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From the album On a High Hill

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Anna Fritz - cello and vocals

Produced by Ji Tanzer.
Recorded and mixed by John Askew at Scenic Burrows in Portland, OR.
Mastered by Bruce Winter at The Pantry, Norfolk, CT.

All songs written and arranged by Anna Fritz c2016 except:
Ella's Song by Bernice Johnson Reagon (Workshop Productions Inc / Songtalk Publishing)
Paradise by John Prine (WB Music Corp. / Walden Music, Inc.)
Balm in Gilead - Traditional / Anna Fritz
On a High Hill draws from "May the Circle Be Unbroken" by Habershon/Gabriel

Lyrics

Lay Down My Burden
by Anna Fritz

I ask for a story of my people
from long ago, across the water.
Don’t know just where I come from,
aching for knowledge of the way.
Longing for belonging,
for the teachings of a people, of a land,
for an ancient way of knowing.

I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.
I step into the current and flow to the ocean.
I rise from the water on the breath of the ancestors.
I blow on the embers and reignite the fire.
Then I dance the dance of freedom and weep the tears of sacrifice.

And in my blood is conqueror, oppressor, rapist, and slaughterer
And in my blood is famine, displacement, orphaned, and wandering
And in my blood is grandmother, truth teller, plant knower, rain drinker
And in my blood is grandfather, earth tender, loving protector

I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.
I step into the current and flow to the ocean.
I rise from the water on the breath of the ancestors.
I blow on the embers and reignite the fire.
I dance the dance of freedom and weep the tears of sacrifice.
Then I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.


OUTRO

PART ONE:
The ancestors are watching me, they give me wings to fly. X8

PART TWO:
I fly. X4