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MP3 Leni Stern - When Evening Falls

down-to-date guitarist/singer/songwriter with a serious groove.

10 MP3 Songs
POP: with Live-band Production, WORLD: World Fusion

I was sitting in an outdoor mexican restaurant in austin texas with my friend ebet, when she got a call from her girlfriend. the news was sad, disturbing, and hard to believe. her friend''s daughter, a girl named Rachel Corrie, had been killed. Rachel had gone to palestine to become a human shield. to protect the house of a palestinian family and the only well in the area. when she kneeled on the ground to keep the army away, a young soldier drove over her with his bulldozer. he said he didn''t see her. Rachel''s friends said she was trying to get up and get out of the way when the bulldozer pulled her under. she was a quiet girl, very sensitive and warm, and very brave. the next day the new york times ran a small article. 2 or 3 sentences, about an american girl getting killed in gaza.
that was all. no one tried to find out what exactly happened, no one asked out loud why this had to happen and will most likely happen again.
this song is dedicated to rachel, her mother, her friends, to everyone who works for peace to come.


When evening falls by the ocean
When the sky and the earth have a tangerine glow
There''s a silver road on the water
That''s where I wanna go

We all travel along to the gate of dawn
We all get called to the sky
The gentle hand of love makes us weak makes us strong
We whisper we shout we sigh

So why can''t we be brothers
Why can''t we live in peace
Why do we hate each other
Why do we bring war and grief
When we could all live in paradise
If we''d open up our eyes
If we''d look around and realize
That peace could come today

We''re all looking for hope with the eyes of a child
We gather our loved ones around
We could learn to forgive to let go of our pride
We''re lost and we''ll all be found

So why can''t we be brothers ...

i traveled in kenya a few years ago. the samburo people, a masai tribe took my friends and me on a week long walk in a dried riverbed. i recorded the songs they were singing while we walked and i recorded the tribe dancing and singing when we stopped to rest. from what i could make out these songs were stories and the storyteller would start by chanting "oje mama oje". you can hear them on the loops and samples throughout the song.
i heard the story of mamadou in west africa. Mamadou is a farmer and he is really poor. so poor that he decides to go and find a sorcerer that is supposed to live far inside the jungle. People say that this sorcerer can make diamonds and gold from nothing, appear and disappear like the wind, talk to the animals in the jungle, he can make you a rich man, if you can find him, if you can give him a live chicken or a sheep, if he is in a good mood that is and decides you deserve it.
Mamadou grabs his last chicken and gets on his way.
when he finds the sorcerer''s hut, he pleads his case. he is in love with a beautiful girl but he can''t marry her, because he is poor. the sorcerer takes pity on him and decides to help him. he tells him to build a fire and goes back into his hut. The sorcerer comes back with a can of gasoline, pores it over the wood and sets it on fire. when the flames are nice and hot he takes the chicken and throws it in. the chicken burns up and mamadou is beside himself. "what did you do this for! he cries. we could have eaten it or waited for it to lay eggs. now it''s ruined!"
"well, says the sorcerer, i''m going to make some money for you now, a lot of it, and while i do, i want you to think about this, because, when i give you the money you could end up just like that chicken in the fire.



Oje mama oje, oje mama
Oje mama oje, oje mama oje

I went to see the sorcerer
They told me that he could
Make money in the forest
From blood and spells and wood
From blood and spells and wood

Oje mama oje

I found him by the marketplace
In a dimly lit Cafe
He''s the son of a king of a tigress of a snake
He''s as old as time, they say
He''s as old as time, they say


He said
So you need money, you wanna be rich, I see
You wanna be free, I understand
But I warn you, it''s not what you think it is
Be ware, it will burn in your hand

Oje mama oje

When I come out of the forest
The sunlight hit my face
My feet were barely on the ground
As if I''d been touched by grace

Oje mama oje

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