Roots

by Chris Berry

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released January 1, 2002

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Track Name: A.T.I.O.
Catastrophe
Environmental emergency
Check out the new
Reality
Humans at Earth's mercy

We are the ancestors
Of the future
We are the ancestors
Of the future
This is our brand new
Ancient music
This is our brand new
Ancient music
We're not the message
But the messengers
Messengers
We're not the message
But the messengers
Messengers

Singing a message to humanity
Praying that soon we will see
The all that is one
The one that is all
Before we take the final fall
From Eden
Taking the final fall
From Eden
Before we take the fall
From Eden

We are the ancestors
Of the future
We are the ancestors
Of the future
This is our brand new
Ancient music
This is our brand new
Ancient music
We're not the message
But the messengers
Messengers
We're not the message
But the messengers
Messengers
Messengers
Messengers
Messengers
Messengers
Track Name: Snake
Though I walk through the city of judgement
I myself I judge not
Was it not by the foolishness of judgement
So many wars were fought?
Tempts me to judge, but I say no way
Everyone's free to choose their own way
Oh I walk through the valley of judgement
I myself you judge not
Was it not the stupidness of judgement
So many wars were fought

Oh I pray for the dark hearted person
Lost in fear as dark as night
I know its only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
Only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
Oh so much confusion that
Keeps us from the light
So much confusion that
Keeps us from the light

But no longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by these laws, no
Shall I abide

Though I walk through the valley of judgement
I myself you judge not
Was it not by the foolishness of judgement
So many wars were fought?
I pray for the wicked hearted
Lost in fear as dark as night
I know its only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
Its only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
So much confusion that
Keeps us from the light
So much confusion that
Keeps us from the light
I know its only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
So much confusion that
Keeps us from the light
Jealousy, hatred
No longer, no longer
Jealousy, hatred
You gotta stand aside
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
And I know its only confusion that
Keeps us from the light
So much confusion that
Keeps us from the light
But no longer by these foolish thoughts, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
No longer by your laws, no
Shall I abide
Track Name: Rujeko
Searching for the groove
Searching for the groove
Trying to make you move
Searching for the groove, yeah

Men, men, men, men, men
You could never know
What it's like
To have something grow
Inside of you

Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?
Woman and the power of one
Where did we all come from?

Pity racist people
Who cloak themselves in drapes
Covered in confusion
They know not positivity's name
They know not positivity's name
They know not positivity's name
Why don't they know it?
Why can't they see it?
Why don't they know it?
Can they now see it?
Can they not feel it?
Healing music
Healing music
Take it in soul
Take it in soul
Take it in side
Their insecurity makes them call out inferiority
But what could be more pure
Than my love for you
Rujeko
Rujeko
Rujeko
Rujeko….
Track Name: Soul Famine
Come on
(Shona)

Hungry souls starve at a feast of silver and gold
Greed and money only make the heart cold
Soul famine
Starvation of the soul
Soul famine
Starvation of the soul
Soul famine
Starvation of the soul
Soul famine
Famine of the soul
Soul famine
Famine of the soul

A gift has been given unto you from above
Do what you love and what you do shall be loved
Find your voice, sing your song
There's no way you can go wrong
Find your voice, sing your song
No there's no way you could ever go wrong
Find your voice, sing your song
No way you could ever go wrong

A gift has been given unto you from above
Do what you love and what you do shall be loved
Know your soul, find your song
No there's no way you can go wrong
Know your soul, find your song
No, you can never go wrong
Know your soul, find your song
Never ever ever could you go wrong

(Shona)

In this soul famine
Famine of the soul
In this soul famine
Famine of the soul
Track Name: Revolution
Remember music
Search for the answers
But the answers they cannot find
Instead of moving forward
We fall further behind
Science and politics
Have been, oh, so unkind
They told me all the answers to life
All the could find
21st century is now at hand
We've got to make a change, we've got to stand
And if revolution is the only solution
To rid the world of its pollution
Then, oh
Revolution's on the way
Revolution's on the way, people
Revolution's on the way
Revolution's on the way, oh

Bring in the music
Step back, stand aside
No longer will we hide
Cause we the new generation
And we want a new nation
There's nothing they can say or do
To stop us from coming through
For the sake of this Earth and its children
We've got to find something new
And if revolution is the only solution
To rid the world of its pollution
Then, oh
Revolution's on the way
Revolution's on the way, people
Revolution's on the way
Revolution's on the way, oh
Revolution's on the way, people
Revolution's on the way
Revolution's on the way, people
Revolution's on the way

Must it take a revolution
To change this world?
Oh we've got to find a new day
What's going to be the new way?
Track Name: Proud Line
All 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 will cut myself free
From the nets that were bind to keep me
'Cause from the right path
They don't want me to find
But I won't be misled by any false sign, no

I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
Don't you know, don't you know?
I gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
(scatting)

As we walk along this road of years
You replace my hopes with fears
Your seconds seem to be the streams
Which carry away my dreams
Time, must you be my enemy?
Well, my pain is a seed of knowledge
I must sow
With blood and sweat
Into wisdom it will grow
Ghosts of insecurity
You've bent me enough
Now let me be
You can't keep me down
Cause through my struggles
I only gain
The strength and wisdom to see me through
Your storms of lighting, thunder and rain

Gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
Gotta walk a proud line, my friend
I gotta walk a proud line
(scatting)

(portuguese rapping)

As we walk along this road of years
You replace my hopes with fears
Your seconds are the streams
Which take away my dreams, oh
Time why must you be my enemy?

