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Production by Godfrey Nelson

Photography by amanda blue

Graphics by Sharin Seidel


Tracks

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Where Did You Go [leigh, Nelson, Kunene]
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Take A Train To Cry [Dylan]
Beloved [leigh, Nelson]
Heal Love [leigh, Nelson, Kunene]


Musicians

amanda blue: lead vocals
Ron Kunene-Mpume Sikhakhane: vocals
Thandi Bhengu: vocals
Nomvula Dlamini: vocals
Tony Levin: bass
Guy Sange: bass on It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Matthew Russell: flutes, vocals, percussion
Bashiri Johnson: percussion
Godfrey Nelson: guitars
Lorraine Nelson Wolf: piano
Steve Ide: lead guitar on Beloved



Lyrics

Where Did You Go

[leigh, Nelson, Kunene]
Now that you've gone can you still here me now
Death has shown you O its empty face
My heart is full of feelings some of them strange and new
But with this sadness comes a freedom too
Where did you go
Where did you go
Dear beloved please accept my condolences
We made a deal such a long time ago
You'd be my shield and I would never leave you
We all paid a heavy price for the crimes you waged
But my heart is open wide by the love you gave
Where did you go
Where did you go

Let's make the ancestral spirits
We are in agreement with your spiritual testimony
Let's participate in this divining process
Take heed, venerate your ancestral spirits
Take care, my child
I will always watch over you and grant you protection
Trust in the Lord
Dearest, have a prominent remembrance of your loved ones
Remember your parental guidance and your good training
I will always love you
Tap into your uncommon wisdom
Try your best in all your endeavors
Be compassionate
Never cease to learn from the complexities of life
I'll be your rising star in the firmament
Accept the sun's illumination
Embrace the light and dark
Respect yourself, humanity and your ancestors including God
Stand tall, forever and ever

I am the warrior who was trained by your love
I am the seeker who has walked through your flames
But my heart is growing
As gentle as your ... new born ... soul
Where did you go
Where did you go

The spirit crossed over
The spirit has made a remarkable transition
The spirit has gone on a pilgrimage to heaven
The spirit is in the land of our ancestors

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It Take A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

[Dylan]
Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby
Can't buy a thrill
Well, I've been up all night baby
Leanin' on the window sill
Well, if I die on top of the hill
And if I don't make it, you know my baby will

Ukuzala Ukuzelula
There is beauty in birth
Kwakuhl Ukushona Kwe Langa
The splendor of the sunset is nature's gift
Qhakasa
Brighten yourself and enjoy
Elimnandi Lasebusika
Feel the warmth of the winter sun
Ilanga Likhiph Umkhob Etsheni
The sun's heat brings illumination

Don't the moon look good, mama
Shinin' through the trees?
Don't the brakeman look good, mama
Flaggin' down the "Double E"?
Don't the sun look good
Goin' down over the sea?
Don't my gal look fine
When she's comin' after me?

Don't the sun look good
Now the wintertime is coming
The windows are filled with frost
I went to tell everybody
But I could not get across
Well, I wanna be your lover baby
I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I never warned you
When your train gets lost

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Beloved

[leigh, Nelson]
Beloved cast in stone do you know what I am knowing
Or does this wind echo through our signal waves entwining
I see centuries falling from your glance our hands left through the ages
Do you want me to say I have not forgot our endless parting
Little boy you are my king, I have always known your sorrow
Am I to drop these thousands of years to follow you tomorrow
Down centuries of winding streets and colored garments flowing
Dusty cities left to dust and raw rock bleeding our torn bodies

I see you in the distance are you leaving again?
Surrender my resistance. Will I see you again?

My man you are the world
And I will follow where you're going
Our freedom is the way and our longing brings us home
I promise to be faithful, stay humble and true
My heart you are my soul that cannot be broken
And we stand in a knowing, words that can never be spoken
Crossing boundaries of new worlds just to know my purest task
To find emptiness in oceans of infinite space
To solitude, completeness from every face
Old man you are my trail, the tunnel into darkness
I see your face, I know it well, so long for we are parted

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Heal Love

[leigh, Nelson, Kunene]
(Zulu and Sotho translation)

Heal love in my open mind
In my baby's eyes where the Buddha smiles

Ishwaranang Baheso Bo
Unity is strength, my people
Seboloke Sechaba
Save our nation

Heal love where the desperate wail
In the grief and shame of fear and pain

Ishwaranang Baheso Bo
Unity is strength, my people
Seboloke Sechaba
Save our nation
Masithandaneni Sibe Munye
Openness of humanity is key
Masithanganeni Siqoqane
Let's love one another and unite

Heal love in my open wounds
A lonely tune where the lotus blooms
Heal love in the open sky where freedom flies
And the soul never dies

Umuntu Ngabantu
Life is interrelated
Umuntu Ngabantu
Celebrate our interconnectedness
Umuntu Ngabantu
Savor our profound compassion
Umuntu Ngabantu
Being myself means being connected to you
Umuntu Ngabantu
Your humanness is a result of your ancestral spirits and their will
Umuntu Ngabantu
Unity is humanity
Umuntu Ngabantu
You are a person through other people

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