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1. Is This Thing On?

Check one… Check
Check two… Check
Check three… Check check check
Check my ignition. Let's ride
My position. Space to rise
Obstacles in my path
Checking my oil, for my warm bath
Checking my heart…
Check my air…
Checking my mind and spirit
Checking my voice, can you hear it
Check one… Check
Check two… Check
Check three… Check check check
Check my load, what shall I carry
Light on my wings, a fairy
Surrounded in conjury 
Sucking you in, in this quandary 
Checking my reason, my stance
Checking my vision, my glance
Checking my power
My power source
Head to the sky. Rain down on me
Check my life, oh the journey
Shedding fears. No worry
Check one… Check
Check two… Check
Check three… Check check check

2. Fate Laughs

ha ha ha ha ha…

We are living proof
Fate is what we make it
Up in smoke like poof
To change the mold we break it
Fate will laugh at you
Trying to keep it all in tact
Go on and just be you
Spade calling is the new black

Can I speak on it ha ha ha
Let me say my
Peace on it – can I just
Speak on it ha ha ha
You need to hear my little
Piece on it ha ha
Let me just speak on it
yeah yeah

ha ha ha ha ha…

Life's crystal stair ain't clear
… a bastardized cliché
Go on and waste my ear
With what ain't yours to say
Well you can help yourself
to the last koolaided drink
Trip up your ego
… with cheap red, fool's gold, tattoos of salty ink

Don't you be mad about it no
Don't you be mad about it no
Don't you be mad

Can I speak on it ha ha ha
Let me say my
Peace on it – can I just
Speak on it ha ha ha
You need to hear my little
Piece on it ha ha
Let me just speak on it
yeah yeah

3. Grateful

Grateful for the struggle, learning, knowledge, the burning
Grateful for the struggle, gaining power, with every hour I'll be
Grateful for the struggle, lessons, the blessings,
Grateful for the struggle, the daily grinding, there's peace in my mind

Living every day within this skin
Squeezing through the pores that trap me in
Knocking at my door once again
that old gravity pulling me back in

It was one of them days when nothing went my way
and I'm wondering what heya heyel
Walk into the door drop my gear on the floor
then I'm headed upstairs to recoup, well
kicking off my styles, drop the painted fake smile
let myself drown in the moment

I know the struggle keeps me strong, so I'm gon' keep holding on

Grateful for the struggle, learning, knowledge, the burning
Grateful for the struggle, gaining power, with every hour I'll be
Grateful for the struggle, lessons, the blessings,
Grateful for the struggle, the daily grinding, there's peace in my mind

I'm grateful
for lines that crease my face
Grateful
for pains that betray my grace
I'm grateful
I'm strong and dyed in the wool
Grateful
and I'm grateful

It was one of them days when nothing went my way
and I'm wondering what heya heyel
Walk into the door drop my gear on the floor
then I'm headed upstairs to recoup, well
kicking off my styles, drop the painted fake smile
let myself drown in the moment

I know the struggle keeps me strong,
so I'm gon' keep holding on
Grateful for it

4. Spirit Talk

Spirit talking
Muses saying
Spirit talk
Talk to me
Spirit talking
Inner music playing
Spirit talk
Come talk to me

Spirit talk
its your spirit talking rhythm to your heart
its creation wisdom heard in nature's art
its the love supreme of which we're all apart
Its your spirit talk… in its your spirit talk… in its your spirit talking
Spirit talking

Spirit talk
your inspiration, intuition at your core
the feeling saying what feelings you can't ignore
exposing what you need opposed to what you want
Its your spirit talk… in its your spirit talk… in its your spirit talking
Spirit talking

5. Stuff Momma Used To Say (Beautiful Rainbow Tranquility)

Back in dis house 'fore them streetlights come on 
Here's a dollar for the store, get my Kool's Super Longs
Turn them lights off, go to bed, don't make me say it again
Stop jumping on them mattresses 
"that's why WE can't HAVE nice thangs"

Maanami… Asha…
… Maanami… Asha…

Inside the brick house round the way, just south of paradise
Past Persnickety st., a little north of nice
Turkey wings and, black eyes peas was, served in china bowls
Help me clean this kitchen up, Flip Wilson's coming on

Irisa… Helene…
… Irisa… Helene
Naima… Ali Mari…
… Naima… Ali Maria

"You can be whatever you put your mind to."
"Keep your dress down and your pants up"
"Don't make me jump down your throat & come out your ass like poison oak"
Listen for your personal, truth to be revealed
Be prepared for miracles, only you will feel, my babies
Every situation has some wisdom to impart
Keep in touch with who you are
follow your heart

6. Eternal

A line has been crossed there's no turning back now
I'm heading across, the tide is at my back now
Your gravity is so strong, I'm holding back but I can't hold on for too long
to the reasoning of this physical world

the physical can't contain us no
and time, too insignificant to restraint us
we live in inner space
existing everyplace
until we can embrace

CHORUS
Will you wait for me… in the eternal
Will you be there for me… for the eternal

