Lady Black Mamba

by Dust Bowl Faeries

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This song is about the plight of the rhinos, and the all female anti-poaching unit who are protecting them along with several other endangered species in Africa.
All sales will be donated to the Black Mambas!


Lady Black Mamba
by Ryder Cooley/Dust Bowl Faeries 2015
written during an artist residency at
Blue Mountain Center

For JoAnn

Lady Black Mamba watches the land
saves bicornis from the greed of humans

Dire dire vanishing wild
ungulate creatures with horns so desired

More prized than gold or cocaine
drugs we call medicine, mortal remains

Oh Black Rhino, ten million years old
vanishing wild, pink horns you’ll be saved

Oh mighty rhino lover of leaves
one thousand pounds or more, majestic herbivore

Oh mighty rhino, searching for land
where did your world go, what does your future hold

Lady Black Mamba, by the light of the moon
watches bicornis nocturnal rescue

Through the night, when the poachers loom
Black Mamba watches by the light of the moon

Vigil vigil we will find you
in the night we are with you
in the fight, we will join you


released April 22, 2016
Recorded by David Patrikios at Orchard Recording Studio with Chara Amplification, 2016
JoAnn Stevelos, drums. Chad Dziewior, bass. Todd Nelson, guitar. Karen Cole, lapsteel. Ryder Cooley, ukulele & vocals. Jen DuBois, vocals.



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Ryder Cooley Hudson, New York

Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary musician, performer & artist. She performs with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram, and with the band Dust Bowl Faeries (Karen Cole, JoAnn Stevelos & Jen Dubois)

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