this love song is for the mountain girl, for whom i sing each day.
i originally composed this song on the banjo (a 'distant cousin' of the kora) and take inspiration for some of the experimental plucking techniques from the claw-hammer style.
i got the idea to play this song on the kora (and indeed, the inspiration to play the kora AT ALL) from the legend Toumani Diabaté, who sometimes snuck the melody of "Oh, Susanna" into his improvisations during the kora classes i took at his home in Bamako, Mali.
Toumani has brought the kora to so many people around the world and i thank him for everything he taught me and for all the work he does through music to build a world of peace.
i was born a valley boy
my sister she can tell you
i've cursed and i have fallen down
but i've never fallen so gently
do you love me mountain girl? do you love me?
though i come from the valley low, though my people's surly
what do you see in me mountain girl?
what do you see in me?
i'm a mixed up man with no cause at all
you're eternal, you dance freely
i love you too sweet mountain girl
as your voice, the wind it calls me
high on the hill where you stand so proud
beside you i stand freely
the flowers you picked on that mountain side
the smell it lifts me freely
it carries me to the other side
where i dance forever with thee
what would you do if i were to go?
if the wind she came and took me?
i'd not go to see another now
because i'd not be looking
do you miss me mountain girl do you miss me?
your voice, the wind, it calls me now. your voice that sings so clearly
released December 25, 2016
Stephen Fuller - kora & vocals