Tonada Yanomaminista
Devendra Banhart Lyrics


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We burned all our clothes
Blew Yopo up our nose
We're a young and lazy ol' wild boar
Yep

We followed the stork
It led us to camp
We didn't get lost but we lost a chance
1901 was the year of the bleedin' horse

And I was lonely, lonely
1902 the Devil sucked off the moon
Please hold me, please hold me
My ear to your chest,

Your back to the ground,
Please move mama
Please make a sound
That war party's lookin' for you

And lookin' for me
Damn, damn, we weren't scared
Just unprepared
So we followed the caw

'Till our eyes were locked in,
We became her and she became them
And then
I heard the voice of heaven

Sayin' don't be scared of anything
I heard the voice of the land,
The beautiful land, sing
I recognize you mother

In a little playful touch from death
As above so below
You're in control of the rest
Then the six nippled frog

Ran across the golden moss
Followin' behind us, behind us
And the W.A.C.
Was pointing Remingtons at the trees





They couldn't find us
Can't find us

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Devendra Banhart's song Tonada Yanomaminista describe an experience of taking yopo, a hallucinogenic plant, and embarking on a journey through the wilderness. The singer and his companions burn all their clothes to symbolize a shedding of their old selves and blow yopo, a powdered form of the plant, up their noses to induce a potent hallucinogenic experience. They are described as a "young and lazy ol' wild boar," suggesting a carefree and reckless attitude.


As they journey, they follow a stork to camp, but while they don't get lost physically, they miss out on a chance for a deeper spiritual experience. The year 1901 is referenced as the "year of the bleedin' horse," possibly alluding to a historical event, but its significance is unclear. The following year, in 1902, the singer feels lonely and asks to be held, while the Devil "sucks off the moon," a phrase that could signify a lunar eclipse or a reference to the changing times.


The lyrics also mention a "war party" looking for the singer's mother and him, but they are able to evade detection, with the help of a six-nippled frog and the recognition of the voice of heaven and the land. Overall, the song conveys a sense of the transformative power of a hallucinogenic experience and the connection between the natural world and spirituality.


Line by Line Meaning

We burned all our clothes
We discarded our material possessions and stripped off our physical identities


Blew Yopo up our nose
We consumed the hallucinogen Yopo to free ourselves from reality


We're a young and lazy ol' wild boar
We are untamed and carefree spirits, roaming aimlessly


We followed the stork
We pursued our dreams and desires, guided by intuition


It led us to camp
Our journey led us to a temporary refuge or haven


We didn't get lost but we lost a chance
We may have missed an opportunity, even if we didn't stray from our path


1901 was the year of the bleedin' horse
The year 1901 was one of sacrifice and pain that we endured


And I was lonely, lonely
During this time, I felt disconnected and isolated from others


1902 the Devil sucked off the moon
The following year, we experienced dark forces interfering with the natural order of things


Please hold me, please hold me
In this moment of uncertainty, I seek comfort and security


My ear to your chest, Your back to the ground,
We share an intimate connection, taking solace in each other's presence


Please move mama Please make a sound That war party's lookin' for you
I implore you to take action and alert others to the danger we face


And lookin' for me Damn, damn, we weren't scared Just unprepared
Although we were caught off guard, we didn't let fear overwhelm us


So we followed the caw 'Till our eyes were locked in,
We were mesmerized by the sound of the bird and became transfixed


We became her and she became them And then I heard the voice of heaven
We merged with the natural world and felt a transcendent presence


Sayin' don't be scared of anything I heard the voice of the land, The beautiful land, sing I recognize you mother
We heard a message of reassurance and acceptance from the sacred earth


In a little playful touch from death As above so below You're in control of the rest
We came close to danger, but found that we have agency and control over our fate


Then the six nippled frog Ran across the golden moss
We witnessed a magical and surreal moment in nature


Followin' behind us, behind us And the W.A.C. Was pointing Remingtons at the trees
We were being pursued and faced the threat of violence from those who seek to control us


They couldn't find us Can't find us
Despite their efforts, we remained elusive and out of reach




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Written by: DEVENDRA BANHART, NOAH GEORGESON

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