Monday, 25 February 2013

Aloha Ke Akua


A friend sent me this gorgeous video and another friend (thanks Em!) hunted down the lyrics online.

“Aloha Ke Akua” by Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) 

Lend your ears, lend your hands, 
Lend your movement, anything you can. 
Come to teach, come to be taught. 
Come in the likeness in the image of God.
 Cause, you can be like that. 
With all that humbleness, and all that respect. 
All of the power invested in me, 
be it hard to love my enemies. 
All of the black bags over the heads of the dead and dying.
 
The more I understand about the human race,   
the less I comprehend about our purpose and place 
and maybe if there was a clearer line the curiosity would satisfy.
Time based prophecies that kept me from living, 
 in the moment I am struggling  to trust the divinity of all the guides
and what the hell they have planned for us.
 
I cry for the creatures who get left behind 
but everything will change in a blink of an eye 
and if you wish to survive, 
you will find the guide inside.
 
I go back and forth every single day, 
the clarity it comes to me in a choppy way, 
as the feelings and the places  and the seasons change, 
the galaxies remain.
 
Energy fields pullin’ up out of this space. 
The angels that are a couple to the spiritual waste.   
The hate that gets me distant from my spiritual pace. 
Ten fold the manna when the planets are in place, 
in polar alignment.   
We’re on assignment. 
Bodies on consignment.   
Return them to the circus.
 
And what is the purpose? 
What is the purpose and would you believe it? 
Would you believe it  if you knew what you were for   
and how you became so in form?
Bodies of info performing such miracles. 
 I am a miracle made up of particles 
and in this existence, 
I’ll stay persistent, 
and I’ll make a difference 
and I will have lived it.
 
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana. 
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.
 
Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise. 
Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks.   
Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise. 
Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks.  
And the day that I don’t wake up 
and transcend the holy make-up,   
I am capable, I am powerful. 
 And the day that I don’t wake up   
and transcend the holy makeup,   
I am on my way to a different place….
 
I’m not a leader, just a creature,   
seeking the features of a teacher. 
Whether you follow or whether you lead   
All mysterious ways of nature and I’m into it.   
Changing management.
 
And there are various ways to conquer this monotonous metropolis, 
my stubbornness is bottomless,   
my fearlessness is talking shit 
and I’m wide awake and I’m taking names.
 
Do you speak to me like you speak to God?   
All of the love and understanding between the father and the son? 
Do you believe in the perfectness of where you are? 
These are my people, these are my children,   
this is the land that I would fight for.
 
My solidarity is telling me to patiently   
be moving the musical medicine around the planet in a hurry,   
Cuz there’s no time to waste. 
Got to wake up the people time to stand up and say,   
we know what we are for  and how we became so in form.  
Bodies of info, performing such miracles. 
I am a miracle, made up of particles  
and in this existence, I’ll stay persistent 
and I’ll make a difference  
and I will have lived it. 

……
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana. 
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.
 
Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise. 
Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks.   
Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise. 
Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks.
And the day that I don’t wake up   
and transcend the holy make-up,   
I am capable, Hm that’s right, I am powerful.   
And the day that I don’t wake up and transcend the holy make-up,   
I am on my way to a different place!

Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.   
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.
 
"Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy, when he took up the piano at age six. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing.
 You can download Aloha Ke Akua for FREE at nahko.com"

3 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I didn't want it to end.

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  2. There are some parts that really speak to me, but what I love the most is these words: "Each day that I wake, I will praise, I will praise. Each day that I wake, I give thanks, I give thanks."

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  3. Em

    The colours and visuals are really stunning, aren't they? And thanks so much for finding the lyrics. They're just as lovely. :)

    Amel
    I love that part too. It's hard though, to say which bits I liked the most. It flows so quickly when you're watching it.

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