I Belong to No Man's State

by Nora Roman and the Border Busters

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Frontera fracturing music with meaning:
As part of my lifelong attempt to make this world a better place than when I got here, I present you this CD-my latest attempt to counteract suffering with happiness (in the form of music for dancing that I hope will nurture, inspire and bring joy). My songs, written from 1977 to 2010, are about ecology, Palestine, Tookie Williams, El Salvador, Prisoners, love, hate, brainwashing, state sanctioned murder, U.S. imperialism, with just a little sex thrown in for good measure.

As a resident of Earth, with no regard for national borders and a love and fascination for all cultures, and I write in English (my first language), Spanish (my second language) and my friends write lyrics in Arabic (a special shukran here to Karim Amrani for the Arabic in Condena Indefinida). Each of the 12 original songs are a different rhythm and flavored with West Africa, Cuba, the Middle East & the U.S., often in fusion. There’s salsa, salsa rai, cumbia arabe, guira-rock/rap, montuno, guaguanco, baladi, makhsoum, blues, folk-rock, West African inspired, & a South African inspired acapella choral song. There’s lots of catchy choruses you can join in on, so put on your dancing shoes y ! A GOZAR!

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released June 1, 2011

Music and lyrics: Nora Roman
(Condena Indefinida Arabic lyrics-Karim Amrani)
Producer: Camilo Landau
Recording Engineer: Camilo Landau
Mastering Engineer: John Greenham
Album art & design: Nora Roman & Erinc Karacaylak
Album Layout: ? next week
Photos: Nora Roman
Musicians: Anis Sehiri-Keyboard; Antonio Roman-Alcala-Drumset; Ayla Davila: Electric Bass, Marimbula; Bryan Dyer-Vocals; Camilo Landau-Tres, guitres, Guitar, Keyboard, Bongo, Guiro, Maracas, Vocals; David M. Flores- Timbales, Drumset, claves, palitos, chekere; Johnny "El Guajiro" Escobedo-vocals; Karim Amrani -Vocals, Darbukke, Mandol; Markos Major-oboe; Meghann Welsh-oboe; Nasser Addi-Drumset; Nao Nakawaza-Violin; Nora Roman-guitar, qarqaba, gnawa clapping, lead Vocals; RockXena-barks; SUKI (Sue Kaye)-Conga, Ngoma, Mgongui, N'salaka, caxixi, kalimba, flamboyan pod; Susu Pampanin-Dumbek, Riq; Tim Abdellah Fuson- Electric bass, oud, qarqaba, gnawa clapping, vocals;TerriAnne Guitierrez-Zill, Younes Makhboul-Violin

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Track Name: Just Reuse
JUST REUSE By Nora Roman 5-19-07
Arabic Lyrics by Karim Amrani 2010

Species extinction, Resource depletion
Disappearing ozone, Satellites for cell phones
TV towers and microwaves, Mine tunnels in our deepest caves

WE EACH MAKE A DIFFERENCE
BY WHAT WE DO
THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
AND JUST REUSE

HAZ UNA DIFERENCIA
CON TU ACCION
REUSAR, NO COMPRAR
ES UNA SOLUCION

فكر مليح في عمالك خمم قبل ما تشري و تبيع
Feker mlih fi aamalek
khemem kbel ma techri we tbii.

Mountaintop removal, GMO approval
Cutting down whole forests - no oxygen tomorrow
Poison from our smokestacks, melting polar ice caps
All 3 language COROS
Alternating coros (E,S,A) with lines
-No pesticides in our gardens, no poisons in our homes S
-No gas guzzlers in our driveways, no credit card debt, no loans A
-All those ocean oil drills, and now we’re covered in oil spills E
-Ugly smelly factory farms, spending all our money on arms S
-No latest gadget beeping for its charge, we grow vegetables in our yard A
-Military bases everywhere, pollutants in our bones and hair E
-Feeding us industrial food, take a pill to lift your mood S
-Islands of plastic, fish caught out-rivers dried up, floods & draught A
-Imaginary borders cross our land, migrants die of thirst in the sand. E
-Natives stuck on a reservation, more prisoners here than any other nation S
-Distract yourself with a stupid ball game, hunger and suffering stay the same A
Track Name: Condena Indefinida
CONDENA INDEFINIDA
By Nora Roman 12-24-89
Arabic lyrics by Karim Amrani 12-10

Mirar y no mirar
Besar y no besar
Condena indefinida
De esperar y esperar

Sentir y no sentir
Vivir y no vivir
Condena indefinida
De esperar y esperar

Cuantos dias ya han pasado?
Cuantos mas van a pasar?
Hasta tener mi querida
Y mi querida libertad
En la vida habra justicia
Las cadenas a quebrar
Pero tengo mi condena
De esperar y esperar.

