The lyrics of this song have inspired vision questers to seek me out to explain the meaning of the words. I can only relate my interpretation of the meaning. It seems the words relate to the Oglala Lakota sweat lodge rituals. Was interested in knowing if Mr. Gabriel has experienced this Native American event.
foxtrotter4 January 2008 at 6:36pmPosts: 100 (0 today)Status: offline
Isn't San Jacinto in the wrong part of the continent to be of that nation? The Sioux lived up in the Black Mountains and the surrounding areas did they not?
I understood San Jacinto to be much further south and west
San Jacinto is in Texas. It is the home of the northern branches of the Apache Nation.
The song San Jacinto has the words in the chorus " hey now Wakan Tonka" the name of the great spirit in the Oglala Lakota language. The Apache word for "god" is
Bik' ehgo' ihi' dan. I saw a clip from Mr. Gabriel's "live" San Jacinto and he mentions a conversation with an Apache who inspired him to write the song.
Nickelberrynsc7 January 2008 at 5:58amPosts: 49 (0 today)Status: offline
WOW! That is incredibly interesting to know! Can anyone tell me how he was inspired to write 'The Rhythm of the Heat'? Did he get to observe or be part of a ritual? It's by far My favorite song on the Security album. I've listened to it at least a billion times in various states of conciousness just because the energy is so powerful!