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The Fifth Dimension - Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - Lyrics Meaning

This two song medley was released in 1969 by the 5th Dimension. The song is from 1967 musical, "Hair"

The Age of Aquarius is frequently used to refer to the 1960's and 1970's when the hippie counterculture was active. The Vietnam War was going on and president John F Kennedy had been assassinated. The world seemed a chaotic place and people were looking forward to a time of peace and happiness. The song Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In illustrated what the world was yearning for. To people who follow astology, it seemed that the planets "weren't in alignment" and that there was a lot wrong with the world because of this. Actually, the moon in the seventh house and Jupiter aligning with Mars is a poetic license. These are not necessarily uncommon events.

The lyrics tell of the harmony understanding, sympathy, trust and love that will take over. Lies will come to an end and a new beginning, the Age of Aquarius, is on the horizon. "Let the Sun Shine In" is simply asking for just that - people to let the sun shine and give up the negativity.