And I know it's only love, yeah we're all up in it
There's no way to deny, there's no way to spin it
We've spun far past the wire
Gone beyond and higher
We've stoked the flames and jumped right in the fire

Don't you know that our karma is converging
Don't you feel the past and future merging
I know you see what I see
Your eyes so deep inside me
All I ask if you

… wait for me … in the eternal
Will you be there for me … for the eternal

let's feel the grass between our toes, yeah yeah yeah
stone reality is just too cold, for us
can't explain what we feel
through a glass darkly still
we remain until

… wait for me … in the eternal
Will you be there for me… for the eternal
Our two note symphony… sounds eternal
When you look at me… for the eternal
Will you wait for me… in the eternal
Will you be there for me… for the eternal
Our two note symphony… sounds eternal
When you look at me… I see eternal
I see love…
Will you wait for me… in the eternal
Will you be there for me… for the eternal
When you're just touching me… I am eternal
Yes we were meant to be… become eternal
As one… as one… on… with the eternal

aww this is just too serious
I don't think y'all are hearing us

7. Sugarfoot Is Dead

… and about how thangs used to be?
… what could've been or could be?
Is there a connecting string, or secret ring, should we be stringing ourselves along?
Who's gon carry the torch sweep the porch… who's gon cut a groove, bust a move or generally move thangs along?

So we got this black president but our black presence still ain't felt
Oh sure, we can dance sing and play ball with the best of 'em, but let us point out anything that matters what we get with is dealt

You go with what your heart tells you, but your feet fails you
Your mind races day paces letting anger derail you
You know that sweet sticky thing you had your eye on back in the day
In them skin tight britches lighting a fire in yours?
She paid you no 'tention cause you was dorky and underfed
She struggling today with 3 kids and a mortgage alone, you could have her now for a song
but Sugarfoot is dead

"in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches"

Just the very thought that your feet could be sweet makes me smile and wince at the next wave of heat
I watched him bouncing that foot on them 16th beats catching every nuance of rhythm of every growled twisted street and versing 'em up like hot collards and pig feets.
Things ain't near bout how they used to be, my hearing is going maybe I misread
but yo did y'all hear that is Sugarfoot is dead?

"in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches"

A G damn sho ain't grand no more, it don't even pay the band no more
wrestling with angels, dancing with gnomes, putting my logic to bed
unlocking my freedom with skeletal bones, and damn if Sugarfoot ain't dead

"in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches… in them skin tight britches"

Skipping along trying to sweet talk yourself out of the reality barreling ahead of you
Only succeeding in ruining a delicious moment of wakeful awareness painful or not instead of you… man, you know.

Whitney
Isaac
Etta
Dick Clark
Levon
Don C
Garry Shider
Jef Lee…
Donna Summer
Michael…
Fontella
Bob Babbit
Donald Byrd
Chuck Brown
James Brown
even George Jefferson
and Sugarfoot are all… "shoop shoop shoop shoop shoop"

8. Awakenings

Coffee or tea
Outside in the breeze
Sharing some space
A daring escape
Life can wait

High tide
Threatening skies
Windy gust
Washing us inside and thus
Literally take us
Sparks flying
Wide awakenings
… and I'm psyched

Tropical mood
Afternoon date
Deja vu starting to ache
Let's get it in before too late
Let's get it in before its too late

High tide
Threatening skies
Windy gust
Washing us inside and thus
Literally take us
Sparks flying
Wide awakenings

9 What Have We Learned pt. I

Born to fight born to breed
Weeping bodies trained to bleed
Round and round we're circling
What we've learned no mystery

Nothing… nothing

What awaits she who believes
Streets of gold or tumble weeds
Casted net of master thieves
What have we learned honestly

Nothing… nothing hey… ay… hey… wait a minute

Head spinning, vertigo
Chasing time very slow
How many lies have been told
How many lives have to go before we reap
the benefits we sown
Cosmetic face we're shown
are casualties of progress I guess
 
Born to fight born to breed
Weeping bodies trained to bleed 
Round and round we're circling
What we've learned no mystery

What have they learned… nothing
What have they learned… nothing
Don't they know that love will never quit for… nothing
Won't resist for… nothing
and for this we keep it moving on and on and on…

Wait a minute!

10. WTFHTL pt. II

'cause it an't gon hurt to know
what came before you

Shake a feather step it up 
Got cha over runneth cup
It may break your fall 
Awww…
Twinkle twinkle little star
Sayanara, au revoir
Bye bye baby, singing Kumbaya Lawd

Circling a porcelain bowl like, what the fuck have we learned?
Higher bar, the culture war, and Saturn returns
Loop tiddy loop blindfolded the world tacitly turns
Lunanacy emboldened, what the fuck have they learned?

Shake a feather
take a letter

What can you do 
What can you do

Shake a feather
Come together 
Make it wetter
Feeling better

What can you do 
What can you do

Circling a porcelain bowl like, what the fuck have they learned?
Higher bar, the culture war, and Saturn returns
Hail to the mighty dollar 
Lunanacy emboldened, what the fuck have they learned?
Circling a porcelain bowl like, what the fuck have they learned?
Higher bar, the culture war, and Saturn returns
Loop tiddy loop blindfolded the world tacitly turns
Lunanacy emboldened, what the fuck have they learned?

