Katmandu

Bob Seger

About Katmandu

"Katmandu" is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was initially released on his 1975 studio album Beautiful Loser, which became the first of ten consecutive platinum albums for Seger. The song was later featured on his live album Live Bullet. The single edit reached number 43 on the US Top 40, becoming Seger's most successful single since "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". The song was featured in the soundtrack to the 1985 film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. The song was also featured as a part of the soundtrack in the 16th episode of the television series Freaks and Geeks. It also appeared in the tenth episode on the eighth season of the television series Supernatural. It was mentioned briefly in the 2016 film Doctor Strange. 


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1975
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I think I'm going to Katmandu
That's really, really where I'm going to
If I ever get out of here
That's what I'm gonna do
K-k-k-k-k-k Katmandu
I think that's really where I'm going to
If I ever get out of here
I'm going to Katmandu

I got no kick against the west coast
Warner brothers are such good hosts
I raise my whiskey glass and give them a toast
I'm sure they know it's true
I got no rap against the southern states
Every time I've been there it's been great
But now I'm leaving and I can't be late
And to myself be true

That's why I'm going to Katmandu
Up to the mountain's where I'm going to
And if I ever get out of here
That's what I'm gonna do
Aw, k-k-k-k-k-k Katmandu
Really, really where I'm going to
If I ever get out of here
I'm going to Katmandu

Oh
Take it away
I ain't got nothin' 'gainst the east coast
You want some people where they got the most
And New York City's like a friendly ghost
You seem to pass right through
I know I'm gonna miss the USA
I guess I'll miss it every single day
But no one loves me here anyway
I know my plane is due

The one that's going to Katmandu
Up to the mountain's where I'm going to
If I ever get out of here
That's what I'm gonna do
K-k-k-k-k-k Katmandu
Really, really, really, going to
If I ever get out of here
If I ever get out of here
If I ever get out of here
I'm going to Katmandu, oh
Ooh huh huh
Ooh huh huh ooh yeah

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Bob Seger

Robert Clark "Bob" Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock and roll singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. more »

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10 facts about this song

Creation
Katmandu is a song by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was released in 1975 as part of his eighth studio album, "Beautiful Loser."
Title Origin
The name "Katmandu" refers to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Seger used the city's name metaphorically to express a desire for a radical change in his lifestyle at the time.
Chart Performance
Although not as successful as some of Seger's other hits, "Katmandu" did well on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at 43rd.
Movie Connection
"Katmandu" was used prominently in the soundtrack of the 1985 action-comedy film "Mask" starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. The song helped to establish a distinctive atmosphere in several scenes.
Song Meaning
The song's lyrics focus on Seger's fatigue with Hollywood's music scene and a powerful yearning for escape. Although the city of Kathmandu is never specified in the song, the title suggests a distant, exotic location far from his everyday problems.
Live Performances
"Katmandu" is a regular highlight of Seger's live performances, celebrated for its lively rhythm and Seger's powerful vocal delivery.
Cover Versions
"Katmandu" was covered by the British blues-rock band The Goldhawks for their 2010 album, "Trick of Light.”
Relevance Today
The song remains popular today among Seger's fans and is often played on classic rock radio stations.
Song Reception
Upon release, "Katmandu" was praised for its robust performances, particularly Seger's impassioned lead vocals and the strong backing from his Silver Bullet Band.
Seger's View
Bob Seger himself considers "Katmandu" to be a turning point in his career, marking the start of his transition from a local Detroit rocker to a nationally recognized musician.

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