There Is a Mountain
|"There Is a Mountain"|
|Single by Donovan|
|B-side||"Sand and Foam"|
|Released||Aug 1967 (USA)
October 1967 (UK)
|Recorded||July 1967, CBS Studios, London|
|Label||Epic 5-10212 (USA)
Pye 7N17403 (UK)
|Donovan (UK) chronology|
Chart positions: # 11 (USA Billboard), # 9 (USA Cashbox), # 11 (USA Record World), # 8 (UK)
The lyrics refer to a Buddhist saying originally formulated by Qingyuan Weixin, later translated by D.T. Suzuki in his Essays in Zen Buddhism, one of the first books to popularize Buddhism in Europe and the US. Qingyuan writes
Before I had studied Chan (Zen) for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers.
Dandy Livingstone covered the song in 1967.
Steve Earle Covered the song on many of the dates on his 2015 "Terraplane" World Tour. Most notably at HSBF in San Francisco and in Donovan's home city of Glasgow on Oct 27th 2015.
- Show 48 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 5] : UNT Digital Library
- Buddhism & Science: A Guide for the Perplexed Donald S. Lopez, P. 227