11. I Prefer (Oya)

I prefer, I wanna shine in hues of crystal blue persuasion
I prefer, paint the world in harmonic loving vibration
I prefer, I prefer a bit candor with the faking
I prefer, a side of cryptic with our candid conversating
I prefer, I prefer children be sheltered from malevolence
I prefer, I prefer each child grow up knowing their relevance
I prefer, while we're at it let's abolish human cages.
… for wages, outrageous, how they plague us

I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ahh
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ah ah yah yeah
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ahh
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ah ah yah yeah

We outta spend our profits helping one another
Instead of on things that's gon only need dust covers
It'd be more preferable to care about the planet
Yes I'm talking to you science skeptics dammit
I prefer, the only fix we need is Mother Earth's own medicine
I prefer, we could heal ourselves if Pharma-Suits would let us
Before I go I'd like to see us work together
on whatever, the weather, yeah

I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ahh
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ah ah yah yeah
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ahh
I prefer… I prefer Oya Oya ah ah yah yeah

12. Presence

Come back home
You're right here beside, and I'm alone
Flipping through the memories of days gone
A faded photograph in my bed, words unsaid
Who are are, can this be, is this it
If you care about my heart
If you care about me at all
I need you to face reality, your face in front of me right now
If you're still the man I love
If he is still available
I praise you like Sunday deliverance
What I need now everyday, is I need your presence
I feel this transcendence, but I need your presence
Uhh, I need you to get this, how I need your presence
I need your deep deep presence
Come back home yeah
You're right here beside me, and I'm alone
Flipping through the memories of days gone
Not long ago in my arms don't you know
Who we are, what was felt, what you said when you…you used to say stuff to me like
Thank you Sole Solace
Bless you my Soul Goddess
I praise you forever, so many ways I won't ever
Leave you to doubt my intentions
Remove the quest from the question
Give my world balance
You complete my life sentence
Let me breath your essence
From now on know this
You got my deep deep presence
Cause I miss you, well, I miss us
This thing we are now ain't worthy of us
This, B-movie scene, this in between, this torch song
I can't help feeling that I sat and waited too long to say that I
Won't wait forever, my patience done
I've done the best that I can do, and now the rest is up to you
I need your presence, your presence your presence
I need your warmth inside of me
Your love where it used to be
Tripping on us, all day making love
Your voice consoling your hands all over me
Connecting, mmm with my best thing
This is the time of our lives yes
Ain't gonna let it pass us by no
Remember that I need your presence
Mmm remember I need your presence

13. Another Kind Of Diva (Success Hooker)

Love don't show when its easy
It shows when it's hard
Love don't show when its easy
It shows when it's hard

Two mothers died
of their broken hearts
As many mothers do
Both mothers mine
a right peculiar start
Talk about your blues
I know you seen the type
at the wrecka store
Flipping through those rows
Bows her head, in prayerful jam, humming Dorothy Moore
Asking loud if they've got more

She's a Mack
She's a true believer
Another kind of diva
Mack Diva
Blow you like a pro do
Prove to you she know you
You need her
Icy cool, innononsence,
nobody's fool, she's live
But you'll never meet her
Love don't show when easy. You get it when you need it. When its hard.
Bless your heart

Two brothers tried
to crack the mother pearl, to find its secrets out
Wined and dined, wooed and shined, kissing life's sweet ass
Found themselves confused

Hooking for successes
chasing for that next hit…
She's a Mack
Begging in the thieves den
where the hit men thieves live…
On her back
Ride the rolling thunder
Cheapest silk up under
Next stop, a poison play
Rinse repeat. Another day
Harlem in December
Bless your heart

She's a true believer
Another kind of diva
A mack diva… Bless your heart
Blow you like a pro do
Prove to you she know you
She sho do
Bless your heart

14. Coming Around

As the day begins to set
I'm thinking 'bout when we met
I was so into you, and you, were crazy about me, yes you were
Ups and downs have taken toll
Times we both lost control
Yet the deeper in the mire, the deeper love grows
like you don't already know

Firewall crumbling down
Grains of bitter sand
Giving way, losing ground
Playing karma's hand
She's saying that we're staying 'round
Its out of our hands
We're finding the sun and we're finally coming around

Wasted youth
some would say wasted time
I sayin' time and tested truth is why we're here today
right here today
I can hear your heart when you have no words
I was unclear, you were there
you were there and you stayed
You loved me in your way
You showed me every day
ay ay I'm coming 'rown

Grains of bitter sand
Giving way, losing ground
Playing karma's hand
She's saying that we're staying around
Its out of our hands
We're finding the sun and we're finally coming around

You…

You love me in your way
You show me every day
Its awkward for me to say
How I miss us when I'm away

Playing karma's hand
I'm doing the best that I can
Giving all that I am

Firewall crumbling down
Grains of bitter sand
Giving way, losing ground
Playing karma's hand
She's saying that we're staying 'round
It's out of our hands
We're finding the sun and we're finally coming around