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Lost at Last — Ocean of Mercy
Album: Lost at Last
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Released: 2001
Length: 5:24
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You are an ocean of mercy,
you are the source of all divine
You are the resevoir of all love
transcendental and sublime
Oh i am falling at your lotus feet,
seeking relief from this pain
There's only one thing that can free me now,
it is the nectar of your holy name

radhika ramana madhusudana,
sri gopinatha
govinda ram
kesava madhava giridhari rama,
sri gopinatha
govinda ram

Your sweet face is like a million suns
flooding my mind
Oh you have captured me with your beauty,
Now this heart is no longer mine
Oh i am falling at your lotus feet,
seeking relief from this pain
There's only one thing that can free me now,
it is the nectar of your holy name
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Thanks again Bill! It's the Heinz 57 Varieties of RP that has kept me streaming since 2003.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
Great tune. I wish all was in Sanskrit though.  The English lyrics don't do it as much for me in this case.
 MLavender wrote:
Of course there's no official definition, but I wouldn't even begin to call this trance, so maybe that's why you like it. Yes, it's got plenty of EDM aspects, but I wouldn't call it trance.
 
I get what you're saying, and i'd be curious to know what qualifies as "Trance". 

Like this article isn't super-helpful.  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trance_music (I know, it's Wikipedia, but malware risk is low and it's not worse than many random google links.--that's why I'm asking here...
)

Allmusic's review
of the song is somewhat more helpful.  

Interested in learning.
Is interesting between 5 - decent and 6 - pretty good?
 Relayer wrote:
Not into trance music, but I really dig this song. You can't get this album from any online source, but I eventually found the CD used on the internet, so now I have it.  
 
Of course there's no official definition, but I wouldn't even begin to call this trance, so maybe that's why you like it. Yes, it's got plenty of EDM aspects, but I wouldn't call it trance.
 stretcher wrote:

I don't recall Bolero with  more than one tempo.  It certainly increases intensity, volume etc., but I recall consistent tempo throughout.
 
Well there you go.
I had always assumed its tempo increased. But I listened to it again, and your right.
I blame Torvil and Dean.
 AnchorMan wrote:

Does Ravel's Bolero?
 
I don't recall Bolero with  more than one tempo.  It certainly increases intensity, volume etc., but I recall consistent tempo throughout.
 ziakut wrote:
I truly dislike songs that change tempo mid song. This qualifies.
 
Does Ravel's Bolero?
 unclehud wrote:

Well, that cuts you off from a LOT of music throughout the history of mankind.
 
So be it...not as many songs that do this as you might think.
 chinaski wrote:
Sheila Chandra? Monsoon? Anyone? EDIT: Googling like mad to see if this is Sheila Chandra singing....
It is South African born Jaya Lakshmi.
Google and learn everyday.
 
Agreed. Easily mis-took first line for Sheila Chandra.
 ziakut wrote:
I truly dislike songs that change tempo mid song. This qualifies.
 
Well, that cuts you off from a LOT of music throughout the history of mankind.
I truly dislike songs that change tempo mid song. This qualifies.
Not into trance music, but I really dig this song. You can't get this album from any online source, but I eventually found the CD used on the internet, so now I have it.  
Sheila Chandra? Monsoon? Anyone? EDIT: Googling like mad to see if this is Sheila Chandra singing....
It is South African born Jaya Lakshmi.
Google and learn everyday.
Then you should learn it is wrong (sinful,  rings bad karma) to curse 😉
 
chieromancer wrote:
I went out and bought this CD based on this one song played on RP. And I really like this album, and I don't buy a lot of CD's. Damn the critics.
 

 kingart wrote:
 
In a similar vein, Michelle Shocked wrote a great line (before she lost her mind):

You know, their lives ran in circles so small
Ah, they thought they'd seen it all
And they could not make a place for a girl who'd seen the ocean

Best,
c.


