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  • Prisoner of the Sky
  • Reaching out for You
  • Simply Surrender
  • Song for Valmiki
  • Sooner or Later
  • Soul for All Seasons
  • Spiritual
  • Sridhama Mayapur
  • Supreme Abode
  • The Chant
  • The Kind and the Sweeper
  • Tired and True
  • Transcendental Man
  • Try to Understand
  • When oh When
  • Village People
  • Zurich Swing

PRISON OF THE SKY

Words by Anjana Dasa
Music by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Just like a bird I flew in a dream
Through the sky above the sea
With a terrible roar I said to myself
"Feel how it is to be free"
Just then a voice inside my brain
said with an untiring sigh
"You may be as free as a bird
but you're a Prisoner Of The Sky"

The astronaut in a rocketship
Looks like a sardine in a can
Ten thousand tons of hardware move
At the slightest touch of his hand
He's free he thinks from gravity
He can kill with a blink of his eye
He may be as free as a bird
But he's a Prisoner Of The Sky

The driving man flies down the road
At a million miles per year
He's free he thinks from violent death
That lingers oh so near
Even he flies off the road
In a fiery crash and doesn't die
He may be as free as a bird
But he's a Prisoner Of The Sky

The cannons of America have fired a final vow
The shells of men must prop up again
The fallen sacred cow
We must have a free democracy
Our flag must always fly
We may be as free as the birds
But we're still Prisoners Of The Sky

As I say these words I feel myself to be
Inadequate at best
I've told you only of the freedom
That cannot pass my test
God, who gave us life and all
Can free us by and by
He alone can free our souls
From the Prison Of The Sky

REACHING OUT FOR YOU

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Everywhere I look I only see despair
There's a wave of discontentment hanging in the air
Everyone seems haunted by the ghost of eternal time
Strange creatures, aliens and goblins running 'round my mind

I'm reaching out for you Lord, won't you help me on my way
Don't want to have to lie down in the bed I've made
You know I need your mercy, I hope it's not too late
I know that only you can turn the hand of fate

Still somehow or other I think that I'll enjoy
Find myself in the hand of a woman dancing like a little toy
Now I am stuck at the bottom of a deep dark well
when I make it out of here I doubt if anyone could tell

I'm reaching out for you Lord, won't you help me on my way
Don't want to have to lie down in the bed I've made
You know I need your mercy, you know it all too well
I know that only you can save me from this

Yes I would agree it's time for a change
Anyone can see it's not the same anymore
with Kali-yuga knocking at my door

We're being pumped full of chemicals, overtaxed and underpaid
Still the president has got the nerve to tell us “Don't be afraid”
Makes me want to leave the city, go to the woods and disappear
I'm just wondering how long it'll be till I get out of here

Reaching out for you 
Reaching out for you 
Reaching out for you Lord
Reaching out for you

SIMPLY SURRENDER

Words by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Music by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

With age I am humbled, deprived of success
I weep as my hollow life leads me to death
Lamenting the decades of unpardoned strife
I hereby submit the sad tale of my life

Alive in the womb of unbearable night
I lay in a bag with no air and no light
Then pushed from the darkness in shock and in pain
A network of fantasy had covered my brain

I Simply Surrender, no more will I moan
My Lord, I am fallen, Oh please take me home

I laughed as a child in my relatives' laps
Parental affection had strengthened the trap
I grew and I studied each mundane event
So proud and so learned, now both I repent

Then eager for money, a household, a wife
I took on a burden which drained me for life
And time gone forever, how dearly it cost
Life's progress had halted intolerable loss

Bewildered and angered by worldly desire
My selfishness grew and consumed me like fire
With the greatest of pleasure I put into pain
Those others whose flourishing had threatened my gain

And now I am humbled, diseased and downcast
My senses enfeebled, enjoyment has passed
An old man with fever in constant distress
Alone and afraid, so afraid of my death

SONG FOR VALMIKI

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Did you make it home to Godhead, did you get that far?
To where the lovers of the Lord and pure devotees are
To where every soul is singing, praising the One most high
Far beyond this world of sorrow, the spiritual sky

What happened to you my friend will happen to us all
Should we turn a deafened ear, ignore the inner call?
We can stride far from the truth and hide within our mind
Still no one has ever fooled the killer known as time

Not many people saw what you could see
That we’re just dreamers in a world of dreams but temporarily
That there’s a realm of beauty within a simple song
We can all get there someday, won’t you sing along

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Did you make it home to Godhead, did you get that far?
To where the lovers of the Lord and pure devotees are
To where every soul is singing, praising the One most high
Far beyond this world of sorrow, the spiritual sky

SOONER OR LATER

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Sooner or later
You'll have to decide
whether to take the easy road road
or to set your goals high
No one can force you
to change what you're feeling inside
But sooner or later
you'll have to decide

Sooner or later
you're gonna be faced with a wall
trying to block you
trying to get you to stall
But with faith and determination
you can break through them all
But sooner or later
you're gonna be faced with a wall

And everything that you've ever done
is gonna flash right before your eyes
And every song that you've ever sung
whether it's humble, foolish or wise
is gonna come right back on you
Sure as the sun does shine
But if you can understand
these simple laws of nature
everything is gonna turn out just fine

