Song of Lament

by Naomi Wachira

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“Song of Lament,” recorded at Seattle’s historic London Bridge studio, was produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance) with contributions from Dave West (organ/Rhodes), Teo Shantz (drums), Masa Kobayashi (bass), Tommy Sandovallegos (percussion), Eric Lilavois (percussion), Owuor Arunga (trumpet) and Andrew Joslyn (strings). This collection of songs is a testament to Wachira’s full embrace of her creative power and its ability to spread goodness to a world churning with chaos and self-inflicted woes born out of fear and mistrust of the “other.” It is a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience therein. Throughout the eleven-track collection, Wachira poignantly articulates the pain and chaos of modern times, while also lifting up her enduring and hopeful belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity.

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released June 2, 2017

All words, music, vocal and guitar performances by Naomi Wachira
© 2017 Doreli Music, ASCAP

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Eric Lilavois
Recorded at London Bridge Studio, Seattle WA
Second Engineer: Shohei Ogami
Assistant Engineer: Julian Anderson
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Blackbelt Mastering, Seattle WA

Drums: Teo Shantz
Bass: Masa Kobayashi
Organ/Rhodes: Dave West
Percussion: Tommy Sandovallegos
Additional Percussion: Eric Lilavois
Trumpet: Owuor Arunga
Strings: Andrew Joslyn

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There is no doubt that Afro-Folk Singer/Songwriter, Naomi Wachira is determined to create a niche in the world with her uplifting and sobering music and perhaps inch us closer to one another as we remember our shared humanity. Her upcoming album, Song of Lament, is a testament to Wachira fully embracing her creative power and its ability spread goodness to the world. ... more

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Track Name: Our Days Are Numbered
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

Our days are numbered everyone of them,
From days of laughter and sorrow
To rising up on the mountain like Moses,
But then coming down to days of trouble
You toil, you labor you try to build your life,
So that someday you can say
Come and see what I’ve done,
Oh but you know, your days are trouble

The rain falls on the good and the bad
And the sun shines on the good and the bad
But nobody knows what tomorrow holds

So learn to be wise, Learn to be kind,
Learn to count your days,
Because nobody knows what tomorrow holds

I said don’t you know? Don’t you know? Don’t you know?
Don’t you know? Don’t you know? Don’t you know?
That our days, our days are numbered
Learn to be wise Learn to be kind Because our days, our days are numbered
Track Name: Up in Flames
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

Sometimes I feel like I don’t have what it takes,
To keep moving on I look to my left,
I look to my right,
And all I see, All I see is, All I see is,
Faces down, fear in our hearts,
People just keep throwing stones

Oh, Oh, am I the only who thinks we’re going to go up flames
Yeah, Yeah

Bad news keeps happening everywhere, everywhere I look
And I’m losing faith, I’m losing faith in what we can we be
With our faces down, fear in our hearts, we just keep throwing stones
Oh, Oh, am I the only who thinks we’re going to go up flames
Yeah, Yeah

Where is kindness, where is Love, where is, where is mercy?
Where is kindness, where is Love?

Oh, Oh, am I the only who thinks we’re going to go up flames
Track Name: Beautifully Human
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

I wish the world could believe,
that my brothers and sisters we are meant to be
No we are not accidents, no we are not,
We are not the sons and daughters of the damned

So don't treat us like we are a cursed race,
Don't treat us like we are a cursed race
We are human, We are human too
I know that I am, I am, I am, I am

I wish we didn’t have to prove our worth,
And the world could finally see us as equals,
No we are not accidents, no we are not,
We are not the sons and daughters of damned

So don't treat us like we are a cursed race,
Don't treat us like we are a cursed race
We are human, We are human too
I know that I am, I am I am, I am

Don't make me prove, Why I should be, Why I belong,
Why I deserve to be here I deserve,

I know that I am, I am

And so is anyone who can walk, who can talk, who can laugh, who cry, feel pain
So is anyone who can't speak, who can't hear, who can't see, who's never had a free mind
So is anyone whether brown or white or any other color

We’re Beautifully human, Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautifully human, Beautiful
Track Name: Heart of A Man
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

You've seen him more than a thousand times,
And you know he's just like you,
Tell me what has changed,
And where is it you lost your soul, to see a man like he's the devil
And it's your place to wipe him out

Just like you, he cries when he's sad, laughs when he's happy
Is it so hard to see that?
And just like you, he wants to make his woman smile,
make his child feel
Like they're somebody

You force her down to the ground, hear her scream but you never stop What kind of soul do you have?
You walk away with a grin, like you've shaken the hand of God,
And he gave you a big smile
How badly can your soul be detached
You can't even think, what if this was my sister?
And now she'll walk around like Tamar
Disgraced and undefended,
God's poor soul

