Silence Speak

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Silence Speak takes us on a musical journey around the spiral of the Work that Reconnects, a series of practices to help us stay awake to our world during these uncertain times. The songs follow from Gratitude (1-3) to Honoring our Pain for the World (4-6) to Seeing with New Eyes (7-9), to Going Forth (10-13). A great Thank You to my teacher, Joanna Macy, the root mother of the Spiral, who has dedicated her life to awakening the boddhisatva within us all.

May I live to serve life.

For lyrics, stories, and upcoming offerings by Jen Myzel, please visit www.jenmyzel.net

For more information on the Work that Reconnects, visit www.workthatreconnects.org

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released November 3, 2015

Eric James- Frame Drum (2), Bass (3,4), Cajon (4,6), Flute (4), Upright Bass (6,7), Percussion (3)
Lydia Violet Harutoonian- Violin (3,7,9,13)
Eva Orbuch- Djembe (6), Backup Vocals (6)
Narayan from Zion- Djembe (12), Beat Co-Creation (9,11,12), Synth Sounds (12)
Andy Zenczak- Drums (5)
Barry Phillips- Cello (5)
Sofia Fairweather- Backup Vocals (3)


Engineering, Mixing and Production by
Eric James (1,2,3,4,6,7,13)
Narayan from Zion (8,9,10,11,12)
Gadgetbox Studios (5)

Mastering
Ryan Kleeman, Overlap Studios

Photography
Carl Meisel

Graphic Design
Dustin Garcia

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Track Name: Gratitude
What if we start from the place of 
Saying Thank you
For our lives
And for the Great Mystery that holds us

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

What if we start from the place of
Saying Thank you
To all those who have come before us
and all those who have yet to come
And all those who we share this lifetime with 
we’ve come together to say

thank you, thank you, thank you
for being beside me
thank you, thank you, thank you
Track Name: Gentle Heart
Gentle Heart
Gentle Soul
Gentle Mind, Mind
Life is change
Love Remains
All the Time, Time (x.2)

From the Eagle in the Sky
To the Fish in the Sea
To the Great Grandmothers Watchin' Over Me
Track Name: Never Ending Water
A grain of sand holds your name, an ancient wave remembers from where you came
A speck of dust is your memory and, we are reading the signs of destiny
A mighty leader we are sure to follow but if we catch up she is sure to be hollow
Hollow bone like a crack in the stone, fill it up with spirit in the song can you hear it and..

This Love is Like a spring
Of Never Ending Water
Pouring forth into your heart, like a song
I drink from only goodness
Letting myself love again
And again, and again, and again

I hold my hands up to my heart, and pray for the guidance to play my humble part
In this celestial story of humanity, we are writing our own destinies
So step it up step it out of the ego, and let yourself fly to the sky like an eagle
And let go, of everything you know, the more space you make the more pain you can erase and...

This Love is Like a spring
Of Never Ending Water
Pouring forth into your heart, like a song
I drink from only goodness
Letting myself love again
And again, and again, and again

The snake rises up inside of my spine
Wrapping coils of light around my mind
The jaguar, is hiding in the corner, seeing in the darkness, leading me to unknown 
places distant faces, memories fade away in the eagles graces
Sirakintay royal hummingbird, singing that song that sweetness heard

Let’s take the tunnel to the good red road
And if you love life then let yourself go
Into the places the eye does not see
Dance with your shadow and Waskar will lead
Quetzocoatl in the middle world, synchronized time our prayers are heard and
Wiracocha, home of the ageless, in the end we’re all light we’ll turn into angels

This Love is Like a spring
Of Never Ending Water
Pouring forth into your heart, like a song
I drink from only goodness
Letting myself love again
And again, and again, and again
Track Name: One Toe Tipping
Afraid to lose you
Afraid to lose
But my heart calls out to a song down a long and windy road
But my heart calls out to a song down a long, and windy road

One toe tipping toward the pathway lined in uncertainty
Shadowed from the light, looking up
Peering beneath the leaves
Leaving
The maps behind
Blind curve ahead
Compass inside
Is what drives this guide
Will you behold me inside
Even when I disappear into the night
To beg my mother
To pardon her daughter and drink of her milky moonlight

