1. Window

I opened up the window
and you came in
in between the floorboards
underneath the door
like the wind
the draft slips by
every time it rains outside
and the humid summer nights here
left me choking on a heavy sky
I don’t wanna go back to sleep now
I just wanna push the sun around
The moon, she backs away from me
slowing the days down

I remember how to breath again
looking out at the place where my reflection sank
there’s a path that’s been beaten down
from every time we circled around the lake
the driftwood floats by
to a corner of the sky
and the wind pushes every life
remember when I met you there for a while

2. Pirulito

essa roda é nova, que vem de Sergipe
zapato americano, cabelo a pirulito
cabelo a pirulito, zapato americano
essa roda é nova que vem, é Sergipano

le le ô saudades, le le ô saudades, le le ô saudades

vou me embora e tu fica, esse teu fica me mata
pra te levar eu não posso, pra te deixar me faz mal

English translation:
this style is new, that comes from Sergipe
American shoe, lollipop hair
lollipop hair, American shoe
this style is new, it’s Sergipano

oh longing, oh longing, oh longing

i go and you stay, you staying kills me
i cannot take you, leaving you makes me ill

3. Cinnamon Fingers

sunset, sweet smoke and long cries, baby eyes, odara is showing
i never know of my dreams at night, my memory tip toeing
sleep under the sill and hear the warm wind on my cinnamon fingers

dried apple tea, fireflies, simplicity after the struggle
smile through thoughts of home, the comfort of what we once knew please be subtle
fallin’ forwards without my toes taught to think of where i’ll go tomorrow
march april june september november two thousand twenty two

what feels right feeling comes and goes, and you’re still beside me.

4. Aroeira Mata

eu subi no olho d’aroeira
para tirar uma abelha
que se chama aripuá

ela não ferrão só enrola no cabelo
com aquele zuadeiro fazendo “chuá chuá”
você diz que é valente e que sabe trabalhar
eu quero ver você tirar essa abelha aripuá
ela disse assim mas você não se avexe
essa abelha só presta fazer o sabura

tava no meio da mata fechada

os quiombes de dende
matuque Iririca
na boca da mata macaíba
rasteira que passa
ponte que fica
madeira de lei é de Iririba
com pandeiro na mão
compra minha missão
nossa senha, esse tocador
a lua clareia
desde madrugada
meu mestre galo
não canto

5. Bwana

bwana niongoze nimalize muhando salama
~guide me safely on this journey home~

6. The Wolf

the trees were taller than I could see
so i followed the shadows along isles of green
i felt footsteps and a heavy breath
i looked up from my path
there was a wolf walking right beside me

i took a long way home
i’ve got to get along
i took the long way
i took the long way home

silver stream moonlight guide
big round honey eyes
red earth pulling at your feet
you’ve got to face
whatever you gon’ meet

7. Animal Sounds

two lights come on
too many eyes to count, we slide down lower now
it’s where the wild dogs meet
between the bush, ambling
bowing. bending at the knees

lights turn off in the house
there’s those people making animal sounds
bowing, bending at the knees
crying
calling
finally singing

thought i heard them too, howling at the moon

I’m a mother leaving my mother’s arms
but no one taught me how to pray
I learned from the trees
they all stood this way

She’s just a baby, having a baby
Just let the baby cry

Lights come on in the house
between the walls they’re making animal sounds
and she’s a little older now
when the wolves won’t cease
follow the trails of the wild beast
Pleading, praying for release
Crying
Calling
Bowing, down to the trees.

8. La Em Sao Paulo

lá em São Paulo arranjei uma namorada
eu só não sei o nome dela como é
eu só não posso é fazer do bonito, feo
só não posso abandonar o coração de quem me quer

9. Apocalypse

set my head with the setting sun
on my mothers chest
where it had all begun
the sand whispered across my face
the final words of the hurricane today
said something about the way
we’d all decay

we walked aimless across the land
with the same footprints that our parents had
with no remains on the blank page
we set the books aside to dream again
about the way
we all just need a chance to hibernate
when the spring times finally comes
we’ll leave the caves
and with the setting of the sun
begin again

waiting to be loved by anyone
waiting for the end to finally come
couldn’t recognize the sound of a heart beat
couldn’t feel the earth under my feet

a fire burns in the sky tonight
and from our secret place we said goodbye
we sat quiet like the lilys had
letting the winter snow
silence the land
at last

10. Cicada

the time went by like a river ride singing his little tune
don’t mind me he said, i’m just sailing through
and i don’t always run the show even though i’m charming
there must be something about the way the grass grows here
cicada song is a wild one but knows when the hour is near
reflecting all the madness and affinity between
no matter where you’ve been or where you’re going take a look around
there’s a moment to be here only for now
oh sweet air i will need our collaboration to wrap us in the winds of creation
there’s no turnin’ back now, honey don’t look down
the weather’s always changing or just can’t be found
i forget about where would be best for you and me
like the grace of the waves on the rocks, surrender to the sea
oh sweet air, oh sweet air, oh sweet air, I will need our collaboration
wrap us in, the winds of creation
there must be something about the way
the grass grows here,
cicada song is a wild one

11. Row On

patterns made their way
towards the front of the stage
and all was lost
but you had found me
ripples turned to waves
another life is gettin’ saved
and all was lost
but you had found me

couldn’t find you in the crowd
just the traces of my mouth
as it made sounds
to call you back to the ground

time turned on the page
i watched the sand get blown away
the tide grew high
and I still rowed on

I’ve been counting all the days
I’ve dreamt a hundred different ways
to draw you close
and i still rowed on

patterns made their way
towards the front of the stage
all was lost
and you had found me
you had found me
you had found me

patterns made their way
towards the front of the stage
and all was lost
but you had found me
ripples turned to waves
another life is gettin’ saved
and all was lost
but you had found me

couldn’t find you in the crowd
just the traces of my mouth
as it made sounds
to call you back to the ground

time turned on the page
i watched the sand get blown away
the tide grew high
and I still rowed on

I’ve been counting all the days
I’ve dreamt a hundred different ways
to draw you close
and i still rowed on

patterns made their way
towards the front of the stage
all was lost
and you had found me
you had found me
you had found me

12. Ponta Negra

beat down golden sunrays that burn
will also burn me anew
sweet shade of refuge from the afternoon
everything comes back with the tide, oh sweet paradise
ocean queen take me away, Yemanjá let me be

our eyes feast on shades of green, tropicalia day dream
in a moment we’re at peace
leave the city lights and the dust for ponta negra
aim to clean my mind, salt water waves smooth boulders
beach glass aged with the brine of time.