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A collaborative effort between recording artist Drematic and producer Y?Arcka, the first priority of Water is to present listeners with an essential piece of music. Just as the substance that inspired the project; the purpose, functionality and presentation of Water is rife with all of the complexities that are synonymous with being a citizen of the world. In short, water is humanity. Our hope is that the sounds, words, thoughts and interpretations expressed on this effort will leave you refreshed. Enjoy

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A collaborative effort between recording artist Drematic and producer Y?Arcka, the first priority of Water is to present listeners with an essential piece of music. Just as the substance that inspired the project; the purpose, functionality and presentation of Water is rife with all of the complexities that are synonymous with being a citizen of the world. In short, water is humanity. ... more

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Track Name: The Source ft. Ibrahima Faye
“The Source” featuring Ibrahima Faye
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly, I. Faye)

Intro (Ibrahima Faye)


Ndox mooy man (Water is me)
Ndox mooy yow (Water is you)
Mooy li saxal dund gi (It is the root of life)
Ci kaw suf (On this Earth)

Ndox mooy man (Water is me)
Ndox mooy yow (Water is you)
Mooy li saxal dund gi (It is the root of life)
Ci kaw suf (On this Earth)

Ndox monu taxa wax (It gives us speech)
Ndox monu taxa dox (It gives us strength)

There are those who need water
They wake up with the sun to walk miles and miles in the hot African sun

Baawnaan, danuy baawnaan (We pray for water)
Ngo xii ngox (Amen)


Now is the time, now is time to stand up
Now is the time to call for the rain
Let the trees grow, the grass rise

Baawnaan , danuy baawnaan (We pray for water)
Ngo xii ngox (Amen)

Verse

It all started on the river
Before black folks were called…
Damn, that’s a long time ago
Well that terms more recent
Than you may imagine
The Niger, Congo, Nile made it happen
The sources of civil livin’
Men and women
Existing
All in accordance to the rhythm
Their spirits must be livid
From all the monkey business
Ridiculous depicted
F**k D.W. Griffith
Black woman is the source of the birthing of nations
F**k what you heard
Peep the girth of my statements
Thick!
Well aware the connotations of it
Its time to go in
Ain’t no masturbation with it
‘Cuz you’re gonna need assistance
To feel what we’re coming with
Thick!
Like African lips, African hips
Outsiders still-
They infatuated by it
Sen- sational spit
Saturate mental fabrics
We the architects
How we get labeled as savage?
Throughout history
Of course we’ve been bred, born naked
Bought, sold, kept separate
Burnt, drowned, dissected
Whipped, lynched, infected
Labored, met with discredit
Now these labels pay us for diss records
But its deeper than-
Talkin’ bout the things we’ve been victim off
It’s complex, like that clear liquid that’s in my cup

Chorus:
They wanna know where it’s coming from
You already where it’s coming
They wanna know where we coming
You already where we coming from

They wanna know where it’s coming from
You already where it’s coming
They wanna know where we coming
You already where we coming from

Outro (Ibrahima Faye)

L’eau C’est moi (Water is me)
L’eau C’est toi (Water is you)
L’eau C’est la vie (Water is life)
L’eau C’est l’humanite (Water is humanity)


La agua es yo (Water is me)
La agua es tu (Water is you)
La agua es la vida (Water is life)
La agua es la humanidad (Water is humanity)
Track Name: Photosynthesis
“Photosynthesis”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

