Robby Romero & Red Thunder, "Hidden Medicine" CD cover art, Eagle Thunder Entertainment

HIDDEN MEDICINE

By: Robby Romero

Release Date: 9 September 1999

Format: CD/LP Eco pack

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TRACKLISTING

1. Feel the Wind Blow
2. Sacred Circle
3. Agenda 21
4. Lakota Winyan
5. Purple Flower
6. Dream Catcher
7. Touch Your Beauty
8. Lonesome River
9. Roots of Peace

“Robby lays down penetrating songs, drawn from the imagery of his people, for celebrations and cautionary tomes.”

- Navajo Times

“Robby has a great passion about his performance, and the lyrics are all geared towards the subject matter of the film. “Sacred Circle” is about the cyclical relationship between nature and man. “Dream Catcher” is about hope for the future, and “Lonesome River is a great ballad…”

- Soundtrack Net

“Red Thunder blazes a trail into American Indian rock territory weaving Native American and modern sounds into a supremely colorful musical blanket.”

– Chicago Tribune

This CD release is the soundtrack to the rockumentary film entitled Hidden Medicine, a film in support of legislation pending in Congress to protect America’s remaining forests. The album features Grammy Winners, Lisa Fischer, Paul Winter, and Steve Addabbo, and the spoken word of Chief Oren Lyons. The CD design features the work of Taos Pueblo artist, Anthony Concha.

CREDITS

Artist: Robby Romero & Red Thunder
Assistants to the artist: Ka-Mook, Melanie Wicker
Produced by: Steve Addabbo
Directed by: Robby Romero
Recorded and mixed by: Steve Addabbo at Shelter Island Sound, New York City, NY
Assistant Engineers: Noah Simon & Matt Kane
Mastering by: Emily Lazar at The Lodge, New York City, NY

Red Thunder Lineup
Robby Romero – vocals, guitars, piano, harmonica & traditional percussions
Jeneda Benally – bass, backing vocals
Klee Benally – guitar, backing vocals
Clayson Benally – traditional drums, rattles, backing vocals
Robert Tree Cody – traditional flute, traditional vocals

Additional Musicians
Steve Addabbo – guitar, backing vocals
Michael Visceglia – bass
Denny McDermott – trap set
Brendan Healey – organ, string arrangements
Paul Winter – saxophone
Danny Wilensky – saxophone
Lisa Fischer – backing vocals
Berta Benally – backing vocals
Jones Benally – backing vocals

Design
Art direction: Ron of Buffalo Chips
EP design: Ron Rinaldi
Front photo: JoAnne Savio
Back photo: Joe De Salvo
Native Art: Anthony Concha

Copyright © 1999 Eagle Thunder Records

FEEL THE WIND BLOW

Instrumental

SACRED CIRCLE

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

roots of peace nations united
we're walking the red road across this earth
healing winds blowing through boundaries
cleansing skies an endless rebirth

a thread of hope spins around me
into this precious web of life i live
i've felt the wounds deep inside her
it's hard to forget what i've learned to forgive

and so i am
dancing with the sun
with all my relations
on this sacred run

i've scaled the walls of deception
torn through the lies entangling me
escaped the prison of my own mind
now and forever my spirit is free

and so i am
dancing with the sun
with all my relations
on this sacred run

on rays of light we're on a journey
darker forces can't stop us now
riding clouds through velvet skies
thunder people you and i

and so we are
dancing with the sun
breaking down these walls
on this sacred run

break them down break down these walls of deception

break them down break them down break them down
break down these walls of oppression

separating me from you under the stars under the moon

AGENDA 21

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

who are these men illusions of power
playing with the fate of the world in this eleventh hour
past the point of no return what warms us now soon will burn
don't cry

sometimes i am 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
love save us from tomorrow
tomorrow love save us from tomorrow

this war on earth won't last much longer
the gift of life threaten now will only make us stronger
heal your body cleanse your mind gather some medicine it's almost time
don't cry

are you lonely baby i am too
yesterday is so far away our future belongs with the child in you
right here and now is all we know share this with me before i go
help me change this path of sorrow

save us from tomorrow
love save us from tomorrow
tomorrow love save us from tomorrow

help me change this path of sorrow
save us from tomorrow
love save us from tomorrow
tomorrow love save us from tomorrow

LAKOTA WINYAN

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero and Curtis Milk

hey lakota winyan where did you go
you left me here on this lonesome road
come back to me winyan come back to me soon
don't leave me here in my empty room

he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo
he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo he wa ya ha

hey lakota winyan feel the wind blow
through my broken heart in night black as coal
escape me now through loves torn seam
there's a vision i follow your part of that dream

he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo
he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo
he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo hey wa ya ha

hey lakota woman where are you now
in the storm that night you disappeared somehow
come back to me winyan come back to me soon
no don't leave me here in my empty room

he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
way lo wa lo
he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
way lo wa lo
he wa ya ha he wa ya ha
wa lo wa lo he wa ya ha

PURPLE FLOWER

Instrumental

DREAM CATCHER

Music by Robby Romero
Lyrics by Robby Romero, Jim Warrow and Bluebird

in a dream i saw the spirits dancing around you
wrapped in white light flashing thunderbeams
in a dream you were shining through virgin forests
on rays of beauty flowing down in streams

your voice like an angel your heart like a drum
in separation all is one

i hear them calling your name
now we'll never be the same
dream catcher send me a dream

in a dream i saw the old ones coming to protect you
painting the desert with the sunset serene
in a dream you were my light in darkness
to the great white pine what does it mean

your breath like a prayer, your eyes like a song
with the cry of an eagle your flying along

now i hear them calling your name
now we'll never be the same
dream catcher send me a dream

in a journey from your past through my future
her child came to me through a dream catcher

dream catcher dream catcher dream catcher send me a dream

TOUCH YOUR BEAUTY

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

with the stars that map our journey
sister moon she lights our way
i see a purple flower
a prayer in the night of day

across the canyon in the echo of your drum
i will follow in to the sun
when all the dances have begun
take my body you're the only one
you're the only one

touch your beauty touch your beauty

from the center of creation
to the last stronghold
i see the coming faces dying
with mysteries untold

across the canyon in the echo of your drum
i am going to follow in to the sun
when all the dances have begun
take my body you're the only one
you're the only one

touch your beauty touch your beauty touch your beauty

across the canyon in the echo of your drum
we shall be dancing in the heat of the sun
when piercing songs have begun
you can take my body you're the only one
you're the only one

touch your beauty touch your beauty touch your beauty

LONESOME RIVER

Music and Lyrics by Robby Romero

in the twists and turns
of strangled love
we begin to drown
with the mist that burns
through the stars above
and the weight that holds us down

lonesome river took my baby away
left me washed up on the shore
lonesome river took my baby away
i can't hold her no more

in the dark and deep
mystery of it all
she shines like a pearl
on smooth jagged rocks
of what comes around
goes my precious little girl

lonesome river took my baby away
left me washed up on the shore
lonesome river took my baby away
i can't hold her no more

lonesome river took my baby away
left me washed up on the shore
lonesome river took my baby away
i can't hold her no more

lonesome river left me washed up
lonesome river
took my baby away
and i can't hold her
no more

ROOTS OF PEACE

Instrumental

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