Seeking Sanctuary

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Featuring Sharon Abreu, with Michael Hurwicz.

11 songs to reach a place in each of us where we can heal ourselves and come together with love for community and caring for the Earth.

Proceeds benefit Irthlingz, nonprofit arts-based environmental education. (http://www.irthlingz.org)

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Lyrics:

1. Seeking Sanctuary by Sharon Abreu

Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary,
A place for rest, for a new start.
How can I find peace in the world
If I can’t find peace in my own heart?
Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary.

Sometimes I feel so far from home,
Making decisions all alone.
But with the fear comes freedom,
When my choices are my own, my own.

Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary,
A place for rest, for a new start.
How can I find love in the world
If I can’t find love in my own heart?
Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary.

This world’s got a hunger like a beast.
When will the hunger ever cease?
The distribution so diseased–
Who gets the most, who gets the least?
I’m seeking sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary.

Sanctuary in crimson leaves,
In golden rays of sunlight,
Sanctuary in my own mind,
Sanctuary any places, any time.

Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary,
A place for rest, for a new start.
How can I find hope in the world
If I can’t find hope in my own heart?
Sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary.

Sanctuary in crimson leaves,
In golden rays of sunlight,
Sanctuary in my own mind,
Sanctuary any places, any time.
I’m seeking sanctuary, I’m seeking sanctuary.

I’ve been searching for someplace I’ve yet to find
In the war-torn regions of my mind.
That sovereign place we all once knew --
If we could just find the way through.
I’m seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary.

2. Get Together by Chet Powers

Love is but a song we sing,
Fear's the way we die.
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry.
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why,

C'mon people now, smile on your brother,
Ev'rybody get together.
We can love one another right now.

Some may come and some may go,
We will surely pass.
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last.
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass.

C’mon people now, smile on your brother,
Ev'rybody get together.
We can love one another right now.

C’mon people now, smile on your brother,
Ev'rybody get together.
Come and love one another right now.

C’mon people now, smile on your brother
Ev'rybody get together.
Come and love one another right now.

If you hear the song I (we) sing, you will understand. [Spoken: Listen]
You hold the key to love and fear all in your trembling hand.
Just one key unlocks them both -
It's there at your command.

C’mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev'rybody get together
We can love one another right now.

C’mon people now,
Smile on your brother,
Everybody get together,
Come and love one another right now,…

3. Wild, Wild River by Michael Hurwicz          lyrics with guitar chords

I go running down the rocks,
I don’t wear shoes, I don’t wear socks.
I start up on the mountain top,
Until I reach the ocean I don’t stop.

Oh, I run deep and I run strong,
I hit the rocks, sing a beautiful song.
No one ever dammed me up,
And never will, and so I’ll never die.

And they call me a Wild, Wild River.
Call me a Wild, Wild River.

A hundred bright things live in me,
And leap in me, so deep in me.
All year long we play outside,
And always will, and so we’ll never die.

A thousand, thousand years I’ve played.
A happy fool, I’m not afraid
To run and leap into the sea.
I love the sun and I’m not afraid to fly - FLY!!

And they call me a Wild, Wild River.
Call me a Wild, Wild River.

Some folks say that I don’t pay.
I just say “Then stay away,
And I will stay a Wild, Wild River,
I will stay a Wild, Wild River.”

Some folks say that I don’t pay.
I just say "Then come and play,
And I will stay a Wild, Wild River,
I will stay a Wild, Wild River.”

4. Calling the Salmon Home by Tony Ultimate

CHORUS:
Cool the river and clear the water,
And calling the salmon home.
Let the water flow, let the salmon go home,
The river roll on.

One clear voice can teach the world to sing,
Calling the salmon home.
Sing for life and love and everything,
Let the river roll on.

Two good hands can help deliver us,
Calling the salmon home.
Change the course of mighty rivers, and
Let the river roll on.

CHORUS

Three nice notes can live in harmony,
Calling the salmon home.
Let clean waters flow into the sea,
Let the river roll on.

Four short seasons spin the world around,
Calling the salmon home.
Hope and healing are the reasons to
Let the river roll on.

CHORUS

Five fast fingers call them on the flute,
Calling the salmon home.
Five more tap the drum and lead us to
Let the river roll on.

Six new sides on ev’ry snowflake, and
Calling the salmon home.
When I die I know my children will
Let the river roll on.

CHORUS

Seven stripes on ev’ry rainbow, and
Calling the salmon home.
Blue and green are all my waters need,
Let the river roll on.

Eight bright phases has the moon, and they’re
Calling the salmon home.
Turn ye tides and rock the ocean, and
Let the river roll on.

CHORUS

Nine great planets circle ‘round the sun,
Calling the salmon home.
Life’s circles have a purpose ev’ry one,
Let the river roll on.

Ten true chapters tell this story, and
Calling the salmon home.
Raise your voice and praise the spirit, and
Let the river roll on.

CHORUS

5. The Truth by Karen Brooks

Tell the truth. You mustn’t lie.
All we know is deep inside.
Not too fast, no need to run.
Here at last, we’ve begun.

CHORUS:
If we could stand quite still,
Our hands could reach the sky.
If we just hold on to what we know is right.

We feel the fear late at night.
In our beds we take flight.
Dreams will tell. Dreams won’t lie.
Let them speak and lift us high.

