Kōrero I O Kōrero

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Kōrero I O Kōrero (Talk Your Talk)
This song was written from the perspective of indigenous peoples, their connection with our environment and their sometimes futile fight to protect natural habitats and the earth.

lyrics

KŌRERO I O KŌRERO
I whānau mai koe 
Hai whakaruruhau 
Hai kaiarataki 
Hai mātāika e       
 
Kōrero i ō kōrero  
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi 
 
He taratara te moenga 
E moea nā e koe 
Hāpaingia ngā taonga 
Tuku iho ā tīpuna mā 
 
Kōrero i ō kōrero  
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi 
 
Kai te tangi a Māmā 
Kai te rongo anō koe? 
Āta whakarongo 
Kua tata rā te mutunga 
Kai te tangi a Māmā 
Kai te rongo anō koe? 
Āta whakarongo 
Kua tata rā te mutunga 

Kōrero i ō kōrero  
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
Kōrero ahiahi e 
Kōrero i ō kōrero 
'Hakoa tangi ai te iwi

TALK YOUR TALK
Born protector
Protector of it all
You lead the charge
But you’re first to fall

Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep
Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep

In a bed of thorns
I know you sleep
Bear the burden handed to you
From the ones before

Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep
Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep

Our mother is crying
Can you hear?
Listen carefully
The end is near
Our mother is crying
Can you hear?
Listen carefully
The end is near

Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep
Talk your talk
Your talk is cheap
Talk your talk
Our people weep

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from Āiotanga, released July 31, 2015
English language lyrics by Kirsten Te Rito
Te reo Māori translation by Dr Joseph Te Rito

Music by James Illingworth and Kirsten Te Rito

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Kirsten Te Rito New Zealand

Kirsten Te Rito is a vocalist, songwriter and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

Earthy beats, lush soundscapes and Kirsten's hypnotic melodies, take you on a sonic journey while showcasing the beautiful Māori language.

She has released two solo Māori language albums and her five track EP 'Te Kaitiaki' is due for release in April 2020.
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