From "Touch The Earth"

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

I have recorded this song many times and it was originally released on a CD that benefited the Rainforest Action Network by Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream that included songs by Jerry Garcia and Paul Winter. This version is my favorite and features swirling kalimbas in the choruses, electric violin and lots of percussion.

Lyrics

Touch The Earth

 

Touch the earth while you can

Touch the earth where you stand

 

Find your place in this creation

It's a source of inspiration

Look beyond your own reflection

Into nature's true perfection

 

Chorus

 

Don't abuse the gift of power

Looking down from your ivory tower

In this life you're no outsider

So give thanks to the great provider

 

Chorus

 

The bird flies from tree to tree

But even she eventually must touch the earth, touch the earth

 

Instrumental break

 

Plant a seed of understanding

In a universe expanding

Not to lose this home we're building

Having been ungrateful children

 

c 2001 Derrik Jordan Hilljoy Music (BMI)

www.derrikjordan.com (802)387-4050 hilljoy@sover.net

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

Written after my traditional Lakota vision quests from lessons learned over four years. It asserts, as Phil Crazybull, our medicine man used to say, "We are all indigenous." Meaning we are all connected to mother earth. No one person or race has more right to the planet than any other - we all share it. "mitakuye oyasin" meaning "we are all related" is the core belief of the Lakota. It is the thing that one tries to keep in mind at all times. Not just people are conneted but all things - plants, animals, stones, everything.

Lyrics

Indigenous

 

I am the sky

And the earth below

I'm never lost

Anywhere I go

I am the rain

And the barren land

I see myself In each grain of sand

 

Oh, I'm not alone

The earth is my home

 

Chorus:

We are all indigenous

Totally original

Lightning, sea and stardust

We are all indigenous

 

I dig and climb

And pull the plow

I swim and fly

I'll show you how

I am the grass

And the ancient trees

The spark of life

Carried on the breeze

 

Oh, I'm not alone

The earth is my home

 

Chorus

 

We breathe the same air

And drink the same water

Our bodies share the same mother

 

©2001 Derrik Jordan Hilljoy Music (BMI) (802)387-4050

hilljoy@sover.net www.derrikjordan.com

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

A very old song of mine that I used to play a lot in the band Cayenne and Spunk in southern VT for many dances. It's got a memorable latin montuno that comes in the middle and propels the song to it's finish. A love song about wanting to make things work in a relationship that's had it's ups and downs.

Lyrics

Love To Spare

 

I will try to love you more

Whose ever fault it is, it's no use keeping score

I will be the one to bend

For I would rather compromise than lose a friend

 

For I know that there is more

And a rainbow at the core

And though we almost reached the end

If you dare to try again

 

Dedicate my life to you

Each and every thing I do

I will never lie to you

I would rather die for you

After all that we've been through

I've got to make it work with you

 

I will try to help us share

The little secrets that have kept us unaware

And I will be the one to care

For I'll be standing by your side with love to spare

 

For I know that there is more

And a rainbow at the core

And though we almost reached the end

If you dare to try again

 

Copyright 2002 Derrik Jordan (given name: Derrik Hoitsma jr.)

Hilljoy Music (BMI) (802)387-4050 www.derrikjordan.com Worldsoul Records PO Box 403 Putney, VT 05346

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

This song was inspired by my 4 traditional Lakota vision quests and the title was taken from my old friend Red Thunder Cloud who was the last living speaker of the Catawba language. He used to say that he always prayed standing up and with his eyes open so he could look upon the Great Spirit's creation. The song uses the Lakota phrase 'Mitakuye Oyasin" in the climax of the bridge which means "we are all related' and is the central belief of the Lakota and means that everything is connected - rocks, plants, animals, humans - everything.

Lyrics

Standing Prayer

 

This is a standing prayer

For the oceans and the air

For the mountains and the trees

For the frogs, the birds, the bees

Every creature, every stone

Sings to me, this is my home

Mother earth and father sky

 

This is a standing prayer

That I may become aware

Of my essence and my core

Of the ones who came before

Who are here within my cells

And as spirits round me dwell

Make me worthy in their eyes

 

Oh grant me joy, peace and love all my days

But most of all, may I learn what it means to live mitakye oyasin

 

This is a standing prayer

For the ones afraid to dare

For the broken and the shamed

May they find no one to blame

And the ones who cannot sing

And the ones who lost their wings

˜Cause they forgot how to fly

 

Oh grant me joy, peace and love all my days

But most of all, may I learn what it means to live mitakye oyasin

 

This is a standing prayer

That I may begin to care

And my heart open so wide

That there's nowhere left to hide

And my excuses and my fears

Melt away and disappear

When I hear the voice inside

 

From the CD "Touch The Earth" © 2002 Derrik Jordan

Hilljoy Music (BMI) www.derrikjordan.com

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

This song won first place for Reggae Song of the year from Just Plain Folks, the world's largest songwriter organization. It was inspired by Bob Marley and is a protest song in the sense that it is asking questions but at the same time reaching for solutions.

Lyrics

Something's Gonna Change

 

Something's gonna change, I know

When we speak of peace while we're stockpiling armaments

Something's gonna change, I know

For we pollute the earth as if there were no consequence

 

Governments are playing God

While upon our backs they trod

And our destiny they prod into war that will surely destroy every living thing

 

Something's gonna change, I know

For survival has become the challenge of the age

Something's gonna change, I know

When politicians read their lines like actors on a stage

 

Someone's starving at the feast

Angry souls disturb the peace

Here in the belly of the beast

You're a mob when you can't get a job and you gotta eat

 

Something's gonna change, I know

When technology grows faster than our consciousness

Something's gonna change, I know

For we can't expect the young to bear our carelessness

 

Copyright 2002 Derrik Jordan

Hilljoy Music (BMI) (802)387-4050 www.derrikjordan.com

Derrik Jordan - Touch the Earth
Words and music by Derrik Jordan

Story

Almost every line in this song asks a question. And the answer is 'Fragile creatures on a fragile world." Are we smart enough to outsmart ourselves? Only time will tell. This is one of my favorite productions. There's a lot going on here as it builds over the course of the song.

Lyrics

Endangered Species

 

Who is the hunter?

Who is the prey?

Who is the master?

Who is the slave?

 

Fragile creatures on a fragile world

 

How did we blunder?

Who is to blame?

Dazzled by the wonder

Moth to the flame

 

Fragile creatures on a fragile world

 

Are we smart enough to outsmart ourselves

And rise up and face our fear?

Of the nightmare looming when we're only human

And illusions are so dear

 

Fragile creatures on a fragile world

 

Who knows the hunger?

Who feels the need?

Who hoards the plunder?

Driven by greed

Fragile creatures on a fragile world

 

Copyright 2002 Derrik Jordan

Hilljoy Music (BMI) (802)387-4050 hilljoy@sover.net www.derrikjordan.com

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