Arabic verse (w/ arabic coro in between lines-8 lines)
Arabic coro: Natamanou, natamanou (esperar y esperar)
translation of Condena Indefinida:
INDEFINITE SENTENCE
the spanish:
To see and not to see
To kiss and not to kiss
Indefinite sentence
To wait and wait

To feel and not to feel
To live and not to live
Indefinite sentence
To wait and wait

How many days have already gone by?
How many more will pass?
Until I have my beloved
And my beloved liberty

In this life there will be justice
The chains will all break
But I have my indefinite sentence
To wait and wait and wait
To wait and wait, to wait and wait.
The arabic
My heart is sad, my sadness has been forever
I’m stuck at the bottom of a well
I’m crying, my tears run
I don’t know what to do with my life
I have my mind and brain intact
My strength is I am not the first or last to feel this
I will open my eyes after all that dark and see the light
And I know things will be better.
Chorus: to wait and to wait.
Track Name: Dark Day: Song for Starhawk
DARK DAY: Nora Roman 2005
Original Arabic by Kareem Phoenix Mahmoud, Arabic update by Karim Amrani 2010

Another dark day &
the curse of destruction is ascending.
some feel it like a blow in the belly
or a pain in their heart
Some cry & some scream,
& some just plan their escape,
Some go to a meeting, and some just sit there & stare

Their fear will not change our respect for all life,
their buzz words will not make us obey
their greed is a germ that we will not catch
every day we will stand in their way
Weh bahd a la lem el leil
yeti ne har (After the darkness comes the light)

We'll continue to live
and to break all their rules
we'll make jokes & laugh really loud,
we'll make art & music, and play with our kids
and defy all the odds & be proud
Weh bahd a la lem el leil
yeti ne har


They may have power now but the world is not theirs,
all of them & their hate it will fade,
they can eat their red alerts
& their war on terrorists
mother nature’s gonna end their evil ways.
Weh bahd a la lem el leil
yeti ne har

Pretty soon they'll have no oil for their precious SUVs
the machines that made their world will rust away
and all the rest of us left will laugh & dance & sing,
and the sun it will rise every day.
the wind it will blow, the rain it will fall,
and the sun it will rise every day.
Weh bahd a la lem el leil
yeti ne har

San a’ohmu wista zeehad
Wana tirr fi omkhey il behar
Weh bahd a la lem el leil
yeti ne har

(We’ll fly deep in the ocean, we’ll swim up in the sky, and after the darkness the light will come)
Track Name: Buy and Buy
BUY AND BUY
By Nora Roman 10-22-05

When George Orwell wrote 1984 even he couldn’t predict
The mind control this state has brought, it really makes me sick.
The future we are living could not have been foreseen
Where corporations have more rights than real live human beings.
Where propaganda is the news, and advertising rules
Where those who dare to speak up, are all dismissed as fools.
The doublespeak they spout all day, destroying people’s minds,
War is Peace, and torture’s right, ,hate is the tie that binds.
Fear is their new reality; their idol is a company
They wear its logo so proudly and buy and buy and buy
AND BUY, OH BUY, JUST BUY AND BUY,
OH BUY, AND BUY, JUST BUY AND BUY.

Rich white men rule cause they’re so smart
And everyone else wants to work at Walmart
Poor folks of color around the globe,
are murdered by these homophobes
Occupation is democracy, domination is their theocracy
SO BUY, OH BUY, JUST BUY AND BUY,
OH BUY, AND BUY, JUST BUY AND BUY.