Unforgivable as your children we have taken
Unconditional as our mother you have given
Unpredictable is the wildness of your body
And untamable is THE WILDNESS IN ME 

One toe tipping toward the pathway lined in uncertainty
Shadowed from the light, looking up
Peering beneath the leaves
Leaving
The past behind
Growing into a standing tree
The tipping iceberg melting from me
And all that I know
And all that I sow
Dissipating into the sea
And all that I have to hold onto
Is uncertainty
Unforgivable as your children we have taken 
Unconditional as our mother you have given 
Unpredictable is the wildness of your body 
And untamable is THE WILDNESS IN ME 

One toe tipping, one toe tipping
Lined in uncertainty
One toe tipping, one toe tipping
Lined in uncertainty
Track Name: Silence Speak
Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence Speak
Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence Speak

It's tIme to heal the ocean with our emotion 
and rise the tides 
of their minds, of their minds, of their minds
Louder than a song, louder than a whisper, louder than a scream

Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence Speak

The clouds hold our tears up in the sky 
and we wonder why this land is so dry
When can we just let go, let the rivers flood back into 
the valleys of our hearts
Fill the reservoirs, break the dams, feed the spirits with our salty songs
Fill the reservoirs, break the dams, feed the spirits with our salty songs

Initiate letting go of our prides and let ourselves honor all the sorrow
The love, and the pain, and the passion, and the rage, 
and the truth, and all that cannot be named inside

Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence Speak
Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence 

For all those living with unheard voices I will sing for you
Teach me to pull it through
For all those species on their last legs, I will cry for you
Call out your name to you
African Gray Parrot, Red Panda Bear, Irrawady Dolphin, Yellowfin Tuna
Sea Turtle, African Elephant, Giant Tortoise and the Polar Bear
Marine Iguana, Chimpanzee, Rockhopper Penguin, Jaguar, 
Beluga Whale, Monarch Butterfly and We
Silence Speak, Silence Speak, Silence Speak x.4

(It's tIme to heal the ocean with our emotion 
and rise the tides 
of our minds, of our minds, of our minds
Louder than a song, louder than a whisper, louder than a scream)

Silence, Silence, Silence, Silence, Silence!!....speak
Track Name: Take Back the Night
I do not give up
I do not raise my children to continue the evil of this world
You cannot take from me my Spirit
You grab it, you feel it, I take it back, take it back
Uninvited man abusing power
This was never yours to have
Turning love into violence, 
where is your conscience
This was never yours to have
I will not now or never raise my gun in the name of revenge
I am rising reborn
Stronger than before, I call upon my brothers and sisters to stand

Take back the night by loving the children well
Take back the night by holding our prayers
Take back the night by screaming this wounding
Take back the night by the ancient moon lairs
Take back the night by holding her womb tight
Take back the night by sharing her story
Take back the night by giving birth to a world where this can never happen again

Unacceptable, unacceptable, unacceptable
Unacceptable, unacceptable, unacceptable

I take back the night I take back the night I take back the night
I take it back x.4

Take back the night by kneeling upon the Earth
Take back the night by knowing her worth
Take back the night by seeing me with your eyes
Take back the night by standing when violence arise
Take back the night by growing community
Take back the night by shedding my apathy
Take back the night by giving birth to a world where this can never happen again
Unacceptable, unacceptable, unacceptable 
Unacceptable, unacceptable, unacceptable

I take back the night I take back the night I take back the night 
I take it back x.4
Track Name: Cut the Cord
I feel the mother pushing on all sides of me
Dying to give birth to a new humanity
One so full of love, and remembering of simple ways
Her wails will carry us through if we can just stay awake

We are the midwives the bringers of the dawn
We have no pull but to walk the path we’re on
To keep ourselves upright in the darkest hour
Holding love to the ground is our only power
We must breathe deep, we’ve got to pull it through
Holding onto life until there’s nothing left to do

Fierce with conviction, fierce with prayer
Fierce with compassion, we’re almost there
But don’t fall asleep until the work is complete
In the end there can be a heaven on Earth
A whole new chapter to our story
Don’t drop the pen until we’re living the glory
And even then, there’ll be more work to do
So surrender to service and just say Thank You...

