FIGHTING FOR AIR

I've made my peace so leave me be 

The fear won’t pull me under

Today is not the day to be afraid

We had our chance to make amends

Wake up tomorrow’s coming

And yesterday it feels so far away

I’m fighting for air

Just like the rest of you

I’m fighting for air

Just like the rest of you

I promise if you promise we can rise and live above it

Cause hope is all we have when days are long

And days will come and go as time goes by with they regret it

Or will have the strength to carry on

Won’t you sing along

I’m fighting for air

Just like the rest of you

I’m fighting for air

Just like the rest of yo

SOMETHING BORROWED SOMETHING BLUE

Tell me who’s to blame

Tell me how we got here

Is it kool to leave

Help me figure out

If it’s just a game

Then tell me how to play girl 

Can i bend the rules

What’s it all about

Was it mine or yours

Was it yours or mine girl

Wounds take time to heal

And if you’re serious

Why isn’t love enough

Vows can’t do you justice

All I ever wanted was…

I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Said I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Oh lawd  

I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Said I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Feel the same

Can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Feel the same

WHAT CHOO MEAN

You got a nice house

Ya got a nice yard

Live on a nice street

4 car garage

Got nice lil wife with a nice lil figure

Got cha Dream job making damn near 7 figures

Cause You had nice shot

So you got nice ride 

At real nice school

Dropping 26 a night

That gotcha Ya got a nice spot On a real nice squad

Gotcha 4 nice rings

Nice clothes, Nice Cars

Gotta nice lil deal With some real nice shoes

Got a nice big TV

shows you real bad news

Went from a nice guy to a real bad dude

Cause you had to speak yo mind

About them boys in blue

What choo mad about?

what choo ?

Look around...Look around

Now you’ve got nice kids

Who gets real nice grades

One has a real nice shot To make the real nice pay

You got the boy a car

Cause it’s a nice way to say

If you work real hard You’ll get some  real nice thangs

You had a real world talk

About real world thangs

No doubt you matter but

You’ve got that think twice shade

So if you ever get stopped 

Don’t think my real nice name

Could stop the cops from pop Poppin

Ain’t a damn thang changed

What choo made about?

what choo mean

ANGELA POLADY

What we talking about

Angela polady...she’s  late

About two days...at least she thinks

Week days and nights...she tries

To decide what’s wrong or right

Some Days just come too soon

But you try your best to get by baby

You try your best to get by 

Porcelain Pam is a whale

At least thinks

But she’s as thin as a rail

And who could tell

the girl is sneaky like that damn

Whenever she bails

Inside the bathroom hotel

Some Days just come too soon

But you try your best to get by baby

You try your best to get by

Don’t you dareDare give up

Last but not least...denise

She’s young….so naive

Money’s all she needs

To feed the greed

That keeps her down on her knees

Some Days just come too soon

But you try your best to get by baby

You try your best to get by

WHEN HOPE LETS GO

Long before the scene 

Before the scene when you found out he had a wife

The one they warned you bout

But you refused to listen

I said you refused to listen 

Long before the time

The time you fought amongst yourselves about the silliest things

The time you thought that you could work it out without mentioning 

The past and all it brings but you  refused to listen

I said you refused to listen

As the tears roll down and the fear wakes up

Oh when hope let’s go that’s when you know

Love It let you down

It let down

Now you’re blaming all your friends

No one was strong enough to keep you from this man

You told yourself you had to do what you had to do

What I had to do is what I had to do

Looking back

As the tears roll down and the fear wakes up

Oh when hope let’s go that’s when you know

Love It let you down

It let down

Lost cost, Fought hard, Left scars 

Over and over and over

You can’t win, So you pretend

You pretend

You pretend that

Love It let you down

It let down

It let down If you let if baby

MASTER MY LOVE

No matter what...

No matter where

No matter when

No matter how you feel

No one can change

No one can tell me how

How i should feel

My mind is made

It’s real

Unconditional

Oooh lord

My love...My love is

Unconditional

Oooh My love...My love is

Unconditional

No matter who

no matter why

No matter if

You change your mind

I’ll still feel 

Unconditional

Oooh lord

My love...My love is

Unconditional

Oooh My love...My love is

Unconditional

No matter what...

No matter where

No matter when

No matter how you feel

No one can change

No one can tell me how

How i should feel

My mind is made

It’s real

HELP A BRUTHA OUT

Lil boy grows up in a house full of anguish 

His Daddy stanks of liquor

Mamma smells like fear

He’s the youngest of the litter

So he’s going to learn from example

Older sisters on the corner

Big brother’s in jail 

Lord won’t you

Help him find his way

A little drinky in the morning never hurt nobody

But pretty soon man 

One can turn to two and two can turn to five

Next thing you know 

You’re finding bottles at the bottom of your laundry

Looking up say from the bottom of a rock

Trying to find that next high

Lord won’t you

Help him find his way

Because it’s easy

Girl you’re not alone

Said we’re all just trying to find our way

Because it’s easy

Tomorrow’s almost here 

You can make through another day

You know  it’s easy

But if you give up now

You’ll only have yourself to blame

You know it’s easy to lose your way

16 he’s got a face full of pimples so he’s socially challenged

All the girls think he’s weird and all the jocks punch ever chance they get

No date, no dance. No prom no chance to fit in

So now he’s thinking it’s the end of the world but y’all high school ain’t shit

Lord won’t you

Help him find his way

WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE

You’ve seen hard times

Through soft eyes

You’ve got one year left on what’s left of 9 lives

All the ones you love say you need to rest your head

Thanks for your concern but I'll sleep when I'm dead

You’ve lost your way for a long long year

You’ve been misplaced in the middle of nowhere

Even the ones you hate say you need to rest your head

Thanks for your concern but I'll sleep when I’m dead

Cause I ain’t going nowhere

Too many long nights

So many short weeks

You had to fall just right to land on your feet

Strangers even tell you it’s time to rest your head

FOR YOU TO KNOW

my friends they ask me why

why i love you so

they just wanna know

what can it be

you own my heart because

your the only one who sees

the possibilities in me

oh and i can't let that go

no no

my friends they ask me why

why do you try so hard

the girls got you climbing walls

what are we missing

She own my heart because

She’s the only one who's knows

what no one knows

and it makes no difference

and i can't let that go

no no

ain't no such thing as perfect love

ain't no such thing as happily ever after

if you find what you want

and your what they need then

don't let go

no no

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM

 

have you ever seen the face of a broken heart

have you ever seen the sun in your darkest hour

have you ever had a headache that cha can't let go 

have you ever seen a nation this torn apart 

have you ever been so tired wanna rest yo legs 

have you ever listened closely to the voices in you head 

 you ever watched TV, 

for so long it loses meaning, 

and your eyes become so weary, 

lord it feels like you've been dreaming 

have you ever heard the rumor of a promised land 

have you ever turned to Jesus when you need something 

been pulled over for the color of your skin 

cause it's not where ya going girl 

it's where you've been 

have yo ever felt lost while standing still 

have you ever loved somebody and it didn't feel real 

 you ever felt alive, 

like you never wanna die 

have you ever changed your mind, 

like them feelings weren't real 

have you ever had to choose between right and wrong 

have you ever been surrounded, 

felt completely alone 

have you ever been confronted, 

made to feel like your unwanted 

people try and say it's nothing, 

but the memories keep on haunting 

HAVE YOU EVER been accused 

have you ever been touched 

HAVE YOU EVER been abused 

have you ever been rough 

have you ever made excuses,

try your hardest not to lose it, 

tell the world what you've been through 

and swear to God you didn't do it 

have you ever looked away 

have you ever stepped in 

have you ever crossed the line, 

close your eyes and pretend 

have you ever prayed to Jesus, 

begging please Lord let em see us, 

took forever just to free us, 

look around they trying to be us 

Have you ever felt ashamed when you're looking in the mirror 

girl ya seeing what ya seeing cause you trying your best to be HER 

have you ever took the time to look around and think 

have you ever looked around and shook your head in disbelief 

have you ever said never 

turned around and did whatever,

take advantage of the moment and you wish it'd last forever

have you ever done something that you're bound to regret 

have you ever said something that you're trying to forget 

you said you wanna move on, 

but they just wanna hold on, 

Ya said there's nothing left to say that hasn't been sung

have you ever looked around and thought why Lord why 

have you ever looked around and thought 

my oh my 

have you ever gave someone you loved a last goodbye 

did you rush to get through it, 

did you take your time 

have you ever looked in so you could see your way out 

never gave up when you were down and out 

Ya look around in disbelief, 

can't believe in what you see, 

cause we're living in a world when ya tweeting when ya speak 

and the camera paints a picture. 

