Song Titles

1.   Miigwech Away
2.   Warrior
3.   People In The Dark
4.   Lessons I have Learned
5.   Aboriginal
6.   The Strong
7.   Creatures
8.   You Are Not Alone
9.   Mama Said
10. Calling Back
11. My heart
12. Medicine
13. You Taught Me Things

Songs Lyrics

1. MIIGWECH AWAY

My love
my life
my fears
my cries
oh lord
listen
when i say
that i can’t take
anymore
or endure
‘cuz all I need
is inner peace

hey-eh-eh-eh
hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone
hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone

i surrender
my heart
my dreams
my wants
my feelings
oh lord
listen
when i say
that i can’t take
anymore
or endure
‘cuz all i need
is inner peace

hey-eh-eh-eh
hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone
hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone
creator i love
creator i know
ganikana
i am home
i am honoured
for my mother
who also holds
all the wisdom
all the strength
all the hope
i am born

hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone
hey-ya-hey
miigwech away
je suis kwe
Nibii Waawaaskone

2. WARRIOR

I’m a Warrior
that’s right I’m Her
the one you seek
to be happy

I’m a Warrior
from Ancestors
here to set you free
so naturally

I’m a Warrior
from Creator
melt away my fears
when things aren’t clear

I’m a Warrior
that’s right I’m Her
here to speak my mind
for all of kind

I’m a Warrior
from Ancestors
here to feed your soul
and help you grow

I’m a Warrior
from Creator
here to spread the peace
so we can believe

I’m a Warrior
that’s right I’m Her
I’m all woman
oh and good enough

I’m a Warrior
from Ancestors
don’t doubt my gifts
‘cuz those aren’t it

I’m a Warrior
from Creator
don’t test my strength
or you’ll see my faith

I’m a Warrior
that’s right I’m Her
I got my fight
I got my light

I’m a Warrior
from Ancestors
can’t you see
it is all of we

3. PEOPLE IN THE DARK

People in the dark
hiding what is sharp
looking for a taste
something to replace the pain
people in the dark
lying to the world
searching for the one
instead of just coming undone

people are cruel
but people
can be beautiful
people are strange
but people
are the ones who make you change
people are kind
‘cuz people can surprise you all the time
people like you
the people who help me what i do

people in the dark
confusing everyone
taking what they want
even if they break your heart
people in the dark
blinding everyone
changing what is done
creating so much destruction

people are cruel
but people
can be beautiful
people are strange
but people
are the ones who make you change
people are kind
‘cuz people can surprise you all the time
people like you
the people who help me what i do

people
come together
to show each other
how to love
one another
enjoy the laughter
leave the darkness in the past

people in the dark
concealing what they want
tricking everyone
just so they can say they won
people in the dark
shady how they lark
seducing everyone
creating so much suffering

people are cruel
but people
can be beautiful
people are strange
but people
are the ones who make you change
people are kind
‘cuz people can surprise you all the time
people like you
the people who help me what i do

People in the dark
hiding what is sharp
looking for a taste
something to replace the pain
people in the dark
lying to the world
searching for the one
instead of just coming undone

people are cruel
but people
can be beautiful
people are strange
but people
are the ones who make you change
people are kind
‘cuz people can surprise you all the time
people like you
the people who help me what i do

people in the dark
confusing everyone
taking what they want
even if they break your heart
people in the dark
blinding everyone
changing what is done
creating so much destruction

4. LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED

Lessons I have learned
change each time they come
even when I think i’ve learned
there is more to come
lessons i have learned
get harder to open
especially when i think i’ve learned
i’m a still a fallen

Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly
Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly

lessons I have learned
come in different ways
believing in them helps
as long as they will stay
lessons i have learned
create a mystery
try to solve them all
then i might just see

Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly
Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly

lessons i have learned
shape my heart and soul
push me to the limit
even as i grow
leesons i have learned
teach me on my journey
only the future holds
all the hidden glory

Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly
Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly
Nkoomis Mishoomis
Miigwech for my teachings
now i know you hear me
i can follow gladly

