The Dana Project

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"Dana" - term from the ancient Mahayana Buddhist tradition meaning 'generosity' in which we do what we can in order to benefit others without seeing ourselves as the helpers and the others as the helped.
The intent of this project is simply to say "Thank You" to all of you. In my eyes, you are an image of the beginning (and the continuation) of what is right in the world -- what is colorful and beautiful, what is holy. I hope these songs and poems can in some way benefit you. They have come out of conversations with you. They're the result of years of wrestling and struggle through this dirty world. I do not claim them to be ultimate truth, but I do believe bits of truth can be found in them. Where real, ultimate, lasting Peace is the end, Christ must have been the beginning. So again, thank you for being Christ to me in so many ways -- even if you do not necessarily claim to be a Christian. This has meant a glass of milk, the singing of a song, a late night trip to the hospital, a hilarious joke, a ridiculous circumstance, a haircut, a painting, endless front porch conversations, a willing hand to help a child learn, a 3:30 AM phone call, a sharing of the sacraments, a sharing of converse all-stars, an ear to listen, a voice to speak, the gift of physical presence.
-a sunflower in a field of sunflowers

The Dana Project is a collection of songs, poetry, and artwork. People involved in it's creation include...

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released February 9, 2009

Art: Andrew Neyer
Poetry: Ben Carroll
Music/Lyrics: Griffin Kelp featuring...

Kelsey Taylor, Jeremy Flores, Jesse Holcolmb, Josh Carney (Carn-Dog), Jordan Bellamy, Ben Dudley, Britt Duke, Andrew Neyer

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Track Name: 20/25/2008
When I am dryness
You are rain
You are the color
When I am gray and
You are motion
I’m still
I am far but You are near
Sing now, sing now
Bleed out, bleed out

My tears are rollin’
Down your cheeks
the “pious” bombing
In their streets and
The blood is flowing
The pieces fall
Arms and legs and teeth and all
But sing

“Hallelujah”

I’m disconcerted
With faulty truths
Who am I and
Who are you? well..
I’m a brother
And so are you
When can we sing in peace again our

“Hallelujah’s”?
Track Name: Bake
With all the guns on the moon, would our hate bleed out? We’ll bake a cake with our neighbors and party loud [2x]

Oh ah oh [2x]

We’ll play our flutes, the flood has come and the fire’s out
The sweet sun glows, tans our skin, and we’re laying out
Our sins our loves our games our joy and our weaknesses
Waiting for Jesus to show us what real love is

En vez de bombas pistolas, matanza (Instead of bombs, pistols, killing)
Existe paz, la esperanza mañana
(Peace and hope exist tomorrow)
Corre el sangre y lloran las mujeres
(The blood flows and the women weep)
Corre el sangre y lloran las mujeres
(The blood flows and the women weep)

With all the guns on the moon, would our hate bleed out?
We’ll bake a cake with our neighbors and party loud
Pull out your roots from all the blood, all the oil
The tree of peace grows we dance on it’s soil
Track Name: Jegar-Sahadutha (Witness Pile)
All the guns, all the hate, all the war-
It's over soon now

All the sons
and all the daughters--
They're coming home now

La da da
La da da
La da da
La da da...da

Bring your sticks
But drop your stones
Be the change
you want in your home

La da da
La da da
La da da
La da da...da
Track Name: Peace
Climb a wall into our hearts and let us know we’re free
Like the soil, grow a flower, miracles of peace
Imagination like a child, give us eyes to see
Wonder, mystery, joy, and love be manifest in us

God of Peace, we need You now
God of Peace, we need You now
Track Name: Hallelujah (Live @ UBC 2007)
"Hallelujah" (over and over and over and over and over and over and over)...
Track Name: We Ate The Cow
On the way home
I fill up from
Sweat from my brow
Blood from the cow
He is running
I am running out

I am home now
We ate the cow
Tasty, tasty
Conversation
Pride and power
Flower, flower
Stay and prosper
Stay and prosper
Stay and prosper
Track Name: Sleep Medicine
All who are weak, come and sleep!