IRINAJO

Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band - “Irinajo”
All songs written by Segun Akinlolu. (English translation in italics).
© & ℗ 2010 Olusegun Akinlolu/EniObanke. SOCAN/ASCAP

1. Coming Soon
I come from a world where rivers sing a song
And every tree has its place
We love the land, the valleys and the hills
And we know who made them all
Come into my village, feel at home my friend
We’ll make you pounded yam while you sip some palm-wine
Come leave behind your preconceived ideas,
Into our world of love
I come from a world where rivers sing a song
And every tree has its place
We love the land, the beasts and the birds
And we know who made them all

Down by the river we made a vow
Said we would never be afraid
No matter what may lay ahead, we’ll stand for what is right
And once again we’ll be masters of the land – hardworking, honest people
Yes like my mama said years ago
You know that everything will be alright
So let them do what they will, we know the path we must follow
And the words of our fathers will guide us all the way to victory
So sisters when you get a bit weary
Put a little song in your mouth
And let the words ring across the land
You know that everything will be alright
Change is gonna come and it’s coming soon

The night was full of merriment
Drumming, singing we rejoice
Lovely maidens led the way and everyone danced along
Soon the darkness covered everything
Turn by turn we made for bed
With a little smile from my mama saying everything will be alright
Now I dream of the past and the many days of promise to come
Yes, I am more than ready to bear my burden with a smile
So come, brother, come along to the farm
Raise your head with pride
Together we will reform this land, everything will be alright
Change is gonna come and it’s coming soon

2. Se’untoose
Omo o ba ma j’aye ori re l’ode
Ojo mbo wipe o ni le lo’gba
Ile aye eda bi iseju akan ma l’o ri
Oba je a lo’gba yi pe o l’aye
Omo o ba ma s’ise owo re l’odo o
Igba mbo kankan o ni le lakaka
Ile aye eda bi iseju akan ma l’o ri
Oba je a lo’gba yi pe o l’aye

Se’untoose ore ojo nlo o
Kirakita o d’ola, seb’ori l’o nla ni
Amose o d’oro eda ni gbe ni

(Hey, do your thing while in season,
Soon you will be history.
Man’s passage like a flicker of light,
Gone in the blink of an eye.
May our fruiting season be long.
Do your thing, time passes.
Hustling has its day
But the gain is not always palatable)


3. Harvestime
You know the truth the say will set you free
And if you play it right you win the game
The race is not for those who are swift
The crown will be won by those who wait
Se b’eyin l’e l’oni o, e de nsi’wa wu
Eni to l’ola nbo l’ona won nsa’re
Oba to l’ojo gbogbo ki ma i sun
Enit’o moye a be yin o, ke te’ti
(It may be your turn today
But those who own tomorrow
Are already in the race
The knower of all things never sleeps
Words for the wise!)

So you can sow your seed and watch it grow
Harvestime is near and we will see
It wouldn’t matter who you know or seek
Time is up and you will pay the price
Ore mi ta’fa s’oke f’odo b’ori
Esan o ni s’ai ke, o le pe o, k’o gbo
Arigisegi, modaru, apa, obayeje
Igba otun ma de tan, mo ma nw’ona k’e gbo o
(Warning to the corrupt, the wicked,
Destroyers, defilers of the land and the people
The season of payback cometh, beware!)

Se b’eyin l’e l’oni o, e de nsi’wa wu
Eni t’o l’ola nbo l’ona won nsa’re
Oba to l’ojo gbogbo ki ma i sun
Enit’o moye a be yin o k’e te’ti
Otito koro ye o, ko dun l’eti
Oro etan iyen ma l’o po ju
Eni a wi fun oba ma je o gbo o
Eyi a kilo fun, ma je o gba l’asiko
Se b’eyin l’e l’oni o, e de nsi’wa wu
Eni t’o l’ola nbo l’ona won nsa’re
Oba to l’ojo gbogbo ki ma i sun
Esan ika le pe sugbon o nbo, ke gbo o

4. Kurunmi Is On The Way
Lately when we see them, they talk about change
They say it is their turn now to be leaders of the people
Tell them I’ve been there many many times before
And no one can trick me with honey mouth again.
Lately when we meet them they flex their muscles up
The talk about bravery and courage never seen
Tell them I know book o and heroes wey no beg
Real man na for action, no be for mouth o.
Here comes the fire-eating guy
My lord with arrows in his eyes and burning anger
Let no one stand in his way
This land will never be the same again.
Here comes the fire-spitting guy
Aare Kurunmi is on the way with his sword of justice
Warn all the liars and pretenders
The day of reckoning is here, beware!

