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Arigon Starr's third release contains more exciting pop-country-rock gems about contemporary life in Native America.

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released April 30, 2002

Produced and Arranged by Arigon Starr
Executive Producer: Janet Miner
Recorded and Mixed by Ben Moore at Big Fish Studios, Encinitas, CA
Assistant Engineers: Jason Clark, Dean Reis and Becky Wilson
Additional Engineering by Cowboy Keith Thompson at Bottom Third Studios, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Dan Hersch at DigiPrep, Hollywood, CA
Design: Add To The Noise
Illustrations: Arigon Starr
Photography: Micah Smith
Stylist: Janet Miner

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Arigon Starr Los Angeles, California

Arigon Starr is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and an award-winning singer, songwriter and producer. She has released four CD projects -- all of which have become staples on Native American and community radio playlists across the US and Canada. Arigon is based in Los Angeles, CA. She is also a respected playwright, actor and comic book artist. ... more

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Track Name: Play
Man, it was dark that night
Turned on my radio
What did the DJ say?
Guess I'll never know

That song rolled around my head
It seeped into my soul
That song knocked me back
I knew I had to go

I ran for my car
I knew I had to drive
A hundred miles or so
To Station 105

I banged on the door
Screamed at the DJ
"What was the name of that song?
Who was that anyway?"

CHORUS
Play
Play
Play it one more time

As the door opened I saw
A Keith Richards look-alike
He said, "Yeh, that's me
Behind the DJ mike."

He showed me into the booth
He showed me the cart
A brand new pop single by
Miss Arigon Starr

CHORUS
Play
Play
Play it one more time

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: I'll Be Around
They ended the movie with an Indian on horseback
Did all the people die then watch the screen fade to black?

Now I walk right beside you
I am still here
You will see me, cos’

CHORUS
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
You can’t get rid of me
You can’t get rid of me

This vanishing Indian won’t be showing up today
Gotta meet my family and I got some new songs to play

Our history is living culture
This is my world
Welcome to it, cos’

CHORUS
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
You can’t get rid of me
You can’t get rid of me

We are stubborn and persistent
This is our world
Welcome to it, cos’

CHORUS
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
You can’t get rid of me
You can’t get rid of me

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: California Indians
Yeh, feel the California sun beating down
Yeh, see the pretty roses sprout from the ground
You hear voices whisper through the mission walls
Louder than all the kids and their parents’ cel phone calls
If you stop to listen
You can hear their hearts beating loud

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Miwok to Viejas
They are still standing proud

Toypurina led a mission revolt
Ishi emerged from the woods and took the whole world by storm
Pomo Basket weavers practice their art
Cahuilla Bird Singers are practicing their parts
If you stop to listen
You can hear their hears beating loud

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Chumash to Choinumni
They are still standing proud
If you stop to listen
You can hear their hearts beating loud

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Wintu to Wiyot
They are still standing proud

Words and Music by Arigon Starr
©2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Track Name: Mountain Windsong
Wind blows from down the hills
Carrying her song
She loves a man from there
Even though he's gone
She never walked on the Trail of Tears
Her heart knows where you are
Her love for him will last
Longer than the stars

He vowed he would return
No matter what the cost
Fighting through every fear
He'd get back what he lost
Though he walked through the Trail of Tears
His heart knows where you are
His love for her will last
Longer than the stars

Riding back through their old woods
Familiar though it seems
He looked up to see her there
The woman of his dreams

Wind blows from down the hills
Carrying their song
Cherokee woman and man
Home where they belong
They won't forget their Trail of Tears
They're happy as they are
Their love for life will last
Longer than the stars
Longer than the stars
Longer than the stars
Track Name: I Think You're Alright
A vision of rock and roll
And high fashion swirls in your head
If you can't be yourself
Then you'd rather be dead

If they treat you rotten and unkind
They can't change the world inside your mind

CHORUS
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
It all turns out in the end

Colored hair and thrift store duds
That's what you wear every day
A bit of fabulous
You don't care what they say

If they treat you rotten and unkind
They can't change the world inside your mind

CHORUS
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
It all turns out in the end

Today's fashion geek
Can be trendy all next week
And change the world
In which we live

CHORUS
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
I think you're alright
It all turns out in the end

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: NDN Man
Throw back your hair
Get rid of that tie
Give your TV
A big kiss goodbye
Your tribe needs leaders
Can't do it alone
Time to win back
All that you own

You hear the call
Stand proud!
Stand tall!

