Reef Walker

by Rosa Bordallo

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released October 18, 2019

All songs written and sung by Rosa Bordallo, who also played guitar on tracks 1-4, 6, and 9.

Recorded and produced by Duane Lauginiger, who also played bass, autoharp, harmonium, slide guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, toy piano, organ, synths, and tambourine.

Donn Denniston: electric guitar for tracks 5 and 8.
Felipe Flores: drums for tracks 7 and 8
Michael Wong: drums for tracks 2, 5 and 6.
Lily Bozeman: bass for track 5.

Jeremy Cepeda provided CHamoru Fino’håya translation for track 10.

Mastering by Josh Bonati.

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Rosa Bordallo New York, New York

Rosa Bordallo f/k/a Manett is a singer-songwriter and musician based in Brooklyn. She is a CHamoru from the island of Guam in the Marianas, an archipelago in Micronesia. She came to New York at the age of 19. She was a member of the band cholo.

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Track Name: To Mariana
To Mariana
From your orphan
Woulda shown my love had I known what it meant
But I walked away into an aeroplane
Flew across the sea into another day
When they ask where ya from, what you do, who’s your dad
ooh, nowhere
When they ask where ya from, what you do, who’s your mum
ooh, no one

You couldn’t remember me
Or recall my face
I kissed your hand and you took it away
Don’t ask for me, don’t know my name
Had I never left would you have known I was ever yours?
When they ask where ya from, what you do, who’s your dad
ooh, nowhere
When they ask where ya from, what you do, who’s your mum
ooh, no one

What you wanna be when you grow up?
I wanna be a mangy little pup!
What you wanna be when you grow up?
I wanna be an amazing fuck
What you wanna be when you grow up?
I wanna be vinegar and piss
What you wanna be when you grow up?
I wanna be someone that you’d miss
Track Name: Sleight of Hand
You were a sight for my sore eyes
Cause you’re the loving type
You wear your failures tight
Like a dress
A yearning mess
A yearning mess
A yearning mess

So take the stockings from my thighs
And let’s get high as kites
We’ll be like woodland sprites
And we’ll make love in the park
In the dark, I’ll kick start
Your broken heart
Your broken heart
Your broken heart

You said you’ll do anything
That you’re the man of my dreams
You’re just a lurid headfuck
You disappear from my arms
like a sleight
a sleight of hand
A sleight of hand
A sleight of hand
Track Name: Lost on the Coast
You’ve been so good to me
Given me everything
From the first stitch
To the last ditch effort
I wait so patiently
For things to go my way
I long to see the day
When you are proud of me
One two buckle my shoe
Three and four I’m out the door

And as I pack my bags
I leave what I won’t need
Just what’s in front of me
And what you’ve given me
I hope that it will last
Long enough for this chance
Only one thing I ask
That you not say goodbye

But all these feelings… that come up
All these feelings… left inside

But all these feelings
That come up
On the open road
All these feelings
Left inside
Like drifting wood
Ooh… I am a sentimental fool
Ooh… I am a sentimental fool
Track Name: Dust Bowl
Took my brother to the field
Just before the sunset
Played a game of hide-and-seek
And spun ‘til we were dizzy

Soon we saw the clouds… turning!
Heard the awful sound… A warning!
A wall rising up from the ground

With nowhere to run to
I covered the boy
Held him tightly to me
Blocked out all the noise

We cried out in prayer, "Mother!"
Keep us safe please, My father!
Come and rescue us please

Oooh oh the pain of it
Oooh when I felt it hit
Oooh

Underneath, my family
Over me, a great relief
Inner peace... what is this
wondrous place?

Oooh Heard a joyous sound
Oooh All the stars abound
Oooh And the angels!

