The Other Side of the Sky

by Fools In Paradise

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released January 10, 2016

Kite Giedraitis: marimba, mbira dzavadzimu (kalimba), dundun, congas, vocals, lead vocals on 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12 & 13, lead marimba on 2, 6, 8 & 12

Saffire Bouchelion: congas, djembe, tar, percussion, ocean drum on 3 & 4, vocals, lead vocals on 3, 7, 9 & 14

Kevin Finkle: marimba, bass kalimba, hosho (shakers), donno (talking drum), vocals, lead vocals on 2 & 8, lead marimba on 5 & 14.

Erin Middleton: marimba, hosho, dundun, vocals, lead vocal on 6.

Noah Peterson: soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, pennywhistle, hosho, percussion, vocals.

Eric Orem: marimba, mbira dzavadzimu, hosho, lead marimba on 6.

Special guests: Sherry Costar: marimba on 5 & 12, TJ Arko: steel drums on 10



Recorded by Kite Giedraitis at the Kiteatorium
Mixed by Dan Rhiger at Medicine Whistle Studios (www.MedicineWhistle.com)
Mastered by Ryan Foster at Freqmastering
Graphic design by Fawn Williams at NW Media
Front cover (Flammarion woodcut) colorized by Rich Ellis at Mercury Studios
Back cover band photo by Kathy Finkle
Back cover mbira photo by Chris Steele
Inner booklet photos by John Klicker
www.FoolsInParadise.com

The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao.
The music that can be recorded is not the true music.
Our humble thanks to the people of Africa for sharing their unique gifts of rhythm, song and dance with the world.
Special thanks to the Shona people of Zimbabwe for the mbira dzavadzimu ("mbira of the spirits").

"'Tis but our foolish natures producing all the world's want and suffering, for in truth we inhabit a veritable paradise." - Chadwick Merlowe

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Fools In Paradise Portland, Oregon

A 6-person group performing on African instruments. Our traditional Zimbabwean mbira songs will transport you to another time and place. Our rousing marimba music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Guinea creates an energetic, danceable sound. Our original material combines African melodies with moving and thought-provoking lyrics. Saxophone, congas, djembe, bass kalimba, shakers and harmonies ... more

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Track Name: Maybe
Maybe bee pollen cures cancer
Maybe the Mayans were right

Maybe there's always an answer
Maybe the angels are coming to show us the light


And maybe there really are spaceships
And maybe the world will end soon

Maybe we should take echinacea
And maybe there's aliens camped out on the moon



And maybe there's a place for a loner like me in the night

Maybe there's a way I can make all my mistakes come out right
Ooh, maybe...



Maybe you can read my aura
Maybe there's love at first sight

Maybe we really are soulmates
Maybe we courted under the stars in a previous life


Yes, and maybe there's hope for tomorrow
Maybe there's a time and a place

Where there's no fear or longing or sorrow
And there's freedom and wisdom and joy for the whole human race



And maybe there's a place for a loner like me in your heart

Maybe I could be open and flowing and free 

With someone like you, I could make a start

Ooh, maybe...

Track Name: Hama Dzedu
Come, friends and family, and celebrate
Celebrate marimba music with me
Come, friends and family, and celebrate
Celebrate Zimbabwe with me
Zimbabwe that you have been crying for
It has finally arrived
Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Hah!

Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, this country of mine
Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, a wonderful country
My friend, come and see for yourself, come and see the richness
Come yourself and see, come and see the wealth
Jump, jump jump! Jump, jump jump!
Shake, shake, shake! Shake, shake, shake!

Azania, Azania, this country of mine...
Track Name: The River

The river is flowing, flowing and growing

The river is flowing down to the sea

Mother carry me, a child I will always be

Mother carry me down to the sea



Take my hopes and my fears, my longings and tears

And the weight of the years down to the sea

Wash it all away, ease all my pains

Wash it all away, down to the sea
Track Name: Round & Around
The deeper you breathe, the higher you feel

The longer you wait, the longer it takes

The more that you have, the more that you need

And the less that you need, the more that you have
Round and around, round and around...



If you think you're moving forward
You're just going round and round

Every time you push too hard, you wind up going 

Round and around, round and around...



The more that you know, the less that you learn

And the more that you learn, the less that you know

The bigger the head, the smaller the mind

The faster you live, the faster you die
Round and around and around...


If you think you're moving forward...



The harder you look, the less that you find

The more that you talk, the less that you say

Track Name: Why Be Normal
If you wanna grow your hair long (It's not a crime, it's not a sin)

If you wanna shave your head (It's not a crime, it's not a sin)

If you wanna wear a nose ring

If you wanna grow some dreads



Yeah if you wanna go out dancing
With the ladies or the guys

To go out with anyone or no-one
Just don't tell any lies 



Yeah whatever turns you on my friend

Yeah whatever makes you feel alright

Yeah now anything you love to do 

Yeah whatever makes you feel real good

Why be normal, why be normal...



If you wanna be a hippie, a biker or a jock

A slacker or a yuppie, a preppie or a goth 

Yeah, a rasta or a moonie, a drag queen or a freak 

'Cause only you can do what you do
'Cause you are totally unique 



Why be normal, why be normal...

Why, why, why, why, why...



