In the Roots we are Together (ALisa's Song)

by Eleanor Brown



Written for ALisa.

Music by Eleanor Brown
Lyrics weaved by Eleanor Brown from the words of
ALisa Starkweather.
Artwork by Christina Lynch


I am still love

I am still here

Even in the ravaging crying of a river

I'm breathing this fire whilst still under water

I am still loving this heart on dilation

Unraveling unending keep singing her forward

I am still love

I am still here

We rise and we fall, are we wise or we fools?

Are we walking us home, are we leaving it all?

Cracking us open, gold digging down there

Are we saving our lives, are we great saboteurs?

In the roots, in the roots, in the roots we are together

We are here. We are love.
At the start of this year I received an email. The words were full of pain and love and courage; pure poetry that resonated deeply in me. They spoke of experiences that reached far beyond age and generation, life story or culture, and right across an ocean.

I really wanted to respond in words, to voice my support, but had none that quite meant what I intended. Instead something else rose in me directly from ALisa Starkweather's words and I wove them together and recorded this song right there in that moment on January 3rd 2016 and a few hours later had sent them back in a different form.

Sometimes it is in the instinctual gut moments that raw creativity transpires. This is my favourite form of song writing, and I love it when it happens like that. No studios, no editing, no obsessing. This isn't a piece that has been polished or painted or planned, instead it sprung directly from a moment of connection and released to do what it was intended for.

Music is medicine and it's an honour to write songs for other people. It was an honour to gift this to ALisa and have her receive it in the way she did. This song means very much to me, it is a medicine song, and though it was never my intention to share it with anyone else, here we find ourselves... for of course, in the roots we are together.





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