Now the storm has gone away
The boy climbs out the rubble
Runs home to my family
Tells them where I am buried
Track Name: I Am Pupa
"I'll take you far away from here"
said the man to the girl as he steered
Her away from humble beginnings
In a small and dusty old town
“Don’t look away, hold your gaze steady”
And she did and it vanished from the rear view
I had hoped my little story
Would calm her down

I was wasted
in the van
I was missing
My head in the sand
I was shanghai’d
I never saw land
I was hustled
at the captain’s command
I was shunted
Before my time
I was sinking
had such a heavy load
I was shanghai’d
In the blue sea
I was plundered
No pride or pedigree
I was lifted in the van
I was gifted
To a girl I’d never met

When the spider-ling eat their mum
Do they think “my, how far we have come”
When you are young life’s so bloody you could taste it
And this girl fought hard for what was left of hers
Until the space around her got tighter
And the light she had left got fainter
Her whole world had been like a diner
And her fate just one greasy menu

I’m a collector and a junk heap
A walking hovel of her debris
I am magnetic like a vortex
A walking dead man, a deep state snitch
I am pupa and a pontiff
I am a peasant burning witch
I am beetle in a rock band
I am a shut-in and oh so grand
A producer on a Hollywood set
I am a shogun, a thug, a shill
I am pupa and a pontiff
Celebrity wrangler, a working stiff
Track Name: M.O.S.S.
We are all light in in a mirror
The pain is but a window
A chink in the armor
The mirror of simple souls
just as the steel cannot fight
invisible forces
the blood in our hearts never dries
while others are rusting
oh keep what’s sacred a mystery
oh keep it secret, your miracles!
don't pay attention to idiots
Who reach but cannot be touched
Who preach but cannot be moved

If I was a man
Would you take my hand
If you were my wife
Would it be for all of life
If I were a mirror
Would you be the shine
If I were a signal
Would you be the satellite
oh you are a sacred mystery
you are my secret miracle
You bear the tiniest oxide
The bonds we have will not break
The bonds we have will not rust

You say the words you hear too often
Start to lose their meaning
But a look into my eyes are met with my discerning
Are you alarmed by what I see?
Does it scare you to be seen?
Track Name: Hoarders of New York
she is like a stone
beneath a river bed
oh she is so smooth
but oh she is so worn...
the apartment lights
they make a buzzing sound
don’t miss the seasons
being natural things

remember when nature
used to talk amongst itself
before we put our grievances
into boxes on the shelves

It’s a wheel of fortune
It’s a carousel
You thought it was a ball
You thought you were the belle

He was her old man
And he was her biggest fan
He liked her movies
He watched them on TV
He used to hold a job
when he had steady hands
He's on the mend now
If he could only find his meds

He found her some old puzzles
And a scarf to match her dress
As if say “Hey Darling, there's
a heart among this mess”

It’s a wheel of fortune
It’s a carousel
You thought it was a ball
You thought you were the belle
Track Name: Citadel
Animals in the sun
Animals lie in the sun
Do you feel that you were running
Do you feel that you arrived
Do you think that you were coming
for the chance to feel alive
Woah oh...
You had come here all this way
Still no welcome wagon
Thought you got yourself a steal
But you paid it with your baggage
The sun goes down on this old town on maggots
The things they say to claim that they
Hadn’t planned it
They had! They HAD planned it!

Animals in the sun
Animals lie in the sun
In the streets there is an army
In the towers, hired guns
And nothing flows so freely
from the peaks, as so much blood
Woah oh...
You had come here all this way
Still no welcome wagon
Thought you got yourself a steal
But you paid it with your baggage
The sun goes down on this old town on maggots
The things they say to claim that they
Hadn’t planned it
They had! They HAD planned it!

Animals in the sun
Animals lie in the sun

Did you feel that you were running
Did you feel that you arrived?
Track Name: Trust Territory
I found you
I warned you
I’m here to
Detain you
Fall on your sword, Get to your feet
And don’t you play the victim
The whistle blowing
The train was coming
and all your money
and all your cronies
Back to the dirt from which you came
Crawling on your belly

Summon the furies / Summon the furies
Summon the furies / I am the blade that you can’t seize
All who rest, rest in me / All who rest, they rest in me
All who wake, awaken me / All who wake awaken me!

And no fear
Nor favor
Will save you
From your fate here
All the conditions of defeat
To keep you in your place yeah
And everything you imagined
Your hateful pageant
Will cost you more than
What you had bargained
You threw the brick, we built a bridge
And now you are defenseless

Summon the furies / Summon the furies
Summon the furies / I am the blade that you can’t seize
All who rest, rest in me / All who rest, they rest in me
All who wake, awaken me / All who wake awaken me!

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