Sooner or later
you're gonna have to stand tall
just when the opposition
tries to make you look small
Stand up for what you believe in
no matter what names you're called
Sooner or later
you're gonna have to stand tall

Sooner or later
you're gonna have to step down
from whatever worldly position
with which you've been crowned
By the force of time we'll be humbled
Best to keep you feet on the ground
Sooner or later
you're gonna have to step down

And everything that you've ever done
is gonna flash right before your eyes
And every song that you've ever sung
whether it's humble, foolish or wise
is gonna come right back on you
Sure as the sun does shine
But if you can understand
these simple laws of nature
everything is gonna turn out just fine

Sooner or later
You'll have to decide
whether to take the easy road road
or to set your goals high
No one can force you
to change what you're feeling inside
But sooner or later
you'll have to decide
Sooner or later

SOUL FOR ALL SEASONS

Words & Music
By Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Who will transcend the cycle of birth and death
But the soul ya know it never really dies
Sometimes we sit beneath a sunny sky
But when the clouds roll in we run inside
Emotions like the seasons turning 'round
Sometimes we're up, sometimes were feeling down

Show me the power of reason
To see that I am a soul for all seasons

None are so blind as those who refuse to see
We want to throw away our old white cane
But like the rising of the ocean's tide
Those old desires start to swell inside
A sea of sense enjoyment beckons us
Just a mirage, we've got to call her bluff

This world is a place with lessons to be learned
Touch fire and you will get burned
We want to put an end to all our pain
And gaze upon your lotus face again
You are the one who makes it all worth while
Who can deny the beauty of your smile?

Show me the power of reason
To see that I am a soul, I am a soul
I am a soul for all seasons

SPIRITUAL

Words & Music
by Nirantara Dasa

This song was recorded by my good friend Nirantara.
I went to his home one day and he asked me to sing my version over the top of his recording. This is the result.

SRI DHAMA MAYAPUR

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

If you wish to leave this material existence
Having found pleasing the senses is merely fictitious
Come along and grab a hold, do what's natural for your soul
Join in the sankirtan

In Sri Dhama Mayapur, Sri Dhama Mayapur

If you just once hear the names Nitai Gauranga
From the lips of a pure devotee by this mercy you can go
To where the sacred river Ganges flowers, the heart of Navadwipa
Where the devotees are

O let me dance and chant the holy names in Sri Dhama Mayapur
Let me purify my soul bathing by the river Ganges shore
Let me always hear the name of Sri Sri Nitai Gaura
Let me be where the devotees are
In that holy land, that holy land
Sri Dhama Mayapur, Sri Dhama Mayapur

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna   Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama   Rama Rama Hare Hare

To receive the mercy of Lord Chaitanya
We must always seek the blessings of Sri Nityananda
Spiritual perfection will come, shining like the blazing sun
It's there for everyone

In Sri Dhama Mayapur, Sri Dhama Mayapur
Sri Dhama Mayapur, Sri Dhama Mayapur
Sri Dhama Mayapur

THE SUPREME ABODE

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

I've been wandering through this universe, sometimes up and sometimes down
So many things I find to be quite perverse, as I go from town to town
There's no peace of mind that I can find, no mater how hard that I try
Got to come to grips with the situation, and get back to the spiritual sky

We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home
We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home

I heard about this place from the wisest man I think the world has ever known
With out a misdeed or a selfish thought, he tries his best to take us home
And of the Lord he is the dear-most friend, because he gives his all and all
He has opened up the doors to let us in, no mater if we're big or small

We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home
We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home

No reason why we should stay here in this world where there is only pain and strife
There's a better place where we can go if we can only purify our lives

We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home
We've got to make our way to the place where we belong
That's the Lords Supreme Abode it's our eternal home

THE CHANT

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

When you’re feeling down and confused
Tired of singing Maya's lonesome blues
Try God’s given topmost therapy
Cent percent guaranteed to set you free

Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)

Hare Krishna....etc.

And when you’re feeling that bliss coming over you
Tell everybody that what you heard is true

Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)
Do the chant, (you can do the chant)

Hare Krishna....

Chant, Chant, Chant,    Can’t  Can’t Can’t
Chant, Chant, Chant,    Can’t  Can’t Can’t
Common now CHANT!

Hare Krishna.... (We all do the chant)
Krishna Krishna..... (We all do the chant)
Hare Rama .....(We all do the chant)
Rama Rama.... (We all do the chant)

Hare Krishna...etc.