Our souls will guide, so much wisdom inside
We feel ourselves falling, there’s hands by our side
Catching ourselves coming out of this womb
Cradling life because we know it is good....

And let the light break through, let the light break through, let the light break through, let the light break through

And cut the umbilical chord to anything that does not serve you anymore
And I cut the umbilical chord to anything that does not serve me anymore
And I cut the umbilical chord, I cut the umbilical chord, I cut the umbilical chord, I cut the umbilical chord
Cut the umbilical chord to anything that does not serve you anymore

I feel the mother pushing on all sides of me
Dying to give birth to a new humanity
One so full of love, and remembering of simple ways
Her wails will carry us through if we can just stay awake
Track Name: Cobwebs in the Corners
Clinking sole rhythms on the platforms of the subway station
Gettin' where we're going making music as a nation
Up in the corners of the subway station, you weave with
magic fingers webs to catch us all in our daydreams
As we float above the ground, with our feet lookin' down
At our souls upon the tracks
Caught in the cobwebs in the corners of the subway station
Feelings unfelt, songs unsung

If I want to find a better way to serve my country
I'll find cobwebs in the corners and sing to them my songs
All those dreams invalidated, all the love that never made it
Let me sweep them with this song, grab a broom and sing along

Our souls have always walked upon these tracks
Breaking through the cracks
Train whistles by, it reminds us of the wind
Spreading seeds across the land
Sowing songs to our hearts
Where the memory begins is where the healing starts

Apple apple in the tree, tell me of your mystery
Eve ate an amenita in disguise- (what?!)
Apple apple in the tree, tell me of your history
Eve ate an amenita in disguise
She was looking for the truth
For the wisdom of her youth
Garden-fenced empire crumbling before her eyes

As we sweep into the cobwebs in the corner of our consciousness, clearing out our minds
Of all the images, the boogie monster fairytales, clogging up the gates to the divine
Unweaving those unworthy words that told us we were not good enough, not good enough to shine
Clinking platforms on the ground, souls back upon their tracks
Singing songs to the cobwebs in the corners of the
subway station, the subway station, clinking heals cleaning out the cobwebs in the corners of the 
subway station, the subway station, clinking heals cleaning out the cobwebs in the corners of the 

If I want to find a better way to serve my country
If I want to find a better way to serve my country
If I want to find a better way to serve my country
I'll find cobwebs in the corners and sing to them my songs
All those dreams invalidated, all the love that never made it
Let me sweep them with this song, grab a broom and sing along
together we can sweep the cobwebs from this country
clearing out the clutter from our minds

Our souls have always walked upon these tracks
Breaking through the cracks
Train whistles by, it reminds us of the wind
Spreading seeds across the land
Sowing songs to our hearts
Where the memory begins is where the healing starts

If I want to find a better way to serve my country, yeah
If I want to find a better way to serve my country, yeah
If I want to find a better way to serve my country
I'll find cobwebs in the corners and sing to them my songs
All those dreams invalidated, all the love that never made it
Let me sweep them with this song, grab a broom and sing along
Track Name: One Thread
Fading days, fading ways
Wondering if the moon changes shapes
Listening, to the whispering vines
Opening to walking with the signs
Letting go of trying to know
Forgiving my loving heart
Thank you for considering, always what's best for me
I know we haven't always but
Now you're on my side
But now you're on my side
But now you're on my side

Holding me gently 
Holding me fully
As I hold each possibility
In two hands
The letting go again
Flying to stardust
As the Red Balloons
Fade into the sky
Trusting that one day, sooner or later
One small thread 
will drift back down (back down)
Falling from the heavens
Answers pouring
Into the empty vessel I become
Vessel I become, I become

