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LOST = Donovan + Atlantis?

By imfromthepast,

  Filed under: Lost
  Comments: 16

My Dad is a huge LOST fan and he and I discuss the show ad nauseum. Yesterday I was at his house and we were discussing the similarities between the passenger make up between Oceanic 815, Ajira 316 & Danielle’s crew. Partly out of jest he referenced a song called Atlantis by a guy named Donovan. I have never heard of him or the song, but when we listened to it on my Dad’s iPod the lyrics sounded oddly familiar. Check them out:

The continent of Atlantis was an island (1)
Which lay before the great flood
In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.
So great an area of land, that from her western shores
Those beautiful sailors journeyed to the South
And the North Americas with ease
In their ships with painted sails.
To the east, Africa was a neighbor (2),
Across a short strait of sea miles.

The great Egyptian age is but a remnant
Of the Atlantian culture (3).

The antediluvian kings colonized the world;
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends from all lands (4)
were from fair Atlantis.

Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth (5).
On board were the Twelve:
The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist, the magician (6),
And the other so-called Gods of our legends (7),
Though Gods they were.
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind,
Let us rejoice and let us sing and dance and ring in the new . . .
Hail Atlantis!

Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be, she may be . . .
Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be, she may be . . .etc.

I highlighted the parts that struck me as very LOST-y.

  1. An Island, for obvious reasons
  2. Africa was a neighbor, maybe not physically, but the connection between the Frozen Donkey Wheel and Tunisia seem relevant
  3. Maybe instead of the Egyptians colonising the Island, the Island’s original inhabitants colonised Egypt.
  4. Smokey(Cerberus), Anubis, etc.
  5. perhaps the sending of ships is a poetic way of describing the inhabitants fleeing via the FDW or something similar
  6. This is actually what brought up the song in the first place. We were speculating that Oceanic 815, Ajira 316, and the French Crew were all similar in compliment to an earlier group that set the bar for membership. Maybe this crew of 12 was the original template and anyone with a similar enough group stands a chance of finding the Island again.
  7. Sounds like the idea of archetypes, which each of our heroes fill.

In the end, this was probably just a coincidence, but we both felt it was a cool enough coincidence to share.

Especially the part with the scientist and the magician, Man of Science, Man of Faith.

From TVFrenzy:

  • Charlie’s Ghost

    some basic correlations, but the atlantis theories have been exhausted over the last year or two, no?

    • Oh yes, they certainly have. That idea itself is not at all new. I only posted this to share the interesting similarities in the song with general themes in LOST, nothing more.

  • barbara

    Very interesting post. Thanks.

  • DarthBubba

    I still think that the island is a remnant of Mu, a “lost continent” in the Pacific. See my thread in the Theories forum for more info. Atlantis is too easy. . . besides haven’t the creators aready debunked this theory back when they also debunked the heaven/hell/limbo theory?

  • T Vainisi

    I can’t believe you heard this song for the first time over the weekend. “by a guy named Donovan” lol. He’s one of the biggest stars of the late sixties and early seventies. I wonder if he’s the same “guy named donovan” who does Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man, and Season of the Witch?

    But kudos to you for finding ways to tie it into Lost!


    • yeah, sorry. While I pride myself in being a fan of 60s-70s rock and roll, having grown up in the 80s-90s, there are gaps in my discography.

      I am a huge Elton John fan however.

  • catholicdude

    Also, Paul McCartney sang background vocals for Donovan’s song. The same guy who wrote about “Penny” Lane; “Desmond” and Molly Jones; Vera, Chuck (Charlie), and Dave (Hurley’s imaginary friend maybe).

  • awesomeedman

    This song was paradied in the Episode of Futurama titled “The Deep South.”

  • jimcajun

    That would be my fault, I looked around and just didn’t notice I’d missed Donovan.

  • Bookhouse Boy

    I’m still holding out that this is Skull Island and Smokey is the new King Kong, haha…jk.

  • Thanks for pointing that out! I l love that song and honestly never thought about the connection. From the title of this post, I immediately thought of “the 12” which also relates to the apostles and the signs of the zodiac. Besides the songs T Vainisi mentioned, “Sunshine Superman” and “Jennifer Juniper” were also pretty big hits. If you are a fan of “Flight of the Conchords,” Donovan is spoofed in the song “Pretty Prince of Parties” and in several places during “Austin Powers.”

  • Regardless of the music, what exactly do you believe is the parallel between O815 passengers and the B612 crew? I mean, besides a pregnant girl? (Which by the way might still turn out to not be the case of A316)

  • Anita

    Came across another rather unexpected link between Lost and Atlantis recently. I was watching Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire and nearly fell out of my chair when I heard that the old professor in history and/or archaeology in the movie is called Whitmore. He is basically the guy that sends out the expedition to find Atlantis.

    I have no idea if this is an intentional link. Lostpedia doesn’t mention any other possible sources for that last name. Definitely seems like it would be worth it to read a little about the myth of Atlantis.