Words and Music composed and arranged by Olusegun Akinlolu
© & ℗ 2016 EniObanke. All rights reserved. SOCAN/ASCAP
(English translations in italics)

1. SA MA JO
Sa ma jo!
Sa ma j’ijo yen s’egbe otun, k’o j’ijo yen s’egbe osi
Ma wo’ju enikan
B’owo nbe l’owo a o jo lo’gba yi pe ni
Bi o si o, awa o ma ni so ’reti nu.

Ohunkohun to wuwo l’okan ka fi yen s’ile
Ko ma s’oun to le sele ta o ri ri o
Ani ki o gbe ‘ra n’ile k’o so ‘tiju nu
Eni to nbe l’alaafia o ma l’oun gbogbo
Ara mi e dide, e je ka fi’jo si, ka tu’raka o
Ijo ayo ni, ijo aladun to larinrin
Gbogbo aye la pe o, ko ma s’eni ti o ni le ko’pa
E jo e yo o, eni ‘nu re ba dun ko se bebe.

Just dance!
Keep on swaying to the right, swinging to the left,
Pay no heed to bystanders.
No matter what may come, we keep marching on
There’s nothing new under sun
Lift yourself up, let go of inhibitions
When you have good health, you have it all.
Rise up good fellows, let’s dance, set the soul free
What a joyous sound, such sweet melodies
Everyone’s invited; none is excluded
Dance, be merry, and celebrate your happiness.
Just dance!


2. ASE
Eni nf’ogbon s’aye, seb’oun lo t’ade o e
Eni nfe rere ilu, seb’oun lo to ko j’oye
T’owo ni ko sise yeke, ka r’ere ko de’le o e
Ka ma ma se d’ateje
Ka ma ma se d’ero eyin l’aye
K’ojo aye wa ko toro
Ki’le aye wa ko dun repete
Ase!

Akinkanju wo’le, sebi ’re lo ba de o e
Lo s’oko s’odo, l’oke n’ile, k’aye ko le to
T’oju ni ko la gerere o, a bo si’nu iyi
Ka ma ma se taraka o
Ka ma s’asedanu lasan
Ka r’oun to dun fi pa’tan
Ki’le aye wa ko dun repete…

Those who tread with wisdom deserve the crown
Those who seek the well-being of the city should be ones honoured
The hand should work efficiently, that we may have a rich harvest
May we not be the footstools for others
May we not be the laggards of the pack
May our time be peaceful
May it be filled with happiness
So shall it be!

Here comes the brave with good tidings for all
Valliant efforts for the sake of peace and order
The eyes should see clearly, that we may berth in honour
May we not wander aimlessly
May all our striving not be in vain
May we have good stories to tell
May our time be filled with happiness
So shall it be!


3. MU’RA ODE
Igbeyin lo ju o, k’o mo
Sebi ‘bere, iyen ki s’onise
Ka f’ara s’ise o to jare,
Ka f’ogbon si o, pelu suru
A ti ru’bo oju, a s’oro didun, f’eni t’o nworan o,
Ka ma ma ko’se
A ti d’omi siwaju, ka le te’le tutu
Ka ma se r’oun ti o koja emi wa

Sa ma gb’ese lokankan olufe
Ojo ti da wayi, ko s’abata l’ona
Fu’rugbin s’apa otun ati s’owo osi
Oni ojo ibukun, ero ni gbeyin iji
Ya mu’ra ode, olufe
Ko s’oun t’o nbo wa to le si o ni’po
Jijo re s’egbe otun ati s’apa osi
Oni ojo idunnu, ojo ni gbeyin erun

Igboya ni o gbe wa, k’o mo
Oniberu, awon yen o ni le duro
Ka be Olu-Aje o to jare
Ka s’ise lo ju, lai s’awawi
A ti ru’bo oju…

It is how the task is completed that matters, not just how well you start
And hardwork, good as it is, must be complimented by wisdom and patience
Now, we’ve paid due homage to those watching, that we may not stumble
We have sprayed water on our path that we may tread cool earth
May we not be confronted by challenges beyond our capabilities

Just go forward, darling, one step at a time
The rain is gone, no puddles in your way
Spread your seeds far and wide
This is a day of blessing, calm after storm
Get dressed to go out, darling
There’s nothing coming that can shift your base
Dance to this side and the other
It’s a day of happiness, rain after drought

Courage will be our banner
Those who cringe in fear shall not stand
Appeasing the gods of commerce is insufficient
We must also work without grumbling
We’ve paid due homage to those watching,
That we may not stumble…


4. AFITANAJAJOKA
E wa w’esin Afitanajajoka l’ode o
O p’omode ni’ja, ko mo p’ogbon l’egbon agbara o
A o ku mo nto fa ‘ja, seb’ariwo l’a wa gbo
L’Afitanajajoka nwuga nwuge bo
Ko pe lo ba’le, lo ba’le, lo ba’le, lo ba’le
Poto lo ba’le, lo ba’le, baba nla ba’le o
O ma ba’le, o ba’le, o ba’le l’oja o
Poi! Po-po-po-poi!