CHORUS
NDN Man
Oh, NDN Man
Turn it around
And do what you can
There's no tomorrow
Without a plan
NDN Man
NDN Man


Come out of the woods
Come out of the bar
Your sisters are wondering
Where you are
Get ready to work
It's time to pitch in
Can't win the victory
Til' you begin

You hear the call
Stand proud!
Stand tall!

CHORUS
NDN Man
Oh, NDN Man
Turn it around
And do what you can
There's no tomorrow
Without a plan
NDN Man
NDN Man


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Salmon Song
I've been jammin' up the river
Have to fight to be free
Concrete blocking my way
Water dammed to the sea
This river's my home
My home

CHORUS
I will come back
I will come back

I'm the toughest of the tough
Nothing gets in my way
I'm a creature on a mission
That's my price to pay
This river's my home
My home

CHORUS
I will come back
I will come back


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: What's My Indian Name?
His name is Richie
He might be Gus
She might be Susie
Tell me what's the fuss?

CHORUS
What's my Indian name?
What's my Indian name?
You don't know where I come from
Or what's my Indian name

You think they're pretty
You think they're keen
If you could have one
Would it be obscene?

CHORUS
What's my Indian name?
What's my Indian name?
You don't know where I come from
Or what's my Indian name

Yes, they mean something
But don't say it out loud
No, no don't ask me
No, no, you can't know my Indian name

Her name is Ruthie
And there goes Gram
That's Mary Sue there
Hey Janet and Pam!

CHORUS
What's my Indian name?
What's my Indian name?
You don't know where I come from
Or what's my Indian name
There goes Nicholas
Her name is Gay
There's Mara and Gary
Hey Kevin & Ray!

CHORUS
What's my Indian name?
What's my Indian name?
You don't know where I come from
Or what's my Indian name


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: All For You
I’ll do my part
With honor in my heart
Protect you from all harm
The sacrifice is not too large

I’m no stranger
To hard work and danger
I’ve been to parts unknown
Anything to protect my home

CHORUS
All for you
All for you
All for you

BRIDGE
Uncles, Aunts, Mothers, Dads victorious
They gave their lives for ours as warriors
Warriors

Never knew your story
And all you did for me
Through your fear you were strong
Listen to my honor song

I’m free, thank you
I can sing what I want to
You made a difference in my life
I’m grateful for your sacrifice

CHORUS
All for you
All for you
All for you

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Daddy's Records
He liked the country music on a Sunday morn
Been listening to country music since he was born
Watching cowboy movies at the matinee
Waiting for Bob Wills and the band to play

Radio brought the music into his home
He’d dream of all the records he would own
Earned some cash bought a few at the five and dime
He listened to them all one more time

CHORUS
All night long
He played that song
Pick up the needle before we wear it out
All night long
He played that song
My Daddy’s records make the past come alive
Every time

He grew up and took the family on the road
Country music would ease his heavy load
He listened to the music when he could
Those steel guitars and fiddles understood

So CD’s might be the format of the day
He still won’t throw his cowboy records away
He’s older now but the music’s still his friend
He listens to them all again and again

CHORUS
All night long
He played that song
Pick up the needle before we wear it out
All night long
He played that song
My Daddy’s records make the past come alive
Every time

Words and Music by Arigon Starr
Reprinted by Kind Permission
©2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Track Name: November
Cold, bracing wind in the morning
Keeps me from losing my mind
November haunts my memory
Remember you loving me

