Friday, September 19, 2008

Buddhist pop song was a hit on Billboards

Back in 1973, pop singer Stevenson and rock band Three Dogs Night released a single, titled Shambala. A song about Shambala, a mythical kingdom in the Tibetan Buddhist texts, it went straight to the Billboards and was number 3 in both the pop singles and adult contemporary categories.

The song continue to be a favourite till today and has been used in film and TV like Lords of Dogtown and in Lost. Rockapella has also in recent years released their version of the song.

If you like retro and the 70s, here's the version by Three Dogs Night:

For a more accapella feel, try Rockapella:

The song is about the mythical kingdomof Shambala, said to be hidden somewhere within or beyond the peaks of the Himalays and mentioned in various ancient texts including the Kalachakra Tantra and ancient texts of Tibetan Buddhism.

The lyrics refer to a situation where kindness and cooperation are universal, joy and good fortune abound, and psychological burdens are lifted:

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala [...]
Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala [...]
How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?

While the lyrics include the refrain "in the halls of Shambala", much of the song actually refers to "the road to Shambala", perhaps alluding to the idea of Shambala not as a physical place but as a metaphor for the spiritual path one might follow. (From Wikipedia)

So Music Group, can try this song in camp? :0)

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