Donna the Buffalo: Working On That





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Published on Nov 20, 2013


Roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo are excited to release a music video for the song "Working On That" written by DtB co-founder Jeb Puryear for their new album Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Donna the Buffalo has been making socially conscious music for the last 25 years. Of this song, Puryear states, "There is a growing cross section of good people, crossing all lines of race, border, religion and economics that will triumph. Their triumph will have no loser, for the victory is peace."

Directed by Craig Aspen, of The Believers, "Working On That" by Donna the Buffalo features world champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah and his sons Sampson and Scott and was filmed in Nashville, TN and Trumansburg, NY. Though the hoop dance is a story-telling dance, it serves more than an entertainment purpose. The hoops themselves (which are hand-made by the artists themselves out of thin piping and colorful tape and ribbons) symbolize the great circle of life, an important concept in most Native American traditions, and most earth-based religious traditions around the world. The hoop dance is also a dance of healing, and is believed to have originated with medicine men, who would pass the hoops over a patient to identify a disease, and then pass them over themselves to cure it.

"Working On That" is their second video from, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday [Sugar Hill Records], which is the group's 10th studio album and proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, with their signature sound of traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country in an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such. Donna the Buffalo is founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) along with David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums).

Working On That Lyrics
Lyrics By: Jeb Puryear
Music By: Jeb Puryear

Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday (2013)
Debut 7/4/10

Lately I've been feeling low
Thinking there's no way to go
Change the world from how it seems
To the vision of our dreams

Rivers of history flow with human misery
You can hear the angels cry
Spirits tips slave ships
Throwing Christians to the lions

Sense of grace came our way
Saying I should take this day
Listen to the light
Let our beings fill with light

When you dance all of the good can never be undone
To overcome all that has gone wrong
Don't get down
Get up

We're working on that, we're working on that
Into the future and out of the past
We're working on that, we're working on that
Until all God's children are free at last
Yeah, we're working on that, we're working on that
No matter the shade of your skin or the shape of your hat
We're working on that, we're working on that
Until peace, love and justice covers the map
We're working on that, we're working on that
We're not nearly done
Lord knows we're working on that

In the face of more bad news
Seems to be no time to lose
The earth is shaking
And the seas are on the rise

Grab your tools, shoes and task
We're the ones that will have to ask
A love strong soul brigade
There's a difference to be made

I'd like to thank the green earth
And the mystic breeze
The heavens above and all the great people we meet


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