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Recorded in Kkindu Village, Uganda in January 2012, Kandote is a collaborative music project between Frances Luke Accord and the Barefoot Truth Children's Choir. The project is intended to establish a lasting means of financial support for the choir's education through a product of their own hand--or rather, voice.

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released December 4, 2012

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Frances Luke Accord Chicago, Illinois

Frances Luke Accord is an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi- instrumentalists and attentive songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, organic acoustics and buttery harmonies. ... more

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Track Name: In The Water
Feel the water
Feel the fire
Feed the rush of the firefly
But in the water, and in the night sky
There is something worth the surprise

But the sky is getting colder
I can almost taste the rain
And our hearts are getting older
Its getting tougher to see through your smile
To your pain

We dance around this water
We’re fixed around this sphere
We’re speaking to one another
In words nobody can hear, my dear

In the breathe of a micro-creature
In the heart of a human being
In a thousand holy preachers
Keeping track of holy things
Does the creature hail the letter?
Does he scrutinize his world?
He’s concerned about his water
And how’s he’s getting home

How am I getting home?
How am I getting home?

How am I getting home?
How am I getting home?
How am I getting home?
How am I getting home?
Track Name: Insomnia
When the city sleeps
What’s the thing that keeps you up at night?
And if only I could dream
And tap into the repressed sights and scenes
Of yesterday’s happenings
I’ve wandered down these halls
Frozen in time like a cold dark night
This is still life it seems
Well I’d tell you where I’m going
If I knew the way

So wandering child
Take me away
From these lonely hours
For in your heart lies
The truth in the night
And I long to hear your open mind

Well the night grows old
As the shadows from the moon they grow greater still.
My mind runs like the wind
Racing through those thoughts that I’d left behind
In the cobwebs of my mind
It’s about high time
The wind settled down and the lights dimmed low
And the time began to fade
Well I’d tell you where I’m going
If I knew the way

So wandering child
Take me away
From these lonely hours
For in your heart lies
The truth in the night
And I long to hear your open mind

Kumbayah my lord, kumbayah
Kumbayah my lord, kumbayah

To feel the bitter breeze
Or a lover’s touch to cure my mind’s disease
But lonesome all the while
Staring at the ceiling so dull and white
Maybe God can hear me sigh
I’ve counted every star
And thought and every thought about where you are
And where I ought to be
I’ll tell you where I’m going
If I knew the way
Track Name: Kandote
It took me a long time
Just to dream of California
Where the golden valleys roll on for miles
But I woke up in another place
That calm December night
Warm inside

My long-lost brother
Twice removed
Darker than the night
Sang but I couldn’t understand
But he smiled a smile from my father’s side
True as the day
Soft as the rain

Kandote
Tukole wamu
Tussé kimu
Tuli ba musayi gumu
(and I dream of being one, together, for we are one blood)

And for the sake of our own trades
We went our separate ways
I walked into a lonely afternoon
And shivering by the night
And oh, the moon, a light on me
A light on you

Kan-do-te, tukole wamu, tussé kimu
Tuli ba musayi gumu
(and I dream of being one, together, for we are one blood)
Track Name: Amaholo
Amaholo angimungu sitani midamidale
Sitani lemagi nguaya
Oduliyo lemagi nguaya
Duliyo kengere
Nyimayi yesu ni domina ibilu

English Translation:

God's blessing can't be blocked by the devil.
Satan isn’t on our side
With God we are the winner
Let’s keep our faith in Almighty God
Jesus came to save us from our sins
Track Name: Nowhere to be Found
If I could find an army
To do as I command
If I could paint a picture, love
To make you understand
If I could dig to China
Without making a sound
Then baby I’ll be nowhere to be found

If I could kill a giant
With the tiniest of stones
If I could tell a Spanish tale
To the tourists in Rome
If I could kiss the sunrise
Each time around
Then baby I’ll be nowhere to be found

And it’s a long time to lie
A child beneath an endless sky
Who can only reach so high
And I love to wonder why
I feel I’m left with only my disguise

If I could find the secrets
To how the world began
If I could hold the key of life
In the palm of my hand
If I could take you with me
We’d turn our lives around
Then baby we’d be nowhere to be found

And it’s a long time to lie
A child beneath and endless sky
Who can only reach so high
And I love to wonder why
I feel I’m left with only my disguise

And I love to wonder why
I feel I’m left with only my disguise
Track Name: Swing Low
Swing low sweet chariot
coming for to carry me home
swing low sweet chariot
coming for to carry me home

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