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Egyptian gods, a 3000 year old poem, and the Fugs: How Fingers of the Sun got their name

For the last two and a half years, Fingers of the Sun have been delighting Denver music fans with their infectious melodies and instrumental flair. And with a moniker as surreal and poetic as theirs, we couldn't help but call up guitarist/songwriter Nathan Brasil and find out just how they came up with it. It turns out while the music pulls from the '60s, '70s and '90s, the origin of the band's handle is derived from a much older source.

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"'Fingers of the Sun' is the title of a song by the Fugs from their album Tenderness Junction," Brasil tells us. "It's a song that was reportedly adapted by Ed Sanders from a 3000 year old poem to Nun, Egyptian God, or sometimes Goddess, of the watery abyss and source of all that appears in a differentiated world."

Fingers of the sun grip the mountain/And hawk claws flash and flicker in the dawn




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