Words and Music composed and arranged by Olusegun Akinlolu
© & ℗ 2018 EniObanke. All rights reserved.

(Note: English translation of Yoruba lyrics in bold italics)

 

1. AGBA MEJE

Now that the young are deep in slumber

We shall dress and hasten to join the others

Early in the morning, before the dew

They’ve lifted the brass pot, the seven elders,

They’ve opened the brass pot, the seven wise ones

Bursting with Peace, Happiness, and Good Tidings

Brimming with Order, Guidance and Courage

Loudly proclaiming:

“Lift yourselves and make those changes now”

 

Orun ni gba t’owo omode

Laipe laijin, a o pade ‘ra ni’be

Orun ni gba t’owo omode

Ni kutu hai la o tele ‘ra de’be

 

Agba meje, agba meje ode

Agba meje, awon agbagba meje 

Won ti gbe’gba onide o

Won ti si’gba onide wo

 

A ti mu’ra, a m’oun bo’ri

Lairo laifa a o pade ‘ra ni’be

A ti mu’ra, a san ‘gbaja

Ni towotowo la o to le’ra de’be

 

O kun fun idera, kun fun idunnu, kun fun ‘royin ayo

O kun fun eto, kun fun ilana, kun fun igboya

Won ni a gbe’ra ni’le, ka s’atunse o e 

 

2. RALLY

It’s another morning, and the people gathering

Want a brand new story; jig your memory

Some will get you tearing, some will get you laughing

Some will get you cringing, yeah, pleading for your life

Some are so enticing, really captivating

Some are full of detail, yeah, but it’s just another tale

Will it build harmony around here?

Will the world wake up to a new light?

Shine it all on the bloodsuckers everywhere

Fancy that!

 

It’s another gray day, no matter how you pray

Rainbows are a fortune away; chase the arc forever

We’re here anticipating, some gesticulating

Don’t know what they think they’re getting

The bus is going nowhere

The tale-teller is stomping, his groove is fascinating

This funk is meant to keep you dreaming; reality it’s not…

 

People still keep on living; nobody has a clue

They will tell you times are hard

But nobody cares to know

People still keep on struggling on

Through the horror and the aches

Through the triumphs and the lows

Well, we’re all just marking time…

 

3. GEDEGBE

They say we should work when it is time for work

And play when it is time to play;

We stick to our guns, refuse to do right

They said we should tread gently, avoid strife

And never place material wealth above good character

Pay the eye its due, 

Clear the nose with what is appropriate

Cover the head with what is proper…

Landlords, guard your doors

Heads of compounds, gird your loins

Gedegbe is coming, you hear…

Gedegbe is storming up

Parents, watch over your children

Owners watch over your things

Gedegbe is coming, you hear…

Gedegbe, regal masquerade of distant markets

 

Won ni ka s’ise l’asiko ise - ise ise l’asiko ise

Won ni ka s’ere l’asiko ere - ere ere l’asiko ere

Ka f’oun to to’ju bo’ju, ka f’oun to to’mu fin’mu

Won ni ka s’ise l’asiko ise – ise ise l’asiko ise

A ko a o s’ise, a mi pe’de alo – ere ere l’asiko ere

Ka f’oun to to’ju bo’ju, ka f’oun to to’ri we’ri, o we’ri o

K’onile ko so’le re, k’olode ko gbaradi

Gedegbe nbo ke gbo, Gedegbe nbo lona

K’olomo ko to’mo re, k’oloun ko ye’ra wo

Gedegbe nbo ke gbo, gedegbe oloro oja oko

 

Won ni ka s’ise l’asiko ise - ise ise l’asiko ise

Won ni ka s’ere l’asiko ere - ere ere l’asiko ere

Ka f’oun to to’ju bo’ju, ka f’oun to to’mu fin’mu

Won ni ka s’aye ni pelepele - ile aye ni pelepele

Ka ma f’owo dipo iwa

Ka foun to to’ju bo’ju, ka f’oun to to’ri we’ri o, we’ri o

K’onile ko so’le re, k’olode ko gbaradi

Gedegbe nbo ke gbo, Gedegbe nbo lona

K’olomo ko to’mo re, k’oloun ko ye’ra wo

Gedegbe nbo ke gbo, gedegbe oloro oja oko

 

4. ON AGAIN

So you peel the surface, don’t like what you see

Lost in the maze and it’s all a mystery to you

Well, you must know what you’re running from

Where you’re running to

Why you’re in the race anyway…

You must know who you’re running with,

How you’re doing it, and what’s the prize?

