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It’s a Beautiful Day May 2, 2015

This song was recorded in honor of my dear friend Joan Banich. For one year I only offered as a free download in exchange for a donation to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS Foundation. Now that one year has passed, and we raised almost $6500 to help find a cure for MDS, it is now available worldwide. A song of hope and love.

  • 1 It's a Beautiful Day Lyrics

    It's a Beautiful Day - Lyrics

    It’s A Beautiful Day ©2016
    Kat Parra

    I open my eyes
    I realize
    There’s nothing more precious
    Than living my life

    I put my feet on the floor
    I open the door
    I breathe in the freshness
    Like never before

    It wasn’t always this good
    Then you came along
    You filled me with magic
    You sang me your song

    I’m so grateful to you
    For all that you are
    You gave me your love
    I gave you my heart

    It’s a Beautiful Day
    It’s a beautiful day
    You make my life bright
    In every possible way

    It’s a beautiful day
    I wouldn’t have it any other way
    You make me so happy
    On this beautiful day

    I’d lost all my spark
    I hid in the dark
    My life became hopeless
    I closed off my heart

    Then you peeked inside
    I could no longer hide
    You lit up my soul
    Gave me reason to glow

    It wasn’t always this good
    Then you came along
    You filled me with magic
    You sang me your song

    I’m so grateful to you
    For all that you are
    You gave me your love
    I gave you my heart

    Standing right here
    All my worries disappear
    With you by my side
    I know everything will be alright

    I’m filled with a hope
    Like never before
    I no longer worry
    What life has in store

    My face to the sun
    My back to the wind
    You gave me the strength
    To love again


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Songbook of the Américas April 29, 2016

This CD is a beautiful and fun project that pays tribute to women composers from both North, Central and South America, as well as original music and lyrics penned by Parra.

  • 1 (Four)Ever More Lyrics

    (Four)Ever More - Lyrics

    (Four)Ever More ©2016
    All lyrics by Kat Parra
    Vocalese section inspired by Rumi’s poem, The Awakening

    When you walked in the room
    Oh, the scent of perfume was divine.
    Just the touch of your hand
    And I knew that one day you’d be mine

    Glowing stars and candlelight
    A romantic night
    Dancing ‘til dawn
    Quiet dreams, romantic scenes
    Flying high on wings
    Of love’s first song.

    As I gazed in your eyes
    I realized that I needed no more
    I saw into the depths
    Of a world never seen before

    In the midst of candlelight
    This romantic night
    Will haunt my dreams
    With a love so wonderful
    I know that you’ll
    Always love me
    (last time)
    (Four)Ever More

    It only took four kisses:
    To stir my senses
    To tickle my curiosity
    Four kisses to embrace your tenderness
    To awaken the love in me

    You breathe new life into my sleeping soul
    Igniting passions out of control
    Four kisses you gave to me
    Four kisses to set me free

    And to you I give forever kisses
    opening up my heart
    And to you I sing forever songs
    to orchestrate the start

    Slowly, slowly
    my kisses have found your lips
    Lighting a fire to your fingertips
    Breathing life into the “we”
    Forever you, forever me

    coro:
    Cuatro besos yo te di
    Dame cuatro besos tu a mi

    pregones
    Con cuátro besítos me despiertás
    Veo que quiero mucho mas

    Despertaste una gran pasión
    Con cuatro besos me diste la salvacion

    Tus labios me queman con un lindo fuego
    Antes de besarte era yo tan ciego

    Cuatro besitos, papi, yo te di
    Ahora me debes cuatro besos pa’ mi

    coro

  • 2 Do Something
  • 3 Wouldn’t It Be Sweet? (Au Privave) Lyrics

    Wouldn’t It Be Sweet? (Au Privave) - Lyrics

    Wouldn’t It Be Sweet (Au Privave) ©2016
    Music: Charlie Parker
    Lyrics: Kat Parra

    In the middle
    Of the moment
    I began to notice
    Flying sparks all around
    Painted birds
    On the ground
    Mystery of music
    The magic of rhythm
    Creates a myriad of sound
    Of joy
    Love will abound
    Oh, I must be really dreaming’

    Inspiration
    Dedication
    Disciplines of nature
    Not revealed with great ease
    Open minds, if you please
    I am only searching for answers
    To questions
    To find the meaning of it all
    In time
    I will recall
    All the music of the ages

    Vocalese (Parker Solo):
    I have asked you many times
    If you could take a moment
    To answer my plea
    Even if it takes all day
    Even if you walk away
    I won’t give up tryin’ to remember
    What it was that led me to this place
    Of constant confusion
    Asking you just how we came to be.

