Tohu

by Maisey Rika

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Tohu, is a collection of 12 songs Masiey has written over the past decade. These originals include tracks such as "Ladeda Day", "Omaio" and "Untouchable", some of these are the very first songs written by Maisey, chosen to illustrate her evolving songwriting style.

Tohu is filled with these touching tales and the universal emotions of hardship, happiness, love, justice and sorrow we can all relate to.

Produced by Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, this collection explores many different arrangement styles. The ancestral sounds of traditional Maori instruments have been used along side energetic guitars, drums, animated horn sections and pure string sections.

All together, Tohu musically has an organic feel, diverse range with Maisey’s lyrics beautifully fusing this together into a musical journey.

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released October 12, 2009

Producer : Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
(beaverstudios.com)

Executive Producer : Shae Sterling
(moonlightsounds.com)

Musical arrangements : Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Mix & mastering engineer, additional production : Simon Holloway (beaverstudios.com)
Recording Engineer : Steve Roberts

Backing music recorded at Revolver Studios / Beaver Studios
Vocals Recorded at Rika Studios and Beaver Studios

Vocals : Maisey Rika
Drums : Nick Gaffaney, Hayden Wharewaka
Guitar : Joel Haines, JJ Rika
Bass : Tom Dennison
Keys : Godfrey De Grut
Flute / Clarinet : Lewis McCallum
Djembe : Lavani
Taonga Puoro : Horomona Horomona
Trombone : Hadyn Godfrey
Tuba : Jonathan Baker
Cornet : Stephen Bemelman
Violins : Peau Halapua, Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Viola : Wen Chuan Lin
Cello : Tom Pierard

Photography : Abe Mora & Shae Sterling
Artwork and Design : Nathan Mora

Artist Webpage : Maiseyrika.com

Copyright Moonlight Sounds 2009 - Moonlightsounds.com
Management : Bossy Hill (mr.management@hotmail.com)

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Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, has one of Aotearoa's most impressive lead vocal style, fused with her honest and thought invoking messages.

Some have described her sound similar to Tracey Chapman or Sade, with a splash of India Arie. Her spine tingling vocals and fusion of English and Maori (Te Reo) lyrics is capturing the hearts of soul seekers both in New Zealand and abroad.
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Track Name: Ladeda Day
Intro:

Uu baby, uu baby uuu

Another ladeda day today

Uu baby, uu baby uu

Its time to get back into the game

Its time to play



Verse 1:

Super boring

I got that sinking feeling

You who have evolved

You who have evolved

Bring me up to speed yeah

No more early mornings

The corner of my eye

Them tears, their forming

Like everyone else

Don’t like been left outside

Fall down and out

Enough said, enough said



Chorus:

Uu baby, uu baby uuu

Another ladeda day today

Uu baby, uu baby uu

Its time to get back into the game

Its time to play

Uu baby, uu baby uuu

Another ladeda day today

Uu baby, uu baby uu

Its time to get back into the game

Its time to play



Verse 2:

Find myself a new friend

Just the other day

I’m back tapping that band wagon

And I plan to stay that way

Uu I had to loosen up

Loosen up

Loosen up them apron strings

Go fly away

Uu I had to loosen up

Loosen up

Loosen up them apron strings

Go fly away



Verse 1: (first half)

Super boring

I got that sinking feeling

You who have evolved

You who have evolved

Bring me up to speed yeah



Chorus:



Verse 1: (first half)
Track Name: Game of Life
(Verse 1)

You see now how he walks
His shoulders high
The world goes by
There ain’t nobody home
On the street he’s not alone
Another waste
Descendants of the chiefs
Their blood absorbed into this land
Where we now live as slaves
He’s found that empty space
A chronic habit his escape
Ya corner him
You corner all of us
Am I just colour blind
Or is it my people filling up the inside
Nowhere to hide
Another waste

(Chorus)

Come come share in (share)
Come share in (share)
This game of life
Let love save
Let love save
What’s left behind
Nowhere to hide
Another waste
Come come share in (share)
Come share in (share)
This game of life
Let love save
Let love save
What’s left behind
Nowhere to hide
Another waste

(Verse 2)

I see it in
I see it in our Kids
The remnants of
The leaders we were
I’m so sick of being a follower
Loosing faith in my minister
Another waste
I can see right through you
See the light that shines through
What are we waiting for
Get in behind me
Help me open them doors
Satisfy my cause
Another waste

(Chorus)
Track Name: Nia
(Verse 1)

Nia, sets my soul on fire
Justice enforce punishment
To young a cry her only defence
Nia, sets my soul on fire
Justice enforce punishment
To little seen unknown, known too late

(Bridge)

I see red, I see red, I see red, I see red
Oh do all a favour, throw out the key

(Chorus)

On eagles wings, lay your body to sleep
On eagles wings, may you sleep, may you sleep

(Verse 2)