 heliosweb wrote:
Pipes wrote:
Wow! Thanks Steve for so enlightening us. It is wrong of us to dislike other music that we have not grown up with or are simply not acustomed to. In fact, we should all like everything and live in Steve's la la land...
You've got a point. I over-reacted. Guess I'm just a little overly sensitive to the smattering of zenophobism that I DO observe here on RP. It especially seems to crop up any time there's music with Middle Eastern or Indian (east) influences, or music that's spiritually oriented. As an example of where I'm coming from: I used to hate country music. That's because I spent my first 13 years in a small, backwater town in Texas and was immersed in a rascist, ultraconservative, narrowminded environment, and I somehow equated Country music with that mentality. In recent years I've come to appreciate roots Country music (bluegrass, folk, cowboy ballads, etc. -- not the formulaic mainstream Country), especially since I like roots type music in general. (Gaining an appreciation for the roots of Rock and Roll, for instance, leads you into roots country, R&B, blues, folk, etc.) So now I can listen to an old Hank Williams piece and actually HEAR it and appreciate it... and consequently hear those types of influences in a R&R piece and appreciate it all the more. So, sometimes we're closed off to certain types of music because of previous conditioning. I see this demonstrated here on RP, for example, when folks complain about Classical pieces, saying that it doesn't belong here. (I think they don't realize that the "eclectic" orientation of RP is more important to most of us than the "rock and roll" orientation.) For me, and I think for most of us here, having a little variety that strays from the R&R format and allows "breaks" in the music provides a much more enjoyable listening experience, a la FM radio the way it used to be. Diversity, I believe, is the spice of life. I'll try not to "jump the gun" so quickly in future, and not assume that a particular opinion comes from a biased or narrow-minded perspective. But when I do see that perspecitive, I'll call it like I see it. Thanks for knocking me off my high horse. steve :-)
 

That part about being stuck in a backwater Texas town is a fine metaphor and analogy for so much of the rest of the damn country.  Much of that audience has been captured, in steps, and conditioned, in phases, and now accepts provincial or constricted thought as the only or entire ethos that really matters.  There is so much to see, learn, realize, appreciate -- yet so and much wheel spinning, rationalizing, anger and worse when a far better path is possible.  Note the line from the '70s song, Carry On My Wayward Son, by Kansas: And if I claim to be a wise man it surely means that I don't know.  Or an Eagles classic, Already Gone, played here on RP: So oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.  And a bunch of others, right here.  
 bkrhoad wrote:

This is a song by Jaya Lakshmi. I just saw her and Ananda yesterday at the Oregon Country Fair. She's still touring and putting out great music. This song is track 3 from her Ocean of Mercy CD (https://jayalakshmiandananda.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-of-mercy)
 
Many thanks for the bandcamp pointer to Jaya Lakshmi. I also found this track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1lGPlsDwMDQRMI5Apv6cwZ

Hey, Bill, how about updating the song info to point to a music source that is accessible?
https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Mercy-Jaya-Lakshmi/dp/B00008S7YE/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_3
 johnmunsonjr wrote:
I saw this wonderful band many times in Maui back in 1999/2000. They were based there then and played often at a club in Makawao. I have no idea what happened to them. They were Americans mixed with a man from South American I think. No Indians, but damn they pulled this Indian groove to the highest heights! Everyone in the band had day-glo paints on their faces and UV light on stage and all us dancers and hippies in the audience were in outer space! They were incredible! Hippie bands are the best!
 
This is a song by Jaya Lakshmi. I just saw her and Ananda yesterday at the Oregon Country Fair. She's still touring and putting out great music. This song is track 3 from her Ocean of Mercy CD (https://jayalakshmiandananda.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-of-mercy)


 Hannio wrote:


Hindi.  Nobody speaks Hindu.


 

Sanskrit, actually. Nobody speaks that, either, really -- but plenty of people sing in it. 
I saw this wonderful band many times in Maui back in 1999/2000. They were based there then and played often at a club in Makawao. I have no idea what happened to them. They were Americans mixed with a man from South American I think. No Indians, but damn they pulled this Indian groove to the highest heights! Everyone in the band had day-glo paints on their faces and UV light on stage and all us dancers and hippies in the audience were in outer space! They were incredible! Hippie bands are the best!
 Honeyman wrote:
Pondrous.
 
Misspelled.
The sound might be dated, but I like the naivety of it

And the message stays as clear as the buddha intended
Few things nowadays manage to get me to divert my attention from what I'm doing to what's coming out of the speakers. This one does. Every single time.
Searching for the CD on Amazon doesn't really help {#Stupid}

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{#Daisy}
Drat.  This band has all but disappeared from the internet.  There is another band out of Atlanta now calling themselves Lost at Last...they look like a local bar cover band.

I've been wanting to grab this full album, but can't find it streaming anywhere, just some used CDs out there.  Darn.
Bollywood mood at RP today !Love it, makes me travel to my wonderfull India
Where can I buy this song?
Waaaaaaaayyyyyyyy tooooo loooooongggggggg
 Proclivities wrote:

Can they really juggle?  

 
Yes, we can.
awesome!
I read the lyrics to husband while listening and we both got chills. Beautiful....
 justin4kick wrote:


 
You are the resevoir of all love :-)

 joelbb wrote:

I thought the English lyrics were just a translation from Hindu.

 

Hindi.  Nobody speaks Hindu.