    In a pinch
    It’s a cinch
    Playin’ games with my heart
    But you should know that
    I am waiting for moments
    To remind you of how we used to be
    So in love
    Could we go back there again
    Or could we start over
    Finding a new reason to love?
    The mystery of all this could be
    The path to making us complete
    Oh! Wouldn’t it be sweet?

  • 4 Dare to Dream (featuring Tuck & Patti) Lyrics

    Dare to Dream (featuring Tuck & Patti) - Lyrics

    Dare to Dream ©2016
    Kat Parra

    Feels like the wind
    Blowing on a sizzling day
    The warmth of the sun
    Taking all the chill away

    I have been shaped
    Caressed by the sea and shore
    Smoothing my body
    Into a woman wanting more

    It took a song
    A spirit reached inside of me
    Opened my heart
    Calling out for me to be free
    It took a song
    Awakening a beautiful scene
    I’ve waited so long
    Now I can Dare to Dream

    It became clear
    Life would never be the same
    I had to listen
    It was time for me to make a change

    Taking that chance
    To leap into the great unknown
    Trusting the process
    Knowing I am not alone

    Falling gently
    Into a warm embrace
    Finding myself
    With a smile upon my face

  • 5 María Landó
  • 6 Veinte Años
  • 7 Como La Cigarra (featuring María Márquez)
  • 8 Bésame Mucho
  • 9 Till There Was You (featuring Nate Pruitt)
  • 10 Dame La Mano
  • 11 Mambo Italiano
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Las Aventuras De Pasión! 2012

Las Aventuras de Pasión takes the listener on a musical journey full of passion, combining the voice with sparse arrangements, unusual instruments and rhythms to create a vibrant and exotic world music sound.

  • 1 Iko Iko
  • 2 Dieziocho Anyos
  • 3 Call Your Name Lyrics

    Call Your Name - Lyrics

    Call Your Name ©2012
    Kat Parra

    My life is nothing
    but a rollercoaster ride
    Sometimes I wish that I could
    run away and hide
    But there’s nothing that could cause me so much pain
    To keep me from riding it again

    I’m up, I’m down
    My head is spinning all around
    I get so dizzy
    My feet never touch the ground
    And I wonder if you ever feel the same
    If only you could hear me call your name

    Call your name, call your name
    If only you could hear me call your name

    Spinning, Turning
    Flying High
    Reach my arms out
    To touch the sky

    Take my hands
    Don’t let me go
    Hold me close
    To all you know

    The echoes of your smile
    Keep bouncing round my brain
    I feel so helpless
    Wishing you were here again

    But the angels
    Fly away with your last sigh
    I kiss the air
    And sing a lullaby

    Lullaby
    I won’t cry
    I kiss the air and sing a lullaby

    My life is nothing
    but a rollercoaster ride
    Sometimes I wish that I could
    run away and hide
    But there’s nothing that could cause me so much pain
    To keep me from riding it again

  • 4 La Comida de La Manyana
  • 5 Morenika
  • 6 Lo Siento Mi Vida
  • 7 Yo M'Enamori D'Un Aire
  • 8 Oye Papi Lyrics

    Oye Papi - Lyrics

    Oye Papi ©2012
    Kat Parra

    It’s incredibly romantic
    When you whisper in my ear
    You made me feel so special
    From the moment you appeared

    Hiding under covers
    Til the middle of the day
    Pretending not to notice
    That our world had gone astray

    At what point did we falter
    Did you want to leave me cold?
    I thought our love was sacred
    There was still more to be told

    But you left me for another
    You broke my heart in two
    How could you be so selfish
    When you knew how I loved you

    Oye Papi you must be forewarned
    Hell hath no fury
    Like a woman scorned
    You may think I’m crazy
    But really I’m torn
    Sometimes I wish you had never been born

    El momento que encontré
    Que tu me dejaste
    Por otra chiquitica
    A quien te enamoraste

