Spirit Voices Lyrics - Paul Simon

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We sailed up a river wide as a sea
And slept on the banks
On the leaves of a banyan tree
And all of these spirit voices rule the night

Some stories are magical, meant to be sung
Song from the mouth of the river
When the world was young
And all of these spirit voices rule the night

By moon
We walk
To the brujo's door
Along a path of river stone
Women with their nursing children
Seated on the floor
We join the fevers
And the broken bones

The candlelight flickers
The falcon calls
A lime-green lizard scuttles down the cabin wall
And all of these spirit voices
Sing rainwater, sea water
River water, holy water
Wrap this child in mercy - heal her
Heaven's only daughter
All of these spirit voices rule the night
My hands were numb
My feet were lead
I drank a cup of herbal brew
Then the sweetness in the air
Combined with the lightness in my head
And I heard the jungle breathing in the bamboo

Saudações (Greetings!)
Dá licença um momento (Excuse me, one moment)
Te lembro (I remind you)
Que amanhã (That tomorrow)
Será tudo ou será nada (It will be all or it will be nothing)
Depende, coração (It depends, heart)
Será breve ou será grande (It will be brief or it will be great)
Depende da paixão (It depends on the passion)
Será sujo, será sonho (It will be dirty, it will be a dream)
Cuidado, coração (Be careful, heart)
Será útil, será tarde (It will be useful, it will be late)
Se esmera, coração (Do your best, heart)
E confia (And have trust)
Na força do amanhã (In the power of tomorrow)

Lord of the earthquake
My trembling bed
The spider resumes the rhythm
Of his golden thread
And all of these spirit voices rule the night

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Spirit Voices is a versatile song | Reviewer: Bert Lee | 5/18/13

When I first heard this I was of course struck by the lovely poetry... Simon as usual evoking so much with his careful choice of images. But because of the polyrhythmic complexity (typical of the entire Rhythm of the Saints album), I thought I would never be able to do it. But then one day while practicing my finger picking patterns I discovered that it could be done very effectively wit a plainer rhythmic feel, without losing the flow and magic. I have added it to my repertoire and look forward to entertaining people with it.

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