Alagbara ma m’ero baba ole
O pe o ti nba bo pelu ‘wa amunisin
A o ku mo nto fa’ja seb’igbe l’a wa gbo
L’Afitanajajoka nmi hila hilo bo

Ma se s’afojudi eda o
Ma se s’afojudi eniyan lailai
Ma se s’afojudi eda o

Ebora amusuwa l’oju oloko o
A rin firiforo bi eni gbe’na ka’ri o
A o ku mo nto fa’ja seb’igbe la wa gbo
Afitanajajoka, ta lo to wo’ju ekun?

Oh, behold the shame, the public disgrace!
Afitanajajoka, the mighty one who consumes the lap of a dog for dinner,
Challenging a child to battle, easy pickings
Does he not realise that cleverness is superior to mere brawn?
We really do know what the fight was about, all we heard was the commotion
And now Afitanajajoka, trudging in, all muscle, chest and shoulders
But, in no time, down he went, down he went, down he went!

A powerful person with no thought is the chief of weaklings
For long you have terrorised all with your bullying
We have no idea what caused the fight, all we heard was the commotion
And Afitanajajoka trudging in, huffing and puffing
But, in no time, down he went, down he went, down he went!

We must never underrate anyone, never!

Strange being who steals the farmer’s harvest in his presence
Harried movements like one with fire on his head
We really do know what the fight was about, all we heard was the commotion
Afitanajajoka, who dares look the tiger in the eye?


5. MO WI TEMI
Eemo nkoja lo, o mu gi ngun
O f’ailagbara nto eni ju o
O de ns’orikunkun
S’owo re a ka bo de le tan o
Mo wi temi o

A s’oro kelekele, oun ta o gbe se
A i bere ohunkohun, seb’oro la si so
O fo giri bo s’agbo, o gbe’lu, o pe’ro
Esin lo nfa l’ese
Mo wi temi o

Lai gb’owo, lai gb’ese, o fe d’eni giga
Lai l’ero, lai to’se agba
Lai l’epo, lai ni’yo, o fe jeun bi oba
Lai duro, lai bere, lai laagun

Lai ko bi a ti nrin, o fe fo de’bi giga
Lai l’ero, lai t’ose agba
Lai l’epo, lai ni’yo, o fe jeun bi oba
Lai duro, lai bere, lailaagun

Calamity walks by, you go poking at it
Picking a fight with one stronger than you
And you stubbornly refuse to reason
Will you be able to handle the trouble when it starts?
Well, I have said my bit

We make plans in secret,
Of the great things we’d like to accomplish
We haven’t started anything, it was only a talk
You take to the podium, roll out the drums and call a crowd
You’re reaching for shame
Well, I have said my bit

Without making any effort, you dream of greatness
Without adequate preparation and advice from the elders
Without necessary ingredients, you want to feast like a king
Without any exertion, without sweat?


6. IREWOLE
Irewole o - geere, geere lo wo’le de
A ma mure de o - geere, te’wo gba tire
Iwa oba awure - oun lo mu’re wo’le de
Pelu ’bale okan - geere, geere lo wo’le de
Ilera ati ’dera - geere, geere lo wo’le de
Aiku baale oro - geere, geere lo wo’le de
A ma mure de o - geere, te’wo gba tire

E wa w’omo iwa berere o
Iwa gbe dani, o tun pon s’eyin
E wa w’omo iwa berere

Rere la wa o ma se
A o ni ba won s’ote, a o ni ba won s’etan
Omo olu afiwasola
Agba akin a tun ’lu to
Rere la wa o ma se
A o ni ba won se’ka, a o ni ba won di’te
Omo olu afiwasola
Yeye iwa aferinpote

Goodness has come to us - in multiples, it comes to us
Good character is its harbinger - in multiples, it comes to us
Along with peace of mind - in multiples, it comes to us
Health and Comfort - in multiples, it comes to us
Longevity, the lord of Wealth - in multiples, it comes to us
We bring you blessings - receive yours with open hands