5. ABORIGINAL

You say
i’m not
aboriginal
you think
i’m different
then you all
but i
know where
i come from
so don’t say
that i
don’t belong
what ya know
about me
ain’t nothing
stop now
think about it
you could be wrong
take a look
at yourself
‘cuz it’s the same
only difference
is i’m
not ashamed

so put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
i said put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger

if you think
that we’re so different
now picture you
now picture me
‘cuz that’s beauty
i am
the living
and breathing
example
of why
i can’t lie
creator
made me
just this way
maybe
you’ll see
we’re the same
don’t question
what you
are feeling
just know that
we are
family

so put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
i said put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
i said put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
i said put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
so put your hands together
sing it
put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger
put your hands together
love one another
be proud of each other
and that’ll make us stronger

6. THE STRONG

Cut our hair
take our feet
chain us up
don’t let us eat
steal our tongue
with every beat
strip us down
with disbelief
we can’t be killed
by empty hearts
what is done
expressed through art
don’t be fooled
we are the strong
don’t you dare
say you’ve won

we are
we are
yes we are
the strong
we are
a part
of your
spirit
spirit
spirit
spirit
can you feel it
can you feel it
can you feel it
can you feel it

our blood will run
more than your guns
our life we live
in honour of
all who’ve passed
all who’ve fought
the precious souls
who’ve taught us all
our ancestors
they are right here
can’t you see them
so very clear
healing all
with every tear
singing loud
for all to hear

we are
we are
yes we are
the strong
we are
a part
of your
spirit
spirit
spirit
spirit
can you feel it
can you feel it
can you feel it
can you feel it

7. CREATURES

creatures of the night
creatures of the light
creatures all around
creatures i have found
creatures of my heart
creatures they are art
creatures of my soul
creatures that i know
i know

i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home
i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home

creatures of the sky
i wanna fly
creatures of the waves
allow me play
creatures of the earth
help me be rebirthed
creatures by my side
keep me alive
keep me alive

i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home
i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home

creatures i hear
take away my fear
creatures i see
is how i believe
creatures i feel
make me real
creatures in my life
show me the light
the light

i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home
i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home
i know
i will grow
take my hand and lead
me home
lead me home

8. YOU ARE NOT ALONE

you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone

see you laying on mother earth, mother earth
wanna lie next to you
hear you crying out, crying out, crying out
i cry too

you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone

see you falling down, falling down, falling down
i’m falling too
hear you screaming out, screaming out, screaming out
i’m screaming with you

you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone

see you trying now, trying now, trying now
i believe in you
hear you speaking out, speaking out, speaking out
i want to thank you

you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone

dancing in the light, in the light, in the light
you are so bright
even if you’re feeling broken, feeling broken, feeling broken
you are not forgotten

you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone
you are not alone
not alone
not alone
you are not alone

9. MAMA SAID

My mama always told me
to stand up for everybody
i said mama please
you can’t make me
she said baby girl please
you gotta live for thee
i need to have to stand
and speak your peace
i said mama please
i can’t handle that
she said baby, baby
i got your back

‘said mama you are my inspiration
you taught me how to love the nation
you said that i would spread my wings
and now all i do is fly the sky

mama said i could be a star
i said mama please what if i fall
she said i’ll be there, i will catch you babe
you don’t worry now, ‘cuz you’re not to blame
mama said I could be that girl
who would change our world and create our future
i know now she was right all along
she instilled me with that belief that just can’t go wrong

10. CALLING BACK

calling back our mother
calling back our hearts
calling back our spirits
calling back ourselves
calling back Anishnaabek
calling back mishoomis
calling back kookoomis
calling back Wakan Tanka

way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya

calling back our mother
calling back our hearts
calling back our spirits
calling back ourselves
calling back Anishnaabek
calling back mishoomis
calling back kookoomis
calling back Wakan Tanka

way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya

calling back our mother
calling back our hearts
calling back our spirits
calling back ourselves
calling back Anishnaabek
calling back mishoomis
calling back kookoomis
calling back Wakan Tanka

