DEBWEWIN, 2022

LET'S TURN THE WORLD AROUND
© 2005 Kenny Kirkwood SOCAN 

I like the way you walk
And I like the way you talk
The way you make my dreams come true 

I like the way you sing
Come on now do your thing
Say it to me that you love me to 

I want to get along
Let's spend the day again
Into the stars we'll go and we'll shine 

Do you remember us in the clear blue waters
on the shores of Lake Huron last summer, wasn't that such fun? 

Running for cover under a great oak tree,
the thunder drumming into us sugar, then you held me tight baby 

Let's turn the world around
and let's help it live again
all we need is precious time to share some good will 

When we're walkin' on the beach,
We'll talk about dreams to keep
Then we'll ride the rock and rolling tides rushin' in.

A ONENESS WITHOUT SIDES 
© 2002 Kenny Kirkwood SOCAN   

CHORUS 1 
Don’t you wish the water wasn’t filled with plastic bottles?
To breathe the air without the fossil fuel? 
If you run the race, you run the risk of sellin out for gold.  
Live your dreams for future lives and times. 
Endless streams of yesterdays newspapers,
telling stories of opinion, selling stories of dominion.  

VERSE 1  
  I feel like I’m slippin' away from a culture that divides. 
  I feel like I’m movin' into a future that provides.
So high is the feeling in-side of myself, 
I just fly into my higher self.  

VERSE 2
Wheels don't stop turnin,
breathe in the moment in your mind.  
People stop sleepin, take it in - the waters flowin by.  
Why are we living in spite of ourselves? 
Why not fly into our higher self?  

CHORUS 2
Don’t you know the time will come when you, 
will blossom like the flower that you are?
Take the time to plant this mighty thought,
each and every day, into your sweet heart.
Time keeps turning after all,  
  its drawing a circle with all different points of view.  

VERSE 3
We can move on together,  
and come to know a oneness without sides.
We need not be vengeful
in the name of others who have died.
So try to stop fighting

BRIDGE
We can remember ourselves to our own heaven & hell
bring the world back online,
hear your Mother nature rhyme,  
all time, all time, all fine, all fine,
  no mine, no mine, no crime, no crime. 

CHORUS 2    (sung with CHORUS 1)
Don’t you know the time will come when you,
will blossom like the flower that you are?
Take the time to plant this mighty thought,  
each and every day, into your sweet heart. 
Time keeps turning after all, 
its drawing a circle with all different points of view. 

SPIRIT YOU
© 2013 Kenny Kirkwood SOCAN    

It’s been so long that I’ve known you,
Right from the start of my life, no meu coração. 
You held me close in your arms, close in your arms,
And told me stories in the night. 

Wherever you were, wherever you are,
Our lives are together, the universe the stars.  
  Shining in your eyes, reflecting in my heart, 
The dreams you've always had for me,right from the start, 

You fill my world with love and joy,  
  And belief we'll never part.  
Sharing time and wisdom starts, 
  Open wide my eyes, my heart 

SAX SOLO  

Balance now you're rising, the mother spirits say.
So many questions I have, you patiently explain. 
  The who and where and when and why,
You tell me answers to help me fly. 
Connecting me to life on earth,
Help me feel the joy the birth,
Of family, love and worldly truths,  
So real, the magic of Spirit You.

THE FIVE NATIONS PEACEMAKER RAP
©2009-2021 Kenny Kirkwood SOCAN

A Teaching Song - for educational use, not for profit or fame. Revised in 13 yrs ongoing consultation/collaboration with diverse group of Haudenosaunee language speakers, longhouse members, storytellers, philosophers, musicians, educators, students and families.  Support Indigenous languages in your area – listen, speak, promote, fund.  Learn more about democracy and peacemaking strategies from around the world.  

 

CHORUS 
The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga too, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscaroras new,
These are the Six Nations that we rap in words, They became strong ‘cause they listened and they heard.
The brave Peacemaker, and Ayonwatha too, The Great Law of Peace is a good way to renew,
The Great Law of Peace is a good way to renew! Here we go now 
BREATHE           - ,           in a good way so we can
THINK                - ,           in a good way so we can
TALK                - ,           in a good way so we can
WALK           - ,       in a good way 

VERSE 1
Before the arrival of the Europeans
The ongwehon:we had to make a big decision, there was
War and fighting, a lot of the time
People were in trouble and were tired of the crimes. 

CHORUS  
The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga too, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscaroras new...

VERSE 2
The Great Law of Peace is an oratory law,
it takes many days, to hear it all
There are three things to remember,
Ka’nikonhri:yo, Ka’satsténshsera, Skén:nen
Ka’nikonhri:yo, Ka’satsténshsera, Skén:nen
Ka’nikonhri:yo, Ka’satsténshsera, Skén:nen
Harmony, Unity, Peace! - , 

Ka’nikonhri:yo,              Harmony - ,      use your good mind - , respect all the time - ,
Ka’satsténshsera,         Unity        - ,      our collective ties     - , give us strong lives  - ,
Skén:nen, - ,                   Peace!     - ,       thank all na-tions      - , loving cre-ation       -_,  

CHORUS   
The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga too, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscaroras new...

 VERSE 3
The first five nations form a confederacy
Each nation sends the good spokesmen to Great Council to meet,
They make big decisions by consensus with peers
They listen really deep 'cos they open their ears

They put down tobacco and they take great care,
With wisdom and truth, they face their fears
With thanks to cre-ator, and Mother Earth too
And all of the ancestors, watching over you 

The Haudenosaunee have a government with "chiefs”,
they are chosen for living their be-liefs
They do their job, as best as they can
The clan mothers who pick them know the mind of a good man 

Each Nation has a team, a national council
The Chiefs listen carefully to all the people’s needs
to make good decisions for comm-unity,
to keep families feeling safe, you know what I mean? 

CHORUS   
The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga too, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscaroras new...

VERSE 4
Representative democracy, a good mind thing
Taught to the European settlers to bring,
A voice to their people, everyone should have a say
Nia:wen Peacemaker, we can still make peace today! 

This is how the United States
Set up U.S. government connecting our fates
Each state has a council, that makes its own laws
And also sends officials to the Federal cause 

The Haudenosaunee  meet every no:ia,
To give thanks to the Earth Iethi'nistenha ohontsia
You are my sustenance, you give me life each day
Nya:weh, Shogwayadihs’oh - , Oyanre ! 

CHORUS   
The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga too, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscaroras new...

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