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Kula Shaker — Tattva
Album: K
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

Like the flower and the scent of summer,
Like the sun and the shine,
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Send the message to your mind.

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

At the moment that you wake from sleeping
And you know it's all a dream,
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Never knowing what it means.

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva (4 times)

For you shall be tomorrow,
Like you have been today,
If this was never ending,
What more can you say?
Comments (251)add comment
 Brad_Eleven wrote:
Ahhhh, the first song I recognized on RP that I've only ever heard on RP: the nth time I heard it , I had that irrational sense of belonging due to recognition. The first time I heard it, I was weary with much more to do--it was a godsend. Hmmm, exactly where I was--and where I am, tonight. "Who says you quit when you're tired?" "I do." "Who says you keep going, no matter what?" "I do." "What's the difference?" "I'm not sure, but one thing's for sure: it's not how I feel. When I give in, the tiredness seems to grow stronger. When I don't stop, I choose first, and then the very idea of tiredness disappears."
 
What?  Hope it worked out.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Fred, you have contributed many useful and interesting comments regarding music on RP but since you have chosen to step into the cultural debate then you are fair game for reply...

Being English does not mean living in England any more than Modern Scotland (whatever that is) says that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot.  Politically Correct Billy Bragg nonsense!  Indigenous people trace their heritage and genetic makeup from narrow genetic groups.  In England that might be Angles, Saxons or Danes.  In Wales many are descended from Celts.  

When Bill Goldsmith thinks of London he, rightly, thinks of the descendants of the people who left to live and fight in the American colony 200 years ago. The same characteristics of English people are found in many white Americans - that is why we are so culturally close and have a 'special relationship'.  I think that's what he meant by as 'not exotic'.  

The problem is the term English being used both as a cultural description and a passport Nationality.

If we separate the two then things become clearer.


 
Ah, ethno-nationalism rears its unpleasant head, though in Brexit Ingerlan you're in tune with the zeitgeist (sic). Well, O Anglosaxon one, Celts were in the island that is now Britain for millennia before those Johann-cum-lately Angles and Saxons piled in from Germany after the Romans took their ball home. As a Mick and thus a Celt, I reckon that on a 'genetic' basis I'm a native and the rest are immigrants, not "indigenous people". Bleedin' anglosaxons, come over here, rape our houses and pillage our women, take our lands, bring their smelly foreign food (cont for 94 pages...)
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Still love this comment.  It also explains the reference to 'flour'.
Apparently it is time for the neighborhood to hear this. 
Of COURSE I had a crush on Hayley Mills. In Search of the Castaways (1962). 

YES!!  I've been looking forward to hearing this song for a while now, and couldn't remember the song or band name, and due to my hesitance to Google "Ginger Baker made a taco" to find the RP song comments, I got to wait a month or so to hear it here....and just before lunch time for me; hmmm, for some reason, Mexican food sounds good today. 

PEACE!!

OH damn you BillG!  I just had to re-bump my already bumped rating; 8→9 now. And more fallout from this song - I've mentally added Ginger Baker in the cast of Reservoir dogs (as Mr. Ginger, of course!!) and he's in the backseat while Mr. Orange and Mr. White discuss robbing Jewelry stores. Mr. White ends the scene with "I'm hungry; let's get a taco."  

LONG LIVE RP!!

I still enjoy hearing this. Definitely in the same jammy-rock vein as The Charlatans UK and The Stone Roses; not a bad thing at all!
I always heard "Ginger Baker made a tadpole" - which makes less sense than a taco.
The Parent Trap! My favourite movie as a kid...
 Azrica wrote:

{#Roflol}

 
Hilarious!! I Love them! 
 Emwolb wrote:
It's been 20 years since my "friend" Brendan (with an "A") told me to buy this CD......I still have not forgiven him

 
I can see why! Your username is spelled backward you're stuck in Jersey! You're doomed.
 
I can see why you had a crush on Hayley Mills, Bill. 
 TerryS wrote:

They are English, most speak English, just don't look "English" enough for some.
I meet all the parameters, 'cept one. I don't actually live there more than a couple of weeks most years. Am I/am I not  English? 

 
Grammatically and logically, that is a mess, mate.
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Lady Mondegreeen is singing along with you.
It's been 20 years since my "friend" Brendan (with an "A") told me to buy this CD......I still have not forgiven him
 baylees wrote:
what is that they are saying?

