Turn the World Around

Album: Turn the World Around (1977)
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  • We come from the fire, living in the fire
    Go back to the fire, turn the world around
    We come from the fire, living in the fire
    Go back to the fire, turn the world around

    We come from the water, living in the water
    Go back to the water, turn the world around
    We come from the water, living in the water
    Go back to the water, turn the world around

    We come from the water, living in the water
    Go back to the water, turn the world around
    We come from the water, living in the water
    Go back to the water, turn the world around

    We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
    Go back to the mountain, turn the world around
    We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
    Go back to the mountain, turn the world around

    We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
    Go back to the mountain, turn the world around
    We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
    Go back to the mountain, turn the world around

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
    Ah, so is life

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
    Ah, ha, so is life

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Water make the river, river wash the mountain
    Fire make the sunlight, turn the world around
    Heart is of the river, body is the mountain
    Spirit is the sunlight, turn the world around

    We are of the spirit, truly of the spirit
    Only can the spirit turn the world around
    We are of the spirit, truly of the spirit
    Only can the spirit turn the world around

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Do you know who I am?
    Do I know who you are?
    See, we one another clearly
    Do we know who we are?

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
    Ah, so is life

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
    Ah, so is life

    Oh, oh, so is life
    Ah, ha, so is life
    Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
    Ah, ha, so is life

    Writer/s: BOB FREEDMAN, HARRY BELAFONTE
    Publisher: NEXT DECADE ENTERTAINMENT,INC.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Douglas Jack from Lasalle-montreal, Kahnawake North, Tiohtiake, Kanien'keh, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Turtle Island (north-america)I fondly remember listening to Harry Belafonte as a child in the 1950s & 60s. Twelve years ago in 2009, I had a vivid dream interacting with Harry. I found out after I woke up that; he was coming to Montreal that week to a conference at McGill University, so I was able to attend his talk & singing. I researched Harry's song on the internet & came across his version with Sesame Streets Muppets. In the verses, 'Do-I-know-who-you-are-?, Do-you-know-who-I-am-? See-we-one-another-clearly-? Do-we-know-who-we-are-?', I understood Harry & the Griot story-teller were telling the loving story of 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generating') 'economy' (Greek 'oikos' = 'home' + 'namein' = 'care-&-nurture').
    For 58 years now, since 1963, (of my 69 years of age) I've been working in solidarity with 1st Nations & indigenous peoples on rebirthing indigenous economy practices of accounting & organization. Combined with John McKnight & John Kretzman's work 'Asset-Based-Community-Development on Cataloguing local typically business talents, goods, services, resources & dreams, this ancient indigenous practice of all human ancestors which Harry sings about, puts the emphasis right down to individuals. When we catalogue individual & business talents within the Multihome-Dwelling-Complexes (eg. Apartments, Townhouse & Village clustered buildings) where 70% of humanity live today, then we lay the foundation for economic circular economy or 'community' (L 'com' = 'together' + 'munus' = 'gift-or-service'). All our indigenous ancestors would account for each person's contribution to diverse collective economies upon the String-shell (eg. Wampum on Turtle-Island/North-America, Quipu in S. America, Cowrie in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia & all of the islands) time-based Value tools. Collective Domestic economy within the ~100 person multihomes (eg. Longhouse, Pueblo & Kanata) was recognized & accounted for as the foundational 'economy'. Industry & commerce form sub-categories & were as well organized into the progressive-ownership of specialized Production-Society-Guilds.
    The average size of Multihomes today is 32 dwelling units or ~100 people, which all humanity's indigenous ancestors worldwide cultivated as an intimate, intergenerational, female-male, interdisciplinary, critical-mass, economies-of-scale collaboration. Multihome economies are powerful yet intimate, private, yet with the proximity for collaboration. 20% of people in Multihomes today are extended family living in proximity within buildings or neighbourhoods for family joy & collaboration worth trillions of dollars in essential goods & services annually.
    This insight from Harry's singing of ancient West African Indigenous wisdom, set me off in the direction of helping to compose with colleagues a set of web-based Community-Economy software called 'DO-WE-KNOW-WHO-WE-ARE-?', which 1) Catalogues local Multihome individual & business talents, 2) Maps relationships so people find each other to put their gifts together, 3) Accounts for buying, selling, contributions, investing & exchanging together. 4) Facilitates electronic Communication, Record-keeping, Knowledge repertoires, Library etc for Multihomes & neighbourhoods. Its within the complementary talents, which we each innately possess & instinctively cultivate that real 'education' (L 'educare' = 'to-lead-forth-from-within') or the Vision-Quest of each person is able to be cultivated & connected. https://bit.ly/3voO1jI
    Indigenous economy where each of us in can help humanity regain sustainable biosphere based livelihood innately loving, caring & sharing together as Relational Economy. https://bit.ly/3FSPDax
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