Community Songs

All I Ask of You/Ishq Allah

Gregory Norbet / and a Traditional Sufi song

chords: CFG





All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you

All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you

 

Ishq Allah Mabud Lillah

Ishq Alla Mabud Lillah

 

Aumba

Traditional African Freedom song Arranged by Maggie Wheeler and Denis Donnely




Part 1

Aumba aumba aumba aumba

Aumba aumba aumba aumba

 

Part 2

Au mama ma, Au mama ma

Au mama ma, Au mama ma

 

Part 3

Shala la la, shala la la

Shal la la, sha la la


Come Home 

Kristina Jessen
chords: BEF





Part 1:

Home again, come home again,

We are not in this alone again, come  

 

Part 2:

Open, keep your heart open, Oooh

Open, keep you mind open, oooh

 

Part 3:

Let me know that I am safer here,

Open your heart, Open your mind and

Como No Voya

variation of original by Abuela Malinalli
CAPO 3 – Am Dm Em





Como no voy a cantar

Si tengo todo para cantar

Si tengo luna, si tengo sol,

Si tengo estrellas, si tengo amor

 

Como no voy a reir
Si tengo todo para reir
Si tengo luna, si tengo sol
SI tengo estrellas, si tengo amor

Como no voy a sonrir
Si tengo todo para ser feliz
Si tengo luna, si tengo sol,
Si tengo estrellas, si tengo amor
 

La la la la lai lai lai… (X2)

cantar (sing)

reir (laugh)

sonreir (smile)

Feel the Rhythm

Kristina Jessen





Breathing in, breathing out

Feel the rhythm move through your body and

Down into the ground

Forget Your Perfect Offering

Adapted from Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’





call and response
 

Forget your perfect offering / forget your perfect offering
Just sing a song that you can sing / just sing a song that you can sing

There is a crack in everything / there is a crack in everything


Thats how / thats how

The light / the light

Gets in, That’s how the light gets in (together)
 

Thats how / thats how

The light / the light

Gets in, That’s how the light gets in (together)

Gayatri Mantra

Traditional Sanskrit Mantra - sung here by Deva Premal



Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

Heartbeat 

Susie Ro Prater




 

P1

Heartbeat under my feet
Heartbeat under my feet

Heartbeat under my feet

And I sing for you

 

P2

Heartbeat under my feet
Heartbeat under my feet

Heartbeat under my feet

And I sing for you

 

P3

Heart beating, heart beating

Heart beating, and I sing for you

 

P4

I feel your heartbeat under my feet

I feel your heartbeat under my feet

I feel your heartbeat under my feet

And I sing for yoou

I Release Control

Sung here and written by: Alexa Sunshine Rose




 

I release control

And surrender to the flow

Of love, that will heal me

Ide Were Were

Traditional public domain song of the Yoruban & Santeria traditions
Sung here by Deval Premal



 

Ide were were nita oshun
Ide were were
Ide were were nita oshun
Ide were were nita ya


Ocha kiniba nita oshun
Cheke cheke cheke
Nita ya
Ide were were

Meaning: To understand Osun is to know the intelligence, vitality, caring and nourishing abilities of womankind. Long-suffering, cheated, overlooked, and over-worked, but always committed to the survival of humanity. In Osun, we have the embodiment of prosperity, love, beauty, elegance, sexuality and sensuality and a divinely sanctioned feminist.

 

Jewels

Barbara McAfee




 

P1

Every time I go into the darkness, I return with fistfuls of jewels.

 

P2
Midnight velvet wraps all around me; stars glitter brilliant above.
 

P3

Dreaming darkness, dreaming light.

 

Let Life Move Me

Scott Kalechstein Grace
Adapted by Gretchen Sleicher/PT Songlines Choir





Chords: Am Dm E 

I’m gonna let life move me

I’m gonna let life stir me deep

 

I’m gonna let life wake me

From an ancient sleep

 

I’m gonna laugh all my laughter

I’m gonna cry all my tears

 

I’m gonna love the rain just as deeply as the

Sun when it clears

Listen (Eel River Song)​

Meredith Buck




 

P1
Listen, listen, listen, listen


P2
Lay yourself down on the rocks now
Let your body down in the river
Listen for the drumming on the other side
Lose yourself in the meantime

 

P3
Listen
Let your body be your guide
Let the water decide
Lose yourself in the meantime

Put Your Roots Down

Composer unknown - any information would be greatly appreciated!




 

Put your roots down, put your feet on the ground

You can hear what she says, if you listen  

Put your roots down, put your feet on the ground

You can hear what she says, if you listen  

 

Cuz the, sound of the river, as it moves across the stones

Is the, same sound as the blood in your body as it moves across your bones

 

Are you listening, are you listening

Are you listening, are you listening

(last time repeat)

Rising Strong

Sung here and written by: Heather Houston




 

Part 1:
Oh take my hand now, yes you belong
And lift your voice now, and sing this song
And we will root down into the ground now
We’re rising strong, yeah, we’re rising strong


Parts 2 and 3:
Ooooo….


Parts 4 and 5:
And we are warriors of the light
And we are stronger when we unite
We are here to waken the love
We are rising strong, yeah we’re rising strong!

Rutabaga

Joanne Hammil




 

P1

Broccoli, kale, rutabaga, brussel sprouts

 

P2

Mama says to eat your vegetables,

Even, guess what? Rutabaga.

