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Love Medicine

by Noa (Achinoam Nini)

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Dear friends
This album has been simmering slowly in our minds over the past four years, and now finally we have brought together the best of our musical offerings, our “Love Medicine”. The collection includes songs inspired by interesting people and places, like “Nothing but a Song” and “Happy Song”, inspired by Milton Nascimento and Joao Bosco, our Hebrew version of a Gilberto Gil song called “Shalom- A paz” (all three our tribute to Brazil and its great artists) and a gorgeous new tune by Pat Metheny that I wrote lyrics to (a poetic sketch of the man and his genius!), featuring his gorgeous playing. Thank you Pat, our one and only!!
We are also honored to have a duet with the wonderful Spanish singer-songwriter/poet/philosopher/painter Joaquin Sabina, whom Gil and I admire greatly: the song “You” was written after an inspiring meeting with him at his amazing home in Madrid, where he has 30,000 books!! He translated my lyrics into Spanish, recreating the song in his own inimitable style. Gracias Joaquin!
The album also includes two additional covers: one is the great classic Bangles song “eternal flame”, co-written by (and dedicated to!) our friend Billy Steinberg. The other is a less known but absolutely lovely song by Bobby McFerrin, whom we had the honor of sharing the stage with last year.
“Don’t be afraid of anything” is dedicated to my children…Ayehli, Enea and Yum. In “look at the moon” I tried to finally fulfill that famous Paul Simon lyric I’ve known since my teens: “if you wanna write a song about the moon, if you wanna write a spiritual tune …just do it, write a song about the moon.” :-). “Little star” is my first attempt to ever to write a song about the Holocaust. I don’t think I can do better as a songwriter than this song. I have seldom felt as proud of any piece of my own work.
“Deep as your eyes” is a song that has been hiding with Gil and me for many years, and here, it has finally come into the light…through the tears, what joy…
The last song on the album is our message to all of you, and the torch by which we live our lives: “love your brother, and sister, as you love yourself”.
Hope you enjoy :-)
Xo Noa

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released June 15, 2014

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Track Name: Nothing But A Song
Nothing but a song

Your eyes say all that your mouth cannot say
And I, I want to fly
Fly like the birds over the lake
In the early dawn
With nothing on my mind
Nothing but a song.

Your hands
Say all that your head will not dare
And I, I want to cry,
Cry out your name into the night…
Till the early dawn
With nothing on my lips,
Nothing but a song.


Wake up and see me, I’m right here beside you
Or over the ocean in some foreign land
Where’s there’s sand and there’s sand
Or I’m high in a tower with cars down below
Or I’m deep in the snow
Here again I’m beside you, my heart seeking out your embrace
Though I don’t really know you, I see in your face
There is goodness, a child playing ball in the street
dreaming always of dolphins…

Your smile
Is all that the world can’t destroy
And we, we want to see
Though all the pain, and all the tears…
All that has gone wrong..
With nothing in our hearts…
Nothing but a song.
Track Name: Eternity & Beauty
Eternity and Beauty

Eyes as blue as the wind
And everything inside
waiting to begin…

Where is the child that used to dream of a train
Over the plains and the sky where the sparrows fly at dawn,
along the lines of a cloud…

in eyes as deep as the rain
There’s no way to explain it ..
How you make me feel when I’m near you…

Eternity and beauty from a distant place join hands and take a bow..…
Track Name: Mere Words
Mere Words

All these songs of love's first flight
they don't sing ours just right
So I stayed up half the night
to write a song of love for you

There are the words that say these things
I don’t know one that brings
all the joy that I could sing
in a song of love for you


This is crazy,I'm so hazy
and not so sure of myself
All the love I feel in my heart for you
a mere song couldn't handle
guess I'll abandon this project
Who am I foolin'?
I’m no poet
just thought if you didn't know yet
that I need your love to see me through



This is crazy
I'm so hazy
and not so sure of myself
All the love I feel in my heart for you
a mere song couldn't handle
guess I'll abandon this project
Who am I foolin'?
I’m no poet
just thought if you didn't know yet
that I need your love to see me through

Yes, I'm a failure
I couldn't see my way through to the end
I know we're not through, my friend
there's so much still left for us to do
cause' there's no one quite like you
no, there's no one quite like you
Track Name: Happy Song
Happy Song

I want to write a happy song
Forget for a moment all that is wrong
Concentrate on all that’s right
Like the stars that sparkle in the night
Like your eyes when they are ready for my loving..

I wiggle my toes in the warm, warm sand
I hold the sunlight in my hand
I tickle my daughter and watch her laugh
We skip together down the path
And all of god’s creation comes alive for us..

Tudutudutudu
There is a plan but we don’t know it
Tudutudutudu
There is a way, or maybe two..
Tudutudutudu
And I will sing a happy song for you,
Even when my heart is breaking into Twodutudutudu..
Lalalalalala
There is a love and it is growing..
Lalalalalala
There is a lot that we can do..
Tudutudutudu
And I will sing a happy song for you,
Even when my heart is breaking into Twodutudutudu..

I wish that I could close my eyes
And wake up where the sun will rise
The sun that paints the edge of night
In red and purple shades of light
Reminding me that somewhere there’s a dream coming..

True!dutudutudu…
There is a plan but we don’t know it
Tudutudutudu
There is a way, or maybe two..
Tudutudutudu
And I will sing a happy song for you,
Even when my heart is breaking into Twodutudutudu..
Lalalalalala
There is a love and it is growing..
Lalalalalala
There is a lot that we can do..
Tudutudutudu
And I will sing a happy song for you,
Even when my heart is breaking into Twodutudutudu.
Track Name: Shalom
Peace
Crept into the chambers of my heart
And filled my soul
Peace
Like a storm from a distant place
That suddenly sweeps e away
And I am no longer bound in chains..

Peace
Thousands in the city square
Suddenly, shots in the air
Years and the flame has not dimmed
But y heart longs for more..
And will not reast until to comes..
Peace.

And here you are,
And here I am
A moment of hope
The cannons blast
The children sing
And here…a tear…

At the end
My feet will take me far away
To the dock at the end of the horizon
And the sunset will thrill my eyes
Like the waves crying for the shore
like the heart asking: when?
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid of anything

My son
This sun may not always shine on you
My boy
This joy may not always be your lot
My girl
This world may not always call your name
The sea you see,
May drown all your dreams

But you, raise your chin
Don’t you let those demons in
Don’t be afraid of anything…

My child
Complied in every book you’ll read
Beauty, wisdom
And secrets untold

My friend,
No end to the questions you may ask
but who hears you
when you dare break the mold…?

then you, raise your chin.
Don’t you let those demons in..
Don’t be afraid of anything
Don’t be afraid of anything….

remember the light from whence you came..
remember,
and go back again…..
remember the light from whence you came..
remember!
and go back again…..
don’t be afraid of anything!

My son
This sun may not always shine on you
Breath deep
Don’t keep your fist forever clenched..

Don’t be afraid of anything….
Track Name: Look At The Moon
Look at he moon

Look at the moon my love…the way it glimmers in the night..
We are not the first nor the last basking in her light
Do you think she sees how your eyes when they look certain then surprised , could make the coldest iceberg melt..
Look at the moon my love…the way she whispers to a star…
We are not the first nor the last to adore her from afar…
Do you think the moon understands the simple beauty of your hands, when they are longing to be held…

Do you think she knows the language of our prayers?
Do you think she knows, or even cares?
Do you think she hears our names?
In her eyes we’re all the same …
From her cradle way above..
The moon sees only love…
Look at the moon my dear… at all the stories she can tell
We are not the first nor the last to fall under her spell…
Do you think she hears my heart, breaking the loneliness apart, wishing my mouth could be as bold…

Do you think she knows the language of our prayers?
Do you think she knows, or even cares?
Do you think she hears our names?
In her eyes we’re all the same …
From her cradle way above..
The moon sees only love…

Look at the moon..she knows..
That every moment something grows.
We are not the first nor the last, to trust her with our woes..
I know the moon would rise,
if she could only see your eyes,
if she could understand the power they have over every song I sing…..
Track Name: Little Star
Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder why you are down here..
What are you doing on my father’s coat?
Why are you spoiling my mother’s dress?
No..i don’t want to guess..
I’d rather close my eyes,
Like a diamond in the sky…

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder why you are so dim?
What are you doing with a big black name?
Sewn with a needle and a thread of shame?
Maybe this is just a grown-up’ game?
I’d rather close my eyes,
Like a diamond in the sky…

Ooh,
Who am I today?
Ooh,
Who was I before?
Twinkle, twinkle, I will sing,
For tomorrow always brings,
Opportunities to begin again

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder why you are
Right here…
Hear my heart beat where you lie
Thunder is rolling in a clear blue sky
No I don’t want to cry!
I’d rather close my eyes,
Like a diamond in the sky…

Ooh,
Who am I today?
Ooh,
Who was I before?

Twinkle, twinkle, I will sing,
For tomorrow always brings,
Opportunities to begin, again…

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes
She’ll be carrying six white horses too..
One white horse for every million,
Next she’s coming round for me and you!

Twinkle , twinkle, silent night
All is calm but nothing’s bright down here..
Woe, when a mother and her child
Fear for their lives as they run and hide
I’m trembling inside,
Please let me close my eyes ,
And sleep in heavenly peace…
Track Name: Deep As Your Eyes
Deep as your eyes

there’s a time of day i get melancholy
something i can’t explain
when I watch the sky turning red and holy
promising morning rain

i feel a cold wind in my heart
and just before i start to cry
a love as deep as your eyes,
deep as your eyes..

there’s a time of day, it’s a changing hour
all my defences fall
then I close myself like a gentle flower
nobody hears my call

where can i find a friend, a voice
who can erase the tears, the lies
with a love as deep as your eyes,
deep as your eyes..

love without questions or fear..
now and here,
hear me
hear me....


I feel a cold wind in my heart
and just before i start to cry
a love as deep as your eyes,
your love
is deep as your eyes..