The song is an adaptation of Der Erlkönig, a poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1782 and subsequently set to music by many composers, including Franz Schubert. "Dalai Lama" is a reference to the current Dalai Lama's well-publicized dislike of air travel. Other than this somewhat oblique reference, the song does not have anything to do with Tibetan Buddhism or the Dalai Lama.
The song updates the storyline of Erlkönig, replacing the poem's travelling man and child on… read more
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