Live the Life that is Meant for Me, Why The Caged Bird Sings

Live the Life that is Meant for Me
Verse 1:
listen to the drum and the power in the beat
you never know where life is taking you

this is where it stops
and this is where it starts
live the life that is meant for me

Verse 2:
hoping for better days, praying for better ways
I hope my kids are going to live a good life


Verse 3:
having honour and respect
will help these storm clouds fade away
I’ll be forgiven for the things I’ve done


Verse 4:
grandma told me a family is strong when we stay together
not going to be the same as it was before
(spoken: I thought I had it made)


I wanna be free and live a good life
make change, leave the negative behind
because I am a champion
I need to leave a legacy
stay away from crime and doing time

Spoken word:
regaining tradition / headed on a mission / looking for completion /
take my family fishing / singing a petition / want that definition /
this ain’t no competition / teaching four directions / this is for protection /
love is the affection / to keep our reputation / as a First Nation!

Verse 5:
people of the earth, stand strong with one another
keep your head up, my sisters and my brothers


live the life that is meant for me
live the life that is meant for me


released October 8, 2016
Collaboratively composed and men’s voices recorded live, April 2016 at Prince Albert Correctional Centre (PACC).
Lyrics by: Drew Ballantyne, Mitchelle Ballantyne, Larry Bird, Cory Halkett, Joshua Johnson, Randall Lemaigre, Keith William Martell, Robert pachapis Favel, Alfred Sanderson
Music by: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Gregory Hoskins, Joseph Naytowhow, Mark Schmidt
• lead vocals: Keith William Martell • group vocals: all lyricists • chanting, flute & spoken word: Joseph Naytowhow • hand drums, backing vocals; • Cheryl L’Hirondelle • acoustic & slide guitar: Gregory Hoskins • bass, synth, keys, drums & percussion + additional guitar: Mark Schmidt

Co-produced and arranged by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Miyoh Music; & Mark Schmidt, Northern Town Music Productions • live onsite voices recorded by Cheryl L’Hirondelle • GH guitar tracks recorded by Gregory Hoskins, Midnight Works • Additional recording + ALL mixing & programming by Mark Schmidt • Mastered by Ron Skinner, Heading North Mastering Studio

Project partners:
Judy McNaugton, Northern Artistic Director, Common Weal Community Arts, Alfred Sanderson, Cultural Coordinator, Prince Albert Correctional Centre & kiy collective

Project funders:
Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture & Sask Lotteries


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