Album: A New World Record (1976)

Songfacts®:

  • Shangri-La was a fictional paradise from James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon. It is often associated as a place of Earthly paradise. This song seems to have two meanings: One referring to a loved one that is never going to come or never come back, the other being that it could be the main characters referring to the mystical lands itself.
  • The line, "Faded like The Beatles on Hey Jude" is a reference to the famous Beatles song that contains an extraordinarily long fade-out. >>
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    Logan - Troy, MT, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Sim from Cleveland RocksA musical masterpiece. Great guitar. Riffs by Jeff Lynn. A hauntingly delightful closing as well. This song pretty much covers all the bases. A true GEM.
  • Melissa from Windsor, CanadaI love this song so much! The last 2 minutes of this song are incredibly beautiful. The last 2 minutes are probably my favourite because of their sad and haunting beauty.
    As for the meaning of the song, to me it's about loss, and lament, but also hope despite everything. Perhaps at the end, there is also a hint not just of hope and the possibility for gaining what was lost, but also an inevitable struggle that might be necessary to regain what was lost.
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