As you may know, our March magazine features an in-depth look at the ever-expanding world of Buddhist music — among them, the rapper/musician/producer (and, meditation teacher) Born I Music. We asked him a simple question: Can you tell us about another musician’s song, one that, for you, really captures something about Buddhist practice? He answered with “Stop This Train”by singer/guitarist John Mayer, and here’s his explanation why:
“Stop This Train” is probably one of the best and most brutal songs about impermanence I’ve ever heard. Just thinking of it makes me emotional. The resonant sadness I feel when I listen to it might be due in part to the chord progressions but really what John is saying lyrically holds the most power, I believe.
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
But honestly won’t someone stop this train
Said help me understand
He said turn 68, you’ll renegotiate
Don’t stop this train.
Don’t think I couldn’t ever understand
I tried my hand
John, honestly we’ll never stop this train
See once in a while when it’s good
It’ll feel like it should
And they’re all still around
And you’re still safe and sound
And you don’t miss a thing
’til you cry when you’re driving away in the dark.
Singing stop this train I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take this speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
Cause now I see I’ll never stop this train.
For more about Born and other Buddhism-inspired musicians, see the March 2013 Shambhala Sun magazine. And check out our previous interview with Born here.