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"Kathmandu Sally"

”Let Nepal Be Your Wake Up Call” Hello Gentlemen – It’s as heartrending a time as it is a heartwarming one, and every time I try to write something about past Nepali visits, I falter. The balance between really personal and radically appropriate is a feeble one these days, so I’m simply going to re-share read more..

 

”Let Nepal Be Your Wake Up Call”

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Hello Gentlemen –

It’s as heartrending a time as it is a heartwarming one, and every time I try to write something about past Nepali visits, I falter. The balance between really personal and radically appropriate is a feeble one these days, so I’m simply going to re-share a treat of a tribute to some things Nepalese – and, particularly, Kathmanduan.

I relished writing song lyrics when I was an adolescent. And, like most children, I cherished sound play and rhyme – especially when tied to tried-and-true positive messages. As a man in his early 30s on the back of a motorbike, holding onto my friend, Chandra, with diesel fuel blowing in our faces and all those close calls of countless kinds as we made the journey from Nawalpur Village back to Kathmandu – kilometer after heady kilometer of being in my own head space, I came to hear a chorus of wide-eyed white people filling that space with a sing-songy “What can you do, Sally? It’s the Kathmandu Valley!” as I contemplated my many privileges and caved into childhood passions that Nepal recalled.

And, reflecting on those punctuated junctures in “the middle of the ‘Top of the World,’” I’m experiencing this time of life as similarly “full stop – to full circle.”

So please enjoy “Kathmandu Sally,” my ditty-of-a-love-letter to a city that broadened and bettered me, which a friend and I recorded this past August in KTM, along with my personal photo album “Kickin’ it in the Kathmandu Valley” from that fateful first trip to Nepal.

Be heartened, hope-filled, and compassionate with yourselves, Men Alive! And, fellow Sallys, let’s more and more come to accept the gift of messiness in a given moment.

Warmly,

Adam

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“Kathmandu Sally”

(Take one)

Sally came to Kathmandu
At 7pm, like it was 1972

What can you do, Sally?
It’s the Kathmandu Valley
Diesel fuel is gonna blow in your face
What shall we do, brother?
Sally’s somehow or other
Gonna get what she can outta this place

Sally cast off Kathmandu
At just after Noon, got a 21st-century view

Well, I was raised outside of Kalamazoo
Where my mind made it to the outskirts of Tippecanoe
With a privileged passport, I was a no-can-do
When it came to pushing past what I knew in Timbuktu
Then I went from full stop –
To full circle
Here in Kathmandu
And here in the middle of the Top of the World, where I stand
I proclaim that the more you accept, the more you’re gonna expand
And I say if you think you know it all
Let Nepal be your wake up call
Because you are Sally
And I am you
And the whole wide world could be a Kathmandu
So take the most of what’s been given
And share the best of the life that you’ve been livin’

What can you do, Sally?
In this chaotic valley
Life’s gonna blindside you the more you live
What shall we do, lover?
Sally’s gone undercover
To see what’s to gain and what she can give

Sally comes to Kathmandu
The time is right now, and it’s an opportune one too

Add a Response 8 thoughts on ““Kathmandu Sally”

  1. Dear Adam:

    There are men whose destiny is to lead the flock into a better place for all. Your effort to help those in need deserves my sincere respect and admiration and above all, my unrestricted collaboration.

  2. Serious and compelling stuff;
    both contemplative and suggestive.
    I was tantalized in thought by all that I gleaned from this “ditty”. Would love to see the sentence “I proclaim…accept….expand” developed more. May I suggest that the more we don’t accept, may also lead to expansion – that accompanied by your “be heartened, hope-filled and compassionate with ourselves” may actually lead to great actions for ourselves and others.
    Adam. I loved this piece. I could write for days what I felt and received as I read it multiple times. You are a MAN among Men. Keep to going.

    • Acceptance is a multi-faceted concept indeed, dear man. To accept that what is, simply is – is one thing. To accept so much – too much! – for yourself is quite another. 🙂 Thank you for these kind words, and I’m glad “Kathmandu Sally” took you on a little personal journey of universal expansiveness. 😉 Adam

  3. Fun song.Serious, too. Charming lyrics. Wavering pitch? Beautiful, coming, as it does, from a young man with an unwavering heart. You are holding an entire village in your arms, right now, Adam. Take care of yourself. And keep on keeping on.

  4. Hi Adam,

    I listened to this the first time you posted, such a great song/poem, feelings about the area and now even more telling about life. Much love and support to all.

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