You know its Dre, Y?Arcka
Take aim like archers
On point, s**t proper
Number one hip-hoppers
On a quest to spit knowledge
Same time get dollars
Take the tip out your ear
Now you’re listening clear
You’re vision’s impaired
Dawg you need to see what I see
Peep what I peep
Walk how I walk
Creep how I creep
Its takes special level of tender loving care
To prepare
All the beautiful thing we make you hear
Yea-ah!
Please believe that we in here!
Tryna snatch a belly full
Still keep it sincere
Brothers buss nuts, shed blood, drip tears
Without that life fluid, all yall prone to disappear
Water rap flow, yea you know
Most essential
Gotchya head bobbing of Arck instrumentals
Vicious down pours, street wars tryna drench you
(But) life preservation done soaked up my mentals
The pure, unadulterated
Minus pollutants
Untapped-
Spillin’ on drum tracks
Refined contribution
From a free spirit
Never claimed to kick deep lyrics
Just words from the heart
I’m submerged in the art
All alone
In my zone
Globe traveling
Aspiring for higher in a world unraveling
Replenishing the rap scene
Nothing but a dream plus a canteen
Fluid rhyme schemes never lack steam
Spittin’ hogwash? (Haha)
How silly does that seem?
Blame the Foundashawn
He’s the one provided me
A solid base sonically for microphone geology
Hoping you can rock with me
Rhythmic anthropology
Many tryna bottle the-
Intellectual property
This is my philosophy
Spill it no apology
Made the sacrifice
Yeah I kill it, you should honor me
You can see the God in me
Still it’s no theology
(‘Cuz I’m) Quick to say f**k that shit
Rappers is not f**kin’ with it
Yall cats is not f**kin’ with it
Rappers not f**kin’ with it
Only classical I spit
Dawg you not f**kin’ with it
Only vaginal I hit
No homophobe
‘Cuz you know hatred controls the globe
And we gotta drown all that
To make way for growth
Real simple shit
Breakin’ down photosynthesis
It’s a mixture which-
Comprise all existence, think!
Yall ever second guest the food we eat?
Or the clothes we wear?
Nothing can compare to the air we breath
Yall gotta know the Sun is where it all begun
‘Cuz you can put a gun in the hand of everyone
‘Round the globe
Blow, blow ‘til every cow come home
Still no way to compete
To the way he blaze heat
In the leaf
Is where carbon and oxygen meet
Glucose sugar sweet makes the cipher complete
Well, almost
Then you gotta factor in a large dose
Of water
‘Cuz without this, you’s a goner
This the recipe
go and flourish get your green up
Above all, turn this CD up (Yep)
This the recipe
go and flourish get your green up
Above all, turn this CD up (Yep)
Track Name: Sustenance
“Sustenance”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

Verse 1

Cheers to you
The listener, for perusing through
This integral entry
Essential musical- profound s**t to poop- a- scoop
This for my people getting beat down and abused
From B-More up to G-Town Avenue
We need more
So we scheme for avenues
To make killings, stash winnings and to act a fool
Nocturnal moves
Take a snooze in the afternoon
Do the same thing
Gotta do what you gotta do
Gone a foreign but we never ever left the roots
And never do what these weak rap singers do
Black thought process
Mind state of ghetto youth
Is getting’ loot, eatin’ well, never dwell destitute

Chorus

Who you know that don’t need food fi eat?
Yeah my wife and my momma need food fi eat
D. Brown, Y?Arcka need food fi eat
That’s the way we justify what we do on beats

Yo who you know that don’t need food fi eat?
Femstar, Dalmar need food fi eat
Lil’ Z and Henry need food fi eat
That’s the way we justify what we do on beats
(We gotta get it)

It’s a blessing
The way I force-feed you life lessons
In a mic sesson
In these times of recession
You expected cut backs
But we yellin’ “F**k that”!
Where the guns at?
Mother F**ker, where the drugs at?
It’s ridiculous
Mr. Officer, you’re so inquisitive
Bunch of f**kin’’ animals
He wonder how we live like this
Steeped in madness
Porch monkeys cheefin’ grasses
Sand in hour glasses- slip away tease the anxious
Salivating on big thoughts
In the search for sustenance
Basics
Food, Water, Nourishment
Dealing in traps
React- Violently snap
Abandoned offspring chasing skins slow to adapt
To the ways of the beast
Blood thirsty, most savage
Pigs cry wolf, get wrapped in blankets
It’s tragic
When you’re tryna maintain in the food chain
Only the strongest remain

