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Donovan — Barabajagal
Album: Barabajagal
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:15
Plays (last 30 days): 3
She came, she came to meet a man, she found an angel.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now.

He very wise in the herbal lore 's got young cure now.
She came, she came to free the pain with his wild flower.

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now.

Fine fine, fine fine Acelandine be prepared for her.
Tea tea, tea tea to make her free while incense burned.

In love pool eyes float feathers after the struggle.
The hopes burst and shot joy all through the mind
Sorrow more distant than a star.
Multi colour run down over your body,
Then the liquid passing all into all
Love is hot truth is molten.

True true, true true the song he sang her while the leaves cooked
Ting ting, ting little bell he rang her, sleepily she looked.
He filled, he filled a leather cup, holding her gaze
She took, she took a little sip while this song he sang:

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now.

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was his name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name,
Was my name, was my name,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now,
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.

Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal was my name now.
Goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal
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I'll have what he's having
This is about doing drugs....right? :D
 Steely_D wrote:

Yes, the Going For the One tour. When he sang...."Hail Atlantis"...I got chills. It was a great show and he'd recorded a really good album at that point, too.

when he sang "Hail Atlantis", my friend or I would ping the needle in an early, young adolescent variation of 'The Gong Show'. We laughed our asses off

Damn never heard of this Donovan sing before, pretty catchy
 rhlrstn wrote:

Sorry I didn't catch it.. what's his name now?



ALEXA!
Sorry I didn't catch it.. what's his name now?
 On_The_Beach wrote:
(from Wiki)
Selected personnel:
Jeff Beck – Guitar
John Paul Jones - Bass
Aynsley Dunbar – Drums
Nicky Hopkins – Keyboards
Rod Stewart – Vocals
Ron Wood – Guitar
 
That is quite the slice of modern rock music history there.
Fun!
Donovan is far more Scottish than I realised.
Anyone who thinks he "palled around with Bob Dylan " should watch  Don't Look Back.  He plays Bob some weedy little ditty, only to be utterly destroyed by Bob playing Baby Blue in response. It is an epic put down.
 kingart wrote:

A theme song for the influence of ayahuasca, peyote or some such.
Who or what is Acelandine?
 

I think it's a type of Poppy plant
Anyway don't touch the Datura
Cool  "Lost 45" from 1969; not typical Donovan
I'm a Donovan fan. This track is an acquired taste. Quite likely as with so many of that era to have been composed and/or performed with better living through chemistry.
A theme song for the influence of ayahuasca, peyote or some such.
Who or what is Acelandine?
Just really annoying to my ears. so many better Donovan songs out there.
Not sure about this one, but he's had enough good songs to warrant respect.  Plus hard to really dislike his mellow, sometimes simple, psychedelic yet catchy tunes which sometimes are pretty jamming.  Similar to some other posters, I saw him as a one-man act (in NYC around 1990), but that didn't diminish his talent.  I have fond memories of this concert and I put it up there as one of my fav's; perhaps because it was a small bar-like venue with tables, drinks and eats (and my girl with me of course), and I couldn't believe how intimate it was with a famous guy like this (compared to my usual nose-bleed venues).
 
I remember seeing Luna couple of years ago in Detroit and was similarly good because of a small venue (although based on the turnout I doubt they'll be back).  Anyway, I guess you have to pick relatively unknowns or wait till they are not so popular any longer (or catch them before they are famous). 
 coloradojohn wrote:
DONOVAN:  Way ahead of his time, and right in the thick of it, too, at the same time! He hob-nobbed with Beck, co-wrote songs and partied mightily with the Beatles from England to India, palled around with Bob Dylan, wrote amazing poetry, set to such lovely music, still plays a mean guitar, still sings and invokes legends and myths, still jokes about mad searches for missing hashish, still  WOW
 
Well put. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
DONOVAN:  Way ahead of his time, and right in the thick of it, too, at the same time! He hob-nobbed with Beck, co-wrote songs and partied mightily with the Beatles from England to India, palled around with Bob Dylan, wrote amazing poetry, set to such lovely music, still plays a mean guitar, still sings and invokes legends and myths, still jokes about mad searches for missing hashish, still  WOW
 

 BrightonGuy wrote:
As an Englishman, I humbly beseech you, to never again attempt to remind me of this shameless, would-be British Bob Dylan, churning out lyrics of utter gibberish (this song being an excruciating example) and allow me to forget this embarrassing (but likeable) aberration. I thank you. Good evening.
 

