Robby Romero & Red Thunder, "Americas Last Frontier", CD cover art, Eagle Thunder Entertainment

AMERICA’S LAST FRONTIER

By: Robby Romero & Red Thunder

Release Date: 05 June 2002

Format: CD/LP

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TRACKLISTING

1. Thunderstorm (Intro)
2. Hero On Your Shelf
3. Sacred Ground
4. My Mistake
5. El Sonido
6. What Exxon Means
7. Round and Round
8. Heartbeat Gwich'in
9. Ya Na Neh Ho
10. Hidden Medicine
11. Agenda 21

“Red Thunder jams Native Rock that voices a positive message by incorporating culture traditions and spiritual beliefs in their music.”

- Indian Country Today

“We had amazing feedback from our viewers and they enjoyed the educational ride, the critical message so eloquently brought across with the beauty of Alaska and music that could become a hit in South Africa.”

- SABC Africa

“If any Native American band has the potential to cross over to the mainstream, this is the one.”

– Cash Box 

“The scream of recognition came as Robby Romero began the chorus of “Heartbeat”, a song made famous by a television show called “Heartbeat Alaska.”

– Fairbanks Daily News

“Robby has actively supported protecting the Arctic Refuge for many years and has now begun to add the message of how climate change is also putting the people of the Arctic in jeopardy. He has used his musical showcase to draw attention to the Gwich’in and his circle of influence includes Native, international leaders, people in the music and movie industry. He has often eloquently quashed the rhetoric of the pro development Alaska Native corporations.”

- Gwich’in Steering Committee

This CD release is the soundtrack to the rockumentary film entitled America’s Last Frontier, a film in support of legislation pending in Congress to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from oil and gas drilling.

The album features the singing styles of Dakota René and Malani O’Toole, and the spoken word of Sarah James, Evon Peter, Thomas Harsco, Senator Joe I. Lieberman, Faith Gamnill, Senator Paul David Wellstone, Rion Schmidt, Clarence Frank, Michelle Van Dyke, Ernest Erick, and Times Magazines’ “Hero For The Planet” Dune Lankard.

CREDITS

Artist: Robby Romero & Red Thunder
Assistant to the artist: Aisa, Sasha Stone
Produced by: Robby Romero & Steve Addabbo
Recorded live: THUNDERSTORM TOUR Alaska & Washington, DC
Recorded and mixed by: Steve Addabbo at Shelter Island Sound, New York City, NY; Tone Palace, Taos, NM by Omar Rane; Loud & Clear, Los Angeles, CA by Paul Both; Blue Sound, Hollywood, CA by Mark Mamolen
Mastered by: Bill Dooley at the Village Recorder, Westwood, CA

Red Thunder Lineup
Robby Romero – vocals, guitars, piano, harmonica, bass, trap set, traditional drums & percussions
Dakota René – vocals
Jeneda Benally – bass, backing vocals
Paul Martinez – bass, backing vocals
Klee Benally – guitar, backing vocals
Clayson Benally – traditional drums, backing vocals
Kangi Knight (Crow) – traditional drums, backing vocals
Benito Concha – traditional drums, backing vocals
Eduardo Reyes – traditional flutes
Robert Tree Cody – traditional flutes, backing vocals
Mazatl Galindo – traditional flutes, backing vocals

Additional Musicians
Paul Winter – sax
Michael Visceglia – bass
Steve Addabbo – guitars
Omar Rane – guitars
Danny McDermott – trap set
Katie Palmier – backing vocals
Lisa Fischer – backing vocals
Howard Bad Hand – backing vocals
Huntia Hoshlia – backing vocals
Gwich’in Children Choir – backing vocals

Special Appearance
Dune Lankard, Sarah James, Chief Evon Peter, Thomas Harsco, Senator Joe I. Lieberman, Faith Gamnill, Senator Paul David Wellstone, Rion Schmidt, Malani O’Toole, Clarence Frank, Michelle Van Dyke and Ernest Erick

Design
Graphics by: Digerati Design, Taos, NM
Cover photo: L. Lauretle
Thunderstorm Tour photos: c/o Native Children’s Survival, Eyak Preservation Council, Gwich’in Steering Committee and Sava Foundation

