Tama Waipara

Triumph of Time

Before our lives divide forever
while time is with us
and hands are free

I will sing no word
that a man might say
whose whole life`s love
goes down in the day

To think of things
that are what I would want
a dream foregone
and the deed foreborn

Is it worth a tear
Is it worth an hour
Earth has not spoiled
For a single shout

Earth has not spoiled
For a single shout

Here when no man do
for your sake I think
What I would have done
for the least words here

I have brung laugh drive
for your lips to drink
Broken it up
for your daily bread

Looms life, lose all
but at least I know
Oh sweet life`s love
having loved you so

Would I lose you now
would I take you then
And come what may
after death to man

Is it worth a tear
Is it worth an hour
Earth has not spoiled
For a single shout

Oh, I will sing no word
that a man might say
whose whole life`s love
goes down in a day

Whose whole life`s love
goes down in the day

Whose whole life`s love
goes down in her day

Tama Waipara’s Triumph of Time is inspired by the writings of turn-of-the-century poet A.C. Swinburne and William Shakespeare. A spellbinding album of ethereal harmonies, roots rhythms and richly evocative lyrics, Triumph of Time could be described as an aural and
lyrical journey.

Artists
Tama Waipara (vocals, flute, clarinet); Wolfram Koessel (cello); Ralf Schmid (accordion, grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Michele Locatelli (keyboards, bass instrument, programming); Andrea Duibecco (vibraphone); Alexis Quarado (bass instrument); Tony
Devivo (percussion)

Triumph of Time by Tama Waipara mixed with video from Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley, which she has licensed under Creative Commons attribution.

Nina Paley states:

I hereby give Sita Sings the Blues to you. Like all culture, it belongs to you already, but I am making it explicit with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it
came, and back into the shared culture it goes.

You don’t need my permission to copy, share, publish, archive, show, sell, broadcast, or remix Sita Sings the Blues. Conventional wisdom urges me to demand payment for every use of the film, but then how would people without money get to see it? How widely would the film be disseminated if it were limited by permission and fees? Control offers a false sense of security. The only real security I have is trusting you, trusting culture, and trusting freedom.

Tama Waipara

Tama Waipara is a person deeply attached to his roots. Triumph Of Time, his debut album, plays heavily with the vibrant rhythms associated with his Maori heritage in New Zealand. Though he is now a New York transplant, Tama’s music still reflects the earthy sound he grew up with, layering modern poetry on top of the beats. The album’s first single “Felise” has been heard around the world via two exciting remixes from Chris Brann (of Ananda Project, Wamdue and P’Taah) and Freaks. A true musician in every sense of the word, Tama is creating a unique sound by blending musical tradition with organic new music.
Released By ObliqSound – May 2004

Video compilation and lyrics transcription by Gerard Cruz – 2011

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