Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Literature in Songs #5: Call Me Legion

There is a scene in The Exorcism of Emily Rose in which Emily, in a German tongue, screeches, "I was with Legion." The reference is to a bible passage in which Jesus meets a man possessed by demons. When asked its name the demon, through the man, replies,

My name is Legion, for we are many.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

I'm inordinately fond of that quote. It sends shivers up my spine. So much pea-soup-spewing imagery. (I could have sworn the line, or something like it, is spoken in The Exorcist but I can't find reference to it anywhere.)

Regan, pre-pea soup

The word "legion" itself means vast horde. It's the juxtaposition of the singular and plural that make this quote really work for me: My name is Legion, for we are many. The implication is, of course, that there is a multitude of demons inhabiting one body and they've managed to work together to create one cohesive voice. Creepy as.

This quote has inspired or been referenced in dozens of books, songs and films. But here's one track you've likely not heard before--this version at least. A favourite movie soundtrack from my childhood (and a favourite movie) is the Jewel of the Nile. I went hunting for a track on YouTube called "Legion (Here I Come)", as it appears on the record, and ended up with this one, a song simply called "Legion" by Mark Shreeve. It's a bizarre electronica track with an even more bizarre film clip. But I like it--the track at least. I'm rather fond of electronica and could imagine this being busted out on dance floors in the eighties. If only I had been there!

Happy New Year!!


  1. Haha, that video is hilarious.

    Legion was also a character in Red Dwarf (episode title of the same name) and he says that exact quote.

  2. Will watch the video asap.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has a thing for Legion (not a THING thing but just a thing) For some reason that is the creepiest, most obsessive worthy demon(s) I have ever read about. Legion. Something about it just makes me shiver. When I first came across it I NEEDED to know more. It was weird how badly I needed to know all about it.

    Ah well.