Chorus

Yo take your hat off
Wash your hands, It’s dinner time
In my apron
Slaving, serving, dishing rhymes
Full of protein
Healthy 16’s, antioxidants
If it makes green please believe rappers jockin’ it
I-
Balance positions like a dietician while I’m spitting
Materialism
Switch it with self-wisdom
They think the beat sickening
‘Course they gon’ dig in
Facts on the back you can peep the nutrition
It’s a tradition
Ode to the old school
Never looking back though-
They call it fresh produce
Soul food
For the mind- minus swine
‘Cuz its time
We left those shackles behind
But it’s hard
When the hunger pains are inherent
Seen so many starve
Dawg we gotta have it
Big dough status
A piece of the pie, bread, cake
Yo, you chose the batter
It don’t matter
Long as we got a platter

Sustenance
Never mind all the suffering

Sustenance
Never mind all the suffering

Essentials of living, man. That’s what we’re going for, man. F**k the bulls**t.


Chorus
Track Name: Sweat ft. Dim Dayz & Femstar
“Sweat” featuring Dim Dayz & Femstar
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly, F. Olatunji)

Chorus

Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat

Verse 1

You know it’s Dre, Y?Arcka take aim like archers
On point shit proper
It only get hotter
Palms moist
Indicative of the boil point
Fire from my ballpoint
Kills pollutants, my voice
Cleanse the bullshit
That these lames pumped up in the music
Makes maneuvers with little effort
While you moving reckless
Nothing but a technique sweater
DJ on the Technics, spin the record
While I knock out the box when the king come check it
Make a freak weak sprint to her hairdresser
European standards they make you feel lesser
But don’t fret ‘cuz w all dealing with the pressure
The trick is to always stay fresher
‘Cuz you know that mu’phukaz always gon’ test ya
But- you can never be complacent
Scared to say shit
One 3/5 in their documents
And now Barack is on top of shit

Chorus

Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat
Never make ‘em see you sweat
(Never ever) Make ‘em see you sweat

In the studio
Pen, pad, open page
Plus a tall glass just to take my thirst away
Ironic
I’m ‘posed to set shit ablaze
Fire in my heart tryna match what I say
Center stage, my thoughts go on display
Curtains they raise, spotlight, entertain
This the moment
Mic in my hand, yes I own
Please don’t oppose it
You gonna forfeit dawg
Vivid music
Spill drippin’ coolness
Perspire desire ‘cuz I really do this
But the trick is to keep suspense
Cuz I’m on point
Never will you see me sweat
In my zone your whole team get stretched
With finesse
Making power moves
Never shedding beads for less
Damn!
All the scrimmage playin’
Sittin’ waitin’
Beating buzzers winning the gaming is how we aiming
Afterwhich we get the Gatorade bath
But don’t sweat that
What’s life without making a splash
Making it last
Endurance
Hunger
The passion for mo’
The true test of a champion fo’ sho’

Chorus



Verse 3 (Femstar)

Never too cool to sweat but I'm too cool to sweat it
The sweat is automatically kinetically poetic
The visual aesthetic is the working man's credit
With your whole face back and the chest all wetted
When sweat is flowing good then work is getting better
and better and you can bet it's past the point where we can let up
That's the set-up how we set it up the style how it's threaded
The fashion of the passion we rockin’, it's how we get it
The whole overstanding it started with a blueprint
Ringin’ up the Young Architect for his two cents,
Shit it's more like 2 bil the bol's beats is too ill
It's how I catch the sickness with the quickness
Real deal business. co-signed with a mic check once, check twice
see that it's boomin in the left right
speakers just so when it's streaming through my soul
and it's coursing through my muscles all outta control
I can channel it and transmit it with no edit
The locals go loco over vocalist dynamics
The sweat is automatically kinetically poetic
Never too cool to sweat but I'm too cool to sweat it.
Track Name: High Tide
“High Tide”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

Verse 1

When Arcka proceed with the rap beat
I exercise my right like seasoned athletes
To come correct
Magnify the reach of spoken rap speech
My flow a threat
Like the water on a boat that sprang leaks
So hold your breath
Be sure to pace ya’self, the s**t get mad deep
It’s Crazy!
Once music stole my heart she made it hard for us
‘Cuz she say she love me
But it’s hard to stay monogamous
Hangin’ out with dummies late at night
They all be tryna f**k
Women I’m so true to you
Tryna see you prosperous
It’s obvious!
That rappers nowadays they lack the competence
To keep it fresh
And still address the issues they condiments
My confidence!
Comes from kickin’ written like a novelist
Always provocative when I be processing my documents
Dawg your eyes are shut!
Expand your vision like binoculars
My records prosperous
And undisputed like stenographers
When engaging the populous
I maintain the way a prophet does
Hold on tight
And wait for yall to wise(n) up

