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What Are Stars? Rwanda

from Thousand Miles by MORLEY

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Intro - field recording from Morley in Rwanda
Brian Blade - drums, shaker
Richard Bona - shakere, tabla, udu, rainstick
James Genus - acoustic bass
Jon Cowherd - Fender Rhodes
Liberty Ellman - acoustic guitar
Jason Charles Walker- backing vocals



Under the pounding sun
Under the pounding rain
Under a sheltering tree

Land of a thousand hills  
Land of a thousand shades
Land of a thousand shades of green

Red earth a gentle soul 
Generous and vulnerable 
To all that live and move through here

Sweet jasmine in the air 
Soft wind blowing clear 
Smoke rise making banana beer 

What a wave of grace so few 
So far from here have ever seen 
What a wave of beauty 
Brings my heart to its knees 

What are stars, what are stars?

No feeble minds 
No idle bodies here 
Not after 20 long years

These 20-year-old trees 
Sowed by wounded seed 
Bare fruits of possibility 

Reach up into the sun
Some things can’t be undone 
Forever in God’s biography 

Sing your new songs
Spread your message 
Upward to the sky

What a wave of grace and resilience 
Filled with dignity
What a wave of possibility 
Teach my eyes, teach my eyes to see

What are stars, what are stars? 

Over a mass grave of genocide 
Baby purple flowers shine

Turn on both my eyes
Forgiveness is the bride
Widowed and left alone to find

That fragile kind of light 
Best not to shine too bright 
If you wanna keep it on and keep it near

Red earth a gentle soul
Generous and vulnerable 
To all who come and take from here 

Still this wave of grace 
All the world, all the world must feel
Still the children laugh, smile, and sing
(Laugh, smile, sing)
One of them looking up asking me 

What are stars?


from Thousand Miles, released March 14, 2020


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