This is great! {#Clap}
just the music to listen to when laid up on couch!

A selection from Chiitra Neogy's "The Perfumed Garden" would be perfect after this.
 Proclivities wrote:

Can they really juggle?  

 
The earlier post and this one cracks me up. Without a doubt proclivities must be from Chapel Hill.
Cool & groovy, RP! Makes me wanna dig out all my old Ravi Shankar and jam the eternal vibe — at just the right elevation, of course...
Yep, agreed, this sure sounds exactly like Sheila Chandra and Monsoon. Nice nevertheless.
I'm looking forward to the end of this song - really fits the band name...
As mentioned in earlier posts this sure sounds a lot like Sheila Chandra and Monsoon. The vocalist even drifts between English and Hindi. Yeah, this band is inspired by Sheila Chandra and Monsoon.
 Beaker wrote:

Good info!  Thanks!

How and where did you track down the Wyndham Hill info?  I can't find any mention of Lost at Last + Wyndham Hill online. 

 
Found here. Looks like only vinyl.
2002 Burning man, The Wow camp 1:30 am,  Lost at last rolls on stage.. dance for hours... Thanks bill..
 sajitjacob wrote:
Pseudo spiritual westerners can be found everywhere from Oamaru to Oahu, London to Lisbon. They are instantly recognizable in their baggy cotton pajama trousers, ability to juggle and total failure to grasp the true meaning of their own existence.
 
Can they really juggle?  
perky, really good to jump rope to!
 sajitjacob wrote:
Pseudo spiritual westerners can be found everywhere from Oamaru to Oahu, London to Lisbon. They are instantly recognizable in their baggy cotton pajama trousers, ability to juggle and total failure to grasp the true meaning of their own existence.
 
there were a boatload of them in kathmandu
 Beaker wrote:
Sadly, this exact track by Lost at Last doesn't seem to be findable / linkable on Youtube or elsewhere.  Jaya Lakshmi, the vocalist, does have a version of it on her recordings, but it's not the same.  Drat.  And I'd really like to hear the dance mix referenced in a previous comment.

 
I found this online a few months ago, didn't bookmark the site, and then when I wanted to listen to it again, couldn't find it. The version on Jaya Lakshmi's website is the much less interesting "traditional" version. As far as I know, the "dance mix" referenced in an earlier comment is in fact the one that RP plays (i.e. this song).

EDIT: Nope, I was wrong. The dance mix was part of a promotional vinyl 12" EP put out by Wyndham Hill in 2001. Four songs, with the RP version showing up last. The other three are remixes by Bastone & Burnz. You can find it out there physically, but not digitally.
 joelbb wrote:

I thought the English lyrics were just a translation from Hindu.

 
"Hindi", not "Hindu". Hindi is a language. A Hindu is a person who follows Hinduism, which is a religion.
One of my favorite bands of all time, and my favorite song of theirs~ Thank you Bill!
 Boy_Wonder wrote:

Thought it was going to be 'Ever so lonely' - now there's one that ought to be on the RP playlist.
 

 
It sure is!!  RP is where I heard 'Ever So Lonely' first :)
Never gets old.  The dance mix is even catchier / more earworm-y
Om Mane Padme Hum along!


 Nice segue from Mr. Manx who often has an Asian inspired sound to this heretofore unknown to me band. Keep rockin' Bill!


It is... but last play August 2011.... c'mon Bill
 fredriley wrote:
Cool stuff. Reminiscent of Monsoon and Kula Shaker. If you like this, you might also like Delhi to Dublin.

Bill's just told us they're from Hawaii, of all places.'Kinell!

 
Thought it was going to be 'Ever so lonely' - now there's one that ought to be on the RP playlist.
 
 chyk5 wrote:

The lyrics, at least those in English, are horrendous.



 
I thought the English lyrics were just a translation from Hindu.
What a treat to hear Lost At Last here on RP!  We heard them first at Burning Man, and it was quite a show!  The repetition of the mantras Orrin and Shahla just a part of the hypnotic nature of their music- the lyrics don't matter. I guess you either like it or you don't…
 fredriley wrote:
Cool stuff. Reminiscent of Monsoon and Kula Shaker. If you like this, you might also like Delhi to Dublin.

Bill's just told us they're from Hawaii, of all places.'Kinell!

 
I've seen Delhi to Dublin a couple of times live; they put on a heck of a show!
Pseudo spiritual westerners can be found everywhere from Oamaru to Oahu, London to Lisbon. They are instantly recognizable in their baggy cotton pajama trousers, ability to juggle and total failure to grasp the true meaning of their own existence.


 
fredriley wrote:
Cool stuff. Reminiscent of Monsoon and Kula Shaker. If you like this, you might also like Delhi to Dublin.

