Tanyss Nixi Wins Arusha Centre’s ‘Song of Social Justice’

Tanyss Nixi of Edmonton, AB
As part of the 2010 Calgary Folk Fest / Ship and Anchor Songwriting Contest, Arusha was proud to sponsor the ‘Song of Social Justice’ award. After carefully reviewing hundreds of submissions, a $500 prize was awarded to Tanyss Nixi for her song ‘Refinery Row’
Hi-Res MP3 Audio: www.soundcloud.com/the-arusha-centre/refineryrow

MP3 Audio on Tanyss Nixi’s Myspace: www.myspace.com/tanyssnixi

Lyrics:

When your time becomes money
It has no other value
The money you make
Becomes time you don’t use

You are motionless dead-weight
And the life you have wasted
Is the only one given
And it’s wasted on you

You like smoke stacks and diesel
You like Hollywood pictures

You like fake tans and football
And cable tv

And it’s what you aspire to
That will always define you
And it’s what you will turn out to be

We could give up ourselves
To the beauty around us
See if it’s true that
The best things are free
And have been here for ages
Ah, but waiting attention

And someone to choose them
Over pittance and greed

So you and me don’t have to live
In a house on Refinery Row…

We could walk off our jobs
And go live in a dumpster
Wake up with the birds
And find food in the garbage
Drink wine on a park bench
And be dirty and honest
If that’s the worst that can happen
Then it sounds good to me

Shouldn’t everyday living
Be some kind of wonder
With your favourite sounds
And your favourite things
Like the smell of the soil
After sky-water soaks it
To be full of that current
And to fly in your dreams

So you and me don’t have to live
In a house on Refinery Row….

We were delighted that Tanyss made the trek from Edmonton to play at the song contest finals, Sunday May 9 at the Ship and Anchor.

Thank you Tanyss for your insighful commentary on the environmental and emotional impacts of a hyper-consumptive society. Lovely voice too!

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