Soul Time 2








The lyrics of these covers were inspired by the original lyrics or by the music.
They don't necessarily reflect my own feelings or experience.

You can listen to all the songs and download them on:
https://parividha.bandcamp.com/album/soul-time-2-2


01. Lord Balarama
02. Maha Mantra
03. Sankirtan Man
04. What Happened
05. Three Holy Rivers
06. My Supersoul
07. I'm a Pretender
08. Humiliation
09. Don't Tell Mata
10. What To Do
11. Cradle Song
12. Too Late
13. Maha Mantra
14. My Prayer

BACKING VOCALS

Caitanya Caran das - Dido Mirck - Hara Prana dasi
Jahnavi Harrison - Jagannatha Suta das - Jerry van der Horst
Krishnadas Bosch - Lilavati dasi - Madhva Anderson
Radha Acyuta das - Radhapremi dasi
Rasalila Grant - Rasarani Keilman - Rati Manjari dasi
Sakhyarasa Prema das - Sukadeva das - Allan Saheblal


LYRICS LORD BALARAMA

O Lord Balarama, I long to see you again
Your servant am I and beg to remain
On bended knees I pray
that during Kartik I may
offer You a light every night

O Lord Balarama, permit me in the dhama
to go on parikram around Govardhana
On bended knees I pray
that during Kartik I may
attend Prabhupada’s mangala arati
in his Samadhi

O Lord Balarama, I long to see you again
Your servant am I and beg to remain
On bended knees I pray
I may chant everyday
Damodarastakam. Namam Isvaram

SANKIRTAN MAN

I put on my tilak, fill up my book bag and get out of the van
Chorus: He is bhakta Ben, He’s a traveling sankirtan man
I'm going out to give the mercy to all the conditioned souls
For all of them are deep in maya and need to be saved you know
I'm going out as often as I can
Chorus: That's why we call him the sankirtan man
Prabhu, have you read that note on the notice board
Next month there will be a sankirtan meeting
right here in New York
Everyone is going to be there, who goes out.
It's great! Can't wait! It’s so far out
The kirtans will be so loud
Chorus: He is Bhakta Ben. He’s a fixed up sankirtan man
Me and bhakta Dan, we just love sankirtan
Chorus: He’s going out to give the mercy to all the conditioned souls
For all of them are deep in maya and need to be saved you know
I’m going out as often as I can
Chorus: That's why we call him the sankirtan man

WHAT HAPPENED

When I was young I thought it would be easy
to become a pure devotee in this life
Now I know. It’s not as easy as it seemed
Then I was so surrendered
Woke up way before four
How I long to feel the way I used to feel
with only devotion for You

Then I was inspired. Never felt tired
Living a life of austerity
Humbly following my authority
O Krishna, what happened to me

When I joined I thought it would be easy
to become a pure devotee in one life
Now I know. It’s not as easy as it seemed
to only have devotion for You

Now I’m uninspired. Always tired
Living a life of luxury
Gone are the days of austerity
O Krishna, what happened to me

THREE HOLY RIVERS

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

At Prayag in the north of India
is a confluence of three holy rivers
Mother Ganga, Sarasvati and the Yamuna

In this holy place, known as Triveni
a sannyasi, who couldn’t keep his vows
once went there to enter their waters in despair
Hopeful to give up his worldly life
he left home, children and wife
After failing in his strife
he went there to end his life

He was tired. So tired of failing
Tired of living and afraid of dying
Did Triveni gave mercy to his soul

SUPERSOUL

All glories to my Super soul
Being fully in control,
He very lovingly allowed me
to try to be in control

Never leaves me on my own
Wants me to come back home
Guides me from within to return to Him
All glories to
Chorus: All glories to
All: All glories to
My Supersoul. Haribol

Never leaves me on my own
Chorus: On my own
Wants me to come back home
Chorus: Back home
Guides me from within to return to Him
All glories to
Chorus: All glories to
All: All glories to my Supersoul

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare
Chorus: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare
All: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare
All glories to
All: All glories to
my Super duper soul

HUMILIATION

You came. I was alone
I should have known
you were temptation

You smiled, luring me on
My heart was gone
Too much temptation

No Haridas Thakur. That's for sure
If that could only be. Pity me

You were like an addiction
For you I gave up my mission
Just see my fallen condition
Not even a week had passed by
and you left me for another guy
and all I can do is cry

Temptation. Humiliation
Temptation. Humiliation

PRETENDER

I am such a pretender
Chorus: Hare Krishna
Pretending I’m so renounced
Chorus: Hare Krishna
If only they know that it's all a show
I’m not even chanting my rounds

I’m such a pretender
Chorus: Hare Krishna
I love being adored by my fans
Chorus: Hare Krishna

Besides their adoration, I love their donations
while pretending I’m so advanced

Chorus: So real is this feeling of make believe
that he himself starts to believe

