conquering the kingdom of Kalinga
in the Indian state of Orissa
brought the death of so many men
Ashoka vowed to never fight again
and all across the land
the emperor's power grew
with love before violence
all conflicts with silence

remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
and the era of imperial buddhist rule
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
and the era of imperial buddhist rule

through every corner of his empire
he sent overseers of the law
to teach the brand new policies
befriending all of his enemies
and from every house
all the people sang
lets raise up the things that fill us
put down the weapons that kill us

remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
and the era of imperial buddhist rule
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
remember Ashoka Maurya
and the era of imperial buddhist rule
era of imperial buddhist rule
the era of imperial buddhist rule

I ain't gonna study this world no more
I ain't gonna study this world no more
I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield
down by the riverside
I ain't gonna study this world no more
I ain't gonna study this world no more
I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield
down by the riverside

oh don't cry don't cry no more
your babies gonna sleep at night
oh don't cry don't cry no more
everybody knows, everybody knows

I ain't gonna study this world no more, please don't cry
I ain't gonna study this world no more, years go by


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    General CommentI guess the song is pretty self-explanatory. It's about Ashoka the Great, who ruled India around 270 BC. He was a pretty bad dude, and during the Kalinga War his armies killed about 100,000 Kalingans at a cost of 10,000 of his own. He personally viewed the battlegrounds, and apparently he saw the carnage and cried, "What have I done?" He vowed never to do that again, and converted to Buddhism. As the song says, his power grew through his good will and kindness. Ashoka's symbol is the blue wheel thing in the middle of India's flag.

    Awesome song. I was at the show where they recorded the only non-bootleg version of this. Jack Johnson and his band were opening for Mason, and Adam Topol (Jack's drummer) was playing congas along with Mason's Band. It was pretty awesome.
    NorthWriteron October 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalso, wasn't he largely responsible for spreading buddhism to many other countries... especially with the power he had to do so?
    TheWrongGirlon January 11, 2011   Link

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