Kerry Thornley
& John Brown
Kerry Thornley
& John Brown
Painting of John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859),
American abolitionist and freedom fighter.
Click above to play the tune.  While the tune
is anonymous, this arrangement is by
Augustus Cull.  The song and lyrics are in
the public domain.

This mid file is from
The tune by anonymous has been used for "John
Brown's Song" aka "John Brown's Body" aka "John
Brown," and for "Say, Brothers," "Battle Hymn of the
Republic" and Kerry Thornley's "The Battle Hymn of the

Apparently the original lyrics were about Sergeant John
Brown of the Second Battalion, Boston Light Infantry
Volunteer Militia.  But people got that John Brown
confused with the abolitionist of the same name who
promoted violent opposition to slavery in the United
States of America, and completely new lyrics were
written.  The abolitionist John Brown led the
Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856 in Bleeding, Kansas
and became famous in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers
Ferry in 1859.  He was hung by the neck until dead, but
his efforts may have helped stir the American Civil War
that led to the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U. S.
Constitution which prohibited slavery and gave civil rights.
Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave,
While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save;
But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave,
His soul is marching on.

John Brown was a hero, undaunted, true and brave,
And Kansas knows his valor when he fought her rights to save;
Now, tho the grass grows green above his grave,
His soul is marching on.

He captured Harper’s Ferry, with his nineteen men so few,
And frightened "Old Virginny" till she trembled thru and thru;
They hung him for a traitor, they themselves the traitor crew,
But his soul is marching on.

John Brown was John the Baptist of the Christ we are to see,
Christ who of the bondmen shall the Liberator be,
And soon thruout the Sunny South the slaves shall all be free,
For his soul is marching on.

The conflict that he heralded he looks from heaven to view,
On the army of the Union with its flag red, white and blue.
And heaven shall ring with anthems o’er the deed they mean to do,
For his soul is marching on.

Ye soldiers of Freedom, then strike, while strike ye may,
The death blow of oppression in a better time and way,
For the dawn of old John Brown has brightened into day,
And his soul is marching on.
lyrics by William Weston Patton
Mine brain has meditated on the spinning of The Chao;
It is hovering o'er the table where the Chiefs of Staff are now
Gathered in discussion of the dropping of The Bomb;
Her Apple Corps is strong!

Grand (and gory) Old Discordja!
Grand (and gory) Old Discordja!
Grand (and gory) Old Discordja!
Her Apple Corps is strong!

She was not invited to the party that they held on Limbo Peak;*
So She threw a Golden Apple, 'sted of turn'd t'other cheek!
O it cracked the Holy Punchbowl and it made the nectar leak;
Her Apple Corps is strong!

*"Limbo Peak" refers to Old Limbo Peak, commonly called by the
Greeks "Ol' Limb' Peak."
lyrics by Lord Omar
Kerry Thornley (left) and John Brown (right).  See any resemblance?
Called a "misguided fanatic" by President
Abraham Lincoln, John Brown is
sometimes called "the most controversial
of all 19th-century Americans."

John Brown was born May 9, 1800 to Owen
Brown, who operated a successful tannery,
and Ruth Mills, who bore Owen eight

The young Brown hoped to become a
Congregationalist minister, but ran out of
money for the academy due to medical and
financial problems.  He then started a
tannery in Richmond, Pennsylvania, where
he lived with his wife Dianthe Lusk and
their children.  He later traded cattle and
bred horses and sheep, which led him to
get involved in controversy over price
controls and connected him with

After Dianthe died, the 33-year-old Brown
married 16-year-old Mary Ann Day (note the
similarity to the name of Emperor Norton I's
"The Little Countess" Mary "Minnie"
Rae--see below).  They had 13 children, in
addition to the seven Brown had with
Dianthe.  Many of his children did not live to
see adulthood, some of them dying from
dysentery, and at least one later from
The mob killing of American Presbyterian
minster, journalist , newspaper editor and
Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy led to
Brown's vow of destroying slavery.

Reverend Timothy Lovejoy ministers to the
Western Branch of American Reform
Presbylutheranism in
The Simpsons.

Reverend Loveshade is a Discordian writer
and activist who claims to be related to Mary's
Bartholomew Simpson.
Elijah P. Lovejoy was an American
Presbyterian minster, journalist
and newspaper editor who was
killed in 1837 by a mob in Alton,
Illinois because of work for

Following the death, Brown
publicly vowed “Here, before God,
in the presence of these
witnesses, from this time, I
consecrate my life to the
destruction of slavery!”

In 1846, Brown and his partner
Perkins set up a wool
commission operation in
Springfield, Massachusetts.

