ashley maher


AMINA lyrics

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Try To Hide
  3. Joy
  4. Amina
  5. Deserts
  6. Small Boats
  7. OK
  8. By My Side
  9. Shaken, Yet Whole
  10. Let's Dance

Amazing Grace

strolling through paradise,
wind fresh and warm
carefree, but for one duty that morn
two amazing grace verses to learn
'cause way cross town
was waiting my microphone...

now I'd sung in church before
but never attended
stood by my gran in Cornwall,
pink-cheeked, pretending

somehow,
amazing grace was for those
who's life had ended
God's love so great
at The Gate the rules could be bended ...a little

as the chariots flew up to the clouds
harps and trumpets singing loudly
oh

amazing grace
amazing grace
looking for the meaning in amazing grace

verses in hand, i arrive at the stairs
where everyone climbs through bougainvillea
up up up and down
like a main street coffee shop in the open air
with local millionaires mixed with characters
from all over town

I read,
"twas grace that taught my heart to fear?"
what does that mean?
can anybody tell me here, what's to fear?
oh

amazing grace
amazing grace
looking for the meaning in amazing grace

long ago, Joseph ran like a gazelle,
he told me so...
and from his devotion you can tell
he's got a good soul
he insists we're stumbling, scared, and lost
'till the moment, storm to shore, we're tossed
Joseph says grace is waiting in this very frost
to pull us close

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so is that the fear?
of freshly discovered paradise denied?
I wasn't sure,
but I loved the look in Joseph's eyes
singing
oh

amazing grace
amazing grace
looking for the meaning in amazing grace

Try To Hide

Try to Hide
when every light eventually shines
on your powers and your flaws
when every skeleton is laid bare bare
for contemplation on the floor

what will you own?
what will you deny?
what will you show
or try to hide?

think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or hi hi hide
think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or try to hide?

captured on his mountaintop
a king descends in chains
soon stripped straight down to nothing
what won't wash clean in the rain

what will he own?
what will he deny?
what will he show
or try to hide?

think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or hi hi hide
think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or try to hide?

the wise ones
the wise ones can stand tall
they embrace their everything everything
they know that weakness,
just as strength, connect us
for every mistake and mess we've made
bore fruit, a truth for tasting
our scars, they, too, protect us

the saints and their biographies
change shape beyond the grave
all their flawed humanity
getting lost lost lost
lost along the way

oh,
what will you own?
what will you deny?
what will you show
or try to hide?

think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or hi hi hide
think of this early
before that day arrives
what will you hold up as holy
or try to hide?

Joy

in my inbox, was a message from my favorite artist in the whole wide world
that alone was a wish upon a star
he said "come dance, yes
I will fly you to Dakar"

so soon I was sitting on a plane
on the tarmac of LAX
between two big guys
for an 11 hour first flight
still I cried and I cried with joy

I was singing
where is the window to
where the wind blows us
to find our joy

watch for the wonder when she
pulls on your sleeve
follow her, even when you
cannot believe

sitting in the backseat
of what's left of a taxi in Dakar
mbalax mbalax pushing us
down this dusty road

soon my silhouette is flying
cross the wide wide
ballroom wall at Thiossane
generator generating light for one light
it's our own

and we sing
where is the window to
where the wind blows us
to find our joy

watch for the wonder when she
pulls on your sleeve
follow her, even when you
cannot believe

so high
I cried
so high
I cried with Joy

Nanga def! Ca va?
Oui, ca va! Comment tu t'appelle?
Je m'appelle Ashley
Ah l'Americaine
Bienvenue, eh?!

Now...
I have visited many fine rehearsals
in my time
but this one, I was flying with, yeah
fallou ndiaye
djily mbaye
aziz faye
bamba gueye
penda keita
ndeye gueye
and aida dada

Wouyoul lilay woo, sa kholela
Boul ko wedii
Topouko donte sakh ni mom
nekhoula geum"

so high
I cried
so high
I cried with joy

watch for the wonder when she
pulls on your sleeve
follow her, even when you
cannot believe

Amina

Amina wants to go
Amina wants to go
she has seen enough to know
keepers of the keys
can leave us out cold

Amina wants to fly
Amina wants to fly
for reflections of the sky
catch her eyes
from under her terrible load

Amina wants to know the way
to replace every mirror of heaven
with heaven and summer, too
diving beautiful into blue
like an arrow anew

decisions gather before she goes
come to the mouth of the river
what will they say?
what will the key keepers do?
stand and be claimed
at the mouth of the river
her vision spiraling into blue
come to the mouth of the river
collect every power for flying into ...
stand and be claimed
at the mouth of the river

every road has blessed and burned her
pressed and turned her to face this day
with a past so full of pain and fury
she knows surely she can't stay this way
so one by one, she starts to run,
watch as she pushes off the runway ...