 
It's Sanskrit: Tattva acintya bheda abheda tattva

It means, roughly, "truth, the unknowable, difference, oneness, truth"


 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
ginger taco
 stunix wrote:
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.

 
They are English, most speak English, just don't look "English" enough for some.
I meet all the parameters, 'cept one. I don't actually live there more than a couple of weeks most years. Am I/am I not  English? 
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
{#Roflol}
 fredriley wrote:

Ah, you've lit a hot topic there. Many of us in Ingerlan take the view that modern Englishness is defined by cultural and ethnic diversity, a point of view championed strongly by Billy Bragg, not least in his book "Progressive Patriot". Modern Scotland takes the view that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot, a minority view South of the Border so far, sadly.

The very definition of "English" is fraught politically, socially, legally and economically.

 
Fred, you have contributed many useful and interesting comments regarding music on RP but since you have chosen to step into the cultural debate then you are fair game for reply...

Being English does not mean living in England any more than Modern Scotland (whatever that is) says that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot.  Politically Correct Billy Bragg nonsense!  Indigenous people trace their heritage and genetic makeup from narrow genetic groups.  In England that might be Angles, Saxons or Danes.  In Wales many are descended from Celts.  

When Bill Goldsmith thinks of London he, rightly, thinks of the descendants of the people who left to live and fight in the American colony 200 years ago. The same characteristics of English people are found in many white Americans - that is why we are so culturally close and have a 'special relationship'.  I think that's what he meant by as 'not exotic'.  

The problem is the term English being used both as a cultural description and a passport Nationality.

If we separate the two then things become clearer.

A ginger Vader Vader, cat bone
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
yeah those are the lyrics i hear, what's your point?{#Ask}
This is the stuff that brought me here in the first place so long ago.
what is that they are saying?
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Doh!  Facepalm.  {#Doh}
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
Well, thank you, that's all I'll ever hear now.  ; )
 stunix wrote:
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.

 
Ah, you've lit a hot topic there. Many of us in Ingerlan take the view that modern Englishness is defined by cultural and ethnic diversity, a point of view championed strongly by Billy Bragg, not least in his book "Progressive Patriot". Modern Scotland takes the view that anyone living in Scotland is a Scot, a minority view South of the Border so far, sadly.

The very definition of "English" is fraught politically, socially, legally and economically.
Did Bill just say that "they sound exotic but they're not, they are from London , England"?      If anyone has been to London, England, you'll know that it is so culturally diverse, there is actually hardly any English living there. ..... IMHO.
 stegokitty wrote:
Good stuff. I'll be checking this album out.

 
Better late than never. It is an all-time classic album, and IMO Kula Shaker's other works paled into insignificance in comparison. It had the unusual wrinkle of being a rock album by English white guys into Indian mysticism, and has some quite moving tracks. The band's flame glowed very brightly for a short period before burning out. The Wikipedia history is illuminating.
Good stuff. I'll be checking this album out.
first time I heard Kula Shaker here on rp - hope first of many. {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Hearteyes}
 grogg wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
 
{#Lol}
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco
Ginger Baker made a taco 
Thanks so much.....sende me back about 15 years in UK with a big love....
 dc_zee wrote:

This may rate as one of my favorite RP listener observations to date. 

 
Thank you! {#Tongue-out}
shrimp the vein, I made a taco
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'

 
That's gold Jerry, GOLD!
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'
 
This may rate as one of my favorite RP listener observations to date. 
I shouldn't have ate a ate a Taco............................
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
....... and mine :))
 tulfan wrote:


Thanks. Now that's all I hear too...am here laughing in my cube...

 
Now my wife and I are cracking up... And I really liked this song.
 gormeister wrote:
 

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'

 

Thanks. Now that's all I hear too...am here laughing in my cube...
 Ydesign wrote:

What is the point of posting the same thing EVERYComment?
 

Life often does seem quite pointless, doesn't it?  I hope you be having a marvelous day, pointless or not...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this pointless song...  it rocks...  tweaks our pointy nipples...  we love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
What is the point of posting the same thing EVERYComment?
As George would say, ''I don't need no wah wah.''
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 
GarageDragon wrote:



Then you're going to hate me for suggesting Jimi Hendrix is singing "scuse me while I kiss this guy."