Well, now you should know…

 

So your heart is burning, something’s got to give

Caught in the web, many roads leading nowhere

Well, you must know what you’re running from

Where you’re running to

Why you’re in the race anyway…

You must know who you’re running with,

How you’re doing it, and what’s the prize?

Well, now you should know…

 

Take a break, look yourself in the mirror

Hear the rhythm of hope

Love is here, when you’re, when you’re ready

You are on again!

So the dream is over, got to face the truth

When the chase is done

Who will be waiting for you?

 

5. MOWORESIRE

“Here goes the cool guy

Amazing things he has achieved in no time

The other day, he spent so much money.

We can show you the way too”

Well, you’d better keep your eyes open, see beyond the lies

Open your ears to the true wisdom of the ancients

Not all that glitters is gold

 

The elders told us when we were young

That a true being must have contentment

Not to eat with the ten fingers at once

Calmness is not stupidity.

The wealthy one will meet his end someday

And so will the lowly

We must not behave like the rich one who turned away from wisdom

Good character should be our greatest goal

 

Please set your hands to good deeds

Always do the best you can, dear one

Avoid assemblies of deceit and slothful company

The unpopular path, narrow and difficult,

Is the one that leads to peace and joy

 

Onitibi yen nlo, o ma se bebe

Won l’oun t’o ti gbe se, o ma tobi o

L’ojo ojo yen, o se kisa, o na’wo na’ra

Ona re, kalo ka fi han o

La’ju re sile ko r’eyin atanije

La’ti re sile, ko gbo’ro otito ni

Eni ns’odun owo yen, s’o l’ayo ninu?

Gbogbo oun to ndan ko ni wura o

Jowo m’owo re si’re ore, se’won t’apa re ba ka aburo

Ma se wu’wa ibaje, ma se k’egbe olote

Ona toro yen lo l’adun gangan

Jowo m’owo re si’re ore, se’won t’apa re ba ka aburo

Ma se modaru, ma se k’egbe olobun

Iwa rere yen ni f’okan eni ba’le

 

Agba so fun wa ni’gba odo o, eni ire

Won lo ye k’omoluabi ni ‘telorun

Ka ma fi ‘ka mewa jeun leekan

T’aigbon ko ni ka se pele

Eni l’ola iyen a ma ba’le lo

Eni o ni ko ni koja ojo tire

Ka ma se bi oloro to gbagbe ogbon

Iwa to dara lo ga ju o

 

6. CONGOLIONESS

Congolioness, your fiery eyes bore into my soul

I am lonely in the crowd but I know you’re not faraway

Every moment feels like eternity, every step a pain

But my heart will never be at peace till I am with you

Every day, and every night, they will be an adventure

We will play, we will fight like all lovers do

Congolioness, your magic smile’s calling me home

 

Congolioness, this is the fate of a lonely heart

Cast adrift upon a sea of worry, drained of all strength

Chameleon perches in the air, river doesn’t flow

And I shiver on the banks of fate, waiting for your boat

Every season, like a dream, floats away in a daze

I am warm, I am cold; all I need is you

Congolioness, your magic smile’s calling me home

 

Well, I know, I know, I know, I know

I’ve been perambulating, dancing off-beat

But before my time is over sweet darling

I’d like to be with you again

Well, I know…

You’re the goal of my quest, the reason for my breath

And before my time is over sweet darling

I’d like to hold your hands again

 

7. COMING AT YOU

These are not the words we throw over the fence

To a naughty neighbour in anger

These are not the careless words we spit

When drunk and filled with self-importance, no…

These are bound in chains, dancing to ridicule

Wrapped in crooked memories 

Of what was begun left unfinished.

These are not the words we chant

In our holy congregations, enraptured

These are not the words of arrogance

Hurled at you by a man of book and learning

These are painted red for the loves we’ve lost

And the pain we spread around

On the sodden sands of time

And look, they’re coming at you…

 

These are not the words you put to bed

With a lullaby of metaphors

These are not the words you clothe

In the linen of doublespeak and hyperbole

These are bound in hope, for a mighty change

Stir up all the slumberers

To the rising sun of a new day

These are not the words you quote

When in court and they ask you “Why?”

These are not the feathery words we breathe

To cover up an errant flatulence, no…

These are made for joy, for the ecstasy

For every day we ride out

On the alphabets of transformation

And look, they’re coming at you…

 

8. BI OYIN

I’ve been riding, flying high

On a feeling so divine

I’ve been reaching for a dream

With many wings in the wind

Can you feel it, read it, see it

In my heart so unclad?