    Tuve que preguntarme
    Si tenia la culpa yo
    Pero al final de todo
    Esa pregunta ya no valió

    Las dudas y mentiras
    La inseguridad
    No vale mas la pena
    Prefiero la soledad

    Tomé el trago potente
    Lleno de tus engaños
    Pero ya no tengo sed
    Solo quiero causarte daño

    Oye Papi you must be forewarned
    Hell hath no fury
    Like a woman scorned
    You may think I’m crazy
    But really I’m torn
    Sometimes I wish you had never been born

    You smother me with kisses
    Assault me with your lies
    Thinking your affections
    Will be your alibis

    I see through all your darkness
    You can’t buy me anymore
    You’ll find all your belongings
    Thrown outside the bedroom door

    I’m tired of being angry
    Using up my energy
    On a man who’s going nowhere
    Who keeps saying “wait and see.”

    I don’t really want to harm you
    But it’s all I think about
    You ripped me to the core
    You cut my heart out

    Oye Papi you must be forewarned
    Hell hath no fury
    Like a woman scorned
    You may think I’m crazy
    But really I’m torn
    Sometimes I wish you had never been born

  • 9 Durme, Durme
  • 10 Nature Boy
  • 11 Man On A Wire:Gymnopedie No. 1 Lyrics

    Man On A Wire:Gymnopedie No. 1 - Lyrics

    Man On a Wire/Gymnopedie No. 1 ©2012
    Music: Eric Satie, Lyrics: Kat Parra

    Walk on the wire
    While daring the clouds
    Float, drift, soft touch

    Spanning the void
    Reach into your dream
    Risking love.

    What sacrifices have you made today?
    Is there someone waiting?
    Have you gone astray?

    Today I feel in my soul
    Something real appeared
    Truly magic

    Man on a wire
    Consumed with a fire
    Fly, dream, stepping

    Taunting the fates
    Miraculous states
    Living, Now.

    Are you still wond’ring what more can you do?
    Are there more questions still awaiting your truth?

    Someday
    You’ll capture the sky
    In your hands
    In your heart
    Such passion

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Dos Amantes 2010

Sephardic World Jazz – new arrangements of the ancient music of the Spanish Jews incorporating world rhythms (Spain, North Africa, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, the Caribbean) that create an exotic and passionate sound.

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Azucar De Amor 2008

Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical Latin jazz singer. With her thirst for the exploration of world rhythms and tonalities, she has developed a style of music that encompasses sounds that both transcend and bend the stereotype.

  • 1 Sugar (Azuca de Amor)
  • 2 Por La Tu Puerta
  • 3 Quitate La Queta Lyrics

    Quitate La Queta - Lyrics

    Quítate la Queta ©2008
    Kat Parra

    Intro (spoken)
    !Oye!
    Te quiero presentar la Queta
    Una mujer de mucha fuerza
    Y la defendora de las puertas

    coro 1
    Quitate la Queta
    O la Queta no se te quita
    Si no te quitas la Queta
    Te aseguro que te grita

    Quitate la Queta
    Que no puedes comprender
    Que si te quitas la Queta
    No tendría que hacer

    La Queta tiene puertas
    Que no puedes penetrar
    Si tu le pides algo
    Te puede ignorar

    Cuidado con la Queta
    Tiene cosas que cumplir
    Tratala con respecto
    Puede ser que te deje ir

    La Queta siente sola
    Los amigos ya se van
    Invitala pa’ fuera
    A bailar con Los Van Van

    Goza con la Queta
    Con el ritmo de amor
    Mueve su cintura
    Quitale todo el dolor

    coro 2:
    Queta quitate
    No me grites mas

    No es que te quiero gritar
    Pero con lo que yo hago no lo puedo evitar

    Queta quitate
    Dejame en paz

    Toda esta molestia es para esconder
    Las grandes cosas que he tenido que perder

    Queta quitate
    No me grites mas

    He sido tan sola toda mi vida
    Busco un amor, alguien quien me abriga

    Queta quitate
    Dejame en paz

    Ya no aguanto, no aguanto más
    Dejame tu, dejame en paz

    La Queta siente sola
    Los amigos ya se van
    Invitala pa’ fuera
    A bailar con Los Van Van

    Goza con la Queta
    Con el ritmo de amor
    Mueve su cintura
    Quitale todo el dolor

    coro 3
    No te metas con la Queta
    No te metas con la Queta o verás

    No te metas con esa linda coqueta
    O verás que te pierdes tu mente completa

    No te metas con la Queta
    No te metas con la Queta o verás

    La Queta tiene puertas que no puedes penetrar
    Pero si le das carino te las puede demostrar

    No te metas con la Queta
    No te metas con la Queta o verás

    Cuidado que si te metes con la Queta
    Te puede enamorar y asi logra a su meta

    No te metas con la Queta
    No te metas con la Queta o verás

    Queta, vamos a bailar
    Sé que vas a triunfar
    Deja ya de trabajar
    Vamos, Queta, a gozar

    !QUETA!

    No te metas con Queta
    O veras


  • 4 Canción Con Todos
  • 5 Misty
  • 6 Un Grito Lyrics

    Un Grito - Lyrics

    Un Grito ©2008
    Kat Parra

    Tengo un grito escapando
    Dirigiendome a cantar
    Cosa que necesito
    Que no puedo ignorar

    El espiritu me llama
    A cumplir mi propio destino
    El tiempo ya ha llegado
    Pa’ seguir un nuevo camino

    No sé quién eres
    No sé donde estaras
    Pero sigo buscando
    Como abrir las puertas

    No sé adonde vaya
    Solo sé que tengo que ir
    Es mi tiempo para cantar
    Tengo aventuras que vivir

    Abro mis brazos
    Para recibir el poder
    Existe el misterio
    Entre el miedo y el saber

    El mundo me espera
    Estoy lista para mostrar
    Todo lo que ofrezco
    Mi voz, mi cantar

  • 7 Pedacito de Mi Vida
  • 8 A Night in Tunisia
  • 9 Esta Montanya D'Enfrente
  • 10 Feed My Desire Lyrics

    Feed My Desire - Lyrics

    Feed My Desire ©2008
    Kat Parra

    “Querido, nao tenha medo do meu desejo”

    Step into the beat
    Of a rhythm that moves
    Groove to the sounds
    That will lead you to choose
    If you don’t hurry
    Then for sure
    You will lose
    ‘Cause someone’s been watching
    Me dance

    Hips swaying
    Ever so slow
    Rhythmic and sexy
    You’ll get to know
    Dance with me
    Come on and show
    What you’re all about

    Mystical music
    Pulsing in your ears
    Releasing all remnants
    Of lingering fears
    Passionate drums
    Setting feet on fire
    What are you waiting for?
    Feed My Desire

    Wistfully waiting
    For that tender kiss
    Anticipating
    A moment like this
    Romance and rhythm
    Fanning the fire
    Tell me, what are you waiting for
    Feed My Desire

    Close your eyes
    Let go of all your fears
    We’ll find our way
    If you Feed My Desire

    Closer and closer
    Careful and shy
    The song pulls you over
    You cannot deny
    My eyes tell you clearly
    I’ll stay by your side
    If you just give me a chance

    Your arms
    Surround me with light
    Blending our bodies
    Into the night
    Nothing so easy
    Ever felt so right
    Stay with me tonight

    Mystical music
    Pulsing in your ears
    Releasing all remnants
    Of lingering fears
    Passionate drums
    Setting feet on fire
    What are you waiting for?
    Feed My Desire

    Wistfully waiting
    For that tender kiss
    Anticipating
    A moment like this
    Romance and rhythm
    Fanning the fire
    You’re what I’ve been waiting for
    Feed My Desire

    Querido, nao tenha medo do meu desejo
    Eu quero te entregar meu coracao

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Birds in Flight 2007

Focusing on styles that range from afro-cuban, afro-peruvian, brazilian, south american folklore and Spanish Sephardic music.

