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    A DVD video recording of the full performance of a musical showcase featuring songs form the forthcoming musical, Red Devil Moon: Inspired by Jean Toomer's "Cane."
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Tree and Man
(c) 2013 Pamela Cardullo Ortiz & Robert Earl Price

Somewhere on the veldt there’s a tree, brother
Where your fathers knelt, on their knees, brother
We have always felt sympathy for one another.
Tree and man. Man and tree.

The day that you came forth on this earth, brother
Beneath my roots they buried the afterbirth, brother
Our two lives are twined, for what it’s worth, brother
Tree and man. Man and tree.

I could be a drum to keep the beat, brother.
I could be a stool and be your seat, brother.
Our two souls complete one another.
Tree and man. Man and tree.

If I can’t be a drum
Lord, let me be a stool
If I can’t be a drum
Lord, let me be a stool
Let me be a wooden witness , nobody’s fool.

Carve from me a sword for the fight, brother.
Plane me and I’ll be your shield, for cover.
Boil my sap and salve your wounds, brother.
Tree and man. Man and tree.

Your afterbirth and ashes nourish me, brother.
Just as you eat the fruit from the tree, brother.
What I exhale you inhale, continually, brother.
Tree and man. Man and tree.

I could be a mantle
Or a widow’s wooden spool
I could be a mantle
Or a widow’s wooden spool
Let me serve a purpose, be nobody’s fool.

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from Red Devil Moon - Live at the Garfield, released January 8, 2015

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