From the recording Routes
Diali Keba Cissokho - Lead Vocals | John Westmoreland - Electric Guitar | Jonathan Henderson - Bass | Austin McCall - Drum Kit | Yaye Boye - Lead Vocals (first verse) | Shana Tucker - Lead Vocals (second verse) | Ibrahima Sene - Tama | Ablaye Daffé, Ablaye Cissokho, Mamadou Cissokho, Abdou Ndiaye, Bayemor Mbaye - Soruba, Sabar | Jennifer Curtis - 1st Violin | Elizabeth Phelps - 2nd Violin | Suzanne Rousso - Viola | Paula Peroutka - Cello | Jonathan Henderson - String Arrangement, English Lyrics
Ma Cherie was written over a long period of time, and mixes together different stories of relationships and people’s experiences of love. Being in love can be hard; it can feel like both a sickness and the cure for itself. When you say “I love you” to someone, what are you actually saying? To me, it is saying that there is something profound inside you that I love, and I want to be a part of it. It’s not something about you, like intelligence or beauty. It’s something hard to describe that lives much deeper inside.
Nobody can be sure about love / it’s so hard to believe / love can make you so sick / you can no longer taste food / meaning is lost / but it’s worth the risk / my love, you are inside my heart / when I see you, I’m happy / if I don’t see you, I cry, cry, cry / I’m gonna be patient with you / no matter what you believe / I’m gonna make you happy, happy, happy
Fire burns the forest, leaves the trees / my heart flames with sickness and with greed / but it’s love that brings me to my knees / Ma Cherie, you set me free