Dervish

from the lost tapes by kokoku

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about

The whirling dervish was fascinating to me, to spin away all bad karma, imagine that! - Gio

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Dervish
by Giovanna Sgarlata


Seems like these days
Spending a lot of time
With myself

Retrospective
I don’t know who I am

Who I think I am?
Who do I think I am?

There are questions
Things that I cannot
Foresee

My heart's in danger
I’m open to vulnerability

Who you think you are
Who do you think you are?

Sooner or later
You must face the truth

Concentration
Lost my thoughts
Can’t keep my mind
On anything

It’s a Whirling Dervish
My feelings are all
in a spin

The air is getting thin
The spinners never win

Sooner or later
I must face the truth

Just like missiles
Chasing after you
Hot pursuit

No betrayal
Baby when you tell the truth
When will you tell the truth?
Sooner or later
You must tell the truth…

credits

from the lost tapes, released December 21, 2020
Dervish -- c 1984 Gio Sgarlata
Gio-lead vox, rhythm guitar 1; Em-backing vox, guitar 2; Ash-backing vox, Valerie Naranjo-percussion

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kokokutheband New York, New York

At the height of NYC's mid-80s "fast-folk" club scene alongside artists like Suzanne Vega, acoustic trio kokoku arrived with sparkling harmonies and tight rhythms .

Along with Tracy Chapman and Indigo Girls, kokoku emerged just as "women's music" became more mainstream. Some called kokoku the female Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Discover the origins of queer acoustic in these lost tapes from 1984.
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