The Canary Collective: Vol 1

by KPH & The Canary Collective

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patrick_p A lush, contemporary take on folk and American music. Joining the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, KPH uses her creation to question the systems of society, point out joys and pains in modern life, and the potential for change among individuals and the systems they work within. Favorite track: Disobey Introduction (feat. Jennifer Brea and Jamila Raqib).
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shardi Beautiful and haunting songs, thoughtful lyrics and catchy hooks, gorgeous harmonies. I love it. Thank you ME action for making me aware of this music!! And thank you KPH for making your music while struggling with those limitations, it makes it all the more inspiring for me.
Favourite track... New Year. Joyous!
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lylacdragonfly An anthem for personal and global healing. Lyrically moving, musically rich, and overflowing with hope for the power of people to make a change! Equally heart-wrenching and chill-inducing. A must-listen!
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1.
Met a space traveller, Looked like she’d lost track of time She was moving fast, bent towards me in a straight line I said, “you look familiar, have I seen you before?” She filled my palm with ice and kicked me out the door My feet, they faltered, I tumbled to the ground Because the Earth was turning, I just fell without a sound She led me through the trees ‘til we’d reached a giant fire I held out my hand, but the ice, its time had expired I was too parched and weak But the traveler chose now to speak She said… I’ve been to the future And we could have won So don’t exit now ‘til all is said and done Please don’t drop this ball around the sun Please don’t drop this ball around the sun Now The light before us flared, she stared, I blocked my eyes I fumbled for her hand, but then to my surprise While standing by I learned I was now chosen It’s now years ago, with the last water frozen And I’ve been to the future And we (could have) won So don’t exit now ‘til all is said and done Please don’t drop this ball around the sun Please don’t drop this ball around the sun Don’t give up now ‘til all is said and done. Don’t give up now ‘til all is said and done.
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“This issue is much bigger than just my disease. When I first got sick, old friends started reaching out to me and I soon found myself a part of a cohort of women in their late 20s whose bodies were falling apart. What was striking was just how much trouble we were having being taken seriously. I learned of one woman with scleroderma, an autoimmune connective tissue disease, who was told for years that it was all in her head…another woman with ovarian cancer who for years was told it was just early menopause… a friend from college whose brain tumor was misdiagnosed for years as anxiety.” - Jen Brea, TED Talk “Like odd numbers in your underwear drawer, the pain in your brain stem is political mediocrity, is food poisoning, is slipping on ice with no one around, wind knocked out of you. No sleep. No sleep. I swear to God, if that sun comes any closer, I’ll make sure it knows how much I used to love it.” - Leland Chazen “I became angry and clear, and what is more threatening than a woman who is angry and filled with clarity? and what is more threatening than a woman who is angry and filled with clarity? and what is more threatening than a woman who is angry and filled with clarity?” - Tara Hardy
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Dam Dam 03:02
My neck, my neck is feelin’ fine Since it’s been fine, it’s been some time I filled with poison on the line But now it’s gone through tears of brine He asked me, girl why do you cry? Your body’s fine, it’s in your mind But I kept looking, what’d I find? They ate the fruit, buried the rind Where does the stem reach for the sun When bent how is the drinking done A river flows, and trickles down But why did it not reach the sound? Dam! Dam! Building up I’m waiting with an empty cup For 2 long years I’ve felt the squeeze Now dam! Break it open bring it to my knees! My neck, my neck was doin' fine You forced it open so light would shine But shade was thrown where demons dined She was shielding me the whole damn time Dam! Dam! River flow! Tell me to stay, tell me to go Stayed in my head, so you’d believe But dam! Break it open, bring it to my knees! Dam dam! Hold it in! Tell me to sink, tell me to swim Tell me to fight, tell me to freeze Just dam, break it open, bring it to my knees Dam dam! Hold it in! Tell me to sink, tell me to swim Tell me to fight, tell me to go Just dam, break it open, bring it to my toes Dam dam
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Creer Mujer vienes a mí esperando respuesta Llorando por ayuda Algo como de cáncer Pero miro en ti Busco invasores Al lo mejor tu corazón Es el verdadero traidor Usted dice que se siente tocadoa Afectada de todo Pero lo que veo un rasguño en su hombro Juras que te cruzó límites ya rotos Pare que siguer jugando a si Basado en las acciones De lo que puedo ver Estas exagerando El mundo me parece bien El fue un buen hombre De una buena familia Que él haría cosas malas Es tan difícil de creer Creer Creer. Mire por la esquina No viene nadie Ya abre la boca Y toma para entumer te Escucha el silencio No hay nadie gritando Si tus oídos te duelen Chica, debes estar soñando estas soñando dijo "Todo lo que se mira No es tan terrible Deberías estar agradecida Por todo lo que tienes Eres una buena Mujer Con una buena familia Estas exagerando Y es difícil de creer Creer Creer Nunca te rindes resulta que así es Derotaste a un hombre En su torno Con tu pasión Por verdad y la redención ¿Cómo podemos Como podemos devolverte? Solo vigila a los reyes Para que no te engañen Creer, creer, creer, Cre en mi. "Believe Her" (English version) translation Woman you come to me Hoping for answers