Shambala

Album: Cyan (1973)
Charted: 3
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  • Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
    With the rain in Shambala
    Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
    With the rain in Shambala

    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
    On the road to Shambala
    Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
    On the road to Shambala

    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, yeah

    How does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?
    How does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?

    I can tell my sister by the flowers in her eyes
    On the road to Shambala
    I can tell my brother by the flowers in his eyes
    On the road to Shambala

    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    How does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?
    How does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?
    Tell me how does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?
    (Tell me how) How does your light shine
    In the halls of Shambala?

    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Ah, ooh, yeah
    On the road to Shambala

    Ah, ooh, yeah
    Shambala, la
    Ah, ooh, yeah
    On the road to Shambala Writer/s: Daniel Joseph Moore
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 32

  • Morgan Keck from Tulsa, OklahomaThis song has got me through so many battles in my life.
  • Teri from OregonYour story about Shambala is correct but the pronunciation in the song is incorrect. It's not Sham-ba-LA, it's
    Sham-BA-la.
  • Rufus. from Pretoria South Africa I don't wana tell u a lie the song still rock my wife an I we love that magic song
  • Lynn from Michigan one memory that always comes to mind when l hear this, is when l was at the state fair waiting to get on the double ferris wheel. I was 11 and was 2nd or 3rd in line, watching the ride going around above us and Shambala was blasting on the speakers. I was in a seat by myself and light rain started while l was on the ride. For some reason they stopped the top wheel while they let people off and on, on the bottom wheel. My seat stopped right at the tip top for a few minutes. l was glad when the ride started again. I had a good time, but was glad to get back on the ground.
  • Ronny James from Ballston Lk MyWhat a Great band I grew up to appreciate
  • Coy from Palestine, TexasThere is some controversy about who recorded Shambala first, Three Dog Night or BW Stevenson. According to some sources, the song was given exclusively to Stevenson to record when it was rejected by ABC-Dunhill. Once Stevenson's single starting climbing the charts, Three Dog Night's version came out and eclipsed Stevenson's record. Moore had nothing to do with unscrupulous record companies and feeling bad for BW took him a song that was two years old, My Maria. BW added the uplifting chorus line "MY Maria..ya..." knowing that Three Dog Night didn't have a singer who could copy his vocals.
  • Coy from Palestine, TexasBW Stevenson's version is definitely the best. Three Dog Night covered many records-and were hot at the time. My Maria also sounds nothing like Shambala?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 20th 1973, 'American Bandstand' celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute special on the ABC-TV network...
    Guests on the show were Neil Diamond, Little Richard, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Three Dog Night, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Annette Funicello, Johnny Mathis, and Paul Simon...
    Of the eleven guests only Paul Simon and Three Dog Night had a record on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at the time...
    Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" was at #7; ten days later on July 1st, 1973 it would peak at #2* {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 14 weeks…
    And Three Dog Night was at #11 with "Shambala"; and one month and two days later on July 22nd, 1973 it would peak at #3 {See next post below}...
    * The two weeks that "Kodachrome" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Will It Go Round In Circles" by Billy Preston.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 23rd 1973, Three Dog Night performed "Shambala" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One month earlier on May 13th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #71; and on July 22nd it peaked at #3 (for 1 week) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    The song was at #11 on the Top 100 on the day of their appearance on 'Bandstand'...
    It also reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #4 in Canada...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show they performed "Joy to the World" (peaked at #1 for 6 weeks in 1971) and "Black and White" (reached #1 for 1 week in 1972)...
    R.I.P. bassist Joe Schermie (1946 - 2002).
  • Marlene from Montreal, QcIn "law and Order" Lorraine Toussaint played a public defender named "Shambala Greene".
  • Paul from Detroit, MiThis and Out in the Country are my favorite TDN songs. This band is very underrated today. Fantastic harmonies and beautiful melodies made this band a late 60's / early 70's favorite.
  • Hal from Tampa, FlAccording to an old music book I have had since the seventies, Shambala was written in 1973 by Daniel Moore. Moore and Stevenson co-wrote My Maria.
  • Eric from Mcallen, TxMy absolute favorite TDN Song!
  • Karen from Manchester, NhOh, for the record, it was the summer of 1973!
  • Karen from Manchester, NhI still remember exactly where I was when I first heard this song; I was 8 years old and my family was staying at the beach for a week. Every time I hear this song, it takes me right back to the beach!
  • Sunshine from Oklahoma City, OkThe mythological place is called: Shangra-la
  • Greg from Dallas, TxYou know what made me like this song? Buck Rogers. By 1979 this was a hip but old song, but Buck had his entertainment system playing one of the songs from the archives. I remember the lady that stopped in asked "What is that?" And Buck rattled off "Shambala" which got an immediate "What?" Buck was like "Nevermind, before your time." Or something like that. This song was kinda fun like that show was.
  • Doug from Los Angeles, CaThe song is currently being used in an advertising campaign by Michelob beer.
  • Andrew from Ottawa, OnThree Dog Night`s version of "Shambala" was featured in`an episode of`"Lost", in a Hurley flashback when he was working on a car with his father - significant for the show`s clue-hunters.
  • Troy from Starks, Me"In Tibet, as well as many other Asian countries, there are stories about a legendary kingdom that was a source of learning and culture for present-day Asian societies. According to the legends, this was a place of peace and prosperity, governed by wise and compassionate rulers. The citizens were equally kind and learned, so that, in general, the kingdom was a model society. This place was called Shambhala."