 

P3

Believe it or not

Rutabaga tastes good

 

P4

Who would name a food rutabaga ?

Sacred Word Chant

Sophia Songhealer, adapted and sung here by Barb McAfee




 

P1

Om Mani Padme Hum - (Buddhist mantra)


P2

La illah ha il Allah hu – (Arabic, Islamic prayer)


P3

Shalom Shanti – (Hebrew and Sanscrit, calling in peace)


P4

Gloria in Excelsis – (Latin ‘glory to God in the highest’)

Sin Nje Nje

Traditional African - Zulu lyrics - Sung here by Susie Ro Prater




Sin nje nje nje ngemi thandazo 
Sin nje nje nje ngemi thandazo 

​Ngemi thandazo 
​Ngemi thandazo 
(repeat)

O mama bagudale babe thandaza 
O mama bagudale babe thandaza 
Babe thandaza 
Babe thandaza 
(repeat)
 

English translation
Things are as they are because of prayer, 
because of prayer, because of prayer. 
Our mothers/women of old used to pray, 
used to pray, used to pray.

During the years of Apartheid it became popular amongst mothers and daughters who had lost their sons, brothers, fathers and/or husbands. 

Sing for the Earth

Kristina Jessen


 

P1

Doom doom doom bada doom

Doom doom doom bada dadada doom

Doom doom doom bada doom doom doom

Doom doom doom bada doom

 

P2

Sing for the earth and sing for your worth

Sing for your loved ones and sing for the birth

Of a new world, a new world

Sing for the ones who gave you life

P3

Sing sing for the earth

Sing sing for the birth

Of a new world, a new world

Sing for the ones who gave you life

Spring Song

Kristina Jessen




 

P1.
Doom bong, doom doom bong, doom doom bong, doom bong (repeat)

 

P2.

Feel the wind, her chill begins to thin,
Her warm breath caresses the earth


Singing through the tall grass, I can feel her wandering
Through the meadow of my heart

 

P3

Ooo’s

The River

Sung here and written by: Coco Love Alcorn





chords: A E D

The river is a healer
The river is a sage
The river knows no end
And the river feels no age

The river is a leader
Every single day
It's living in the moment
And it always finds a way


Water heal my body
Water heal my soul
When I go down, down to the water, By
the water I feel whole


The river calls me over
It's calling out my name
In the day and in the night
I hear that river all the same

It's calling me over
Calling out my pain
Oh a river gathers tears
Just like a river gathers rain


Water heal my body
Water heal my soul
When I go down, down to the water, By
the water I feel whole


The river is a traveller
Always on the go
A river never worries
If it's fast or if it's slow

River take me
To where I need to go
Oh, and I will just relax
And let the river flow


Water heal my body
Water heal my soul
When I go down, down to the water, By

the water I feel whole   (repeats)

This Is Home

Sung here and written by: Sophia Efthimiou




 

This is home where I belong, in this breath in this heart

This is home where I belong, in this voice in this song

Three Little Birds

Bob Marley




Capo2 - ADE

Chorus:

Don't worry, about a thing
'Cause every little thing, gonna be all right
Singin', don't worry, about a thing
'Cause every little thing, gonna be all right

 

Verse:

Rise up this mornin’

Smile with the rising sun

Three little birds, pitch by y doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true

Sayin’, this is my message to you-oo-oo

 

Chorus:

Singin', don't worry, about a thing
'Cause every little thing, gonna be all right
Singin', don't worry, about a thing
'Cause every little thing, gonna be all right


Verse

Chorus

 

Trees Grow Slow

Laurence Cole




 

Chorus:

Trees grow slow, and trees grow strong, and

Trees sway with the wind their whole lives long

Trees hold the ground as they reach for the sky

And fallen trees still feed the seeds they cast before they die

 

Walk With Me

Sung here and written by: Maggie Wheeler




 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk through the darkest hours of night

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk in the service of doing what’s right

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk with the knowledge that we’ll be alright

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk with my neighbors to fight the good fight

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk for the water, the water is life

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk with the promise of healing in sight

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk for the children and their right to survive

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

I walk in the spirit, I walk in the light

I walk through the darkest hours of night

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

 

And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me


And I call on my ancestors to my left and my right

To walk with me, to walk with me

We Shall Be Known

Sung here and written by: Mamuse (feat: Thrive Choir)



 

P1
We shall be known by the company we keep
by the ones who circle round to tend these fires
 

P2

We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap
the seeds of change alive from deep within the earth

It is time now
It is time now that we thrive
It is time we lead ourselves into the well
It is time now, and what a time to be alive
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love

Woyaya 

Osibisa (band) “the beautiful seven”




 

We are going,
Heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within


And we will get there
Heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will


It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough


But we’ll get there
Heaven knows how we will get there
but we know we will

Woyaya…

(Woyaya means “we keep going” in a Ghanaian language called Ga.)

Yemaya

Yoruba Chant – origin: West Africa





Yemaya Assessu
Assessu yemaya   X2

Yemaya olodo
Olodo yemaya    X2
 

myth and meaning:

A celebration of the moment when the river meets the ocean. Yemaya is a West African creation goddess, the goddess of the ocean, and the mother of all goddesses, associated with the moon and female mysteries. She is a merciful goddess, invoked by women for aid in childbirth, love and healing.