Saturday, November 19, 2011

BONUS: Kate Bush and Yeti

Kate Bush has a brand new single out - "Wild Man" - about the yeti.

Watch the official video!

Or watch this fan-made video, mash'd-up with snippets from the cartoon, The Godzilla Power Hour (post on this particular episode forthcoming) :

The song starts:
They call you an animal, the Kangchenjunga Demon *, Wild Man, Metoh-Kangmi.
Lying in my tent, I can hear your cry echoing round the mountainside.
You sound lonely.
While crossing the Lhakpa-La something jumped down from the rocks.
In the remote Garo Hills by Dipu Marak we found footprints in the snow.
And it ends:
We found your footprints in the snow. We brushed them all away...
From the Sherpas of Annapurna to the Rinpoche of Qinghai.
Shepherds from Mount Kailash to Himachal Pradesh found footprints in the snow.

You’re not a langur monkey nor a big brown bear – You’re the Wild Man.
They say they saw you drowned near the Rongbuk Glacier.
They want to hunt you down. You’re not an animal.
The Lamas say you’re not an animal.
Read the full lyrics!

* Well, I learned a few things today:
  • Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain of the world.

  • The word means "The Five Treasures of Snows", and the treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books.

  • It was thought to be the highest mountain in the world until 1852. But no.

  • Despite the fact that occultist Aleister Crowley had (accidentally, and through no fault of his own, thank you very much) sacrificed five members of his ascent team to the demon of Kangchenjunga (i.e. Yeti), he still chose to abandon what would have been the first successful attempt to reach the summit! I mean, the yeti was totally cool with him at that point - it wouldn't have caused any more accidents. Five men for each of the five peaks; an equal trade. What's the problem? But ol' Aleister "Don't Know a Good Deal When It Smacks Me In The Face By Killing Five of My Men" Crowley had to get all huffy and ditch the whole venture.
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