Behold the many progeny of good character
She bears some in her arms, others on her back
Behold the many progeny of good character

From now on we shall only do good things
We shall not partake of skulduggery or fraud
Good character is our wealth
We who are sworn to heal the city
We shall not partake of any evil


7. ABEFE-IWA
E ku ’joko baba agba, eyin la wa ri
Omo kan nbe l’odede to wun wa o
E fun wa l’Abefe-Iwa ka mu s’aya
A o se’ke re, a o toju re, a o ma ke bi aso ala tuntun
A o se’ke re, a o toju re, a o ma ke bi ade ori oba

E ku ’joko iya agba, eyin la wa ri
Omo kan nbe l’odede to wun wa o
E fun wa l’Abefe-Iwa ka mu s’aya
A o se’ke re, a o toju re, a o ma ke bi aso ala tuntun
A o se’ke re, a o toju re, a o ma ke bi ade ori oba

Eyin ore mo nbo lona - kaabo arewa
Eyin obi mo nbo lode o - kaabo omo re
Eyin ebi mo nbo wa o - kaabo ma rora
Ololufe owo re da?
Ngo se’ke re, ngo toju re, ngo ma ke o bi aso ala tuntun
Ngo se’ke re, ngo toju re, ngo ma ke o bi ade ori oba

E seun baba te fun wa l’aya - ire la o fi san pada
E seun iya te fun wa l’Abefe-Iwa
E seun ore te ba wa kalo de be
Gbogbo eyin te ba wa m’ebun wa o
Gbogbo eyin te ba wa pe jo s’aseye
E seun ebi e ku atileyin o

Greetings Father, we have come to see you
It’s about a young lady of your house
Please give us Abefe-Iwa as a wife
We shall pamper and cherish her like new white fabric
We shall treasure her like the crown of a king

Greetings Mother, we have come to see you
It’s about a young lady of your house
Please give us Abefe-Iwa as a wife
We shall pamper and cherish her like new white fabric
We shall treasure her like the crown of a king

Dear friends, here I come - welcome, beautiful one
Dear parents, I’m coming out - come well, good child
Dear family, I’m on my way – welcome, tread gently
Oh my darling, may I have your hand?
I shall pamper and cherish you like new white fabric
I shall treasure you like the crown of a king

Thank you Father for giving us a wife - we shall repay with goodness
Thank you Mother for Abefe-Iwa - we shall repay with goodness
Thanks to you, friends, for coming along - we shall repay with goodness
Everyone who brought us gifts - we shall repay with goodness
Everyone who came to celebrate with us - we shall repay with goodness
Thanks to you, family, for your support - we shall repay with goodness


8. YEYEYE
A o d’agba, a o pe n’ile yi o - yeyeye l’aso gbo
Odomode won i gbo ’ku aso
Awon agbalagba won i gbo ’ku aso o
Ao d’ogbo o, a o pe ni’le yi o

Omode yi oninure
Bo jade ni’le, ibi o ni kan o o
Bo bere l’oko, o ni d’awati
Ibale okan ni t’asooto o
A o d’agba, a o pe ni’le yi o
Ba a ba se rere, a pe bi ope
Bi igi iroko ti nbo’le b’alejo
A o d’ogbo o
A o d’agba, a o pe ni’le yi o

A i gbo ’ku oko, a i gbo ’ku ada o
A ti ja’we gbigbo ka a ma nu l’ewe
Odomode won i gbo ’ku aso
Awon agbalagba won i gbo ’ku aso o
A o d’ogbo o
A o d’agba, a o pe ni’le yi o
A o ni d’agba osi a toro je
A o ni d’agba ode a mu se yeye o
A o ni d’agbaya odagboru…
A o d’ogbo o
A o d’agba, a o pe ni’le yi o

We shall live long and thrive on this earth - cloth ages smoothly
Children never hear of the death of cloth - cloth ages smoothly
Even elders never hear of the death of cloth - cloth ages smoothly
We shall grow and become elders in this land

Young one with a good heart
No evil shall befall you when you leave your home
You shall not go amiss while tilling the land
Peace of mind is the lot of the truthful
We shall live long and thrive on this earth
If we are good, we shall flourish like the palm tree
Like the Iroko tree proving shade for both citizens and strangers
We shall grow and become elders in this land

