Where On Earth Is Heaven?

from by Matt Nakoa

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Well, G-d came down that fateful day,
Took a look around the world he’d made
And began to fashion Adam out of dirt.
He said, “Man don’t get big claws or fur!
Instead, I give the gift of words!
The power to create with what you say!”
Well let’s fast forward like a trillion years.
You and I are chillin’ here -
The children of these trillion years of talk.
We got the iphone, ipad, ipod ...
Look at all the crap we got!
With lots o’ guns and bombs to keep it safe.
Hey, I’m all for technology
(Unless, of course, it’s aimed at me)
But I do believe somewhere we ceased
To see the forest for the trees
‘Cause for all our new inventions
What the hell is our intention?
Are we more addicted to our shit than committed to our happiness?

What is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?

Well, G-d yelled down to Moses
“You gotta keep the Sabbath holy!
To skip it is to miss the mark in life!
Sure don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t cheat and lie,
But you got to take some quiet time
To realize your own reasons why!”
Well I been workin’ every week.
When Sunday comes I watch TV,
But it don’t make me no holier inside.
Just feels like I’m worshipping false idols -
Paper gods that pay my rent.
And I’m feeling so misguided
Think it’s time that I repent.
So I’m headed to the mountains
Gonna pitch myself a tent.
Gonna count up all my blessings
Hallelujah and Amen!

What is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?

I want choirs of crickets singing at night
Beneath a jeweled cathedral sky
On ancient earth, beside a fragrant fire.
There are sermons in the trees
The breath of life is on the breeze
Leaves me nothing in this world to be desired
Except maybe a girl who loves the wild.

‘Cause what is human nature?
Aren’t we animals and angels in one?
Tell me, what is human nature?
Do you love what we’ve become?
And tell me, where is Heaven?
Is it some place we can’t see?
Tell me where on Earth is Heaven?
Ain’t it right in front of me?
Ain’t it right in front of you and me?

credits

from A Dozen Other Loves, released November 1, 2013
Music & Lyrics by Matt Nakoa

Matt Nakoa - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, organ, percussion
Lorenzo Wolff - bass
Michael Reilly - drums
Rebecca Naomi Jones - backing vocals

Recorded by Neale Eckstein @ Foxrun Studios, Sudbury MA
Drums & bass recorded by Riley McMahon @ New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn NY

Mixed & Mastered by Corey Schreppel
Produced by Matt Nakoa & Neale Eckstein

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Matt Nakoa grew up on a small goat farm in Central New York State and began composing music as a teenager. He is a 2014 winner of Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition and tours internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and in India. Matt's concert music has been reviewed in The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured at BAM and on Disney.com. ... more

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