Nahko And Medicine For The People Goodnight, Sun

Goodnight, sun

I love the colors you’ve chosen to close with

Goodnight, sun

And the rays and how they are woven

Watching me watch you fall over the ocean

Putting a spin on my inner emotion

Warming my face for this evening’s devotion

I hope someone else sees you how I see you seeing me

Goodnight, sun

Do you recall what we spoke of last evening?

You said that I need to be more forgiving

I was ashamed that you caught me bereaving

I could fix all of my problems by leaving

Off in the distance, I heard someone singing

Goodnight, sun

Goodnight, sun

Goodnight, sun

Goodnight, sun

Goodnight, sun

Did you see me stretch and wave good morning?

Goodnight, sun

And I love the way you look in the morning

Am I as prideful as you say that I am?

I mumble loudly and work through the silence

The only thing constant is your humble presence

To the other side of the world: get ready for the message of the sun

Goodnight, sun

If I awake and I cannot see your face

This little light of mine will brighten up a dark place

I can see clearly now what I am to do

All of these changes I struggle and tremble through, with you

Goodnight, sun

Good evening, moon

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

Goodnight, sun (Good evening, moon)

You’re amber, orange, and autumn

This is my salutation

I won’t be one who’s forgotten your glory

You are my salvation

You’re amber, orange, and autumn

This is my salutation

I won’t be one who’s forgotten your glory

You are my salvation

Goodnight, sun

Good evening, moon

Nahko And Medicine For The People Creation’s Daughter

Stoned on a stone on the Truckee River

So lost in thought

Oh, the thing’s I remember

One of them’s your pretty face

Another’s the things it would say

(Things like)

All of these pivotal, obvious profits

They are the change, and the change in your pocket

Always pushin’ for the moment

‘Cause you lose control, but you just flow with it

I have seen faces gathering in the desert

Not to find God or to find an answer

Just to be a part of the possibilities

Thousands of bodies creating energy

Well out here, there’s certainly alien activity

But where is “here,” are we separate from reality?

Maybe we’ve landed on the moon

Hope I don’t have to leave any time soon

I work those hills in the wild, wild west

And there I found gold and knowledge and respect

But none of this will bring you back

As the wanderer, I must expect that

Follow the rooster to the mouth of a portal

I am an ox and I’m tired of these mortals

Cleansing in the coastal waters

I fell in love with a daughter of creation

And how I lost her is another story to tell

Nahko And Medicine For The People Runner

I am a runner

Running from nothing

All things behind me

And all good things ahead

I am another kind of lover

Follow them dragonflies and lead me to the

Sunrise in the morning

Tides in the evening

Lay me down, yeah, lay me down

And teach me one of them harder lessons

Lay me down

Yeah, lay me down

And kiss me softly, kiss me softly

In all of them places that you know me best

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

I can be loyal, return the honor

And I’ll put my family first

But you must earn your keep

This love has no strings

No leash, no clipped wings

Stronger than most things

It is noble by nature

I want no promises

Just some logged hours

Lay me down, oh lay me down

And maybe an open mind will open mine

Oh lay me down, lay me down

And kiss me softly, kiss me softly

In all of them places that you know me best

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

Return, return, return

To all them places that you learn

Return, return, return

All them places that you learn

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Whoa-oh-oh-oh, yeah

Kiss me softly, kiss me softly

In all of them places that you know me best

Yeah

Kiss me softly, kiss me softly

In all of them places that you know me best

Yeah

From the Waipi’o Valley

Peakin’ on tetons

Follow the Klamath

To the basin of my soul

Shinin’ on shasta

Those holy head waters

Dear old Columbia, your gorgeous sparkling eyes

Creators callin’, she’s got my number

Lay me down, lay me down

And where be my outlaws?

Well, rest in reason

Lay me down, yeah lay me down

Cause old things never die

You know as well as I

We will return, we will return

Nahko And Medicine For The People Hamakua

Before Hāmākua

Who the hell were ya?

And do you know by now?