Virgin child, my soul is pure and I’m all new

Ife lo nmu‘nu mi dun (Love makes me happy)

Awon oro re lo nmu‘nu mi dun (Your words make me happy)

Erin re lo nmu‘nu mi dun (Your smile makes me happy)

Iwa re lo nmu’nu mi dun (Your character makes me happy)

Amunudun yungba yungba yungba - bi oyin! (Makes me happy, so deliriously happy!)

 

There’ll be razzles, dazzles, sparkles 

On this glowing dancefloor

Happy feet stepping to the rhythm in abandon

I’m not afraid to take my chances, not scared anymore

Now you’re here, everything is perfect, don’t you see?

Ife lo nmu’nu mi dun…

 

9. AFURUGBIN

Is it not just to eat, to have money, be wealthy?

Just to have fancy clothes, houses, sway free like the wind?

The unwise one takes it all to heart

As if a man’s days are not numbered

Shouldn’t we just strive to sow good seeds, 

And leave a happy trail for future wayfarers?

 

The love of money is now king

That’s why we no longer see the path of joy

We all crave material wealth 

Irrespective of who is hurt in the process

But a city only thrives when its wealth is accessible to all

And if we work together there’s no impediment 

Strong enough to stop our progress

 

Take it easy out there but don’t delay 

Move along, don’t be lazy

Let’s do great things in our time

And let those who have power embrace wisdom

 

Sebi ka sa ti jeun, ka ti l’owo, ka ti k’oro jo

Ani ka sa ti wo’so, ka ti k’ole, ka fi bi iji

Oponu wa’ye mo’ya, s’ojo eda o wa de ni’ye bi?

Ani ka sa se rere, furugbin ayo f’eni nbo l’ona

E se jeje, e ma se rewesi

E ba se kia, e ma s’ole

Ka se’un to dara l’asiko iwa

Eni t’o l’agbara ko ro’nu

 

Ife owo ti j’oba, s’oun sa ni o je a r’ona ayo

Ani ka sa ti l’ola, bo ti wu k’ode o baje

Ife bo’ri adaje, s’oun ni m’ogo ilu tan yanyan

Pelu ‘fowosowopo la o b’ori idena gbogbo

E se jeje, e ma se rewesi…

 

10. GOODFELLA

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed fool is king

Mediocrity is the jewel in the ruler’s crown

Corruption of the mind, blood upon the hand

Every leader is a sell-out, every follower a broken soul

So, beware goodfella you’re now in a lion’s den

And no manner of prayer is going to save your pride

They’ll mash you and kick you and dance around your pain

As you lie upon the fangs of the vicious beast

 

Like the vulture on the hill waiting upon the dying

They suck from the poor, the weak, even the little child

They claw their way up the ladder with a foul smell

Greed is their banner and wickedness their shield

Beware goodfella you’re now in a lion’s den

This land where no one speaks when evil is done

We cower in fear and quietly slink away

Because no one dares to look in the eyes of the beast

Mother’s calling, calling the children of hope

The wind is turning (good fortune is on the way)

 

So the war to be fought will not be with a gun

We transform our minds and the works of our hands

Together lift up the arms of Mother Justice

Merit and excellence in everything we do

But beware good people they won’t go silently

This army of evil will fight to the very last

For the living, downtrodden and the ones yet unborn

We hall sweep away the rot of the stinky beast

And mother’s calling…

 

11. BACK TO CALM

Well the earth is spinning on its axis

And the sun is beaming bright at noon

The rain is falling in due season

And I’m happy for those whose stocks are rising

You see the road I walk is not easy

I hurt in places no one can see

Still I have no regrets and want no pity

All I really need is a moment of warmth

Just to be with you, be with you

I want to be with you, be with you

Just to be with you, be with you

For one moment in time

Just to be with you, be with you

I want to be with you, be with you

Just to be with you, be with you

You bring me back to calm

 

Shifting alliances got you in a bind

No anchor for this state of mind

It’s not hysteria, just a simple need

And the acting up may be a call for help

They say I have no hope of making here

Economic chains are not my thing

Still I hold tight to my haughty ways

But when the pressure is high 

I know that all I want 

Is to be with you, be with you

I want to be with you, be with you…

 

12. GUARDIANS

Waiting for the one with a heart of gold

Who will take away the pain and lead us home

Waiting for a trumpet call that never comes

We could be reaching for a dream that’s more realistic

Pull away the shades and see more clearly

Not bury your head in the sand and rape the earth

Don’t you know it’s a fairy tale that someone’s coming

You’ll believe anything as long as you do nothing

Don’t you know it’s all fairly simple to the babe

We could be what we wish and it’s all there in our hands

We could be the guardians of our fate

 

Walking down the street with faceless strangers

Everybody’s going nowhere and somewhere

Could it be that I’m the one who’s lost the faith

When the evening comes they flock together

Asking for the secret of my smile

How do you begin to unlock a frozen mind?