 
Yes Lady Mondegreen strikes again!  {#Mrgreen}
 Keef wrote:

Yes, we do.
 

Groovy!  Hope you are having fun right this minute...

we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...
 
Hold on, strap in 'cause you're about to go on a trip.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Yes, we do.
 ronniegirl wrote:
Ginger Baker has been in my brain since the last time this played.  Love it.  Did he MAKE or ATE a taco?

  

I have always heard it thusly: 'ginger baker made a taco'
The lead singer of this band has an awesome first name ;)

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Haven't heard this song in YEARS!  Brings back memories of seeing them live at Irving Plaza in like... '91.  Disappointing show though.
A massive one hit wonder band.....but still, at least they did one good song. {#Dancingbanana}

Oh, and how cool to look back at comments 10 years old.  I love this station.  Thanks Bill. 
Soaring!
Damn I love this song.
What a great reminder to revisit this cd. I don't think I have played it for well over a decade. 9
Urg, this is not so good following Tabla Beat Science, doesn't stand up well in comparison.
oldsaxon wrote:

"Mrs. haWiggans?"
 
{#Roflol}
So this isn't Ian Brown in any way, shape or form? 
 ice-9 wrote:

I was hearing "Tudball", as in Tim Conway on the old Carol Burnett Show.
 
"Mrs. haWiggans?"
Appreciate the Hindi explanation.  Always important to understand what the words mean, IMO.
 debobasu wrote:

He's actually saying "acintya-bhedābheda-tattva". This is the idea that everything has an inconceivable one-ness and difference. It is a Hindu philosophy similar to ying-yang. This is btw, Sanskrit (Hindi is derived from it, like L
atin and English).
 
I always loved this song...now I can chant it myself! Thank you ...lol
 hippiechick wrote:
Great hippie music
 
I think it yes it is and so on........{#Eh}
Great hippie music
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Every person on the cover has some immediate connection to the letter K. Karl Marx, Kennedy, Kaiser, Krishna, King Kong...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_(album)
 
Very cool. From wikipedia:
The cover art (by comic-book artist Dave Gibbons) consists of various images related to the letter K, including: John F. Kennedy, Lord Kitchener, Karl Marx, Gene Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Ken Dodd, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Kaye, Kal-El (Superman), Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein), Krishna, King Kong, Martin Luther King, Jr., 2 Knights (a pair of Keys on one of them), a Kettle, Kali, the Kaiser, Nikita Khrushchev, Grace Kelly, the number 11 (symbolizing K) and Rudyard Kipling's book Kim.

Ginger Baker has been in my brain since the last time this played.  Love it.  Did he MAKE or ATE a taco?
 Misterfixit wrote:
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....

 
Every person on the cover has some immediate connection to the letter K. Karl Marx, Kennedy, Kaiser, Krishna, King Kong...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_(album)
I like this song, but perhaps more because of the period in my life at which it came out, than because of any intrinsic qualities it has. 
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 
I was hearing "Tudball", as in Tim Conway on the old Carol Burnett Show.




This song is so good it puts a spring in my step this winter day...

 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 


Then you're going to hate me for suggesting Jimi Hendrix is singing "scuse me while I kiss this guy."

This is a great, and largely overlooked band.  
 Misterfixit wrote:
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....
 
A play on the Sgt Pepper's cover?
Nice segue!!!!
Very interesting album cover:  Knights Templar; The Kaiser; the dead Kennedy; Marilyn Monroe; Marx (the commie, not Groucho); the sweating man from Atomic Comics; King Kong, must be a message there someplace ....

 dancnbarefoot wrote:
I do love the Ginger Baker Made a Taco— its the new "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza."
Its Hindu and its a chant. Someone who speaks Hindi could translate.
 
He's actually saying "acintya-bhedābheda-tattva". This is the idea that everything has an inconceivable one-ness and difference. It is a Hindu philosophy similar to ying-yang. This is btw, Sanskrit (Hindi is derived from it, like L
atin and English).
 dctrpunda wrote:
I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 

That's not necessarily a good reason to dislike the song.

I liked this song better before I learned that Ginger Baker made a taco.  Now it's all I hear, it's like trying to listen to Massive Attack's Teardrop without thinking of House, can't be done. 
 helgigermany wrote:
Nice!
 


Yes, this song is cool...
 

