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"Awakening" Song Lyrics and Stories

These are the lyrics sheets for the Awakening CD by Spirit Wind. "BaPaSay" is the only song in the Ojibway spoken language. All of the other song are written in vocables. Vocables are the sounds the are used in place of words that describe what the song is about. The vocables, along with the drum or shaker beat and the melody, tell the story and the purpose of the song.

The songs we sing are our prayers that we send up to The Creator. We pray to let Our Creator know we are still doing this medicine work and that we are still helping all the people. When we sing we repeat the song 4 times and speak to four directions, winds, races of man, sacred medicines, life balance, or 7 times to the seven directions and the 7 grandfathers.

All of our songs come through prayer, visions or to our consciousness, as we are walking our journey. They are gifts to the people from the creator to help us on our walk. All of the songs on the Awakening CD came to Michele Perpaul or Brenda MacIntyre except "BaPaSay". We encourage all that hear these songs to feel free to sing them and invite others to do the same. Please email us and let us know the songs that touch you and we can give you more info.

Thanks
Michele Perpaul, Spirit Wind

Awakening Songs

1. Soar

2. Awakening

3. Comfort and Wellness

4. Kamloops Round Dance

5. Ba Pa Say

6. Healing Song

7. Gratitude

8. Reassurance

9. Serenity

10. Spirit Rising

11. Past, Present and Future

12. I Am Alive

13. Healing Gifts

14. Women's Gathering

15. Meet Me By The Water

16. My True Friend

17. Fly Away

18. When I Awake

19. Travelling Song

Printer Friendly Lyrics

Poem by © Joan Khalid heard over the song Soar, © Michele Perpaul
My song is the beat of my heart
The throb of the Earth
My Mother
Who nourishes me in her womb
Pregnant with my spirit
Is born as the invisible wind that whispers
Pulsating throughout Creation
It is my testament to all things in which I share
It carries me like a thread of safety
Through stormy waters
Sustaining me as I encounter the tumbrels and trials of life
It resonates with the course of existence that surrounds me
And denies my loneliness
It will continue to define my being
Until I nestle, welcomed home
In the comforting embrace from whence I came

Soar - © Michele Perpaul
We spend a lot of our lives trying to pick ourselves up. We strive to be the best that we can be, for ourselves, so that in turn we can help others do the same. There always seems to come a time when we are tested. Obstacles are put in front of us that hold us back or push us down. We have to stand together with those that support and guide us to work through the difficult times.

(lead) Way hee yaho way
(2nd) Way hee yaho way
Way hee yaho way awayo
Way awayo
Way awayo
Way awayo
Way howay ohway awayo

Awakening - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song awakens our spirits and calls in our ancestors and spirit helpers.

(lead) When I away
(2nd) When I away
When I away hey hey
When I away
When I away
When I away hey

Comfort and Wellness - © Michele Perpaul
Many of us have had times in our lives where we felt alone, unloved or pushed aside. This song talks about finding a safe place to rest and find solitude. Listen, reconnect with what was missing in your life, and allow this song to fill you with goodness. Know you are loved. We are all one big family. We may not come from the same tree but in the forest, the branches all touch each other when they extend themselves. It is our responsibility to watch the other creatures on our Mother the Earth to gain strength and hope. We can pick each other up by extending a hand, open arms or our heart to someone in need of support. We most always remember as we pick someone else up that one more person stands there to support us.

Way ha way hiya way
Way ha way hiya way
Way ha way hiya way heya
Way ha way hiya way

Way ha way hiya way
Way ha way hiya way
Way ha way hiya way heya
Way ha way hiya way

Darlin close your eyes
Rest here for a while
Way ha way hiya way heya
Way ha way hiya way

Kamloops Round Dance - © Brenda MacIntyre
The rhythm of this round dance song mirrors our heartbeat, connecting us to our selves, Mother Earth and each other. This song connects us to our childhood homes.

Ya heya heya way heyo
Ya heya heya way heyo
Ya heya heya way heyo
Ya heya heya way hey ya heyo
Ya heya heya way hey ya heyo

Ba Pa Say (Children’s Medicine Song) - © The Debassige Family
It is my hope that this "fun" song will wake you up and that you will choose to give permission to the little child within you to come out and play. The words of the song are: "Ba*pa*say.(the woodpecker)..Ba*pa*say.(the woodpecker).Bay*Gee*shik .(All day)..Tay*Ahh*koo*gay (is knocking)."
The woodpecker is knocking on the door of your heart, with his beak, saying to your little child within, "Hey you!! (knock..knock..knock) Can you come out and play? Open up your heart and let the good medicine in! Share your good medicine with Creation!" This song was given to me by Nokomis Wasgone Debassige kwe (My Grandmother "BloomingFlower Far Reaching Light woman"). I learned through her example that no matter the age, everyone must live in balance of Work and Play. I hope that this song and Papasay help you and you choose to enjoy your days. aho..meegwetch.
~ Sittingbear Scott Debassige

Way heya away heya
Way heya away heya
Ya ya ya way heyo yo yo

Pa pa say, Pa pa say
Bay Gee shik Tay Ahh koo gay
Ya ya ya way heyo yo yo
Translation: The wood pecker, all day, is knocking.

Healing Song - © Brenda MacIntyre
Dedicated to Quinn Taylor, this song is a gift to all people from Eagle, Creator and the spirit of the drum. This song came to help heal the people.

Way-ay hey ya
Way-ay hey ya
Way-ay hey ya
Way hiyo way hiyo ho way hi ya
Hey yo way hi ya
Hey yo way hi ya way hey hey yo

Gratitude - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song reminds us to give thanks for what we have.

(lead) Wayo way hiya-hey hi
Wayo way hiya-hey hi
(2nd) Wayo way hiya-hey hi
Wayo way hiya-hey hi
Wayo way hiya-ho wayo way ya-heyo
Wayo way hiya-hey hi
(honour)Wayo way hiya-hey hi
Wayo way hiya-hey hi
Wayo way hiya-ho wayo way ya-heyo
Wayo way hiya-hey hi

Reassurance - © Brenda MacIntrye
This song came through to help a good friend through a difficult time. It talks about going with the flow of life and allowing The Creator to guide us through difficult times.

(lead) Wayiya way
(2nd) Wayiya way
Wayiya wayiya wayiya awayo way ya heyo
Wayiya awayo way away hey ya heyo
(honour) Wayiya way
Wayiya wayiya wayiya awayo way ya heyo
Wayiya awayo way away hey ya heyo

Serenity - © Brenda MacIntyre
Inspired by the Serenity this song is about remebering to let let your spirit connect to Creator while you maintain a serene, peaceful mind and heart.

(lead) Hiyaho waya hey way heya
(2nd) Hiyaho waya hey way heya
Waya hey waya hey waya hiya way waya hi
Heya, Waya hey heya hi hiyo

Spirit Rising - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song is about letting your spirit rise up, be free and guide you to your higher life purpose.

Lead vocal:
Way heya waya waya hiya way waya heya
Way heya waya waya hiya way waya heya
Way heya waya waya hiya way waya heya
Way heya waya waya hiya way

High Harmony:
Way heya huh
Way heya huh
Way hey heya huh
Way heya huh

Past, Present and Future - © Brenda MacIntyre and Michele Perpaul
This song is about Spirit Wind's journey. This song reminds us to be rooted in the present, allow the past to guide us, and look to the future.

Past
Way hey hey hey yaho way hey hey
Way hey hey hey yaho way hey heyo

Present with harmonies
Way hey hey hey yaho way hey hey
Way hey hey hey yaho way hey heyo

Future
Way heyo way hey hey
Way heyo way hey hey
Way heyo way hey hey
Way heyo way hey hey way hey yaheyo
Way heyo way hey hey
Way heyo way hey hey way hey yaheyo

I Am Alive - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song speaks of becoming alive, fully loving yourself, and expressing yourself without fear.

(lead) I oway oway I
(2nd) I oway oway I
I oway oway I oway hey oway I
I oway oway I
I oway oway I
I oway oway I oway hey oway I
I am alive
I am alive
I am alive and I, oh I am
I am alive
I am alive
I am alive and I, oh I am

Healing Gifts - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song is a reminder to use and share the sacred gifts Creator has given us. Whatever you give out, you get back. Singing for those who needed support in turn brought inspiration for this song, which has become a gift of healing that we now sing to help others. This song is about community. If we support each other, we will all be stronger.

(lead) When away hi yaway
(2nd) When away hi yaway
When away hi yaway hey hi yaway hey hey
Yaway hey hey yaway hey
Way hey yaway hey ya-ho way

Women’s Gathering - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song celebrates our coming together ina good way as women and mother to laugh, talk, and sing.

(lead) Wayoway ya hey hiya
(2nd) Wayoway ya hey hiya
Wayoway ya hey hiya
Wayoway ya heyo
Wayoway ya hey hiya
Wayoway ya hey hiya
Wayoway ya heyo

Meet Me By the Water - © Brenda MacIntyre
Not so long ago and still today, many women gather by water around the world to sing, dance and share in celebration of Grandmother Moon at her fullest. This song talks about women's sacred responsibility of taking care of that water and healing our own emotions so that we can help heal Mother Earth and take care of our families and communities in a good way.

(lead) Way waya hey ha waya hey ha
waya-ho waya heyo
(2nd) Way waya hey ha waya hey ha
waya-ho waya heyo
Wayo way ya-hey hiya-ho waya heya
Wayo way ya heyo

Meet me by the water
We will sing until the sun goes down
Meet me by the water
We will drum until the stars are around
We will see the full moon rising up high in the sky
As we sing and pray all night

Way waya hey ha waya hey ha
waya-ho waya heyo
Wayo way ya-hey hiya-ho waya heya
Wayo way ya heyo
Hiyo way heyo way heyo way heyoway

My True Friend - © Brenda MacIntyre
Sometimes in our hurry of living an urban lifestyle, we forget what is most important… our friends and loved ones. This song talks about being there for each other.

Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey

Whenever I call on you, you’re always there
And when I’m feelin’ down, I know you care
And if I need a shoulder, I know yours I can borrow
To get me through today
And I know you’ll be there tomorrow

Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey wayahey
You’re always there for me, my true friend
And I’ll be there for you, my true friend
Waya hey hiyo wayahey
Waya hey hiyo wayahey

Fly Away - © Brenda MacIntyre
This song came through specifically to help guide spirits home.

Way hiya way heya way hiya way heya hey
Waya hey
Waya hey waya hey waya hey
Fly away
Fly away hey hey

When I Awake - © Michele Perpaul
When we dream, what we see isn't necessarily what the dream is there to show us. When this song came I was at a point where I couldn't understand it. The song returned in another dream to let me know I wasn't following the message that was presented. On our spiritual journey we will come to new understandings in our beliefs systems if we are willing to embrace them.

When I awake
when I awake
when I awake
I'm going home (repeat)
Lead me home
Oh lead me home
When I awake
Lead me home (repeat)

I’ll travel the red road
I'll travel the red road
I'll travel the red road
To take me home (repeat)

My work is done
My work is done
My work is done
Take me home (repeat)

When I awake
When I awake
When I awake
I'm going home (repeat)

Lead me home
Oh lead me home
When I awake
Lead me home (repeat)

Travelling Song - © Michele Perpaul
We only have a short time on our Mother the Earth before we are called home. It is important to take time to pray for those who have gone on before us, to pay respect for what they have done for us and continue to do for us on the other side.

Win nye ya way ha win die ya way
Win nye ya way ha win die ya way
Win nye ya way ha win die ya way
Win nye ya way ha win die ya way
(repeat)

Poem - © Michele Perpaul heard over the song Traveling © Michele Perpaul

From ancient time we’ve called this place Turtle Island
We took only what was needed
Our mother always provided
We are all equal in our mother’s eyes
Noone was more important than the other
Although our responsibilities were different
Noone had more worth than another

Today we stand together with our brothers and our sisters
Making our voices become one
Looking for the harmony that we so long ago lost
These are our greatest gifts we bring
Our drums and our songs
As we pray we can hear her heartbeat
Open your heart to our Mother the Earth
Embrace all she has to offer you
Walk softly with respect and humility
This again can be a beautiful life

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