gotcha thinking things are better, 

but the INSTAnt only captures, 

what is floating on the surface 

while the leader of the free world is trying his best to trick us

Talking bout make America great again

Man you can’t be serious 

He Talking bout make America great again

Man you can’t be serious 

Make America great again

Bitch you can’t be serious now

Great again for who

Great again for who

Great again for who

Bitch you can’t be serious now

ROSE COLORED GLASSES

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA 

People come and go

The only thing i really know for sho

Is that people will  break your heart

The only thing you can be certain of is that

Nothing last forever

We were born to go separate ways

It’s so hard to stay together

With someone always whispering in yo ear

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA 

People never change

And if you think they can then you’re to blame

When people let you down

What ever made you think they’ll stick around 

Is the same thing that makes you so precious 

And like a kid you believe

In the happily ever afters

If only life was fair

Oooh.. 

ooooh

Wish i could see the world

oooh

Through your  rose colored glasses

What can i say

I guess we’ll go our separate ways

And what will we be

Only time can tell

And what will i do

I’m in no mood to choose right now

What will i say

Maybe someday ooooh

People come and go

The only thing i really know for sho

Is that people will break your heart

The only thing you can be certain of uuuh 

Wish i could see the world

Through your rose colored glasses

I HEARD CHOO

Girl wait

I think i deserve to know your name

I think we’re too old to be ashamed

Done past the point of playing games

Hell we’ve both seen each other naked 

Wait

Let me know if I pleased you baby

Let me know if i at least made you

Come down off your high horse

The one you’ve been riding since 

The day

We first laid eyes at the corner store

You cracked a smile as i held the door

Told you my name you said boy i know

I’ve heard you sing

Hallelujah

I’ve heard you singing

Hallelujah

i love that part no espanol now

A single tear rolled down my face child

When i heard you sing

Fo reals

(fo reals)

I swear fo lawd i’ve never seen ya till now

You must have been hiding in the back of the crowd

Wait wait 

I think i remember you now

Weren’t you singing

Hallelujah

I’ve heard you singing

Hallelujah

You love that part no espanol now

A single tear rolled down your  face child

When i heard you sing

STOP FRONTIN

Ain’t nuttin to it but to do it

Stop singing that same ole song 

Stop doing everything you been told

Stop acting like your shit turns gold

Ain’t nuttin in but to win it

God is the only unknown

If sex is the only thing sold

Borrow till you pay what you owe

Hey little sunshine

Light up the day

Take this pain that pulls me under

Doubt that takes me over won’t you

Show me the future

Show me the way…Let me

ride on your coattails

Rely on your brain cells

Let me

Hold you forever

hold you forever

Let me 

Prove that I'm worthy

prove that I'm worthy

Let me

Hold you forever

hold you forever

Let me 

Prove that I'm worthy

prove that I'm worthy

Because i believe i am

I believe i am

Ain’t nuttin to it but to do it

Stop singing that same ole song 

Stop doing everything you been told

Stop acting like your shit turns gold

Ain’t nuttin in but to win

God is the only unknown

If sex is the only thing sold

Borrow till you pay what you owe

STARZ

Hold your head up

Girl this ain’t the time for crying

This ain’t the time for tears

Please don’t give in

Just look up baby

The Starz know the shape you’re in

Ain’t no place you’ve been

That you can’t climb out of

So hold on baby

Help is on the way

You won’t be along for long

Cause if the Starz know you’re hurting

Then god knows you’re looking 

For a way to ease the pain

So just hold on baby 

It won’t be much longer

Hold your head up

Girl this ain’t the time for crying

This ain’t the time for tears

Please don’t give in

SOMETHING BORROWED SOMETHING BLUE

Tell me who’s to blame

Tell me how we got here

Is it kool to leave

Help me figure out

If it’s just a game

Then tell me how to play girl 

Can i bend the rules

What’s it all about

Was it mine or yours

Was it yours or mine girl

Wounds take time to heal

And if you’re serious

Why isn’t love enough

Vows can’t do you justice

All I ever wanted was…

I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Said I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Oh lawd  

I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Said I wanna feel the sunlight on my face

Have shimmer of hope

You can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Feel the same

Can’t tell me you don’t

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Can’t tell me you don’t 

Feel the same

SWEET REDEMPTION

Girl accept my love

Take me in

Embrace my touch

Fall but hang on tight

The boy will do you wrong

Before He makes it right

 Girl I’ve changed my ways

Ignore theirs words,

I swear I’ve changed

No I ain’t the same

I swear I’m older now

A different man

 If time is all you need

I’ll be here on bended knee

A chance is all I ask

Yo friends don’t know me

like I know myself

 Girl I’ve changed my ways

I know I messed this up

Hurts to know that I’m the one who left you broken broken

I know I fucked this up

I don’t deserve your love

But here I stand hoping, hoping

 Half my life been chasing sweet redemption

So now I stand before you asking for

Forgiveness

 So please accept my love

Hold on tight, don’t let go

Please embrace my love

I’ll do what ever you need

Be who ever you want

 I swear I’ve changed my ways

OYSTERS

You mean the world to me

Can you see

I’d give you anything

To make you smile

Cause if you want it 

You got it

Just ask for it

It’s yours

if you want it 

You got it

Just ask for it

You mean the world to me

Can you see

I’d give you anything

To make you smile

Cause if you want it 

You got it

Just ask for it

It’s yours

if you want it 

You got it

Just ask for i

You mean the world to me

Can you see

ONLY THING TO DO

Standing on the front porch

Looking for a sign

Sipping on some ice tea

Thinking bout the time i first heard

We done climb the mountain

Sailed the 7 seas yeah for once

It’s not where ya come from

It’s where ya wanna be i suppose

Cause when the hope is gone

The only thing to do, the only thing to do

Only thing to do is hold on

Now you’re buying what he’s selling

Selling what cha bought

On the roof tops yelling

Great things about to come

You can feel it in the air

Man right done gone wrong

Told ya what ya wanna hear

Little did you know…..uh oh

Cause when the hope is gone

The only thing to do, the only thing to do

Only thing to do is hold on

Now you can’t believe it

Refuse you see it

Man we’re running out of time

To hell with new beginnings

That feel like the same old endings

Girl the truth is hard to find these days

Still we gotta find a way to make it since

Smiles are to come by

And hugs are long gone

Everybody got an answer it feels like

I’m the only one who don’t

Yesterday is blurry

Tomorrow feels the same

The future is uncertain….somethings gotta change

Sing it with me

Cause when the hope is gone

The only thing to do, the only thing to do

Only thing to do is hold on

Cause when the hope is gone

SINCERELY YOURS

How much longer 

Should i sit here

Waiting for a change

Been with you it feels like forever

And it always feels the same

Don’t blame you for our situation

I just need more than you can give so

Sincerely yours

Sincerely yours

Sincerely your friend today

Sincerely your friend

How much longer can i lie here

Pretending to be sleep

While the hunger rumbles in my belly

I need something to eat

I was born to be your best friend

But this ain't enough for me well well

Sincerely yours

Sincerely yours

Sincerely your friend today

Sincerely your friend

No one ever told me

You would be this sad 

No one ever warned me things would be this bad

Sincerely yours

Sincerely yours

Sincerely your friend today

Sincerely your friend

WOMAN

Please covet me

Indulge me in your righteous eyes

I’ve ran

I ran so fast to hide my past

But they’re still inside of me

Woman

So willing

To bring out the best in me

Dreams

For if i dream 

My soul will sleep and the angels will arrive

Me you ask 

If i believe in what you believe 

Impatiently i reply

Woman

So willing

To bring out the best in me

Please forgive

For i no not what i do

Please forgive me 

Please forgive me

I know i’m close 

Please forgive me i know i’m close

Please covet me

Indulge me in your righteous eyes

I’ve ran

I ran so far to hide my scars

But they’re still inside of me

Woman

So willing

To bring out the best in me

TOO MUCH TO LOSE

No way, no how, no time, not now

I’ve got too much to lose

He said, she said, promises left unkept

So now  you get what you choose

Strange fruit,  swings low...It’s so hard to let go

I guess you can’t beat the taste

Been here for so long, It’s easier to hold on now

Than admit your mistakes

So we pray for the day

And we dream of a time

As we look for a place 

Trying to sleep through the night

Lord help me cause

This is America

The red white and blue

This is America….But it ain’t the same

For me and you

Protest, prochoice, profess, make noise

It’s time for a change

See her truth takes time

#metoo, #blacklives

Now it all feels the same

So we pray for the day

And we dream of a time

As we look for a place 

Trying to sleep through the night

Lord help me cause

This is America...The red white and blue

This is America

Lord it ain’t the same

It ain’t the same

For me and you

<last vs>

The corner of despair and hope is where i was born and

I just can’t seem to move

HALF A DOLLA SHORT

hey little mamma can we talk it out

tell me all about it can we work it out

girl ya standing on the corner with ya cheeks all out

something i can do

i wanna help you out

she look me up and down like my mind was out

she said boy ya too late but it's the thought that counts

oh hey now brother can i help you out

here's a couple of dollars tell me all about it

did your wife up and leave you

did she kick you out

i can help you find a job we can work it out

well he looked me up and down like my mind was out

he said boy you're too late but it's the thought that counts

Hey Mr.'s C now where ya hanging out

sho could have used ya cause we're down and out

she hit me with a tweet and said their ain't no doubt

there's a crazy summa bitch in the oval office

between me and you i can't believe you lost

they believed every word coming out his moutH

we bouts kick him out

she said boy it's too late but it's the thought that counts

BARCELONA

Little girl...if you hold your head high

then i promise you...things will change

little guy...if you keep yo mind clear

then i promise you...things will change

cause nothing from nothing

always seems

to leave ya standing with nothing

little mamma...don't let those magazines tell ya

how to live yo life

cause who are they...who are they?

