planet gong archives

Steve Hillage

Fish Rising

  1. Sun Song (I Love It's Holy Mystery)
  2. Fish
  3. The Salmon Song
  4. Aftaglid
  5. Pentagrammaspin (bonus track)
(I Love Its Holy Mystery)

The sun sings that 
he wants you all to know
what dawns behind 
our lunar sea,
For since our very words 
were commandeered
we've explored 
the infinite circuitry.
To try and find a scheme 
that gave us form -
it burns our curiosity.
And the answers that we sit 
and hope to find
are living here inside of we.

And so we set foot 
on the pathway
between the pillars 
of black and white
to put aside 
the fears and doubts 
that hold this old world down
and open up our hidden store 
of light, within.

I saw all the stars 
that glimmer above me 
get off their pegs, 
and gently flicker down.
And all the people of the world 
dissolve into a sparkling dust.
And through the Holy Vortex, 
for a second it did pass,
and then it returned 
to what it used to Be

And in the second of realisation
the Angel of the Rainbow 
was watching us to see.
If we were ready now 
to be a colour in his Harmony.
Ah! I love its Holy Mystery.

No need for sitting 
always on our own,
staring desperately at all of 
the problems of this world.
We see mistakes 
maybe our high is blown,
but sometimes you need the 
black to see the white to
find the core of love and beauty.
So we can change our lead 
back into gold,
and make the chemical wedding 
'twixt ecstasy and concentration.

We've got to learn to 
use our hearts and minds
as the building stones to make 
the New Age World Electrik Temple.

So people look 
into each other's eyes
and gaze at them with certainty.
We're gathered here today 
from all around
to celebrate eternity.
The Spirit in the air is never far,
immersed in our totality.
And the answers that we sit 
and hope to find 
are living here in side of we.

Never let the seal of love be broken
lest you act too suddenly.
We're waiting for the energy to come
in the age of electricity.
Magnetic tape time 
swirling back and forth,
faster than the eye can see.
And the answers that we sit 
and hope to find
Are swimming in our mercury.


I will make you Fishers of Men 
said Fish to Fishes
For Fish is Fisher 
of Man who Fishes
And if Man is Fisher 
of Fish and Fisher of Men
And Fish is Fisher 
of Man and Fisher of Fish
And then that Man is Manna of Man
Then we'll get there if we can.


Ooh yeh, the Salmon swimming 
up the stream of time
Leaping up the Falls of Man, 
to the source of Love and Light
Guided from Atlantis 
to the Water-Bearer's jar.
Far out nearer in and back 
to where We Are. (Hello!)

You know the way to Be
You know the way to Be
You know the way to Be
Ah ah-we're getting nearer
Nearer to the Water Bearer
Ooh we're getting nearer
We're swimming, swimming, 
swimming with the Salmon
(Ooh! yr. swimming with the Salmon)

Salty Salmon Solomon Seal,
Soulmender Salamander Soul of Man
Salar Salmon Semen SalMundi
Solver of the Mystery - WoW!

Salty Solomon Salmon Soul of Man
Sun-Moon Salmon Salamander Solomon
Salty Solomon Salmon Soul of Man
King of the Fishes 


So now you know the feeling 
that is shining and a-surfing 
and a-sliding and a-gliding
and Now you see you're riding 
the great wave of time, 
Now and Here and Now.

laughing at the cosmic 
joking yoking yoga union 
into the Sun behind the Sun, 
the One, you've found the 
Pun you've only just begun, 
letting it a-flow.

No more are we roasting 
in the boasting of the pride 
that tried to hide our glide 
inside the secret castle of
the Thin King who did
build on sand, letting it a-go.

Tempering the living juicy metals 
and the petals of the 
Seven Open Lotuses on 
the Tree of Life, the Secret Seed, 
the pushing, thrusting Will 
that slides into the Mother Will 
that makes the flowers grow, 
As Above and So Below.


Recorded at the 'Fish Rising' 
sessions and released on the 
Virgin sampler LP 'V' in 1975, 
then included as a bonus track, 
remixed by Steve Hillage on the 
re-mastered 2006 CD issue.

You can see
this old world is spinning
in the universe of circles.
[?] [?] [?]
passing through the centre 
of the wheel 
unto the stillness of the spiral
and then round [?] again
Back to the world.
Translucent liquid lunar mother[?] 
and the silver tides
Are you flying out 
upon your flying carpet 
of vibrating love and glowing 
feeling the more inside you go
And so you touch the five points 
of the energies inside you
Earth, Water, Fire and Air
But Love is the Law
The law that turns the spinning star
maybe less, maybe more
[?] A balancer you are [?]
Soul spiner