Songs for Baba

by A Journey of Giraffes

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"Dada, Neem Karoli Baba's closest disciple says, 'The only thing we can offer him (Maharajji) is the purity of your singing to God.' " (Ram Dass, 1974)

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released February 2, 2015

Special love & thanks to George Harrison for giving me the strength to sing the courage of my convictions.

A Journey of Giraffes is John Lane.

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Track Name: When You're Done Being The Universe
When you're done being the universe,
there'll be time to see who you are.
When you're done looking for what you lost,
there'll be time to see what you found.

When you're done being the universe,
please come 'round and give me your love.
When you're done worrying about everything,
then you'll see it's all from above.
Track Name: We Are All Somebody's Children/Child
You guide me gently to my chair-
I guide you gently to your chair-
We are all somebody's children.
We are all somebody's children.

We are all somebody's child.
We are all somebody's child.
Track Name: The Rains Over Kainchi
The rains over Kainchi
are calling me.
They're telling me I'm home.

The sunset is willing
to greet your eyes,
if only you're awake.

Your true heart was calling
all this time,
and he knew your name.

The rains over Kainchi
are calling me.
They're telling me I'm home.
Track Name: Oh, Dear Grandfather
Oh, dear grandfather,
let me walk you to the lake.
I long to feel your hand in the crook of my arm.

Oh, dear grandfather,
won't you share a story with me?
Every beautiful word gives me meaning to breath.

Oh, grandfather,
share the laughter of your heart,
so I know we're together and
never ever apart.

Oh, grandfather,
share the meaning of this dream.
Ooooh.
Track Name: Quiet My Monkey Mind
All these problems in my head!
Too big too big too little too big... (etc)

Making mountains out of sand.
Feeling down now; what's the plan?
Too big too big too little too big... (etc)

Quiet my monkey mind.
All things will be just fine.

I went looking for your word.
I was quiet and then I heard:
Too big too big too little too big... (etc)

Quiet my monkey mind.
All things will be just fine.

All these worries now are gone.
Every bad thought won't last long.

Shoop shoop shoop shoop...

Quiet my monkey mind.
All things will be just fine.
Track Name: Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the cross? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (Were you there?)
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

(public domain
-1899 Old Plantation Hymns)