When Havana lights recede

Swing me like Yemaya beads

Paint me in swaying starlight

At the bottom of the shipwreck sea

 

(Improvised vocal)                                    I’ve got the ocean blues 

Why don’t you tell me something new

 

A night made for catastrophe

Moonlight spells are cast for free

Answers smiling in his eyes

List of enemies at his bedside

He sings the sweetest lullabies

 

(Improvised vocal)

I’ve got the ocean blues 

Why don’t you tell me something new

Hurricane island hold me tight

Firewater in the night

Sank his paintings out of sight

At the bottom of the shipwreck sea

 

Beads of blue and beads of white

Disappearing to the light

Golden chains remain forever bright 

At the bottom of the shipwreck sea         

 

(Improvised vocal)                            

I’ve got the ocean blues 

Why don’t you tell me something new

 

I told you you’re the only one

Here under the withering sun

Cause babe I’m leaving for the Amazon

My love for you is already gone

Leaving for the Amazon

(Sofia Logan/Chuck Logan/Andrew Turpening)

   

 

 

The Story

Sofia started writing this song in Brazil two summers ago. The melody reflects her love of bossa nova and jazz.

 

"Leaving for the Amazon" tells the true story of Sofia's friend who dated a Cuban painter whose work focused on Yemaya, the Cuban goddess of the sea. During Hurricane Irma, the ocean engulfed his Havana art studio and his paintings floated into the ocean. Yemaya reclaimed her paintings.

 

Sofia wrote the lyrics with Chuck Logan and performed the vocals and guitar.

Andrew Turpening (www.soundandsight.netcomposed the bassline and arranged the brass.