Reef Walker

by Rosa Bordallo

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1.
To Mariana 03:31
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Dust Bowl 04:16
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
5.
"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
6.
M.O.S.S. 04:42 video
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?
7.
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
8.
Citadel 05:10 video
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?
9.
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!
10.

credits

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.

contact: manettmusic@gmail.com
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