02 March 2010

Female Mayans grazing

John Gilbert from Canada asks: "Is there any meaning to the female vocals on Atom Heart Mother?"

Yes.  The chants are those of the Mayan Indians, an ancient civilization of South America who are thought to have build great temples in Mexico.  The chant, found on clay tablets from excavated sites, literally translates as "mind your head".  But it does seem they're wailing about laundry detergent and rubber fetishes... of course there isn't a meaning!  Simply, Ron Geesin's artistry.  Also see Atom Heart Mother.

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