River of Birds

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River of Birds

This chant is potent in its simplicity, stacking harmony layers to add interest. In the Wholehearted Chorus we start by singing it twice with the original lyrics and our female singers on the melody, then twice more with harmony, then add the male voices, a third high harmony and change “women” to “warriors”.

Composer & Copyright

Original chant by Libana.


Vocals on this recording by Lisa G. Littlebird & Friends.


There’s a river of birds in migration, a nation of women with wings.
There’s a river of birds in migration, a nation of warriors with wings.

  • Kva Mary

    Thank you so much for all the work you do to make these song accessible to everyone! I appreciate you! Any chance you could record the solos in Oh River? 🙂
    Community song leader in Viroqua, WI

    • Lisa G.

      Thank you Mary! I appreciate your appreciation and am glad the songs are being shared. 🙂 I’m not sure which solos you mean in Oh River. That song is a simple layer song without verses or solos. Perhaps you’re thinking of Dunk Down?

  • We sang this song as our “theme song” for our WeMOON Spring Camping Retreat in Big Sur, last weekend. We sang it around the nights fire, during sweat lodge, before yoga and while hiking … It was just delightful to sing this together with women while the budding energies of Springtime surrounded us and held us up as our warrior self with wings. Thank you Lisa for sharing this great potent song medicine. so grateful. xo Tawny

    • Lisa G.

      Beautiful Tawny! It feels like such a wonderously connected world to hear how/ where/ when our shared songs are getting charged up…

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