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        1996

        1. Nierika
        2. Song of the Stars
        3. Indus
        4. Song of the Dispossessed
        5. Dedicace Outo
        6. The Snake and the Moon
        7. Song of the Nile
        8. Devorzhum

          All instruments performed by Brendan Perry & Lisa Gerrard

          except:

          Renaud Pion (Turkish clarinet on Indus)
          Peter Ulrich (Percussion on Nierika & Dedicace Outo)
          Lance Hogan (Percussion on Nierika & Dedicace Outo)
          Ronan O'Snodaigh (Percussion on Nierika & Dedicace Outo)
          Robert Perry (Percussion on Nierika & Dedicace Outo)
          Klaus Vormehr (Percussion on Nierika & Dedicace Outo)

          in memory of Mark Gerrard and Eleanor Vormehr

          Written, Recorded and Produced by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard at Quivvy Church.

          Published by Momentum Music Ltd./Beggars Banquet Music Ltd. adm. by EMI Virgin Music, Inc. ASCAP. "Indus" contains a reference to "Within You Without You" (Maclen Music BMI). Used by kind permission of George Harrison. Lyrics Reprinted by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

          Design and Art Direction by Chris Bigg at v23. Photography by Kevin Westenberg.

          Thanks to Geoffrey Perrin, Fred Muller, Noel Long, Klaus Vormehr, Peader Gaffney and Andrew Hutton without whom...

          harmonies of heaven and earth
          Joscelyn Godwin (1987 Thames & Hudson)
          In most musical instruments the resonator is made of wood while the actual sound generator is of animal origin. In cultures where music is still used as a magical force, the making of an instrument always involves the sacrifice of a living being. That being's soul then becomes part of the instrument and in the tones that come forth, the 'singing dead,' who are ever present with us, make themselves heard.


      • Lyrics

          2. Song of the Stars

            we are the stars which sing
            we sing with our light;
            we are the birds of fire,
            we fly over the sky.
            our light is a voice;
            we make a road for the spirit to pass over

            {algonquian indian}

            outo, ba mwen son ou,e,
            outo, ba mwen son ou,e,
            tanbouye, o ba mwen son ou,
            soley leve.
            outo, give me your sound,
            outo, give me your sound,
            drummer, give me your sound,
            the sun rises.

            {vodun invocation-haiti}

          4. Song of the Dispossessed

            the river is deep and the road is long,
            daylight comes and I want to go home.

            awoke this morning
            to find my people's tongues were tied
            and in my dreams
            they were given books to poison their minds.

            the river is deep and the mountain high,
            how long before the other side.

            we are their mortar,
            their building bricks and their clay.
            their gold teeth mirror
            both our joys and our pain.

            the river is deep and the ocean wide,
            who will teach us how to read the signs.

            the earth is our mother
            she taught us to embrace the light,
            now the lord is master
            she suffers an eternal night.

            you blocked up my ears,
            you plucked out my eyes,
            you cut out my tongue,
            you fed me with lies,

            oh lord.

            {brendan perry}

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