hallelujah

i heard they've got the truth

up in south dakota

i heard it's selling cheap for like half a dolla

oh oh oh

hallelujah

i heard they found god

down in barcelona

no habla englais

just espanol now

oh oh oh oh

cause nothing from nothing

always seems

to leave ya standing with nothing

hmmm hmmm

they told me nothing from nothing

always seems to leave you standing with nothing

hallelujah

i heard they've got the truth

up in south dakota

i heard it's selling cheap for like half a dolla

oh oh oh….hallelujah

i heard they found god

down in barcelona

no habla englais

just espanol now

oh oh oh oh

hallelujah

i heard they saw jesus

up in Minnesota

they said he had a scarf

underneath his robe now

BREATHE DAWG

I look for ways to talk

A way to run for cover

Cause they say

You got to crawl before you walk

Get lost before discovered

But i say

Breathe in breathe out

Breathe

I’m gonna beg until i’m rich

Smile until i’m hateful

Break until i’m fixed

Complain until i’m grateful

Gonna save until i’m broke

Work until i’m lazy

Eat until i choke

Pretend i’m sane until i’m crazy

Breathe in breathe out

Breathe

Cause all you gotta do

All you gotta do is

All you gotta do

Is breathe

I look for ways to talk

A way to run for cover

Cause we all we all want a place to call our own

A place that takes us higher

Oh

Breathe in breathe out

Breathe

SICKENS ME U

It sickens u

How you place no one above him

Or even near him 

You lose yourself your mind

Whenever you're near him

So smooth the way he moves

Like virgin

The boy is learning your every move

Why can’t you see things

See what he’s doing how he’s moving 

In on you

Oh can’t you see he’s never going to change

Not enough time in the world little darling

Pretty pink blush

Bum rushed by the hand of a demon

Boy is leaving you on a knee

Your own set of stars revolve why your left eye be screamin

Please

Once a prince is now a frog

Once a god is now a dog

Grab your shit and get out 

I think it’s time

It’s time to leave

Oh can’t you see he’s never going to change

Not enough time in the world little darling   

ALL UP TO YOU

No mistakes

No regrets

No pretending like this doesn’t exist

You can run

Try and hide

Go all in or you can just step aside

It’s up to you

You can play

Make believe

Close your eyes and try your best not to see

Just know when you wake up

I’ll be gone

Left behind questioning just what went wrong

Oh it’s all up to you so

Whatever you do 

You just remember 

Oh whatever you chose 

It’s bigger than me 

It’s bigger than you

Oh it’s all up to you

Connections are easy

The future is hard

Seems like the closer we get

The further we are

Oh it’s all up to you yeah

Whatever you do 

girl just remember 

Oh whatever you chose yeah

It’s bigger than me 

Oh It’s bigger than you

Oh it’s all up to you

Girl whatever you do you just remember

Oh it’s all up to you

Nah nah nah 

It’s all up to you

GENESIS

In the beginning

We were just good friends

Lord It was all innocent

Know how it is when ya flirting

Until one day one day

Feelings start creeping in

It was easier, easier in

The beginning we comfortable

Man It was so easy then 

Just to be ourselves

Neither one of us were walking around

On egg shells

But emotions 

Emotions can change all that

from the beginning

We were crazy to think we’d never change

from the beginning

We should have known that nothing ever stays the same

And everything that you said to me

Back then makes more sense

And everything that you said to me

Back then back then

Lord i wish you were mine

It ain’t the end till the end comes

LETS GET IT STARTED

Don’t walk away

Take me back to another day

Don’t walk away

I’m here to stay

You take as long as you need to take

I’m here to stay

Hmmm i’m here to stay

Child let’s pretend

I’m the man that you dreamed of

Child let’s pretend

Let’s pretend

Close your eyes

Let’s believe we believe love

Can we make amends

Can you pretend child

Believe in me

Can’t you see

I’m all you need

Can we make a home

A place just for you and me

Can we make a home

Can we make a home

And start a life

Start our own little family

We can make a home

We can make a home

If you just believe

Believe in me

If you believe in me

Can’t you see

I’m all you need

You take as long as you need to take.

 YES IT DO

Yeah everyone knows what to do when you’re laughing

Everyone knows what to do when you’re home

But nobody knows what to do now that you’re walking away

Nobody knows what to do since you’re not around

And it breaks my heart in two

Yes it do

And it breaks my heart in two yes it do

Looking back i never knew 

Just how much

Just how much

Well Back to reality, back to feeling helpless

Back to the time before the time we knew name

In the back of my mind i always knew you were being selfish

In the back of my mind i always hoped you would change

And it breaks my heart in two

Yes it do

And it breaks my heart in two yes it do

Looking back i never knew 

Just how much

Just how much

And it’s crazy

Crazy

Just how much i miss you

Well Back to reality, back to feeling helpless

Back to the time before the time we knew name

In the back of my mind i always knew you were being selfish

In the back of my heart i always hoped you would change

CAROUSEL

He lost her respect

Got nothing left to say now

The boy sabotage what they had

 The boy ...He threw it all away

But i bet you some day

He’ll say

The choices i made

Gonna come back and haunt me

Persistently taunt me’

Like everyday

And the bed that i made

Will be the bed that i died

The one i’ll be lying in

When they come to take me away

He lost his best friend

And every thing that he lived for

Felt like he lost his right hand

And everything he worked towards

His goals his dreams

An by this time tomorrow he’ll be screaming

  The choices i made

Gonna come back and haunt me

Persistently taunt me’

Like everyday

And the bed that i made

Will be the bed that i died

The one i’ll be lying in

When they come to take me away

Cause sometimes you can’t me it right

He gave it all up

Had nothing left to live for

The one thing he love

The only thing he’d die for  

Is gone

Forever and ever

So long...so long

TOO MUCH TO LOSE

No way, no how, no time, not now

I’ve got too much to lose

He said, she said, promises left unkept

So now  you get what you choose

Strange fruit,  swings low...It’s so hard to let go

I guess you can’t beat the taste

Been here for so long, It’s easier to hold on now

Than admit your mistakes

So we pray for the day

And we dream of a time

As we look for a place 

Trying to sleep through the night

Lord help me cause

This is America

The red white and blue

This is America….But it ain’t the same

For me and you

Protest, prochoice, profess, make noise

It’s time for a change

See her truth takes time

#metoo, #blacklives

Now it all feels the same

So we pray for the day

And we dream of a time

As we look for a place 

Trying to sleep through the night

Lord help me cause

This is America...The red white and blue

This is America

Lord it ain’t the same

It ain’t the same

For me and you

<last vs>

The corner of despair and hope is where i was born and

I just can’t seem to move

WHEN I’M KING

Surrounded by strangers

With a belly full of anger

Cause he still remembers 

He still remembers

The town full of secrets

All the people who couldn’t keep them

How they love to mistreat him

All day long

some day

They’re gonna bow down

Crawl out

Worship the ground

Turn around somehow and carry me out

To shades from normal

To plain and simple

To lost to resemble

Anything

But i was there when he told her

With that chip on his shoulder

He told them over and over 

So gently….he said

Someday 

He gonna make them all beg

Sick of pretending

Tired of over sleeping

Sick and tired of being

Something That he’s not

So enough is enough

The envelope has been pushed 

If he could quit now he would

Being something that he’s not

Someday...he said

They’re going to see me

Gonna make em all beg….believe me...someday

They’re gonna bow down

Crawl out

Worship the ground

Turn around somehow and carry me out

DEAR GOD

Down on my knee yeah i’m praying

Listening to the screams gently saying

Lord if you can help me out any day and

I swear i’ll be good

If it’s time for me to go then take me

If there’s nothing left know

Then show me

I guess we all gotta go if only

I had more time

If i had more time….well i’d

Tell my mom and dad i love em

If i had the time i’d tell em

Everything they did made something

Something out of nothing nothing

I’d find my little sister i’d hug her

Apologize to her and my brother

Cause everything we did was just another

Way to show i love ya love ya

If only i had more time

Bang bang is all i heard

Bang bang as i hit the floor

Bang bang bang when is enough enough

Bang bang my time is up

Bang bang there’s nothing left

Bang bang when will they learn (when will they ever, when will they ever)

God who do i need to see

I think there’s been a huge mistake

Why weren’t you looking out for me

<last phrase in chorus>

Bang  bang up is down

Bang bang look around

Bang bang when is enough enough.