Don’t you know it’s all indoctrination; mind slavery

They’ve got you praying, salivating

Fighting for what you don’t need

Don’t you know it’s all fairly simple to the babe

We could build good places full of love and tenderness

We could be the guardians of our fate

 

Home at the republic of the black sheep, 

And you can stand out

Here at the brook of soul liberation

You can build, you can be, you can stand out

You can build, you can breathe, yes you can…

 

13. OLOJA

I set my wares out in the market

The marauder comes by, grabs them all

Says he’s only obeying the king’s order

Aghast, I can only stare blankly.

We set the table for a meal

Filth staggers in and dips his fingers

Public embarrassment, his stock-in-trade

Surprised, I can only stand there, mute.

But patience, you should know, is not idiocy

One is only trying to avoid a fight

Hey, Market Queen, do you job now

Address this injustice!

 

We set up our drums to play

They butt in and claim it’s their turn

Fourteen-legged clowns with trumpet noses

My ears, large as they are, do not like noise!

Patience, you should know, is not idiocy

One is only trying to avoid a fight

Hey, Market Queen, do you job now

Set right this injustice!

 

Mo k’awo s’oja ns’aje

Agbewiri f’eso ko won lo

O l’oba lo ma ran ‘un ni’se ole

Oju mi pako nworan

A gb’oka si’le ka jeun - ka fi’un sinu

Olobun yi pete k’owo si’nu re - posoposo

Abonisihoho ti nf’ewe bo tire

Enu mi suti o r’oro so

Onisuru e ma i se t’ode o

Ani ka ma ja lo ju o

Ha ha ha ha, ye Oloja, e gba ni, e la ni, e gba ni

 

A gbe’lu si’le ka se’re

Won l’awon l’o kan lati jo l’agbo

Elese merinla fi mu fon fere

Eti mi fenfe o f’ariwo

Onisuru e ma i se t’omugo o

Ani ka ma ja lo ju o

Ha ha ha ha, ye Oloja, e gba ni, e la ni, e gba ni

 

14. HALO

I am seeking for the source of your mystery anger

They say it flows and never ends

I am reaching in the dark, sinking in deeper

Hopelessly, I’m lost in emptiness

And only one of us will emerge as the hero

One of us will wear the halo

One of us will have to follow the sorrow of a broken dream

And I am the one

 

I am reaching for the key to unlock my feet

Get them shuffling to the light

But my mind is stuck in you: yesterday was great

Where was I and darling who are you?

 

Words like arrows that you shoot staple up my tongue

I am numb and now you’re deaf

Here at the point of no return

These two ragged rowers

They will part, unfortunately

 

15. RIBOTO

We’ve been to the homes of the rich

Isn’t it nice to have money?

We’ve also been to the places of the wealthy

Who wouldn’t love some of that?

We’ve performed in halls of royalty

Among princes and princesses, 

And in the presence of the powerful

But the best is when a new child is born

That is the place to be…

Pariboto riboto, I dance the baby

Who can have one and not cuddle it

Who can have a child and not nurture it

Can you have one and not dance it?

 

Ile olowo ni mo lo

Owo dun ni, owo dara, eni ba ni ko se gbadun repete

Ile olola la ba won lo

Olayemi, olakanmi, olalere, o nbu’yi fun ni l’awujo

Ile olomo la lo, ye…

Pariboto riboto mo gb’omo jo o e (4ce)

Tani le bi ko ma gbe jo? Mo gb’omo jo o e

S’eyin le bi ke ma gbe jo? Mo gb’omo jo o e

Iwo le bi ko ma gbe jo? Mo gb’omo jo o e

Tani le bi ko ma gbe jo? Mo gb’omo jo o e

 

Ile oba la ba won lo

Aderemi, adewuyi, adelana

K’aye toro, k’ilu dun yungba

Ile oloye otokulu, won o je f’oro awa se’re

Amuludun akonilogbo, n’ile olomo, ha

Omo la o fi gbe jo (4ce)

Owo osun l’owo awa…

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