Dancemakers

by Chris Berry and Panjea

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Produced by Sly and Robbie and Handel Tucker of the Fugees. Fusion of phat beats, reggae grooves and hip hop mbira. Released by Wrasse Records in 2005.

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released January 1, 2005

Music Lyrics & Arrangements by Chris Berry. Produced by Chris Berry & Jeremy Bronsco. Co-produced by Handel Tucker & Kurt Smith.
'911' and 'Love On A Mountain" Co-produced by Frank Wolf. Engineered by Jeremy Bronson & Andy Mewen. Mastered by Jeremy Bronson. Associate Producer: Melanie Lyon. Consulting Producer: Luis Resto.

Lead Vocals, Mbiri & Percussion: Chris Berry. Backing Vocals: Rujeko Dumbutshena, Shea Ryan, Kabasomi Kakoma Latanya Wilson, Jans Ingber. Bass: Mamadou BA, Patrice Blanchard. Drums: Harvey Wirth. Guitar: Zivanai Masango, Kurt Smith. Keys: Etienne Stadwijk. Sax: Chris Cuzme. Trombone: Phil Yeager. Trumpet: Dan Sears. Percussion: Jamie Hadoad. Special Guest Appearances by Feco Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare.

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Track Name: Love On The Mountain
I found love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love like a fountain
And I wanna give it to the people that I meet

Love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love lik

Wanna trade in my fear
For some light
Wanna lead you to cool waters
When you wanna fight
I wanna show that peace and humility
Shall overcome might

love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love like a fountain
And I wanna give it to the people that I meet

I'm tryin to sing a song to the world
But nobody knows my name
No, no, no, no, no
Nobody knows my name

Too much is given
Much is required
I know things in our lives
may be so undesired
but the universe will never give you something
that you cannot overcome
every single one of us were born to get our job done

so shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine

I found love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love like a fountain
And I wanna give it to the people that I meet

love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love like a fountain
And I wanna give it to the people that I meet

Wanna be the candle in the darkness
Shedding light
I wanna be the wind under you wings
That gives you flight
I wanna show that peace and humility
shall overcome might


love on a mountain
And I'm tryin' to bring it down to these streets
Love like a fountain
And I wanna give it to the people that I meet

I'm tryin to sing a song to the world
But nobody knows my name
No, no, no, no, no
Nobody knows my name

shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine

shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine

shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine (it's our time to shine)
shine, shine, shine (come on people and shine)

Shine in the morning time
Shine in the afternoon
Shine in the night time too

shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine
Track Name: Are You Ready
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready for this?

Music is the medicine
World is the patient
We are the doctors
Are you ready for this?

Look to the future
Love as the teacher
For every tomorrow
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready?

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real

When your groove is healing
You’ve got to share the feeling
With everybody everywhere
Are you ready for this?

Boarders won’t hold us
Boundaries can’t keep us back
Strength is in our unity
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready for this?
Are you ready?

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real

Are you ready for this, ready for this, ready for this?

For those who said we were waiting for stones to bloom
You spoke too soon
For the bringers of the dawn have come
Many follow but they couldn’t fool some
Now we’re playing the unity drum
One vibe, one tribe
Are you ready for this?

Are you ready for this, ready for this, ready for this?
Are you ready for this, ready for this?

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real

We’ve got to keep goin’
Now that we are knowin’
Which way things are flowin’
(Go for) What you feel
(That’s how you) Know it’s real
Track Name: Why Do We
If anger and violence are one
How can violence end what anger’s begun?
For far too long have we sung the same song
You can’t right a wrong with another wrong

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

If it’s wrong, then it’s wrong

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

You can’t right a wrong with another wrong

Decided by the throne
Cries unheard by hearts of stone

Freedom isn’t somethin’ you can force one to own
As these times have shown
Hopelessness begets frustration and fear,
Fear to hate, hate to rage
Don’t even turn the page, we know how the story goes

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

If it’s wrong, then it’s wrong

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

We kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong

Why do we?...
Why?...

To decide death as another man’s fate
Is to forget
Only compassion can quench
This fire of hate

Oh, what state of mind
Demands and eye for an eye
And leaves a whole world blind

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

Why do we kill people
Who kill people
To show people
That killing people is wrong?