Crying for help From something that’s like cancer But I look inside you I search for invaders Probably your own heart Is the real traitor You say that you feel touched Affected all over But all that i see Is a scratch on your shoulder You swear that he crossed you Your boundaries are broken Why not say no then To games of red rover Based on the actions From what I can see You're overreacting The world's looking perfect to me He was a good man From a good family That he would do bad things Is so hard to believe Believe Look round the corner There's nobody coming Now open your mouth wide And take this for numbing Listen to silence There's nobody screaming If your ears are pounding Girl you must be dreaming He said “All that I'm seeing Is just not that bad You should be thankful For all that you have You are a good girl With a good family You're overreacting And you're hard to believe Believe When I don't see You never give up Well turns out it happened You took down a man on his throne With your passion For truth and redemption How can we repay you? Just keep an eye on kings So they don’t play you And believe believe believe believe me
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Woman you come to me Hoping for answers Crying for help From something that’s like cancer But I look inside you I search for invaders Probably your own heart Is the real traitor He was a good man From a good family That he would do bad things Is so hard to believe Believe You never give up Well turns out it happened You took down a man on his throne With your passion For truth and redemption How can we repay you? Just keep an eye on kings So they don’t play you And believe believe believe believe me
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“I came together with patients from around the world and we started to fight…we have filled the void with something wonderful.” Jen Brea, TED Talk “The most powerful weapon is not a tank. It’s not a military weapon at all. It’s human one. It’s the capacity and the willingness of human beings to disobey, and to defy, and to refuse to cooperate with injustice and oppression.” - Jamila Raqib, TED Talk
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Disobey 05:02
We should have expected this to happen somehow I guess the question is: what do we do now? Well what have the lovers who held up the struggle so long before us done? What have the others, our sisters and brothers, done to make sure love won? They had a mission, they had a vision, they kept their eyes on the prize If that is lost and the means become ends then the people’s permission dies. If they could speak now, whisper in our ear, as we face today I can’t imagine but if I imagined, I still believe they’d say: Go forth in love Show em what you got Offer a new way Go shake things up Make it look fun If he orders hate, disobey Remember a chair is only as sturdy as one of four legs that hold And an office and cabinet only so strong until all the walls they fold You’ve got the power, don’t play by their games, use your own better rules They may have money, tanks and tall towers but we’ve still got stronger tools Go, now’s the time Convict the crime Expose greed in the light of day Go shake things up We’ve had enough When he orders shoot, disobey When he orders hate, disobey Love is the only way Love Love is the only way
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Looked for your face In a pale hospital ward All I saw was grace Posted on an announcement board I saw the string Pinned from one cork to another I heard phones ring But I missed calls from my mother The focus group Cried what are we doing here? We’re in a feedback loop And I can’t seem to break this mirror But what if something Was beating from the other side? Rooting for loving To surface from the place it hides? I don’t think that we are alone (as much as we think, no) I don’t think that there’s no hope If I know one thing It’s that we don’t know much at all You post your labels And over time I watch them fall I look for faces But maybe I should look for lines Beyond horizons One-sided glass’s other side I don’t think that we are alone (as much as we think, no) I don’t think that there’s no hope (as much as we think, no) I don’t think that we are alone (as much as we think, no) I don’t think that there’s no hope But I don’t know I don’t know
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New Year 04:13
Promise me you’ll hold on Promise me you’ll try Cause it’s too crushing sitting here Stuck on the sidelines While i cannot do many things At least I’ll say i tried To shout through fences, over walls While my hands are tied, warning: They will come at you with all they’ve got Expect the worst you’ve ever seen But we can change things more than we thought And i still dare to dream of a new year What’s to come? In a new year What will we have done? In a new year What will we say? It’s time for a change Well i’m here To cheer you on In the new year Til fear is gone In the new year So please stay in game stay stay in the game I know it’s easier to turn away Wouldn’t blame you if you do But on the other side of games you play I’ve got a feeling you Will stay In the new year What’s to come? In a new year What will we have done? In a new year What will we say? It’s time for a change Well i’m here To cheer you on In the new year Til fear is gone In the new year So please stay in game stay Promise me you’ll hold on Promise me you’ll try
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Moored 03:46
