Artist: Santana

Put Your Lights On ~ Santana

Santana is a rock band based around guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. It first came to public attention after they performed the song “Soul Sacrifice” at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when their Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III.

Over the next few years, lineup changes were common and frequent, and although retaining a basis of Latin rock, Carlos Santana’s increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band further into more esoteric music, which continued for many years, although never quite losing the initial Latin influence.

The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Carlos Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser.  The first established members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), David Brown (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals, Hammond Organ B3). The group’s first audition with this line up was at the Avalon Ballroom in the late summer of 1967. After the audition, Chet Helms the promoter, in concert with The Family Dog, told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested Carlos keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd St.

The band was announced as one of the performers at the Woodstock Festival. Santana started recording their 1969 debut album in May 1969 and finished it in a month.

Santana would perform at the festival with a huge crowd. Later that month, they released their debut album which peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 pop chart with the single “Evil Ways” being a top 10 single in the US.

Santana went on tour to promote the album and started work on their next album, Abraxas. Work started on the album in mid-April 1970 and was done in early-May 1970. The album was released in September 1970 and would peak at number 1 on the US Billboard 200. The album also featured a cover of the song written by Peter Green (who founded Fleetwood Mac) “Black Magic Woman”, which peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

From January to July 1971, Santana would work on another album. The album was called Santana III. Released in September 1971, the album would be another number 1 on the US Billboard 200 and would become the band’s peak popularity. This was the last album to feature the classic Woodstock era line-up of Santana.

Before recording their fourth album Caravanserai, there had been multiple line-up changes. Bassist David Brown left in 1971 before recording started and was replaced by Doug Rauch and Tom Rutley. Percussionist Michael Carabello left Santana and was replaced by Armando Peraza. Keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie was replaced by Tom Coster on a few songs..

The band has turned over numerous times with scores of members, and since 1999 has had numerous guest singers.  The one band member that has remained constant throughout all has been Carlos Santana.

Put Your Lights On

“Put Your Lights On” is a single performed by Santana and Everlast for Santana’s album, Supernatural.

“Put Your Lights On” won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Everlast wrote the song while recovering from a major heart attack that he had suffered in February 1998 (directly after completing recording his first solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues). He has referred to it as “one of the most personal songs I ever wrote”, stating that the song was “kind of all about hope, but it’s coming from a really dark place you know, so… and really questioning a lot of your beliefs, and affirming, you know, stuff in your soul.”

Everlast converted to Islam in 1996, and the end of the song contains the words “La ilaha illa Allah”, (“there is no god but The God” in Arabic), the first part of the Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith.

Santana called Everlast in 1998, asking him if he could contribute a song for Supernatural, and Everlast suggested “Put Your Lights On”. According to Everlast, Santana loved the song, and “from then on everything went very fast.” Everlast has stated that he was unsure whether to include the Arabic-language portion in the recorded song, because “I did not want to sell Allah’s words”, but that Santana insisted that they be included.

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on,
put your lights on
Hey now all you lovers
Put you lights on,
put your lights on

Hey now, all you killers
Put you lights on,
put you lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on,
you better leave you lights on

‘Cause there’s a monster,
living under my bed,
whispering in my ear
And there’s an angel,
with a hand on my head
She say I got nothing to fear

There’s a darkness,
living deep in my soul
Its still got a purpose to serve
So let your lights shine,
deep into my home
God don’t let me lose my nerve,
don’t let me lose my nerve

Hey now, hey now,
hey now, hey now
Wo-oh hey now
Hey now, hey now,
hey now, hey now

Hey now, all you sinners
Put you lights on,
put you lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on,
you better leave your lights on

‘Cause there’s a monster,
living under my bed,
whispering in my ear
And there’s an angel,
with a hand on my head
She say I got nothing to fear
She says, la elaha ela allah,
you don’t shine like a star
la elaha ela allah,
you don’t shine like a star
Never fade away

  • Audio from the 1999 album, Supernatural:
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Santana (Featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma)

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Carlos Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser. The first established members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), David Brown (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (Hammond Organ B3). The group’s first audition with this line up was at the Avalon Ball Room in the late summer of 1967. After the audition, Chet Helms the promotor, in concert with The Family Dog, told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested Carlos keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd St. Suffice to say that Bill Gram saw a horse of a different psychedelic color and immediately booked the band to open for The Who’s first ever performance at the Original Fillmore Auditorium a month later in October of that same year. In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

India.Arie is an American soul, R&B, and neo soul singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and flautist.

