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​Santeria

This song is by Jeff Martin and appears on the album The Ground Cries Out (2011).

I will help to set you free
If you trust the djab in me
I'll resurrect your ti-bon-ange
If it makes a break up between us
It's only just because

Lave tet
Poto mitan
Ay la hey
Poto mitan

Aida-Wedo feeds your lust
As the embers turn to dust
Soon you'll see it comes in threes
I think it's time to finally toss the coin, babe
And what will be will be

Lave tet
Poto mitan
Ay la hey
Poto mitan

What to do, oh, baby, what to do now
We should talk about it
All you had is gone
All you ever really had, baby
All you ever really had, child
Baby, now it's gone

Do you trust the djab in me?
I think it's time to finally toss the coin, babe
And what will be will be

Lave tet
Poto mitan
Ay la hey
Poto mitan

What to do, oh, baby, what to do now
We should talk about it
All you had is gone
All you ever really had, baby
All you ever really had, child
Baby, now it's gone
Baby, now it's gone
Baby, now it's gone

We should talk about it
Talk about it
Santeria
Santeria
Santeria
Talk about it
Santeria
Santeria

NotesEdit

  • Santeria definitions:
  • Djab (little devil) – powerful but wild spirit; may have both good and bad potential
  • Ti-bon-ange (little good angel) – this is similar to the conscience, in the Western understanding of people. Part of the soul of an individual. Upon the death of the individual the ti-bon-ange rejoins the cosmic forces and can be reused.
  • Lave tet (washing of the head) An initiation ceremony held for serviteurs after they have been possessed (by Loa or spirit) for the first time.
  • Poto mitan – Sacred center post, in a voodoo ceremony, by which the lwa (spirits of vodoo) are said to arrive from Ginea (unspoiled Africa, and place of the “holy city” of Ife). It represents the center of the universe, and an access to the spirit world. All dancing revolves around the poto mitan.
  • Aida Wedo - One of the revered Serpent-Deities. Aida-Wedo (and Her husband Damballah) belong to the Rada Lwa, or spirits who come out of the rites of the old kingdom of Dahomey. She represents continuity and strength, integration and wholeness, as the rainbow contains all the colors, split from white light. Integrity, whether physical (structural), or moral, is the natural result of integration–weaving together elements that are very different. Her message is one of healing and strength for the whole of the world.