It’s wrong, the world, my friends, that we sing this song
Track Name: Home
Some say, “Home is where the heart is”
And if that’s true, my home is with you
Some say, “Home is where the heart is”
So now I know what I’m gonna do
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home

(Singing in Shona)

Some say, “Home is where the heart is”
And if that’s true, my home is with you
Some say, “Home is where the heart is”
So now I know what I got to do
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home

(Singing in Shona)

Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
Home, I’m going home, I’m going home
(Home, I’m going home, I’m going home)
(Home, I’m going home, I’m going home)
Track Name: Proud Line
From this pool of sorrow, I climb
Knowing my pain will become strength in time

Oh these hardships that I face from the start
I use as a stone to sharpen the blade of my heart
And with this blade, I’m gonna cut myself free
From these nets that would bind and keep me

‘Cause From this pool of sorrow, I climb
Knowing my pain will become strength in time

I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line

Oh my pain is a seed of knowledge
I must sow
With blood, sweat and tears
Into wisdom it will grow

Ghost of insecurity
You’ve bent me enough
Now let me be
You can’t keep me down
Cause through these struggles I only gain
Strength and wisdom
To see me through
Your storms of lightning thunder and rain

‘Cause From this pool of sorrow, I climb
Knowing my pain will become strength in time

I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line

Soul so willing and my flesh is so weak
I don’t know if this is a promise I can keep
Soul so willing and my flesh is so weak
Oh this passion’s keeping me from the things I was born to seek
Soul so willing and my flesh is so weak
I don’t know, just don’t, if this is a promise I can keep

(Ooh la, la, la, la...)

Can’t you see, my brain I must prove to be under my soul
For when my brain leads the way, sorrow is the toll
These things of confusion have taken their control
But someday I will prove my mind is slave to my soul
Yeah, you know, soul is so willing but my flesh is so weak

Soul so willing and my flesh is so weak

Yeah, you know, soul is so willing but my flesh, so damn weak

Soul so willing and my flesh is so weak

So I don’t know, I don’t know if this is a promise I can keep

(Ooh la, la, la, la...)
Track Name: Break Free
No where to hide
No where to run
Here they come

Here come those clouds again
And I begin to spin out of control
If I wanna get out of this hole
I better stop digging

No where to hide
No where to run
Here they come

From behind me now
no, no, no

No where to hide
No where to run
Here they come

There goes my mind again
And I being to spin out of control
If I wanna get out of this hole
I better stop digging

I gotta change the way I’ve been living
Respect the gifts I’ve been given
Cause it’s a blessing to be living

I gotta get out, Break free
From these thoughts of negativity
I gotta get out, Break free
From these things that defeat me
I gotta get out, Break free
But these phantoms keep on haunting me
I gotta get out, Break free

Oh no, here they come

No where to hide
No where to run
Here they come

Here come those clouds again
And I begin to spin, I’m out of control
If I wanna get out of this hole
I better stop digging

No where to hide
No where to run
Here they come

There goes my mind again
And I being to spin, I’m out of control
If I wanna get out of this hole
I better stop digging

I gotta change the way I’ve been living
Respect the gifts I’ve been given
Cause it’s a blessing to be living

I gotta get out, Break free
From these thoughts that defeat me
I gotta get out, Break free
From this cage that I’ve put on me
I gotta get out, Break free

Sabotage, sabotage, self sabotage
I ran past the water, chasing a mirage
But I shall not take another step
Bearing this burden of self doubt

No more self deceiving, unbelieving
Playing the game of blame
When I got it all
All the answers and the power
Now is the hour
And here I come, here we go
I gotta get out and break free
I gotta get out and break free
I gotta get out and break free
I gotta get out
break free
Track Name: Dancemakers
The dance makers are making the dance
The chance takers are taking the chance
‘Cause It’s better to try and to loose
Than not to try at all
No matter how big or small, people
We can all stand tall

One thing I’d really like to know
I’d like to know right now
How are souls so
Deep and men so blind?
How can souls be
Eclipsed by such tiny minds?
How are souls so
Deep and men so blind?
How can souls be
Eclipsed by such tiny minds?

The dance makers are making the dance
The chance takers are taking the chance
‘Cause It’s better to try and to loose
Than not to try at all
No matter how big or small, people
We can all stand tall

How are souls so
Deep and men so blind?
How can souls be
Eclipsed by such tiny minds?
How are souls so
Deep and men so blind?
How can souls be
Eclipsed by such tiny minds?

Heed not the hypocrites
Who strike flint below water
Heed not the hypocrites
Heed not what they say
Heed not the hypocrites
(Oh, Dancemakers)
Heed not the hypocrites

The dance makers are making the dance
And the chance takers are taking the chance
The dance makers are making the dance
And the chance takers are taking the chance
The dance makers are making the dance
And the chance takers are taking the chance
Track Name: Vanda
This passion sinks down around us like
The warm demise
Oh how I long to be the sun that shines in your skies
And by the light of the moon
I watch as these tears fall from your eyes
And I know that these tears ride our destiny
Upon the sand
Even the winds would agree
‘Cause Vanda, Vanda, Vanda
Mia Namorada
Vanda, Vanda, Vanda
Mia Namorada

Your love adorns me
Your breath caresses me
We stand on the same beach
But between us lies a sea
And with every wave
We hear the same story
These tears ride our destiny
Upon the sand
These tears ride our destiny
Sayin’ that our love can’t be

You say it all with your eyes
And I understand
I long to love you
You are the essence of woman
But I can’t be your man
Vanda, Vanda, Vanda
Mia Namorada
Vanda, Vanda, Vanda
Mia Namorada
These tears ride our destiny
Upon the sand
These tears ride our destiny
Even the winds would agree
‘Cause these tears ride our destiny
Upon the sand
These tears ride our destiny
Sayin’ that our love can’t be
Track Name: Rock It Down
We rockin’ down racism every day
We rockin’ down racism in every way

Don’t judge me for the color of my skin
See me for who I am
We rockin’ down racism
rock it down, rock it down
Every single day
rock it down, rock it down
We rockin’ down racism
rock it down, rock it down

Not all fruit from the same tree tastes the same
For how we are born are we to blame?

