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Oankali Song

from Steel Cage Match by Brooke vs. John

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Words & Music by Brooke Abbey, 2006.
I wrote this after I found out Octavia Butler died. Aroo! She is my favourite author. This tune sets up the situation for her Xenogenesis trilogy, which is the first thing of hers I ever read and still my favourite.


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We came to your world after your final war Am E
Continents blackened and burnt E D
We would not interfere D F
In your suicide F Am

But curious we sought out your surviving few
As you are drawn to compete
We are drawn to explore
We should have left you alone

In your bodies we found your great contradiction D Am
Intelligence beholden to your hierarchical drive D Am
The destruction you carry within D
A colour you can't see F
It terrifies us Am

But in your bodies too we found your beautiful cancer
The power to grow a new limb, to heal from death's door
We are genetic collectors
Hungry for newness
We are seduced by you

It's been two hundred fifty years since we arrived
The Earth has cooled enough
For us to wake you from
Your temporary peace

When we join with you your conflict may destroy us both
Too late for us to say no
Welcome to the Dinso
Lilith Iyapo


from Steel Cage Match, released June 19, 2009
Vocals: Brooke Abbey, John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Abbey
Guitar: John Caspell
Bass: Peggy Lunderville




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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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