way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya

calling back our mother
calling back our hearts
calling back our spirits
calling back ourselves
calling back Anishnaabek
calling back mishoomis
calling back kookoomis
calling back Wakan Tanka

way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya
way-ya-oh-way-ya

11. MY HEART

How do you know it’s love
how do you feel his touch
how do you know it’s love
how do you hear his voice
how do you know it’s love
how do you feel him close
how do you know its love
how do you know he’s yours

my love
my dove
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
my-my-my-my heart
my heart

how can he be so far
how can i feel his heart
how can he be so still
how can he feel so real
how can i be so sure
without ever hearing a word
where my belief comes from
before anything is done

my love
my dove
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
my-my-my-my heart
my heart

is this my true love
sent to me from above
do i deserve him now
or will i just fall down
how can he be so right
been waiting all of my life
how can he feel so good
more than i thought it could

my love
my dove
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
my-my-my-my heart
my heart

how do i know it’s love
how do i feel my dove
singing to sleep at night
making my light so bright
carry me all the way home
never leave alone
sharing his heart soul
belief is all know

my love
my dove
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
my-my-my-my heart
my heart
my heart
is yours
forever more

12. MEDICINE

I fill myself with medicine
erase the bad thoughts that i have
sick feelings inside of me
twisting turning unbelieve
create this lie that i live
darkness past that is it
recognize the enemy
i don’t know what i need

woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-oh-oh

you can’t go back, you can’t return
no matter what you know, what you’ve learned
pain torture and misery
beauty is such a mystery
try to hide, try to run
it’s not over until it’s done
chase my dreams
plant the seed
belief is all i need

woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-oh-oh

question all, just stand tall
provoke the world as you fall
share your heart, share your worth
don’t forget how it starts
trace your steps, learn from this
you have so much to give
all of you, all of me
that is what I see

woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-oh-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-woah-oh
woah-oh-oh-oh

13. YOU TAUGHT ME THINGS

Ya you taught me things
things i didn’t know
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
ya you taught me things
things i should of known
ya you taught me things
things to make me grow

see i’m not crying no more
not gonna be your damn fool
even with your sweet smile
and your good looks too
i’m not loving your heart
i’m not sacrificing mine
i can finally stand up
instead of waiting in line

Ya you taught me things
things i didn’t know
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
ya you taught me things
things i should of known
ya you taught me things
things to make me grow

let me tell you my side
you almost broke my little heart
telling me you wanted me
right from the god damn start
now i am strong
and i truly believe
i deserve so much more
than you could’ve given me

Ya you taught me things
things i didn’t know
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
ya you taught me things
things i should of known
ya you taught me things
things to make me grow

i just can’t believe
you almost tricked me
to getting on my knees
and beg, beg, begging please
he, he, he

Ya you taught me things
things i didn’t know
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
ya you taught me things
things i should of known
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
Ya you taught me things
things i didn’t know
ya you taught me things
things i am glad to know
ya you taught me things
things i should of known
ya you taught me things
things to make me grow
oh-oh-oh-
oh-oh-oh
ya you taught me things
but now i know
but now i know
now i know
and i can grow
oh-oh-oh
oh-oh-oh
ya you taught me
things to grow
you help me grow
but i don’t need you
anymore
oh-oh-oh
oh-oh-oh

Credits

Produced by Tribal Spirit Music and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone.
Recorded and Mastered by Errol Francis Graphic
Design by Gustavo Chavez

Thank you

Chi-Miigwech~A big thank you to Errol Francis for his patience and creative flow, adding to the beautiful soul of this album. Hiy-Hiy~Thank you to my sister Veronica Johnny. A woman I admire and aspire to be. Because of you I was able to meet my newest family members Rob and Joywind. I thank you all for the love and support that has carried me this far. 

Gitchi-Miigwech~Thank you so much to everyone in the community. Who continued to raise me after I left home and walked away from my spirituality. You became the family I longed for in the city. You didn’t give up on me when I was lost on my journey. Hand Drum Stories is a symbol of the true power of love…because of your hearts…I am now able to share mine.

For more information contact
aqua@aquamusic.ca