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This I Know

from Anima by Priya Parrotta

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“This I Know” is the song of a redwood tree which has witnessed the impacts of settler colonialism. I wrote the lyrics in first-person—that is to say, in the tree’s own words—because I wanted to convey that the voice is not as fixed as we sometimes believe it to be. It is true that human beings are gifted with the capacity to speak and to write in particular ways, but that does not mean that the nonhuman world (or rather, the
more-than-human world) lacks such capabilities. I wanted to remind listeners of the immense wisdom that can be received when we fall into humble silence, and listen to what the universe’s other beings have to say.


Conflict rages
A story for the ages
Hearts in cages
Silenced sages

This tale is far too old
My home bought and sold
Measured out in stolen gold
I'm tired, truth be told

But the thing about being ancient
Is you learn to be patient
To wait and see
What will be

And this is the time
To end the crime
To let us grow
This I know (x2)

This I know.


from Anima, released June 5, 2021
Music, lyrics & production by Priya Parrotta


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Priya Parrotta Rome, Italy

Priya is an author, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and activist dedicated to peace and healing across borders. Her music celebrates the Earth, the skies, and the journeys of our hearts. She is a multicultural, world citizen with close connections to the Mediterranean, South Asia & the Americas. Priya was one of 50 musicians nationwide to be nominated for the 2022 US Artists Fellowship. ... more

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