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Vestiges of the jungle are, Tucked neatly in my shirt
The public is relived to see my, Wide smile and soft shoe dance
No traces of contempt, No hard feelings left over
From our troubled past, Ain’t we happy

I make monkeyshine, Laughing when nothing’s funny
Smiling despite the pain, All seems forgotten
They tolerate who they expect me to be, My participation is incidental
This masquerade is no cakewalk, I wear the mask, I wear the mask

My congeniality belies the truth, My mask is a square dance
I love to boogalou, I will not, be the invisible man forever
The Cracking whip still haunts me, Slavery tried to break me
But the music makes me free, I feel it in my body,
I got to move my feet; This fiddle’s going to save me (X3)

I can no longer tolerate the lie, This charade has savaged my soul
I must terminate my minstrel, Remove the mask and free myself
Un-tuck my shirt, pluck the blues, And let my authenticity Boogaloo
All over your expectations, This Masquerade is over


from Whisper of a Shadow - Opus 1, track released February 12, 2021
Composed by Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Yohan Giaume / Poem by Chuck Perkins


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French composer-arranger, trumpeter, ethnomusicologist, Yohan Giaume is building an oeuvre that combines his passion for world music traditions, large-scale collaborative efforts, explorations of new genres and creatively enriching partnerships with other musicians. ... more

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