Chorus

I see you watchin’
Lookin’ teary eyed
Rap is washed up
They said the s**t died
But when we hit the stage
The music come alive
You can feel the rush
They call it High Tide!
(Repeat)

Verse 2

Creep with me
Beneath the leagues
Depths, deepest seas
Past the crevices where cowards be scared to breath
This H.I.P.H.O.P.
How I Play
High Octane Poetry
You might capsize thinkin’ they can flow with me
Old school tactics on a rhythm like a rotary
Twisted tone patterns touchin’ numerals you hope to see
The vivid potency
Got ‘em squinting –Can’t believe
How we cook it in the stu
You can sniff the popery
Mr. Phillysophical
Got the youngsters quotin’ me
Onto bigger locales- link with homies overseas
S**t is on now
Monumental schemes
Architecture (Arckatecture)
Jersey’s finest got me layin’ down hard lectures
To bless ya
For many moons yall been waitin’
Groundbreakin’
INDI and the Foundashawn
High level styles yall can never down play it
Your best bet is to recline and replay it

Chorus

Verse 3

I’m goin’ in
Harpoon submarine status
Guillotine chop, quick to quarantine rappers
Wallowing in wackness
Never been the bull
Only spit that real shit
The genuine manure
Yes I said before
The flow plenty raw
Sewage type fluid it be sweating out my pores
When I release bullshit cease
I rock steady
No B-Boy, s**t is poppin’ like levees
I’m current
Dawg you know the mind state’s heavy
I’m current
Dawg you know the mind state’s heavy



Chorus
Track Name: Reign Delay
“Reign Delay”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

Verse 1

I don’t mean to be a bubble busser
A sunlight snatcher
A rain tarp slinger
Or bring harm to ya
Just came to drop a line
You know brainstorm
When others try to call it off you gotta play ball
Here’s an example
Just look what I did
I built a roster
My whole team slid
I had a choice, I could of shot the shit and sat around
But I chose different man-
Myself I had to rally round
More than a couple hits
Its time to bat around
And now I got the illest pitcher standing on the mound
Fresh up out the dug out
Never blew a save
A lot of players get bugged out when it’s time to win the game
‘Cuz it’s bigger than the business
Of match-ups, statistics
The talent you’re given, if passion is missing
A mere pastime
Well, that’s what this isn’t
Had to go extra innings
Just to see what it was hittin’ for
‘Cuz desire never shows up in the box score
But it separates an error from a double play
Infield hit, could’ve stopped half way
The hard luck player, from the hall-of-famer
It should make you sleep thinking how to step your game up
If not, then you probably took the easy way out
And you not gonna reach the spot you dreaming about
And I’m not gonna stop til’ you readin’ about
All the championship rings that I keep at my house

But you wouldn’t know about that dawg. Let me try to explain…

Chorus

Matic young Dre dawg
Artist of rap
Sound foundation
Arcka be that
When we drop skill, spill, water the track
Growthi n the music, resurgence is back
With no delay we continue to reign
Seasons they change, realness will remain
With no delay we continue to reign
Seasons they change, realness will remain
With no delay we continue to reign
Seasons they change, realness will remain

Verse 2

They wanna know will I manage
Dawg, ain’t no reason to doubt
Still rep my farm team during seasons of drought
This is business
Reason why I keep it so refreshed
My flow so refreshed
Taking bolder steps
On the base path
Moving according to signs
Not out of bounds, its fair down the line
To say my hustle brought us back from behind
Put ‘em on with the single
The squad know I-
Come with real black images
The R.B.I.’s
Driven home my position
Now forced to conclude
To win-
Play like there’s nothing to lose cuz-
Worst comes to worst
End of the day
They never showed up?...
Worst thing you can say about a teammate
In any arena
Certain principles are given
I guess some just didn’t get it
As a closer
I’ll leave you with a word about composer
Don’t anticipate defeat
Believe it’s over when it’s over
So let the games behind
Check for me in October

