Tanya Tagaq appreciation

On November 25th 2016, I went to a live Tanya Tagaq concert at Trinity-St Paul’s church in downtown Toronto. It was absolutely astonishing. Such musical talent, vocal range, political voice, and rhetorical fire! She and her musical colleagues on stage were intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically transfixing and re-animating. Huge admiration. Tagaq is a musician to watch. Please support her work by buying her art! And if you get the chance to hear her live in concert, DO IT.

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Here is a sample of her immensely powerful lyrics. All credit is due directly to Tanya Tagaq, and all mistakes in transcription are entirely mine. Please contact me at http://ap.io/p.html if any corrections are needed. Thank you.

Retribution

our mother grows angry
retribution will be swift
we squander her soil
and suck out her sweet black blood
to burn it
we turn money into God
and salivate over opportunities
to crumple and crinkle our souls
for that paper
that gold
money has spent us
left us in small boxes
dark rooms
bright screens
empty tombs
left investing our time
in hollow philosophies
to placate the fear
of our bodies
returning back into our mother
demand awakening!
the path we have taken
has rotted
ignite!
stand upright!
conduct yourself like lightning
because
retribution will be swift

Cold

if you take a gram of water
and apply 1 calorie of heat to it
you will raise its temperature
by 1 degree celsius
but you need to apply 81 calories
to ice simply to change it to water
at zero degrees celsius
the latent heat of change
of state of ice to water
is as 81 times more available heat
than rising the temperature of water 1 degree
once all the ice is melted
the once covered ice area
will heat up 81 times faster
there will be no stopping it
a new steady state
of high heat tolerant life may
hopefully
rapidly evolve
but human civilization as we know it
will no longer exist
’cause gaia likes it cold
’cause gaia likes it cold
’cause gaia likes it cold
the loss of ice cover
will catapult our climate
into an uncharted apocalyptic era
of rapid heating
there will be no stopping it

 

 

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