Orange Music, Vol. 1: Water & Light

by LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva

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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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Track Name: Water I (The Water)
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
Track Name: Water II (Walk Upon the Water)
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
Track Name: Light (O, Let Your Light Shine Bright)
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?