Paul Simon - Spirit Voices Lyrics

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

Saudac~oes (Greetings!)
D'a lic'enca um momento (Excuse me, one moment)
Te lembr'o (I remind you)
Que amanh~a (That tomorrow)
Ser'a tudo ou ser'a naoa (It will be all or it will)
(be nothing)
Depende, cora,c~ao (It depends, heart)
Ser'a breve ou ser'a grande (It will be brief or it will)
(be great)
Depende da paix~ao (It depends on the passion)
Ser'a sujo, ser'a sonho (It will be dirty, it will)
(be a dream)
Cuidado, cora,c~ao (Be careful, heart)
Ser'a 'util, ser'a tarde (It will be useful, it will be)
Se esmera, cora,c~ao (Do your best, heart)
E confia (And have trust)
Na for,ca do amanh~a (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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  1. Zdzichu S.

    Ok, where's the lyrics, dude?

  2. Zdzichu S.

    well, guys - I think it's THE best ever album of Paul Simon, and one of the greatest albums EVER! So underrated, so uknown, like Joy Division's "Uknown Pleasures"...

    Zdzichu S.

    purely spiritual to me...

  3. Jon Alloi

    Strong influences of West-Central African Highlife Music

    kofi babonee

    Sampled Yaa Amponsah, a Ghanaian highlife're very right.

  4. martha Gipson

    what a beautiful genius soul. Thank you, Paul Simon forever....

  5. Hater Inc.

    He was high on ayahuasca when he wrote this. DMT greatest gift from nature on earth.

    Joshua Elmlinger

    The Earth is generous.

  6. jon snow

    Drunken trussell

  7. Mat Huff

    Duncan Trussel sent me here (via Joe Rogan)

  8. Tone Dog

    Duncan Trussell made me. I thank you sir

  9. Picnicl

    I wish that this could have been on Graceland.

    Clare M

    TROTS is an amazing album 😊


    for sure, sonically and thematically and lyrically would have fit well with that album

  10. Matt C Curtis

    With lyrics?

  11. Hekaterine D.

    Saudocoes -- Greetings!
    Da licenca um momento -- Excuse me, one moment
    Te lembro -- I remind you
    Que amanha -- That tomorrow
    Sera tudo ou sera naoa -- It will be all or it will be nothing
    Depende coracao -- It depends, heart
    Sera breve ou sera grande -- It will be brief or it will be great
    Depende da paixao -- It depends on the passion
    Sera sujo, sera sonho -- It will be dirty, it will be a dream
    Cuidado, coracao -- Be careful, heart
    Sera util, sera tarde -- It will be useful, it will be late
    Se esmera, coracao -- Do your best, heart
    E confia -- And have trust
    Na forca do amanha -- In the power of tomorrow