”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..
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.
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
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