SEVEN LIFES

Beautiful Nubia - “Seven Lifes”
Words and Music composed, written and arranged by Olusegun Akinlolu. No part of these lyrics should be shared in any form or any public space without giving credit to the writer. All rights reserved.

© & ℗ 1997 EniObanke

SEVEN LIFES

In my journey through the world, over land and over sea

I see different cultures and different people's ways

I was born where the sun never sets and never rises

I was born where the heat is like a second skin

Children crying on the streets, automobiles making noise

The land is growing dry and weak, spirits dying low

The forefathers are calling me: never tire, never weaken

The pride in me is bursting loose - I'm an African boy.

 

On the farm my father called me down behind a tree

He said prostrate at my feet and say a few prayers

Then he told me all the stories of my brave ancestors,

"Look into my eyes son, you were born to be great"

So in the twilight I went home behind my father with a hoe

Listening to the songs of birds, whispers of the night

Singing: seven goats, seven beads,

Seven cowries, seven nuts,

Seven lives that's what I've got, I'm an African boy

Over sea, over land, over mountains and in the wild

I'll be brave and I'll be strong, I'm an African boy.

 

In the evening, mother called me down into her hut

She said, "Lay upon my bosom and say a few prayers"

Then she told me to go forward never looking back

"The spirits are with you and you will never fail"

So I go into the world, into the deeps, into the wild

In the market place I danced the sound of bata

Dancing - seven jumps, seven wriggles,

Seven cowries, seven nuts

Seven lives, that's what I've got

I'm an African boy…

 

WHAT CAN MAN DO?

What can man do when Jah-jah’s your guide?

What can man do when you’ve seen the light?

What can hate do when love’s in your heart?

You’ll be standing tall, you’ll be clean and proud

Tomorrow’s in your eyes, you will never fail

What can man do when Jah-jah says no?

What can man do when his time is up?

You know today’s kings are tomorrow’s bones

So look up history, the wicked must fall, their children will play

The oppressed will always laugh last y’know…

It’s just a season it will pass away

Darkness will give way to light one day

You know it’s easy but they cannot see

How we can all live in peace as one…

 

CHASING THE WIND

Yes you may live long like Methuselah, I tell you

You may rule the world,

You may be powerful like the gods

Look into the skies, the truths of the universe

A lie may reign today

One day the truth will come out shining bright

It’s like chasing the wind, you can’t catch it

Chasing the wind, you won’t catch it, no

So let there be truth in the land

Let there be justice in the land

Let there be love

Then there will be peace like you want

 

People may be still, taking all your bullshit

They may be like fools to be driven like the cows

If you look deep in their eyes, you’ll see the burning fire

The day is coming soon, this fire will explode, I know

 

Everybody’s got a right you know

To be free and live free

To be happy in the life that he chooses to live

Everybody’s got a brain you know

They can see beyond the lies

The day is coming soon this fire will explode, I know

 

RHYTHMS

Say you want to ask me where I get my rhythms from

And you want to know now, why the people love me so

You want to know where I get my songs from,

You want to know why I dance so good

You want to get some inspiration,

You want to feel the beat in you

Do you want to go there where I get my rhythms from?

Down in Africa where the music never stops

Hear the clarion call, it’s another rhythm

It’s a natural rhythm, it’s a reggae rhythm

It’s a funky rhythm

 

Say you’re having problems, can’t really find your feet

The world is against you and you can’t find no rest

You want to know where you can be happy

You want to know where you can find peace

You want to get some inspiration

You want a place where you can be free

Do you want to go there where I get my rhythms from?

Down in Africa where the music never stops

Hear the clarion call, it’s another rhythm

It’s a natural rhythm, it’s a reggae rhythm

It’s a funky rhythm

 

My rhythm – it’s from Africa

It’s from the Father I tell you

It’s from Jah Almighty

You all go dance, dance, dance

Now feel me flow…

Do you want to go there where I get my rhythms from?

Down in Africa where the music never stops

Hear the clarion call, it’s another rhythm

It’s a natural rhythm, it’s a reggae rhythm

It’s a funky rhythm

 

FAT GIRL

Fat girl, I know the way you’re feeling

You need a man beside you

I’m going to be there

 

Cos everyman wants a loving girl

And every girl wants a loving man

I man need a fat-fat girl

Someone soft and succulent

So in the night we can frolick and rumble

And in the day we will rollick and bubble

And our love will never tumble

The day you slim down I will cry

Cos the bigger the better, the fatter the softer

That’s all I want from you girl

Yes, the bigger the better, the fatter the softer

That’s all I want from you girl

 

Cos everyman has a desire

They want a girl with a figure eight

I need a girl a fatty rump

I need a girl with thick fat lips

So in the night…

 

Yes our love going to burn like fire

And we will take it higher and higher

We will swim a river of desire

Everything you want I’m going to buy you

 

THIS IS LOVE

We’re coming nice and easy, smooth and tender…

You woke this morning with my face in your eyes

My voice in your ears and you think it must be craziness

You made up your face to face up today

But your mind is still in yesterday and the words I said

I tell you baby, this is love

You ain’t got it till you’ve got it

And when you’ve got it you’ve got to know it

Or it’s going to burn you down

I tell you honey, this is the time

To come running into my arms

I’ll give you like you never had

I tell you now, this is what they call real love

 

The last time was so bad you promised yourself ‘not again’

Said no more pain, no more tears, all will be well

But when we met, it welled up in you this curdling stream

Feelings you can’t help you keep seeing me in your dreams

 

What we’ve found is rare like gold, everlasting like a diamond

What we’ve got is from heaven, only once in a while given

So go on forget your doubts…

 

THE HEAT IS ON

The heat is on in a village girl

At 18 years she’s never known a man

Her mummy wouldn’t let her go outdoors

She says the men will spoil her little child

But the nights are cold and lonely

This village girl’s got to get a man

Pisha oh-oh, you need a lover, oh

Can’t tell your mummy no oh

She won’t approve it, no oh

Pisha oh, the feelings are surging oh oh

The heat is on now oh, she can’t deny it

 

The heat is on in a village girl

At 18 years she’s never known a man

She can’t ignore the growing need in her

She thinks of him every night and day

And when the men pay her compliments

She feels so hot, don’t know what to do

 

Burning (3ce), burning like fine

Shivering (3ce) with hot desire

She needs a man to take her higher

But she can’t get no one

To quell the fire burning inside her

 

SILENCE

We may be right, we may be wrong

We take our chances by and by

We let our minds do the talking

Silence is golden

We saw the light going down,

The moon is gone; the night is dead

Our hopes and dreams are like a beach

Without the ocean

I can’t just understand how we got it this bad

Oh, I played you silly games and you played me by your rules

Love is on the run and I don’t know what to do

You’re building up the walls now

I’m on the outside alone

 

Time is slowly passing by

The air is still, your eyes are cold

I wish that I could cross this space

The silence is killing

I slip away into the night

I take the dog along with me

He doesn’t understand my pride,

I don’t like to beg

I can’t just understand how we got it this bad

Oh, I played you silly games and you played me by your rules

Love is on the run and I don’t know what to do

You’re building up the walls now

I’m on the outside alone

 

Give me a chance to prove myself

Give me some room and I’ll move this world

Give me some space and I’ll build mansions

Teach me your song and I’ll sing it loud…

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