Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Umi Says.

What are you listening to today? Here's my soundtrack. (Amongst lots of other music - especially A Change Gon Come)
Umi Says by Mos Def - Original version
Umi Says by Mos Def - Zero 7 remix

I dont wanna write this down, [world... premiere]
I wanna tell you how I feel right now [world... premiere]
I dont wanna take no time to write this down, [world... premiere]
I wanna tell you how I feel right now, hey [world... premiere]

Tomorrow may never come
For you or me
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never show up
For you and me
This life is not promised

I ain't no perfect man
I'm trying to do, the best that I can,
With what it is I have
I aint no perfect man
Im trying to do, the best that I can,
With what it is I have

Put my heart and soul into this song [yes yes]
I hope you feel me
From where I am, to wherever you are
I mean that sincerely
Tomorrow may never come
For you and me
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never appear
You better hold this very moment very close to you [right now]
Very close to you [right now]
So close to you, so- close to you [your moment in history is right now!]
Dont be afraid, to let it shine

My Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
My Abi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
[I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My Abi said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My Umi said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people to be free, to be free...]

Sometimes I get discouraged
I look around and, things are so weak
People are so weak
Sometimes,
Sometimes I feel like crying
Sometimes my heart gets heavy
Sometimes I just want to leave and fly away [fly fly fly, like a dove]
Sometimes I dont know what to do with myself [ow!]
Passion takes over me
I feel like a man
Going insane
Losing my brain
Trying to maintain
Doing my thang
Hey hey hey hey hey
Put my heart and soul into this yall
I hope you feel me
Where I am, to wherever you are [ha ha ha ha]
Sometimes I dont want to be bothered
Sometimes I just want a quiet life, with
Me and my babies, me and my lady
Sometimes I dont want to get into no war
[black people to be free, to be free...]
Sometimes I dont wanna be a soldier
Sometimes I just wanna be a man, but

Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
My Abi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
[I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My dreamers said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people]
My elders said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see

I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free
All my people to be free, to be free, to be free
Oh black people to be free, to be free, to be free
Oh black people to be free, to be free, to be free

Thats all that matters to me

Black people unite and lets all get down
Gotta have what,
Gotta have that love
Peace and understanding
One god, one light
One man, one voice, one mic
Black people unite come on and do it right
Black people unite come on and do it right
Black people unite come on and get down
Gotta have what,
Love, peace and understanding
One god, one voice, one life
One man, gon shine my light
Black people unite, now hop up and do it right
Black people unite, now come on and do it right
Yeah baby thats what I like
Yeah baby thats what I like
Yeah baby thats what I like...
[black people, my people....]

4 comments:

  1. was playing this myself today. the zero 7 mix was killer

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  2. I love that mix so much too.

    *Tries to seem composed despite the fact Aaron Jerome just visited her blog. Fails.*

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  3. very very important to me. thankyou.

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  4. tune of all tunes. Has a sort of floaty carefree feeling to it...gotta love it!

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