Singled Out: Be's Golden Cup


Be mastered mind David Hawkins tells us the story behind the single "Golden Cup" which features Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) and comes from the Be's sophomore album "You". Here is the story:

"Golden Cup" is a conversation with the One; specifically with the Goddess. The symbol of the Goddess has always resonated with me; it seems natural. We were all born from mothers, after all. The song is of praise and gratitude to her for guiding me through the valleys in my life, and a spiritual desire to become one with her and understand her secrets. It's kind of mysterious; a song of thanks and for transcendence. Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) appears on the album, and when his voice comes in here on the chorus, it really adds to the transcendent quality of the song. I've always loved his voice, and it really shines here.

Songs have a life of their own, and their meaning is subjective and evolves with time, so they're kind of hard to pin down, but I think "Golden Cup" speaks both to a relationship with the Spirit and a personal relationship. It celebrates the Goddess, and also speaks to that aspect in ourselves. The guitar groove and first verse lyrics came at the same time: "You lift me up / I drink from your Golden Cup / you show me things I need to know." The Golden Cup is the Grail (another symbol I'm fascinated with), which is symbolic of renewal and spiritual nourishment. The Grail also relates to the health of the Land, which is certainly relevant now as well. Once those initial lyrics came, things flowed from there. The line "I'm thankful for so much, you turned all my lead to gold" is a reference to alchemy as a metaphor for the process of our Soul's growth; of transforming our base and shadow sides (lead) into the higher noble elements (gold) by facing them and understanding them.

For me, writing songs is like a cross between prayer and therapy; it's a way of working things out and expressing myself, but also a way to connect to the Spirit. It's sacred and personal and I do it for myself, but it's nice to see it resonating with others the way it is. It feels good to see people moved by a song in the same way I was moved when I wrote it. Music is powerful that way; it's a universal language. It connects us and heals us and brings us what
we need; both as writers and listeners. It's magic.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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