Friday, June 23, 2017

you are (lyrics)

you, you are enough
you are enough

you are everything
you are everything

you are the Winter's quilt
you are the Poet's tongue
you are the roots of a tree
you are its leaves falling

you are the Summer's rain
you are the Child's laugh
you are the Elder's cane
you are everything
you are everything

you are the silenced people's cry
you are the one who stands up
you bring the key to the cage
you sew the wings to their sleeves

and you sing and you sing for their lives
and you sing and you sing for our lives

oh----you are the ocean
oh----you are a drop

oh----you are the mountain
oh----you are a rock

oh----you are the flower
oh----you are the seed

oh----you are the Seeker
oh----you are found.

even when you forget you are, you are
even when you forget you are, you are
even when you forget you are, you are
even when you forget you are, you are

you are a star, a firefly, the moon's rise, the wind's fall
you are everything, you are everything


more than enough
you are



listen to the song here

Monday, May 29, 2017

when I became the blue




most times I think I've escaped you.



but then

water rushes in

and I remember that night
where we melted into each other

the wind, rain, waves
sounding behind, beneath -- through us

you painted me in every different kind of blue --
all the blues from your drawings

the only moments of color
in your ink of black and white

these were the colors that became me.

but was it you who did the painting,
or me who did the dreaming?

did i paint you painting me?

and were the blues from your drawings
the one splash
you allowed yourself to feel?


the splash dried up--


black and white remains.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

oh say can you see

Is it bombs bursting in air
Or the rockets red glare
That proves in the night
That our flag is still there?

Or is it the way we resist
And the way we persist
The way we defend our immigrants

The way we stand up
Or take a knee
We raise our voices
Or refuse to sing
An anthem steeped in slavery

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Our anthem was written by Francis Scott Key
A white man, a slave owner
Why is this what we sing?

In the 3rd verse our anthem does gallantly boast:
“No refuge could save, the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

( And you wonder why Kaepernick does take a knee? )

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
There’s nothing patriotic about slavery
Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
There’s nothing patriotic about slavery

So, we’ll write a new song
Till the stars and the stripes
And the red white and blue
Mean freedom for black folks
Muslims too

For what kind of flag only waves for some?
The few and the rich and the white and the male? ---
Let’s wash the flag from its stains of blood
Let’s change the song so we can proudly hail--

A freedom that means everyone
A freedom that means everyone

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?
Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

strong together (lyrics)


We will not follow your fear.
We will not follow your hate.
We will not follow your poison and your lies.
Only love, truth, and justice will lead the way.
Only love, only love will lead the way.

We will not follow your racist beliefs.
We will not follow the White Supremacy.
We’ll crumble and shatter your walls and your fear.
Only love, truth and justice will lead the way.
Only love, only love will lead the way.

And in this time
of great divide, we cannot see
all that we share
can bring us towards a unity
But we must undo
The racist fear and misogyny

Until freedom means
All people
Not just white not just white
Not just Trump in his tower
Of bigotry and spite.

And we will march together.
And we will shout together.
We will rise, we will rise, we will rise.

We will fight deportation,
and we will shout for liberation
We will fight, we will fight, we will fight.

We will protect our water.
We will protect our planet.
Seeds will rise, seeds will rise, seeds will rise.

We will hold each other.
We will uplift each other.
We will live, we will live, we will live.

We are strong together!
We are loud together!
We are One together!
We will fight together!

We are strong together!
We are loud together!
We are One together!
We will fight together!

We are strong together!
We are loud together!
We are One together!
We will fight together!


We are strong together!
We are loud together!
We are One together!
We will fight together!

Only love, truth, and justice will lead the way.
Only love, only love will lead the way.

Only love, truth, and justice will lead the way.
Only love, only love will lead the way.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

midnight train (lyrics)

We were flyin’
flyin'
so high in the night

In clouds of black
and dusty gray

Stars in glass bottles
were guiding the way

And far below the midnight train
was howlin’ howlin,

howlin my name.

The air was so black that I couldn’t see
So I drank and I drank
Trying to find
A little of you,
A little of me.

But soon the sun would find its way
Burning everything aflame.
The droplets that I knew of you
Would vanish, vanish, vanish too.

And the midnight train was howlin’

And we pretended the sun wasn’t comin’

High in the night
Far from the ground below.

Would we ever linger
into dawn,
into day,
into yellow-orange sunlight
hours and hours away.

We've only met in hazy dreams
Of dark dark skies
In silken waves
Of moon-lit night.

For when the Sun comes with its burning flame
Your misty body flies away
Flies away
Flies away

My only wish -- to kiss you in the sober light of day.

But you are my Knight of shining dream-light
The soul that only breathes at night
The face that never can be seen
Unless I’m wanderin’ through a dream.

So tonight I’ll stop the sun from coming in.
I’ll fly above our clouds our stars our night
To cover the sun
In a blanket of gray
Its light will be hidden
The night will remain.

And holes in the blanket will make tiny stars
And we’ll be tucked into each other
Our one night, now so much longer.

And the midnight train will keep on howlin’

But we’ll be howling too.

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listen to the song here

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