PAPA SMURF

i wanna hold ya baby

take you in my arms

believe me baby

i won't do you no harm

can't you see now mamma

i'm where you belong

i'll be yo daddy baby

oh whatever you want

forget those other bruthas

they got nothing on me

forget those other lovers

they got nothing you need

oh i'm your fo eva eva

yo do or die

you'll neva neva

find another brutha

as thoughtful as me

can't you see it baby

can't you see 

i'm that someone that you need

can't you feel it baby

can't you feel it baby

i'm that someone that you seek

can't you feel it baby 

can't you feel it baby 

i won't try and control ya baby

you can do what eva you want

won't try and hold ya back now mamma

you got mine i got your

back to back now baby

we can take on the world

let me be yo boy mamma 

you can be my girl

can you see it

i'm that someone that you need

can't you feel it baby

can't you feel it baby

i'm that someone that you seek

can't you feel it baby 

can't you feel it baby

STAY AFLOAT

feeling like a racehorse...Down on his last leg

Running around a long track...Doing anything to finish

Young days behind me...Still still

I’m trying to look ahead...Stay afloat 

Trying to remember

Better days, days of old 

Back when we were together 

Promises were made….Things we meant to say

If only we’d listened 

So we look ahead...Stay afloat 

Try and remember 

Looking back on hard times

They barely seem that hard now 

Holding on to past  lives 

Running towards a slow crawl

Young days behind me

Old days in front

Memories beside me

Still the only thing I’ve got is to look ahead 

I’m trying to look ahead...Stay afloat 

Trying to remember

Better days, days of old 

Back when we were together 

Promises were made….Things we meant to say

If only we’d listened 

So we look ahead...Stay afloat 

Try and remember 

Give me a reason

Send me a sign 

Convince me you mean it

Cause we’re hanging on for dear life 

I’m trying to look ahead...Stay afloat 

Trying to remember

Better days, days of old 

Back when we were together 

Promises were made….Things we meant to say

If only we’d listened 

So we look ahead...Stay afloat 

Try and remember

MCMH

Once upon a time in a land of dream

There was this band who would play for free

They had this singer who would literally

Make you weak…..in your knees

Her name as Cliche Mona Holmes

She got her name from this old folk song called

No more Cliches man I loveded that song

And my love for her was even stronger well

They had this gig that they played each week

I’d stand up front shaking like a leaf

I looked away when she looked at me

She was way out of my league

But my all my friend would plead

Toughen up boy don’t

Sell yourself short you’re

So much more than you give yourself credit for 

Don’t be a coward...no

I wish i saw what they saw in me

I wish i had what it took to be

The man they see when they look at me

 I had to try to be that guy so i

I took a chance when her set was done

Whispered her name said i love your voice

Then walked away like i had no choice 

I had to leave I couldn’t breathe

Then a voice inside of me said

Toughen up boy don’t

Sell yourself short you’re

So much more than you give yourself credit for 

Don’t be a coward

Tear down them wall step up to the plate boy 

Tear down them walls

Toughen up boy don’t

Sell yourself short you’re

So much more than you give yourself credit for 

Don’t be a coward

WISHING YOU ALL

It’s finally here….The eve of Christmas 

It’s that time of year...When all’s forgiving and 

From here to there 

We’re all just trying to fall asleep

With Second thoughts...

Contemplating were we good enough

Can Loved ones see us 

Will the things we’ve done 

Come back to haunt us in our sleep 

It’s time for Jingle Bells 

Rudolph the rednosed reindeer

Yeah destroying carols 

But Only the ones remembered

Let the neighbors hear us 

Who cares 

We’ve earned a right to sing

So come one come all

let’s drink and  remember all the ones we’ve lost

The aunts, the uncles all the moms and pops, good byes we never got to say 

Best Believe We won’t forget

This years been hard 

But trust the end is near

Tomorrow’s coming 

So Today we’re here 

celebrating

Yeah Today we’re here 

Wishing  everyone 

a Merry Christmas 

Wishing every one 

a Merry Christmas 

Wishing everyone 

a Merry Christmas 

And a happy new year 

Merry Christmas 

It’s finally here

The eve of Christmas 

It’s that time of year

When all’s forgiving and 

From here to there 

We’re all just trying to find some peace

SWEET HEART

Believe me I believe in you

The risk you take, the things you do

The strength it takes to sacrifice your youth

The walls you climb, the hills you face

The demons that make you test your faith

And all the while your dreams your staying true

Girl this is for you

Sweet heart heart...keep trying

Hard times for better days

A 9 to 5 for scripts and plays 

I know it’s rough but never doubt yourself

Cause reflections seldom tell the truth

They hide the things that we mean to do

As time goes by you’ll feel like someone else

Men will come and boys will go

Highs won’t last but nor will lows

And let heaven help us if we have to 

Face our hells by ourselves

With no one there

Sweet heart heart...keep trying

 I TRIED 

Feels like i’m crawling

Down on my knee

My people are hurting

So it’s easy to leave

But don’t you worry about me

Don’t you worry about me

Give em my love and

Tell em i’m happy

They fear what they don’t know

And doubt what they can’t see

But don’t you worry about me

Don’t you worry about me

Say Look at em all 

Look how they fell for it

Say Look at em all 

Look how they fell for it

If you open up your eyes you’d see

If you open up your eyes you’d believe

Who can forget the time we tried

Who can forget the times he slip us all another line

All of my dreams have come and gone by now

it’s funny how time can pass us by

Look at em all 

Look how they fell for it

Look at em all 

Look how they fell for it

If you open up your eyes you’d see

If you open up your eyes you’d believe

Oh in me

I’ll BE THERE

Looking for the right words

Something that’ll ease the pain

It hurts me girl to see you hurting

But somehow i’ve gotta find a way

To make you feel 

Make you feel

Make you feel….whole

If you let me baby I’ll be there

If you let me baby i’ll be there

If you let me baby i’ll be there

Forever

I’m looking for the time

cause the look on your face 

Says it all

And i’m trying to read your mind

Get close enough

To cushion the fall

I wanna make you feel

Make you feel

Make you feel….whole

If you let me baby I’ll be there

If you let me baby i’ll be there

If you let me baby i’ll be there

Forever

If you let me baby I’ll be there

WHEN IT DON’T FEEL RIGHT

Feels like I'm walking through this world sometimes all alone In my mind I'm doing the best I can to try and call this home Damn the outside world and all this shame

As far as I'm concerned, it's not my fault they’re to blame They’re to blame

When it don’t feel right

Feel like you’re hanging on

When you got no pull

And the trigger is bad

Let go of the load

This cross you bare

Love is the answer

All you’ve got to do is ask

When is enough enough

When is enough

When is enough enough enough

Feels like I'm running around in circles now chasing my tail No matter how hard i try feels like i’m wasting my breath Damn the outside world and all this guilt

As far as I'm concerned, I'm not the one who got us here No i’m not baby....oh child

When it don’t feel right

Feel like you’re hanging on

When you got no pull

And the trigger is bad

Let go of the load

This cross you bare

Love is the answer

All you’ve got to do is ask

When is enough enough

When is enough

When is enough enough enough

Ooooh i wanna be free of all this madness

Oooh i wanna be free

Help me out now, tell me where can we go

He’s gonna be the death of us all now...his ego

You can play dumb all you want

When is enough enough

When is enough

When is enough enough

OLDER I GET

Say when I was younger...Love was just a game to me

When i was younger….