But I'll move on
I can make it on my own
You will always be with me

People come and go in a lifetime
Sometimes they don't stay very long
I'll never lose that feeling
Forever I'll be healing

But I'll move on
I can make it on my own
You will always be with me

But I'll move on
I can make it on my own
You will always be with me

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: The Pow-Wow Trail
My last night in Oklahoma
I held your hand then said goodbye
Your words in my ears
I held back the tears
Wondering where I'd finally cry

Driving out to California
Still see you dancin' in my mind
I wonder when
I'll see you again
Somewhere down the road by and by

CHORUS
The road's my home
The road's my home

Spent some time in Albuquerque
Sang at a big gathering there
Saw your head bowed
Way back in the crowd
I really tried not to stare

Saw you again up in Denver
Your body moved with strength and grace
I held your hand once more
Then I walked out the door
I'm bound to move from place to place

CHORUS
The road's my home
The road's my home

Can't stay in one place and pretend
This highway I'm on has no end
No end


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: This Life Is Mine
Set your sights for the stars
Fill your dreams with their glow
Live high on destiny
And don't you let go

For around the next turn may be
The answer to all your needs
For all the greatest trees
Were started from seeds

CHORUS
This life is mine
In beauty I walk
Take what I find
Don't listen to talk
Under the skies
And into my heart
Flows the breeze

And yesterday doesn't matter
The road ahead
Leads to the sky

Then into your quiet space
Give your soul some repair
Heal the stinging wounds
With loving care

Every day is a chance
A challenge that must be met
Beneath the tightrope I walk
Is a safety net

CHORUS
This life is mine
In beauty I walk
Take what I find
Don't listen to talk
Under the skies
And into my heart
Flows the breeze


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Edith Keeler Must Die
Wanted peace in her time
No more war - no more crime
But her timing was wrong
And the man who loved her would someday cry

CHORUS
Oh, Edith Keeler must die
Oh, she will never know why
Fate and future depend on her plans
And demands.

Her ideas were so bold
How could she have foretold
She'd be loved by a man
Who knew he'd have to leave her behind

CHORUS
Oh, Edith Keeler must die
Oh, she will never know why
Fate and future depend on her plans
And demands.

Although his love was unspoken
There were sparks in his eyes
But he'd return
To the skies

Was her life really key?
Did his love set her free?
Some things you cannot change
Destiny can be cruel and unkind

CHORUS
Oh, Edith Keeler must die
Oh, she will never know why
Fate and future depend on her plans
And demands.

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Share The Road
I caught myself dreaming
Of a day we stood together
We were joining all our hands then we cried

Thanking all of those who went before us
Sacrificed and adored us
They made sure we would survive

We tore our CDIB cards into a million pieces
Then we took back all our land
And here we thrived

No more BIA, no welfare checks, no broken treaties
We will make a stand
And stay alive

CHORUS
Will you come with me?
Let's share the road awhile
Will you come with me?
It's only a few more miles

We've come so far it's foolish to go back
And live in misery
This is not the time to be shy

With Red Cloud, Kennekuk and Sequoyah
Here to guide us
We'll keep going to the end
We'll fly

This darkness can't go on
Let's walk into the sun

CHORUS
Will you come with me?
Let's share the road awhile
Will you come with me?
It's only a few more miles

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: The Eagle Flies High
He lived through boarding school
His knowledge was a tool
He kept his old ways
Never needed praise

He served in World War II
Prayers got him through
He shared all he learned
I won't forget his words

"The eagle flies high --
So can I."

Her family left the state
They chose to relocate
Right then she made a pact
She promised to go back

Her life is beyond belief
She became a Cherokee Chief
Her life has made her wise
I saw it in her eyes

The eagle flies high
So can I

You think you've got time to kill
Well, the world will not stand still
Pick yourself up and let's get going

It's tough to believe
You have the answers that you need
The old ones will stand by
All you got to do it is try

The eagle flies high
So can I
The eagle flies high
So can I

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission