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Water Song

from I'm Not Fifty Anymore by Brian Blain

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“Water Song” was released as a single on World Water Day, March 22, to bring attention to the world water crisis but that launch was totally derailed by a more urgent crisis (though no doubt the water crisis will still be there when the COVID-19 crisis is over). It's a realistic, if somewhat dark ear-movie with an afro-beat vibe supported by kora master Sadio Sissokho and Harry Manx on his signature instrument, the Mohan Veena. Sudanese singer Ruth Mathiang provides the haunting vocals. Patrick Merner provided some bass and a hint of synth and Michelle Josef provides the driving beat.

lyrics

The woman needs water – She's dying of thirst
Asking why has her life has been so cursed
Her children starving - she's praying for rain
Tribal war brings more hardship and pain
There's water yonder but nothing for her
A cry in the desert, can you hear her?

Donner Moi de L'eau….J'ai soif

Baby crying in the dark of night
Mother desperate - no help in sight
Hiding the child - so they won't be found
No turning back - village burnt to the ground
They killed her son and they raped her daughter
And it's been days since she's had a drink of water

Donner Moi de L'eau….J'ai soif

In Attawapiskat there's water in the sink
But half the time it's not safe to drink
It's no wonder things have gone so wrong
With the water protectors all beaten down
Now it's come to haunt us and it's going to get worse
When the so-called civilized world is dying of thirst

Donner Moi de L'eau….J'ai soif

credits

from I'm Not Fifty Anymore, track released September 11, 2020
feat. Harry Manx (Mohan Veena) and Sadio Sissokho (kora)

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Brian Blain Toronto, Ontario

Brian Blain has been called an"elder blues statesman" and is this year's recipient of the lifetime achievement "Blues Booster" Maple Blues Award from the Toronto Blues Society. He's been a sideman, frontman, producer, publisher, blogger and has played with top blues players in Canada at his popular "Campfire Jam", and backed blues legends like Kathi MacDonald, Long John Baldry and Hubert Sumlin. ... more

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