In The Wintertime

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Some of the lyrics are from my favourite First Nations Proverbs in memory of our dear friend Vincent James Howe. They have mostly been rearranged or altered to fit the piece. The rest of the lyrics I composed. Thank you to the Blackfoot, Cherokee, Dakota, Navajo, Nez Perce, Oklahoma, Southwest, Arapaho, Yurok for your words of wisdom. May they continue to inspire us all...


The flash of a fire fly in the night,
the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime,
the little shadow that runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.

When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced your life

Every animal knows more than you do,
the old rabbit jumps, when the fox walks lame
A thousand voices tell a single story
listen, or your tongue will make you deaf

When you die, you can be heard, by the lights in the sky, to the end of the earth

The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs
the old coward shoots with his eyes closed shut
Every bird loves to hear themselves sing
known for ever by the tracks we leave.

When you fight try to forgive, all the broken hands that try to give

Sing a little song flying through the trees
ghosts in the forest swimming in the sea
Fuel your fire fuel your mind
bury yourself in the wintertime

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced your life


from Wild One, released March 1, 2015



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Awna Teixeira Toronto, Ontario

Portuguese-Canadian, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Awna Teixeira has finally released her debut solo album"Where The Darkness Goes". Since 2001, Awna has toured all over the world in different bands including one of Canada's favourites, Po'Girl. She now has a wonderful collection of music to show for it! Writing, singing and performing on Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele and stomp box. ... more

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