So The Journey Goes

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Music and lyrics by Suba Sankaran

So The Journey Goes is an autobiographical song loosely based in the bluesy south Indian Chalanata raga, complete with train rap from a south Indian railway line (Chennai Egmore Central Station to Erode Junction).

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I’m Leaving Chennai Station, my bags are all packed,
A personal migration, get back, get back!
I’m looking at the people who stare back at me,
About to start the journey of self-discovery,

How do they see my differences with the same dress and skin?
How do they know me as a foreign alien?

Now I hear that train a-hummin’, I’ve got to move on,
I just can’t help but singing this song, it goes along, like this:

Chalanata Blues are gonna get you
if you never choose to speak your mind out loud,
Different isn’t wrong, just a new and precious song
you should sing so strong and proud,
Riding’ on the rails of life,
Railway crossing: ease and strife
Your mind’s your voice for every choice,
So the journey goes.

So the journey goes…

Embarkation is at Chennai Egmore Central Station,
Mambalam, Thambaram, Chengalpattu, Maduranthakam,
Milmaruvatur, Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli junction,
Kottayam, Thiruvalla, Chenganur, Kodumudi, Erode Junction.

The landscape’s rolling by now with a whispering wind,
Why do they rarely stop and just drink it all in?
If hearts are worn on sleeves, maybe our souls walk our paths,
And spirits start to soar only when egos are trashed.

Experience is teacher, religion and muse,
For worse or better, it is the course that I choose,
Now I’m heading for that junction, destination unknown,
This journey is a function of finding my home…

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from So The Journey Goes, released January 3, 2007
Suba Sankaran-voice, body percussion
Rich Brown-bass
Mark McLean-drums
Debashis Sinha-multikit, body percussion
Ed Hanley-tabla, body percussion
Kevin Breit-guitar
George Koller-dilruba

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