Teresita- Song & Lyrics inspired by “The Hummingbird’s Daughter”

I wanted to post the lyrics and song Teresita- written based on the emotional last scene/chapter of Hummingbird’s Daughter. What a wonderful writer, storyteller, person Louis is/was at his book reading here in SF/Berkeley last week.

For my recording of the song Teresita in Texas last year, Grammy greats Flaco Jimenez played accordion and Bobby Flores played violin and steel- both awesome warm folks to be around.

Before I dive completely into author Luis Alberto Urrea‘s sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter (Queen of America), I wanted to post the lyrics and song Teresita that I wrote based on the emotional last scene/chapter of Hummingbird’s Daughter. What a wonderful writer, storyteller, person Mr. Urrea is/was at his book reading here in SF/Berkeley last week.

For my recording of the song Teresita in Texas last year, Grammy greats Flaco Jimenez played accordion, and Bobby Flores played violin and steel guitar; both awesome warm folks to be around.

The scene of the book that inspired this song, is the train ride where Teresita  is leaving Mexico with her father.  Suspenseful and vivid, all the people whose lives Teresita has affected–with her healing heart and hands as a young Bruja– actually line the railroad track, for hundreds of miles.  They seem sentinels to her safe passage.  Though revolution is brewing, one gets the sense that if anything happens to her; beyond revolt– complete war will break out.  This made me think of all the power, that we as a people can have with our governments, with events. Power in numbers.  And of course, I couldn’t help but to reflect on all that was going on 2 years ago with the Iraq war.  Thus the lyric line in the chorus:

They whisper… Start a revolution, to end a war.”

Teresita                       2010 Tortilla Western Serenade.  Physalia Records

Teresita the earth is ready to serve you.
Lay your ear closer to the ground.
Teresita the rivers rise beneath you
‘ Going to give you all the strength you need.

They Whisper…Start a Revolution,
To end a war!

Teresita the winds have a vision to show you.
Close your eyes to feel what they will say.
Teresita though your dreams are sharp & restless-
The world awaits a saint and a heroine.

They Whisper… Start a Revolution,
To end a war.

Teresita the earth is ready to hold you.
Plant your feet firmly on frontier.
Teresita the priests fear your hands of healing,
Little Bruha with a hundred dreams that see

They whisper… Start a Revolution,
To end a war.

Teresita the fates have a hand to play you.
Read the sky to know which way to go.
Teresita though your skin is cut & bleeding
and the train is taking you so…Far from Home.

They Whisper, Start a Revolution
Start a revolution!
Start a revolution…
To end a war!

copyright 2010. Tara Linda

The song Teresita: (or you can also just click on the sidebar of this blog- of the album Tortilla Western Serenade, & scroll to the song Teresita).

Author: tara linda

Musician, performer, poet, jewelry maker

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