Nia, te taonga, tangihia
Tiaho mai te pono
Hoki atu raa ki o Matua Tiipuna
Nia, te taonga, tangihia
Tiaho mai te pono
Hoki atu raa ki a Io Matua

(Bridge)

(Chorus) x2

(Bridge)

She’s gone to that place
That big wide open space
Never again will she grace us
With her beautiful face
Go to them, go to them, go to them
Go to them, go to them, go to them
Instrumental

(Chorus)
Track Name: Musical Pillow, Musical Bed
(Verse 1)

Something’s creeping up the hallway
Stealing all my blanket
I lean in softly there’s an itch itch
Ringlet on my forehead
Look to the left
Look over to the right
It’s called security
No more sleep
It’s craziness for me

(Chorus)

Musical Pillow
Musical Bed, uu ah
Please baby be still
Stop kneeing mummy in the back, uu ah
Move in closer to your dad
I give it ten then he’ll be back again
X2

(Bridge)

I fall asleep and sink into my bed
Them sparkles luminating up in my head
Go go get up it’s your turn now go go
He’s up, he’s on, he’s wet, he’s on the floor now
Doggone it’s too late I’m wide awake and my day’s begun and

(Verse 2)

I tip toe to the throne
My efforts overthrown its early
I climb in carefully
There’s leak leak in my indentation
On goes the light and
Off goes the sheet
Its called consistency
No more sleep
Its craziness for me

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

I fall asleep and sink into my bed
Them sparkles luminating up in my head
Go go get up it’s your turn now go go
He’s up, he’s on, he’s wet, he’s on the floor now
Doggone it’s too late I’m wide awake and my day’s begun and
Go go get up its your turn now go go
He’s up, he’s on, he’s wet, he’s on the floor now
Doggone it’s too late I’m wide awake and my day’s begun and
Track Name: Apollo
(Verse 1)

Don’t speak I already know
Your eyes, your body tells me so
Comfort me, never ever let me go
The time has come
Ascend to your new home

(Chorus)

I was born of Apollo
I was born into a wishing well ohh
Protector of the sea
Daughter to the east
Where I wait for you, for you

(Verse 2)

We close our eyes, (echo: close our eyes, pain inside, use to be)
To minimise,
The pain inside
When we hear your name
How you used to be
Was to be
Storey’s true, Why you?
X2

(Bridge)

Why now?
She had everything going
Her life was just starting
But how?
All my people left wondering
How could this have happened
What now?
We miss you, strum and we’ll keep singing

(Bridge 2)

No more, no more sleepless nights
No more, no more stepping up to the corrupt and
No more lullaby’s, only bitter sweet goodbyes
I said no more
No more and, no more sweet surprise and
No more jamming on your prized guitar and
Our heart sacrifice
Who will fill this void inside

(Chorus x2)

Close our eyes, pain inside, use to be (adleb) x2
Don’t speak I already know…
Track Name: Omaio
Take me back to the Hillaview
Having so much fun only need a few
The dogs would go crazy
Jump in if they sensed we were
At risk, never were we missed
Splash and play all day
Safe within our tubes
Protected by Kiwa above lay our Tipuna
Omaio, Omaio

(Chorus)

Character building, Omaio
Traditional living my, Omaio
Uu no electricity, Omaio
Beautiful, beautiful Omaio
Nei tooku aroha, Omaio
Ki a koe tooku Piringa, Omaio
Te Kawa te Tikanga, Omaio
Mau tonu mau tonu Omaio

(Verse 1)

It’s the simple things I love
Its in you in the sky above
It’s the simple things I love
Its in you in the way that you laugh
Falling star
Open sea
Peacefulness
You are to me
Coastal air
Its in you, its in me
Omaio you call to me

(Bridge)

Don’t try to complicate me
I’m still that old simple girl
Living in my own simple world yeah
You gotta love it, Omaio
You gotta feel it, Omaio
You gotta live it, Omaio
Come with me take my hand and
Lets run free
Omaio you call to me

(Chorus)

(Outro)