(portuguese rapping)

Gotta walk a proud line, my friend
Oh, gotta walk a proud line
Don't listen to what they say
Gotta walk a proud line, my friend
No, gotta walk a proud line
Gotta walk a proud line, my friend
You gotta walk a proud line

Proud line, my friends
Track Name: Hold On
Saw you standing in a storm
Rain beat upon you
The winds howled your name
I reach for you
But I reach in vain
You've long been drowned
In a sea of shame
Some say it's better to end it
Than to keep carrying on
I say, hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Night is darkest before dawn, yeah
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
The night is darkest before dawn, yeah
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on

What words can I say?
What song can I play?
What words can I say?
What song can I play?
To make you understand
Just how beautiful you really are
The night is darkest before dawn
You gotta hold on
Hold on
Hold on

I'll be your fire, fire fire
To warm you up
Water, water, water
To cool you down
Fire, fire, fire
To warm you up
Water, water, water
To cool you down
Fire, fire
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you
(scatting)

Oh, God, I reach out my hands
But you say I never understand
And I know that I never could
I only want you to know
That I am there for you
And I'll do everything that I can do
(scatting)
I'm there for you

Saw you standing in a storm
The rain beat upon you
The winds howled your name
I reach for you
But I reach in vain
You've long been blinded
By your own self blame
I reach for you
But I reach in vain
You've long been drowning
In a sea of shame
Some say it's better to end it
Than to keep carrying on
I say, hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Night is darkest before dawn
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Night is darkest before dawn
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
The night is darkest before dawn
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Please hold on
Hold on
Hold on

What words can I say?
What song can I play?
What words can I say?
What song can I play?
To make you understand
Just how beautiful you really are
The night is darkest before dawn
You gotta hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on

I'll be your fire, fire fire
To warm you up
Water, water, water
To cool you down
Fire, fire, fire
To warm you up
Water, water, water
To cool you down
Fire, fire, fire
To warm you up
Water, water, water
To cool you down
Fire, fire
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you

I hear you crying every day
I wish there was something I could do or say
I only want to be the light
That visits this, your darkest night
(scatting)

The night is darkest before dawn
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Hold on
Track Name: Ambassadors of Peace
Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
For it's later than you think
The battle is hearty

Martin Luther King
Was a very great man
Whose words in these days
Need we understand
Twas said not to
Judge another by the color of their skin
Oh, but by the content of their character
Words from the prophets people listen but don't hear
They continue to live in fortresses made of fear
Walls of segregation have now been brought down
So why, in the tears of history
Must we drown?

Let the racists eat their brutal creeds they hold as sacred
For how can life be found in bread made of anger and hatred?
Let the racists fight each other down
In their pools of confusion themselves they will drown
Let those of us who understand join hands
And show those who preach division
A new vision, oh

Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
For it's later than you think
The battle is hearty

Martin Luther King
Was a very great man
Whose words in these days
Need we understand
Twas said not to
Judge another by the color of their skin
Oh, but by the content of their character
Words from the prophets people listen but don't hear
They continue to live in fortresses made of fear
Walls of segregation have now been brought down
So why, in the tears of history
Must we drown?

Let the racists eat their brutal creeds they hold as sacred
For how can life be found in bread made of anger and hatred?
Let the racists fight each other down
In their pools of confusion themselves they will drown
Let those of us who understand join hands
And show those who preach division
A new vision, oh

Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
For it's later than you think
The battle is hearty

Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
Join hands with those of like minds
Regardless of color, yeah

Martin Luther King
Was a very great man
Whose words in these days
Need we understand
Twas said not to
Judge another by the color of their skin
Oh, but by the content of their character
Words from the prophets people listen but don't hear
They continue to live in fortresses made of fear
Walls of segregation have now been brought down
So why, in the tears of history
Must we drown?
When history
Isn't our story anymore

Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
For it's later than you think
The battle is hearty

Ambassadors of peace
Stand and be counted
Join hands with those of like minds
Regardless of color, yeah

Leave the racists to eat their brutal creeds they hold as sacred
For how can life be found in bread made of anger and hatred?
Let the racists fight each other down
In their pools of confusion themselves they will drown
People, why keep on with the old rules
When today's a new game?
Not all fruit from the same tree
Tastes the same

