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Get Out of Bed You Little Sleepy Head

By Gurutrang Singh Khalsa

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I wrote this song in the late Seventies at a Winter Solstice. It just flowed out one day. I wanted to wake people up there in a fun way, so I wrote the first verse and chorus and sang it over and over when I was going around the camp in the Amrit Vela. People were laughing out loud from their tents and getting up. I wrote the rest of the verses later, over several years.

One morning, I believe it might have been Christmas at a Winter Solstice Sadhana at the old DeLand, Florida site, the temperature had plummeted to like, 0 degrees. It was freezing and frosty. The sky was very clear. There was no wind. The moon was bright, shining on the frost-laden tents. The camp was quiet, snoring away. I was on wakeup. I managed to get myself up, took a cold shower (heated myself up), got myself dressed, strapped on my guitar all frisky, and went around the camp belting out the song, and screaming at everyone, “Get up!” I think I may have been channeling Guru Gobind Singh or something! I mean, it was drill sargeant “get your butts out of your sleeping bags and your toochases over to morning sadhana.”

And people started stirring. The showers quickly became filled. The camp got moving. Sadhana that morning was held in the mess hall down by the kitchen due to the cold, and I mean everyone in that camp showed up—a record attendance! The place was packed with people squeezing out the doors. The sadhana was amazing. Sometime later that day, someone who had driven in the car with Yogi Bhajan told me that Yogiji had inquired, “Who was that guy who woke up the camp this morning?” He was told, “It was Gurutrang Singh.” Yogiji said, “That was great. I really appreciate that!”

So that was my song, and it happily woke up many people over the years. Everyone laughs when you pass their tent and sing it. Oftentimes, people have told me how they’d play it for their children who loved hearing it in the morning.

An important thing about this song is that I wrote the verses to be funny, but there are very serious, survival messages built within. They stand as a chronicle in song for the ages of the Yogic Technology: waking up in the Amrit Vela, Stretch Pose, the Shabd of Guru Ram Das “Gur Satgur Ka Jo Sikh Akhaye,” brushing with alum and sea salt, gagging the monkey glands, urine therapy (that sweet lemonade), cold shower and Ishnan therapy, etc. No, I don’t drink my pee regularly. I confess, I tried it once, so I am an avowed, one-time piss drinker—eeeeeee! Kiss me baby! But sometime in the future, when survival means no medicine is available, that reminder of ancient healing technology for potentiating the immune system may save someone’s life.

Finally, the song was recorded live at our home during one of the late Sat Nam Kaur’s very first “Sat Nam Fests”! Yup, Sat Nam Fest started in our living room! So many great people were there, so many musicians: Gurudass Singh and Kaur, Livtar Singh, Guruganesha Singh and the Guru Ram Das Ashram of Northern Virginia Sadh Sangat, packed into our little living room and we sang “Get Out of Bed” and the “Yogi Tea Song” together with great glee. They can both be heard on the 3HO Thirtieth Anniversary CD along with two of my other 3HO/Sikh Dharma heritage songs, “Sat Nam, the Grace Within You” and “Oh Guru Ram Das, Thank You for This Beautiful Day.”

I have always said I would like to record high quality studio versions along with other fun songs I’ve written and am still writing that no one knows, along with other beautiful shabds and chants. Yes, my wife, Gurumata Kaur, wants everyone to know that I sing very sweet and beautiful songs of devotion too! Perhaps that will happen by Guru’s Grace. We shall see!

Much love and light to all in Guru Ram Das Ji,

--Gurutrang Singh Khalsa

Get Out of Bed You Little Sleepy Head

By Gurutrang Singh Khalsa © 1980, 1999

  1. Get out of bed you little sleepy head

And go to sadhana like the Guru said

Don’t just keep lying like a piece of lead

Get out of bed you little sleepy head

Wake yourself up you little buttercup

And get your legs six inches up

Do breath of fire ‘til you’re turning blue

You’ve got a mission with the True Guru

 

Gur satgur kaa

Jo sikh akhaa-aa-aa-ay-yay

So bhalkay uth

Har naam Dhi-aavai

 

You call yourself a Gursikh

Then you should get up very quick

You call yourself a Gursikh

Then you should get up very quick

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  1. Hop off the sack you little cracker jack

And brush your teeth with salt & alum way back

Clean out your monkey glands and gag like a yak

Hop off the sack you little cracker jack

Get to the sink you little winkydink

It’s time to pour your favorite morning drink

Now don’t forget your home brewed sweet lemonade

‘Cause that’s the best drink that God ever made

 

I don’t want to get right out of bed

(You’d better get up, Or a else you will be fed up)

I just want to be a sleepy head

(Your life gets boring when you’re lying, sleeping, snoring)

Leave me here with little teddy bear

(I know your story but you’re missing all the glory)

I just want to nod out right into La-La Land

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  1. Fall out of bed you little loaf of bread

Take a cold shower wake yourself from the dead

Rub your whole body ‘til it turns hot and red

Fall out of bed you little loaf of bread

Conquer the chill you little whippoorwill

Forget hot water it’ll make you ill

Blood fills your organs like a beautiful rain

Take a cold shower so you don’t go insane

                                      

You can’t get em’ up, You can’t get em’ up

You can’t get em’ up in the morning

You can’t get em’ up, You can’t get em’ up

You can’t get em’ up today

Oh you lazy yogi, Put on your little togi

Oh you lazy yogi, You can’ get em’ up today

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  1. Jump off the bunk you little lazy monk

And do your yoga with some sparkle and spunk

Electrify your soul, and conquer the funk

Jump off the bunk you little lazy monk

Get out of bed you little sleepy head

And go to sadhana like the Guru said

Don’t just keep lying like a piece of lead

Get out of bed you little sleepy head

Wake yourself up you little buttercup

And get your legs six inches up

Do breath of fire ‘til you’re turning blue

You’ve got a mission with

You’ve got a mission with

You’ve got a mission with the True Guru!!!

 

(Fade out on…)

Get out of bed you little sleepy head,

Wake yourself up you little buttercup,

Hop off the sack you little cracker jack,

Get to the sink you little winkydinkk,

Fall out of bed you little loaf of bread,

Conquer the chill you little whippoorwill,

Jump off the bunk you little lazy monk,

Turn off your dream you little snoozin’ machine,

Do breath of fire ‘til you’re turning blue,

You’ve got a mission with the True Guru

 

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