FYI, Scotland is north of England. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
(from Wiki)
Selected personnel:
Jeff Beck – Guitar
John Paul Jones - Bass
Aynsley Dunbar – Drums
Nicky Hopkins – Keyboards
Rod Stewart – Vocals
Ron Wood – Guitar

 
WOW who knew..thanks

Goo Goo Banana Jackal!

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There is power in the silly.
DONOVAN:  Way ahead of his time, and right in the thick of it, too, at the same time! He hob-nobbed with Beck, co-wrote songs and partied mightily with the Beatles from England to India, palled around with Bob Dylan, wrote amazing poetry, set to such lovely music, still plays a mean guitar, still sings and invokes legends and myths, still jokes about mad searches for missing hashish, still  WOW
Songs like Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman put Donovan on the map; they were great songs to get high to. But that's about all. He was in the right place at the right time, and got a much better ride from it than his talent merited. Decades later, I saw him co-headline the Kate Wolf Festival with a TRUE GENIUS, RICHARD THOMPSON. Thompson put him to shame. 
 Too bad Donovan and most annoying lyrics ever are there too.

Zep wrote:

Holy crap! 

 


Saw Donovan in Hartford CT in 1969. One of the best concerts ever. No backing band, just him and his Gibson. Wonderful. 
And to think, he could have been a contender.

A contemporary note, the 'Stones were doing this sort of OOh OOh backing schtuff at the time.
 BrightonGuy wrote:
As an Englishman, I humbly beseech you, to never again attempt to remind me of this shameless, would-be British Bob Dylan, churning out lyrics of utter gibberish (this song being an excruciating example) and allow me to forget this embarrassing (but likeable) aberration. I thank you. Good evening.

 
I'll give that comment  big YEP!
Never liked Donovan and never wilL

jjtwister 
 gilesclone wrote:
Some time in the seventies, several years after Donovan's heyday I saw him as a lead-in act for somebody (don't even remember).  Some of the crowd booed (because he was nothing musically related to the main act).  But I was blown away.  To this day I've never seen a better stage performance.
 
Yes, the Going For the One tour. When he sang...."Hail Atlantis"...I got chills. It was a great show and he'd recorded a really good album at that point, too.

Of course, it's easy to draw a straight line between him and Jon Anderson. They're very similar.
 gjr wrote:
this sounds like something off sesame street or electric company

 
You must be around 21 yrs old
 Zep wrote:

Holy crap! 

 
Actually, wiki today says:
PersonnelDonovan – guitar, vocalsJeff Beck - guitarRonnie Wood – bassMadeline Bell – backing vocalsMicky Waller – drumsLesley Duncan - backing vocalsNicky Hopkins – keyboards

 Never know what to believe.
Love it, and just about anything by Donovan.  JB certainly a plus.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
(from Wiki)
Selected personnel:
Jeff Beck – Guitar
John Paul Jones - Bass
Aynsley Dunbar – Drums
Nicky Hopkins – Keyboards
Rod Stewart – Vocals
Ron Wood – Guitar

 
Holy crap! 
Gotta say something good about this one. Gotta make sure it gets played again. Great fun stuff.
(from Wiki)
Selected personnel:
Jeff Beck – Guitar
John Paul Jones - Bass
Aynsley Dunbar – Drums
Nicky Hopkins – Keyboards
Rod Stewart – (backing) Vocals
Ron Wood – Guitar
this sounds like something off sesame street or electric company
As an Englishman, I humbly beseech you, to never again attempt to remind me of this shameless, would-be British Bob Dylan, churning out lyrics of utter gibberish (this song being an excruciating example) and allow me to forget this embarrassing (but likeable) aberration. I thank you. Good evening.
 Alpine wrote:
Man, sounds like you folks are hearing more then what I hear on these two little Dell speakers.
 
.... or the two micro-speakers on my iPhone.
Yup, this is one smokin' tune!
For a guy with the original New Age Rep, this cut smokes.  Of course, it's Jeff Beck that makes it cook.  "Love is hot, Beck is molten!"
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I never even knew how to spell this in print until recently! Duh.
 

 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I never even knew how to spell this in print until recently! Duh.
 
How do you pronounce it?! 
Wow. And here I always thought he was saying "Barabajagal"  {#Eyes}
As Austin Powers would say...
Grooooooovy, Baby! 
Donovan could have such fun, but the best part of this song has always been Beck's guitar.
I never even knew how to spell this in print until recently! Duh.
 Hannio wrote:

...
 but a great part of musical enjoyment is when a song settles into a nice groove without needing to hurry off somewhere.

 
That is the best expression of why I truly love any song.  My lament was always that many songs were not long enough, not too short.