Nice!
I do love the Ginger Baker Made a Taco— its the new "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza."
Its Hindu and its a chant. Someone who speaks Hindi could translate.
Happy to listen Kula Shaker here! {#Bananasplit}
 Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
 
If I could rate comments, this would get a 10. I cannot listen to this song without thinking about it.
it took a minute or two before I remembered Ginger Baker made a taco.   Feel better now.
I agree!

With a lot of greetings,

Werner Hernus
Never again will I hear any other lyrics to this one!! {#Lol}

 
Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
 


Wow!  Yet another intriguing band RP has introduced me to!
Would that be a taco with a cream topping?

 Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
 


Mmm...first listen with headphones. Nice rockin' guitar on this one. {#Clap}
Nice segue....! Very subtle 
 Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
 
{#Roflol} Makes more sense than the real lyrics, for sure.

I think I am going to crank this album on the way home in the car and be a kid again.
Niiiiiice.  I always turn this one up.  {#Daisy} 
 ziggytrix wrote: 
I agree, excellent set. Did you all know Crispian Mills is Hayley Mills' (of Disney fame) kid?

 Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
 
Tacos with curry powder?  Edgy concept, but it just - might - work.

Like the song, BTW.

 Jelani wrote:
Ginger Baker made a taco?
I wish I hadn't read that. I've no idea what they are singing but now I will always hear  'Ginger Baker made a taco'


Blah blah...something about a tadpole.....or a taco!?

 Netto wrote:
Interesting cover-art. Who all these people? :)

 

The cover art (by comic-book artist Dave Gibbons) consists of various images related to the letter K, including: John F. Kennedy, Lord Kitchener, Karl Marx, Gene Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Ken Dodd, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Krishna, King Kong, 2 Knights (a pair of Keys on one of them), a Kettle, Kali, the Kaiser and Rudyard Kipling's book Kim.

source wikipedia
edit - I think they forgot Martin Luther King
Once again, time to turn it way up!
{#Clap}{#Dancingbanana}{#Angel}{#Meditate} it's a lot of stuff together in just one song
godlike
This is some wild and crazy stuff.............an 8
I am very glad that's on now, really cool, love it :)

Interesting cover-art. Who all these people? :)

Ginger Baker made a taco?
i remember liking this when it came out, the video was good; haven't heard it since.
 ick wrote:
git down with your own thatness
 
Oh god I am so stealing that.
 lemmoth wrote:
I shouldn't have ate a ate a taco???
 
Tough crowd. Namaste. Here are the lyrics:

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda tattva (4 times)
Like the flower and the scent of summer, like the sun and the shine
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Send the message to your mind

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda tattva (4 times)
At the moment that you wake from sleeping and you know its all a dream
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Never knowing what it means

Tattva, acintya bheda bheda tattva (4 times)
For you shall be towmorrow, like you have been today
If this was never ending
What more can you say?

 EssexTex wrote:
Oh god no.....something about "taking away a taco"
 

DAMN IT. That's all I can hear now. Thanks a bunch.
Oh god no.....something about "taking away a taco"

pretend 60's music...
 casey1024 wrote:
Well, I like it.
 
Me, too.
Well, I like it.
 toterola wrote:
Sorry, y'all. Sounds like a bunch of poseurs to me. This was cool when the Fab Four did it. When Harrison "kicked it up a notch" it was still pretty cool. {#Meditate}

This just sounds like a bunch of guys who smoked too much ganja in Art School. {#Cowboy}

Just my opinion, nothing more. {#Wave}

 
You say that as if it's a bad thing.  Did you go to art school? Do you play a musical instrument?  Well, it is just your opinion though, as you stated.  I think it's a good song.  I think that George Harrison seldom "kicked it up a notch" however.


Anyone else got a fierce curry craving right about now? {#Daisy}

Now Playing:

Kula Shaker - Tattva
Tabla Beat Science - Palmistry
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Bhindi Bhagee


git down with your own thatness


Cool.     tattvam asi.


Wow.  This is a blast from the past!!  I never thought I'd hear this again.  I lost the mix tape I made that had this on it.  It's a pretty cool song.  {#Dancingbanana}


Great album.  Saw these guys live on their first tour. I had never heard them before but they really had it together and had a great live sound.  Holds up pretty well too.
Excellent. Not a fan of the new album, but K is a favorite. Great thematic set, Bill! {#Cheers}
Great hippie music!!! Love their new album

{#Bounce}

{#Cheesygrin}