Tue, 21 August 2007
I've getting a few requests for the above, so I thought I'd post it here.
First, the lyrics (which you can read while you're listening), then the story ...
written by Paul Levinson & Ed Fox, 1969
(a brief question-and-answer period)
(cameo appearance by the Hawaiian Herb Singers)
Children don't you know it's past your bedtime
People all been cold for such a long time
It's time alright and yet it's not the right time
the story ...
Ed Fox and I wrote close to a hundred songs in the Fall 1968 - Winter 1969. He usually wrote most of the music and I wrote most of the lyrics, but not always.
One night, in November, I dropped by Ed's brownstone apartment on East 85th Street after dinner. Ed had a copy of some newspaper in his hand, and pointed to a headline - "The Lama Will Be Late This Year" - something about the Dalai Lama's trip to somewhere being delayed.
"Good title for a song...," Ed said, and I agreed.
I wrote the lyric in about 10 minutes, and Ed wrote the music ...
We recorded and mixed it in a variety of studios in New York City from 1969-1971. Ed's singing lead, and I'm doing the harmony (falsetto) with Ed. Pete Rosenthal's playing at least 2-3 guitars, and electric harmonica. I'm playing piano and tablas, and Jay Sackett's on bass.
We put "The Lama" on our 1972 album, Twice Upon a Rhyme ... over the years, it's been lauded in Japan and Scandanavia (by Patrick the Lama - understandably) ...
In a separate post, maybe, I'll someday tell you the secret of Hawaiian Herb...
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:53am EDT