I wish i knew better….Still you tried your best to make me see

I wish i knew better..I wish i knew better

Oooh..You were everything i ever needed

Everything i’d ever need...Ooooh

Now that i’m older….I see it all so differently

Now that i’m older...Now that i’m older

Ooooh...You were everything i ever wanted

Everything i’d ever want

Oooh...Now memories gone and left me haunted

Memories gone and left me haunted

Oh if i could take back believe me

Girl if i could take it back sincerely

Erase what i done and all the pain i caused

Erase what i done recover what we lost

Oh if i could change the way i treated you

Oh if the foot was in the other shoe

I’d give us a chance and leave our woes behind

I’d give us a chance and give it one more try

Oh and let it sink in

Oh the sun will creep in….the sun will creep in

If you let it

When you get older time becomes your enemy

When you get older

Oh if i could take back believe me

Girl if i could take it back sincerely

Erase what i done and all the pain i caused

Erase what i done recover what we lost

Oh if i could change the way i treated you

Oh if the foot was in the other shoe

I’d give us a chance and leave our woes behind

I’d give us a chance and give it one more try

Ooooh if i could take it back you know i would

Ooh and treat you like i know i should have

Become the man that you need me too

Become the man that you need me too

Just give us a chance baby

Give us a chance

Just give a chance baby

Give us a chance

JUST ENOUGH

Well i knew a girl who lived in austin

Who broke her toe when she fell from heaven

And all the boys in school were after her

Her apple bottom movie features

Holy Jesus god delivered

From head to toe a modern miracle

And all i ever wanted was

Was just a touch, just a touch of

Just enough to feel love

And all i ever wanted was

Should i wait until the last minute

Introduce myself pretend that

I’m as kool as i believe i am

Because the lord know I deserve an angel

She might be more than i can handle

You never know for sho

Unless you try

And all i ever wanted was

Was just a touch, just a touch of

Just enough to feel love

And all i ever wanted was

Cause that’s what everybody wants

Oooh oooh

Once upon a time in austin

I gave my heart away

I lost it

I never thought i’d feel this way again

LIFT ME UP

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Cause if you knew what you meant to me

I doubt you’d ever try and leave

Do anything to make you see

Believe what you wanna believe

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

You’d have to read the script 

To get it right

You could practice all day night

can’t have change without a fight

You can’t have hope without seeing a sign

So lift me up

Cause if you knew what you meant to me

I doubt you’d ever try and leave

Do anything to make you see

Believe what you need to  believe

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

Lift me up with your love

Girl say don’t you dare walk away from me

U AND I

we're going to crawl for forever

pretend and do whatever

and never let the them sever our ties

while we look for the answers 

we'll surround ourselves with those who

empathize and swallow they pride

we're going to paint these walls 

the colors of forgiveness

encourage other kids to move on

so let them have their flags

just don't forget the past

remember all the ones who held on

It's still America right?

the home of the brave

so they say 

we're going to take these rulings

and support all the ones who

had to hide and set aside their love

because it ain't our bidness

who other people sleep with 

waking up is hard enough

It's still America right?

the home of the brave

so they say 

It's still America right?

the land of the free 

is this still america

where you can be who you wanna be

then why can't choo see

so lets stand hand and hand 

with a list of our demands

a middle finger aimed at the man

cause you and i together

we could change things forever

and never let them hurt us again

i said

never let them hurt us again

i said

never let them hurt us again.

