Aquí Me Pinté Yo (For Frida Kahlo)

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    Comes in a high quality six-panel digipack made of 100% recycled cardboard with original cover artwork by Feargal Shiels and booklet design by Sarah Turner. If you like, we can sign the CD with a personal message to you or the intended recipient, if it's going to be a gift – just indicate how and to whom you'd like it signed in the "Leave comment for the seller" link on the checkout page, and please make sure to indicate whether you want it signed by Sarah, Zoë or both. As we’re often away on tour for long periods, it may take us a while to post your purchase out to you, so if you're in a hurry it might be better to buy through CD Baby (see link further down) or your local record shop (distributed by Proper in the UK and Super D worldwide including USA). NOTE: Also includes immediate download of 11 track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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The title of this song appears on a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, while some of the lyrics are direct quotations from her journal. Born in 1907 in La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”, now a museum dedicated to her) in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón contracted polio at age six, and in 1925 sustained dreadful injuries when a bus in which she was riding collided with a trolley car. She was plagued by intense pain for the rest of her life, and images of wounds and suffering frequently occur in her work.


Why do I need feet
When I have wings to fly
In my house of blue
Bluer than the sky

These broken bones
Teach me to be free
I spend my days alone
I am what I see

And what I see
I don’t forget
I see myself in burning colours
Red, yellow
Oh aquí me pinté yo

A leafy vine
Trails beside my hair
I turn my eyes
The mirror meets my stare

And what I see
I don’t forget
I see myself in burning colours
Red, yellow
Oh aquí me pinté yo

I am tired but I am happy
I am tired but I am happy
¿Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa’ volar?
I am tired but I am happy
Espero alegre la salida – y espero no volver jamás
I am tired but I am happy


from Crow Coyote Buffalo, released November 24, 2008
Zoë Pollock (PRS) & Sarah McQuaid (IMRO)
Zoë: vocal, classical guitar
Sarah: vocal, steel-string guitar



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When pop star turned potter Zoë Pollock and trad/folk innovator Sarah McQuaid both fetched up in rural west Cornwall after years of world rambling, the stage was set for a musical partnership whose unique sound defies any attempt at categorisation.

"A pleasingly maverick mix that recalls both the eccentricity of The Incredible String Band and the pastoral narratives of Lal Waterson." – MOJO
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