Callin’ Out the Name of the Lord

Calling out the Name of the Lord
Calling out the Name of the Lord
The last thing anyone ever wants to do is Call Out the Name of the Lord. That sort of behavior is usually frowned upon by most people as the most last-ditch, utter cop-out ploy on Earth. We'd rather eat truck tires than call on God for any reason. But sooner or later, we do. Because no one else can do anything for us.
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©2003 Ekendra Dasa

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Half blind soul, I’m diggin’ my hole like a mole munchin’ out on grubs.
No chance of light gettin’ to my sight – this picnic is for the bugs
And if the rain down-pourin’ catches me snorin’
I’ll be pushin them daisies up . . .
Up to the sky and that is why I’m callin’ out the Name of the Lord.

Flat on my back and stretchin’ on the rack
Is the only time I’m lookin up –
Up to the sky and I’m prayin’ to my Lord, “I done had enough!”
So, whack that drum. I wanna have some fun
I wanna get on the dancin’ floor.
I wanna be with You, Govinda. I’m callin’ out the Name of the Lord.

Hari Haraye Namaha,* Radha Krishna prana mor**
I wanna be with you, Govinda. I’m callin’ out the name of the Lord.

And when it’s my time to go—the end of the show
And my voice is chokin’ up
Up to the sky I wanna fly ‘cause I done had enough
So, help me out if I can’t shout and I can’t do nothin’ no more.
Loud and clear, right in my right ear, call out the name of the Lord.

Hari Haraye Namaha, Radha Krishna prana mor
I wanna be with you, Govinda. I’m callin’ out the Name of the Lord

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

*”Hari Haraye Namaha” is a line from Nama-sankirtana, a sixteenth century Bengali bhajan by Srila Narottama dasa Thakur. It means, “With great reverence and respect, I call out the holy name of the Lord.”

**Radha Krishna prana mor” is from Sakhi-vrinda Vijnapti, by the same author. Translation: “The divine couple, Sri Radha and Krishna, are my life and soul.”