State of Independence  

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Shablam idi shablam ida
Shablam idi shablam ida
Shablam idi shablam ida

--"State of Independence" (1981) by Jon Anderson and Vangelis

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"State of Independence" (1981) is a song written by Jon Anderson and Vangelis. Cover versions have been recorded by several artists and it has been a hit single on three occasions. The song is written in a reggae/calypso style and features an abstract spiritual lyric.

Originally recorded by Jon and Vangelis for their 1981 album The Friends of Mr. Cairo, "State of Independence" was released as a single the same year but did not chart. The song subsequently became better known when Donna Summer released a cover version a year later in 1982, which became a Top Twenty UK single (and repeated the same feat fourteen years later when issued as a remixed version in 1996) and becoming a Number One hit in the Netherlands. In 1992, a third version of the song - retitled Spiritual High (State of Independence) - was recorded and released as a single by Moodswings (featuring Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde as lead vocalist).

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