Lay Down My Burden

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Lay Down My Burden
by Anna Fritz

I ask for a story of my people
from long ago, across the water.
Don’t know just where I come from,
aching for knowledge of the way.
Longing for belonging,
for the teachings of a people, of a land,
for an ancient way of knowing.

I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.
I step into the current and flow to the ocean.
I rise from the water on the breath of the ancestors.
I blow on the embers and reignite the fire.
Then I dance the dance of freedom and weep the tears of sacrifice.

And in my blood is conqueror, oppressor, rapist, and slaughterer
And in my blood is famine, displacement, orphaned, and wandering
And in my blood is grandmother, truth teller, plant knower, rain drinker
And in my blood is grandfather, earth tender, loving protector

I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.
I step into the current and flow to the ocean.
I rise from the water on the breath of the ancestors.
I blow on the embers and reignite the fire.
I dance the dance of freedom and weep the tears of sacrifice.
Then I lay down my burden on the bank of the river.


OUTRO

PART ONE:
The ancestors are watching me, they give me wings to fly. X8

PART TWO:
I fly. X4

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from On A High Hill, released October 14, 2016

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Anna Fritz Portland, Oregon

Anna Fritz is a cellist and folksinger based in Portland, Oregon. She has released two solo albums: Wake (2005) and The Gospel of Tree Bark (2013), which explores themes of spirituality, gender identity, and connection to the natural world. Her work combines rich layers of cello with lyrics sung in a clear, simple vocal style. ... more

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