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by Arigon Starr

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Arigon Starr's second CD release features stories of contemporary Native American mixed with the more familiar rock, pop, folk and country music sounds. The collection also contains the award-winning song "Junior Frybread."

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released April 11, 2000

Produced and Arranged by Arigon Starr
Executive Producer: Janet Miner
Additional production on "The Peltier Song" by Ben Moore
Recorded and Mixed by Ben Moore at Golden Track Productions, San Diego, CA
Additional Engineering by Sam Boukas
Mastered by Dan Hersch at DigiPrep, Hollywood, CA
Art Direction and Design: Anabel Sinn
Photography: Chris Bale

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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: Apache A-Go Go
I need to get away
And have some fun
'Cos everybody always
Gets me down

A place where boys and girls
Have their secret world
And the music's always
Playing loud

In the desert I hear a sound
The drums shake the ground

CHORUS
Apache A-Go Go
Here's my heart and soul
Apache A-Go Go
Dance my troubles away


If you want romance
Well, you gotta dance
'Cos the music swings
And never stops

Go on and get your friends
The drumming never ends
We will make you feel
Right at home

In the desert I hear a sound
The drums shake the ground

CHORUS

Give yourself a chance
To learn the fancy dance
Five hundred tribes are here
Every single day of the year



Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Man Without A Tribe
Oh please forgive him!
He didn't mean to stare
It was the rhythm
And the long black hair

He's never seen his mother's face
He's never touched her hand
He needs to search in every eye
To find where he began

CHORUS
Invent all your Elders
All your happy times
Who will welcome
A man without a Tribe?

He could be generic
A Basic Indian
Not at all esoteric
A tall and silent skin

He watched them dance and heard them sing
And he felt lonely
These weren't the Indians he'd seen
Dancing on TV

CHORUS

People always asked him
"Hey, what tribe are you?"
He would give an answer
But he never knew

In his mind his world was full
A family 'round the fire
Stories passed from old to young
As the flames rose higher


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Junior Frybread
He was the biggest Indian guy
In the history of the Tribe
Custom overalls and a four-X shirt

Living large and living fast
He never came in last
He was wicked Indian doughboy running wild

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of them all

CHORUS
There goes Junior Frybread
He's been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The best bread's over there!

He wiped the grease from his chin
As he threw the plate in the bin
And contemplated another piece of bread

He ate salt, grease and flour
Every day, every hour
He was a connoisseur of Indian Frybread

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of them all

CHORUS
There goes Junior Frybread
He's been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The best bread's over there!

His mother and his sister
And his crazy Uncle Lester
Had tried to get him in the Frybread line

Now he was the very last man
In a line that was past the Grandstand
Would they close the booth before he got his bread?

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of them all

CHORUS
There goes Junior Frybread
He's been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The best bread's over there!

His sweaty temples pounded
As the smell of Frybread abounded
He closed his eyes and let out a heavy sigh

The booth ran out of propane
Causing Junior to go insane
He collapsed and he began to cry

"Though my final sample was denied --
I'm the King of Frybread til' I die!"

There goes Junior Frybread
He's been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The BANNOCK's** over there!

**Just a note to our American audience -- Bannock
is the Canadian equivalent to Frybread!


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Snagging
CHORUS
If Pow-wow boys get all the girls
Then Pow-wow girls must rule the world
With fire in your eyes
You'll be snagging!

A two step dance may do ya
Or you might see him singing a song
If he's the one who finds you
Go with him -- it's where you belong

One touch and you might scream
One kiss and you might explode
An Indian man supreme
A wonder to behold

CHORUS
If Pow-wow boys get all the girls
Then Pow-wow girls must rule the world
With fire in your eyes
You'll be snagging!

All throughout the evening
You know you'll be more than friends
So when the dancing's over
That's when the real singing begins

Biggest dark brown eyes
Longest dark black hair
No need to fanticize
Your perfect lover is there

CHORUS
If Pow-wow boys get all the girls
Then Pow-wow girls must rule the world
With fire in your eyes
You'll be snagging!

I know it's not just me
Looky now here comes a pair
Take a look -- you'll see
They're snagging everywhere!

CHORUS
If Pow-wow boys get all the girls
Then Pow-wow girls must rule the world
With fire in your eyes
You'll be snagging!
You'll be snagging


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Spike
For being Buffy's foe
For being Angel's own
For his bleached blonde hair
For his burned-out lair

That's why
I love Spike
That's why
I love Spike

Though he's far away
I miss him every day
A wacko English laddie
In his Vampire Caddy

That's why
I love Spike
That's why
I love Spike

Sunnydale won't be the same
Without Spike's special brand of pain

He is so well-known
For the lives he's ruined
He has stolen my heart
And taken it with him in the dark

That's why
I love Spike
That's why
I love Spike
That's why
I LOVE SPIKE

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Agent 49
He was tired of seeing good
Disappear from his neighborhood
It was the last straw, man
So, he became a law man
Here, Dear

Deep brown skin, pure Indian stock
Six foot five, built like a rock
Bad guys better run, man!
He's got a gun, man
Here, Dear

CHORUS
Agent 49
He's out fighting crime
With his Rez Car
Outlaws won't get far

Cruising Highway 28
Agent 49 met his fate
He skillfully hunted
Caught a Ten Most Wanted
Here, Dear

The legend grew and he found fame
There's even a pow-wow in his name
He's got his own drum, man
He's having fun, man
Here, dear

CHORUS
Agent 49
He's out fighting crime
With his Rez Car
Outlaws won't get far

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: My Heart Is On The Ground
Pretty words and stories from the times
Of Boarding schools and other heinous crimes
So I took the book down from the shelf
To read all the lies for myself

