Crystal Blue Persuasion



Tommy James & the Shondells

Look over yonder
What do you see?
The sun is a'rising
Most definitely

A new day is coming
Ooh ooh
People are changing
Ain't it beautiful
Crystal blue persuasion

Better get ready
To see the light
Love, love is the answer
Oooh ooh
And that's all right

So don't you give up now
So easy to find
Just look to your soul
And open your mind

Crystal blue persuasion
Mmm, mmm
It's a new vibration
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal, blue persuasion

Maybe tomorrow
When he looks down
On every green field
And every town
All of his children
And every nation
They'll be peace and good brotherhood

Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion

Writer/s: Gray, Eddie Morley / James, Tommy / Vale, Mike
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On June 1st 1969, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89; and on July 20th* it peaked at #2 (for 3 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 9 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
After spending 3 weeks at #2, it spent the next 2 weeks at #3...
The 3 weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those weeks was "In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans...
Between 1966 and 1970 the group had nineteen Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Hanky Panky" (for 2 weeks in 1966) and "Crimson and Clover" (for 2 weeks in 1969)...
* The day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Tommy James did his best work with the Shondells. This song and "Sweet Cherry Wine" are reminders of what is good in this world and what we should do.
- Martin, Fresno, CA
This song was used in the last season of Breaking Bad in the episode "Gliding All Over" (original air date: September 2, 2012). The tune plays while a montage of the making and distributing of crystal meth, as well as the reaping of its financial rewards, is shown. The color blue is used throughout, from the different clothing they wear, to their blue gloved hands while in the lab, to the sky blue horizon. (Love Breaking Bad). This song was popular when I was 11 yrs old. I always liked it and thought it was pretty, but it was years before I realized it had a deeper meaning with references to God and brotherhood. A great summer tune, very laid back and captures a beautiful vivid picture with the lyrics.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I'm an atheist, and I love the song anyway. To me, it symbolizes everything that's great about being alive: watching the sun come up on a new day--with all the possibilities that suggests. There are plenty of "green fields in every town to enjoy," whether God put them there or not. An uplifting, good-feel song, which brings back everything that was good about the 60's--and leaving the bad out.
- Matthew, Toronto, ON
Wether or not Tommy James got his inspiration from a JW's book shouldn't be the issue. We teach from the bible what the song says. The bible teaches the earth will be restored and that's what the song is saying. It says up there during an interview he got it from Revelation 19. Read it and see what it says.
- Robert, West Covina, CA
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