Amina's time to fly
it's Amina's time to go
all it took was her to try
moving out from under her terrible load

Amina finally knows the way
to replace every mirror of heaven
with heaven and summer too
diving beautiful into blue
like an arrow anew

Amina goes
Amina knows
a woman grows
out from under falling

a woman cries
while growing wise
then she will fly
hear her heaven calling

you cannot own
a woman's soul
not young nor old
rich or with no penny

the wings she keeps
are rooted deep
they rise from sleep
when mirrors are too many

Deserts

strawberries stain my fingertips
as the gray brown desert flies by
we have Malian blues on the radio
the whole world's a feast for the eye

oh, the mountains rise like sentinels
watching over the history below
far far from the land of the infidels
where the flowers struggle to grow

stop for gas
and I'm standing by the water
wishing for a power so deep
come pull pull pull from above
the big big dipper
to share this beauty we keep

oh, deliver this moment
to those in need
deliver this moment
to those lost in the desert
deliver this moment
to those who weep
deliver this moment
to those in the desert

this stretch of land
between slope and slope
has plenty of blood in its soil
gold was that day's great hope
while today in your deserts, it's oil

Bodie, the Inyo, and Manzanar
oh the salted tears
they shed in our wake
melted with sulfur and Sierra snow
pooled and pouring into Mono Lake

overcome, I stand by the water
wishing for power so deep
to pull pull pull from above
the big big dipper
to share this beauty we keep

oh, deliver this moment
to those in need
deliver this moment
to those lost in the desert
deliver this moment
to those who weep
deliver this moment
to those in the desert

remember life arrives again
as flowers rise from mud
as morning is born
from the darkest night
and thirsty fields drink from the flood

come swing round this bend
let the View come clear
the panorama, the atmosphere
our Mother's glory
is bigger than us
we are footprints,
just a story across her face

small white crosses
among the Joshua trees
and barbed wire fences remain
sisters with deserts far far away
our history dots the terrain

Small Boats

small boats
big water
no coast
no matter
we'll push push on ahead
ignoring the songs of the dead

small stars
no anchor
low wind
no chatter
we'll push push on ahead
ignoring the songs of the dead

a string of beads in his pocket pocket
lamine has a locket round his waist
singing songs to touba

gold's ahead, we can taste it taste it
these kind of dreams you can never take away

so we're singing
small boats
big water
no coast
no matter
we'll push push on ahead
ignoring the songs of the dead

small stars
no anchor
low wind
no chatter
we'll push push on ahead
ignoring the songs of the dead

too proud to cry by the waterside
another midnight goodbye
singing songs to touba

a mother's love in his pocket pocket
watching their sons wash away with the tide

light shining from the faces of the baye fall
as the sun goes down
their love so strong
connected to the roots of touba

singing....
la ila la la ila Baye Fall
Mame Cheikh Ibra Fall
do sen morom
wanenga ko
wanenga ko Fall

la ila la
small boats, big water
la ila Baye Fall
we'll push push on ahead
Mame Cheikh Ibra Fall
do sen morom
wanenga ko
wanenga ko Fall

la ila la
small stars, no anchor
la ila Baye Fall
we'll push push on ahead
wanenga ko
wanenga ko Fall

la ila la
Mame Cheikh Ibra Fall
do sen morom
la ila la
small stars, no anchor
we'll push push on ahead
wanenga ko
wanenga ko Fall

OK

Annnnnn!!!! Wergou yaram mome lay niane
(Good health is what I pray for)

Bo ko amoul, do meuneu def dara
(Without good health you can't do anything)

my sky's been made of mud for weeks
brown in the morning
brown at night
I'm pressed down against the ground
the hours sliding by

while I lie here, the others move
take my burdens, wear my shoes
till my fields and bring me food
as I watch, hazy-eyed

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you can keep your diamond rings
your movie stars and pretty things
just let me stand
and everything's going to be OK
one medicine or maybe two
could get me up into my shoes
just let me stand
and everything is going to be OK

at last harvest, how we danced
the fire alive, the moon so bright
my body was so supple then
and so strong from weeks of work

now I can't eat, too tired to drink
my body aches, my brain won't think
and everything around me is a blur

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you can keep your diamond rings
your movie stars and pretty things
just let me stand
and everything’s going to be OK
one medicine or maybe two
could get me up into my shoes
just let me stand
and everything is going to be OK

bridge

they still boil these herbs for me
they pray for me
they say this tree
has spirits who are guiding me
I'm grateful for it all
but they say you hold a golden key
to push me up onto my feet
hear my call

they still boil these herbs for me
they say you hold a golden key
to push me up onto my feet
hear my call

let me stand and everything's going to be OK

Wergou yaram lagnou sokhla
(Good health is what we need)
Mome lagnou beugue wawaw
(Good health is what we really want, yes yes)
Moy lou gniy teye
(It is what sustains us)
Bo ko amoul waw do meuneu yengou waye
(Without it you can't lead an active life)

Auto you rafete yi gnen may wane
(These nice cars you're showing me)
Ak keur you rafete yi gnen may wane
(And the nice houses you're showing me)
Lolou yiteloumaye wawaw
(They are not important to me)
Wergou yaram la sokhla
(Good health is what I need)

they say the water stood too long
in pools, after the recent rains
(Birame: Wouye leeeeee!!!!)
they rose, like smoky clouds of black,
to fly and find me here
(Birame: Annnnnnnn!!!!!)

