Sankofa "If Wishes Were Gold" (ft. Allison Russell)





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Published on Jun 27, 2012

"If Wishes Were Gold" by Sankofa appears on the album The Uptown Strut featuring Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sule Greg Wilson, Ndidi Onukwulu and Allison Russell of Po' Girl & Birds of Chicago.

Singer/ Instrumentalist Allison Russell recalls the genesis of the song, "If Wishes Were Gold is about as straight forward a song as I've ever written--there's no ambiguity to the particular kind of blues I am feeling there... I was ready to give myself to someone I loved -- and that person just wasn't ready the way I was READY....to some extent it also stems from the vagabond existence I was living at that time--  there's kind of a double yearning going on -- not just for someone to love, but for a place that felt like home - ever elusive. The tune came to life under the deft musical guidance of John Sebastian - we arranged and recorded it together for the Sankofa Uptown Strut album at Nevessa Studio in Woodstock, NY."

If Wishes Were Gold
(w. by Allison Russell)

Oh sweet, sweet I wish you could be sweet on me
Oh sweet, sweet the timing's wrong an old story

I've dealt my share of disappointment
Not to be cruel, I couldn't help it
Now it's my turn , my turn to learn
The sad,sad sweet of love unreturned


Geese on the grass flew from my country
Lake like an ocean lake like the sea
My feet are firm I hear the call
I could walk from Chicago up to old Montreal


A restless mind a restless body
A restless love just not for me
But if I could you know I surely would
Take from you such pain so undeserved


Oh sweet, sweet I wish you could be sweet on me
Oh sweet, sweet the timing's wrong an old story
the timing's wrong an old story 
It's just that same old sweet sad story

(Copyright 2011 Kingswood Records)

"The song was written during a sojourn in Chicago so when Rob Stegman, the videographer, decided he wanted to use still shots of me in a metropolitan setting for the video -- we saw it as an opportunity to pay tribute to the beauty and grit of The Windy City. Natalie Ginele is a fantastic Chicago based photographer and had always wanted to do a shoot by the train tracks off of Grand Ave -- on the edge of West Town-- we also did some shots in the vibrant Wicker Park, Bucktown, and Humboldt Park neighbourhoods, which are favourite haunts of mine. I hope some of the atmosphere of Chicago comes through in the video... Can't think of too many better places in the world to be blue..." Allison Russell


"This original by Allison is wonderful, honest and bittersweet. The understated harmonica by John Sebastian, and Paul Rishell's exquisite slide, float atop Alli's guitar and Sule's cool brushes." Dom Flemons



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