Why Did We Awaken

By Zo Tobi © 2012
ALBUM: Blessed Unrest: a soundtrack to social change

 

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VERSE 1
Morning you woke with pounding heart
And body paralyzed
Silently screaming through lungs of stone
Remembering a world on fire…
There were rising seas, air too thick to breathe
Nations marching to their doom
There were thundering sounds, and mushroom clouds
And the battlefield filled every womb

CHORUS 1
But it was just a dream
Just a dream
Can you see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up with time still left, to turn the tide
To turn the tide

VERSE 2
Better to end it than suffer through
The sadness and the pain
So you swallowed the poison and mercy you prayed,
“Take me back from where I came”
As the potion took hold and the world grew cold
You screamed, “this is not my fate!”
But it filled your bones and your lungs of stone
And you knew it was too late

CHORUS 2
But it was just a dream
Just a dream
Can you see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up with time still left, to turn the tide
To turn the tide
To turn the tide

VERSE 3
So why, birdsong?
And why, photons?
Why, sweet breeze?
And why, galaxies?
And why through the seas did your ancestors rise?
And why through the struggle, the will to survive?
And why did they pass on this sorrow and laughter,
And the power to dream the next great chapter?
And why do the walls seem to suddenly fall?
And why does the arc bend to justice at all?
And why through the concrete do flowers now bloom?
And why did we awaken not a moment too soon

CHORUS 3
From the dream
To see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up
And there’s still time

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Credits

A&R and General Management
BONNIE MILNER
LONG VIEW ENTERTAINMENT
[email protected]

Recorded and Mixed at
SPIRITHOUSE – Northampton, MA, Fall 2012
www.spirithousemusic.com

Produced by
DANNY BERNINI
and PAUL McNAMARA

Engineered by DANNY BERNINI
Mixed by DANNY BERNINI with PAUL and BONNIE
Mastered by DANNY BERNINI

Vocal Coach and Song Doctor – KELLY WOHLFORD
There Is No Title Great Enough – KELLY SHANNON

Photography by MARK TANG
Artwork & Design by ZO TOBI

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals – ZO TOBI
Drums & Percussion – TOMMY DIEHL
Electric Bass – JOHN O’BOYLE
Electric Guitars – CALEB ROSAZZA
Keys & Background Vocals – PAUL McNAMARA
Guest Vocals – HEATHER MALONEY