Ukraine Rainbow 2009

These are some of the songs I’ve written about the rainbow gatherings.

When I first started going to rainbows I wasn’t sure if I really belonged. I didn’t have dreadlocks, I didn’t know reiki and I got bored listening to bhajans.

But when others joined with me in laughing about these things in my songs, I realised I could make fun of the rainbow and still be part of it.

Spirituality ends the moment we start taking ourselves too seriously…

You can download the songs in mp3 or listen to them below. And if you feel like playing them you can find the chords in the Alternative Rainbow songbook!

Rainbow Loving

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaHzgzIhVIA

(boys) Rainbow Loving, it’s a love fest,
(girls) Sisters and Brothers, it’s like incest,
(boys) Met a girl with her own teepee,
(girls) He had dreads down to his feet,
(both) Rainbow Romance, singing bhajans
and heart chakras rotating fast,

(boys) Tell me more, tell me more, did you make her some massage?
(girls) Tell me more, tell me more, did he open his heart?
(both) Hari om, hari om, hari om, hari hari,
Hari om, hari om, hari ommmmmm

(boys) She showed me how to control my mind,
(girls) He told me my mayan sign,
(boys) She said the answers were deep inside myself,
(girls) Said he’d love me ’til 2012,
(both) Rainbow Love, naked in the sun,
surrounded by the family,

(girls) Tell me more, tell me more, did he have lice in his dreads?
(boys) Tell me more, tell me more, did she have hair on her legs?
(both) Hari om, hari om, hari om, hari hari,
Hari om, hari om, hari ommmmmm

(boys) Things got steamy down by the sweat lodge,
(girls) I said ‘no sex’ ’til he had a wash,
(boys) She was a goddess, yeah she was in tune,
(girls) My period came with the full moon,
(both) Rainbow Sex, chakras connect
and nowhere to buy condoms,

(boys) Tell me more, tell me more, did she know some tantra?
(girls) Tell me more, tell me more, did you make love under the stars?
(both) Hari om, hari om, hari om, hari hari,
Hari om, hari om, hari ommmmmm

(boys) No attachment, I had to meditate,
(girls) The I ching told me we had to separate,
(boys) We parted with gifts of flowers.
(girls) Our farewell hug lasted an hour,
(both) Rainbow Love, better than drugs,

Our hearts one in the fa-m-i-ly,
This is Sacred,

Hippy Rehab

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NnD3MN6KCk

When you’re feeling negative
And you’ve run out of reasons to live,
When your heart is blocked and your feelings are locked,
Get down to some hippy rehab

When your head is full of fears,
And you’re living neither now nor here,
When you’re tearing out your hair and you’ve forgot how to share,
Get down to some hippy rehab.

Oh, you’ll get bitten by bugs, You’ll get kisses and hugs,
Walk everywhere barefeet and say Ommmmmm before you eat
Oh, you can grow your dreads, do your birth chart,
Then go make your bed, out under the stars,

So grab your guitar,
And a bag full of marijuana,
And go with the flow down to the rainbow
And get some hippy rebab (that’s rehabilitation!),
And get some hippy rehab.

Let’s Go to Babylon

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxvOiO4OfLg

The Rainbow is where it’s at, I don’t doubt that
But today I could do without,
I’m sick of bhajans and shamans in trance
And all the freaks are freaking me out,
Pots of brown rice and falling head lice
Dropping out and turning on,
Baby, let’s go jump in the van and go to Babylon,

We could eat some meat, and watch some tv
And drink beer in a bar,
Then go to a club, dance to some dub
And take drugs that are design-ar,
I’ll act cool and I know that you’ll
Dress up like an atomic bomb,
Baby, go put your crystals away, we’re going to Babylon,

We can meditate another day,
Let’s go see how the city folks live,
Turn on the mobile, send some email,
Plug into the Matrix,
I’m sick of bug bites and candle light
and though the Rainbow is where we belong,
Baby, let’s take a break for a day, and go to Babylon.

Om Namah Shivaya, Life Goes Ommmmm

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVa1FnE1xCQ

Shanti met Maya by the main tipi,
Maya she was singing bhajans,
Shanti says to Maya I like the way you sing
And Maya says this as she takes him by the hand,

Om namah shivaya, life goes Om, hey!
Lalalalalalala, life goes Om,
Om namah shivaya, life goes Om, hey!
Lalalalalalala, life goes Om!

Shanti married Maya after magic hat,
the family gathered around,
the light of the rainbow in their eyes
and everywhere you could hear the sound:

chorus

In a couple of years they build their own tipi,
Do the festivals in a volkswagen van,
and make their own rainbow family…

Shanti plays guitar for the magic hat,
Maya lets the children lend a hand,
All day long Shanti digs big shit pits
and in the evening Maya still sings her bhajans,

Oh namah Shivaya, life goes Om, hey,
lalalalalala, life goes Om,
Oh namah Shivaya, life goes Om, hey,
lalalalalala, life goes Om…
and if you want some love, hahahaha,
sing Om namah Shivaya, hey!

