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What’s with the whole El Dorado schtick anyhoo? Colonialism? Western exceptionalism and hubris? This song is intended as a hint of irony, and self-deprecation, just to swallow the grief. It is loosely based on my own humanitarian and outreach program in the Amazon - me attempting, and failing, to be the conscience of the conqueror. Quoting Lakota activist John Trudell, I was “just part of the same old cavalry...”


I’ve got the plane, I’ve got the drugs
I’ve got the horses and the guns
I’ve got the voices from above
You’ve got the land that I love

I’ve got the looks, I’ve got the fame
I’ve got the books, I’ve got the brains
I come from global Alleluia
You’ve got the angels, I’ve got their names

You have that river full of life
You have that city in the sky
Beneath your heavens I’d survive
You are the peace that I can’t find

Forty thousand feet and climbing
Eighty thousand miles and shining
Ninety billion years and finding

You have that river to unwind
You held no mirror to this life
Beneath your heavens we’d survive
You are the Peace I could not find


from Modern Folk, released June 12, 2015
Words: David Rosane
Music: David Rosane, with Lucie Rouits, Thierry Ringelstein and Nicolas Casanova



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David Rosane Paris, France

Before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, Dave had a career in Ecology and humanitarian work. He toiled in the Amazon for 10 years conducting research and teaching with Cornell University, including working as an outreach coordinator with the Ye’kuana tribe. He then moved to New York City as an environmental and social justice advocate in the years building up to the Occupy Movement. ... more

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