    -Chogyam Trungpa
  • Bryant from Roswell, NmThe legend of Shambala is the Tibetan Buddhist (Tantric, or Lamanist) version of Armageddon, wherein a mighty Buddhist army will annihilate all Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It was played on very heavily by various political forces and armies during the first half of the twentieth century, in order to motivate people to fight fanatically without fear of death. For instance, one communist Mongol general led a group of Buriyat Mongol Red Guards against the White General von Ungern promising them that if they died in battle, they would be reincarnated as soldiers in the "Shambala Army". The Japanese also used it as propaganda quite a bit in organizing proxy armies of various minorities against the Chinese prior to their invasion of China in the 1930's.
  • Louis Rodriguez from Lancaster, Cathis song is on the soundtrack from the movie titled "DROWNING MONA" with Bette Midler,Danny Devito,Jamie Lee Cutis,Casey Affleck and Neve Campbell. Truly a funny movie with a reasonably good soundtrack.
    Louis Rodriguez
    Lancaster,Cal
  • Darrell from Dallas, TxMy least favorite 3DN song. Just sorta retarded. It hit at a time when this type of hippie song was out of vogue.
  • Pete from Ny, NySort of a forgotten oldie... you don't hear it much. Big hit in '73.
  • Bill from Beechhurst, NyB.W. stevenson's version hit the charts on May 12, 1973 only reaching #66 during its 8 week run. Three dog nite's recording entered the charts a week later but had twice the run and hit #3. it was written by Daniel Moore - not Stevenson.
  • Chuck from Sarasota, FlThanks to all of you that posted your opinions. This song has always resonated something deep within me. Listening to it is a very spiritual experience for me and it's good to know the history behind it.
  • Nicole from Nottellin, OrJust listen to the words and you can tell what it's about - Shambala, Nirvana, Heaven, that place of peace and love for one another. The singer is getting there, he's on the road to Shambala (love, peace, enlightenment).
  • Vicki from Minneapolis, MnSteve from New Orleans - first let me say, I hope you're someplace safe and dry, and our thoughts and best wishes are with you all!

    Now - to answer your question about what the song "Shambala" is about - Shambala is a legendary, mythical city - kind of like a Buddhist Camelot, if that isn't mixing my metaphors too much. Shambhala (Shambala) represents the ideal of secular enlightenment, a view that all aspects of civilization'family, commerce, education, science, the arts, religion'can be permeated with a natural sense of sacredness. So, in short, Shambhala is a place whose people have achieved a state of spiritual enlightenment. That's what the song is about. And incidentally, there's an a cappella group called Rockapella that has an awesome recording of the song on one of their CD's.
  • Kelli from Cedar Rapids, Ia"Shambhala" is a mythical city of Tibet, sort of a paradise on earth. If you read the book "Lost Horizon", it refers to the city of Shangri-La; this is based on the legend of Shambhala.
  • Mike from Youngstown, OhCharles is only partially correct. While B.W. Stevenson did record "Shambala," he is not the composer of the song. I also don't agree that "My Maria" is a "carbon copy" of "Shambala." There are a few stylistic similarities, but they're two entirely distinct songs.
  • Brian from La Mesa, CaAn answer for Steve's question:
    http://www.shambhala.org/

    The song is most likely about the buddhist retreat in Colorado (since it refers to the "halls of Shambala"). It started two years before the song was released by Three Dog Night.
    http://www.shambhalamountain.org/
  • Steve from New Orleans, LaDoes anybody know what the song is about? I googled "Shambala" and it came up with a variety of things. I'd appreciate it if anybody could help me understand this hip tune.

    Thanks,

    Steve
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