Babaji

Album: Even In The Quietest Moments (1977)
  • Written by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, this song tells of Hodgson's spiritual path that he began during recording of the Even In The Quietest Moments album. A "Babaji" is a Hindu holy man. >>
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    Daryl - Stoke, Midlands, England
  • Hodgson wrote this song after reading the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. The book was written in 1946 and told the story of Yogananda's spiritual journey.
  • In the '60s, the Beatles followed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on a spiritual quest, even traveling to India to study with him. Hodgson was one of many young musicians who idolized The Beatles and saw their excursion into Eastern philosophy. Speaking of the influence, he said: "I was a teenager throughout the whole Beatles era, their whole history, so that's what influenced me the most to tell you the truth, because not only did they change my life but I obviously saw the way they changed our whole culture and changed the world.

    When I got together with Rick and formed Supertramp, I really wanted to see what we could do to have the same impact in a way or leave as powerful a legacy. I mean, I was really driven by the excellence and the bravery and the breaking new boundaries that the Beatles taught me with Supertramp." (Thanks to Lisa Doxrude at Roger's management company for her help.)

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  • Jeffrey from Rosemead, CaThis unassuming song is as super as one can experience! I treasure it along with "Jesus" by Cat Stevens and "Jeruselem" by ELP.
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