They took our hopes
They took our dreams
Romanticized them for young minds

CHORUS
My heart is on the ground
My heart is on the ground
Don't see any truth around
My heart is on the ground

Carlisle Indian school had a plan
"We'll kill the Indian to save the man."
Our way of life was never the same
Time has passed but hasn't dulled the pain

So traditions go
Nobody wins
I guess it's my turn to sing

CHORUS
My heart is on the ground
My heart is on the ground
Don't see any truth around
My heart is on the ground


I've had my fill
Of authors and liars
Who corrupt our stories
For hire

CHORUS
My heart is on the ground
My heart is on the ground
Don't see any truth around
My heart is on the ground

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Keep On Living
Memories are a powerful force
They often help us carry on
Dark clouds will not hold us back
The darkness comes before the dawn

Angry recollections
Painful rejections
They make us strong
They give us song
We all belong

CHORUS
We'll keep on living
Love is forgiving
Peace grows inside our hearts

Downtrodden, forgotten -- so we seem
We're bound to change a wrong to a right
Using the knowledge from all tribes
Great Spirit guides us into the light

Give us protection
Grant us reflection
You make us strong
You give us song
We all belong

CHORUS
We'll keep on living
Love is forgiving
Peace grows inside our hearts

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: The Peltier Song (One Bright And Shining Morning)
Lakota and Anishinaabe
An Indian man took a stand
Though innocent he's locked away
Is this the American way?

Twenty-four years have come and gone
Since prison walls swallowed up Peltier
Living through hell every day
Hear the words I say

CHORUS
One bright and shining morning
He shall be free
One bright and shining morning
Peltier will be free

His light shines in the dark
For those who did not survive
I sing this song to spread the word
Don't believe the lies you've heard

We pray for peace and for change
And a chance to tell the truth
I'm praying for you every day
Hear the words I say

CHORUS
One bright and shining morning
He shall be free
One bright and shining morning
Peltier will be free

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: We Danced On
Can you feel it?
Feel the Beat getting strong?

CHORUS
We Danced On
We Danced On
On the Earth and in the Sky
On the Earth and in the Sky

Her traditional steps from Grandmother's time
Reveal her care
She dances to honor the memories and dreams
And it's done with flair

Can you feel it?
Feel the beat getting strong?

CHORUS
We Danced On
We Danced On
On the Earth and in the Sky
On the Earth and in the Sky

His feet making dust as he pounds in the ground
All his steps so sure
He knows all the songs and he stops right on time
He creates a stir

Can you feel it?
Feel the beat getting strong?

CHORUS
We Danced On
We Danced On
On the Earth and in the Sky
On the Earth and in the Sky

Tell me the dream
That you want to weave
I'll bead the cloth
The way you want it to be
Feathers that dance
Jingles that sing to the sky
To the sky

Watching you dance reminds me of those
Who've gone before
We treasure their gifts and we will be sure
To add some more

Can you feel it?
Feel the beat getting strong?

We Danced On
We Danced On
On the Earth and in the sky
On the Earth and in the sky

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Friends Walk In
Friends walk in
Friends walk out
Without saying what their lives are all about
But you know that I believe in you
And there's nothing that I won't do For you

If I took a fall in the forest dark
You'd be the only forest ranger in the park
And you'd tell me I believe in you
And there's nothing that I won't do
For you

And all that I'm saying is
That I will be your friend
Forever more

Now all those years are history
Even though the path isn't clear it's plain to see
Cos' you know that I believe in you
And there's nothing I won't do
For you
For you

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Dreams Come True
When I was a kid
I lived in my own world
A childlike fantasy
I thought my big dreams
Would be enough
To change reality

They say I'm not strong enough
They say I'm not good enough
Well, I've got news for you
I'm making my dreams come true

Now I learned real young
That it doesn't matter
What other people say
Let me live my life
How I see fit
They won't get in my way

They may want to rag on me
They say they're afraid of me
Well, I've got news for you
I'm making my dreams come true

Reach higher and higher
Reach higher and higher
Don't wait until tomorrow
Reach higher and higher
Reach higher and higher
Lift yourself out of sorrow
Oh-oh-oh-ohhh
[Instrumental]

I'm right here where I want to be
The future's bright as it could be
Hey -- I've got news for you
I'm making my dreams come true
I'm making my dreams come true
I'm making my dreams come true


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Indian Land Forever
The fog shrouded the bay
As we left the dock today
The breeze cut through my clothes
I guess that's the way it goes
I'm coming to you

Comanche, Cree and Sioux
Klamath, Pit River, too
Mohawk, Paiute, Pomo
Sac & Fox and Navajo
I'm coming to you

CHORUS
We will take the Rock
Every old cellblock
Standing tall together
For this is Indian Land Forever
This is Indian Land Forever

The TV wants to show
Trudell on radio
Every Indian lends a hand
No matter what their band
We're coming through

Whitemankiller spoke so well
At the Senator Hotel
Did we escape the past?
Nineteen months went by too fast
We're coming through

CHORUS

Hear my voice
It's my choice
Alcatraz
It will live on

CHORUS


Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission
Track Name: Honor Me
You honor me
You take my name
You cheer it all
Throughout the game

Redskins, Braves and Warriors
Chiefs and other racial slurs

You paint my face
Upon your walls
T-shirts, jerseys
And basketballs

Warpaint, feathers and tomahawks
Cheesy costumes and gibberish talk

Let me share
My evil dream
I'm gonna rename
All of the teams

I want you to know how it feels
When someone trashes your ideals

The Boston Popes
The New York Jews
With names like that
How can you lose??

The DC Priests, the Atlanta Blacks
Let's hear it for the LA Wetbacks!

Don't you know
That we live in the world
And we hear every word
And we feel every word

Names are wrong
When they make us a joke
And take our culture away

Written by Arigon Starr
© 2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission