Puma Lyrics

About Puma

The singer channels a deceased reggae singer, Puma Jones, who tells her how the life she is living will be judged solely by her own soul.
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Puma Lyrics

(Shields/Kelley 2016)
Verse 1
There is a voice, a haunting,
these notes, are the words of a ghost,
harmonics whisper in taunting,
yearning for you, for its host.

Verse 2
Find my words in my flaunting notes,
hush, I’m constructing my boats,
bear forth your soul to my sound,
sailing on your way to be found.

Chorus
A ghost in your ear,
I’m known as Puma;
running you far from your fears,
gently laying you down on the beach . . .
sunning you, sunning you,
kissing your ears.

Instrumental

Verse 3
I’m the ghost, and what I shall do
Is whisper of wrongs and love,
beckoning for you to come through,
laughing, you lion, you dove.

Bridge
Stand up before
yourself and be judged,
be judged by your very own soul,
Stand up before
yourself and be judged,
be judged by your very own soul,

Chorus
A ghost in your ear,
I’m known as Puma;
running you far from your fears,
gently laying you down on the beach . . .
sunning you, sunning you,
kissing your ears.

sunning you, kissing your ears.
sunning you, kissing your ears.
sunning you, sunning you, kissing your ears.

Artist’s note:
Sandra Jones (1953-1990), received her Masters at Columbia University and went to Jamaica to labor in the social work field. She was overheard by aspiring reggae musicians as she sang a song in her apartment, a sound they later described as ‘ethereal.’ Together, they formed the group Black Uhuru, with uhuru being the Swahili word for freedom. Sandra assumed the name of Puma Jones, and the group went on to be highly successful, earning the first Grammy by a reggae group. Michael Rose, a member of the group, once defined Puma’s singing, “To tell the truth, she couldn’t sing reggae that much, but she had a unique sound, something between jazz and opera. It gave us a different flavor, a sound nobody heard before.” Starting to lose her health, Puma left the group in 1986. She died of cancer on January 28, 1990.

 

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