Dear Ziggytrix:  Yeah, that would have been either "window pane" or "orange double barrel" not commercially available at this time
 fingerpin wrote:
I do believe that's Robert Plant singing in the background. You can hear him especially at the end.   {#Music}
 

I thought I heard Plant too but Wikipedia makes no mention of him on this song... however, "The instrumentation is provided by the Jeff Beck Group"... i can't imagine that Beck and Plant were doing much work together in 1969... I think that was the begininng of Beck's bitter period

 ziggytrix wrote:

I'd imagine anyone on LSD of any quality listening to this song would likely freak the !@#$ out.

 
Which isn't to say I don't enjoy the song!

 jhorton wrote:
Apparently, the LSD quality necessary to make this sound good, is no longer available.
 
I'd imagine anyone on LSD of any quality listening to this song would likely freak the !@#$ out.

And I thought New Pornographers were annoying.
Fun, funky and not so serious - great antidote for the preachy barking of the Midnight Oil sermon previous.
Stop trying to raise my consciousness, it took decades to have it just the way I like it
Oh! So that's how you spell it! Donovan rocks!
this is just awful.
Apparently, the LSD quality necessary to make this sound good, is no longer available.


I really like this Barabajagal! {#Mrgreen}
Always liked Donovan back in the day, need to hike over to iTunes or Amazon and see what's available.
Gogol Bordellojagal?
{#Roflol}{#Dancingbanana}{#Roflol}{#Dancingbanana}
I do believe that's Robert Plant singing in the background. You can hear him especially at the end.   {#Music}
Love is hot!  {#Sunny}
jimshome wrote:
'Twas Brillo, and the G.E. Stoves,
Did Procter-Gamble in the Glade;
All Pillsbury were the Taystee loaves
And in a Minute Maid.

Is that from JabberMOCKy? {#Lol}{#Roflol}
Rick Fragazies basement straining Grandma Frags' home made wine with our teeth. Ah.... to be 14 again!!

Annoying.
 rickhoran wrote:
we need a bong smiley. It would be appropriate here.
 
    {#Lol}
Psychedelijagal man!
 WhiteWater wrote:

 I've been rethinking my opinion of Donovan with the tracks I keep hearing on RP.

 
me too

stupid and repetitive.
 AdyMiles wrote:
bizarre song. too repetitive at end
 

That seems to be a favorite criticism for you.  I find it odd to criticize music as too repetitive.  I guess it can be in the extreme, but a great part of musical enjoyment is when a song settles into a nice groove without needing to hurry off somewhere.

Nice toones! Like sooo much!
 WhiteWater wrote:

Perhaps that was a Yes concert. I recall having 4th row seats to Yes back in the 70s and thinking it was bizarre that Donovan was touring with them. I didn't boo, but I've never been a fan. But that's just based on the tracks of his that got commercial airplay. I've been rethinking my opinion of Donovan with the tracks I keep hearing on RP. I still don't get the Donovan / Yes connection, however...
 

In the early 80's ('81 perhaps? Sometime around there...) Donovan toured with Yes and opened for them. I was less than enthusiastic about having to 'suffer' through his performace to hear my blessed 'Yes', but the crowd and myself were blown away by a great performance. Again and again, life seems to have to remind you that preconceived notions are BS. {#Foot-in-mouth}

 gilesclone wrote:
Some time in the seventies, several years after Donovan's heyday I saw him as a lead-in act for somebody (don't even remember).  Some of the crowd booed (because he was nothing musically related to the main act).  But I was blown away.  To this day I've never seen a better stage performance.

 
Perhaps that was a Yes concert. I recall having 4th row seats to Yes back in the 70s and thinking it was bizarre that Donovan was touring with them. I didn't boo, but I've never been a fan. But that's just based on the tracks of his that got commercial airplay. I've been rethinking my opinion of Donovan with the tracks I keep hearing on RP. I still don't get the Donovan / Yes connection, however...


Sooooooo groovy.
bizarre song. too repetitive at end
Some time in the seventies, several years after Donovan's heyday I saw him as a lead-in act for somebody (don't even remember).  Some of the crowd booed (because he was nothing musically related to the main act).  But I was blown away.  To this day I've never seen a better stage performance.

 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Wow, that's JB? Then I would guess that's Nicky Hopkins on the keyboard. Excellent trivia!

 
I think the whole Jeff Beck Group is on this track, including Ronnie Wood (though I don't think it's Aynsley Dunbar on drums).
It's unexpected to hear 2 Donovan tunes in the same day here.


