Water Is Life

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Proceeds from this song will be donated to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund which supports the legal defense of warriors protecting land, water, and human rights.

"When Musician's get together and they start talking about an issue, our first instinct is to write a song about it. We felt it was important to contribute and share our talents to show solidarity with Standing Rock. For everything in this world, water is life."

lyrics

Joy Harjo Intro:
Those who saw into the future predicted the destruction
If we didn’t listen.
The earth began crying out for us to stand up.
Defend the water.
Stand up!

Shkeme Verse:
I took a trip up to Standing Rock
I tell you it was a big shock
To find my people in distress
Oh my gosh what a mess
Police in full riot gear
The Natives have no fear
Unite the people far and near
The Natives got to rise up rise up

They are trying to provoke us
With attack dogs and pepper spray
Well this is a peaceful protest
Protectors stand your ground and pray
Cause when the pipeline breaks it will be the people’s downfall
Tell you what when the pipeline breaks we’ll be the ones to have to suffer, yea

Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline
I said a Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline

Adrian Verse:
Hey Mr. DAPL Man
Can you tell me
Why you wake up in the morning
On the wrong side of history
Cause’ when this story’s been told
Of corporate greed, oil and gold
Politicians bought and sold
And police brutalizing
What will your children say
Would they stand with us today
As we, lift up our hearts and pray
For the Earth, the Water and Humanity

Shkeme/Carlo Bluehouse Johnson
When the black snake bleeds, it will be the people’s downfall
tell you what when the black snake bleeds, we’ll be the ones to have to suffer, yea

Shkeme:
Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline
I said a Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline

Break

Cause when the pipeline breaks it will be the people’s downfall
Tell you what when the pipeline breaks we’ll be the ones to have to suffer, yea

Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline
I said a Water is life, without it you can’t survive
I said a Water is life, No DAPL pipeline

Def-I Verse:
Peace to the sun Mother Earth father sky and all the daughters
Rock a concert then Offer crops some drops of water
While militant snakes and corporations divide and conquer
I align my chakras unite and prosper
The Mind is conscious
I'm on the interstate with Innastate while they discriminate and assimilate
Eliminate the black snake may their hate fade away and then disintegrate
Yea, for all of our people in the front lines giving out Peaceful vibrations
Mother Earth she is so sacred we Dream for a cleaner oasis
Money won't buy you love sent from up above that comes from the most high
Headstrong with the hopes high protecting the water for both sides
Our river flows wit a low tide to the coast line as it rolls by
I wrote rhymes and quotes for NoDAPL and you know why water is life

credits

released November 19, 2016
Musicians
Adrian Wall: Vocals, Guitar
Carlo Bluehouse Johnson: Guitar
Def-I aka Christopher Bidtah: Vocals
Clara Natonagah: Vocals
Emmett Shkeme Garcia: Vocals
Gilbert Uribe: Bass Guitar
John Williams: Keyboards
Joy Harjo: Vocals, Saxohpone
Lawrence Bailon: Drums
Rylan Kabotie: Vocals

Cover Art: Shonto Begay
Graphics: Emergence Greetings

Produced By: Adrian Wall, Bill Palmer
Engineered and Mixed By: Bill Palmer
Recorded and Mixed at Frogville Studio, Santa Fe, NM
2016 All Rights Reserved

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NM Water Is Life Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico musicians Innastate, Native Roots, Joy Harjo & Def-I have taken action to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline by creating a collaborative song entitled “Water is Life.” Proceeds will be donated to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund which supports the legal defense of warriors protecting land, water, & human rights. ... more

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