Yes is no and no is yes, Welcome to the great U.S.
It rules the world by destroying it,
but don’t despair it’s for the best
Perpetual war on terrorists is better than fighting communists
Imperial power is full of zest, be glad you’re number One
AND BUY, OH BUY, JUST BUY AND BUY,
DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY.
DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY.
DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY, DON’T BUY
Track Name: Me Muero Primero
ME MUERO PRIMERO
By Nora Roman 2-27-93
Poema de Intro (1986)
Basta,
Basta ya con los juegos tuyos
Te siento en mi piel
Como las espinas de la caña
Pero ya te estoy quitando
Espina por espina por espina:
Me dices que queres volver conmigo,
Que sufres cada dia mas sin mi
Que tu alma esta totalmente adolorido
Que yo tengo que sentir igual que tu
Pero yo te juro que si no has cambiado
Jamas me vas a poder convencer
Porque yo ya no soy aquella la misma tonta
Que te dio a vos todo su querer
Me Muero Primero, Me Muero Primero
Antes de dejarte entrar en mi vida otra vez-ME MUERO PRIMERO
Antes de abrir mi corazon a tu puñal --- MMP
Antes de dejarte acariciar mi piel ---- MMP
Antes de dejarte traicionarme otra vez---MMP
Antes de eschuchar tus palabras tan dulces---MMP

Antes de pensar en un futuro junto a ti---MMP
Antes de dejarte besar a mi---MMP
Antes de creer que tu me vas a apoyar---MMP
Antes de decir que yo a ti me voy a dedicar---MMP
Antes de creer las mentiras que salen de tu boca---MMP
Antes de meterme en tu vida tan loca---MMP
Antes de caer en tu trampa sin saber---MMP
Nunca jamas yo me voy a caer---MMP, MMP, MMP, MMP


English translation: I’d Die First
Poem from 1986:
Enough, enough of your games.
I feel you in my skin, like the spines of sugarcane.
But I already started picking you out.
Spine by spine by spine.

You say you want to go back with me,
That you suffer every day without me,
That your soul is full of pain
That I have to feel the same
But I swear that if you haven’t changed,
You could never convince me
Because I’m not that same silly girl
Who gave you all her love.

Before I let you back in my life- I’d die first
Before I open my heart to your knife- I’d die first
Before I let you caress my skin- I’d die first
Before I let you betray me another time- I’d die first
Before I listen to your sweet words- I’d die first

Before I think of a future with you- I’d die first
Before I let you kiss me- I’d die first
Before I believe that you would support me- I’d die first
Before I say I’m going to dedicate myself to you- I’d die first
Before I believe the lies from your mouth- I’d die first
Before I get involved in your crazy life again- I’d die first
Before I fall into your trap without realizing it - I’d die first
Never again am I going to fall- I’d die first
I’d die first, I’d die first, I’d die first. I’d die first!
Track Name: Luchador: Cancion para Willy
LUCHADOR: Cancion Para Willy By Nora Roman 1-28-08
CORO: Luchador, desde el principio
Luchador, hasta el final,
Luchador siempre adelante
Que viva Willy y el Salvador! (4x)

Una chispa bien brillante, que tiraba fuego, donde andaba,
Mi hijo guapo y sabroso, con compromiso y con mucha gracia.
Nacido en el sesentaysiete, en la acera del mercado central,
Siempre andaba, descalzo, para vender lo que vos podia
Desde zipote, tan chiquitico, en la lucha por la libertad,
por el BPR fuiste correo, Por la justicia y la hermandad
coro
En el ochenta y uno, corria sangre, en las calles de San Salvador,
Tu mama Conchi a ti te forzó a acompañarla a salvarse ya.
A San Francisco, venian caminando, y a los tres dias de estar aqui,
Vos te encontraste con tus compañeros de Casa El Salvador. Farabundo Marti

CORO

Vos entregaste, trabajaste duro, a cada evento asistia,
Puño arriba, boca gritando, inspirando a quien te veia.
Pero tu corazon habia quedado, en el sur donde dicen vos.
Pues partiste, regresaste para poner tu grano de arroz.

CORO

Años de guerra, y de exilio, de movimiento e inseguridad,
Cuando por fin regresaste a San Pancho,
Siendo Willy - hombre ya.
Tu nueva lucha fue descubrirte, a tu alma y tu identidad,
A entenderte en lo profundo, a ti mismo en tu complejidad.

