Today’s song is by Al Tuck & No Action, a friend of mine from my Halifax days.
I don’t know him very well, he was the best man at a friend’s wedding, who had played me his music a few times, so I was drawn to chat with him after the ceremony and let him know how much I appreciated his songs.
Later, when I left for art school, we had similar social circles. We’d usually chat about old blues recordings and how things were generally going, but if I’d know anything about Buddhism at the time, I might have asked him about this song (and if he knew he didn’t get the spelling quite right…).
At the time, I just thought it was a strange way to depict the Buddha, but know I see it more as a depiction of the Buddha nature within us all (maybe that’s why the spelling is altered), trying to dig itself out of the daily B.S. of worldly affairs.
What Buddah’s struggles really come down to, here, are forgetting his basic five precepts. I know because nearly all my troubles come down to forgetting them, as well!