Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holy Man

We've got a real treat for you here at the Midnight Ramble, a long-forgotten song by a famous writer done up modern-style by Knees Calhoon. Richard A. Lupoff is the famous writer and if you've been into SF, mystery, fandom, criticism, ERB or radio during the past 60 years, you know of Dick Lupoff and his works. Ramble House has published several of his books and now he shows his chops as a songwriter.

The lyrics were written by Dick back in the late 60s and John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service played around with some chords for it, but it was never recorded. Dick had forgotten all about it until he found a carbon copy of the lyrics while looking through his files. He sent them to me and I, of course, laid down some tracks, using the first chords and melody that occurred to me. Here's what resulted:


After I'd done the drums and bass with Band in a Box and added guitars and vocals I sent the MP3 to Gavin O'Keefe in Maine and he added some viola parts to the choruses. That's how it's done in 2013. It might get even better in 2014. 

Ommmmm Ommmmm
Holy man, oh Holy man
Ommmmm Ommmmm
Get you high oh yes he can

A lady took me home with her to see a holy man
He lived upstairs in a big old house that used to be a band’s
She said he’d get me super high, he’d put my head on straight
I think it was Mill Valley or it might have been the Haight
He let me in the door, I saw he had a holy look
He made me sit down on the floor and read a holy book
He started in to talk to me, I said I get the point
He performed a holy sacrament and handed me a joint.


Ommmmm Ommmmm
Holy man, oh Holy man
Ommmmm Ommmmm
Get you high oh yes he can

I looked around the room, the music must have been The Dead
It isn’t for your ears, he said, it’s strictly for your head
I coughed and asked him for a coke to ease my coughing spell
He said he never sold his coke to any infidel
He lit a funny candle just to make me feel at home
He looked me straight between the eyes and made me say an om
He handed me a bowl of rice – get ready for the land!
I said I’m just a rock and roll musician in a band.


Ommmmm Ommmmm
Holy man, oh Holy man
Ommmmm Ommmmm
Get you high oh yes he can

He looked like I’d spit on the floor, his face was a tip-off
That heavy ego-trip you’re on is an energy rip-off
The karma of your vibes is bad, you better meditate
Upon the great mandala, man, before it gets too late
Just then my lady friend came back with some ginseng tea
The holy man took one red cup and offered some to me
Before I took it from his hand I said – Here is where I stand
I’ll never make no holy man, I’ll just rock it with my band.


Ommmmm Ommmmm
Holy man, oh Holy man
Ommmmm Ommmmm
Get you high oh yes he can.


 

1 comment:

  1. Now that's an intertemporal, interspatial, interpsychic collaboration ... groovy.

    Happy new year!

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