Us

by Luke Wallace

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Us is a collection of live songs recorded over a period of 6 months in communities all over the West Coast of North America. In this record are the voices of hundreds of people fighting to protect the planet earth and the systems that sustain them. From rushing rivers to giant cedars, precious farmland and wild salmon, the people along the west coast know what is truly important and worth fighting for. Never have I been so inspired by humanity as I was while traveling and recording these songs. The resiliency and commitment of human beings to stand up for what is right will never be overshadowed.

You are the revolution.

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released March 8, 2018

Produced by Daryl Chonka in the Come to Life Studio

Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering

Made possible by Come to Life Music

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Track Name: Little Rivers Matter Too
“Little rivers matter too, they need love like me and you

Maybe you’ll find a little salmon in there, maybe you’ll find a toad
Maybe you’ll find a crab or two, be sure to follow it where it goes
Pause for a minute, get lost within it, wander away with the stream
Slow down, take your time, maybe you’ll find that

Little rivers matter too, they need love like me and you

Can you feel in air, it’s everywhere, if we all learn to care, love one and share
It’s you, him and she, us, them and we, if one love you want, then one love you see
So forget about the anger, forget about the hate, forget about the darkness, what darkness creates
Go on, find yourself some love, some light,
Forget your wrong, find your right

Little rivers matter too, they need love like me and you

I been thinking about our future, thinking about our kids,
Thinking about the world, the world they’ll have to live
It’s back to land, it’s back to the dirt, it’s back to together and from the lessons we’ve learnt
We’ll find a new direction, build a new path, a brand new tomorrow, one that’ll last
It’ll have to be all for one and one for all cause there’s a hell of a lot of people on this tiny little ball
But I said we can do it, I said there’s a way, I said it’s together, I said it’s today

Little rivers matter too, they need love like me and you
Track Name: Give a Dam
I’ve got a stake in the future, good wishes for my kids, and like a drop in the river, it’s about all the little gives.

It’s about fertile farmland, frigid frost, and freedom to the farmers for we haven’t forgot
all the simple things in life like food, water and air, looking out for each other and this planet we have,
cause this river’s my home and my home is a river and if we care for it now it’ll always deliver food when we need, it’ll rise when it rains, refresh all the soil and so I say

(C)

It’s like, you signed a Treaty, it was number 8, if you’ve forgotten what you said just listen and wait
Cause this is about big things like respect and peace, better to die on your feet than live on your knees
If there is one thing I know to be true, it’s that the people here before us, they surely knew
How to care for the land, care for each other, the forest is family, the bears are my brothers
So hey prime minister if you hear this song, prove a Treaty’s worth more than the hemp it’s written on

So whose got a stake?
Track Name: We Will Not Be Separated
My heart beats and my heart ages. We will not be separated.
On it goes, pages and pages. We will not be separated.
I’m here for you, the segregated. We will not be separated.
A shelter for you, the lonely and hated. We will not be separated.

I love the land like I love my brother. We will not be separated.
I’m here for you, you’re here for eachother. We will not be separated.

Learn to grow food, no need for wages. We will not be separated.
Learn to grow wings, no need for cages. We will not be separated.
Learn to let go, it’s dissipating. We will not be separated.
Learn to rise up, reawaken. We will not be separated.

My heart beats and my ages. We will not be separated.
On it goes, pages and pages. We will not be separated.
Track Name: Wild
It’s gotta be Wild, it’s gotta be wild

Singing for the people out on the frontlines who’ve been fighting for the land this whole damn time
After hundreds of years of trying to push em’ aside, it’s time to work together to make things right
Find a rhythm in the water, the way the fish thrive, beating like a heart they keep us alive
So we’re singing for the Salmon, the life of the land, it’s all we ever had

(C)

See I have just one wish, for everyone to see the fact that these fish
The Chinook, the Pink, the Sockeye and Chum have the power to bring us all together as one
So it’s time to take a stand, time to make a choice, choose to raise up the Indigenous voice
So we’re singing for the Salmon, the life of the land, it’s all we ever had

