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The Ballad of the Salmon People

by Kris & Lark

Kris & Lark communicate the significance of bio and cultural diversity through a colorful and informative, story-telling style of presentation. This unique music with its bold sensual rhythms, harmonized lyrics, rap, and trombone solos is feel-good stuff.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. The Ballad of the Salmon People
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2. Original Crumb
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3. Sandpiper’s Dream
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4. Elemental Being
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5. Rainbows (Jupiter Return)
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6. When the Summertime Comes
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7. Travelin'
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8. Bones
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9. Dream
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10. Because of You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listeners will find a mellow, upbeat mood here. Melodies with flavors of Folk, Blues, Jazz, Africa and other cultures coalesce, underlined by compelling rhythms.

The English lyrics (see below) in this music by Kris & Lark (formerly Kuimba) transmit the feeling that life is good.

The clear, earthy quality of Lark’s lead voice and Kris’ exuberant tenor blend in an unusually lovely way. Add to this, guitar, trombone, African harp and drum, and spicy percussion.

Kris & Lark communicate the significance of bio and cultural diversity through a colorful and informative, story-telling style of presentation. This unique music with its bold sensual rhythms, harmonized lyrics, rap, and trombone solos is feel-good stuff.

LYRICS:

1. The Ballad of the Salmon People

Salmon, salmon swimming free
In the deep blue sea,
Salmon, salmon swimming free,
Salmon, talk to me.

Salmon said I know a place far, far away,
A place I will return to one day, one day.
But now we swim the salty seas, my clan and I
Until we return to the place where we will die.

Salmon, Salmon. . . .

Far off in the misty hills is the place where I was born
In the gravel of a streambed one sunny morn.
I wriggled up to the surface to find a charming world —
Singing birds and bracken ferns with green fronds unfurled.

Salmon, Salmon. . . .

There I lived, a small fry, in that clear running brook,
Offspring of the noble, ancient family of Chinook.
Swimming with my siblings here and there,
Survival in those waters demanded greatest care.

Salmon, Salmon. . . .

As we grew we swam down from stream to stream to river
Until we reached the ocean where waves roll and thunder.
Now in these briny waters we’re gathering our strength
For the journey to our homestream will be of great length.

Salmon, Salmon. . . .

And when we’ve reached those waters of our birth
We’ll lay our eggs and die close to the earth —
Faroff in those misty hills in the place where we were born
In the gravel of that streambed one sunny morn.

Salmon, Salmon. . . .

The salmon then will be reborn and reappear
Swimming in the ocean in following years;
And all the humans will be fed and bears and eagles too,
Because we share our precious lives with you.

Salmon, Salmon. . . . x 2

2. Original Crumb

Ms. Universe rolled out some dough
Made cut-out cookies an’ put ‘em in a row
Made mountains, continents, rivers too
Platypus, Orangutan and Kangaroo

She said, “I make ’em all the same
By playing the same initial game
Those chocolate babies all in a row
Come from the same primary dough.”

…Vanilla wafers tasting great
Posing delectably on the plate…
And on she went with her design
Inventing every different kind

Red ones, yellow ones, all in a line
Made in rhythm and keepin’ time
Dancin’ aroun’ and feelin’ good
Jus’ like ev-e-ry baby should

Chorus: Oh, Ms. Uni, what did you do!
Oh, Ms. Uni, what did you do!

The sun she made with warmest hue
The moon with silvery-shining too —
Sprinkled some stars out in the sky,
And birds and bats to go flying by.

She made the dark to give some rest
And the great big Monster of Lock Ness!
She made the desert just to see
What sand would look like without a tree

She made the big wide-open plains
With miles and miles of golden grains
Then trees that never before were seen…
Fragrant lime and tangerine

Chorus

…Forests all over everywhere
Full of possum and skunk and bear
Scent of pine tree in the air
Timber wolves with a den to share

The caribou trekked in the North
The Arctic tern came flying forth
And in the South, the penguin tribe
Had a ton of fun on a seaside slide

Chorus

— drum & percussion break —

Steamy jungles sprang up now
Nobody really quite knew how
With orchids growing from the air
And jaguars with an orange flair

Back to tempo , speed up…

She made some crickets to go in thickets
Singin’ a song that went all night long
Made the bees to pollinate trees,
Frogs in the bogs and slugs on logs.

