Drum Beat Heart Beat

by Alex FireThunder

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"Drum Beat Heart Beat" is an album of round dance songs sung in English and composed by Alex FireThunder.

Hóyeya is a platform focused primarily on Lakota language materials, however this album serves as a fundraiser for future language projects (books, games, posters, music).

Alex FireThunder's release of "Makȟóčhe Kiŋ Theȟíla - Love For The Land" consists of 17 tracks composed exclusively in Lakota, and is expected by March 2019, so please check back often!

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released January 25, 2019

All songs are composed and performed by Alex FireThunder.
Recorded, mixed and mastered in November 2018 - January 2019 @ Hóyeya Mobile Studio.
Album artwork by Duane Red Bear.

"Philámayaya peló" to all my relatives far and wide for any and all support of my music, language projects, and encouragement to keep our Lakota language and culture alive.

This album cost me $0 to produce, and so 100% of the sales/donations will fund language projects by Hóyeya.

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Track Name: She's Got Me
Oh girl, you've got me. Oh girl, you've got me wrapped around your finger. I don't know what to do. I can't stop thinking of you.
Track Name: Pure Miz
She Cooks, she cleans, she beads, she sews. Everybody knows, but I know what they don't know. She is short-tempered, mean to her kids, and when she gets jealous, she's just pure mizzz.
Track Name: Reminiscin'
Driving through the rain, thinking about them good old days. Reminiscin'. I am missin' you. Missing all those times we shared. Missin' when you said you cared about me, but now you've moved on.
Track Name: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, it's cold outside. Let me love you, let me hug you, let me hold you tight. Baby, it's cold tonight. Let me hold you, let me hug you, let me love you right.
Track Name: Don't Matter
Oh my darlin', don't you see that you're the only one for me? All of the others, don't you worry! They don't matter to me like the way that you matter to me.
Track Name: When You're With Him
When you're with him, I'd bet you're thinking of me. When you sleep, and when you dream. I'd bet you're thinking of me, and you know I am thinking of you.
Track Name: Ho Hey (More Than A Snag)
When I first set eyes on you, I knew it was true. I belong with you. And you belong with me like we were meant to be. Baby, you're more than just a snag to me.
Track Name: Mind Games
You keep on telling me you're leaving him, but every time I see you, he's by your side. I can't keep sitting by and waiting while you're playing these games with my mind.
Track Name: Honey Baby
Oh my honey baby, I know we just met, and you haven't even met my Mamma yet. But I'm proud to call you my lady. Oh my sweet, honey baby.
Track Name: Drum Beat, Heart Beat
When I'm feeling down and out, I just think about all the blessings that I have in this life. I've got this drum beat, heart beat, it beats for me. It gives me strength through the hardships in this life.

When I'm feeling down and out, I just sing loud. I sing out and put some tobacco down. I give thanks and I pray, "Creator, with my relatives, I want to live".

I give thanks and I pray, "Tȟuŋkášila, mitákuye ób waní wačhíŋ yeló".
Track Name: The River Bank (BONUS TRACK)
We'd always drive way too fast around the bend on these back roads.
We were always just as reckless with our dreams as with our hopes.
And to think we made it out of this dead end town.
And to think we wanted more than anything just to make it out.

And now here we are back at the river bank.
The place where you once told me this is where you're gonna stay...
Destiny will have its way.

You'd always drink way too fast, way too much, at the local bar.
You were always just as reckless with your liver as with your heart.
And to think you made it out of this town.
And to think you wanted more than anything just to make it out.

And now here we are back at the river bank.
The place where you once told me this is where you're gonna stay...
Destiny will have its way.
Track Name: Through Giving In (BONUS TRACK)
Raindrops land, they splash and they flow
off the tin rooftop outside my window.
It reminds me of feeling new.
Something from a long time ago.

And I'm sitting here thinking I'm growing old.
And sinking to a place that I don't want to be.
And I'm trying my hardest not to give up,
But its to my bitterness that I've been giving in.

Morning birds sit and they stow
on the power-lines they sing o-o-oh
And they tell stories of being new,
and their stories are from a long time ago.

And I'm sitting here thinking I'm growing old.
And sinking to a place that I don't want to be.
And I'm trying my hardest not to give up,
But its to my bitterness that I've been giving in.

I've been giving in,
but I'm through giving in.
Track Name: Home Towns & Ghost Towns (BONUS TRACK)
These ghosts keep hangin' around here,
but I can't blame them. It's so hard to leave
everything thats so familiar,
its so hard to accept that its all lost.

I'm runnin' through this town
and I swear that I won't forget
these backroads that led me home
no matter where I go.

I'm packing up my life into my pickup,
I'm gonna show it to the world.
The highway is screaming my name.
I wish half of me could go and the other could say.

I'm runnin' through these woods
and I swear that I won't forget
these color changing leaves
no matter where I go

But if I stay here,
then I'm nothing but a ghost
hiding from my fears...
So I better go.

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