CORO

Cuando decidimos ser madre y hijo, me llenó de felicidad,
Ser tu madre revolucionaria con quien pudiste celebrar.
Años pasaron, crecimos juntos, y vos lograste participar,
En tantos grupos, tanto trabajo-demasiado para mencionar:

CORO

Vos empezaste el movimiento, contra EL SIDA en El Salvador,
A los derechos Gay y lesbianas dedicaste tu amor.
Nuevas leyes y respeto llego a ser tu gran mision
Lograste tanto en tu tiempo por tu clara vision

CORO

Te enterre un dia triste, en noviembre del dos mil tres,
Acompañada de tanta gente, niños llorando por su tio Wil.
Mijo querido, tu vida cuenta, no fue en vano lo que a ti pasó.
El mundo llego a ser mejor por mi Willy de El Salvador
CORO
LUCHADOR: SONG FOR WILLY 1-28-08 English Translation

Struggler/fighter from the beginning, struggler/fighter to the end
Long live Willy & El Salvador, Long live Willy & El Salvador

A really bright spark, that lit fires wherever he went,
My handsome, colorful son, with commitment and so much grace.
Born in ’67 on the sidewalk of the Central Market,
You walked all around, although barefoot, selling whatever you could.
From when you were a little boy, so small, you joined the struggle for liberty.
You were a messenger for the Popular Revolutionary Block
For justice and sister/brotherhood.

In ’81, the blood ran in the streets of San Salvador,
Your mama Conchi forced you to accompany her to save yourself.
To San Francisco you came walking, and after 3 days here you found the comrades of Casa El Salvador Farabundo Marti.

You threw yourself into it, worked hard, attended every event,
Fist on high, mouth shouting, inspiring everyone who saw you,
But your heart had stayed behind, in the south where they say “vos”
So you left and returned to contribute your grain of rice.

After years of war and exile, of movement and insecurity,
When you finally returned to San Pancho,
you were already Willy -a man
Your new struggle was to discover yourself, your soul and your identity,
To understand yourself deeply, understand your complexity.

When we decided to be mother and son, I was filled with happiness.
To be your revolutionary mother with whom you could celebrate.
Years passed, we grew together, and you succeeded in participating in so many groups, so much work, too much to even mention.

You started the Movement against AIDS in El Salvador,
To Gay & Lesbian human rights you dedicated your love.
New laws and respect came to be your grand mission,
And you achieved so much in your time with your clear vision.

I buried you on a sad day in November 2003,
accompanied by so many people, children crying for their Uncle Will.
My dear son, your life counts, what happened to you was not in vain.
The world changed into a better place because of my Willy from El Salvador.
Track Name: Song for Palestine
SONG FOR PALESTINE BY NORA ROMAN 12-28-08 Israel is bombing Gaza again
Chorus:
OO-OO-00-00—PALESTINE OO-OO-OO-OO PALESTINE
THEY’RE KILLING YOUR CHILDREN AGAIN, OH PALESTINE
MY HEART ACHES AS I SING, FOR PALESTINE

HOW MANY MORE YEARS? HOW MANY MORE TEARS?
HOW MANY MORE LIVES? HOW MUCH PAIN ON ALL SIDES?
HOW DOES ONE LOSE HER HUMANITY? HOW CAN WE ACCEPT THIS INSANITY?
Chorus
HOW MANY MORE BOMBS? HOW MANY MORE PSALMS?
HATE JUST HAS NO PLACE, IN MY HUMAN RACE
ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE FREE, WITH JUSTICE AND LIBERTY
Chorus

I WANT TO HAVE SOME FAITH, THAT YOU’LL BE FREE SOMEDAY
THAT THE WHOLE WORLD WILL AWAKE, FROM THE NITEMARE OF TODAY,
AND ALL PEOPLE WILL BE ONE AND WILL LIVE IN HARMONY
WHEN THE SCATTERED CAN COME HOME TO PALESTINE
Chorus, MY HEART BREAKS AS I SING FOR PALESTINE (2x)
Track Name: A Few More
A FEW MORE by Nora Roman, March 1977

Well I wish I had a rooster
So I could listen to him crow
And I wish I had a garden
So I could sit and watch it grow
But I wish I had some lovers
Who’d bring me some and ask for more

Well I like to see the sunrise
Be blinded by that golden glow
And I like to see the stars shine
In the blackness of that giant hole
But I’d like to see some lovers
Who’d bring me some and ask for more...

