Jan. 15, 2021

The story behind the song | Kodachrome Shangri-La

How did this track become the official single from Heaven Get Behind Me? Is Shangri-La like Santa for adults? Why do people miss Kodachrome? The answers to these questions and three different demos play a part in our latest behind-the-song episode.


OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

 

LYRICS:

Kodachrome Shangri-La

I remember his face that night

He asked me, will I ever see Shangri-La

Hey little brother what’s that under your coat

One down, and six to go

 

Gonna set it all on fire

That’s what they said on channel 2

 

Take a left on Mercado for me

Frankenstein was the name of the doctor

The monster had no name 

I ain’t asking to be forgiven

Because we did nothing wrong

 

Papa said you better fucking run

Well, I set your Appaloosa free 

No, I ain’t going to hell

I’m just going home

 

He only sang other people’s songs

And there ain’t no more Kodachrome

 

Firecrackers on your anniversary

There ain’t no questions, so tell me no lies

Another good man goes down

And all the cameras were watching

 

I remember his face that night

He asked me, will I ever see Shangri-La

 

NETWORK

 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

(link to full text)

 

JOHN FAHEY/Red Pony

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