No one ever hears of the death of the hoe, or that of the cutlass
We have plucked the leaf of longevity that we may not die young
We shall grow and become elders in this land
May we not become beggarly elders
Like the ones people laugh at
Or the shameless ones at the root of societal chaos
We shall grow and become elders in this land
We shall live long and thrive on this earth


9. MA GBAGBE IWA
Omo so ’wa nu, o l’oun o l’ori oko
O le ba ’gun je ko fe b’eyele to po
Ko s’oun ta o s’ise fun ti mo ni l’owo
Ife ati suru lo ma se pataki
K’o ma gbagbe iwa
Ma gbagbe otito o
B’o se njade loni o
K’o ma gbagbe iwa

Ile aye asan ki s’adimoya
Ko s’oun t’o ni t’o mu kuro nibe
Bo de’bi giga k’o te’le jeje
Itelorun, isora lo ma se pataki
K’o ma gbagbe iwa
Ma gbagbe ife o
B’o se nwo’le loni o
A ni k’o ma gbagbe iwa

Olojo nka’jo eda gbagbe ona
Won se b’ade ori ni yio gbe wa de’bute ayo
Olojo nka’jo eda gbagbe oro ipile
Won se b’ola ni yio gbe wa d’ode ifokanbale…

Beloved one, shorn of character
Lamenting a lack of luck
But how can you feast with Vultures
And then hope to shelter with Pigeons?
Whatever we haven’t got through honest labour never lasts long
Love and patience are very important
And do not forget good character,
Do not forget Truth
As you make your way out today
Do not forget good character

This life, so ephemeral, not worth taking so serious
There’s nothing you possess that you can take along when you pass
If you get into a high place, do tread carefully
Contentment and caution are very important
And do not forget good character
Do not forget love
As you make your way back home today
Do not forget good character

As time passes, mortal man has lost his way
He thinks a crown of gold is his ticket to Happiness
Time ticks by but humanity has forgotten ancient wisdom
They think material wealth is the path to peace of mind


10. ATONISONA
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - yeh!
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o – L’ori oke, won tun gbe de
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o – l’owo isale, won tun gbe de o
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’ologbon o, p’on tun ti de o
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’awon amoye, p’on tun ti de o

Won ni k’a ma fi’fe lo
K’a ma wu wa ’re
K’a mu’ra s’ohun ti o tun ilu se
K’a ma se so ’reti nu
K’a so’wo po k’o dara
EniObanke atonisona iye
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - l’eti okun o, won tun gbe de
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ni’nu aginju, won tun gbe de o
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’omode o, p’on tun ti de
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’awon agba, p’on tun ti de o

Won ni k’omo s’otito, ko ma se s’aigboran
K’o mu’ra si ise re l’ati kekere
K’a ma se k’egbekegbe, k’a ma ma se’gberaga
EniObanke a ko’mo ni’wa irele

Won ni k’a ma s’otito, k’a ma wu’wa ’re
Ka mu’ra s’oun ti o tun ’le yi se
Won ni k’a f’ote s’ile, k’a fi’wa s’ola genge
EniObanke a fun ni l’oro agba
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o – ni’bi koro, won tun gbe de
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o – ni gbangba o, won tun gbe de o
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’okunrin o, p’on tun ti de o
Ara e wa, e wa gbo tuntun o - ke s’awon obirin o, p’on tun ti de

Come folks, listen to the new one - up on the hill, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - in the valley, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - call the wise, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - summon the knowers, they’ve come again!

They say we should live in love
Be of good behaviour and only do things that will prosper the society
We should not lose faith; work together for positive change
EniObanke, the signpost to our salvation
Come folks, listen to the new one - by the sea, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - in the forest, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - call the young, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - summon the elders, they’ve come again!

They exhort the children to speak the truth
To be good listeners
To learn handwork and perseverance for an early age
To avoid bad company and avoid empty arrogance
EniObanke who teaches the children humility

They say we should speak the truth and do good deeds
Focus our energy on what will prosper the society
Desist from skulduggery, espouse good character
EniObanke who teaches of ancient wisdom
Come folks, listen to the new one – in hidden places, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - in the open, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - call the menfolk, they’ve come again!
Come folks, listen to the new one - summon the women, they’ve come again!