Bill's just told us they're from Hawaii, of all places.'Kinell!
 


This song is godawful. Really really cheesy.
Good singer! Good fun! Very danceable.
Wow. This is really, really cheesy. And rubbish. 
 Cynaera wrote:
This is really, really GOOD.  Positive, life-affirming.  Yep, Yet another CD to add to my list.  Thanks, RP! {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
 
Your comment here is now so poignant, Ann...  I miss you so much...

rest in peace... 
how does, "yawn", john lennon's song get an 8 plus rating here, while a GODLIKE song, by Lost at Last- Ocean of Mercy and the same for the song before IT, end up with a 5.8 and a 6.0?

lemmings, anyone? it seems that every highly rated song here is by some utterly bore me to death mainstream 80's group, while the artist above and the one following her did mind-blowing songs, and are rated so low?

americans r about the most predictable group in the world, and SO boring. its so bizarre to me. 
Cool stuff. Reminiscent of Monsoon and Kula Shaker. If you like this, you might also like Delhi to Dublin.

Bill's just told us they're from Hawaii, of all places.'Kinell!

The lyrics, at least those in English, are horrendous.


 thaidirect wrote:
The first minute of the song was interesting, but after that, it got really annoying and monotonous. I had to turn the radio off.
 

Ha! I was just about to post the same thing (except I haven't tuned out). 

And now, for no reason, the song speeds up......ugh. 
The first minute of the song was interesting, but after that, it got really annoying and monotonous. I had to turn the radio off.
This is really, really GOOD.  Positive, life-affirming.  Yep, Yet another CD to add to my list.  Thanks, RP! {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
Great segue from PG Mercy Street.
...it seems only natural for peter gabriel always to be followed up by the united colors of benneton...
Likey, Likey!  Thanks RP!
 CaptTofu wrote:
This isn't meant to be Samskrita proficiency nor Indian music, nor "Hindu" (a word not found in any Vedic literature, a misnomer applied to those living in India by conquering Persians who couldn't pronounce the Samskrita word "Sindh"). This song is merely meant to be a nice kirtana singing Krisna's different names, a form of chanting in public popularised by ISKCON, Vaishnava Guadiya Sampradaya. Jai Sri Krsna!
 
sounds like you might need to meditate more, or just get out of your head about it....

 CaptTofu wrote:
This isn't meant to be Samskrita proficiency nor Indian music, nor "Hindu" (a word not found in any Vedic literature, a misnomer applied to those living in India by conquering Persians who couldn't pronounce the Samskrita word "Sindh"). This song is merely meant to be a nice kirtana singing Krisna's different names, a form of chanting in public popularised by ISKCON, Vaishnava Guadiya Sampradaya. Jai Sri Krsna!
 
 I agree, just listen to the song and if your heart is open one crack you can hear the devotional and ecstatic quality. Why not celebrate life? Instead of doing the superior artist critical thing. Bo-ring!
For me, Radio Paradise is a life-affirming station - playing highly charged music. Rock on. 
Namaste...the heads with feet just won't get it, but that's ok. 



I like this song a lot...


They should call this genre "echo wailing"

The album art is really... eh.

But I still like this a little better than Hevia. 

EDIT ADD ON:

Hmmm... it's still going... and the falling in and out time with the beat just doesn't really work. 6 > 4 
 jjbix wrote:
i'd rather hear this every other month or so then hear david byrne drone on and on five times a day!!
 
