Lingua Franca

by Saraswathi Jones

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The 5-track debut album by postcolonial pop rocker Saraswathi Jones.

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released 27 April 2013

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Josh Cohen at Black Hat Music.
Cello on "Mother Tongue" and "Senseless" by Ben Stephens.
Viola on "Senseless" and "Sloka" by Susannah Plaster.
Sarangi on "Jewel in the Crown" by Bunty Singh.
Album design by Azhar Husain and Caroline Cohen.
Special thanks to Jada Willard, Josh Kantor, Seth Heidkamp, Jeff Kauppi, and Aparna Das, Loreto Ansaldo and my incredible family and friends.

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Saraswathi Jones Boston, Massachusetts

Saraswathi Jones is a demi rock diety, born out of the void that existed before the universe, and summoned into existence by the dearth of South Asian American voices in the contemporary music landscape.

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Track Name: Mother Tongue
Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today
Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today

You are fragile, girl you are young
You bear the markings and you wear the gun
You picked your battle now the end has come
You are staring right up at the sun

Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today
Don't lose the one thing they can't take away
Take away

You're a martyr, girl, you're a queen
You're in the papers on the national scene
But you're forgotten in the regime
You're a flash in the pan on the screen

Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today
Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today

Desher jonmo desher mrtu
Desher musulman o hindu
Lingua franca you're born into
Mukti bahini

Don't lose your mother tongue you were born today
Don't lose the one thing they can't take away

Joya hai joya hai joya hai joya hai
Joya hai hai hai