  • 1 Mais Que Nada
  • 2 Dame La Llave Lyrics

    Dame La Llave - Lyrics

    Dame La Llave ©2006
    Kat Parra/John Calloway

    Bailando contigo
    Al lado del mar
    Que rico el sentir
    De tus besos y tu tocar

    Bailando bien suave
    Con el ritmo de amor
    Tu me diste la llave
    Para abrir tu dulce calor

    Poco a poco el conocerte
    Me da la felicidad
    Y si pasan horas sin verte
    Me vuelvo loca de soledad

    Cree que esto esta bueno
    Ten fe en mi amor
    Que te traigo felicidad
    Sin penas y sin dolor

    No tengas miedo de un beso papa
    No tengas miedo de mi tocar
    Es un setimiento esquisito
    El comienzo de amar

    Poco a poco el conocerte
    Me da la felicidad
    Y si pasan horas sin verte
    Me vuelvo loca de soledad

    coro 1
    Baila bien suave, Dame la llave

    Baila baila bien sauve
    No tengas miedo de darme la llave

    Baila bien suave, Dame la llave

    Papi tu sabes que te quiero amar
    Toda la vida te voy a esperar

    Baila bien suave, Dame la llave

    Bailando contigo al lado del mar
    De este sueno no quiero despertar

    Baila bien suave, Dame la llave

    Ahora yo voy a dejar de cantar
    Pa’ que un mambo empieza tocar

    Baila bien suave, Dame la llave

    coro 2
    Dame La Llave

    Ven y ven y ven y ven y baila
    Conmigo

    Dame La Llave

    Yo te quiero, yo te espero
    Toda la vida

    Dame La Llave

    Bailando bien suave
    con el ritmo de amor

    Dame La Llave

    Que rico tus besos
    Y el sentir de tu tocar

    Dame La Llave

    Tocame suave, dame la llave
    De tu dulce calor

    Dame La Llave

  • 3 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  • 4 Alfonsina y el Mar
  • 5 Birds in Flight Lyrics

    Birds in Flight - Lyrics

    Birds in Flight ©2006
    Kat Parra

    In the middle of the night
    You haunt all my dreams
    The shadows of your memory
    Darken doorways never seen

    In every room you linger
    The sound of your goodbye
    Still echoes through the silence
    Tell me how will I survive

    In the morning hours
    I will see the light
    Memories fade with each moment
    As I watch Birds in Flight

    Faced with so much sorrow
    Helps me clear my mind
    Maybe this time tomorrow
    I can leave you behind

    We shared so much together
    A family of our own
    A love to last forever
    Now you’ve left me all alone

    As years go by believe me
    You’ll still be on my mind
    A whisper in my memory
    Lost moments, wasted time

    In the morning hours
    I will see the light
    Memories fade with each moment
    As I watch Birds in Flight

    Love is such a mystery
    Playing with my heart
    Maybe these games are better
    Left alone in the dark

    coro 1
    En la manana veo el sol
    Cada paloma lleva memorias

    Cada paloma lleva recuerdos de ti
    Y el amor que yo senti

    En la vida lo pasamos bien
    Pero llego el final de esta historia

    Tuvo que pasar. que tenia que llegar
    El final de este triste amor

    En la manana veo el sol
    Cada paloma lleva memorias

    Susurras en mi mente
    Lo que perdimos para siempre

    En la vida lo pasamos bien
    Pero llego el final de esta historia

    coro 2
    Si no te gusto, si no me quieres
    Que te vayas ya
    Si no te gusto, si no me quieres
    Que te vayas ya

    Respiraba tu amor
    Pero ya no aguanto este dolor

    Si no te gusto, si no me quieres
    Que te vayas ya

    Jugaste con mi corazon
    Pero ya desperte de esta ilusion

    Si no te gusto, si no me quieres
    Que te vayas ya

    Que te vayas, que te vayas ya
    Ya llego el final
    Y te digo

    ||: Que te vayas ya :|| 4X

  • 6 Caravan
  • 7 Oleo de una Mujer con Sombrero
  • 8 These Old Feelings Lyrics

    These Old Feelings - Lyrics

    These Old Feelings ©2006
    by Kat Parra

    I think it’s happnin’ again
    These old feelings of love
    Are haunting my dreams
    I shut my eyes to the fright
    In the dark of the night
    Could this be what it seems?

    You came
    You captured me
    You opened eyes
    That couldn’t see
    This time
    I’ll take a chance
    That this could be
    A true romance

    I think it’s happnin’ again
    These old feelings of love
    Tumble into my life
    Just one look at your smile
    Makes me feel so alive
    Knowin’ you’re by my side

    I think it’s happnin’ again
    These old feelings of love
    Bring happiness
    When I look in your eyes
    All my fears disappear
    I need you here

  • 9 Kuando el Rey Nimrod
  • 10 Quizas Porque