That didn’t feel good, no not good at all Pushing you out the door when I hit the wall But while I’m taking and I just wanna live I don’t know what to do, what do I have to give? You are a treasure, the shiniest I’ve held I guess my fingers couldn’t help but swell They tremble while I have visions of your fall I guess that’s why I kneel, making myself small Stationary Do not write me ‘cause Being with you is like living on an island, And being given my boat to ride Unable to row, oh the places you could go But you stay moored by my side Being with you is like being given a magic carpet While being chained to the ground And having to watch while instead of taking off You choose to wrap around me Me Even though you tell me Here you’re happy Being with you is like living on an island, And being given my boat to ride Unable to row, oh the places you could go But you stay moored by my side Being with you is like being lost for two But rescued by your sound Sometimes I hide, but I hope you know inside I am so glad that you found me
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No is not enough to make a change What are we saying yes to? Do we want more of the same? Or do we want a better truth They’re building castles in the sand On the backs of people in the sun Before the sea swallows the land We’ll build a shelter strong for everyone No is not enough A wall won’t open pathways To get the world we want Let’s carve a road to better days With what we do want What we do need There’s a better way just waiting If they could only see what we do want, what we do, what we do Stop is not the only sound A red light can’t change everything If we want to turn around We have to find the green light blinking No is not enough Throwing stones won’t block a landslide To get the world we want Let’s say yes to greener sides Porochista Khakpour: “I wanna live in a world where we can just have the basic things we deserve like clean air, clean water, safe spaces.” Jessica Slice: “I want to live in a world where my son can feel safe.” Afrose Fatima Ahmed: “I wanna live in a world where the earth is revered.” Porochista Khakpour: “I wanna live in a world where we can live in harmony with our neighbors and acknowledge those who the land belongs to, who were here way before us.” Bekah Fly: “I want the world to be a welcoming place for you. I want the world to be a welcoming place for me. I want us to be happy.” Now No is not enough Let’s build the world we want.
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Old man in a rocking chair You wake up, you've been living alone After all these years Surrounded by these shards of mirrors And how'd it get so quiet here? You wonder, "Where did everyone go?" You tried so hard to make people remember you for something you were not And if they so remember you then something else will certainly get forgotten Life is for the living I've heard tell that it is why we are young In the morning sun You take every year as it comes But when your life is over All those years fold up like an accordion They collapse just like a broken lung Now I've only got one organ left and this old bag of bones It is failing me I try to tell people that I'm dying only they don't believe me They say, "We're all dying," that we're all dying But if you are dying, why aren't you scared? Why aren't you scared like i'm scared? I read somewhere that when you face eternity, you'll face it alone Not matter what you thought or what you had or you had not Unless you put yourself in God But tell me, God, oh where did you go? Every bitter night into an empty room, I plead my case Every night I pray that in the morning when I wake I'll be in a familiar place and I'll find that I'm recovered and I'm sane And I'll remember everything I'll remember what I was like before that bug bit me And when I have my childhood back I'll tear every page out of my book And place them in an urn And strike a match and watch them burn Then I'll hold the front cover Against the back cover and look You'll see Eternity will smile on me (Believe me)
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“Sensitive People: the skin in its ephemeral softness the incandescence that allows the candle flame through is a wild power. This body can bottle beauty and pour the elixir of love into the throats of the thirsty. Sensitivity is a sweetness, a drop of liquid gold on the tongue.” Afrose Fatima Ahmed “We must never be ashamed. Despite subtle messages to the contrary, we deserve the best.” Jessica Slice “Inocente: Mi madre mia ella es buena, mujer hermosa y guerrera Inocente come la luz de la manacer Fosforose como el sol, quemadita junta la flor Destruyendo su ser para crecer de nuevo como llegua un campo con el sonido de un wapango comparte de se su vida, mientras los de mas se burlan de ella Mi madre mia ella es buena, mujer hermosa y guerrera Inocente come la luz de la manacer “ - Luz Elena Mendoza
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Ah In the morning A light will be shining Finally with timing They’ll have time for you No more wastin Your heart will glisten Finally they’ll listen To your point of view We’ll grab their attention The things that they forgot to mention The things we already know Look girl now, you made em Reconnect with things they were estranged from The sun and earth - we told them so In the morning With patience we’ll be free now This is a patient’s dream now They’re coming through It may be years Before our cries reach the right ears But when they do, I will cry for you The day we Get recognition And don’t need any man’s permission We’ll know just what to do Can you feel it? No more drownin I’m shouting high above the mountains I feel it, I’m healin too Ah In the morning A light will be shining Finally with timing They’ll have time for you It may be years Before our cries reach the right ears But when they do, I will cry for you The day we Get recognition And don’t need any man’s permission We’ll know just what to do Can you feel it? No more drownin I’m shouting high above the mountains I feel it, I’m healing too Ah.

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released February 5, 2020

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KPH & The Canary Collective Seattle, Washington

KPH (Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm) is a singer who writes songs in hopes of helping heal the harms of the humans on this planet with harmony.

Fund my medical treatment monthly: patreon.com/kph

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