It’s the simple things I love
Its in you in the sky above
Falling star
Open sea
Peacefulness
You are to me
Coastal air
Its in you, its in me
Omaio you call to me
Track Name: That Room
Something is wrong
Why do you stay?
Something is wrong
How do you pay?
I may not have the right to
To shed some light on your life
But in saying that
I care for you
Oh what happened in that room?
Oh why oh why
Put you kids through this
Oh why oh why
He’s always getting pissed
Kua tuu te wero ki a koe
My girl my friend its not fair
For the kids, for you
Oh its true
What happened in that room
Tell me what happened in that room
Something is wrong
Why do you stay?
Something is wrong
How do you pay?
I may not have the right to
To shed some light on your life
But in saying that
I care for you
Choose your fate
He will eat you with hate
Please, you got nothing to loose
Something is wrong
Why do you stay?
Something is wrong
How do you pay?
I may not have the right to
To shed some light on your life
But in saying that
I care for you
What happened in that room?
Tell me what happend in that room
Kua tuu te wero ki a koe
My girl my friend its not fair
For the kids for you
Oh its true
Oh yeah, choose your fate
Never negotiate...
Track Name: Ding Dong
Who died and made you the boss of me?
What about my money
Where’s my share
Ding dong click click
A light bulb gone off in your head
Not about to go
I’m staying right here baby
By the time I’m done
You’ll have a full grown beard
I maybe young
Still pushing mellow yellow
But I’m old enough
To read what’s on the table
Enable me
I stick to my own
Cut it back to the chase
Adhere to what I know
I might get shifty on the table
I’m here to have a good time
I’m not signing on no doted line
I might get shifty on the table
I might get shifty on the table
Enable me

(Instrumental/adleb)

(Repeat Freelance)

(Instrumental/adleb)
Track Name: Fever
(Verse 1)

Shattered bright and early
Coz everybody knows me
Like you don’t like to party
Lose tension in my body
Look to you for my freedom
Coz in you I find I’m at one
Meet the sacrifice
Claim what’s in your eyes

(Chorus)

Fever, Lightning
Feel my body temperature is Rising (rising), Fighting (fighting)
You give me fever
I’ll throw you lightning
Free the animal inside me
Fever, Lightning
Fever

(Verse 2)

Disrupt me from my low down
You eliminate the foreground
Aint nothing but this small town
To justify the world now
Close to you I find no more wrong
Close to you I find I belong
Meet the sacrifice
Claim what’s in your eyes

(Chorus)

Fever, Lightning
Feel my body temperature is Rising (rising), Fighting (fighting)
You give me fever
I’ll throw you lightning
Free the animal inside me
Fever, Lightning
Heat is rising
Hold on to that feeling (feeling)
Hold on to that feeling (feeling)
Hold on to that feeling
Don’t fight the fever (fever)
Fever
Track Name: Capeesh
(Verse 1)

You mock me
Like you know me
Look at me
What do you see
You laugh at me
Like you own me
Don’t you see
The hurt in you
Comes out on me
Comes out on me
Its all on me
It comes from you
It spawns from you
Why out on me
I don’t know you anyway

(Chorus)

I said capeesh ya’ll
Said do ya get me now?
United, united, united, united
Divided, divided we fall
I said capeesh ya’ll
Said do ya get me now?
United, united, united, united
Divided, divided we fall

(Verse 2)

Embarrass me
Like I’m crazy
Synergy, Equality
Go against the grain
Call me by my name
Don’t you see
The hurt in you
Comes out on me
Comes out on me
Its all on me
It comes from you
It spawns from you
Why out on me
I don’t know you anyway

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

She’s just a blue girl who
Needs motivation
She’s of that generation
Who struggles, struggles in that way
Now listen baby
She’s just a blue girl who’s
Of that generation
She needs that motivation
She struggles, struggles, struggles and…

(Outro)

No more games
No more names
No more games
No more names
I don’t know you anyway…..
Track Name: Untouchable
Pursue is the game
Then you call my name
And I said hey hey
I’m too shy baby
No one would ever guess
I would stand in your test
You want more
And I’m loving it
Untouchable

(Chorus)

You smile at me
And I look at you
You say hey lady
Come sway with me
I’m not quite in the mood
But maybe after a few
Your tempting me
And I’m loving it
You are

(Verse 2)

Assume it is fate
I hold to my faith
And I think hey hey
Give it a try baby
No one would ever guess
Ya take me with my mess
I want more
And you’re loving it
Untouchable

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

What’s happening to me
You got me weak at the knees
A spectacle of hope
You are, you are, you are
A million miles away from me
Still I see you in my dreams
A spectacle of hope

(Chorus)

(Outro)

No one would ever guess
I would stand in your test
You want more
And I’m loving it
Untouchable
Track Name: Sink or Swim
In C again
My broken heart
Reach for security
And with my voice
I call for loyalty
Kino too mahi
Take a look and my identity
Here I reveal
It’s the strongest part of me
And with my drink
I drown reality
Kia huna te riri

(Chorus)

Do I sink or swim
Do I flee or fly
How do I s urvive?
Do I flee or fly
Follow my heart or mind
Stay or say goodbye?
Still my question why?
Don’t lie to me

(Verse 2)

My solitude says – Taihoa (translated: hold up/wait on)
Speak in human
Don’t speak in dollars to me
Gone are my days
Of painstaking hours for free
It’s a little to late to leave
Where do I begin?
God send me an angel
I want you (him) down on he knee
Begging for me please

(Chorus)

(Bridge)

I’ll fade you out
You knock me down
Coz all I got
Is utu (translated: I want revenge)
Don’t lie to me

(Chorus)