Bombay

02004-08-07 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Music: Ry Cooder – Paris/Texas

Bombay was written in memory of a now defunct ferry from Bombay to Goa, sadly no longer operating according to Steve Hillage with whom I talked about the Goa scene a few years back. Actually, I wrote two songs about that ferry-ride in 1978 after waking up from a dream about the experience in 1993. Morning Arrival in Goa is, of course, the second of the pair, which both appeared for the first time on The Hours between Night + Day
It was a spectacular trip that started around 10 or 11 at night in Bombay harbor and ended in Goa after the sun rose. What a sun rise!!! The sun coming up over the ocean competet with a lighthouse on the coast as the ship reached the harbor in Goa. I had bought a third or fourth class ticket, which entitled me to sleeping on deck. I figured, while being the cheapest option, it was also a sure way to catch the sun rise.

3 Comments

  1. Carol

    Oh, thank you for the description. It’s surprising how much it is the same as i’ve seen in my head. What an experience for you, experiencing the sunrise on the deck of that ferry, and giving it all to us.

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  2. Carol

    That trip is immortal. They’ll be “arriving at goa” 100 years from now with your music.

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