I’m such a pretender
Chorus: Hare Krishna
Pretending I’m doing so well
Chorus: Hare Krishna
The Vedas foretell that if I don't change my ways
I might end up in hell
Chorus: Ah
and drags with me my followers as well
Chorus: Hare Krishna

DON’T TELL MATA

My parents think that I’m in London
studying law and English. Little do they know
My parents don’t have inkling
I joined the Hare Krishna’s three months ago

So, please sir, if you run into my parents
Don’t reveal my situation. Have mercy on me
Please hush up. Don’t tell mata
Shush up. Don’t tell pita
Don’t tell them, whatever you do

If you had a secret, you bet I would keep it
I would never tell on you
I’m breaking every promise that I gave them
So won’t you kindly do me a great big favour

So hush up, don’t tell mata
Shush up, don’t tell pita
Don’t tell them, whatever you do
If they knew you saw me in the street
dancing in a pair of sheets
O my God! They might kill them selves

Chorus: So please sir, if you run into his parents
don’t tell them you saw him
Please Have mercy on me
And hush up. Don’t tell mata
Shush up and don’t tell pita
Chorus: Don’t tell them, whatever you do
If you had a secret, you bet he would keep it
He would never tell on you
I’m breaking every promise that I gave them
Chorus: So won’t you kindly, give him a break then
Please hush up, don’t tell mata. Hush up, don’t tell pita
Don’t tell them, whatever you do
You can tell my auntie here and now
for she does puja anyhow
Chorus: But don’t tell his mother what you know
You can tell my uncle Vishnupad
as he loves kirtan and Prasad
Chorus: But don’t tell his father what you know
If they knew you saw him in the street
dancing in a pair of sheets
So please don’t tell my mata. Please don’t tell my pita
All: Please don’t tell them what you know

WHAT TO DO

I don’t know what to do prabhu
I just have too much to do
There’s only so much that I can do
So I do what I do
when I'm through, then I'm through
and I'm through. What to do

What can I do prabhu? I'm sorry too
I guess, I'm not that surrendered
And though I used to care, I need the open air
You're better off without me, prabhu

It's not a lie, prabhu. You wonder why, prabhu
You always say that I am in maya
You mustn't knit your brow
You should have known by now
You've ev'ry cause to doubt me, prabhu

Chorus: We are invited by Radhe Shyam prabhu
to come to the Holy dham prabhu
I think that's what I'm going to do.
Chorus: First we go on parikram round Govardhan
then we'll go on Harinam in Vrindavan dham

What can I do prabhu
Chorus: He had too much to do
I guess, I'm not so surrendered
Chorus: And though he used to care, he needs the open air
You're better off without me prabhu

Chorus: It's not a lie, prabhu. You wonder why, prabhu
You always said that he was in maya
Please, don’t knit your brow
Chorus: You should have known by now
You've every cause to doubt me! What can I do
Chorus: Too much to do
What to do?
Chorus: Tell him the truth
Well, I just have had enough of….. you

TOO LATE

A few years ago he noticed a mole
on one of his knees
He never had seen it previously
and didn't take it seriously

A few months passed by
when he noticed how much the mole had grown
Go and see the doctor requested his wife
He didn't follow her advice

One morning, half awake
he unconsciously scratched the mole on his knee
When he saw the blood in his bed
he went to his doctor who said

Doctor: I'm so sorry Mr. Fate
Why have you come this late
If only you would have listened to the advice
of your good wife we could have still saved your life
Now unfortunately Mr. Fate, it’s too late

He
Chorus: Gave most of his life
is dying
Chorus: Sacrificed most of his life
Lord
Chorus: Please bless his soul
All: He's leaving us after serving us for so many years
Lord take him home
Chorus: Back home

I PRAY

When the time arrives of my death
Let only Your Names be in my head
I hope it will be peacefully, spiritually

I pray I’ll be lying in a bed
somewhere in Vrindavan dham
Surrounded by well wishers
while Prabhupada chants Your Holy Names
Hare Krishna, Hare Rama

O how I dread my coming death
Not the dying, looking forward to that
No, it is pain that might lie ahead
Pain, that's what I dread
and will I be sane to remember You
or chant Your Holy name

I pray that at the time of my death
only Your sweet names will go through my head
Let it please be in the Holy dham
of Radha Shyamasundar and Krishna and Balaram
while I hear Prabhupada chant
Especially when I can't

REVIEW

Pratima Patel (London UK): I love your Soul Time 2 CD. Can't stop listening to it!

Felix Bell (Manchester UK): My mum and dad and I loved your Soul Time 2 CD. It was amazing, amusing, instructive and beautiful. The song Sankirtan Man I find a great inspiration. I also found it a revelation to hear chanting to all those different music styles. I look forward to hear Soul Time 3.