Oh now tell me now, What is it that happens in the heart of a man
For him to act like that
Track Name: Where is God?
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

I’m trying to look beyond the blood you hold, in your hands
I’m trying to look beyond the darkness, that covers your eyes

Where is God? Where is God? Where is God in your face?
Oh, Oh, Oh, in your face

I’m straining to remember the innocence,
You once had I’m straining to find the likeness of the one,

Who made you and I Where is God? Where is God?
Where is God in your face
Oh, Oh, Oh, in your face

And I don’t know how, to reconcile what I see, what I fear, what I hope
So with my hands on my heart, this is what I ask

Where is God? Where is God? Where is God is your face Where is God?
Track Name: Farewell
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

I’ll shed my tears for you, for the life you’ll never live I’ll beat my chest for you, for those who couldn’t see your glory May your soul pass this valley, And finally find its rest

Ngai amuamukire, magerio ni mathira
Track Name: Song of Lament
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

After awhile you start to wonder,
What have we done? Cause we keep pulling at the bottom,
Whether it’s slavery,
Whether it’s poverty,
Whether it’s finding honest people who can stand for us

Ebu niambie, ebu niambie, ebu niambie uliyoyatenda
Oh Mama Africa, Oh Mama Africa, Oh Mama Africa
Ebu niambie

It’s even crazier, when we can’t stand each other
And we take the lives of those we think don’t belong
For a people who’ve suffered so much, where is compassion

Ebu niambie, ebu niambie, ebu niambie uliyoyatenda
Oh Mama Africa, Oh Mama Africa, Oh Mama Africa

Ebu niambie Kwani Mungu ame tusahau
Kutoka Mashariki, hadi Kaskazini
Watu wanalia, woiye, woiye, woiye
Kutoka Magharibi, teremka Kusini
Watu wanalia, woiye, woiye, woiye

Kwani Mungu ame tusahau
Mama Africa, Mama Africa, Mama Africa
Ebu niambie Mama Africa, Mama, Mama Africa
Track Name: I am Because You Are
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

I’ve been wondering, I’ve been trying to figure out
Who this brown skinned girl is, I’ve been on a quest
I’ve been on a journey, trying to understand why on earth I am here
And I’ve discovered I am a sum of everybody I’ve met
Some have blessed me, some have cursed me,
Some have held me down, and others pushed me aside
And then there are those who sat beside me
We laughed and we cried

I’ve been pondering, I’ve been trying to find the thread
The invisible thread, that binds us together
And I’ve discovered we are the same in our existence
Sometimes we’re afraid, sometimes we are bold,
Sometimes we can fight, And other times we just run, and run, and run And then there are days it feels like we’re back on the playground again Defending our right to exist

I am 'cause you are, you are 'cause I am
So be kind to me, and I’ll do the same for you

We are, because you are, because I am
Tuombe Mungu, atupe amani, atupe upendo,
We are, because you are, because I am
Brothers and sisters, let us be mindful
Tuombe Mungu, atupe amani, atupe upendo, fadhili

I am because you are, you are because I am
Track Name: Run, Run, Run
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

Take that light that’s sparkling inside you
Don’t put it under fear, doubts or insecurities
Take that first trembling step
And believe the path beneath you will guide your way

Run, Run, Run
Even though you want to give up
Run, Run, Run,
And don’t you dare look back

Days will come when you can’t see the way
Hopelessness will paralyze your very heart
Despair will threaten, to take take your dream
And you’ll start to wonder, if this was an illusion

Run, Run, Run
Even though you want to give up
Run, Run, Run,
And don’t you dare look back

Light and life, lie inside you
Don’t deny the world what you can bring
Run, run, run

Don’t you dare give up Run, run, run
Track Name: Mûrathimwo
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

I could never find the words to thank you,
I could never have enough ways, to express how I feel
For what you’ve done,

It’s you I’ve been holding on,
It’s you I’ve been leaning on, It’s you,
I’ve been standing on

Murathimwo, mkiondoka
Murathimwo, mkirudi
Ngai arotega matu make amuthikiririe

This is how, this is how I say Murathimwo
Track Name: Think Twice
Words & Music by Naomi Wachira
Doreli Music ASCAP © 2017

We are born to live and die, but what we do in between matters
For what if you gain the world, but in the end you've got nothing

Oh, Oh, Think twice

Set a mark within your heart, to let them know that you were here
And with the days you lived you tried, to make this place a little better

Oh, Oh, Think Twice

One life, one life is all you’ve got, all you’ve got

Cause we are born to live and die, but what we do in between matters

We are born to live and die, but what we do in between matters