NEVER BEEN BORN

Time to rewind ...reflect my friends 

Think of all the things i’ve done

Repent for my sins in my own time

Forgive the ones that done me wrong

Forgive but don’t forget you keep the memories strong

Tucked away for a rainy day

In the back of my mind like a fine wine

Just sitting there waiting to age

Yeah it’s waiting

Cause it feels like ‘i've never been born

It feels like i’ve never been born

Dog on it 

It feels like i’ve never been sometimes

It feels like i’ve never been born

You can say what you want

Do what ya must

Be who you need

Trust who ya trust

But iIt feels like i’ve never been sometimes

It feels like i’ve never been born

Lay down your burdens, Embrace your fears

Salvation’s just a day away

It’s always an adventure when you find yourself

Looking for the things ya need

See hope is just a word when you don’t believe

Believing Is just a way to cop

God is the pill that we swallow whole

Looking for an antidote

Cause it feels like ‘i've never been born

It feels like i’ve never been born

Dog on it 

It feels like i’ve never been sometimes

It feels like i’ve never been born

You can say what you want

Do what ya must

Be who you need

Trust who ya trust

But iIt feels like i’ve never been sometimes

It feels like i’ve never been born

Time to rewind ...reflect my friends 

Think of all the things i’ve done

Repent for my sins in my own time

DEVIL’S ROPE

This is only the beginning

Don’t let go i’m barely hanging by a thread

The devil’s rope us both into believing this

Excuse me now for my discretion

But half of something’s more than nothing

I believe

That someday with your help girl i will open up

When hope is calling and despair is on the line

When things you cherish

Vanish right before your eyes

I will be there

Let’s not pretend we’re not pretending here

Get defensive when defending how we feel

It’s ok for now

At least it’s something real

And I'll hold on until I can't hold on

And I'll believe until believing wrong

And never say never ever again

When hope is calling and despair is on the line

When things you cherish

Vanish right before your eyes

I will be there

When everyone you trust 

Has clearly lost their mind

I will be there

FIND A SUIT

I gotta find a suit

To help me play the part

Help me walk the line

Make me settle down cause

My young days are gone

Let’s call it like it is

They’re fading in the rearview mirror

She keeps telling me it’s now or never

And every story

Has a story

Some people flip sides and roll over

They compromise 

They avoid

They hurry

It’s better late than never

Flipping three sided coins will never help ya

Decide now or never

Just remember what ya daddy told ya

You can be poor boy…..by yourself

FROM THE BELLY OF A WHALE

Do you feel, feel exhausted

Do you feel all alone

If you died who cry for ya

Who would miss you when your gone

A dedication for the man

Who had a plan

To save the world

Could you see, see it coming

Did you know this day would come

Could you feel that chill as hope was spreading

Contaminating everyone

This is the dawning of a brand new day

This is the coming of a brand new age

A dedication for the man

Who had a plan to save the world

Do you feel, feel exhausted

HEY

Well your words never meant

A damn thing to me

Say what you say

And i see what i see

A crack in the road to you

Is like a canyon to me 

Can we

Finally agree

To disagree

Finally agree to disagree

HEY

Well your crying cause I'm laughing

And I'm trying not to laugh

I’m living in the future

While you’re clinging to the past

I wanna let go

You wanna make it last

You’re not enough for me

And I'm all that you have

You’re not enough for me 

And I'm all that you have so

Why hold on to this

Well your words never meant

A damn thing to me

Say what you say

And i see what i see

A crack in the road to you

Is like a canyon to me 

Can we

Finally agree

To disagree

Finally agree to disagree

I PROMISE

If I tell the truth

Would you believe i am

Is possible for a man to be a man

If i apologize and do all i can

If promise girl things will be different than

Would you believe me

Would you believe i could change

After all these years

I promise, I promise, I promise fo lawd

You can trust me with your heart 

I promise, I promise, I promise fo lawd

You can trust me with your love

If ya take that chance

I’m sure ya wanna know

Why oh why oh why should I risk it

You’ve been hurt before and i get it

But i promise you girl things will be different

Just gotta believe 

gotta believe i could change

After all these years

I promise, I promise, I promise fo lawd

You can trust me with your heart 

I promise, I promise, I promise fo lawd

You can trust me with your love

Cause i trust you with mine

If I tell the truth

Would you believe i am

Is possible for a man to be a man

MOVING ON UP

Been around the world and seen things i thought i’d never see

From the pyramids, the eiffel tower of france to the dead black sea

I’ve seen the wall of china, ate foods i thought i’d never eat

But nothing compares, nothing compares to you

I’ve seen an elephant just chillin outside my window seal

I felt the touch of god the first time i heard little stevie wail 

I’ve been drunk before but nothing made me feel 

Quite like when i’m with you, say when i’m with you girl

So as long as we’re together

We can storm any kind of weather

As long as you’ve got my back

I’ve got yours, you’ve got mine ain’t nothing wrong with that

I said we’re moving on up

been around the globe and had girls i thought i’d never have

I’ve seen an asian man play piano both hands tied behind his back

I’ve been to africa it’s so hot out there it don’t make no sense

But nothing as hot, i said nothing as hot as you girl

So as long as we’re together

We can storm any kind of weather

As long as you’ve got my back

I’ve got yours, you’ve got mine ain’t nothing wrong with that

I said we’re moving on up

Nothing else matter else matters if we both feel the same

I’ve been around the earf and seen things i though i never would

Like a black president when no one else ver thought there would be

I had a talk with god and out of all the things I've seen

I told him nothing compares to you

WE ALL GOTTA LEAVE

His grandaddy said please listen boy 

Time is what you’ll ask for

The things you think you need

Is never what you need 

When you get old

You’re days are not as long child

And everyone you know

Eventually has to go

When all these sins hanging over you head

Start taking all the credit for the things ya done did

Boy you best believe

We all find religion and we all gotta leave someday

So take advantage of the time that you have

His grandaddy said

Now the time time to live life

No need to settle down

You take a look around until you find

What it is your here for

Forever is a long time

When all these sins hanging over you head

Start taking all the credit for the things ya done did

Boy you best believe

We all find religion and we all gotta leave someday

So take advantage of the time that you have

His grandaddy said

Everything that i tell ya

Let it all sink in

Cause when you get older you’ll understand

Everything that i say now never forget

It’s all said with love child

Grand daddy said

When all these sins hanging over you head

Start taking all the credit for the things ya done did

Boy you best believe

We all find religion and we all gotta leave someday

So take advantage of the time you have

cause grandaddy said

We all find religion and we all gotta leave 

He said boy we all find religion and we all gotta leave

We all gotta leave someday

NO NEED

No time for regrets….The fear as come and gone

So my heart will be left…..In a jar on the shelf by the door

When you leave don’t walk…..You run away as fast as you can

And when you’re gone please talk….About the good and the bad times we had

Cause i loved you once

And you loved me once

This much i know

If you loved me well then

Take your time moving on….You be alone for as long as you can

Who was right, who was wrong….It doesn’t really matter in the end

that i loved you once

And you loved me once

This much i know

Boy you loved me once

And i loved you once

More than you know

If you loved me well then

Please don’t forget

Please don’t regret

The time we spent

Please don’t….don’t forget

that i loved you once

And you loved me once

This much i know

Boy you loved me once

And i loved you once

More than you know

If you loved me well then

Please don’t forget

Please don’t regret

The time we spent

Please don’t….don’t forget

I remember what you said….there’s no need for candy or flowers

I’m all you’ll ever need

Oh how quickly things can change

SINCE 88

I believe the world is broken

The sky is fallen

And God’s been missing

Since 88

I believe my people are dying

While your government’s lying

Technology’s trying it’s best to separate us

But if you stop and think about it

You’ll see there’s no way around

And someday someday you’ll see

But if you stop and think about it

You’ll see there’s no way around it

And you’ll end up just like me 

Just like me….you’ll believe

That music is healing

And famous people have feelings

There’s nothing like dreaming your days away

I believe that hate is a cancer

So a wall aint the answer

Cause nothing is ever what it seems

But if you stop and think about it

You’ll see there’s no way around

And someday someday you’ll see

But if you stop and think about it

You’ll see there’s no way around it

There’s no way around

Cause no one really knows

What tomorrow brings

No one really knows

What tomorrow brings

So just like me...just like me

You’ll believe

the world is broken

The sky is fallen

And God’s been missing

Since 88

STORMY HAZE

Feeling like your all alone

Like you took a chance

A chance on us

Feeling like your on your own

Well i apologize

If you second guess

Cause all that i do

Is for me and you

I never wanna leave

But when i’m away

I count the days

I never wanna see you cry

This all I've ever known 

The open road

Was my only home

Never really been in love

I was satisfied

Then here you come

Cause feelings like this 

Are hard to resist

I’m never going back

It’s hard to explain

Just what i mean

I’ll never be the same

I would change

My whole world
Just for you

Hey hey

Cause feelings like this 

Are hard to resist

I’m never going back

It’s hard to explain

Just what i mean

I’ll never be the same

I would change

My whole world
Just for you

Hey hey

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I’ve been waiting and waiting forever

While your thinking and thinking it over

Dragging and pulling me under

We all have, all have

This unspoken need to be needed

We all have, all have

A way that we wanna be treated

Lately i just feel defeated 

I think it’s time i

Walk...And don’t look back

I think it’s time i 

Walk...And don’t look back

Let my middle finger

Be the last you see 

As I turn my back and

Walk

Well pretending I'm kool is exhausting

Playing the fool we’ll it’s costing me

Lately i just can’t stop aging

Can’t stop aging

Can’t stop aging it’s time

Walk...And don’t look back

I think it’s time i 

Walk...And don’t look back

Let my middle finger

Be the last you see 

As I turn my back and

Walk

Set me free

Walk...And don’t look back

I think it’s time i 

Walk...And don’t look back

Let my middle finger

Be the last you see 

As I turn my back and

Walk

Girl watch me walk

GET GONE

If something ain’t right

Pack your bags and leave

If something feels wrong

Pack your bags and leave

Don’t you ever the word no

Tell you where to go

Or who to be

Don’t you ever let the world go

And make you turn your back on all your dreams

If something ain’t right 

Pack your bags and leave

Get gone girl

EARLY BIRD

All roads lead somewhere

Why not come with me on mine

I got a pocket full of dimes

A closet full dreams

Pretty songs in my mind

Ready to go

Ready to go

All roads lead somewhere

Why not come with me on mine

I’ve got a fist full of pride

A big toe dipped in hope

I’ve got a past known for trying

That’s why my future keeps going

I’ve got a heart known for bleeding baby

And a sleeve that calls in home

And like a bird i’m known for rising early

I’m ready to go

All roads lead somewhere

Why not come with me on mine

Why not come with me on mine

ONE MO GAN

Have mercy on my soul 

girl cause you know i’m trying

Have mercy on my soul girl

Ain’t trying to be the one

Be the one who makes you 

Cry at night

Have mercy on my soul 

girl cause you know i’m trying

Girlfriend

You’ve got to know, 

i’m doing the best i can

To be a better man

Don’t you listen to a thang

Your girlfriends say

Don’t believe a single word 

They claim

Taking the proper steps

Dotting all i’s

Crossing all my t’s

And answering all your why’s so

Please

Have mercy on my soul girl

Cause you know I’m trying

Girlfriend

You’ve got to know, 

i’m doing the best i can

To be a better man

Have mercy on my soul 

Girlfriend

You’ve got to know,

 i’m doing the best i can

To be a better man

I REMEMBER

I remember

our first kiss

First holiday

The first time

We said hello

Don’t choo know

I remember

I remember our first date

The first time i made

You laugh

You called me crazy

Ain’t it funny what we remember

Cause with each passing day

It gets harder now

To remember your face

Why bother child

Feels like your slipping away

 like sand In an hourglass

Hmhm i remember that first tear

The first time to hear

Those words

Sir she’s gone forever

Those are the things girl I’ll remember

So wherever you are now

Just know i will love you forever

Wherever you go child 

Just know I Will always remember

It’s breaking my heart but I'll never stop

So wherever you are child

Just know i will love you forever

I remember

our last kiss

last holiday

The last time

We said goodbye

MARIANNA’S SONG

You kept me hanging all the years

With the words you chose

Your true intentions are still blurry

How much you really loved well

That’s i’ll never know

Somethings are just better left unsaid

So before you go

I think you ought to know

That if i can part your company

Then there’s nothing in this world that I can’t achieve 

And it seems like

Once i realized this i had the strength 

Oh and i could see

Things are never quite as bad as they seem

And i think i will Be ok

I wasn’t above begging

I was above pleading

It was obvious this hold you had on me

Wasn’t healthy

Still you had no problem

Taking advantage 

I must be seriously ill

Because the further you pushed me 

The closer i felt

Before you walk away i need to say

That if i can part your company

Then there’s nothing in this world that I can’t achieve 

And it seems like

Once i realized this i had the strength 

Oh and i could see

Things are never quite as bad as they seem

As they seem

So before you leave 

You best believe that

That if i can part your company

Then there’s nothing in this world that I can’t achieve 

And it seems like

Once i realized this i had the strength 

Oh and i could see

Things are never quite as bad as they seem

And i think i will Be ok

WITH THIS DAMAGE HEART

Girl i wanna hold you

I wanna hold you till the walls collapse

Girl i wanna hold you

I wanna hold you till the walls collapse

Cause made me fall in love with this

Damaged heart of mine

You made fall in love with 

This damaged heart of mine

Now that found you

I wanna tell you i love you

Every chance i get

Now that found you

I wanna tell you over and over and over

So you don’t forget

Cause you made me fall in love

With this

Damaged heart of mine

You made fall in love with 

This damaged heart of mine

I guess you knew

Just how good 

we could be

Girl you knew

When no one else believed

You believed

Somehow you made me fall in love

With this

Damaged heart of mine

You made fall in love with 

This damaged heart of mine

IOU

i'm nothing with out this

still i'm basically lost like you

i'm pay check to pay check

I'm out here living on iou's

something's got to change

today

before it's to late

something's got to change

because people every where are loosing there faith

it's so hard

to live in the moment

when the moment is killing you

life can be overwhelming

and sometimes

you feel there's nothing that you can really do

that's when

something's got to change

today

before it's to late

something's got to change

because people everywhere are losing their faith

somethings gotta happen soon

can't you see girl

the worlds become such an ugly place

something's got to change

something's got to change

today….before

it's to late

today before colors start intertwining

look up the sky doesn't seem so blue

and the rest of your life is

distance memories of things you meant to do

something's got to change

today

before it's to late

something's got to change

because people every where are loosing there faith

somethings got to happen soon

can't you see girl

the worlds become such an ugly place

something's got to change

something's got to change

THINGS WE MEAN 2 SAY

Nothing feels the same

i think it's over

at least it's over for me

if i never made you sad

Would you be leaving?