CHORUS

Tyrants rage, teardrops fly.
Standing here, you might cry.
Hold on tight, then feel a sigh.
Soon will break the morning light.

CHORUS

Don’t be afraid to walk alone.
In this life, on our own.
Trust your dreams, trust your heart,
Trust yourself to know your part.

CHORUS

6. Empty Pockets by Michael Hurwicz           lyrics with guitar chords

I used to have a pocketful of pain.
I used to have a pocketful of “Why, Why, Why?”
I used to have a pocketful of “Need somebody”,
I used to have a pocketful of “Who am I?”

I’ve got Empty Pockets with you tonight.
I’ve got Empty Pockets, baby – I’m trav’lin’ light.

I used to have a pocketful of “Yes”,
I used to have a pocketful of “NO, NO, NO!”
I used to have a pocketful of “Don’t get high”,
I used to have a pocketful of “Don’t get low”.

I’ve got Empty Pockets with you tonight.
I’ve got Empty Pockets, baby – I’m trav’lin’ light.

I guess I had enough, as much as I was able.
I took all my stuff – left it on the table.

I used to have a pocketful of shadow,
I used to have a pocketful of fight, fight, fight!
I used to have a pocketful of money, honey,
I used to have a pocketful of "Do it right”.

I’ve got Empty Pockets with you tonight.
I’ve got Empty Pockets, baby–
I’m trav’lin’ light, with you tonight,
I’ve got Empty Pockets.

7. Rainbow Race by Pete Seeger

CHORUS:
One blue sky above us,
One ocean lapping all our shores,
One Earth so green and round,
Who could ask for more?
And because I love you,
I’ll give it one more try.
To show my Rainbow Race
It’s too soon to die.

Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way,
Poisons, bombs, they think we need ‘em.
Don’t you know you can’t kill all the unbelievers?
There’s no shortcut to freedom.

CHORUS

Go tell, go tell all----- the little children.
Tell all their mothers and fathers, too --
Now’s our last chance to learn to share
What’s been given to me and you.

CHORUS

8. One Self words by Ananda Mayi Ma,
music by Chloe Goodchild

How much longer will we stay
At a wayside inn?
The wanderer. The exile.
The homecoming. The home.
One Self is all there is.
One Self.

9. Give Yourself to Love by Kate Wolf

Kind friends all gathered ‘round,
Something I would say.
What brings us together here
Has blessed us all today.
Love has made a circle
That holds us all inside.
Where strangers are as family,
Loneliness can’t hide.
You must…

CHORUS:
Give Yourself to Love,
If Love is what you’re after.
Open up your hearts to the tears and laughter, And Give Yourself to Love,
Give Yourself to Love.

I’ve walked these mountains in the rain,
I’ve learned to love the wind.
I’ve been up before the sunrise
To watch the day begin.
I always knew I’d find you,
I just never did know how.
Like sunshine on a cloudy day,
You stand before me now.

So, CHORUS

Love is born in fire,
It’s planted like a seed.
Love can’t give you everything,
But it gives you what you need.
Love comes when you’re ready,
Love comes when you’re afraid.
It’ll be your greatest teacher,
The best friend you have made.

10. Let It Begin With Me by James Lee Stanley

Here we all sit waiting for someone
To make it right.
I think we could be waiting for a long time.
I know we’ve all got troubles,
And we all know who cares.
Just one way to turn, and we all know where.

CHORUS:
Let it begin with me,
Let it begin with me.
Many more may come later,
But it must begin with me.

A man stands on a corner
Of some busy street,
Just someone in from somewhere
Needing something.
Yet all of us at times have said,
“That’s not my concern.”
But when we need a brother,
Where can we turn?

CHORUS

How many times have you sat waiting,
Hoping someone else would take the reins?
But, oh, come on now, tell me,
Who you tryin’ to fool,
When nothing holds as truly
As that old golden rule?

CHORUS

It’s GOT to begin with me.

11. There’ll Come A Day by Bob Killian

There’ll come a day
When the rivers will run again, pure on their way.
There’ll come a time
When we’ll cherish the life in our oceans and bays.

CHORUS:
Let the light shine out upon the land,
Let the Love flow out on every hand,
And the way will break up on the
Darkness of the storm.
There’ll come a day. There’ll come a day.

There’ll come a day
When the wheels of war evermore stand in decay.
There’ll come a time
When the hunger in the youngest eyes will no longer stay.

CHORUS

There’ll come a day
When the strong will no longer make the weaker ones pay.
There’ll come a time
When the homeless will have a safe, warm place to stay.

CHORUS

There’ll come a day
When justice and truth will rule all that we say.
There’ll come a time
When everywhere everyone will stand and say:

Let the light shine out upon the land,
Let the Love flow out on every hand,
And the way will break up on the
Darkness of the storm.
I know there’ll come a day.
There’ll come a day.

CD Art:

 

Credits

Sharon Abreu:

Vocals, guitar , violin, keyboard
Michael Hurwicz:
Vocals, guitar
James Lee Stanley:

Vocals, guitar , keyboard, bass, banjo

Scott Breadman:

Percussion


Produced by:
James Lee Stanley
with Sharon Abreu
Arranged by:
Sharon Abreu
with James Lee Stanley
 
copyright © 2011 by Michael Hurwicz