From "Touch The Earth"

Standing Prayer

04:31
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

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