everything we've said

all the silence

the emotions we feed

a mouth full of regret

can make you wonder

really wonder

oh my love

that's the way it goes

oh my love

round and round

cannot change the past

i'm done trying

apologizing

to you

it never seems to last

your never satisfied

either way

oh my love

that's the way it goes

oh my love

round and round

PLEASE DON’T

Two wrongs don’t make a right

No rights that’s simply wrong baby 

If two lovers can’t get it right

It’s time to go 

Too many silly things involved.

Too many people whispering in you ear mamma

Too many things go unresolved these days

Go

Don’t i make you laugh 

Don’t i fill your needs

Go

Please don’t

Too many things left unsaid

Too many memories swimming in your head mamma

Too many demons left unfed these days

So many sacrifices made in vein

So many things you said i need to change

Too many red flags still remained unearthed

Go

Don’t i make you laugh 

Don’t i fill your needs 

Go

Please don’t

Go

Don’t i make you laugh 

Don’t i fill your needs

Go

Please don’t

Two wrongs don’t make a right

No rights that’s simply wrong baby 

If two lovers can’t get along these days

Go

Don’t i make you laugh 

Don’t i fill your needs BABY

Go

Don’t i make you laugh 

Don’t i fill your needs 

Go

Please don’t

UP AND DOWN

she wants to be with him

she thinks he's funny

no one out there understands

they just don't get it

they just don't get it

how he lifts her up when her spirits are down

they just don't get it

how he makes her feel when there's no one around

they just don't get it

how they communicate without making one sound

they just don't get it

up and down

she won't ignore him

or treat him like he's stupid

to her he's not a nuisance no

to her he's something...else

they just don't get it

how he lifts her up when her spirits are down

they just don't get it

how he makes her feel when there's no one around

they just don't get it

how they communicate with out making one sound

they just don't get it

up and down

cause all she ever needed

was someone

to make her feel needed

and loved

all she ever needed

was someone

to make her feel needed

and loved

he made her feel...still

they just don't get it

how he lifts her up when her spirits are down

they just don't get it

how he makes her feel when there's no one around

they just don't get it

how they communicate without making one sound

they just don't get it

up and down

ROSE COLORED GLASSES

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA 

People come and go

The only thing i really know for sho

Is that people will  break your heart

The only thing you can be certain of is that

Nothing last forever

We were born to go separate ways

It’s so hard to stay together

With someone always whispering in yo ear

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA 

People never change

And if you think they can then you’re to blame

When people let you down

What ever made you think they’ll stick around 

Is the same thing that makes you so precious 

And like a kid you believe

In the happily ever afters

If only life was fair

Oooh.. 

ooooh

Wish i could see the world

oooh

Through your  rose colored glasses

What can i say

I guess we’ll go our separate ways

And what will we be

Only time can tell

And what will i do

I’m in no mood to choose right now

What will i say

Maybe someday ooooh

People come and go

The only thing i really know for sho

Is that people will break your heart

The only thing you can be certain of uuuh 

Wish i could see the world

Through your rose colored glasses

U AND I

we're going to crawl for forever

pretend and do whatever

and never let the them sever our ties

while we look for the answers 

we'll surround ourselves with those who

empathize and swallow they pride

we're going to paint these walls 

the colors of forgiveness

encourage other kids to move on

so let them have their flags

just don't forget the past

remember all the ones who held on

It's still America right?

the home of the brave

so they say 

we're going to take these rulings

and support all the ones who

had to hide and set aside their love

because it ain't our bidness

who other people sleep with 

waking up is hard enough

It's still America right?

the home of the brave

so they say 

It's still America right?

the land of the free 

is this still america

where you can be who you wanna be

then why can't choo see

so lets stand hand and hand 

with a list of our demands

a middle finger aimed at the man

cause you and i together

we could change things forever

and never let them hurt us again

i said

never let them hurt us again

i said

never let them hurt us again.

SOME DAY

Was never one to be afraid

Where I made my bed i laid

Oh the world was mine to lose

Sure i’ve seen some hard times

Struggled to get by

Dreams on top of dreams I slept through

Still you should know

One day I’ll proof 

I’m going somewhere

I know you seen me fall

You probably seen it all

But before ya go

Just know

I’ve got big dreams

Girl are you listening

Don’t make me tell you so

That one day fo sho

One day sho fo sho

One day I’ll prove to you

One day I’ll prove to you

One day I’ll prove to you

I’m going somewhere

YOUR RELIGION

I’m your mother, I am your father

I’m the well kept secret you’ll expose

In your darkest hour

Your creator, I’m your bad behavior

I’m the hand you’ll use baby

When you have no lover

I’m your sunshine, I’m your helter skelter

I’m your vacancy woman

When you’re looking for some shelter

I’m the chill when you shiver

Finger that makes you quiver

Toy you reach for when your man can’t deliver

I’m the tears that make the rivers 

Tears that make the rivers

Your life, your worship, your faith

Is all i ask in return

Your life, your worship, your faith

I wanna be your religion

I wanna be your

Don’t get me wrong baby

I don’t mean to deceive

And i don’t mean no harm baby

i just want you to know 

I’m you mother, i am your father

I’m the dreams you have late at night

That get‘s you hot and bothered

WITHOUT A PADDLE 

Seen the face of a broken heart 

Starting back in the bathroom mirror 

Had a headache last for two or three days

Watching the world slowly fall apart

Been on a binge till my eyes felt heavy 

Glued to the couch with my eyes on the tele 

I walked for miles and made a promise to my family 

Prayed to Jesus begging lord can you help me? 

Pulled over cause my skin don’t fit

Trying to get there but the law won’t quit 

Eyes are open but they can’t see it

Thought they loved me but it wasn’t legit

Chose to walk when I know I should have stayed

They crucify me for the things I used to say

Clawd have mercy girl you know I’m trying to change 

It doesn’t matter boy your past is here to stay 

I didn’t do it I swear on my mamma 

Ya got the wrong guy I’m not about. The drama

I know she said I did but I wouldn’t harm her

I’m bout respect my man I learned it from my father

I tried to tell them that I’m kneeling for my brothers 

Used sisters, angry fathers, crying mothers

This ain’t about disrespecting falling soldiers

How many times does the boy have to tell ya? 

I’ve been invisible I’d rather be seen 

I’ve been to jail before I’d rather be free

Been called an N word more than once in a tweet

By the same knuckle head wearing Jordan’s on his his feet 

And still I look around and say man I’m so lucky

Still I look around and think things are getting ugly

Been full before and still felt hungry 

Man I hate I had to say goodbye to Baby C’s daddy and

I stop smoking still I’m trying to get high

I stopped hoping still I’m trying to get by

Been truthful still it feels like a lie

Raise your hand if you feel like I do

What Choo do

Let them say what they say

Cause we’re living in a time 

where they want you in your place 

And the only book that matters 

Is the one in your face

So your phone is your religion

Got Choo preaching everyday 

Taking pictures trying to picture the American way

But it’s fiction if your fixing what you’re trying to portray 

Got a hand full of cards 

still I’m Trump’d Everyday

Had us living in division 

Man ain’t life Great? 

Cause Love don’t come easy

When you treat it this bad

EMPTIED OUT

If you told me we’d be done one day

I’d laugh and walk it off          

guess we see the things we want to see

and hear the things we want

Looking back the signs were clear

smiles were upside down       

I guess the taste of tears   

after all these years

Finally wore us down   

Now the house is cold

since you’ve been gone

memories bounce off the walls

the good ones fade

the bad ones seem

to echo down the hall

Looking back

With deep regret

Took leaving you to see

The grass was never greener

It’s just our insecurities

You were out when we were in it

Deep down I always knew

I hope he does the things I couldn’t

All the wouldn’t do

You drove  me crazy

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

no mistakes

no regrets

There’s nothing to fear

cause If I can change

Then you can change

Make it all disappear

All we’ve gotta do is just pretend we’re alright

All we gotta do.