Copyright © 2003 Eagle Thunder Records

WHO'S GOING TO SAVE YOU

Lyrics by Robby Romero
Music by Robby Romero and Steve Addabbo

we touched down in the city of decadent poverty
the exiled monk traveled alone
spirits like the future waiting patiently
while they searched for the sacred blue stone
lost in the passion of midnight revolution
through the darkened post war door

gia (our mother) knelt down in the shadow of mortal bondage
not asking for much asking for more

who's gonna save you
who'll take the risk
who's gonna save you
from all this

the faithkeeper gathered his people
escaping the greed and lust
where clergy men were making deals
in who's name you trust

nobody heard the hopi's prayer
stone prophecies turned to dust

who's gonna save you
who'll take the risk
who's gonna save you
from all this

tattooed politicians challenged
parliamentarians intention to keep
believers shackled to a memory
while the others they just put to sleep

i could here her singing
blocking soldiers in the street
she feeds them spices of chernobyl
her river of army's
they'll never defeat

now feel the violent breath
smell the burnt poisoned skin
here the volcanic deadly scream
taste the silence from within

who's gonna save you
who'll take the risk
who's gonna save you
from all this

hey

who's gonna save you
who'll take the risk
who's gonna save you
from all this

PUT A HERO ON YOUR SHELF

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

it's definitely obvious
we're living on a stage
broadcasted blasted
on every front page
this constant courtroom carnival's become a cage
and the will of the people taken by rage

if it gets too heavy
put a hero on your shelf
throw a penny in the well
they say it's all meant to be
can't you tell

terrorism, kidnapping, hostages are in
take a deep breath it's hard to win
like a holy war twisted out of time
i can't tell no more is this a game or a crime

if it gets too heavy
put a hero on your shelf
throw a penny in the well
they say it's all meant to be
can't you tell

bad-jacket that movement
take AIM
relocate the people
change their name
is there a bomb
on this plane
self appointed leaders looking for someone to blame

if it gets too heavy
put a hero on your shelf
throw a penny in the well
they say it's all meant to be
can't you tell

children under the son
do you believe in freedom
in this land of conspiracy
do you think it's really all meant to be
are you free

"SACRED GROUND"

Music by Robby Romero

Lyrics by Robby Romero and Suzan Harjo

Spoken Word Senator Joe Liebermen, Faith Gamnil and Senator Paul David Wellstone

messages from holy places
where summer winds whisper
and snow thunders worn
this is sacred ground

the biggest bunch of hokum that anybody has tried to sell
here on capital hill is that drilling for oil in the arctic refuge
will have anything to do with solving the middle east crises
let alone have anything to do with breaking our energy dependence
it will not do it

intrusion of the sacred place where life begins
would destroy the livelihood of my people
and the birth right of our future generations

there is another path for our country
it is clean technology
it is small business
it is saved energy
it is renewable policy
and we'll win this fight

MY MISTAKE

Music and Lyrics by Pamela Sawyer and Gloria Jones
Performed by Dakota Romero

i had you in the palm of my hand
i let you slip through like grains of sand
at the beginning when i didn't care
like my own reflection you were always there

my mistake was to love you boy love you boy
my mistake was to give all my love to you boy

many smiles you put on my face
i pay dearly with the tears i taste
my tenderness made you cold not sweet
cause if a girl loves you you only call her week

my mistake was to love you love you love you boy
my mistake was to love you love you love you boy

in front of my friends
you broke me down
since than darling
it's hard to track you down

my mistake was to love you boy love you boy
my mistake was to give all my love to you boy
my mistake was to love you love you love you boy
my mistake

at first i had you
here in my hand
but i let you slip through
like grains of sand
at the beginning
no i didn't care
now your reflection
isn't there

THE SOUND

Music by Robby Romero

Spoken Word Dune Lankard

ever since the nations worst oil spill
the people believe that the oil is gone

they look at the pristine prince william sound
and they think that the place is cleaned up
and there's no more oil

here we are and crude oil still remains
in the sub-service of the oil spill zone
they tested over 1500 sites along the 1600 miles of cost line
and found that over 50 percent of the beaches
were still contaminated with crude oil
and that's not going to change anytime soon

so now the twenty eight species
that were the most heavily impacted
from the exxon valdez oil spill
only two are on the recovered list
and that's the bald eagles and the river otters

it's my fear that the gwich'in nation
will lose what they have right now
and that's an intact subsistence life style
that's how I felt about prince william sound
and now we're living proof of what can go wrong

so if there is any oil spills on the tundra up in the arctic refuge
there is absolutely no way the oil industry can clean it up
not now not ever

