The God Song

Words: Starhawk; Music: Michael Charnes

Copyright © Michael Rauner

Copyright © Michael Rauner

Shay: first two verses through “I’m still calling to you.”
Peter on harmony
Bill:  “I’m not what you expect to see” verse
George: “I’m the word” verse
Dale & Shay: “I’m the wild bird” verse
Jed & Thistle: “The sun arises” verse
Men: “I am the honey taste” verse

Oh, people, why is it so hard
For you to open your eyes and see me?
Oh, people, how can you believe
That the names they’ve taught you describe me?
I am more than you know
How does the seed begin to grow?

When you drink the poisoned water, you can’t taste the river
And you can never hold me in a hand that cannot open

Don’t think that I don’t need you
I’m always reaching for you
Don’t think that I don’t want you
I am still calling to you
Don’t think that I don’t want you
I am still calling to you

Mary Ellen plays all this above alone, then percussion comes in with Karachi in the following verses

I am not what you expect to see
I will never tell you what to be
Look outside every boundary
Where there’s nothing to hold to, there I’ll be.

There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

I’m the word that you can’t define
I’m the color that runs outside the line
I’m the shiver running up your spine
Break the pattern, I’ll make a new design

There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

I am the wild bird that won’t be tamed
The desires that you don’t need to name
I’m the branch that becomes the flame
When the fire’s done burning, I remain.
There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

The sun arises and descends,
The seasons turn and turn again
The circle has no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

For all proceeds from me and all returns
All that returns to me comes forth again
The circle has no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

There is no end to the circle, no end.
There is no end to life, there is no end.

I am the honey taste of passion’s heat,
the fear running through your heartbeat,
I am dancing through your lightened feet,
desire so fierce and love so sweet.

There is no end to the circle, no end.
There is no end to life, there is no end.

I am the honey taste of passion’s heat,
the fear running through your heartbeat,
I am dancing through your lightened feet,
desire so fierce and love so sweet.

And you can touch me with your hands
Reach out and take the hand of a friend
There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

And you can touch me with your hands
Reach out and take the hand of a friend
There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

And you can touch me with your hands
Reach out and take the hand of a friend
There is no end to the circle, no end
There is no end to life, there is no end

  • 2016 Intention


    In the Presence of our Beloved Dead, we dance, create community and wield Love to effect change.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Tickets must be purchased from the YBCA Box Office –Visit the TICKETS page on this site for details.

    Early Bird Prices Through August 31st, 2016

    Donor - Suggested Donation $100.00

    Supporter – Suggested Donation $50.00

    Regular Admission – $20.00

    Special Needs – $18.00

    Youth (12-17) – $18.00

    Senior (65+) – $18.00

  • When and where

    The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Howard Street in San Francisco.

    Doors open at 5 PM. Ritual starts Promptly at 5:30 PM We encourage you to arrive between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM so you can view the altars, hear the prelude music, and listen as the names of the Beloved Dead are read aloud.

    The Ritual begins promptly at 5:30 PM


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