Have no fear

I pinky swear

Those dark days are gone

Believe me when I say

I’ve found a way

All these Demons done packed up and gone

All we gotta do is just pretend we’re alright

no mistakes

no regrets

There’s nothing to fear

If I can change

You can change

I'm so happy you're here.

LIVING ON HOPE

I notice people come together 

In the strangest situations

Takes a plane to hit a building

Flood to get them hugging

8 years for them to notice 

That they're living in recession

Now a brutha tried to save em

After years of oppression and they uh

Get choo living on hope

I notice things aren’t quite the same

As they were when we were smaller

The churches got little

Man the liquor stores got taller and

God lost his title to the almighty dollar

And babies round the world 

are getting raise without fathers and they uh

Trust me…i know, There’s nothing like relying on

Trust me ….i know…Nothing like depending on

I notice people come together 

In the times you least expect it

When a heart gets broken

When somebody feels rejected

When reflections stop smiling 

And you don’t quite feel connected

When the loneliness is calling

And you sanity’s infected…That’s when you

RAISE YO HAND

Raise yo hand if you’ve had enough

Raise yo hand if it’s just too much

Raise yo hand if you need a break

Raise yo hand if you just can’t take it

Man raise yo hand if you think you know

Raise yo hand if you just ain’t sho

Well….

Raise yo hand if you’ve had enough

Then pull it down when it’s just too much now baby

Lord if you're listening please…Answer my prayers 

It’s getting hard down here…It’s getting hard down here

Lord if you’re listening please…Tell us how long

We’re trying to hold on…Man what’s going on

Run for the hills when you think it’s time

Come back if you change your mind

Get help if you need some help

Or if you want you can do it all by yourself

Hmmm do whatever you want

Look around you baby 

The world become such and ugly home

Lord if you're listening please…Answer my prayers 

It’s getting hard down here…It’s getting hard down here

Lord if you’re listening please…Tell us how long

We’re trying to hold on…Man what’s going on

Raise yo hand if you’ve sacrificed

Raise yo hand if you think you’re right

Raise yo hand if you need a change

Lord knows i could use a break so…

Lord if you're listening please…Answer my prayers 

It’s getting hard down here…It’s getting hard down here

Lord if you’re listening please…Tell us how long

We’re trying to hold on…Man what’s going on

Test after test i’m trying my best

Day after day just trying to find my way

Lord if you're listening please…Answer my prayers 

It’s getting hard down here…It’s getting hard down here

KNUCKLES IN THE SKY

You can hang me from the highest tree

 but you can’t call me that

You can take away all my dreams

but you can’t call me that

Walk the line between black and white

Trapped between the day and night

watch me swing from left to right

but you can’t call me that

You can burn this town to the ground

But you can’t call me that

I earned these lines across my brow

And these stripes across my back

Will tell you everything know

All the places I couldn’t go

Stories that remain untold In this fight to get respect

How does it feel To get what you want

Despite how you feel

How does it feel

To know who you are Despite what you hear

Oh how does it feel

You can promise this You can promise that

Lead me on for days In my face or behind my back

Anything you say

I’ll take it all with a grain of salt

From here on out it’s not my fault

for all the ones you sold and bought

I’m standing here fist raised

I’ll take it all with a grain of salt

From here on out it’s not my fault

for all the ones you sold and bought

I’m standing here fist raise

WHO KNEW

I try my best

To do my best 

but sometimes my very best 

Is not my best i think i’m

Just like you

Through and through

I’m human, Scars and all 

I was bound to fall….Who knew

30 years to make it 

30 seconds just to blow it all to smithereens

Who knew it would take

Who knew If i apologize

Will they realize

I’m just a regular guy

I fuck up at times…And like you

I’m far perfect every day i work to try

And Be my best

I just snapped i guess

Who knows why it…Who knew

30 years to make it

30 seconds just  to blow it all to smithereens

Who knew it would take

Who knew forgiveness would cost this much

So here i stand

Hat hand before you

a different man

I swear i am….I owe you nothing

ON AND ON

Please sir…Mr officer…May I say hello

It’s apparent…Miss Karen called you on the telephone

Going on and on and on….I could hear it in her voice

On and on and on….She knows what to say so

Please sir……Mr officer…May I approach

ME?....I was here when she got here

PUUHLEASE….Didn’t me to upset her

I think…..She just having a real tough year

Mr Policeman…Try and understand…Where I’m coming from so

what I can do, to assure you…We can work it out oh

Before we go on and on and on…Take a second here to think

On and on and on…There’s a lot here at stake

If I spooked cha, didn’t mean ta…Can we hug it out…no?

Freeze?....No problem I’ll stand here

Knees?....I’ll get down, you just say where

Please….Take a second before you reach

Rise….I’ll get up when you’re ready and

Shine….The light on the story

It’s my….Word against hers This time

It’s the same ole look…Just a different face

It’s the same old book….Just a different page

Everywhere…It’s same thing

Pick a spot…It’s the same place

It’s the same ole shit….Just a different day

Ooooh can someone explain why

Everywhere In all different shades 

My people get treated this way

Can someone explain?

Freeze?....No problem I’ll stand here

Knees?....I’ll get down, you just say where

Please….Take a second before you reach

It’s the same ole look…Just a different face

It’s the same old book….Just a different page

Everywhere…It’s same thing

Pick a spot…It’s the same place

It’s the same ole shit….Just a different day

PASS THE HAT

Pass the hat

Let the lords light in

Pass the hat

Gurl ya Gotta pay for your sins

Cause ya can’t get to Heaven

If you ain’t willing to spend

So past the hat

And let the lords light in

Do what I say

Don’t do what do

You can say what you want

But it ain’t up to you

Every decision you make

What ever you choose

It’s all in his name

I thought that Choo knew

Pass the hat

Let the lords light in

Pass the hat

Gurl ya Gotta pay for your sins

Cause ya can’t get to Heaven

If you ain’t willing to spend

So past the hat

And let the lords light in

FLOAT ON DOWN THE RIVER

I believe all women have a right to choose

I believe some guns ain’t meant to be used

I believe music can heal all wounds

I believe in me, You believe in you

I believe what cha get is what cha got

I believe in climate change, how can ya not?

I believe science, I believe he lost

You believe in them, I’ll believe in us

Cause Black Lives Matter…not all cops are bad

You can get where ya going…Without reaching back

The truth ain’t for stretching….A fact’s a fact

So Love who ya with  if they love you back ….

I believe dirty money makes the world spin

Yeah but If feels good it ain’t a sin

I believe you’ve got to lose sometimes to win

I’ll believe in us…You believe in them

I believe you believe in God and that’s koo

I believe I ain’t gotta believe like you

But  if that’s what it takes to get through

I believe you gotta do what cha gotta do

Cause Black Lives Matter…not all cops are bad

You can get where ya going…Without reaching back

The truth ain’t for stretching….A fact’s a fact

So Love who ya with  if they love you back ….

I believe in good, I believe in evil

I believe everybody should be treated equal

I believe i gotta hear you if i wanna see you

I’ll believe in you if you believe in me

Because love can make a difference

If we just took the time to listen

Respect is what we’re missing

I’ll believe you, if you’ll believe in me

I said love can make a difference

If we just took the time to listen

Respect is what we’re missing

I’ll believe in you , if you believe in me

I said Respect is what we’re missing

I’ll believe in you, if you believe in me

I said Respect is what we’re missing

I’ll believe in you, if you believe in me

MI AMIGO

You came along when i was barely hanging on

You brought me in and made me feel at home

You took a chance on me when everyone was gone

A second chance in life to prove them wrong

No matter where we go…I owe everything to you

How much you’ll never know…No matter how it ends

Consider me and you…Friends until the ends

We’re amigos….The best of friends

You scooped me up when i was sure to fall apart

You showed me love when i was down and out

You saw the good in me when others wrote me off

You stuck around me gurl/boy when times got rough

No matter where we go…I owe everything to you

How much you’ll never know…No matter how it ends

Consider me and you…Friends until the ends

We’re amigos….The best of friends

If you need me…Just call me…And i’ll be there

Wherever….I'm there for….Any problem you have

Anytime day or night

You saw the good in me

When no one gave a damn

You believed in me when no one cared

If weren’t for you I wouldn’t be where i am

The only one who really understands

No matter where we go…I owe everything to you

How much you’ll never know…No matter how it ends

Consider me and you…Friends until the ends

We’re amigos….The best of friends