WHAT EXXON MEANS

Written & Performed By Malani O'Toole

years have past and now it seams
we realize what exxon means
sounds of the sound sound no more
and her heart it aches for the life before

and she says...

she looked across the blacken sound
broken hearted at what she found

ROUND AND ROUND

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

hey you where are you coming from
do you know where your going
where the truth is rarely scene
you can feel it blowing
up ahead in the distance
all the time knowing
there's no future in turning back
the cards you hold are showing

round and round and round we go
through the day into the night
black red yellow white
round and round and round we go
until we get it right

hey you who you working for
do you know what you buying
are you in the business of living
are you busy dying
with your leaders making promises
you know they're lying
yea you the people take back your government
can't you here your nations crying

round and round and round we go
through the day into the night
black red yellow white
round and round and round we go
until we get it right

round and round and round we go
through the day into the night
black red yellow white
round and round and round we go
through the day into the night
round and round and round we go
until we get it right get it

HEARTBEAT GWICH'IN

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

Spoken Word Clarence Frank, Michelle Van Dyke and Chief Evon Peter

as the purple sunset fades
are we really here alone

and all that's real seems so far away
sacrificing tomorrow for yesterday

there's a heartbeat louder than thunder
revolution is in the air
there's a heartbeat deep inside our mother
are you to cool to care

i really don't want the drilling to go on in the arctic refuge because it'll change the migration route of the porcupine caribou heard

and i believe it that its a bad decision to make

the gwich'in are mostly caribou people we call ourselves
we won't be caribou people without the caribou

and it makes me mad because that's all they have been doing is coming in and taking our land

there's going to be no subsistence anywhere one day
no animals, no freedom, no nothing

were entering a time where we need to really shift the pyridine of how we think about our relationship with each other
and with the land and with the animals

roll back the darkness

we need to be humbled as people around the world
and except that we are not really
the dominating controllers of the universe

we've been blind for far to long

this is something that is so necessary for us and fundamental
in these times of change as we are becoming
a global society around the world

and the spirit they could never really see
you can't take away from me
there's a heartbeat
there's a heartbeat

YA NA NEH HO

Lyrics by Robby Romero
Music by Robby Romero & Jessie Ed Davis

there's thunder in the distance
lightning dances in the sky
there's a spirit i follow
through the rainbow in your eye

the smell of sweetgrass draws me to
a place in time with you

ya na neh ho
weh ya ya weh
ya na neh ho
ya weh ya ho

if every beat of your heart pulled me closer
would nothing ever drag me away
all the pain and disappointment
all the dues we have to pay

sage smoke whispers true
i only want to be with you

ya na neh ho
weh ya ya weh
ya na neh ho
ya weh ya ho

i pushed this body across the desert
i have been lost under the moon
i found my way to the sacred mountain
i found my way back to you

yes i have traveled far
only to be where you are

ho ya na neh ho
weh ya ya weh
ho ya na neh ho
weh ya ya weh
ho ya na neh ho
weh ya ya weh
ho ya na neh ho
ya wah ya ho

HIDDEN MEDICINE

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

i've been dancing all night long
the drum beats a piercing song
up on a mountain visions of life
together we are strong

follow me up to taos peak
walk softly on the earth
like a breath of hope resting on your lips
in a sacred moment of birth

i feel hidden medicine
waiting there for you
and there's some hidden medicine
to ourselves we must be true

in the home of the mountain spirit dancers
healing water runs
smoke form our fire wraps around your body
in harmony we are one

running through the bad lands
hiding in the black hills
bear back on the plain under crying rain
are we real surreal

i feel hidden medicine
yea waiting there for you
and there's some hidden medicine
tell me what you want to do

white buffalo woman
left a blanket of snow at my feet
in the different moons of changing seasons
a time we all will meet

i feel hidden medicine
waiting there for you
yea there's some hidden medicine
to ourselves we must be true

i feel hidden medicine
yea waiting there for you
and there's some hidden medicine
to ourselves we must be true

AGENDA 21

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

Spoken Word Ernest Erick

some times i'm scared i don't know how
to let you in and i want to now
in a world of hunger and greed your love is all i need

help me
change this path of sorrow

save us from tomorrow
from tomorrow
tomorrow

this is the back bone of the gwich'in athabaskan people
the last frontier

save us from tomorrow
from tomorrow
tomorrow
save us from tomorrow

Copyright © 2003 Eagle Thunder Music / ASCAP