Pantala Naga Pampa Lyrics - Dave Matthews Band and Dave Matthews

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Come and relax now
Put your troubles down
No need to bear the weight of your worries
Yeah, let them all fall away.

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What does it mean?? | Reviewer: DMB fan | 4/7/2008

Pantala Naga Pampa
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"Pantala Naga Pampa" is the first track on the Dave Matthews Band's album, Before These Crowded Streets.

The song is the shortest track recorded by the band in the studio and was based on an old live song known as "What Will Become of Me?" part of which can be heard at the end of "Jimi Thing" on Matthews and Tim Reynolds' album, Live at Luther College.

It was supposed that the title translates to "welcome to my home" in "Gambian," however, it was later discovered by fans that no such language exists. The phrase derives from an South Indian language Tamil meaning, "There's a python in my pants." This phrase was often shouted by an Indian chef that worked for the band during the Crash sessions, and Dave would yell it back at him. It is unknown whether Dave knew the meaning of the phrase when he named the song "Pantala Naga Pampa." [1]

When performed live by the band, the song is always followed by "Rapunzel," the following track on the album. The song has been extended on occasion; the longest known performance of "Pantala Naga Pampa" was over two minutes, twice the length of the studio version.

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