The first big concert that I ever went to was Donovan at Madison Sq Garden and this was the song that was getting airplay, boy that was along time ago.
 jagdriver wrote:
After all these years, I had no idea that Jeff Beck was on this track.... not something the AM radio DJs ever cared to mention.
 
Wow, that's JB? Then I would guess that's Nicky Hopkins on the keyboard. Excellent trivia!

After all these years, I had no idea that Jeff Beck was on this track.... not something the AM radio DJs ever cared to mention.
NeilBlanchard wrote:
Hello, Sounds fine on my AKG K24P headphones on the 192kb stream -- are you referring to the symbol hits, maybe? Sincerely, Neil
Man, sounds like you folks are hearing more then what I hear on these two little Dell speakers.
Hello, ce wrote:
Nice ssssssssssssssssong, but quite a lot of hisssssssss in the background. Ripped from Vinyl?
Sounds fine on my AKG K24P headphones on the 192kb stream -- are you referring to the symbol hits, maybe? Sincerely, Neil
rickhoran wrote:
we need a bong smiley. It would be appropriate here.
we need a bong smiley. It would be appropriate here.
It's great to hear something like this on radio. I've got it on LP long time ago.
Wow, this brings back some memories!
Diamond_Dog wrote:
Lucky you! I have always had the highest admiration for him and now, yes, Astrella Celeste , lovely girl!
Here is another of Mr. Leitch's daughters, Ione Skye: I don't recall hearing this tune before but I like it quite well.
crinky wrote:
Just saw Donovan playing live on stage with his daughter on PBS last night. He can still play the guitar well but his singing has suffered with age.
Lucky you! I have always had the highest admiration for him and now, yes, Astrella Celeste , lovely girl!
Just saw Donovan playing live on stage with his daughter on PBS last night. He can still play the guitar well but his singing has suffered with age.
jimshome wrote:
'Twas Brillo, and the G.E. Stoves, Did Procter-Gamble in the Glade; All Pillsbury were the Taystee loaves And in a Minute Maid.
Are you a walrus or a carpenter?
Could have been released yesterday. Check out 'Cosmic Wheel'.
jimshome wrote:
'Twas Brillo, and the G.E. Stoves, Did Procter-Gamble in the Glade; All Pillsbury were the Taystee loaves And in a Minute Maid.
hee
Saw him as the opening act for Yes many years ago. He could (and should) have been the headline act. Seriously underrated artist in the US.
DebateG wrote:
Oh wait! You said Barabjagal...
'Twas Brillo, and the G.E. Stoves, Did Procter-Gamble in the Glade; All Pillsbury were the Taystee loaves And in a Minute Maid.
What was his name?
Mari wrote:
always one of my favs
... yes mari! right on!
always one of my favs
Never in a million years would I have guessed this was Donovan.
wirefixer wrote:
Like it, sure ain't mellow!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Electrical banana Goin' to be the very next phase They call me mellow yellow
so that's why it's groovin' so: Woody on bass! bergjr wrote:
Great tune, he had the Jeff Beck Group back him on this song
Like it, sure ain't mellow!
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
Oh wait! You said Barabjagal...
I was expecting to hear "It's your thang, do whatchawannadoo", but was pleasantly surprised. I've not heard this before - thanks again for expanding my horizons, RP.
Mari wrote:
How else, but who cares, these old Donovan songs deserve a hearin' for this (my) generation, dig the accent and the accents, this man rocks! Bill, I'm really impressed I'm goin' on holidaze soon an' my Old Man has every Donovan record on vinyl and a new record player to boot! Woo! Can't wait to hear ém all again.
ce wrote:
Nice ssssssssssssssssong, but quite a lot of hisssssssss in the background. Ripped from Vinyl?
How else, but who cares, these old Donovan songs deserve a hearin' for this (my) generation, dig the accent and the accents, this man rocks! Bill, I'm really impressed I'm goin' on holidaze soon an' my Old Man has every Donovan record on vinyl and a new record player to boot! Woo! Can't wait to hear ém all again.
Nice ssssssssssssssssong, but quite a lot of hisssssssss in the background. Ripped from Vinyl?
Barabajagal... I always wondered what word he was singing. Now all I gotta do is figure out if it means anything.
bergjr wrote:
Great tune, he had the Jeff Beck Group back him on this song
And is that a young R. Plant on second vocal? Sure sounds like him.
What a fun little tune!
What a quirky little classic that is always a joy for me to hear.
Great tune, he had the Jeff Beck Group back him on this song
Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean that other people don't. I'm sure that there are songs that you like a lot that others can't stand. *It takes all kinds* Grow up, how old are you? Probably older than I....that's sad.