Orange Music, Vol. 1: Water & Light

by LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva

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1.
My father used to say “My darling, what’s your strategy? Your people can’t survive alone On all that theory. Use your mind But use your heart to be The change you want to see,” So this is how I walk the path Creator made for me When I eat the rice Then I clean the bowl If I scorch the sky Then I will mend the hole And if I slay the herd The everybody pays the toll 'Cause we all have to Drink the water I left home for education To replete an eager mind With my wisdom to recover And my young will to refine. What my people lost of fishing They’d forgotten over time, So I returned home to my people With a fishing line And when we eat the rice, Then we clean the bowl. And if we scorch the sky Then we will mend the hole And we will catch the wind Because we can’t clean the coal And we all have to drink the water 100 years after I was killed by cavalry I journeyed to the great white land To seek apology Tom Daschel said he’d only grant The state’s regrets to me 'Cause apologizing one time Might just set the floodgates free But sir, you ate the rice So you must clean the bowl. And you scorched the sky So you must mend the hole And well, you took my voice With all the land you stole But we all have to drink the water Yes, you ate the rice So you must clean the bowl And you scorched the sky so you must mend the hole And well, you slayed the herd And you still won’t pay the toll But we all have to drink the water
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Water II (Walk Upon Water) Tell me have you heard the people say To meet the dawn You must survive the day Everybody got 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 my song We walk upon the water It's the only way we ever survive We walk upon the water The way we change to stay alive Now the temperature is rising But I'm not in it baby just to get by We walk upon the water 'Cause 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 It's the only way we ever survive We walk upon the water The way we change to stay alive Now the temperature is rising But I'm not in it baby just to get by We walk upon the water And 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
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People tell you what they want, What they want and People say to you what you need, What you need and the Way they say to you What you want, what they need is Supposed to somehow say Who you ought to be If I told you what I want, What I want, oh, Would you run away from me, From me? and Would I let that change what I see, What I see if you Ran away from me? O, let your light shine Bright for a moment Just let your light shine Bright for a moment with me O, let your light shine Bright for a moment If you just let your Light shine bright I will tell you what i want, What i want and I will let you say what you need, What you need. To the Best of your ability Would you tell me what you need?

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Recorded by TJ Barends, Bare Sounds
Produced by Lilli Lewis & TJ Barends for Elysium House Records
Words and Music by Lilli Lewis

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released January 16, 2016

Piano/Vocals: Lilli Lewis
Guitars: Liz Hogan, Joy Clark, Wade Hymel
Sax: Eric Thomas (ETQ/Elevate the Quest)
Bass: Alan Craig
Drums: Wade Hymel

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LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva New Orleans, Louisiana

Lilli Lewis bears a progressive, provocative, and conscientious presence paired with a love for music that began before she composed her first song on the piano at age three, Lewis is a modern day Renaissance woman, who, when in full gear, conjures the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Odetta, and Janis Joplin. ... more

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