Lately when we see them, they talk about their conquests
The many battles fought in the trenches for your rights
If you ask for evidence na award you go see
And many many honours from foreign bodies o.
See them on the street now preaching to the crowd
The true test of a leader is to lead right in front
And be responsible when things go wrong
No be to dey run and make excuse o.
Children you will learn and you must never forget
The past is full of heroes from whom we can learn
And real lessons to guide us today
Many many stories to make us proud too.
Lately when we meet them they count up their losses
The pains and the scars of their vain struggle o
Kurunmi lost five sons all in a day
But he never wavered till the very last stand

Okunrin ogun ni Kurunmi o, ki s’ojo
Akinkanju ni Kurunmi o, ki s’ole
(Kurunmi, fearless man of war!)

5. Onilenrele
Idera de, e jo e yo - ara e wa, e jo, e yo
A k’onile, e ma k’alejo
A k’eni ti ns’eto k’o le da o
Abanise at’awon abaniro
E wa jo, e wa yo, e wa gb’orin t’odun o
A ma gb’ere otun wo’lu o, ni gbedemuke
Pa ’ronu re, e jo, e yo
E k’omode e ma k’alagba o
E k’eni ti ngb’ero k’o le da o e
Abanigbe at’awon abanito
So ‘tiju nu, e jo, e yo
Gbogbo aye l’a pe ma s’afara
L’agbo n’ibi enikan o ga ju kan lo o e
E gb’emu wa ki baba f’adura si

Iran o ni gbe yin lo o, ijo o ni jo yin o
Iru nkan ayo bayi laa ma ri
Mo wa fe da’rin kan bayi, s’e gbe?
Oba gba mi o, ojo nlo, onilenrele won, gba mi o, ojo nlo o
Olofin orun, adaniwaye, enis’ojuse’mu, eni to ran mi wa,
Adanib’otiri, oba aiku gbanigbani l’ojo ewu
E ma ri se o

(Behold a new season of comfort and happiness
Come forth, people, let’s dance and celebrate
Warm welcome to all the planners, the builders,
Those who work for the common good,
And those who sow in honesty and truth.
Here we come with a new song, everyone is welcome
Bring the palm-wine, let the old man say his prayers:
Deliver us Mother of Wisdom, Father of Light,
Night comes and friends depart
Deliver us, before it is too late.)


6. Irinajo
Irinajo omo ni’le aye o, y’o l’adun, y’o dun j’oyin
Oro ileri y’o si se o, b’o pe o, b’o ya o
Irinajo wa ni’le aye o, y’o l’adun, y’o dun j’oyin
Oro ileri y’o si se o, b’o pe o, b’o ya o
Oh, akololo a pe baba, eni gbin wura a se bebe
Oh, onikaluku ni y’o jere ise owo re b’olojo de
(Our passage through this existence shall be filled with happiness
It may be long but each will get his due, good or bad.
It may tarry, but soon the covenant of the ages shall come to pass)


7. Tetisile
O nja’gbo ja’ju kaakiri
Wahala wo o l’orun, o r’oju r’aye
On f’oju mi s’ona, mo nro nipa ti’re
Iba dara ko gbo’ran, k’olutunu wo’le
Te’ti o, k’o gbo o, ololufe mo nsoro, te’tisile k’o gbo

A nm’eye bo l’apo, o ni funfun ni bi,
Ainisuru yi o, ni o je o ri’na
Oun t’o nle lo s’oja nbe l’ehinkule o
Iba dara k’o gbo’ran, k’olutunu wo’le
Te’ti o, k’o gbo o, ololufe mo nbebe te’tisile k’o gbo