Remember the waiting

For water falling

And concentrating on myself

The quiet ōhi’a

Gave me the fever

To push through cracks and reach for light

‘Oe kou ka la’a

E hana I ola honua

Honua, honua

Before 7 Feathers

Gave me his sweater

I’d be the brave and bear the cold

I found myself seeking

A false understanding

Of what is truth and honesty

I kept on stretching out

All of these blessings

And learned to scream above the rain

‘Oe kou ka la’a

E hana I ola honua

Honua, honua

Before my beloved

Took me for granted

I would face the lions’ den

Through our indecision

I discovered my medicine

People stay and people leaving

For what a better lesson

Than to be open to the messages

Coming through in spurts and mumbles

‘Oe kou ka la’a

E hana I ola honua

Honua, honua

Nahko And Medicine For The People All Can Be Done

It all can be done

It all can be done

Whatever your method or theory of one

It all can be done

I can’t believe it what’s happening to me

And I’m gonna own it, this rite of passage so attached to it

I’m gonna heal it, cause I’ve never been abandoned

Just left alone

And that’s the hardest thing to ignore

It all can be done

It all can be done

Whatever your method or theory of one

It all can be done

Most things take their toll

Most things take their toll

Whatever your perception, whatever your role

Most things make your soul

Take it or leave it, it happened that way and

Whether you need it or not

A part of it is with you wherever you go

And I know you feel it cause it makes up your soul

Oh, oh, oh, oh

That’s the hardest thing to ignore

It all can be done

It all can be done

Whatever your method or theory of one

It all can be done

Under the pressure, under the gun

It all can be done

Under the pressure, under the gun

Hey, it all can be done

Make the colors make me blind

For all things equal all things shine

Go on now, live your truth

Be of the solids in need of its fruits

Kind of a mess how I handled it all

But better the lessons when the harder you fall

Looking backward since the day I was born

Well that’s the hardest thing to ignore

It all can be done

It all can be done

Whatever your method or theory of one

It all can be done

It all can be done

It all can be done

Whatever your method or theory of one

It all can be done

Lucky for us, there’s no one right way to live

And leave it to us to think we are in charge now

Looking backwards since the day we were born

Well, that’s the hardest thing to ignore

Nahko And Medicine For The People Love Letters To God

Give, always give what you can

Even if your allies draw lines in the sand

And dig, always dig a little deeper

Sometimes it’s hard to be my brother’s keeper

Love, so you let love in

Baby I am home in the wake of your skin, and it’s crazy

How we wear our ceremony

Always be open to your path and your journey

Yes, she cradles my loneliness

A home in a forest nest

Universal test, feel the weight of my love

Put your hand on my chest

And rest, in the cradle of my arms

The battle that we face is a place where our scars come from

And to pick up the gun

My love we are destined to teach these ones to be brave

And never run away

Courage is birthed from the womb on the first light of day

Yeah, the day you were born, you came out perfect

Never meant to be torn

In silence, never been so loud in the violence

Never been so proud of a people

When we’re fighting for a change, not afraid to lose it all despite all the rage

We are animals

And we cannot be caged

Provoke us to fight

So we burn a little sage and write poetry

Wiser than the enemy will ever be

The minority

And authority

Are you here to protect or arrest me?

I can’t tolerate the hate, and I’m losing sleep

Can’t breathe, cause they’re choking out a war in me

Immorality

Love letters to God

Wonder if she reads them or if they get lost

In the stars, the stars, in the stars

So many parts to a heavy heart

If there’s no beginning, then where would you start?

Start, start, where would you start?

Human souls, so we carve ’em to a story Totem poles

Because we’re always searching for a certain goal

A pattern of physics, a role

Don’t believe all you’re told

And open

Open up your fist

A misconception, you can fight like this

In praise, with the power of prayer

If God’s on our side, we can take the stairs

To the heavens

Flipping through my chapter seven

I live with the snakes in the great deception

No court, in this country for men

Who steal from their mother on paper with pen

And we’re tripping

Down a red dirt road

And we’re asking

Is this the way we should go?

Kissing, soft top feet of my goddess

We walk the earth, baby, yeah we got this

Focus, and it’s redirected

Grateful, and I’m resurrected

Stubborn, but I know the way

You’re the skin of my drum

To your rhythm I will sway

Take my hand

I won’t lead you astray

We will not go gently into the darkest of days

Grandma’s here, and she says persevere

Take a walk in her mocks, sees a trail of tears

And our fears, are the same as they ever were

Beers, numb the pain of a holocaust

Gears, always mobbing in motion

Maybe, baby, be an island or an ocean

Your arches, how they bend and contract on my conscience

Never slipped through the grip of my thesis

And my theory is I shine in your presence

A deliverance

Love letters to God

Wonder if she reads them or if they get lost

In the stars, the stars, in the stars

So many parts to a heavy heart

If there’s no beginning, then where would you start?

Start, start, where would you start?

Nahko And Medicine For The People Dinner Party

Woke up this morning refreshed from the evening

Dreamin’ ’bout all the homies I believe in

I have so much time to think

I got sisters who are mothers and

Brothers who are fathers to me

I was a young man, old man

Only a kid, man

And I was dreamin’ ’bout that promised land

But I was stuck in my dead-end town

Just a petty thief and I was waiting for the day of my release

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

I saw the flash in your eye

Just as you arrived

Girl, you’re so damn mysterious and sly

Now, why am I not surprised?

Well if this is supposed to happen, then I’ll just let it happen to me

Walkin’ on solid ground

I found the face of the moon

He was smiling down on us singing his toothless tune

He says, “my light luminates one love

So sing me to sleep and let those stars have their way with me tonight.”

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

I was a young girl, strong girl

A woman with girl

So you found me singing ’bout my love for this world

Making big steps towards redemption

A medicine wheel and a gateway into the ocean

Movin’ and shakin’ ’bout

Got to clear my headlight

What are my intentions here?

And are you ready for a ground-breaking way of bein’?

