Beautifully Human

I’m Not Afraid

I’m not afraid to be your lady
I’m not afraid to be your whore
I’m not afraid to be your future
I’m not afraid to be your soil
In which you plant your seed
Flowers, they sprout for me
My fragrance in the breeze
You must nurture me please
I’m not afraid to be your baby
I’m not afraid to be your strength
I’m not afraid to be open wide
I’m not afraid to be glutinous
The essence of glue
I will stick to you
Through earthquakes and moods
If ever one thing was true
I’m not afraid to wind it, wind it
I’m not afraid to keep your pace
I’m not afraid to create my queendom
I’m not afraid to take my place
I’m not afraid

Golden

[Intro:]
Heyyy, Ohh, Heyyy, Yeah, Ohh, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahhhh

[Verse 1]
I’m taking my freedom,
Pulling it off the shelf,
Putting it on my chain,
Wear it around my neck,
I’m taking my freedom,
Putting it in my car,
Wherever I choose to go,
It will take me far,

[Chorus]
I’m livin’ my life like it’s golden
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, [X3]
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, golden,
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, [X4]
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, golden,

[Verse 2]
I’m taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song,
Singing loud and strong,
Grooving all day long,
I’m taking my freedom,
Putting it in my stroll,
I’ll be high-steppin’ y’all,
Letting the joy unfold,

[Chorus]

I’m holding on to my freedom,
Can’t take it from me,
I was born into it,
It comes naturally,
I’m strumming my own freedom,
Playing the god in me,
Representing his glory,
Hope he’s proud of me,

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I’m living my life like its golden, golden, golden, golden, golden, golden, [X2]

[Chorus]

[Jill Scott:]
Livin’ my life like it’s golden,
It really matters to me, Ohhh

[Bridge X5]

The Fact Is (I Need You)

I can pay my own light bill baby
Pump my own gas in my own car
I can buy my own shoe collection
I’ve been blessed thus far
I can kill the spider above my bed
Although it’s hard because I’m scared
I can even stain and polyurethane
But some things just don’t change
I need you yeah
Sometimes so hard to say oh
I need you
Some things remain
I could buy my own groceries baby
Get my hair tight, my nails right
I can floss my own bling bling
Write the words to the songs I sing
I can even raise the child we’ll make
Make sure he’s loved and knows what God gave us
I can teach him how to walk and stand
But he needs you to help him be a man
We need you
So hard to say
We need you
Some things don’t change
I could be congresswoman
Or a garbage woman or
Police officer, or a carpenter
I could be a doctor and a lawyer and a mother and a good girl
God what you’ve done to me
Kind of lover I could be
I could be a computer analyst, the Queen with the nappy hair raising her fist
Or I could be much more and a myriad of this
Hot as the summer, sweet as the first kiss
And even though I can do all these things
I need you
And even though I can do all these things
We need you
We need you
We need you
And even though I can do all these things by my damn self
I need you
I do, I do, I do, I do
And even though I can do all these things
I need you
We need you
We do
We need you yeah
We need you

Spring Summer Feeling

Feeling the way I do
It’s hard to keep focus
One minute staring at the moon
Next into your eyes
And it’s no surprise
Ooo that my knees weaken
At the lovely words you’re speaking
La la la la
It takes more than diamonds to woo me
La la lala
It takes more than money to groove me
Feeling the way I do
It’s hard to keep focus
One minute starin at the moon
Next into your eyes
It’s no surprise
That my knees get weaken
From the lovely words you’re speaking
Lalalala
It takes more tan diamonds to woo me
Lalalala
It takes more than money to move me
Lalalala
It takes more than ooo material things
Lalala
It takes more than diamond to move me
Lalalala
It takes more than money to groove
Lalalala
It takes more than cars to get me where I need to go
Don’t stop the flow

Cross My Mind

I was just thinking about you
Wondering if you wear the same cologne
Smelled good
On you
Had the next boyfriend of mine try the same kind
But it stunk on him though.
You know what they say everything ain’t for everybody.
But I tried anyway.
You sure did smell good.