11. OJO
Ojo, ojo, a mu’le tutu
Ojo, a mu’le fo’hun
T’omode t’agba l’o ns’adura k’ojo ayo ro le won l’ori
T’ako t’abo lo ns’adura k’ojo ayo ro le won lori

Ore gbe’ra n’ile, mu’ra ka bo s’ona
Igboya la o fi bo’ri okunkun biri
Aini ati ’faseyin ko le mu wa mo le mo o
Erun yi d’opin, idera nbo wa o
Ayo nbo l’ona
Inira wo gbo, irorun y’o wa d’onile
Ero nbo wa o
Igba otun ti de f’eni ti o mi’kan

Ore gbe’ra n’ile, k’a f’owo so’wo po
Oun to nbe n’ile yi ki s’ise adase
K’a ma se bi eni nf’enu ro’fo t’ebi a pa sun
Jowo gb’aradi, isegun nbo l’ona
Ogo nbo l’ona
Ailera wo gbo, irorun y’o wa d’onile
Ero nbo wa o
Igba otun ti de f’eni ti o mi’kan

T’a ba wo b’o se ri ore o
O dabi ko le to mo
Sugbon a o dide pelu inu kan
Ominira wa nbo!

Rain, rain, makes the house cool
Rain, rain, makes the earth speak
Both young and old pray for showers of blessings
Both male and female pray for showers of blessings

Rouse yourself friend, get dressed and let’s get on the road
Only with courage shall we overcome deep darkness
Lack and regression shall hold us captive no longer
The drought is over, comfort is imminent
Joy is on the way
Distress departs, well-being floods the home
Calm is on the way
A new season is here for those who stand strong

Get up friend, let’s work together
This burden cannot be borne by only one
Let us not be like those who make dinner in their dreams
And go to bed hungry
Please get prepared, victory is imminent
Glory is on the way
Ill-health disappears, well-being floods the home
Calm is on the way
A new season is here for those who stand strong

If we focus too much on the present chaos,
It looks totally impossible
But we shall arise with one resolve
Our liberty is imminent!


12. QUEEN OF THE WEST
Call her ageless mystery
Gentle eyes seen so much
Sun and shine, rain or fall
Day turns into day
You give me love and affection
And then you take it away with you, yeah

Show me the way sister
My seeds are spreading thin
Throw your cards or read the lines
Will I or will I not?
You give me hope inspiration
And then you take it away with you

Lakes of fire, they burn in your eyes
I am drawn, maybe hypnotised
Your slave…

Queen of the West,
I like the way you play your game
You turn my head around and around
Take me away with you, yeah…
Don’t leave me lonely!

13. SORE
I was the one who took my eyes off the ball
When the game was in overtime
If you don’t play by the rules brother
You will end in the bleachers man
Crying out your eyes, asking questions
Why me, why me again this time?
I could be more, more, more, more
But I’m still here searching for words to ease the pain

Listen to the preacherman, he says, “Redemption is in the sky”
And I should kneel in my corner and pray for salvation now
Every moment passing by blows a mournful kiss
As I cringe in my little place
I could be fighting back for sure
But my soul is in chains, shuffling in the shadows
I don’t think you see me anymore, I’m just scenery
Like a post with faded bills standing in your way
Don’t raise that bar any further, I’m already on the ground
And feeling sore…
And if I could pay the rent baby, would I still be the man?
Don’t think you hear me anymore, I’m just ambient noise
Like a ripple of background chatter soiling your quietude
Don’t raise that bar any further, I’m already on the ground
And feeling sore…
And if I could pay the rent baby, would I still be the man?

14. ALL THE ANSWERS
Laden clouds drifting your way
Stormy weather, heavy load
How will you forget these memories
That dog every step you take?
Now the road you walk, dark and rough
You’ve quit believing fairy tales
And now you relive the memory
Of every hurtful word they said
Come into the sunshine child
Love is waiting there for you
Come into my sphere of light
Everything is here…

We’ll be running where shadows fade
Into nothing, tricks of light
How will you give up these painful memories
That perch on your shoulders now?
Doesn’t matter who is right or wrong
Seething cauldron of hate and lies
Time you should forget these memories
That plague every breath you take

All the answers you’ve been seeking, they’re here
All the promises broken, they’re here
All the kind words unspoken, they’re here
All the secrets are open, they’re here

All the answers you’ve been seeking, they’re here
All the promises broken, they’re here
All the kind words unspoken, they’re here
And all your angels have awoken, they’re here

15. TRULY, DEEPLY
The pain I can deal with; it’s been my friend all of my life
I want it but then I can’t live with it
Without it I feel so sad
Thoughts pressure my mind; words I cannot speak out loud
Sweet songs are no longer enough
I’m bound for my doom
And I, yes I do truly deeply love you
Yes I do truly deeply really love you, yeah
But I can’t take it no more
Oh, the light is beckoning
And I can’t give anymore
Just let me go