We rockin’ down racism every day
We rockin’ down racism in every way

Judge not another by the color of their skin
It’s the heart that makes us human

One race: Human
One race: Human
One race: Human
One race: Human

Behold the new ones
Who wear the same masks they used to adorn
Doing the same things that were done to them before
I know what I know
And this I know
In our hearts burns the same flame

Our race is known by one name, one name

One race: Human
One race: Human

We rockin’ down racism every day
We rockin’ down racism in every way

Don’t judge me for the color of my skin
See me for who I am
We rockin’ down racism every day
rock it down, rock it down

One race: Human
One race: Human
One race: Human
One race: Human
Track Name: Every Day
Temptation was the door to my downfall
And she was the most beautiful key
I swore I’d never bow to a King or Queen
But she brings me to my knees
When she says, “Save up my juices. Swim in my sea”
She said to me, “Save up my juices. Swim in my sea”
And now with just one sip
I’m lost in passion’s grip

A captain on her ship
Upon a one way trip
Across a sea of ecstasy
I’m bound for the land of infidelity
I’m on fire
With this desire
Turning and turning
Now I’m burning

Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways

I know I said you’d be the only one
But I fell and I got down with another woman
When she said, “Save up my juices. Swim in my sea”
“Save up my juices. Swim in my sea”
And now these tears are all I’ve got left to pay
For all the love that you’ve given
I’ll understand if you’ve got to go
‘Cause this is a bad life
That I’ve been livin’
When I’m on fire
With my desire
I’m turning and turning
Now I’m burning

Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
I get another chance to change my ways
Every day is a new day
You get another chance to change your ways
Track Name: Axe Forgets
Axe forgets
What fallen tree cannot

You were silent as a shadow
How could you do what you do and think that I wouldn’t know?
I knew what you were tryin’ to do
See what you’re doin to me
Front jumps out back sneak around and attack short cut under hand
Caught you in a good place
You fail to understand, my friend, you just can’t win

Axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
Cut me once before
Scar I still have got
Axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
By your deceit, a lesson I’ve been taught
You’re a snake in the grass, snake in the grass
Stand back and I watch you pass,
You’re a snake in the grass

Silent as a shadow
Now that you taste your own poison, you should know
Throw stones at the heads of others, and hit your own
Seek out for yourself and now you’re left with a bone
When will you understand, my friend, those ways won’t win

Axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
Cut me once before
Scar I still have got
Axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
By your deceit, a lesson I’ve been taught
You’re a snake in the grass, snake in the grass
Stand back and I watch you pass,
You’re a snake in the grass

What was hidden in the shadows
Must come into the light
Though the truth is patient
It always comes into sight

Cause the axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
Cut me once before
Scar I still have got
Axe forgets what fallen tree cannot
By your deceit, a lesson I’ve been taught
You’re a snake in the grass, snake in the grass
Stand back and I watch you pass,
Snake in the grass

snake in the grass, snake in the grass
Stand back and I watch you pass,
Snake in the grass
Track Name: 911
911 Emergency
What a catastrophe
911
911 Emergency
Check this reality
911

Yeah we
Build the fortress walls higher
But it doesn’t put out the fire
These flames only grow higher
Burning, burning
Burning in the hearts of men
That’s where this all began

Fire burn, it won’t go away
Fire burn, it burned through the day
Fire burn, In the hearts of me
Fire burn, where it all began

911 Emergency
What a catastrophe
911
We repeating history
911 Emergency
Check this reality
911

I was lonely yesterday
But not as lonely as today
Every day she’s away
I don’t see the sun I only see pain
When I wake up in the morning I get down on my knees and pray
That someday, someday she’ll come back to me, my country
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday

911 Emergency
What a catastrophe
911
911 Emergency
Check this reality
911

Yeah we
Build the fortress walls higher
But it doesn’t put out the fire
These flames only grow higher
Burning, burning
Burning in the hearts of men
That’s where this all began

Fire burn, it won’t go away
Fire burn, it burned through the day
Fire burn, In the hearts of me
Fire burn, where it all began

911 Emergency
What a catastrophe
911
911 Emergency
Check this reality
911

911 Emergency
What a catastrophe
911
We repeating history
911 Emergency
Check this reality
911

Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday