Music with a Mission – Xavier Rudd: Spirit Bird

Open your heart to the healing powers of music.

Every now and again you hear a song that captivates you beyond words, striking a chord that resonates deep within. Music has an incredible power to evoke emotions, promote healing, empower and inspire.  When I heard the song Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd it moved me to tears, engraving upon my heart in recognition of the suffering of the indigenous man throughout history. Rudd’s powerfully evocative song recalls the heartfelt plight of the indigenous peoples; specifically the Aborigines of Australia, but applies to all indigenous people who suffered from colonisation and cultural extermination throughout the ages. Rudd highlights the continued struggle for equal rights and to reclaim the the land that was wrongfully taken from them by the hand of greed.

Spirit Bird Lyrics

Give it time and wonder why do what we can laugh an we cry and we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen this all before.
Culture fades with tears and grace leaving us stunned hollow with shame we have seen this all, seen this all before.
Many tribes of a modern kind, doing brand new work, same spirit by side, joining hearts and hand and ancestral twine, ancestral twine.
Many tribes of a modern kind, doing brand new work, same spirit by side, joining hearts and hand and ancestral twine, ancestral twine.
Slowly it fades. Slowly we fade
Spirit bird she creaks and groans she knows she has, seen this all before she has, seen this all before.
Spirit bird she creaks and groans she knows she has, seen this all before she has, seen this all before.
Slowly it fades. Slowly you fade…

…Soldier on soldier on my good country man. Keep fighting for your culture, now keep fighting for your land.
I know its been thousands of years and I feel your hurt and I know its wrong and you feel you’ve been chained and broken and burned and those beautiful old people those wise old souls have been ground down for far too long by that spineless man that greedy man that hearless man deceiving man government hand taking blood and land, taking blood and land and still they can but your dreaming and your warrior spirit lives on and it is so so so strong in the earth in the trees in the rocks in the water in your blood and in the air we breath…

…Soldier on soldier on my good country man, keep fighting for your children now keep fighting for your land
Slowly it fades slowly we fade slowly you fade slowly it fades
Give it time and we wonder why do what we can laugh and we cry and we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen it all before.

Musician on a Mission

xavier-rudd-2013-forum-theatre-melbourne-18I am always in admiration of musicians like Rudd who’s work is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and transparency. Rudd in particular is concerned with equality and and the conservation and preservation of the environment. His latest single Bow Down raises the question of whether it is possible for the sustainability of the environment to ever be put before the pursuit of profit as long as there exists the capitalist dream that ultimately fosters a self-serving ideology of individual gain.

“I think human greed is the biggest problem this planet faces. Human greed is the biggest addiction human beings have and I think it’s too big a problem”…“It’s just important to respect and preserve this place and change our ways for as long as we possibly can for the future of our children. We are of this earth…just like anything, but we’ve just lost our way. I think slowing down the effects of our world on the environment is achievable simply by each individual becoming more conscious of the seasons and what’s happening around us.”

“You know people never take time just to observe it (the ecosystem) and be in touch with it and I think by simply doing that it brings you back to recognizing what’s happening around us in the natural world and in turn, including that into your life will bring a greater appreciation and a greater understanding and a greater desire to preserve.”

What a precious message to convey at this pivotal time in history. I hope the effects of Rudd’s music ripple out far and wide, touching people worldwide with its poignant message of urgency.

SOURCE:

http://musicfeeds.com.au/features/xavier-rudd-soothing-messages-of-urgency/

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