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Bill: We put together an all-star cast for our concert at ConFlikt in 2012 and this is one of the best versions of Vor ever done. Vixy's Russian counterpoint on the chorus gives me chills every time I hear it. Next time, maybe a full orchestra? No, wait, Brenda, don't kill me...

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Words & music by Bill Sutton
©2001 Mad Tom Music

Our world is our land and the land is our mother
Through long generations we’ve stood by her side.
We are the sons of the men who protected her.
We are the daughters of women who’ve died.

Vor is the name we won from our fathers.
Vor is the love that our mother’s provide.
Vor is the honor we share with our brothers.
Vor is the duty that keeps us alive.

We are the Names, and our Names are the promises
Made to our ancestors when we were born.
Three for the judges and Two for the people,
One when the Fates turn and make a new Lord.

Vor is the name we won from our fathers.
Vor is the love that our mother’s provide.
Vor is the honor we share with our brothers.
Vor is the duty that keeps us alive.

Once we stood firm against disintegration
Of our culture, our honor, our children, our core.
Now that they stand in the light of the Universe,
How do we teach them the meaning of Vor?

Vor is the name we won from our fathers.
Vor is the love that our mother’s provide.
Vor is the honor we share with our brothers.
Vor is the duty that keeps us alive.

Together alone against people and planet,
Each generation encompassing more.
Kosigan, Soisson, Tashpula, and Barra.
Where would we be now if not for the Vor?

Vor is the name we won from our fathers.
Vor is the love that our mother’s provide.
Vor is the honor we share with our brothers.
Vor is the duty that keeps us alive.

credits

from And They Said It Wouldn't Last, released August 16, 2016
Words & music by Bill Sutton
©2001 Mad Tom Music
Additional Russian lyric by Michelle “Vixy” Dockrey

Bill: Vocals, Guitar; Brenda: Vocals, Bodhrán; Betsy Tinney: Cello; Chas Somdahl: Guitar; Additional Vocals – Dave Clement, Becca Leathers, Michelle “Vixy” Dockrey

Recorded live at ConFlikt 2012. Engineer: John Seghers

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