Part 1
John Coltrane Lyrics

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A love supreme

Overall Meaning

The lyrics "a love supreme" refer to a divine, all-encompassing love that Coltrane experienced and sought to express through his music. This love is often interpreted as a spiritual or religious one, as Coltrane himself was deeply interested in Eastern philosophy and spirituality at the time of the recording. The repetition of the phrase throughout the song creates a sense of mantra or meditation, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in this love and feel its power.

The rest of the lyrics consist of vocalizations and chanting, with phrases like "alleluia" and "thank you God" interspersed throughout. These sounds suggest a joyful, celebratory spirit, as though the singer is channeling their appreciation for this love into a prayer or a song of gratitude.

In sum, Acknowledgement Part 1 is a spiritual and introspective piece that invites listeners to connect with a transcendent love and experience its transformative power through Coltrane's deeply expressive music.

Line by Line Meaning

A love supreme
An unflinching commitment to a love that is pure and divine, defying earthly boundaries and elevating the soul.

I will do all I can to be worthy of thee O Lord
I shall strive with every fiber of my being to embody the ideals of this love, to be a vessel for its expression in this world, and to honor its source.

It all has to do with it
All of existence and reality is interconnected, and this love is the driving force that unifies all things.

Thank you God
Gratitude is the cornerstone of this love, and I offer thanks to the divine for the gift of life and the opportunity to experience such transcendent love.

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