The Recording Process:
Tony Garone - vocals, keyboards, temple bells, Gomelan chimes
Anthony Garone Jr. - electric guitar
Jazzman - drums
Recorded at Cow Pilot Studios
The original title of this song was "Something in my head about you" - and you can sing that to the chorus of the song "Lost in the Temple of Anu." As I was working on the song, I heard bells in my head (that's been an ongoing problem apparently yuk yuk) and I thought to myself, "This is sounding less and less like a love song and more like some Gilgamesh type of composition."
I also needed a closing song for the album and the song had to represent a revelation for Gilgamesh. It was the moment he realized that fame, at any expense, is short lived but to be remembered for helping and guiding your people as a wise and kind ruler was a more purposeful legacy.
So maybe those temple bells represent the bells going off in Gilgamesh's head; a revelation and a realization that a great leader is a servant to his subjects.
So I recorded the drum tracks with Jazzman first. I then added the keyboards and temple bells. Originally, Ann Marie, Jennifer and Steven did some background vocals, but it just didn't work (sorry kids! - they're still mad about that). I had Anthony come in and record that guitar solo part that he later told me he lifted from a "Dream Theater" album.
I don't think so.
What is this song about?
This is a song of revelation for Gilgamesh. After losing the Flower of Life to a serpent and expending his energies in the fruitless pursuit of eternal life, Gilgamesh finally realized these things are illusory and unattainable. He is human, after all, and cannot escape the fact that he will someday die. What he can do is to make the best of his time left on Earth by ruling the people of Uruk with compassion and understanding.
Like all of us, Gilgamesh has the potential to be truly great. But greatness is not about ego or fame it is about how we treat each other, how we love one another and how we sacrifice for one another. It is about humility and servitude. Although Gilgamesh failed to attain eternal life, or eternal youth, he was given another chance to change himself in the one precious life he has. Indeed, as the great Hindu text, the Mahabharata reminds us, the greatest battle is the battle within! As king, Gilgamesh was a terrible ruler. He finally realized this and it is in effect his second chance to correct the injustice to which he subjected his people. The greatest leaders of all time were the most dedicated servants to mankind.
In the words of the Master, (Mt:19:30): "But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first".
Mt:20:27: "And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant"
Cuneiform for "Lost in the Temple of Anu"
Dr. Pagan explains:
Here is the Akkadian equivalent of "Lost in the temple of Anu." The signs are arranged in three rows, from top to bottom and left to right.
I DINGIR a-nim
The transcription is: ina b§t Anim haliq
This may be translated: "Lost in the temple (literally "house") of Anum."
The sign DINGIR functions as a divine determinative in this instance, so it would not be represented in transcription. I is a Sumerogram for Akkadian b§tum "house, temple." The form haliq (from the root hlq, infintive hal~qu, "to disappear, to become missing or lost") is either a predicate "he/she is lost," or absolute state "lost."