Three Dog Night is one of those bands whose music you know well, even if you think you don't. Beyond "Joy to the World," the group has tons of hits on classic-rock radio; my personal favorite is "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)." But it's not often you hear Three Dog Night associated with something cool — like, say, an episode of "Lost."
But not only did this week's "Lost" feature Three Dog Night's "Shambala" in a prominent scene — the VW-bus-romp homage to Little Miss Sunshine — but the song may also play into the overarching "Lost" symbolism. For more on that and to hear "Shambala" — which, like most Dog songs, you don't think you know, but you do —
“The lyrics refer to a situation where kindness and cooperation are universal, joy and good fortune abound, and psychological burdens are lifted"
Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala [...]
How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?"
The episode itself had to do with making your own luck, and the song also fits into some "Lost" fans' speculation that the island doesn’t really exist, at least in the physical world, and that if it does, there’s some kind of space/time bending going on that kind of removes the island from reality. If "Shambala" is metaphor for the spiritual path one might follow, that might fit into the idea that the "Lost" characters have some other-worldly meaning behind their presence on the island.
Now, let's listen to the song shall we?
Thanks to Cable & Tweed for posting the track.