Chorus
Track Name: Oasis ft. Queenie
“Oasis” featuring Queenie
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)


Verse1-Commentary (Queenie)

In Ethiopia, a country with a population of 85 million, there are nearly 50 million people that lack access to safe drinking water. With inadequate sanitation and purification systems, people are forced to resort to using contaminated water from remote streams, rivers and wells. The collection of this water is a daunting task in itself, often requiring individuals to walk hours to secure water. This responsibility is often delegated to women and children.

Verse 1

I sacrificed my childhood to do it
In search of you I walk barefooted
Over distant lands
Bucket in my hands
Lackin’ fluid to sustain me
Replenish my life
See what I came across is tainted
Oh yes it trife
Our lips long for you
Liquefied utopia
We cry for you in Ethiopia
Resilient to the end
‘Cuz rebellion’s in the souls of us
Give all I own if just to soak in ya-
Exfoliate the waste
Desperate livin’ motivates
Our synergy will procreate
And then the flow rejuvenates my whole body-
Transcending into realms of unseen
You redefine the meaning of having wet dreams…
When I awaken
I find myself in school
Engaged in activities a normal child would do
An answer to my prayers?
So long I felt forsaken-
Mirage?
Or is it really an oasis?

…I feel so confused


Verse 2- Commentary (Queenie)

The Gibe III Dam, which is being built on the Omo River, supplies 80 percent of the water in Lake Turkana on the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Now on the verge of being completed, the dam threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Kenyans that rely on Lake Turkana for fishing and irrigation. To date, the construction of massive dams has displaced more than 2 million people worldwide. Now forced to relocate to recreate their lives, a father must explain to his son why they must leave the only home he’s ever known.

Verse 2

I can’t believe what was said
What I asked
What he told me
I said, “Why must we leave?
Why to Nairobi?”
“Son rest assured
As the day is long
We will endure
We will stay strong
God is supreme
Ruler of creation
Man is a fool
Blind to limitations
Careless the few
Who knowingly defile
The lake, the water
And all that it provides
In the face of brutality our people have survived
And we will continue to survive
Son walk tall”-
And that was all
Then his voice dissolved
Echoed soft in my ears as we all marched on
I was in awe
Baffled by his brave resolve
How can he stay calm in a world so wrong?
Piece of mind was provided
A break of frustration
Dealing with displacement
Seeking an oasis

…what else can we do?

Verse 3-Commentary (Queenie)

During a conversation with an acquaintance, recording artist Drematic, discusses his outlook on the global implications of the struggle for clean water and his motivation for the forthcoming album entitled “Water”.

Verse 3
Ok, we talk that water water
Think it’s time to go in directly
To ensure that the audience gets me
H2O, the magic mixture
Fixture in all things earthly
Who should go thirsty?
Easy enough
Ok, let’s give ‘em all bottles
Corruption with a twist
Human rights get toppled
‘Cuz what’s the sense in helping others clean and sustain it?
You profit when you claim it and drain it
(I’m so confused!!)
Wrestling with natural commodities
Turning into property
Polluted foreign policies, proliferating poverty
The third world’s tapped out
Arid economically
Squeezed to the last drop, Robbed of their sovereignty
A watershed statement?
It’s kinda heavy ain’t it?
When global scale issues get sized up and weighed in
But these are the stories
Despicable trends
That only our actions can bring to an end
But I still believe
Together we can change it
We owe it to ourselves to create an oasis

…what path will you choose, what you gonna do?
Track Name: Wishing Well ft Ibrahima Faye & Aquil
“Wishing Well” featuring Aquil & Ibrahima Faye
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly, A. Foster, I. Faye)

Intro (Ibrahima Faye)

So deme ci albi (In the countryside)
Nit naangi dox lu sori (People walk for miles)
Ngin mene root ci teen bi (Before they reach the well)

