Water II (Walk Upon Water)

tell me have you heard the people say
to meet the dawn you must survive the day
everybody has a part to play

tired, broken and your mind is numb
lost the battle but you’re holding on
that’s the time you gotta sing this song

we walk upon the water
the only way we ever survive
we walk upon the water
it’s how we change to stay alive
now the temperature is rising
but we’re not in it baby just to get by
we walk upon the water
anything, anything is possible

even when you think you stand alone
something in you knows the time has come
to live the truth of times long gone

we walk upon the water
the only way we ever survive
we walk upon the water
the way we change to stay alive
now the temperature is rising
but we’re not in it baby just to get by
we walk upon the water
anything can happen if you
don’t let it bring you down
keep it steady and you stand your ground
we determine what tomorrow holds
but we gotta let the best in us grow


Welfare Queen

if i look you in the eye
tell you i don’t wanna die you try to eat me
you’d say it was a good kill
you’d say it was a very good kill

if i try to raise my hand
whisper i don’t understand you’d just delete me
you’d do it with a good bill
a necessary bill

oh-why-oh-why-o-why-y?

(she’s the welfare queen)
oh i’m just a welfare, welfare queen
you know what i mean, you know what i mean

oh-why-oh-why-o-why-y?

when i try to walk away
tell you i don’t wanna stay you get to shoot me
you’d say it was a good kill
you’d really think it was a very good kill

when i try to raise a fist
you put shackles on my wrist and try to *$#%@! me
you’d tell them it was all for the best
for the good of the rest

oh-why-oh-why-o-why-y?

when i try to stand my ground
show you everything i’ve found you don’t believe me
if i offer any grace
you get all up in my face just to defeat me

if i say i can’t survive
on the wages you provide you denigrate me
you just swallow any lie
that protects you from your pride, who’s the obscenity?


Wednesday’s Child

i’m a wednesday’s child
born on ruination day
to a preacher man who’s better than
he took to the grave
when he left his garden
he caught a cold in his blood
grief comes in many colors
and so does love

grandaddy shot his self
straight in the head
but the bullet didn’t get him
bigotry killed him dead
and i say is this my story
is this my problem with rage
am i making too much of it
or am i turning the page?

well it is what it is
and it ain’t what it ain’t

grandma lives alone now
in the middle of a cotton field
where deep in the darkness
every star in heaven’s revealed
she tells me light and lonely
tread a narrow line
that’s why even the sun
can’t hold its head up all the time

mama gave me a book
about a small feathered seed
whose destiny it was
to ride the spirit breeze
and the wind was to decide
where she rested and took root
am I the fallen seed
am I the spirit fruit?

well it is what it is
and it ain’t what it ain’t


When Mama Cries

in the morning after mama cries
hopelessness, helplessness
and fear become her eyes
the lonely and the weary
seek refuge in the skies
but they’re left unheard
without reply

and the children look around them
and ask for us to see
that another soul is dying
of neglect and sanity
so the children learn the hopelessness
of a victim’s soft demise
these lessons in the silences
left after mama cries

mama said to her lord on bended knee
she’d relinquish all her joys for one last plea
a noble sacrifice indeed but inadvertently
she passed all that joylessness
right down to me

and now her spirit lies somewhere between
her body and her soul
but without her joys and passions,
well she never will be whole
and the children learn the universe
requires such sacrifice
repeating her same promises
every time their mama cries

let the circle be broken
so our spirits can move on
and let it be here and now
before tomorrow is gone
teach me faith, teach me a prayer
show me your strength and love of life
teach me hope, show me you care
and maybe we’ll make it through this night

now i believe that after all is said and done
all the trials and the battles become one
to find your withered soul
and let it blossom in the sun,
well that’s when you’ll know your life’s begun

so children look around you
at all there is to see
know that the beauty of your presence
in this world will set you free
see that the children learn the universe
gave them the gift of life
and that these lessons become promises
every time their mama cries


Winona Laduke

If I was a little bit stronger
I would fly away home.
If I’d wept just a little bit long,
I’d take my pain and call it my own,
But I’m just a soldier, a pawn of war
And ain’t no one told me what I’m fighting for
But if this was a little bit stronger
I’d fly away home.

If I pushed just a little bit harder
The my walls would come a tumblin’ down
And If I paid every hard earned dollar,
The my voice would finally make it’s sound
But I’m just a woman standing alone
And ain’t nobody gonna throw me a bone
But if I was a little bit stronger
I’d fly away home.

If I shook the hands of all the right people
I’d tell them I’m not
that much
different from they
I’d tell them I’d marry anybody they told me
Prove that it’s to the same G-d that we pray
But I’m just a sinner headed for hell
And what they don’t wanna know,
They won’t ask, I won’t tell.
But if I was a little bit stronger
I’d fly away home.

I’ll see your home of the free and the brave,
Raise you my tired, my hungry, my poor.
Dying children can’t afford no insurance,
Doctor’s who kindly lead them to the door
Well I’m just the people waging a war
You see my tomorrow is worth fighting for,
So if I was a little bit stronger,
If I prayed just a little bit longer,
If I was a little bit stronger
I’d fly away home.


Wrecking Ball

I don’t need to fight for freedom
Freedom is a right from birth
I have no need to fight for money
A dollar don’t define your worth

See i want peace for my body
Peace of mind
Peace for my soul
Peace for humankind

I don’t want to fight for justice
I’ll take it from an open hand
I don’t have to fight for power
I’d rather sit to take my stand

And i want peace for the seers
Peace for the blind
Peace for the seekers
Peace for humankind

Chorus
But we go at

Everything with a wrecking ball
Let’s all go down, tear the wall down, tear it on down

I don’t want to fight for water
Abundance flows right from the sky
I don’t need to fight for shelter
Where the ground is soft and trees grow high

I don’t need to fight for knowledge
Wisdom seeds have long been sown
I’m not afraid to walk this journey
See I come into this world alone

What i want is peace for my brother
Peace for his mind
Peace for my sister
Peace for humankind

Chorus


Your Love

your love
is a love that breaks the boundaries of time
Gives a feeling that I never knew could be mine
But now I know that everything will be fine
and i thank you for

your love
though it’s hard to fully know the gift you gave
and despite the foolish ways sometimes i behave
it’s because of you i have a life to save
and i thank you for

your love
just because my heart was broken in two
and darkness was the only light i knew
but how beautiful to find myself in you
it was there all along

oh your love
is the faith i need when things all fall apart
it makes everything i do come straight from the heart
and i wish i’d known this feeling from the start
but i thank you for

your love
though at times the worlds between us seem to wide
it means everything to know you’re by my side
it’s the only thing i know can’t be denied
and i thank you for

your love
when i close my eyes it’s still hard to believe
in this peace beyond what dreams could conceive
just because i felt unworthy to receive
what was there all along
in your love.