Well I can paddle a canoe
on the ocean when it’s rough
I can climb a sheer rock cliff
But it doesn’t seem as touch
As to find yourself some lovin
That could ever be enough
In this big joint of a world
all I ask is one more puff

Well I’ve been shaken by an earthquake
I saw a comet streak the sky
A volcano made me melt
Eclipses make me wanna cry
But all I ask is to be shaken
By a few more lovers before I die.
Track Name: Requiem for Tookie Williams
REQUIEM FOR TOOKIE WILLIAMS by Nora Roman 12-13-05

They killed Tookie Williams this morning at twelve thirty five
He grew to reject killing, so they couldn’t leave him alive.
Kill kill kill it’s the american way, Kill Kill Kill it’s the american way (coro)

I want to go into hiding, not know about all this pain.
I do not belong to your evil land, I’m not gonna share the blame.
I won’t Kill, kill kill cause it’s the american way (repeat)

You evil beings who make the guns, who torture and who bomb,
How do you sleep, how do you live, with all the pain you cause?
You kill kill kill it’s the american way, (repeat)

No war is a good war, and no execution is just.
You who want these awful things, you’re infected with blood lust.
You kill, kill kill it’s the american way (repeat)

None of your warped values will get me to join in,
I will not buy, I can’t be bought, I have no original sin.
I won’t kill, kill, kill cause it’s the american way (repeat)

I am not an american, I belong to no man’s state
Patriotism is a social disease, wake up before it’s too late
Don’t kill, kill, kill cause it’s the american way.
Don’t kill, don’t kill, don’t kill, don’t kill, don’t kill.
Track Name: Zelda
ZELDA !
by Nora Roman 7-14-07

She walks in the room and everyone sees,
They jump up and say, come sit next to me.
Petite is her body, her spirit so tall,
Her perfume is niceness, her smile says it all.

Zelda! ................Zelda!
Zelda is the very best mother I have.
Zelda!......................Zelda!

Her cooking’s not bad, she knows how to paint,
She gardens, she hammers, lazy she ain’t,
She scrubs, she cleans, she drives, she flies
She can tile & sew, & of course she is wise.

Chorus

She can play on the floor, roll around like a fool,
She used to ride horses and paddle canoes,
She danced, played piano, & rarely got mad,
She taught us to love and to love what we had.

Coro

Celebrate 83 years Zelda’s on earth
Praise 30 July-the day of her birth
Zelda! Zelda! Zelda! Zelda! Zelda!
Happy Birthday Zelda (june 2011)
Track Name: Domination
DOMINATION
By Nora Roman 11-07-05

DOMINATION ABOMINATION
THAT’S OUR NATION
THE U.S.A.
AND IT’S NOT JUST TODAY
IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY

DOMINATION ABOMINATION
RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING
IT WAS ALL ABOUT WINNING
ABOUT MURDER AND STEALING
NOT VERY APPEALING
IN FACT IT IS INSANITY
A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

DOMINATION ABOMINATION
I STAND HERE TO REJECT IT
EVERY ONE DOES AFFECT IT
YOU CAN FIGHT TO OVERTHROW IT
YOU CAN TELL THE WORLD YOU KNOW IT

DOMINATION ABOMINATION
YOU CAN RAISE YOUR KIDS WITH LOVE
YOU CAN REFUSE TO RAISE YOUR HAND
IN ANGER OR IN HATE
YOU CAN CHERISH ALL OF LIFE
I SWEAR IT’S NOT TOO LATE

DOMINATION ABOMINATION
I STAND HERE TO REJECT IT
Track Name: Shame on You
SHAME ON YOU 6-4-10
By Nora Roman, after
Israeli Commando Attack On Freedom For Gaza Flotilla

ISRAELI COMMANDOS BOARDED A BOAT
SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU

READY TO KILL SOME INNOCENT FOLK
SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU

DRESSED IN BLACK WITH GUNS AND KNIVES
SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU

THEY RAPPELLED RIGHT DOWN AND TOOK SOME LIVES
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

HUMANITARIAN AID IS NOW A CRIME
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

TRY TO HELP THE HUNGRY AND YOU’LL DO SOME TIME
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

NURSES, DOCTORS, STUDENTS AND MOMS
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

BRINGING TOYS AND MEDICINE, NOT GUNS OR BOMBS
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

INTERNATIONAL WATERS WITH FLAGS FLOWN HIGH
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

AN ILLEGAL BLOCKADE THEY WERE THERE TO DEFIE
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

PALESTINIANS SUFFER, GAZA CRIES
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

WORLD GOVERNMENTS STAND BY AND WATCH THEM DIE
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

CHECKPOINTS, SNIPERS, BOMBS AND THE WALL
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

DESPITE IT ALL PALESTINIANS STAND TALL
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

BEATINGS, TORTURE, KIDS IN YOUR JAILS
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

BUT IT WILL END
OPPRESSION ALWAYS FAILS
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

ZIONISM IS FRUIT FROM THE POISON TREE
SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU

THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE WILL BE FREE

THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE WILL BE FREE

THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE WILL BE FREE