Don Rosler: Lyricist/Songwriter/Producer

Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLarieS

by Bobby McFerrin with Roger Treece

  • 06:13 Lyrics Brief Eternity (from "Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLarieS)

    Brief Eternity---Bobby McFerrin, Roger Treece Lyrics by Don Rosler



    I hear my “hey la”

    Echo with my “hola”

    Beneath my footbridge, where I always sing


    Whistling papa’s whistle

    Bouncing off the stone

    Closing my eyes to find eternal spring


    Rolling down the hillside

    Soaking in the twilight

    Floating with laughter and the spinning sky


    Deep in constellations

    Fathoming creation

    How could all this have comeevolve from timeless time


      Imagine this


         One brief eternity

    One tiny glimpse from God

         One small infinity

    Where I sing “hey la!”



    Dropping back to hard land

    Ticking with the tock land

    Finding a portal back to timeless seas 



    Maybe someone’s kiss is

    Where suspended bliss is

    Or in the moment

    Before your baby

    Drifts to sleep 

    Your lullabies


    Lulla-bye you

    Will bring you back…










    Brief Eternity, page 2



    Drifting off and

    Slipping into

    Somewhere you swear you hear…



       …Voices, mama’s “doo doo doo doo”

       Lovers whisper “doo doo doo doo”

       Loved ones lost are singing with you

       Psalms and whispers

       Working in the garden has you…


       …Breathing in the bloom and then you

       View the sunset view to move you

       Close to truly understanding

       Life and death but nothing ending

       Voices living on


    (vocal section)




       Voices, mama’s “doo doo doo doo”

       Lovers cooing “doo doo doo doo”

       Loved ones lost are singing with you

       Psalms and whispers

       Working in the garden has you…


       …Breathing in the bloom, and then you

       View the sunset view to bring you

       Back to awe and understanding

       To the place

       Where revelations seem so never ending



    Mama hear my hey la, hey la…

    I hear Popa’s whistle, can you hear him too…



    Godhas granted us

    With this brief eternity

    A chance to see

    wondrous glimpse

    Within a kiss

    Suspended bliss

    An echoed voice

    A spinning boy

    Who’s drifting with the stars to sleep



  • 11:22 Story Lyrics Messages (from "Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbularieS" with Roger Treece

    Messages—Roger Treece, Bobby McFerrin lyrics by Don Rosler


    Non est mollis via, no no no

    Emitte animo lucem veritatem

    Non est millis via, no no no

    ET sicut vita fine ita

    Cura cura kama cura cura kama


    (“there is no easy way from the earth to the stars” (Seneca)

    There’s no easy way, no

    Send out truthful light

    There’s no easy way, no

    As goes the life, so goes the death)


    Padres, madres, old compadres

    Speaking on and on



    bella Elena, bellis perennis, primila too

    Yes, I rememb, vinca in bloom

    And lilac alba opened for you,

    Rosa anina! Bella, it’s true!


    Unsolved problems, small suggestions

    Though all the ones they loved are long gone

    They keep passing their messages along


    (cura cura kama...)


    Daughter’s lessons, grandson’s questions

    Wishes, prayer and vows




    Mana, he’s praying to Buddha, Jesus,

    Allah and you

    He tells me now his favorite is Zeua!

    He could have learned his Bible from you

    For me it’s all a spiritual groove



    Meditations, celebration

    Music floating out to starlight

    In from starlight, voices fill the air


    Songs so lonely, song so lovely

    Song of pure despair


    Spirit of love, come to us

    Songs of our Fathers, can you hear them?


    Tura lura, Thula, Nina, Nan, Tixo, lullaby you away

    Mama, oye, come away, hear the waves of love

    Laila, nocte, dorme nene,

    Papa oye, huhs-a-bye-away

    Bey An, oya, fa Nina Nanna

    Mama, Tixo, para coracao

    Nini cante, lomoriuta

    Fais Dodo, Ho Nena Ho

    Jo Jo Raama, fa Nina Nanna

    Papa, oye, hush-a-bye-away

    Bey An, oya, fa Nina Niann


    Sometimes we live so deeply unaware

    We never hear the voices in the air

    As goes the life, so goes the death

    With every breath joining in a deeper song


    Cura voces, voix de desespoir

    Gib acht! Pass auf! Stia attento!

    Cui! Muchi! May yo fa lu

    Schonheit zerstort, nomine Deo

  to the starts, songs from all those we

    Shared our light with, days and nights with

    Gardens blooming, old friends moving on

    All those we loved, every day you can listen

    And you’ll hear...


    Padres, maderes, old compadres

    Husbands, wives and all taken from us

    Can they hear us calling through through the air



    Songs so lonely, songs so lovely

    Songs of pure despair


    Spirit of Love, come to us

    Songs of our Fathers we hear
    Voices through darkness adn light

    Sometimes in sleep or throughout sleepless nights

    ‘till that first hush comes, before the dawn comes

    You sense of peace comes for a moment

    In the quiet hear the stillness

    Fading shifting lifting stirring breathing ringing

    Singing into...sound


    Spirit and song, listen,

    Cantus feret sensa nobis per saecula

    Ita que sictu vita ita fine


    Cura voces cura voces,

    Ita fine, cura voces,

    Cura voces, conto alot

    Sictu vita, ita fine




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