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Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 4, 2010 01:15am | Post a Comment

Singer Lhasa de Sela passed away on January 1st 2010, after a twenty-one month battle with breast cancer. Lhasa, as she was known, released three albums. 1997's La Llorona, 2003's The Living Road and her self-titled release in April of 2009. She also performed at Amoeba Hollywood in 2004 just before I started working here, and at the San Francisco store later that same week.

She was born on September 27, 1972, to a Mexican father and an American mother. She spent much of her childhood traveling back and forth through Mexico and the U.S. This nomadic lifestyle contributed to her creativity and by the age of thirteen, she started singing in restaurants. In 1997, La Llorona brought her much praise in Canada, where she relocated after moving out on her own. La Llorona was sung entirely in Spanish. The Living Road, her second album, made her an international star, as she sang in Spanish, French and English, easily flowing from one language to the next. 2009's self-titled release, Lhasa, was her first entirely in English, which, after reading the lyrics, I can only assume chronicled her bout with cancer.  Due to her sickness, Lhasa was forced to cancel her tour slated for last fall. She also planned to record an album of the songs of  Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, but died before the album could come to fruition.

When I was reading the lyrics to her latest album the song "I'm Going In" really hit home. In retrospect, it must have taken such determination and strength for Lhasa to complete what she thought might be her last album, and sadly, it was. Her voice will be missed by many across the world.

Below are the lyrics to "I'm Going In" with the videos for "Fool's Gold" (also on her 2009 release Lhasa) and "Con Toda Palabra" off The Living Road.

WHEN MY LIFETIME HAD JUST ENDED
AND MY DEATH HAD JUST BEGUN
I TOLD YOU I'D NEVER LEAVE YOU
BUT I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME

GIVE ME BLOOD FOR MY BLOOD WEDDING
I AM READY TO BE BORN
I FEEL NEW
AS IF THIS BODY WERE THE FIRST I'D EVER WORN

I NEED STRAW FOR THE STRAW FIRE
I NEED HARD EARTH FOR THE PLOW
DON'T ASK ME TO RECONSIDER
I AM READY TO GO NOW

I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN
THIS IS HOW IT STARTS
I CAN SEE IN SO FAR
BUT AFTERWARDS WE ALWAYS FORGET
WHO WE ARE

I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN
I CAN STAND THE PAIN
AND THE BLINDING HEAT
'CAUSE I WON'T REMEMBER YOU
THE NEXT TIME WE MEET

YOU'LL BE MAKING THE ARRANGEMENTS
YOU'LL BE TRYING TO SET ME FREE
NOT A MOMENT FOR THE MEETING
I'LL BE BUSY AS A BEE

YOU'LL BE TALKING TO ME
BUT I JUST WON'T UNDERSTAND
I'LL BE FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE
YOU'LL BE HOLDING OUT YOUR HAND

DON'T YOU TEMPT ME WITH PERFECTION
I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO
I DIDN'T BURROW THIS FAR IN
JUST TO COME RIGHT BACK TO YOU

I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO UGLY
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SLOW
THESE PRISON WALLS GET CLOSER NOW
THE FURTHER IN I GO

I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN
I LIKE TO SEE YOU FROM A DISTANCE
AND JUST BARELY BELIEVE
AND THINK THAT
EVEN LOST AND BLIND
I STILL INVENTED LOVE

I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN I'M GOING IN


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