Kep ku nek (Every one of us)
Sa waru gar may nga benup teen (Must dig a well)
Ba sa nja boot dica naan (For family)
Ba sa waa gox dica naan (For neighbors)
Ba sa waa reer dica naan (For country)


Life
Life is a jar of water
Do have a drink and pass it over
Lets take care of the Earth and pass it on to future generations

Dund bi potu ndaala (Life is a drinking jar)
So naane joxal samorom munaan (Let's pass it around)
Dund bi potu ndaala (Life is a drinking jar)
So naane joxal samorom munaan (Let's pass it around)
Ndox mo waral Ndox mo menel (Water is the root)
Sunu nekkiu ci kaw suuf (Of our being on earth)


Verse 1

This the type of groove
Make you wish upon a star
While chillin’ in the car
With the doors ajar
Gotta spit it in a bar
Just to refresh the feeling
Moonlight crescent
Breath of the evening was brisk
My queen she gave me a (kiss)
Softly on the cheek
Then gently on the lips
I dipped
Making a move for solitude
Calm scenery
Still waters in my view
Dug up in my pocket
Clutched it, dropped it
Unclenched my fist as I opened my eyelids
I wished
We didn’t embrace ignorance
That we could live life fully and make a switch
That Mandela didn’t have to sit for 27
To show we need patience
If we seek redemption
Garvey did his thing
Never got sabotaged
And that we didn’t think black love was mirage
The youth knew that gun clapping and
Drug trafficking, doesn’t have to be the route for young Africans
I wished
That the radio would play this
Showing we can stand tall
And still makes hits
(You what would that look like?)

Chorus

Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Pennies and Quarters
Hopes and dreams
Floating in the…
Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Yo it be like Nickel Dime, Nickel Dime
Pennies and Quarters
Hopes and dreams
Floating in the…
Water

Verse 2 (Aquil)

Am I awake or lucid
it’s no mistake coincidences life and dreaming
shaping every thought and movement
seeking much improvement
I recollect of ideals
willing my feelings into something that’s real
as time stands still
my old wounds heal, my cancer is diminished
AIDS rates zero percentage
Malaria’s upended
famine and greed defeated
economic elite, don’t pull the strings of global monopoly
erasing poverty
nobody state property, jail and prison rehab
criminals that’s made by the nations part is minimal
I reach back, reclaiming our greatness
refusing using drugs avoid living praying sedated
frustrated, won’t grab guns cause no one owns one
unafraid to show love cause plenty people showed them
realize connections or the oneness with God
Allah the most high
reflecting wishes swell throwing nickels in the well


Verse 3

Yo just gimme couple minutes
‘Cuz I’m runnin’ outta time
Nickels all gone
Runnin; outta dimes
It’ll be all fine
Once they sink to the bottom
Flaws of the world
Wish that water could dissolve ‘em
I wish that people said what they meant
Meant what they said
You had a clean heart
You could still get ahead
Every mouth was fed
Every shed tear dried
Every shoe had wings
We could all touch the sky
The insecure were reassured
Diseases were cured
That understanding was the key to all doors
Marginal living wasn’t romanticized
We made moves-Said less
That we pantomimed
Not instantly gratified
Same time denied
But after counting our blessings
We would be satisfied
Wish my mother and her mother
Had another summer
To bask in the warmth that they shared for one another
That laughter would linger
Good times would last
And having it all wasn’t too much to ask
(Man!)

Chorus
Track Name: Flood Damage
“Flood Damage”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

(Speaking while shuffling through audio cassette tapes)

I know it’s here somewhere. I know I’m not crazy, man. I- this was here the whole time. Alright. I think this is it. Yeah…this is it. …Cool.

(Dusts off tape. Inserts tape into tape player and presses play. )

Woman Talking:
My child, you may not understand these words that I’m reading to you…(tape fast forwards) understand as you get older. …(tape fast forwards)

John 4:7-14

…Woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” …(tape fast forwards) “If you knew the gift God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” …(tape fast forwards) Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well? …(tape fast forwards) But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (tape player stops)


Chorus

I flow like water on your tape recorder
Style out of order fo sho’
You can just peep my aura
I’m causin’ flood damage
I wonder can you manage
I’m on a warpath
Can you feel my wrath?