Chorus
Is there just one thread, one thread to follow?
Is there just one hand, one hand to hold?
Is this just one life, living through us?
I can’t believe its written because there’s a pen 
holding in my hand 
Writing right now
And if there was a message, a message to deliver 
How would the angels scribe their songs? 
Whispering gently, into our ears 
drinking their words through our voices singing song
Through our voices, through our voices singing song 
Fading days, fading ways 
Wondering if the moon, changes shapes 
Listening, to the whispering vines 
Opening, to walking with the signs 
Letting go, of trying to know 
Forgiving, my loving heart 
Thank you for considering 
Always what’s best for me 
I know we haven’t always 
But now you’re on my side 
But now you’re on my side 
But now you’re on my side 

Chorus 
Is there just one thread, one thread to follow? 
Is there just one hand, one hand to hold? 
Is this just one life, living through us?
Track Name: Healing the Body
Healing the Body, We Are
Healing the Body, We Are
Healing the Body and
The Body of the Earth  

And if you feel the pain, 
know that you are still awake
And give yourself the grace and time to heal the body  

......

Crawling out of tunnels of sickness
We are born to dress in the riches
Of this skin, this flesh, this bone
This temple, shrine this called my own

How to heal, one might ask
Could’ve been we were moving too fast
Got to balance to be healthy
Eat real, pure it’ll keep us stealthy

I stick to the self-care of my body
There’s no out there human that can cure me
True healing comes from within
I light the torch of my spirit, journey begin
Track Name: Speakin' Up
Warmin' up, warmin' up, warmin, warmin
Warmin' up, warmin' up, warmin, warmin
Warmin' up, warmin' up, warmin, warmin
Warmin' up, warmin' up

Warmin' up the throat, warmin' up the mind, warmin' up the heart, warmin' up the hallway to the divine
Gettin' to that place where there's no right or wrong
The place I feel strong, the place where I know I belong
Warmin' up, warmin' up, warmin, warmin 
Warmin' up, warmin' up

It's time to get political and tell you how I feel, forget the taboo to talk about what is real
If they say they're doin' what the future really needs
then they don't remember that the people need to breathe
If they say they're doin' what the future really needs
then they don't remember that the people need to grieve
Justifying what we've lost as part of the cost
of progress of the Industrial Growth Society

When did growth become overfishing the seas
and when did growth become making money out of trees
How stupid is this idea, I can't even express
that selling cheap stuff is what they call progress

Well if they want to grow in that way, I'm sorry
I'm gonna stand in your way and sing you a query
Would you rather grow in wisdom or in hate, would you rather grow in love or in gates
Would you rather grow in stuff, or community, would you rather grow in violence or in unity
My womb is tired of all of this destruction
Mothers time to spank those sons of office and teach them
to grow the way they did in your womb, when they remembered that life was a miracle
Do you want to take- or do you want to give
We've only got
one life to live
Speakin' Up

Speakin' up speakin' up, speakin' speakin'
Speakin' up speakin' up speakin' speakin'
Speakin' up speakin' up speakin' speakin'
Speakin' up speakin' up

Sing it loud sing it proud sing it to the crowd I'll say it first you say it next
"I don't have to be perfect to speak up"
i don't have to be perfect to speak up
"I love life so much it MAKES me stand up"
I love life so much it makes me stand up

I don't have to know everything goin' on in the world to know that somethin' ain't right
And to fight the good fight, there's no need for dropping bombs
Drawing blood, kickin', punchin', slander or Vietnams
'Cuz Dr. King knew it was all about consciousness
Once the world saw hate up against love
It struck a chord in the song that began to tune the people to the colorful way
A black and white parade
Marchin' in the streets, marchin' to the courts, marchin' to the beat of the passion in their hearts
Marchin' to the call, marchin'  to the wave, marchin' for the truth, marchin' for the rage, marchin' on...