Ile aye a wa o, a f’oba f’ile ni
Oro inu e yi ko ma l’ayole o,
Ohun t’o nwa mo’ya, ogun ajeji ni
Iba dara k’o gboran k’olutunu wo’le
Te’ti o, k’o gbo o, ololufe mo nkilo, te’tisile k’o gbo

O nja’gbo ja’ju kaakiri
Wahala wo o l’orun, o r’okan ba’le,
Ile mi wa sibe sisi ni’lekun wa,
Jowo je ngbe e s’aya k’olutunu wo’le.
Te’ti o, k’o gbo o, ololufe mo nwo’na te’tisile k’o gbo
Kaabo!
(You hustle day and night, life like a burden on your head
You make me worry about you so
If only you would listen to the words of comfort
And learn to rest your soul)


8. Revolution Time
Living in a real and true revolution time – fight the good fight
(Stand firm, stay the course)
Gotta wake up now from deep slumber
Break away the chains that hold us down
True freedom does not come to those who sit and pray,
Stand up raise your voice and be heard, living true.
Time to throw away the yoke of slavery
We’ve been used and abused far too long
Even as I speak the exploitation continues
The master takes the gold and we get the pain, just like before.
Doesn’t matter the colour of his skin
The man in Washington only cares for America
So when you need some help, don’t you go there for salvation
Gotta learn to depend on ourselves and look inwards.
Gotta wake up now from deep slumber
Break away the chains that hold us down
Seek ye first the peace of the neighbours all around you
Make this house of a place of happiness just like before

9. The Pleasure Is Mine
Sometimes bad things happen to good people
And no matter what you do, you can’t get out of your own way
The wind of change blows and soon things will be better
So remember, my friend, the pleasure is mine!

10. Owolamo
Owo l’a mo, a o fi t’iwa se
Aif’ote si’le ni o j’aye o gun
Se b’oju l’a nwo, a o wo ti’sese, oun l’eni ete se nd’ere ajibo
On n’iru won se nd’eni a nmu j’oba

E w’omo adanu ti n fi’na s’abe orule
Gbogbo igbimo e si dake e nwo’ran
Tal’olugbala ti o yo wa ninu ofo yi
Owo ara wa l’a o fi gbe ra wa
Ais’otito ni o j’aye o gun, aibikita ni so’le di’gbo ara mi o
Tal’olugbala ti o yo wa ninu ifaseyin
Owo ara wa la o fi tu ra wa

E w’apaniyan ti nyan fanda l’ojude l’osan
Eje alaise iyen nke rara
Tal’olugbala ti o yo wa ninu ofo yi o
Owo ara wa la o fi gbe ra wa
Abo oro la so f’omoluabi o
B’o de ‘nu re a d’odidi
Tal’olugbala ti o yo wa ninu igbekun yi
Owo ara wa la o fi tu ra wa
(We are easily deceived by appearances
Slaves to the superficial, we are taken in by flashy promises
Well, who do we cry to now that our land
Is infested with leaders worse than vermin.
Today’s pain and loss, the children of
Yesterday’s greed and selfishness.
And only we can save ourselves)


11. This Burning House
Well, you know the sun doesn’t shine the way it used to
And if it rains or not, the land is not the same
Danger comes around in these winds of destruction
Living in denial in a house that’s burning down, you better wake up

Come, let’s take a trip to the melting polar ice
Seems all you can see are the money possibilities
Why not open your eyes to the dire consequences?
Man’s greed has gone full circle and it’s time to wake up
There’s a sense of urgency that is needed now
Got to take some action before it is too late to fix it

We pollute the air and the birds have flown away
Poison the sea and the fishes disappear
Cut down all the trees and the land is now a desert
Time is jumbled up and the seasons are all mixed up
When the sky is gone and new troubles are born
Running round in circles as nature takes revenge and payback
In the cesspool of pollution, every living thing will suffer
My dear child, tomorrow is not so certain
Burning, burning, this house is burning down
Money, money, that’s all we care about…

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