Millenium Dawn

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In the spring of 2000 I told the mayor of Williams Lake BC that I would write a song to commemorate the millenium book signing in that town. Knowing that public ceremony and collaboration is important I remember the Chief of T'exelc speaking about Secwepem'culecw and about the next 1000 years. Singing this song with the Secwepemc drummer, my good friend and mentor Ralph Phillips was one of my most hopeful and favorite moments that I can remember in my adult life.

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Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time

Situations are very bad
When we do not see
We can change what must be changed
And live in peace
Fill your heart songs with gladness for once
That's what keeps us free
Sharing in the sadness with those who can see ...

Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time

Fill yor heart songs with gladness for once
That's what keeps us free
Sharing in the gladness with those who can see ...

Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time.

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from In the Forest, released April 15, 2001
Words and Music by Garth East

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Garth East Victoria, British Columbia

If the gifts of nature are called "natural resources" then I guess music is also a natural resource.
I have been living and loving and learning about all kinds of natural resources since I was a young boy here on the west coast of Canada. The strength of the land and the water that connects us all depends on how well we are able to "sing in this land"- and how well we can respect the whole. ... more

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