[Chorus:]
You just running cross my mind
[x3]

You had that masculine thing DOWN
Shoulders, back straight never sloping never round
It would turn me on just to see you walk into a room, across the room, out of the room.
You really impressed me.
Eh yeah

[Chorus:]
You just running cross my mind
[x3]

I know if I pick up this phone, write this letter send this two way.
I know I’m gonna say some things, I know you gonna say some things
That we both don’t mean to say
Like…how amazing…how amazing…
When you would spread my limbs cross continents
And bababed way over mountains.
Kiss this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and that.
Show each other where the climax is at.

You just running cross my mind
[x3]
I was just thinking about you, wondering what you doing I mean what you’ve been up to
I know its wrong feeling this strong let me take a second minute I will think this thing through

I was just thinking about you, wondering what you doing I mean what you’ve been up to
I know its wrong feeling this strong let me take a second minute I will think this thing through

Remember all the moments for two, how we used to
Oh yeah
But the reality honestly…you where never good for me and I was never good for you.
I just remember what we used to do….

Bedda At Home

[Verse:]
You’re that kind
That turns my head and makes me look
Whoa whoa whoa uh uh uh…uh
You’re the kind
That makes me pull single dollars
Out my pocket book, ooh baby
You’re sexiness and vivacity makes me
Wanna cook my favorite recipe
And place it on your table, baby
Your intoxicating and so divine
You’re the kind that stays on a sista’s mind

[Chorus:]
And I know you’ll think this is crazy
But, I got something better at home
Ooh whoo oo woo woo
Hey hey I got something better at home

[Verse:]
He’s the kind that breaks it down
And curls my toes, woo woo woo baby ow
He’s the kind that loves my mind and feeds my soul
And I love it baby

His intellect and utter respect, makes me wanna grow
And be my best
And I know…
He loves his baby

He sense of self and silliness
Makes the hardest things
The simplest and I look but don’t touch
Never know baby

[Chorus:]
Cause, I got something better at home
Ooh ohoo ooo
Cause, I got something better at home
Ooh ohh woo wooo

[Bridge:]
Baby I know you love me
And your love is wonderful
You help me feel free
I wont betray you unintentionally, or intentionally
I got you babe
You can rest your shoulders and sleep at night
Okay

[Chorus:]
Alright cause I know
Cause I Know know know,
I know, I got something better at home
Oh
I know I got something better at home
I know oh oooh woo woo wooo
I got something better at home
Ohhhhh oohhhhhh

Talk To Me (Break It Down)

Here you go jacket down
Timbs off
Remote control
And there you go
Off into outer space
Distant from me
Where do you go
Your eyes are closed
I’d like to know
I stop
Sit next to you because you seem so blue and pray nothings wrong
Baby I don’t want to see us burn down and go up in smoke
No, no, no, no, no

Talk to me, break it down, spell it out, spell it out for me
Talk to me, break it down, spell it out, spell it out for me

But when I push
Begins the riff
You take off and there I sit
Alone feeling cold
I become antagonist loud and wrong
Words are thrown
I bitch you moan
So I try another tactic
Ohh, ohhhh, oh

Close your eyes
Relax your mind
Cool down
Just recline
We’ve got the time
To let it go
Just unwind
I’ll…cool baby
I’ll be quiet
If you like
I’ll put on your favorite song
Sounds nice
Thug passion on ice?
Or a glass of Merlot?
I’ll roll it up
If you want
I won’t front
I just need to know
What you know

Talk to me, break it down, spell it out for me baby
Talk to me, break it down, spell it out for me

Dee da da Be bim bim Bum bum bum di di bum didi dow…(continues scatting)

Baby I’m getting so frustrated
Aggravated
Because it seems that you’re hiding something from me
And that ain’t the way I swing
I’m loving you
But I get confused
And what makes me fear
When your personality is unclear
I make things up in my mind
You’re right next to me
But sometimes I feel like you walk away
And you just don’t have a thing to say
But I fear for you
So tell me what cha
Tell me what cha goin through

Family Reunion

We at the family reunion, tellin’ jokes and playin’ spades
Uncle Dave is on the barbeque grill
Grandma braggin ’bout the blanket she made
For the new baby on her way
Even though the daddy ain’t really ready
This child is coming…anyway, yeah