Marchin' On Marchin' On, Marchin' Marchin'
Marchin' On Marchin' On, Marchin' Marchin'
Marchin' On Marchin' On Marchin' Marchin
Marchin' On, Marchin' On

Sing it loud sing it proud sing it to the crowd I'll say it first you say it next 
"I don't have to be perfect to speak up" 
i don't have to be perfect to speak up 
"I love life so much it MAKES me stand up" 
I love life so much it makes me stand up

We need to be, moving fast but real slow
We need to be, focusing upon the goals
We need to be, consistently clearing our energies
We need to be the Lorax, and speak for the trees
We need to know that this is not one dimension
We need to know that there is no separation
Between Spirit and Earth,  between death and birth
Between the Underworld and ground zero

Warmin' up is what our planet is doin'
Warmin' up is what the people are doin'
There's no time to debate if this is really real
Our own survival at stake, now tell me how does it feel
To be an endangered species on an endangered planet with people walkin' around
like its all okay
I know we're all gonna die but wouldn't it be nice to know that our grandchildren could still be alive
And carry on with the family tree
There's no knowing where this story is going its up to you and me

'Cuz if we could take back the magic into our hands
then we could bless up the waters and bless up the lands
Then we could take back the steering wheel, as a collective
Turn this ship around before it is wrecked and
Do as the Grandmothers say, do as the medicine say
Go back to living on the land, back to living by the hand
We've got to resist this addiction to oil
We've got to build from the ground up, build up the soil
We've got to learn how to be peacemakers
We've got to learn how to be risk takers
We've got to learn to be difference embracers
We've got to know we have the tools right now
To make the changes we all want to make
There's a lot at stake, so its good to meditate
Or to have some kind of faith, or source of sacred strength
that transcends whether we accomplish or not
We've got to learn how to pray for guidance
We've got to come together as a tribe and

Speak it out speak it out, Speak it Speak it
Speak it out speak it out Speak it Speak it
Speak it out Speak it out Speak it Speak it
Speak it out Speak it out

Sing it loud sing it proud sing it to the crowd I'll say it first you say it next 
"I don't have to be perfect to speak up" 
i don't have to be perfect to speak up 
"I love life so much it MAKES me stand up" 
I love life so much it makes me stand up
Track Name: Hiyuna
Hiyuna Hiyuna
Hiyuna Hiyuna
Hiyuna Hiyuna
Hiyuna Hiyuna

From the silence come the sound
From the silence come the sound
From the silence come
From the silence come
From the silence come the sound

From the echo come the voice (del eco viene la voz)
From the echo come the voice (del eco viene la voz)
From the echo come
From the echo come
From the echo come the voice

Tear the clock down with the tower
then this won't be the final hour
We'll run wild and we'll run free
like we were always meant to be
We will live by sun and moon
Our bodies minds will be in tune
And we will know the pass of time
By the season's wrinkles in our eyes

Tear the clock down with the tower
Tear the clock down with the tower
Tear the clock down
Tear the clock down with the tower
then this won't be the final hour

We will live by sun and moon
Our bodies mind will be in tune
And we will know the time 
By the season's wrinkles in our eyes
Tear the clock down with the tower
Track Name: What Will Grow?
What will grow from this garden being planted by the seed in my hand, and the fire in my heart?
What will come from this seemingly nothingless darkness in the center of my soil?
If this hard shell cannot open then I might as well soften myself
Pushing through all of the holes that the time made, stretching out arms from the self
Veins pumping water through freeways and train tracks, hoping to heal itself

Well if there the train goes then maybe you wonder, how am I healing myself?
And what does it feel like to follow the rope pulling you towards the dreams that you've held?
If all is remembered then maybe the frame will not fit on the picture of myself
Back to beginnings, the seed was still dreaming, of one day becoming itself

What will grow? 
What will grow?
What will grow?

Well if I'm mistaken and the seeds are all vacant, how am I faking myself?
Running like splashes of raindrops on concrete, pouring to quench itself
If only these words were water for my longing, I could surrender the race
Sending my whole heart as a root down for our destiny, holding this place
Writing the pages, great turning of ages, what was will serve no more

Well if there the page goes then maybe you wonder, how am I turning myself?
And what does it feel like to follow the rope pulling you towards the dreams that you've held?
If all is remembered then maybe the frame will not fit on the picture of myself
Back to beginnings, the Earth was still dreaming, of one day becoming itself

What will grow?
What will grow?
What will grow?

What will grow?
What will grow?
What will grow?

What will grow from this garden being planted by the seed in my hand, and the fire in my heart?

What will grow?
What will grow?
What will grow?

What will grow?
What will grow?
What will grow?