Wo-ho-ho, I got to do, to do my thing

Yay-hey-hey, I got my song, my song to sing

Wo-ho-ho, I got to be, to be myself

Yay-hey-hey, I gotta go .....


Track Name: Mhondoro
He drinks from the Zambezi river, the lion spirit drinks
He drinks from the Save river, the lion spirit drinks
They drink, Grandmother Nehanda
They drink from the Save river
The lion spirit drinks
Track Name: My Rich Uncle

He got five million in the bank, he owes ten million more

He give thousands to his rich pals, he give pennies to the poor

He got a lot of farms and factories down by the equator

When the workers there demand their share, they get a new dictator



Yeah, he'll spend a lot on limousines and giant televisions

And he will gladly donate money for a freeway or a prison

But when the public schools and libraries come begging for a dollar

Yeah, the richest man in history, see him cry and holler



He don't wanna share, he don't wanna share

He don't wanna share, he don't really care oh no no no no



Yeah, he's always going on about liberty and freedom

He's a real champion of justice for anyone in need

Just as long as that anyone is someone unrelated

'Cause his house was built by slaves on land he stole from natives



Yeah, he got body guards, burglar alarms, barbed wire too

They say his dogs eat better food than his neighbor's children do

He shares this town with lots of folks, he thinks he owns it all

Watch out! Pride and greed and ignorance, they go before a fall


He don't wanna share...

Track Name: A Gift Not Given
There was a time when we could have been closer

But we were too busy pretending to live

There was a place where we could have lingered

But you didn't know how to take and I didn't know how to give



There was a word that was only half-spoken

Into a silence that we didn't intend

There was someone who I really cared for

But I never knew how not to be friends


What might have been, will we ever know?



There was a gift that never was given

There was a love that never was named

There was a world awaiting discovery

Did you ever realize just how close we came?



Still the words remain unspoken

Still the door remains unopened

Still the dreams remain unbroken

They're all that I have

Track Name: Show Me The Way
We can't all be rich
There just ain't enough money

But everyone can afford to be happy

We can't all be famous
We can't all be stars

Might as well be who you are



Yeah, I got plenty of excuses, I got lots of reasons why

I don't believe a single word they say

'Cause every time I look inside, I see another lie

Still I know there's always a way

Yeah, there's always a way

Won't you please show me the way

Please show me the way



We can't all be young
We can't all be pretty
But everybody's got a certain beauty

We can't all be handsome
Some of us are homely

But that ain't no reason to be lonely


Yeah, I got plenty of excuses...

I been lost for so long
And I can't find my way
Show me, show me, show me, show me, show me the way
Track Name: Power & Money
Hey Ho, CEO, I just want you to know

You're not a hundred times smarter than me

You're not a hundred times stronger than me

You don't work a hundred times harder than me

So why are you a hundred times richer?



And sometimes I wonder, do you wonder too?

If it was me instead of you, who's to say what I would do?

You know it's hard to say no to power and money

Yeah, I'd probably do the same, I'd probably be as much to blame

For the lives of the homeless and the hungry



Hey Ho, African man, I just wanna understand

I'm not a hundred times smarter than you

I'm not a hundred times stronger than you

I sure don't work a hundred times harder than you

So why am I a hundred times richer?



And sometimes I wonder, do you wonder too

If it was you instead of me, would it turn out differently?

You know it's hard to say no to power and money

Or would you show us a better way, and lead us to a brighter day

In the lives of the homeless and the hungry?



Hey Ho, CEO / Hey Ho, African man

Hey Ho, CEO / No, no, no, say it ain't so

Hey Ho, African man / I just wanna understand 


And sometimes I wonder, do you wonder too

Why we do unto others the way that we do?

Track Name: Ecstacy
I don't care if my plates don't match
I don't care if my CDs are scratched

I don't care if my shoes are untied
I only care about the feelings inside



I don't care about the Super Bowl
I don't care about rock and roll

I don't care about the latest fashions
I only care about your deepest passions



'Cause it's those bright shining fragments of ecstasy

Burning through the pain and the fears

Along comes the hour of destiny

Why do we trade the moments for the years?



I don't care to act my age
I don't care to live in a cage

I don't care what the neighbors think
I only care about the song that you sing



'Cause it's those bright shining fragments of ecstasy...

Track Name: Warm Your Soul
Let the drumming take you back ten thousand years ago

Like a bushman or a caveman or an aborigine

The drummer moves the hands, the dancer moves the feet

Step for step and note for note, they're connected by the beat



We gonna celebrate the ancient way tonight 

Just like a bushman or a caveman or an aborigine

We don't need no stereo, we don't need TV

The time is here, the place is now, you know what to do



Come on and warm your soul in the fire of my drum 

(Come on in and warm your soul / Let the circle make us whole)

Come on and warm your soul in the fire of my drum

Let the spirit find a way to the center of the circle

Do you see the glowing faces, do you see the shining eyes

We got the spirit here tonight, everybody's feeling high



I hear a hundred different rhythms and a single solid beat

I hear a hundred different voices and a single flowing song

I see a hundred different dances and a single pulsing wave

I feel a hundred different souls and a single vital spirit



I'm feeling love tonight

Sweet healing love tonight

Universal love tonight

Everyone's got love tonight

Deep down love tonight