while laboratories full of answers wait
what are they waiting for?
(Birame: Wergou yaram mome lay niane wawa
Good health is what I pray for, yes

come turn my brown skies back
to blue and clear
(Birame: Moy lepeu, bo ko amoul do meuneu lekeu te do taleu nane
It is everything, without it you won't be able to ear not drink)

let me stand and everything's going to be OK

Mome lay tamou, mome lay niane
(I choose it over everything. I am praying for it)
So teude si lal bou noye wala gna yor auto bou rafete di dawa
(Even if you sleep in a comfortable bed and drive a nice car)
Te amo wergou yaram, do doundou dara
(Without good health, you can't really lead a happy life)

Annnnnnnn!!!! Lelele!!!! Woooo!!!! Wergou yaram lay niane!
(Good health is what I pray for.)
Wergou yaram lagnou niane
(Good health is what I pray for)

By My Side

what's wider than the ocean
on this holy summer night?
or bigger than the rising moon
so radiant on high?
or softer than this midnight sand
so cool beyond the tide,
or sweeter than this having you
right here by my side?

you don't have to hold me close
you don't have to hold my hand
you don't have to cross the moat
that circles my circumstances
you're sitting right here right here
right here by my side
you are right here right here
right here by side

the stars are dancing crazy
falling lazy into the brine
that's lapping on this sparkling shore
where our silent thoughts entwine
there's a humming in the space between us
things we can't confide
that is mumbling words we cannot say
across this close divide

you don't have to hold me close
you don't have to hold my hand
you don't have to cross the moat
that circles my circumstances
oh what's this caught in my throat
when having you here on the sand
so close is like a kiss
from the universe, you're
right here right here
right here by my side
saying you're right here right here
right here by side

aah
we hear someone singing
down the water line
they say he's singing for God, for God alone
shouting out his love for the divine
but I know better
I know the truth
it's a serenade for sure
for a beautiful awkward moment
on a distant shore

the city lights are shining
small and silent across the bay
millions home a sleeping
after another long hard day
while my heart is broken open
I have feelings I can't hide
just to have the sea, the sand,
and you, at midnight
at midnight ...

having you right here right here
right here by my side
right here right here
right here by side
having you here on the sand's enough
having you here on the sand's enough
let me enjoy the ride
having you right here right here
right here by my side

Shaken, Yet Whole

Shaken, Yet Whole
you could see that she and I
would never really see eye to eye
we'd never call on a winter morning
to see how the night went by

three years ago, she sized me up
with everything I am and I
felt the way she passed me on
like a cup, from hand to hand

but circumstance
is a dance that can take us
to the far far corners of the room
then 'round again
to see the same faces
by the light of a different moon

'cause this time
the music's changed
and this, this time
the moon has waned
the ivy's grown so wild
and our friends had lost a child

so she and I
sat eye to eye
sat side by side
to say this sad goodbye
black and white
beyond The Fight
connected, soul to soul

and with courage, she
embraced even me
as we spoke freely
of life's losing spree
of loves, of years, of friends, of tears
and we came in from the cold

shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole

captured in a dance
we didn't design
easy to settle for separate journeys
'till hurricanes and heartaches
push us 'cross the line

I witnessed and was honored by
the love I saw spill from her eyes
the veils dissolved between us
and our history lost its hold

we were just two mothers, sitting there
the scent of autumn in our hair
the sense that life arises from
and then returns home to ground

a tiny angel come and gone
the devastation left behind
and yet the love she'd left us all
had pushed these barriers to fall

shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole
shaken, yet whole

Let's Dance

this is a
simple song
you can sing sing
sing-a-long
I have waited for it for
a long long time

paid my dues
to my muse
hear the sweet signal
coming on
I have waited for it for
a long long time

so I
hold this moment
know it's only
temporary
so let's dance


don't be lonely
don't you worry
everybody's here
so let's dance

keep believing
all along
you can sing sing
sing-a-long
we have waiting for this for
a long long time

every day
countless ways
see how dreams do
come along
we have waiting for this for
a long long time

there are always bills to pay
and blessings we ignore
sometimes it seems
there's only bad news
at the kitchen door
things are ripening
so so slowly on the vine
we have waited for this for
a long long time, so

hold this moment
know it's only
temporary
so let's dance

don't be lonely
don't you worry
everybody's here
so let's dance

the sun's above
the earth is below
the ocean spreads wide
though she may be far away

I don't know
where this wind will blow me
but I know
it's going to be a journey
I don't know
where this wind will blow me
but I know it's taking me
where I am supposed to go, oh

hold this moment
know it's only
temporary
so let's dance

don't be lonely
don't you worry
everybody's here
so let's dance

keep believing
all along
you can sing sing
sing-a-long
we have waiting for this for
a long long long long
long long long long time ....