I’m talkin’ off that grid and empowering a conscious way of living

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

My homies keep me in line

Keep me from strayin’ off the wayside

I keep their pores tinglin’ and their tongues tied

And I’m learning how to cautiously rise

Against a disguise that legally refuses compromise

If I had things my way

I’d put some hope on your plate

I’m talkin’ sauteed trust and an entree of faithful

Oh, and eradicate all self-pity

You got a lot of work to do, so get busy, homie, go on get busy

(Get busy!)

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

Fa-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-da

Hey, what does that mean?

I don’t know, but it’s daaaamn good

Mmhmm, that fills me up nice

Nahko And Medicine For The People Early February

There was one born early February

On an icy afternoon

She was far too young to even carry

So they gave her options out

And she knew she wasn’t even ready

So she used her head

And instead put the baby

In the bed of a woman she never met

And she let go

So many years ago, many years ago

She wonders where he roams

Wonders where he roams

I saw her fall, fall, fall

Fall on her knees

In sorrowful respect for the child who leaves

Tell me where, tell where is your God now?

On the dock at 7:30

Dressed and pressed in white

Proudly represents his country’s Navy

Now it’s time to have some fun

Out on leave he meets a pretty lady

And created me

His folks were wealthy

The girl not looking healthy

So they advised him to run, run from his son

Run from his son

His firstborn was mistaken

For a smoking gun

Father, look what you have done

I saw him fall, fall, fall

Fall on his knees

In sorrowful respect for the child who leaves

Tell me where, tell where is your God now?

In my van I shook with violent treason

Oh, Colombia Gorge!

Hold my mama’s picture as I’m dreaming

Of my baby sisters, who are they?

Got a lot of longing for my kin

And now I’m thinkin’

What of you, little brother?

Have you respect for your mother

And your native tongue?

Oh, your lungs

Breathe indigenous

Breathe indigenous

In your dreams

Little brother, where have you gone?

I saw her fall, fall, fall

Fall on her knees

In sorrowful respect for the child who leaves

Tell me where, tell where is your God now?

(Where is your God now?)

Nahko And Medicine For The People Simplicity

Simplicity

Simplicity (yeah)

Simplicity

Definitely becomin’ me, becomin’ me

Less dependent living

I don’t need should, could, would to do that

Cause my will is my way

And it definitely involves time travel through space and capes

And duct tape and a new name on an old face

A place I can escape all the noise

All the noise

Synchronicities

Synchronicities

Synchronicities

The sequence of events that fit together perfectly

Spirituality, lyrically making up my life

The ever present union around the peace pipe

And my grandfather’s life was a primitive life

Living in the mountain with his bow and his knife

But he connected to the brethren, enlightened beings

Envisioned a time without these things

Just our hands

Just our hands

Astrological

Astrological

Astrological

Same person, different body, it’s a miracle

Spirituality, lyrically making up my life

The ever present union around the peace pipe

And my grandmother’s life was a primitive life

Weaving the baskets and drying her hides

And she cries at night

Yeah, she cries at night

For the native way of life, for her people’s pride

For her people’s pride

Mercury in retrograde, retrograde

Man lost in outer space without a trace of his mind

Mercury in retrograde, retrograde

Man lost in outer space without a trace of his mind

Won’t ya come on down? (ah uh oh ah oh ow ow ow)

Won’t you come on down?

I see stars and flames and consolation names

I see myself riding through across an open plain

I see stars and flames and constellation names

I see myself riding through across an open plain

(ah uh oh ah oh ow ow ow)

Won’t ya come on down? (ah uh oh ah oh ow ow ow)

Won’t ya come on down? (ah uh oh ah oh ow ow ow)

Nahko And Medicine For The People Pueo

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

When the sun don’t shine

And the moon don’t rise in its cycle

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

When the stars fall from heaven

All except seven

I’m seated on my horse with my face towards Taurus

And I’m tremblin’

I got a spirit in my house

He’s been talking to me

I got a spirit in my house

He’s been working through me

He’s got me talking in my sleep

He’s got me waking in my dreams

And I’m tremblin’

I’ve got my scroll and my feather

Gonna write it all down

Got my scroll and my feather

Gonna write it all down

Gonna write down what I remember

And not tremblin’

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

When the waves don’t break

And the earth doesn’t shake

And I’m waking to the quaking

Of an earth speaking

Waking to the quaking

Of an earth speaking

She says “There will come a day”

There will come a day

There will come a day

There will come a day

When the stars fall from heaven

All except seven

I’m seated on my horse with my face towards Taurus

And I’m tremblin’

I saw a white buffalo

Coming down off the hills

I saw an old white owl

Flying out from the fields

He was coming for me

He was delivering a message

He said “There is a wolf in you”

And then the earth began to move

I heard trumpets blaring

And a voice was saying

“You better start preparing

Start repairing”

And I’m tremblin’

I keep my bow to my back

And my back to the dark

I keep a close eye out for the flash of the spark

But all I see is one star

It is a map, it is a mark

And I’m tremblin’

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

Wakan Tanka when we be united

If I must go, then I will go riding

Bareback into a storm of dark gray lightning

If I must go then I will go riding

Bareback into a storm of dark gray lightning

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

If we’re all one then way are we all divided

Wakan Tanka when we be united