Serpents twined among the vines
The Army ants formed up long lines
And high in the forest canopy
The monkeys had a jamboree!

Zebras showed up dressed in style
Warthogs ran in single file
Hyenas skulked with all their wiles
While in the Nile swam the crocodiles

Lions lingered in the shade
While Wildebeest were being made
and other beastsies by the score
And more & more & more & more!

Chorus

She made the seas with full intent
To have no creature ever pay rent
A home for every fish and crab —
With plenty of space and time to gab

She set up oysters close to shore
At low tide they would close the door
And limpets clinging to the rocks
Were fit to handle any shocks

Orcas showed up in a pod…
Cod fish swimming off Cape Cod
And in some lovely coral reefs
Swam octopi with all eight feets

Chorus

Ms. Uni said, “What I have done
Is made some creatures to have some fun!
And those sandy beaches rolled in the sun
All come from the same original crumb.”

What have you done! What have you done!
Ms. Universe what have you done!

All come from the same original crumb
All come from the same original crumb
Original crumb, original crumb
Now I am done! Original crumb…

3. Sandpiper's Dream

Chorus: I dreamed I was a Sandpiper standing on the shore,
One-legged
knowing there’s no more
Knowing there’s no more to life
Than standing on the shore
One-legged…

Sunshine in a sky of blue,
King Komo Kulshan gazing down.
He’s an extraordinary view –
Snowy jewels on his crown

Chorus

Above the waters of the bay
A magic carpet glides,
Upon it’s feathers white and gray
An unseen Genie rides.

The pattern wracks then disappears.
I watch with baited breath
When suddenly it reappears
From it’s uncanny death.

Chorus

Then piloting it’s unseen guest,
Hastily touching down,
A flock of Sanderlings at rest
Is standing on the ground.

Chorus

4. Elemental Being

Chorus: A soft and lovely mystery
Has somehow come in search of me
But seems it is myself I see...

Face so soft
Appears to me
Among the wintery forest trees
Poised aloft
In space and time
Reflecting me clear as a chime

Eyes awake
What do you see
So shrouded in serenity
I will wait
And be with you...
Open to see what you will do

Chorus

Changing now
You look away
It seems as though you may not stay
And somehow
You disappear
As softly as you first came near

Chorus (x2)

5. Rainbows (Jupiter Return)

Well if you follow a rainbow to its end
Please send some colors to me Dear Friend
So many rainbows I have seen
A special message they always send

Rainbows, rainbows, rainbows, rainbows
Greens. blues, violets, reds, orange, yellows

A rainbow seems to mention sorrow’s end
That broken hearts can heal and mend
It comes where rain and sunlight meet
As from the place where joy and sorrow blend

Rainbows, rainbows, rainbows, rainbows
Greens. blues, violets, reds, orange, yellows

So when you see a rainbow in the sky
Just wipe the tear away from your eye
Please send a color or two my way
Reminding me that love can never die

Rainbows… chorus x 2

6. When the Summertime Comes

When the summertime comes
And the honey bee hums
I’m gonna take me a vacation
In a beautiful location
And let Jamaican Food Service
Take real good care of me.

I’m gonna hang there in my hammock
— Come on now don’t gimme no static!
I’ll be snoozin’ in the shade
While that good food is bein’ made
Because Jamaican Food Service
Takes such good care of me!

Is it a bird? No, it’s a plane!
Heck no! It’s Superman again!
From over there across the river,
Jamaican Service will deliver
It’s my genuine, sweet Baby
Comin’ to my hammock tree!

Break: It’s my Baby and I’m crazy
For his lovins you can see.
It’s my baby, when I’m lazy
He takes real good care of me!
He takes real good! He takes real good!
Real good care of me! ..... Take care of me Baby!!!!!