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUqAsrGXxSE

Well, I went down to the food circle,
Begging bowl in my hand,
I saw they where serving porridge,
I said oh no, not again, man,

But you can’t always get what you want,
No, you can’t always get what you want,
Say, you can’t always get what you want,
But if you try sometimes,
You just might find,
You get what you need, yeah, you get what you need,

I saw her today by the main teepee,
She had flowers braided in her hair,
She was practiced at the art of reiki,
Well, I could tell by her aura, yeah,

I said let’s go down to the river,
You know, we could get naked and swim,
But along came this real cool fire dancer,
and she went away to swim with him,

Chorus

I went down to see the shaman,
Said, oh shaman, make my wishes come true,
He said, oh but it’s all written in the stars, man,
not much is really up to you,
I said don’t give me none of that bullshit,
see, I create my reality,
But the shaman he just started laughing,
Lit his pipe and handed it to me, and he said,

Chorus

Rainbow Rock

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZbC8EbPP_c

Come on, daddy, don’t you be square,
If you want to be a hippy, better grow your hair,
Get a piercing or a tattoo,
But it’s what you got inside that makes you cool,

Let’s rock, everybody let’s rock,
Whether you’re a hippie or not,
Come dancing to the Rainbow Rock,

Now I’m not a Hindu, you understand,
But I got nothing against no bhajan,
Singing mantras puts you into trance,
but it’s not what you want when you want to dance,

Let’s rock, everybody let’s rock,
Whether you’re a Hindu or not,
Come dancing to the Rainbow Rock,

Yeah dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing to the Rainbow Rock,
Dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing to the Rainbow Rock,
Dance until you drop, yes, dancing to that Rainbow Rock,

Now if you believe in demons or angels with wings,
well, hippies will believe just about anything,
Leave your soap at home, oh my, oh gosh,
In the Rainbow no one needs to wash,

Let’s rock, everybody let’s rock,
Whether you wash or not, come on and dance to the Rainbow Rock

The Beneficio Song

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXxf_7iPVzg

Living in the city can be quite shitty
when all you want is some fresh air,
Or maybe you’ve been on the road for too long
And you want to rest somewhere,
There’s no rent in a tepee,
in Beneficio,

Where everyone walks with bare feet,
And they say Om before they eat,
You want to be where you can see,
people going with the flow,
You want to go where the good
Ganja grows,

When the reiki just aint working,
Maybe you lost your touch,
If you can’t remember your mantra
And the ganja costs too much,
Go where you can grow your own, In Beneficio,

Where everyone loves to get high,
And you can let your freak flags fly,
You want to go where people know,
The words to the bhajans,
You want to go where nobody,
Makes plans,

So if you want to make babies
Or grow marijuana,
Pregnancy and THC
Are the valley’s karma,
Up in the mountains of Spain, in Beneficio,

Where everyone walks with bare feet,
And they say Om before they eat,
You want to be where you can see,
People going with the flow,
You want to go, where the good ganja
Grows,

Mexican Medicine

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfZBXhsfLX8

Last night I drank some San Pedro,
The shaman made the tea, a holy ceremony,
All the way from Mexico, took me where I longed to go,
How I love that morning glow, te quiero San Pedro,
Mother Earth beneath our feet, and smoking holy leaves,
Magic in all that we see, a Mexican medicine,

A naked crowd in the sweat lodge,
Holy herbs to purify, open the door before I die,
Singing bhajans in the dark, songs to open the heart,
And trying hard not to fart, oh San Pedo,
The next day dying of heat, while everyone makes their speech,
And all I can think is when do I eat, a Mexican medicine,

Oh, I want to feel like I did that night,
With the Great Spirit guiding us to the light,
The magic that is in the cactus,
Helps us love the life and the life to love us,

And we ate paste of peyote,
Grandfather, oh abuelo, told us what we longed to know,
Froze my ass off through the night, then by the morning light,
We all got the feeling right, oh, Peyote!
4 spoons of cold, black guck, feeling strange in the gut,
And trying hard not to throw up, a Mexican medicine

Chorus

Oh, last night we drank some San Pedro….

Come Together, Family

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsVwO-2Wci8

Check your email, get the map and directions,
Grab your guitar, hitchhike 500 miles,
In the rainbow you’re never alone,
You know you’ve got there when you hear ‘welcome home’,
Hey little brother, we’re of the same blood, yeah,

Hey little sister, oh how I’ve missed ya,
I and I means you and me,
One thing I can tell you is you’ve got to be free,
come together, right now, family,

Get water for the kitchen, get wood for the fire,
better relax ‘cos nothing’s under control,
go with the flow, no need to fear it,
all is in the hands of the Great Spirit,
Put the colour of the rainbow, all together,
and you get one bright,shining light,
The rainbow’s a tribe, you can belong if you like,
Babylon’s nothing but a state of mind,
So come together, right now, family,
Yes, come together, right now, family

Be a Colour in My Rainbow

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFtghMOrMvo

You could be my colour of blue,
like the sea I dive into you,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,
You could be my colour of red,
like the blood rushing to my head,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,

My life is lit by the light of the ones that I love,
do-do-do-doo, do-do-do-doo, do-doo-do-doo-do
My life is lit by the light of the ones that I love,
do-do-do-doo, do-do-do-doo, do-doo-do-doo-do

You could be my colour of brown,
sentimental autumn leaves falling down,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,
You could be my colour of pink,
kiss all night ’til our lips synch,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,

chorus

You could be my colour of green,
making love in spring time fields,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,
You could be my colour of yellow,
sunlight making me soft and mellow,
Be a colour, be a colour, be a colour in my rainbow,

Alternative Magic Hat Song

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBr6cRjYtn8

Magic people,
How about that?
Put your magic money in the
magic hat,
The magic hat is holy
but it aint got no holes,
Puts magic food in your magic bowls,

Magic moments,
Magic meals,
We all know how good
the magic feels,
The magic don’t just
grow on trees,
The magic comes from
you and me,