Libana
 

With beautiful voices, Libana sings mostly a cappella chants and songs from cultures around the world,
with an emphasis on "women's creativity throughout time".  The group began in 1979 with director Susan Robbins.  
    Here are a few chants pagans may recognize from the 1986 album CD "A Circle is Cast" :

   Libana's website is http://www.libana.com
They have at least 9 CDs available at http://www.libana.com/Libanamerchandise.htm
 
Libana: "A Circle is Cast" CD



     "There's a River of Birds"
     "The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water"
     "A Circle is Cast"
     "The Earth is our Mother"
     "Ancient Mother"



3. "There's a River of Birds"

                 Em        D              Em
There's a river of birds in migration
    C Am       Em      D       Em
a nation of women with wings




13. "The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water"
         Em
The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water
      D
Return, return, return, return
         Em
The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water
      D
Return, return, return, return
        Em                 D      
Aie aie aie aie, ayo ayo ayo ayo
        Em                  D
Aie aie aie, aie,  ayo ayo ayo ayo




14. "A Circle is Cast"   

                 D note
voice1:     A circle is cast

                 D               D7
voice2:     A circle is cast

                   Db5   D7 Db5      
voice3:     Again and again

ending           D          Am
together:   A circle is cast



Note
: The first voice is a monotone D note; the second voice adds the notes A and C for a D7 (no third) sound; the third voice descant introduces the edgy Ab, F# and E notes for the Db5 sound; With a little adjustment, the voices come together at the end with a full D chord (D, F#,A) and Am (A,C,E).




16. "The Earth is our Mother"
note: the "!" is a hammer on sign for the Em chord.  Play the 5th & 4th strings open then hammer on the second fret with your fingers to make the appropriate sound.

       Em!                   !                                D        
The Earth   is our Mother, She will take care of us
       Em!                   !                                  G    D Em
The Earth   is our Mother, She will take care of us
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon



        Em!                           !                                  D      
This sacred ground we walk upon with every step we take
        Em!                           !                                   G    D   Em
This sacred ground we walk upon with every step we take
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon


       Em!                  !                                   D        
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of Her
       Em!                  !                                  G    D  Em
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of Her
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon
Em!             !                !  
Hey Yanna Ho Yana Hey,Yon, Yon



Other suggested verses:
"The Sky is our Father, we spread our wings and fly..."
"The Sun is our Brother, He will shine down on us..."
"The Moon is our Sister, She lights our way by night..."




17. "Ancient Mother"

               Am                         Em
Ancient Mother, I hear you calling
                C        D                     Em
Ancient Mother,    I hear your song
               Am                          Em
Ancient Mother, I hear your laughter
                 C        D                     Em
Ancient Mother,     I taste your tears




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