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Be The Love

Be The Love

Genre : Another uplifting album from Shirlie: ten tracks produced once more by the creative genius of Nick Magnus whose wonderfully individual arrangements beautifully complement Shirlie's voice, lyrics and music. There are three Native American Indian-inspired songs: Awakening - based on the first ever environmental speech by Chief Seattle in 1851, Buffalo Brings Us Peace (with the chant of the legendary White Buffalo Calf Woman in the Sioux language) and The Gift with its acknowledgement of all we have inherited from our Ancestors in our DNA. Skydancer evokes the whirling dervish feminine energy of the Tibetan goddess, while Lotus of the Nile takes us back to the ebb and flow of ancient Egypt. Dancing in the Rain with its seventies-style Byrds guitars is a celebration of life even at our most challenging moments, while Harmony, Sanctuary and title track Be the Love! echo the basis of Shirlie's positive and heart-opening sound workshops. The final track, Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (originally recorded and released by actor Martin Shaw) is from Shirlie's 1983 Paddington Bear Musical (then titled Cross My Paws and Hope to Die!)
Thank you for another wonderful CD! Not only its meaningful title’ Be the Love’, but every single song on it inspires my personal path, each one in its own way. This Music makes a real spiritual space. I feel that I can touch it. I am within a real temple when I am listening to it. I am sure that this is a spiritual music architecture.
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  1. Awakening
  2. The Gift
  3. Harmony
  4. Be The Love
  5. Lotus of the Nile
  6. Skydancer
  7. Sanctuary
  8. Buffalo Brings us Peace
  9. Dancing in the Rain
  10. Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

Song Lyrics

AWAKENING

HOW CAN YOU BUY OR SELL THE SKY
THE WARMTH OF THE LAND, THE FRESHNESS OF AIR?
THE EARTH DOES NOT BELONG TO MAN
BUT MAN UNTO THE EARTH
AND IN EACH DROP OF SPARKLING WATER
SHINES HER SACRED WORTH

SEE WHEN WE WALK AMONG THE STARS
THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH, THE WIND ON THE LAKE
THE PERFUMED FLOWERS ARE OUR SISTERS
SWEETENING THE BREEZE
OUR BROTHERS ARE THE STREAMS AND THE RIVERS
FLOWING WITH LIFE’S EASE

FOR WHAT IS LIFE TO MAN IF HE CANNOT HEAR
THE LEAVES IN SPRING, THE SIGH OF RAIN, THE CRY OF BIRD ON WING
AND IF THERE IS NO QUIET PLACE TO HEAR THE WATER FALLING
HOW CAN WE LISTEN TO HEART AND SPIRIT CALLING?
FOR ALL LIVING THINGS SHARE THE VERY SAME BREATH
FROM THE EAGLE’S LAST CRY TO THE WIND’S SIGH OF DEATH

SO TEACH EVERY CHILD TO LOVE THE EARTH
THE MIST IN THE WOODS, SAP SINGING IN TREES
WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THE EARTH WILL THEN BEFALL EACH SON
SO SPREAD CREATION’S LOVE
LET NO HARM COME TO MOUNTAIN, STREAM OR SPRING
THE AIR, THE SKY, THE TREES AND THE SWEET EARTH
TO ANY LIVING THING
TO LIFE AWAKENING

HOW CAN YOU BUY OR SELL THE SKY?
SELL THE SKY, BUY OR SELL THE SKY?

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

THE GIFT

WHERE DO I BEGIN? I GAZE INTO THE PAST
AND SEE A LINE OF ANCESTORS
FROM FIRST TO VERY LAST
I TRAVEL BACK THROUGH TIME
THROUGH CENTURIES OF LIVES
FATHERS, MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, SONS
LOVERS, HUSBANDS, WIVES

THE GIFT IS IN ME – I FEEL THEIR POWER
THE GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS
WHO GAVE THEIR FINEST HOUR
THE GIFT IS IN ME – THE SACRED SEED
THEIR ANCIENT TRUTH AND WISDOM
IN MY EVERY WORD AND DEED

HEYO, HEYO, HONOURING THE LINE
HEYO, HEYO, DRINKING DEEP THEIR WINE
HEYO, HEYO, HONOURING THE LINE
HEYO, HEYO, WE’RE FRUIT OF ANCIENT WINE

I TURN A THOUSAND PAGES AS YEAR UNCOVERS YEAR
I SHARE THEIR GRIEF, THEIR HUNGER
THEIR POVERTY, THEIR FEAR
BUT THE LEGACY OF WHO I AM
FLOWS THROUGH ME LIKE A FLOOD
A VEIN OF RICH ANCESTRAL GOLD
SINGING IN MY BLOOD

THE GIFT IS IN ME – I FEEL THEIR POWER
THE GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS
WHO GAVE THEIR FINEST HOUR ETC.

A TESTAMENT OF TIME – THE GENERATIONS CRY
FROM EVERY CELL WITHIN ME – THE VOICE THAT CANNOT LIE
THE CHANTING OF MY TRIBE, FROM FATHER DOWN TO SON
FROM MOTHER TO HER DAUGHTER, THE TREASURE PASSES ON….

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

HARMONY

HOW CAN TWO HALVES FORM ONE PERFECT WHOLE
EQUAL AND TRUE, SIDE BY SIDE?
I PROMISE TO CHERISH THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
WHO DANCES JOY WITHIN ME
AND HONOUR MY MAN, THE LIONHEART HERO, WITH PRIDE

HARMONY, HARMONY,
LOVING YOU, LOVING ME
LIVING IN HARMONY, FLOWING FREE
ONE CIRCLE OF LIFE IN HARMONY

HOW CAN TWO FRIENDS FIND TRUTH FACE TO FACE
AND LOOK THEIR FEARS STRAIGHT IN THE EYES?
YOU ARE A MIRROR FOR ALL OF MY SHADOWS
THAT HIDE AND SEEK WITHIN ME
I SHINE THE LIGHT ON YOUR DARKNESS
TO BRING YOU THE PRIZE

HARMONY, HARMONY,
LOVING YOU, LOVING ME
LIVING IN HARMONY, FLOWING FREE
ONE CIRCLE OF LIFE IN HARMONY

HOW CAN TWO TRIBES BRING AN END TO WAR?
WE EACH HOLD THE POWER TO PLAY OUR PART
WHEN COLOUR AND RACE AND RELIGION
MELT INTO THE SOUND OF OUR SURRENDER
ONE WORLD, ONE PEACE, ONE SONG
FILLS HUMANITY’S HEART

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

BE THE LOVE

BE THE LOVE, BE THE LOVE
FROM EARTH BELOW TO HEAVEN ABOVE – BE THE LOVE
SOUL FLIES FREE BLISSFULLY – BE THE LOVE!

BE THE LIGHT, BE THE LIGHT
SHINE THE SHADOW FROM DARKEST NIGHT – BE THE LIGHT
FROM EARTH BELOW TO HEAVEN ABOVE – BE THE LOVE!

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, EVERY DAY YOU BREAK
EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE
CHANGES THE WORLD AROUND YOU, AND DEEP INSIDE
EVERY THOUGHT YOU THINK FIRES THE MISSING LINK
TAKES YOU TO THE BRINK OF A NEW WAY
TO FIND YOURSELF – DON’T HIDE
WE CAN LIVE THE DREAM, SURF THE BEAM, LOVE SUPREME

BE THE LOVE, BE THE LOVE
FROM EARTH BELOW TO HEAVEN ABOVE – BE THE LOVE
SOUL FLIES FREE BLISSFULLY – BE THE LOVE!

BE THE TRUTH, BE THE TRUTH
ROCK OF AGES, BORN OF YOUTH – BE THE TRUTH
FROM EARTH BELOW TO HEAVEN ABOVE – BE THE LOVE!

EVERY FRIEND IN NEED, EVERY MOMENT FREED
EVERY WORD AND DEED OPENS YOUR BEATING HEART
AND PEACE TAKES WING
AS FORGIVENESS FLOWS THROUGH THE HIGHS AND LOWS
UNDERSTANDING GROWS STRONGER
IN EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING
WE CAN TAKE TO FLIGHT IN DELIGHT, ANGEL BRIGHT

BE THE LOVE, BE THE LOVE
FROM EARTH BELOW TO HEAVEN ABOVE – BE THE LOVE
SOUL FLIES FREE BLISSFULLY – BE THE LOVE!

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

LOTUS OF THE NILE

LOTUS OF THE NILE, I AM SAILING IN PURE WATER
FLOWERING IN STYLE, EVERY PETAL CRYSTAL CLEAR
EACH MORNING AT THE DEATH OF NIGHT
I’M BORN ANEW WITH SUN’S FIRST LIGHT
I RAISE MY CROWN, THE COLOURS BRIGHTLY SHOW
THE GOLDEN EBB AND FLOW UNFOLDING IN THE GLOW

LOTUS OF THE NILE, I AM FLOATING IN YOUR CRADLE
DREAMING DREAMS AWHILE, GENTLY ROCKED IN LOVE’S EMBRACE
THE RIVER SINGS ITS ANCIENT SONG
OLD MEMORIES OF RIGHT AND WRONG
OF WHO I WAS AND WHO I LONG TO BE
SUN-KISSED BLOSSOM, FREE – IS THIS REALLY ME?

LOTUS OF THE NILE, CLOSING GENTLY AS THE DUSK FALLS
DIAMOND STARS BEGUILE AS I SINK BENEATH THE WAVES IN WHIRLING POOLS OF TIME AND TIDE
THROUGH PAST AND PRESENT LIVES I RIDE
THE MEM’RIES WHERE I LIVED AND DIED MY POWER
REBORN WITH EACH NEW HOUR
ETERNAL LOTUS FLOWER

ETERNAL LOTUS FLOWER
REBORN WITH EACH NEW HOUR

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

SKYDANCER

SKYDANCER, DREAM CHANCER, PRINCESS OF MY SOUL
CLOUD WALKER, RAINBOW TALKER, SPIRIT OF AUREOLE
WHIRLING IN A FLASH OF LIGHT
LEAD ME WHERE THE PATH IS BRIGHT
ROMANCER, SKYDANCER, YOU MAKE ME WHOLE

SKYDANCER, ENTRANCER, MISTRESS OF DESIRE
YOU HYPNOTISE AND MESMERISE WITH JEWELS OF WHITE FIRE
BEARING SEED, ETERNAL STORY
LIFE WITHIN YOU SINGS OF GLORY
HEAVENS ANSWER, SKYDANCER, TEACH ME AND INSPIRE

I’M CAUGHT BENEATH YOUR SPELL AGAIN
YOU DANCE A TARANTELLA ON MY HEART
I FLY ABOVE ALL FANTASY
I CRY TO LEARN THE MAGIC OF YOUR ART
WHEN I FIND THE POWER WITHIN
THE SACRED DANCE CAN THEN BEGIN
THE STARS WILL JOIN US AS WE SPIN

SKYDANCER, NECROMANCER, MYSTERY DIVINE
LIFE HEALER, FATE SEALER, COME DEAL ME MINE
SEE THE LOTUS BUD UNFOLDING
IN THE CUP THAT LOVE IS HOLDING
JUBILANCER, SKYDANCER, DRINK DEEP THE WINE
SKYDANCER, ROMANCER, SWEET CONCUBINE
SKYDANCER, DREAM CHANCER, SEE HOW I SHINE

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

SANCTUARY

THERE’S A PLACE YOU CAN SHELTER
WHEN THE WORLD IS TOO LOUD
WHEN YOU NEED TO FIND PEACE
FROM THE ROAR OF THE CROWD
IF YOUR JOURNEY IS HARD AND YOUR LESSONS GROW STRONG
AND YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR SOMEWHERE YOU KNOW YOU BELONG
GO WITHIN AND BEGIN TO LET GO – GO WITHIN

SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY
I LAY ME DOWN TO REST
IN THE TEMPLE OF MY HEART
IN THE HAVEN OF THE BLESSED
SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY, A SACRED SPACE TO BE
LIKE A LIVING PRAYER WITHIN MY HEART GIVES SANCTUARY

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, ALL CAN BE HEALED
IN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH WHEN OUR TEARS ARE REVEALED
IF THE PATH TO FORGIVENESS GROWS LONELY EACH HOUR
KNOW THE SEEDS OF ACCEPTANCE ONE DAY WILL GIVE FLOWER
GO WITHIN AND BEGIN TO LET GO – GO WITHIN

SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY
I LAY ME DOWN TO REST
IN THE TEMPLE OF MY HEART
IN THE HAVEN OF THE BLESSED
SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY, A SACRED SPACE TO BE
LIKE A LIVING PRAYER WITHIN MY HEART GIVES SANCTUARY

SILENCE WITHIN ME IS CALLING
THE ESSENCE OF GRACE GENTLY FALLING
AS THE CANDLE OF LOVE BURNS A FLAME
ON MY ALTAR WITHIN
THIS IS WHERE I BEGIN….

SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY
I LAY ME DOWN TO REST
IN THE TEMPLE OF MY HEART
IN THE HAVEN OF THE BLESSED
SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY, A SACRED SPACE TO BE
LIKE A LIVING PRAYER WITHIN MY HEART GIVES SANCTUARY

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE

I PRAYED IN THE SILENCE OF THE DREAMTIME
AND THE GREAT WHITE BUFFALO RAISED HIS HEAD
WITH BREATH THAT TURNED TO SMOKE BEFORE MY STARING EYES
THE SACRED PIPE OF PEACE HE BORE – WITHIN ITS BOWL, THE GIFTS OF LIFE
AND NATURE’S BLESSINGS DANCED WITH SPARKS OF WONDER AT CREATION’S JOY
WHILE RACES, CREATURES, NATIONS BURNED IN HARMONY
AND FROM THE GLOWING ASHES, SINGLE SMOKE IN ONENESS ROSE ON HIGH

HEAR THE SONG OF THE SACRED BUFFALO
IN THE SMOKE OUR PRAYERS ARE RISING
WITH THE GIFTS OF LIFE’S SWEET MEDICINE – BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
SING THE SONG OF THE SACRED BUFFALO
FILL AGAIN THE HORN OF PLENTY
GIVING THANKS TO DANCE THE SPIRIT – WHITE BUFFALO SMOKES US PEACE

AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO SEE ALL HARMONY

SUCH WILLINGNESS, THIS BUFFALO, TO GIVE HIS GIFTS FOR COMMON GOOD
TO SHARE HIS MEAT FOR GREATER PURPOSE – JOYFUL INSTRUMENT OF LIFE
SUCH GENTLENESS, THIS BUFFALO, TO HONOUR STILL ANOTHER’S PATHWAY
EVEN WHEN IT LEADS TO SADNESS, EVEN WHEN IT SHARPS THE KNIFE

AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO FREE ALL MYSTERY

NOW I PRAY TO WALK BESIDE YOU, WISE AND SACRED BUFFALO
SAFE WITHIN THE EARTH’S ABUNDANCE, BEING WITH SERENITY
AND I HUMBLY ASK FOR GUIDANCE – GRATEFUL FOR EACH RICHNESS GIVEN
MALE AND FEMALE ONE WITHIN ME, JOINED IN THE GREAT MYSTERY

AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO WE WILL HONOUR THEE

I PRAYED IN THE SILENCE OF THE DREAMTIME
AND THE GREAT WHITE BUFFALO RAISED HER HEAD
WITH EYES THAT FILLED WITH FLAMES OF LOVE TO LIGHT THE WORLD
MAY I BE LIKE THE BUFFALO

AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO SMOKES US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, BUFFALO BRINGS US PEACE
AI, AI, AI, AI, HONOURING THE GREAT MYSTERY ARE WE

(Niya taninyan mawani ye
Oyate le imawani na hota ninyan mawani ye
Niya taninyan mawani ye
Walute ye imawani ye…Lakota Sioux chant)

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

DANCING IN THE RAIN

LIFE AIN’T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS
IT AIN’T ABOUT HIDING AND SLIDING LIKE A SNAKE IN THE GRASS
WHEN THE DARK CLOUDS GATHER AND THE WIND SCREAMS HIGH
AND YOUR HEART IS BREAKING LIKE A YOUNG CHILD’S CRY
AS LIGHTENING SPLITS THE TORNADO SKY

YOU’LL FIND ME
DANCING IN THE RAIN
DRUMMING TO THE THUNDER
DANCING IN THE RAIN
LIVING LIFE IN WONDER

LET THE HEAVENS OPEN AND THE FLOODGATES FLOW
WASH AWAY THE PAST, THE FUTURE, EVERYTHING I KNOW
EVERY DROP OF CRYSTAL PURITY
SINGS THE SILENT SHADOW OUT OF ME
SWEET RELEASE TO SET MY SPIRIT FREE

YOU’LL FIND ME
DANCING IN THE RAIN
DRUMMING TO THE THUNDER
DANCING IN THE RAIN
LIVING LIFE IN WONDER

FACE THE FEARS, TSUNAMI TEARS
DANCING IN THE RAIN
ELECTRIC SKIES OF TRUTH AND LIES
RIDE THE HURRICANE, RIDE THE HURRICANE

AND GO ON
DANCING IN THE RAIN
DRUMMING TO THE THUNDER
DANCING IN THE RAIN
LIVING LIFE IN WONDER

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE

I LEFT THE ONLY FRIENDS I KNEW
STOWED AWAY MY DREAMS AND FLEW
HALF-WAY ROUND THE WORLD I SAILED
ALL ALONE, I BLAZED A TRAIL
AN ENDLESS GAME OF MASQUERADE
TO KEEP ME COMPANY THROUGH THE DAYS
A SUITCASE FULL OF EMPTY LAUGHS
OLD MEMORIES AND A PHOTOGRAPH

CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
I CANNOT TELL A BARE-FACED LIE

I WAS NOT BOUND FOR ANYWHERE
WITHOUT A FRIEND AND RUNNING SCARED
I HAD NO PLACE TO CALL MY OWN
YOU TOOK ME IN, YOU BROUGHT ME HOME

A STRANGER LOST TO INNOCENCE
YOU GAVE ME LOVE, YOU GAVE ME STRENGTH
YOU SHARED YOUR LAUGHTER WITH MY TEARS
YOU EVEN SHARED MY HOPES AND FEARS

CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
I CANNOT TELL A BARE-FACED LIE
EVERYTHING YOU OFFERED
FROM YOU TO ME FOR EVER, WITH YOUR LOVE

AND NOW I’VE FOUND THE WORDS WITHIN
TO TELL YOU WHAT I HAVE TO GIVE
IT ISN’T VERY MUCH, YOU SEE
SO PLEASE DON’T LAUGH AT FOOLS LIKE ME

CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
I CANNOT TELL A BARE-FACED LIE
ALL I HAVE TO OFFER FROM ME TO YOU FOR EVER
IS MY LOVE, IS MY LOVE, IS MY LOVE, IS MY LOVE
ALL I HAVE TO OFFER FROM ME TO YOU FOR EVER
IS MY LOVE, MY LOVE

Music & Lyrics: Shirlie Roden
Copyright: The Singing Earth Music Co. Ltd.

Awakening // Be The Love
  1. Awakening // Be The Love
  2. The Gift // Be The Love
  3. Harmony // Be The Love
  4. Be The Love // Be The Love
  5. Lotus of the Nile // Be The Love
  6. Skydancer // Be The Love
  7. Sanctuary // Be The Love
  8. Buffalo Brings us Peace // Be The Love