And us who understand
Come together join hands
Let's show those who preach division
A new vision
Track Name: Panjea
Just the other day
Only just the other day
I said, just the other day
A baby boy was born
They named him Panjea
Said they want a better world
Movement of the people
To change the ways
Where there's the will
Lord knows there's a way
Oh, no, no Panjea
Ohnayway
Oh, no, no Panjea
Ohnayway

Just the other day
A million babies were born
They need a place to live
Said they want a better world
Movement of the people
To change the ways
Where there's a will
Lord knows there's a way

Whoa no no Panjea
Whoanayway
Whoa no no Panjea
Whoanayway

People of the world
Do you know who you are?
Look to yourself
The truth ain't very far
Track Name: Mandela
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are
Powerful beyond measure
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be?
Brilliant, gorgeous and fabulous
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God
Your playing small does not serve the world, no
Oh, these are the words of Mandela
Mandela, Mandela, Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela
Mighty baba

There's nothing enlightened about people
Shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us
It is not just in some of us
It is in everyone
Everyone
Mandela, Mandela, these are his words
Mandela, Mandela, Mandela, Mandela,
Mandela Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela
Mighty baba, Mandela

As we let our light shine
We unconsciously give people
Permission to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear
Our presence automatically liberates others
It liberates others
And these are the words of Mandela….
Track Name: Chenesa
Ah...
Let it go
Let it go
Ah...
Let it flow
Let the river go
Ah...
Let it go
Let it go
Ah…
Let it flow
Let it flow, let the river flow
Ah…
Let it go
Let it go
Ah…

Born to be...
I wanna be
Who I was born to be
Be who you were born to be
Be who you were born to be
(scatting)
Be who you were born to be

Ah...
Let it go
Let it go
Ah...
Let it flow
Like the river flows
Ah...
Let it go
Why hold on to it?
Ah…
Let it flow
Let it flow like the river flows
Ah…
Let it go
Let it go
Ah…
Let it flow
Let it flow, let it flow
Ah…
Let it go

Born to be...
Be who you were born to be
No one else can be
Like you were born to be
Be who you were born to be
Be who you were born to be
Be who you were born to be
You were born to be
Who you were born to be
Track Name: Healed in Africa
Over the oceans
Across the seas
Over the oceans
Across the seas
I traveled to distant lands
I was brought to my knees
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be we
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
If my words
Only had the wings enough
If they only had the wings enough
If my words
Only had the wings enough
To carry you there
Ayayayayayay
Ayayayayayay

Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa

Over the oceans
Across the seas
I traveled to a distant land
They brought me to my knees
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be we
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
And I was
Healed by holy hands
So I could be me
If my words
Only had the wings enough
If they only had the wings enough
If my words
Only had the wings enough
To carry you there
Ayay ayay ayay
Ayay ayay ayay

Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa
Healed in Africa...
Track Name: S.O.F.A.R.
You were born with a gift
Something alone you have
You were born with a talent
Something alone you possess
It's inside of you
People do what you can do
Oh my God we need it
These are the times
Let it out of you
You're the only one who can be you
You've got it somewhere inside of you

Find it
It's down there somewhere
Find it
You have got to
Find it
It's inside of you
Find it
I know you can
Find it
Down in there somewhere
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
Down in there somewhere
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
You've got to try it
Find it
Can't you do it for us?
Find it
Somewhere inside of you
Find it
Do everything you can do
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
You've got to try it
Find it
You've got to try it
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
Come back and pick it up
Find it
You've got to try and find it
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
Find it

If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it

You, you are the representative
Of a thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand years of ancestry
You, you are alive
Your ancestors all passed away
It's your turn, people
You're the captain
Your ancestors are your crew
Do everything you can do
You are the one to heal your lineage
You are the one
You are the one
No matter what they did
It's your turn, people
And you can
Steer your ship towards the light
Steer your ship towards the light
Steer the ship towards the light
Do the thing that's right
I know that you can
Find it
Somewhere out there
Find it
It's the right thing to do
Find it
It's your lineage
Find it
Do what you can do
Find it
You are the healer of
Find it
Your own ancestry
Find it
Come on people
Find it
You can set them free
Find it
From the things that they did
Find it
By doing the right thing
Find it
You can do it, ey
Find it
Its inside of you
Find it
Down there somewhere
Find it
Down there somewhere
Find it
You've got to try it
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
I know that you can
Find it
Come on, I know you can
Find it
Down there inside of you
Find it
You've got to try and
Find it
Show the way
Find it
You're the captain
Find it
Your ancestors are your crew
Find it
Your ancestors are your crew
Find it
Steer your ship towards the light
Find it
Steer your ship towards the light
Find it
Steer your ship towards the light
Find it
Steer your ship towards the light
Find it
Steer your ship towards the light
Find it
Find it
Find it
Come on


If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
I know you can achieve it
If you believe it
I know you will receive it
If you believe it
You're gonna receive it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can receive it
If you believe it
You can achieve it
If you believe it
You can achieve it