I flow like water on your tape recorder
Malfunction out of order
You can just see my aura
I can flow or crash
It doesn’t matter
Who or whatever is in my path
I will get the last laugh (ha!)



Verse 1

(Let me explain what I’m see to you, man)

Yo you ever had a bad dream that looked like a scary movie?
And felt so real that you believed truly?
Flooded with nonsense my subconscious
Is what I tell my self
Even though I can’t stop it
Reoccurring themes, dark scenes, devastation
Ever lose your mind?
Bet you’ll find desperation
There I am
Standing on the land my Grand built up with his bare minds
I recall
Or so I thought
Damn I lost drowning in my thoughts
Well, I just can’t accept it
This is not New Orleans
I’m just waiting for the morning to come…
But I feel like I’m not the only one

Chorus

I flow like liquid
My sh… wicked
Fo sho
I will make you sick kid
Perspiration, condensation, precipitation
For short
Just call me water

I flow like water on your tape recorder
Style out of order fo sho’
You can just peep my aura
I’m causin’ flood damage
I wonder can you manage
I’m on a warpath
Can you feel my wrath?


Verse 2

Can you imagine walking down Delery in a daze?
Amazed, that you decided to stay
Knowing that you never had a choice anyway
And after this day things will never be the same
Grandmama sayin’ grab the Bible let us pray
Her voice was drowned out by the winds and the rain
Can’t help thinkin’
God ain’t listenin’
If so, then sh… would’ve been different
Prayer ain’t gon’ fix this
But she insisted
I bowed my head knowing exactly why she did it
All her life, she been singin’ “Wade in the Water”
In a way, she’s always been scared of the water
In a place where you truly can’t escape from the water
Life as we knew it gave way to the water
Clothes soaking wet
Explosions nearly scared us to death
I guess that means we still alive
I just ain’t wake up yet

Chorus

I flow like water on your tape recorder
Style out of order fo sho’
You can just peep my aura
I’m causin’ flood damage
I wonder can you manage
I’m on a warpath
Can you feel my wrath?

I flow like liquid
My sh… wicked
Fo sho’
I will make you sick kid
Perspiration, condensation, precipitation
For short
Just call me water

I flow like water on your tape recorder
Malfunction out of order
You can just see my aura
I can flow or crash
It doesn’t matter
Who or whatever is in my path
I will get the last laugh (ha!)

Verse 3

First on the scene
Loud screams when I arrived
Tears in my eyes
Can’t believe the water’s on fire
But never mind- why would irony apply?
When reality is void, then confusion will thrive
Let it fly
My last straw gently it glides
Through the black waves suspending my boat
I got a hard time remember hope
Mechanisms once used to cope they all broke
Now I feel tugs at the end of my rope
It’s pulling me-
To a place I never wanna go
Facing my fears, back at the dome
On her way home
She left me with words to live by
Make the most of your time, don’t forget the Lower 9
They say it’s year five since grandmamma died
If that’s true the flood’s done damage to my mind
That explains why I’m hearing attempting to save
People off dead than to go on playin’
In this game
When the sh… was rigged from the get go
I feel as though
That it’s best to just let go
I’m done caring about broken promises
Cuz’ D.C. and BP won’t acknowledge us-
When I cup my hands full of oil and water and drink
I’m reclaiming all I lost back when life made sense
Convention teaches us that this is suicide
But maybe this time I’ll finally open up my eyes
Track Name: Morning Dew ft. Electric Lady
“Morning Dew” featuring Electric Lady
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

Chorus

This morning I was greeted by the sun*
With rays outstretched in plain view
Brightness was renewed

I know that the best is yet to come*
The storms have gone and made room
For goodness to bloom

Possibilities ahead are all I see*
The warmth, the cool breeze
And everything in between

But miracles they often go unseen*
Like morning dew upon leaves
Birds singing in trees

