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25 September 2004

A Krsna Conscious Perspective on the '60's hit song
Barefootin'

When I was in high school, the Philadelphia soul singer Robert Parker released "Barefootin'" which quickly rose to the top of the American hit parade. On the Internet yesterday I found a free sample recording of the song. If you've never heard "Barefootin'" before (oh you culturally-deprived unfortunate!) you can now listen to a loop we made from the sample. Unfortunately what you hear when you click Play Sound is NOT the Robert Parker original. It's "Barefootin'" by a group called Basic Blue, who've done only a workmanlike imitation of Parker's bouncy, dance-infectious hit. But like I said, if you haven't heard it before, here's your chance to learn how the song goes. img/Barefooting.au

The words to the complete song:

Barefootin'
as sung by Robert Parker

Everybody get on your feet, you make me nervous when you in your seat
Take off your shoes and throw them away, come back and get them some other day
We barefootin', we barefootin', barefootin', we barefootin'

Went to a party the other night, Long Tall Sally was out of sight
Threw way her wig, and her high heels too, she was doin a dance without any shoes
She's barefootin', she barefootin', barefootin', she barefootin'

Hey little gal with the red dress on, I bet you can barefoot all night long
Take off your shoes and and tap your feet, we're doin a dance that can't be beat
We barefootin', we barefootin', barefootin', we barefootin'

Lil John Henry told Peggy Sue, if I barefoot would you barefoot too
Sue told John, "I'll take you to school, I been barefootin since I was two
Barefootin', barefootin', barefootin', barefootin'

So everybody get on your feet, you make me nervous when you're in your seat
Take off your shoes and throw them away, come back and get them some other day
We barefootin', we barefootin', barefootin', we barefootin'

Obviously the big question in your mind is, "What has 'Barefootin'' got to do with Krsna consciousness?

Hang on, I'm getting to that.


Robert Campagnola, whom we used to know as Harikesa Swami, as seen at the EarthFuture website.

Yesterday, too, I visited the EarthFuture Website of another musical Robert, the former Harikesa Swami, now presenting himself to the world as Robert Campagnola. Not long ago I heard he's living in Alachua, where he's sometimes seen at the ISKCON temple accompanied by his wife and pet poodle. Good news. But the message of his EarthFuture website hasn't changed to reflect his coming nearer to Srila Prabhupada's movement. He's still preaching that we can directly contact a nameless God, without any medium (e.g. Srila Prabhupada and the sastra) to stand in the way. He's still urging us all to "accept life as it is, in conscious awareness of ourselves and the universe that we are co-creating."

Good to know, Bob, that supernovas bursting forth in distant galaxies are YOUR work...with a little help from your "consciously aware" associates, of course. I presume the poodle participates in co-creating the universe too?

But let's get down to music. You know, EarthFuture offers Robert's unique recordings for sale: vocals that sound like Gary Lewis--

remember him? Comedian Jerry Lewis's son? His group was Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Their big hit was "Palisades Park".

--sung over an instrumental backing that too often sounds like amplified stomach rumblings. Unique, yes, but I suggest a change of pace. Back to the basics. Hey, tell you what, Robert, if you record the following song I've written especially for you--to be performed to the tune of Barefootin'--I'll promote it with great zeal right here on In2-MeC. I believe this song captures the spirit of your Earthfuture website.

Speculatin'
to be sung by Robert Campagnola

All you devotees quotin' Bhagwad-Geet
You make me nervous sayin' it's complete
Take off those blinders and throw 'em away
Come back and get them some other day
We speculatin' We speculatin' Speculatin' We speculatin'

I left ISKCON 'cause-a it ain't right
To hide a wanderin' mind clean out of sight
Blew off my guru gig, high ideals too
I'm-a speculatin' now like-a I can't lose
We speculatin' We speculatin' Speculatin' We speculatin'

Hey little gal with the red sari on
I bet you can speculate all night long
Give up your guru, get back to Earth
Let your mind go til you take your next birth
We speculatin' We speculatin' Speculatin' We speculatin'

Li'l Das Jahnu said to Devi Su
"If I speculate would you speculate too?"
Su told Jahn, "You too long in Gurukul--
I been speculatin' ever since I was two!"
We speculatin' We speculatin' Speculatin' We speculatin'

So all you devotees quotin' Bhagwad-Geet
You make me nervous when you say it's complete
Take off those blinders and throw 'em away
Come back and get them some other day
We speculatin' We speculatin' Speculatin' We speculatin'

Speculatin'!

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