{#High-five}

xc_para_puravida wrote:
:meditate: Om
ish!
schmaltzy...no less.
:meditate: Om
Hm, the beat and this mind numbing howling girl ruined it for me completely...
i'd rather hear this every other month or so then hear david byrne drone on and on five times a day!!
passsion8 wrote:
If they left out the dance beat, this WOULD be likeable music!
Actually, this is the mainstream version. There is a dance mix out there, too.
Pondrous.
This is just average, I agree it's very similar to other music of the same style. Maybe if I could understand the lyrics I would see some orginality.
If they left out the dance beat, this WOULD be likeable music!
True, but a nice segue from Hevia - also too beat riddled.
bupanishad2012 wrote:
Bollywood strikes again! Why do they all sound ALIKE? (NO political incorrectness intended.)
right. I'm switching over to the less PC SomaFM
Bollywood strikes again! Why do they all sound ALIKE? (NO political incorrectness intended.)
Would be such a 9 if not for the way heavy-handed, obvious lyrics that Lost at Last is so notorious for...
Every day is Ethno-day on RP! If all Hare Krishnas could play like this, airports would be far more pleasant places. prickelpit96 wrote:
Ethno-day on RP? Nice sounds.... :cheesygrin:
Gee folks, I don't know ... she sounds like a weak imitation of Loreena of the Blue Mystery Tent. I wonder what people whose culture is first generation from the places in India where this type of music is common would say about this?
Steven_G wrote:
So I guess the point is - if you liked ABBA when they were big or like rave music now (music with a heavy beat designed to mindlessly dance to for hours) then you'll like this techno-trance version of Indian music. I don't like it nor do I consider it true Indian music. I do love Indian music AND the local curry shop, however. If they left out the dance beat, this WOULD be likeable music!
Good comment. However, there are probably a lot of RP-listeners who don't know that much about Indian music, like myself. I hear this and think: "Cool, that's some great Indian music. Must check out some more of that." I may not like the real thing at all, but this song at least provokes an interest. On the other hand, I hadn't really noticed the bland dance-beat until you mentioned it. I've heard some great songs be ruined with a stupid commercial brain-dead dance-beat, so yeah, I think I know how you feel.
reedifus wrote:
"she pooped de nada" Yes!
:clap:
:puke: :puke: :puke:
\"she pooped de nada\" Yes!
oh, no.... that ending takes the cake.
Ethno-day on RP? Nice sounds.... :cheesygrin:
I was definitely an Indian once.... :bounce:
This isn't meant to be Samskrita proficiency nor Indian music, nor "Hindu" (a word not found in any Vedic literature, a misnomer applied to those living in India by conquering Persians who couldn't pronounce the Samskrita word "Sindh"). This song is merely meant to be a nice kirtana singing Krisna's different names, a form of chanting in public popularised by ISKCON, Vaishnava Guadiya Sampradaya. Jai Sri Krsna!
Blech. Their music has gotten more and more formulaic as time goes by. I find this boring - not very good as Indian music, lifeless as dance music. It's too bad, I played a show with these guys about ten years ago and they had a lot of promise.
oh sufi rama, me like bananna, in alabama....
I didn't like this at first, but it grew on me. There is a place for world fusion and for devotional music with the language of Hindu and tantric religious practice. Glad to hear it again.
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
I just can't stand the sound of Indian music. Your mileage may vary.
shayborg wrote:
This comes close to offending me as a fan of real Indian music... 1.
You are both right. Check this out -
Editorial Reviews Amazon.com A pop-flavored, feel-good pastiche of ethnic techno, this eponymous debut from Maui-based Lost at Last could make them the rave generation's ABBA. This release, which seems to reinforce its danceable notion of global harmony, centers on the capable vocal talents of Jaya Lakshmi (who is more convincing with ethnic dialects than with English), supplemented by a four-man rhythm section; a programmer; and a skilled string player, Deva Priyo. Thumping, beeping paeans to world unity, adorned with Indian, flamenco, and Middle Eastern flourishes and even a stray banjo ("Peyote"), make this diasporic offering likable without being remarkable. The group's sound is likely better appreciated at one of its part-ritual/part-carnival live shows, where costumes, glowing body art, and sideshow characters up the entertainment ante. --Terry Wood
From Amazon.com So I guess the point is - if you liked ABBA when they were big or like rave music now (music with a heavy beat designed to mindlessly dance to for hours) then you'll like this techno-trance version of Indian music. I don't like it nor do I consider it true Indian music. I do love Indian music AND the local curry shop, however. If they left out the dance beat, this WOULD be likeable music!
CanuckBeaker wrote:
Always like hearing this tune. The vocals are terrific partly 'cause the lyrics are ennunciated at a steady pace.
Is it just me or does "steady enunciation" sound like one of those things you come up with when trying to find something nice to say about a song that you really hate?
Look at me....I'm belly dancing! :dancingbanana:
DigitalJer wrote:
Sanskrit's not real?
Her accent on the Sanskrit parts is dreadful, and the rest of the music is practically a parody. Just my opinion.
not so much. :eek:
:motor: A most pleasant musical journey ....
shayborg wrote:
This comes close to offending me as a fan of real Indian music... 1.
Sanskrit's not real?
I just can't stand the sound of Indian music. Your mileage may vary.
This comes close to offending me as a fan of real Indian music... 1.
dat girl can sing!
I'm not feeling it...the vocals on this track are pretty darn weak. Anybody?
huebdoo wrote:
Wow a hypersensitive hippie ... who feels that anyone that has an opinion that differs from them is idiotic - Now that's different... You are right about spelling but really who cares - it got you to put down the tofu and get angry enough to say something
Children, please, this is about enjoying the music, not bashing each other. On that note, I dig this tune :)