Joshua Abraham Norton heard
that Virginia Governor Henry A.
Wise had sent Brown to the
gallows for the attack on the
federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

Norton called himself "Emperor of
these United States and Protector
of Mexico," and was sometimes
thought as a "beloved madman"
of San Francisco, California.  He
was later named a Discordian
saint.  Ironically, Norton said that
"the said Brown was insane and
that he ought to have been sent to
the Insane Asylum for capturing
the State of Virginia with
seventeen men." So as emperor,
Norton declared Governor Wise
fired and replaced him with John
C. Breckinridge of Kentucky. At the
time, Breckinridge was Vice
President of the United States.

Within a few months after Brown
died, Minnie Rae aka Mary
Simpson was born.  Later known
as Mrs. Berry/Berrie, the girl who
left San Francisco was likely the
pretend wife and mother of J. M.
Barrie, who may have based Peter
Pan's friend Wendy on her.  
Around 1870, Norton had
proclaimed Minnie Rae to be "The
Little Countess."

Minnie Rae aka Mary Simpson
later gave birth to a son named

In the late 20th century, the
television program
The Simpsons
featured Bart Simpson, who along
with Rev. Lovejoy lived in

Series creator Matt Groening has
yet to publicly admit a connection
between The Simpsons and
Discordianism.  He claims
Lovejoy is named after Lovejoy
Street; Springfield isn't based on
any particular city name although
it may be inspired by his time in
Portland, Oregon; and Bart is an
anagram of Brat.
John Brown,

Discordia and The Simpsons
Reverend Lovejoy
Mary "Minnie Rae" Simpson
After John Brown was killed in Virginia in
Emperor Norton I "fired" the Virginia
Mary "Minnie Rae" Simpson, who
was born a few months later, was declared
"The Little Countess" by Emperor Norton I.

John Brown and Simon Perkins Jr. set up a
wool commission operation in Springfield,
Massachusetts.  Simon, being a junior, was
thus "Simon's son," the meaning of the last
name "

Mary Simpson aka Minnie Rae, who met J. M.
and may have been his inspiration for
Peter Pan's friend Wendy, gave birth to
Bartholomew in 1872.

Matt Groening named all the characters of his
animated series
The Simpsons after
members of his own family, except for
John Brown and Simon Perkins Jr. set up a
wool commission operation in

Buffalo Springfield performed the hit Stephen
song "For What It's Worth" with the
lyrics "Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it
will creep" which
Adam Gorightly said struck
a nerve with

Matt Groening
set The Simpsons in the town
Discordian and The Simpson's
Connections Sidebar
(also see John Brown, Discordia and
the Simpsons
at left)
Also see Sidebar
Brothers and Sisters:

The final struggle is upon us.  The big racist-imperialist forces that control
Amerika have taken off their fake "liberal" mask and shown their true fascist
nature.  Look at the record: the assassinations of John and Bobby and Martin
Luther King.  The unending war against the people of Vietnam.  The
brutalities of the local police, right on television with the whole world watching,
during the recent Demokratic Convention.  Is it not obvious that the
multinational corporations no longer even care to pretend that democracy still
exists and are ready to kill us to the last man and woman if we continue to
Weather Underground has chosen the wrong path, romantically allowing
themselves to be known and defying the authorities to catch them.
We of POE have organized quietly.  Our numbers are not for publication, nor
our identities.  We will not take "credit" for our actions, unlike the Weather
romantics.  We will not recruit new members.  We will send no further
communiqués to the press.  We will work and study to strike the most crippling
blows possible against the fascist monster.
If you agree with us, do not seek to find us and join us.  Do as we have done.

Peace On Earth.

                                                                         John Brown
There are a number of Discordian parallels and connections
between Kerry Thornley, Discordian co-founder, and John
Brown, violent abolitionist who fought slavery in the United
States of America in the 19th century.  Some of these also
connect with the popular animated series
The Simpsons.
Letter from POE appearing in The Universe Next Door, the first volume of
Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson.  According to the book,
POE can be related to Edgar Allen Poe's Raven saying "Nevermore," and to
Peace on Earth.  But the initials stand for "purity of essence" from General
Jack D. Ripper in the film
Dr. Strangelove.  Poe also wrote the poem
"Eldorado" with its frequent references to shade and shadow.  Here, the
pseudonymous letter writer "John Brown," who speaks of the assassination of
John F. Kennedy, hints at the pseudonymous letter writer and JFK
assassination suspect who wrote new lyrics to the John Brown music, Kerry
Wendell Thornley.