Quote: “Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

By | September 24, 2019

Discussing the origin of the phrase “Heaven helps those who help themselves”, I made the claim that it did not originate in the Bible/Quran, but in the UFO song “Lights Out”.

So, to prove my claim, I whipped out the Strangers in the Night CD (because it was easier to get to than the Lights Out CD). I played the song “Lights Out” and that line was not in it.

What!?

I checked a few more “Lights Out” songs from different sources and that line wasn’t in any of those either.

So I turned to Google. Most online lyrics sources include that line.

Eventually, I figured out that there are two versions of the song: “Lights Out” and “Lights Out (New Version)”. The new version does not contain that line, but the original version does.

If you have UFO albums you might find that line on vinyl, 8-track, or cassette, but probably not on CD. Weird, huh?

Anyway, after listening to UFO again I remember what a great band they were. And Michael Schenker is a fantastic guitarist.

By the way, variations of “Heaven helps those who help themselves” appear in Euripides’ writings as far back as 428 BCE and Sophocles’ writings as far back as 409 BCE. The first English variation appeared in the writings of Algernon Sidney in 1698.

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