Neicey made her famous potatoe salad, somehow it turns out green
Maybe its all the scalyums, could be the celery
But oh, Uncle Jerome loves it (Hmm)
Hey baby baby, here comes my favorite…my favorite cousin
He says he doing fine, takin’it one step a day but in my heart I know it ain’t that way

[Chorus]
Whoa whoa-o-whoa whoa-o-whoa whoa-o-whoa
What can you say…its family
And whoa whoa-o-whoa whoa-o-whoa whoa-o-whoa
What can you say…its family

Aunt Juicy been drinkin’ again…ooh its only 1:30 in the afternoon
Everybody tip-toeing ’round her, we all know she gonna be toe up soon
Saying all the things we like to say, hope she gets around to Cousin Lonnie
Cause We all know he got a little extra somebody on the side (But)

[Chorus]

Oh shit, Damn Micky and Steven are fighten again
Move out the way, somebody might get hurt
Aw Look at that what happen is worst
They knocked over HElenora’s Lemon Cake (Emm)
You know the one she barely ever makes
I’m gettin rilled up, I want them to go
But Somebody turn Frankly Beverly on the stereo
Cousin Ruby starts rockin’, shaker her good hip and bottom
So we all fall into place, smiling and laughing

[Chorus]
[2x]

Can’t Explain (42nd Street Happenstance)

I’m truly sorry baby for what I did to you
While you were busy loving me, I was busy too
I played you dirty boy, did some things I shouldn’t do
While you were only trying to treat me good
I was playing… damn

I can’t even begin to explain
I’m truly sorry boy
Believe me I had my turn
The next time love came along yeah it was me who burned.
Sad and desperate I cried wondering why ask God why
He would do this to me so damn easy
Well karmas real and now I really do understand
What you give is what you get, universal plan
Paid my price and looked at my life
And finally I’m loving somebody righteously
And
What goes around comes around really do
Really does come back around
And I’m sorry for what I didn’t to you
You didn’t deserve what I gave you but I gave it to you
I hope your okay
I hope your loving

Well baby just because you lived and lost don’t mean stop loving
If you have a nightmare, do you stop dreaming?
Don’t give up on love because what I did to you
I hope your okay
I really do.

Whatever

You pulled some tricks out your sleeve last night
Everything I fantasize about
You had me climbing up a wall
How many ways was God called
You represented in the fashion of the truly gifted
You put it down last night
Knocked me out then had me dreaming bout waking up, alright
Do you want some money baby?
How about some chicken wings?
Do you want some fish and grits?
I’ll hurry and go get it
Whatever
We made a groove last night
A poignant rocking forth and back alright
Anything I can do for you?
Just ask sometimes you wont have to
I’ll be happy just to make you happy
And that’s true
Oh
We made powerful
Love last night
Never knew passion could taste so sweet alright
I made a vow to you
Everything I do for you is a joy and a gift
You got my whole life lifted

Not Like Crazy

When we first met
I was surprised to get
That feeling,
That feeling
The kind that don’t wash away with soap
So sweet to me,
Oohh
The kind of feeling I need
To get me through the darkest days
For you I prayed

[Chorus]
What you do is crazy babe
Not like you belong in an asylum
Crazy babe,
Like the sun in the morning
And the moon at night
Like the rain falling from the sky
Like the trees growing from the ground
I’m astounded babe
By your love for me
And your touching me
And your trust in me
Like you do whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo

Even now I still feel that feeling
Although we’ve grown
We’re still on the same side
Of the proverbial road
Heading in the same direction
I’m so glad to know
With you I spend my time

[Chorus]

[Break]

[Repeat Chorus 3x]

Crazy baby

Nothing (Interlude)

I gotta admit sometimes I feel week for loving you the way I do
It’s beyond me
I can’t control it or force it to be, you know, what I want it to be
I think about you so much when I’m with you and when I’m not
It’s deep, the way, just looking in your eyes just changes my whole perspective
Nothing is more beautiful than loving you, holding you being next to you
Kissing your lips taking my time with you
Nothing is more beautiful than loving you Holding you being next to you
Moving my hips
Moving in time with you
Put of all the things in the world, god gave us to each other
It’s amazing
You are the king I always imagined
This is the best time of my life.