*Sung Vocals

Verse 1

Good morning sun
How you feel?
Something you can’t touch but you know it’s real
It’s been a while since you came through
Everybody love’s your shine
Some things change
You remain true
It’s gloomy when you missing
Illuminated ‘cuz you risen
And everything you touch seems to glisten
Aye yo! You see that?!?
You mean right over there?
That gotta be honeysuckle
I smell it in the air
I never seen so much beauty all in one place
Vegetables, fruit, sweet floral embrace
Vivid were all of the colors of the rainbow
Water on the plants but I know it ain’t rain though
That’s the way it dew in the morning time
When cool breeze combines with the sunshine
That’s the way it dew in the morning time
When cool breeze combines with the sunshine

Chorus

Verse 2

You ever notice in the city
We never take the time to breath
But this morning my lungs have been set free
No smog in the air to congest me
Tall trees overhead to protect me
No phones to disrupt the tranquility
Or TV’s to promote the stupidity
Well whatchu mean?
Foul thoughts are contagious
If you can’t wipe the slate clean then replace it
Water is life
There’s truth in the statement
It’s a complex simplistic arrangement
Ebb and the flow marks distinctive occasions
Timing the wave is a gift of the patient
Carried away- we’re addicted to chasing
Tend to lose sight of the gifts we been graced with
Views change and perspectives may differ
But (it’s the) little things help clarify the big picture
I found peace as a bird sung his song
Finally listened, it was there all along

Chorus

Verse 3

Find pleasure in being alive today
‘Cuz we’re survivors of earthquakes and hurricanes
Mother nature can scare us and bring us pain
But over time, good vibes will renew again
That’s the way it dew in the morning time
When cool breeze combines with the sunshine
That’s the way it dew in the morning time
When cool breeze combines with the sunshine
Track Name: The Re-Source
“The Re:Source”
(A. Pascoe, S. Kelly)

It seams right that it ends where it all begun
With raised glasses we toast to the setting sun
Pour out for starters
A portion, departed
Souls that still thirst
Get quenched when acknowledged
Sip!
Then praise cascades from my lips
Ase'!
Amazing how greatness persists
Be with us as we tread through epic memories
Linking the past to extensions of legacy
Through it all, it’s the music that sets us free
Rhythms move, pulse through our extremities
Beatin’!
Uninversal language receivin’
Vibrations speakin’- without the words even
It’s reach beyond beckoning tounges is questioned by none
An unspoken truth
Still you know where it’s comin’ from…

(The Source Reprise)

It’s original form
Stretched animal hide
Compounded by palms where joy and panic collide
Passion resides
Recoiling in rapid replies
We rely…

We rely on the tempo to even the odds
If just to poli both sides
Deviate or reprise?
World wide dialogue
No more speakin’ to God
To capitalize?
Not knowin’ getting’ free is the prize
It’s hard to come by
Somewhere down the line seams we lost it
Water, LOVE, MUSIC- man’s precious resources
The driving forces of everything gorgeous
That mankind has ever come forth with
The engineers of joys we hold dear
We’re all on borrowed time
Thank God you lent an ear
Cuz’ payin’ attention is expensive out here
In a sphere full of turmoil, warfare
Many a dream get commandeered due to fear
I’m holdin’ onto mine see you when I get there
I’m holdin’ onto mine see you when I get there
I’m holdin’ onto mine…


Beware!
Many declare that the end is near
Well if that’s the case, let’s not be scared to puppeteer
Pull every stop make- your move -be prepared
Pull every stop make -your move -be prepared….
What better way than to access the faucet?
WATER, LOVE, MUSIC- life’s specious resources
Our reinforcements, almost exhausted
Pathways to freedom, why should they cost us?
Many reference
These types of questions
But I refuse if refreshments aren’t present
As it stands, man this life is a handful
Still my view got my glass lookin’ half full
Canceled,
every want on my list
It gets no better than this
Sip!
Water water
Often I think of you
The World Bank’s pimpin’ you
I can’t stop drinkin’ you
Water water
Millions in search of you
Taken for granted we line up to purchase you
Water water
A paradox it seams
Cuz’ you wash away sickness but cause so much disease
Water water
What does it all mean?
It’s the unifying factor that makes us human beings
(Kna-mean)