(C)

This really is a chance to make things right, to show us that you’re different, fill the shadows with light
Listen to the words of our Indigenous friends, evict the fish farms and we’ll start to mend
The horrors of all these colonial ways, just come back and do all that you say
We’re singing for the Salmon, the life of the land, it’s all we ever had
Track Name: Non-Violent Anti-Petroleum Blues
Now I'm all for peace and for fighting with words
But if you ain't gonna listen then you're gonna get burned
I am a non violent anti-petroleum man
with my non violent anti petroleum grans’
If you care to join in we'll sing it louder than most
you stay outta my rivers get the hell off my coast

Cause I ain't goin' nowhere

Now I've told you once and i'll tell you again
Sooner or later this is all gonna end
With you packing up your things, leaving this town
And all that'll be left will be your little holes in the ground
And I'll fill em' in it's the least I could do
Thinking I'll plant a couple cedars maybe a spruce or two

Cause I ain't goin nowhere

Now I've had enough of your inconsiderate ways
Your twisted words and all the slithery things that you say
So come down from your castle way up in the sky
Put your feet in the dirt and let’s look eye to eye
If you don't I'll build a ladder of all the grannies I've met
Come up and teach y'all a lesson you won't ever forget

I ain't going nowhere
Track Name: Turning the Tide
We’re turning the tide, coming together, sticking through all the stormy weather
The plan is in motion, we move like the ocean, let the waves take us somewhere better
Cause’ I’m done running, I’m done hiding, I’m here with something to say
We’re turning the tide to a new day

So grab us a kayak, paddle around, from the north down to Puget Sound
With the wind as our sail, we’ll dance with the whales, until we’re Salt Spring island bound
Then here comes the singer, singing his song, till’ the whole coast is singing along
Like turning a tide

(C)

I’m in love with the islands, in love with the shores, I don’t think I could love em’ anymore
In love with the people, in love the towns, in love with the sights, I’m in love with the sounds
In love with the feeling, the feeling I get, it’s a feeling I could never forget
Like turning a tide

(C)

It’s gonna get higher
Track Name: I Am Not Lost
I will float with the clouds up to heaven
I will blow with the wind through the trees
I will sing with the birds like its nothing
I will flow with the river to the sea

I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost
I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost

I will fight for this coastline forever
I would give up both my eyes to save the trees
I will break both legs of all the liars
Who can see the change a’ coming and don’t believe

I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost
I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost

I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost
I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost

I will fight for this coastline forever
I would give up both my eyes to save the trees
I will break both legs of all the liars
Who can see the change a’ coming and don’t believe

I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost
I will hold on, I am not lost, I am not lost
Track Name: Sons and Daughters
Get your kids to a garden, with the garden they'll grow
They'll learn to go easy and learn to live slow
Just get your kids to a garden, with the garden they'll grow
They'll learn to go easy

To go easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember this place is for your sons and daughters
Easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember who this place is for

Get your kids to a river, with the river they'll flow
It'll teach em' how to paddle, teach em’ how to row
Get your kids to a river, with the river they'll flow
It'll take em' where they need to go

To go easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember this place is for your sons and daughters
Easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember who this place is for

Ima' go easy, easy, easy (call and response)

Let em' see their reflection wherever they go
In the rain water, flood water, sleet, hail, snow
Let em' see their reflection wherever they go

Get your kids to a garden, with the garden they'll grow
They'll learn to go easy and learn to live slow
Just get your kids to a garden, with the garden they'll grow
They'll learn to go easy

To go easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember this place is for your sons and daughters
Easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember who this place is for

Ima' go easy, easy, easy (call and response)

Go easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember this place is for your sons and daughters
Easy on the earth, lightly on the water
Remember who this place is for

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