Rasool

His name was Rasool
Carmel completed boy from the 22
Rough on the outside
But on the inside he was cool
Rasool was a king
But also a fool
Back on the block again with the same crew
Tariq from the west side
Little John form the avenue
Always seen um bout a quarter to two
Shaking hands with everybody
But at the same time sharing the blues
And oh how he passed it on
Shaking hands till what was in his pockets was gone
He’d be outside in the cold with his bubble goose on
But inside
I knew he wasn’t warm
Around 10:30 on that dreary night
His bowaz said they were hungry they were hungry
Wanted to get a bite
But they didn’t send a runner
Rasool knew it wasn’t right
But he stayed anyway to get the chain he liked
And oh how the shots rang in the streets
Hitting everybody in the surrounding vicinity
Children of the children
One young father to be
And Rasool lay dead in my north Philly Street
At fifteen years old
It was the first death I’d seen
But the game ain’t designed for no kind of winning
And oh this is a friend of Rasool
Telling you to think about what you do and who you call your crew
The very choices you make
May make a Rasool out of you
Now you don’t want that do you?

My Petition

You say you mean good for me
But you don’t do it
You say you have a plan but you just don’t go thru with it
You say you know the way to go
And I should follow
But all of your empty promises
Leave me hollow

And oh
How do I trust you
How do I love you
When you
Lie to me repeatedly
And oh
How do I have faith, in you
When you just don’t come thru
Like you say you could

Oh, say can you see [2x]

You say that I’m wrong for
Stating my opinion to you
You say that I’m wrong and there’ll be quiet consequences too
But I know my rights babe
There’ll be no law abridging
The freedom of my speech
Or the right for me to petition for a remedy of grievances

And I want to trust you
I want to love yeah
But you lie to me repeatedly
And oh I want to have faith in you
But you just don’t come thru
Like you said you could
Oh say can you see
Hmmm

I want fresh fruit, clean water,
Air that I don’t see
I want the feeling of being safe on my streets
I want my children to be smarter than me
I want, I want to feel
I want to feel, I want to feel free
For real ya’ll
I’m just telling you so you know
I want to, I want to have faith in you
I really do but you keep lying to me
It hurts
I believe, I believe you owe it me
Give it to me like you said you would
Hmmm
Oh say can you see
Hmmm
Oh say can you see
Oohh say can you see
Hmmm
By the dawn’s early light

I Keep

Some of them wanna break you down, steal your crown
Use and abuse you.
Some of them smile in your face, cause they heard it some place,
You got more then their used to
Some of them want to steal your love, ooh
Cuz they’re jealous of …how you’re living and giving.

I keep
Moving forward, pressing onward, striving further
I keep
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming keep on achieving, keep on believing
I keep
I keep smiling when I come thru …and I cry when I need too.

Some of them, oh they stab you in your back, cuz it’s love they lack.
Some of them won’t even try …to see the good inside.
But I ….

I keep
Moving forward, pressing onward, striving further
I keep
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming keep on achieving, keep on believing

Hey. Oh oh oh
I keep on , keep on living, keep on learning , keep on smiling ooh ooh yeah
Keep on laughing, keep on living, keep on loving yeah
I keep
Keep on dreaming, keep on believing, keep on achieving.
I keep smiling when I come thru, and I cry when I need to
(Adlib below)
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yea yea yeah
I keep on , keep on keeping on.
Yea. I keep ,keep on keep keepin on keep keeping on

Still Here

Hidden Track

oh oh oh ha hay haay hm hmm hmm
I am a voicetress river
I am a mountain story
I am a quit feeling
I am a fragrant flower

I am a moonlit evening
I am a peaceful night
I am a writer’s thinking
I am a wealth unfathomed

And If you don’t recognize…my presence
I am here
And If you don’t recognize me
I am here.

I am a source of power
I am excited journey
I am a rock of patience
I am a whisper singing

I am unbridle freedom
I am the thoughtful thinking
I am a love unshattered
I am the great orgasm

And if you don’t recognize my presence, o oh
I am here
And if you don’t recognize my presence, oh
I am here

Ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm)
Ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm)
Ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm) ha (mmm)
Ha mmmmm…..

….And even if you don’t recognize me
I’m still here
And even if you don’t recognize me