canadian Promo CD)

Released 28th April 1997:
Love Is The Law / Dreamer / Sale Of The Century (Geffen, GFSTD 22243, CD)
Love Is The Law / Dreamer (Geffen, GFS 22243, 7")
Love Is The Law / Dreamer (Geffen, GFSC 22243, cassette)

Released 21st May 1997:
Love Is The Law / Dreamer / Sale Of The Century (Geffen, MVCF-12002, Japanese CD)
Love Is The Law / Dreamer / Sale Of The Century (Geffen, MVCF-12002, Japanese Promo CD)

UK Chart position:
#3

Also available on:
Do It Yourself (7.43)

Artwork details:
The Love Is The Law artwork is from 'Love Is The Law' (acrylic on calico with clay and epoxy resin, 28" x 28", 1996).

Details:

Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947) was the Master Satanist of the 20th Century: "I simply went over to Satan's side and I do not know why . . . I was not content to just believe in Satan, I wanted to be his chief of staff." "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" is an inversion of Saint Augustine's "Love, and do what thou wilt." The crux of Crowley's demonic creed was that each individual has no higher authority than their own will. Jesus Christ is the great Lawgiver. Satan is the author of the law of lawlessness, the total breakdown of all rule of law and all principle of law.

Also known as both Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast, Aleister Crowley was an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. In his role as the founder of the Thelemite faith, he came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus in the early twentieth century. Born into a wealthy upper class family, as a young man he became an influential member of the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn after befriending the order's leader, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. Subsequently believing that he was being contacted by his Holy Guardian Angel, an entity known as Aiwass, whilst staying in Egypt in 1904, he received a text known as The Book of the Law from what he believed was a divine source, and around which he would come to develop his new religion of Thelema. He would go on to found a new magical order as a successor to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, the Argenteum Astrum, or the Silver Star; a silver star, in the form of a sheriff's badge, forms the centrepiece of the Love Is The Law artwork, denoting the enforcement of love as the law. Crowley eventually rose to become a leader of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), before founding a religious commune in Cefalu known as the Abbey of Thelema, which he led from 1920 until 1923. After being evicted from Cefalu he returned to Britain, where he continued to promote Thelema until his death. Crowley has been an influence for a string of popular musicians throughout the 20th century. The Beatles included him as one of the many figures on the cover sleeve of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where he is situated between Sri Yukteswar Giri and Mae West. A more intent interest in Crowley was held by Jimmy Page; despite not describing himself as a Thelemite or being a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, Page was still fascinated by Crowley, and owned some of his clothing, manuscripts and ritual objects. During the 1970s, he bought Boleskine House, which also appears in the band's movie, 'The Song Remains the Same.' David Bowie too became immersed in his work in the 1970s ("I'm closer to the Golden Dawn, immersed in Crowley's uniform of imagery", 'Quicksand' from the album 'Hunky Dory').

The signature riff may emanate from 'What Is Life' by George Harrison, from his 1970 solo LP, 'All Things Must Pass'. After a Chestnut Mare middle eight, the guitar workout raids Led Zeppelin's back catalogue. Compare 5.09 - 5.18 of Love Is The Law to 3.05 - 3.18 of 'Whole Lotta Love' (Squire's guitar 'scraping' here recalls that of Page on that song's breakdown section). Squire later diverts to the riff from 'How Many More Times', from 'Led Zeppelin I'; also discernible is the influence of 'Heartbreaker', from 'Led Zeppelin II'.

 

Left: Love Is The Law cover artwork, which adorned the front of Andy Watts' bass drum on tour. The five pointed star, with a circle in the middle, and the circle is red.
Right: 'Love Is The Law' (acrylic on calico with clay and epoxy resin, 28" x 28", 1996), from the Manchester exhibition, May 2004. "It is what it is. Fairly literal. Sheriff's badge and hearts. I took an old bike frame my Dad had renovated for my Mum - but she doesn't like cycling or staircases and it turned into a rusting hulk. So I threw it outside my house, put the wheel in a vice on a bench, put a board on top of that. Lots of cranking round. Very time consuming." (John Squire speaking to Select Magazine, November 1997).


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