Giveaway - 5 song EP

by Cheryl L'Hirondelle

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a special limited edition 5 song EP / DVD from the interdisciplinary project nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land) by Cheryl L'Hirondelle

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released February 7, 2009

all songs (words and music) by Cheryl L'Hirondelle
© (p) miyohtakwan music / SOCAN
produced by Gregory Hoskins
mixed and mastered by David Travers-Smith
recorded by David Travers-Smith - Found Sound, Toronto; Jean Martin - The Farm, Toronto;
Gregory Hoskins - Joao Carvalho Studio, Toronto;
Doug Romanow - Fire Escape Studio, Toronto; and
Doug Naugler - Artistic Intelligence Studio, Vancouver.
Design & cover photograph concept by Cheryl L'Hirondelle
designed by Myron Campbell
cover photography by Gisele Gordon

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Track Name: Love One Another
How many times we’re moved by something
but lines drawn scare that feeling away
How many dreams fall by the wayside
Its not your turn, not your day

If we try we can make it real
Let it flow and really feel
Beyond the barriers created
We just might start to realise
See the world with new eyes
And know how we’re all related…

So I tell myself to keep on dreaming
There’s a story we all know by heart
Somewhere deep beneath rhyme and reason
with happy endings and a brand new start

If we try we can make it real
Let it flow and really feel
Beyond the barriers created
We just might start to realise
See the world with new eyes
And know how we’re all related…

So hadn’t we better
Love one another, love one another, love one another, yeah…
Track Name: Wishful Heart
This wishful heart
with so much unspoken
Longs to be seen and heard
as not broken

And this wishful heart
waits for the moment
For judgment to fade
so the doors can all open

We conquer our fears
rise to face each new day
Make a language to say
we’re still here and okay
We smile through the tears
with a hope everlasting
Gather strength to accept
what fate chose - without asking


And this wishful heart
keeps time to remind me
I am doing my part
bearing this wishful heart.
Track Name: Giveaway
I’m hosting a big giveaway
Come rain or sunshine, today is the day
Everyone come out to find
things you lost or left behind
I’ve coveted, hoarded, thought it okay
Please come to my big giveaway

Some things they were gifts, others I stole
Some looked abandoned, I’d hold and feel whole
Until this chance to confess
Let go of, re-name, re-address
Come pick up what’s yours, please don’t delay
Its time for this big giveaway

I’m using up paper I’ve kept in a stack
Writing my regrets and sending them back
To every unanswered call
Mixed message, blank stare, dropped ball
I’m sorry if I kept you all at bay
You too are part of my big giveaway
Track Name: Lost and Found
One day a lonely hunter
leaves her home to find new prey
A predator with cunning
somehow she looses her way
No landmarks look familiar
wandering for days and nights
The stars they too betray her
so she looks inside for insight, saying:

Why, tell me why, do I hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path and a sign that will not show
Oh why, tell me how, tell me who
I’d really like to know…

She’s just about to give up
when she spots beneath a tree
Another lonely hunter
he has been waiting patiently
So happy at last found
until they both realise
The only thing captured
same lost look in the other’s eyes.

Oh why, tell me why do we hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path, hungry for what is not owned
Oh why, tell me how, tell me who
I would really like to know

Why, tell me why do we hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path, hungry for what is not known
Oh why, tell me how, tell me who, tell me now,
Tell me where, tell me when, tell me what
I would really like to know…

(overtop 3rd chorus)
We are lost and found on this unknown ground
Oh the irony, sweet serendipity
We’re still lost and found, awareness so profound
Track Name: kîkinaw
Nanahihtamowin (obedience)
Kihcêyihtamowin (respect)
Tapahtêyimisowin (humility)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Miywêyihtamowin (happiness)
Sâkihtowin (love)
Tâpwêhtamowin (faith)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Wâhkôhtamowin (kinship)
Kanâcihowin (cleanliness)
Nanâskomowin (gratitude)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Wîcêhtowin (compassion)
Sôhkâtisiwin (courage)
Miyo-ohpikihâwasowin (good child rearing)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Pakosêyimowin (hope)
Nâtâmostawin (protection)
Tipêyimisowin (freedom/self control)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)