Well, he sets up on the sand
Where the dragonflies land
Lights up the fire and makes some food
Oh yeah, now he cooks pretty good!
It’s my Jamaican Food Service
Hangin’ in right here with me!

7. Travelin'

Travelin’ in a day, Travelin’ in a night
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ from here, Travelin’ from there
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ to a new place, Travelin’ to an old place
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ with intensity, Travelin’ with ferocity
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ in a foreign land, Travelin’ in my own backlands
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ in seething brine, Travelin’ with peace of mind
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ to the sound of flute, Travelin’ to make some loot
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ has its ups and downs, Travelin’ has its all arounds
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ gives you time to thaw, Travelin’ gives a sense of awe
Travelin’, Travelin’

KRIS - trombone solo (8 bars)

Travelin’ with an easy glide, Travelin’ on a carpet ride,
Travelin’ to the Orient, Travelin’ in a car for rent,
Travelin’ just where you can, Travelin’ in a caravan
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ beneath the sky, Travelin’ in the mountains high,
Travelin’ for a point of view, Travelin’ to be with you
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ - no time to spare, Travelin’ just like the hare,
Travelin’ at warp speed, Travelin’, yes indeed!
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ with a map, Travelin’ to Rat Trap Gap!
Travelin’ where there’s lots of noise, Travelin’ in a Rolls Royce
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ with my drum, Travelin’ to have some fun!
Travelin’ to Africa, To visit Addis Ababa
Travelin’, Travelin’

KRIS - trombone solo (16 bars)

Travelin’ to just keep sane, Travelin’ through the pouring rain
Travelin’ through the fog, reciting this monologue
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ on a winding road, Travelin’ with a heavy load
Travelin’ is so immense, Travelin’ at my own expense,
Travelin’ in a motor home, Travelin’ on an enormous loan,
Travelin’, Travelin’, Oh yes we’re travelin’, Travelin’

KRIS - trombone solo (4 bars)

Travelin’ with an instrument, Travelin’ to feel content,
Travelin’ a road that’s long, Travelin’ to sing a song,
Travelin’ to a far off land, Travelin’ with the band,
Travelin’ with my Lark, Travelin’ to our favorite park,
Travelin’ with Don and John, Travelin’ to where we’re drawn
Travelin’, Travelin’

KRIS - trombone solo (8 bars)

Travelin’s for folks like me, Travelin’ to be free!
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ - here we go, Travelin’ with the flow
Travelin’ we’re on our way, Travelin’ far away!
Travelin’, Travelin’

Travelin’ with the beat, Travelin’ with weary feet, Travelin’ on a busy street, Travelin’ to beat the heat,
Travelin’, Travelin’

And where you are, there you’ll be, And what is there is what you’ll see
So let’s... go... Travelin’....... Travelin’....... Travelin’....... Travelin’.......

8. Bones (intsrumental)

9. Dream

Shadow shadow shadow
You keep following me
Mirror mirror mirror
You’re reflecting me

Floating fragments of a dream
Things are not just what they seem
Look into the symbols rare
You will find a meaning there

Echo echo echo
You’re resounding me
Ripple ripple ripple
You’re surrounding me

Floating fragments of a dream
Things are not just what they seem
Look into the symbols rare
You will find a meaning there

Ripple ripple ripple
You’re surrounding me
You’re a ripple ripple ripple
On my daytime dream…

10. Because of You

I perceive more in Venus
on this evening by the sea
I can feel the forest in us
where the meadow meets the trees
Because of You
Because of You

I can hear the birds more clearly
on a suuny clear blue morn
And I love the animals dearly
making me happy to be born
Because of You
Because of You

Sailing through the years
The information always steers
Us to a place of smiles and tears

I dew taste the flowers of sunshine
that the light and warmth conceive
I can sense the whole creation
on this misty moonlit eve
Because of You
Because of You

Sailing through the years
The information always steers
Us to a place of smiles and tears

I perceive more in Venus
on this evening by the sea
I can feel the forest in us
where the meadow meets the trees
Because of You
Because of You...

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