Yo-Yo Ma is an American[1] cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer and winner of multiple Grammy Awards. He is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a song written by George Harrison of The Beatles for their double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album).

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I look at you all
see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor
and I see it need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold you love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah

  • Audio from the 2010 album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time:

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Smooth – Santana (Featuring Rob Thomas)

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Carlos Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser. The first established members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), David Brown (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (Hammond Organ B3). The group’s first audition with this line up was at the Avalon Ball Room in the late summer of 1967. After the audition, Chet Helms the promotor, in concert with The Family Dog, told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested Carlos keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd St. Suffice to say that Bill Gram saw a horse of a different psychedelic color and immediately booked the band to open for The Who’s first ever performance at the Original Fillmore Auditorium a month later in October of that same year. In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

Smooth

One night in 1997, Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20, had a dream he was on the cover of Rolling Stone shouting something into the ear of one of his musical heros, guitar legend, Carlos Santana. A month later, Thomas was invited by R & B compuser Itaal Shur to contribute a song to Santana’s next album. Thomas was thrilled.

They wrote a song (inspired by Thomas’s wife Marisol Maldonado) and sent a rough demo to Santana. Thomas recomended English pop star George Michael for the vocals, but Santana liked what he heard on the demo. “I believe it when he sings.” So Thomas flew to San Francisco to meet his idol and record the song.

“Smooth” was Santana’s first #1 song ever (it was on top for 12 weeks in 1999) was his first to reach the top 10 in 30 years, earned Thomas BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year award, and won nine Grammies. (Santana made the cover of the Rolling Stone in March, 2000…without Thomas)

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Man it’s a hot one
Like seven inches from the midday sun
I hear you whispering the words that melt everyone
But you stay so cool
My mun-equita, my Spanish harlem mona lisa
You’re my reason for reason
The step in my groove

BRIDGE:

And if you said this life ain’t good enough
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
Cause you’re so smooth

CHORUS:

And just like the ocean under the moon
Well it’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of lovin that can be so smooth
Give me your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

I’ll tell you one thing
If you would leave it would be a crying shame
In every breath and every word I hear your name callin’ me out, yeah
Out from the barrio, you hear my rhythm from your radio
You feel the turning of the world so soft and slow
Turning you round and round

BRIDGE:

And if you said this life ain’t good enough
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
‘Cause your so smooth

CHORUS:

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
Well it’s the same emotion that I get from you
You got the kinda lovin’ that can be so smooth, yeah
Give me your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

(guitar solo)

CHORUS:

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
Well, that’s the same emotion that I get from you
You got the kinda lovin’ that can be so smooth, yeah
Gimmie your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

Or else forget about it…
Or else forget about it…
Or else go and forget about it…
Gimmie your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it, oh oh now let’s go and forget about it…
Or else forget about it, oh oh now let’s go and forget about it…
Now now now, let’s go and forget about it…

(or else forget about it, or else forget about it or else forget about it)

  • Audio from the 1999 album, Supernatural:

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Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) – Santana

santanaSantana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)

Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)” is an instrumental from the Santana album Amigos. One of Santana’s most popular songs. It is sometimes a common staple on classic rock radio stations and oldies radio stations.

Upon seeing his friends he was suffering a bad experience while high on mescaline, Carlos composed a song titled “The Mushroom Lady’s Coming to Town”. This precursor contained the first part to the song “Europa”. It was put away and not touched for some time.

When Santana was touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in Manchester, England, he played this song again, this time with Tom Coster who helped him with some of the chords and thus Europa was born. It was renamed to “Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)”.

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  • Audio from the 1976 album, Amigos:


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Samba Pa Ti – Santana

santanaSantana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

Samba Pa Ti

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No Lyrics

  • Audio from the 1970 album, Abarxas:

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Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen ~ Santana

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

Black Magic Woman

“Black Magic Woman” is a song written by Peter Green that first appeared first as a single in some countries, and subsequently appearing on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums English Rose (US) and The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK). It became a classic hit by Santana  after appearing on their Abraxas album, becoming more closely associated with Santana than Fleetwood Mac.

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Got a black magic woman
Got a black magic woman.

I got a black magic woman
Got me so blind I can’t see
That she’s a black magic woman
She’s tryin’ to make a devil out of me.

Turn your back on me baby
Turn your back on me baby.

Yes, don’t turn your back on me baby
Stop messin’ eround with your tricks
Don’t turn your back on me baby
You just might pick up my magic sticks.

Got your spell on me baby
Got your spell on me baby.

Yes you got your spell on me baby
Turning my heart into stone
I need you so bad – magic woman
I can’t leave you alone.

  • Audio from the 1970 album, Abraxas:

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