THE KING AND THE SWEEPER

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

I knew a king
He was ruler of the land
Sat up upon his throne
And he ruled with heavy hand
He had palaces and treasury full of gold
His army never lost a fight or so I'm told

But when the citizens they saw him
they would be afraid
He was never known to keep
the promises he made
He would call out: “ Joy to all “
but kept the taxes high
Everybody knew that what he said
was just a lie
was just a lie

He called for his men and ministers
He said:
“ Is there not something more than this.
I want to enjoy something more today.
After all I am the king.
You can make them pay. “

Oh my dear king can't you try just once to see
Satisfaction comes when we show humility
If you can see yourself as very small
just a part of all that be
From all this hankering
you finally will be free
finally will be free

Humility isn't easy
still you know it's better to be
like the simple sweeper in the street
than to pose yourself as a charlatan king

I met a sweeper had a tear in his eye
He said it's not for myself
but for others that I cry
They're working hard all day
forgetting life's real goal
They may gain the world
but they neglect their soul

And so he swept the street
and keeping his heart clean
Never forgetting the Lord above
not even in a dream
He would stay at home at night
and to his God he'd pray
Not only for himself
but so that others may be saved
He wanted others to be saved

Humility isn't easy
still you know it's better to be
like the simple sweeper in the street
than to pose yourself as a charlatan King

TRIED AND TRUE

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

When I get to feeling alone and that I need someone
That I can tell my troubles to
I call up Sri Krishna, ya know He helps me every time
It’s a method tried and true
Helps me chase away my blues

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna  Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama  Rama Rama Hare Hare

Early in the morning before the sun starts to shine
We’ll be calling out His name
This simple process surely brings peace of mind
What more than this could we hope to attain
Won’t you join in this refrain

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna  Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama  Rama Rama Hare Hare

TRANSCENDENTAL MAN

Words & Music
by Jingles Gandharva Dasa & Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Yes, I, I just wanna say
As you go, go through your day
You will be tested, tested for sure
By Maya's sense pleasures more and more
But you, you can set your goal
Just be practicing being a realized soul

You can be a transcendental, transcendental
Perfectly knowledged man
You can be a transcendental, transcendental
Transcendental Man

This world is heavy, so lighten up your load
By always travelling the spiritual road
There's greener pastures, eternal bliss for all
When we surrender to Krsna's beckoning call

The soul's eternal, unborn and never dies
This realization opens your spiritual eyes
You're not that body, so let it go and be free
Follow in the footsepts of the pure devotee

TRY TO UNDERSTAND

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Intro:
Ever since time began, man has questioned the origin
Of Life itself and all that be
I know that in these times it must be hard to realize
That there is a God who cares for you and me

Chorus:
But Try To Understand
That there really is someone who can fulfill your dreams
He's controlling everything, directing every scene
That He wants you home again
But He knows you must be free
Try To Understand
Try To Understand

Verse:
You say, "If there is a God, how could He be so cruel?
So many people are suffering
He's not in control or He's certainly fool"
But just as a loving father may reprimand his son
He wants us all to see the wrong that we have done

Chorus***

Bridge:
And as the dawn's breaking
There'll be no more mistaking
That you have found the promised land
Where the lion lays down with the lamb
And the Lord is everybody's friend

Instrumental: (same as Chorus)

Verse***

Chorus***

Intro: F Am Em Am Dm Bb Dm G / Bb F Eb Dm Bb G Gm C
Chorus: F Dm Bb C (x3) F Bb F
Verse: E Am Bb F Eb G Bb F Bb F Bb F Fdim C
Bridge: A Dm Bb C Bb A G F Bb C

WHEN OH WHEN

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

When oh when will that day be mine
When oh when will that day be mine
When in my heart will always shine
When oh when will that day be mine

When oh when will my heart be true
When oh when will my heart be true
When I see the sky oh so blue makes me wonder
When oh when will my heart be true

Why oh why do I have to cry
Why oh why do I have to cry
I know the spirit soul never dies
So easy to say so hard to realize
Why do I have to cry

When oh when will that day be mine
When oh when will that day be mine
When in my heart will always shine
When oh when, when oh when will that day be mine

VILLAGE PEOPLE

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

Walking along, singing a song
Watching the boats glide up and down the Ganges
The sun hangs low like a big red globe
As the breeze blows gently through the palm trees

The vegetable man at the vegetable stand
Is selling fresh produce to local ladies
With a Hari Bol, they're down the road
Past the children eating Hot Jalabies

Village people are happy to live
Village people are happy to give
The nectar that they've tasted in the Holy Name
It's sweeter than the juice from a sugar cane

I don't know why I should want to try
To go looking for a job in the city
There's those who've tried, but they got fried
And we all thought well isn't that a pity

Think I'll stay right here where the air is clear
And the life we lead is pure and hearty
Got a lot to do but the pervading mood
Is like that which you would find at a party

When the sun goes down, few friends around
Take a little time to read the Vedas
The pastimes of the Lord with lotus eyes
Not only satisfy the heart but are the greatest

Village people, Village people, Village people
Are beautiful people

ZURICH SWING

Words & Music
by Titiksava Karunika Dasa

I went walking down by the lakeside
Pretty people all in a row
Some were biking , some were boating
Such a pity they don’t know

Summer sunshine is followed by rain
So called pleasure it turns into pain
If we’re not careful we’ll be here again
Why should we chose to remain?

Tried to help them find out the answer
To the question “Where do we go?”
Some were believers, some still doubted
Such a pity they don’t know

Summer sunshine is followed by rain
So called pleasure it turns into pain
If we’re not careful we’ll be here again
Why should we chose to remain?

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna  Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama  Rama Rama Hare Hare