I know you’re seeking answers; you’ll have to dig in deeper than that
My place of torture beyond hell
Here, I am king
I hear your coming foots steps; soft words and calming touch
Tears cannot atone for my sins
Got to reach beyond here

You know when you’re alone, deep in your soul, I’ll be there
Love will make you strong, it won’t be long I promise
Do this in my memory when you get weary
Play this little song and sing along for me, my dear

16. IT’S ALL HERE
So I’m the pin in a haystack you said I was
I don’t count for much, no I don’t even have a voice
You’ve got the handle and I have the blade
But I warn you, my dear, don’t take your eyes off me
In a moment I’ll be flying
Got new wings…
Got new wings and smooth lubrication
Travelling shoes that come straight from the pack
And I am so full of life, no emotional baggage
Never felt better than I feel right now
My sun shines in the sky
And darling when you’re ready, remember it’s all here
Has to be now or never, I’m not waiting around
Call me in the morning, say you like what you see
Or leave me with my demons
I know how to deal with them

So briefly let me tell you what I’ve been through
I shed a skin, crawled out of my little hole
It started the night you told me to get a life
I think I’ve got it now and maybe a little more
And it feels so good to me
Now then…
Now if they tell you that I’m not the man I was
It would be because something died that night
And out of the ashes I’ve made up a new thing
It may be kind of crude but it’s all for you
What’s your pleasure my lady?

17. SOMEBODY ELSE (HAS GOT THE SOUL)
Man I used to have a lady
Who promised everything in the world
Promised she would never leave me
I was so smitten I believed her
We did everything together
We were so close inseparable
I never thought that it could happen
But one day the bubble burst
I went away for just a little while
And when I came I met her crying
You know what she said?
“You can take away the body; somebody else has got the soul”

How many tears of pain can I shed?
How many days will I be aching?
The magic’s surely gone forever
Now all I’ve got me is the shell
She took me in her arms crying
Stole my peace with just a few words
You know what she said?
“You can take away the body; some other man has got the soul”

I’ll get the rhythm back by and by
I’ll find the balm to heal the wound
From the words that she said:
You can take away the body; somebody else has got the soul

18. WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME
Somewhere down the road is a little boy
Sitting in the dirt with his head in his hands
No matter what he does can’t seem to get it right
There no hope for you when you’re not on the winning team
When you’re born in the wrong place and the wrong time
Is there room for one more? Can we get another chance?
Born in the wrong place and the wrong time
“Bring your laughter”, he says, “but don’t think anyone is buying”

Somewhere down the road I’m with another girl
Looking for some warmth in a cold, cold world
She wraps her arms around her and won’t even look at you
Curses the day she was born and the wretched one who begat her
When you’re born in the wrong place and the wrong time
There’s no early morning kiss and no hugs before bed
When you’re born in the wrong place and the wrong time
Bring your charity she says but don’t expect any thanks”

Somewhere down the road is a little boy
I see him everyday, and I don’t even know his name

19. BY THE LAKE
It’s a lovely day yeah
Sparkles from the deep in your eyes
You take me in your arms and spin around
Keep it flowing, keep it strong, yeah
And the tide is turning now, turning now
And it’s in my favour
Yes the tide is turning now, turning now
And it’s so good to be here with you

Splashing colours
Bending ray of light on your skin
Bodies saying prayers to the sun
Keep it glowing, keep it strong, yeah

Floating in a state of perfect harmony
Could you be an angel from the deep?
Said “happy to meet you” and you smiled right back
Can we dance?
It feels so good…

20. DRIFTING OL’ SHIP
It’s dawn in the night, winter in summer
I’m out of my head and my time is up
Yet she says it’s alright and you can come home
There’s a clean bed and warm dinner too
But it feels like my past will never leave me alone
Or set me free (set me free)
So I say, “Lord, give me one more chance to be
Or take me away
Give me one more chance to love
And here I will stay”

She must be a vision, an apparition
A dream I had, my constant angel
Like a beacon of light to a drifting ol’ ship
She give me hope and faith anew, you see
But it seems like my lust will never leave me alone
Or set me free…

As I drain the cup and drown my sorrow
There’s a glimmer of hope in the smile she gives
When she says it’s alright and you can come home
There’s a clean bed and warm dinner too
But it feels like my hurt will never leave me alone
Or set me free…

21. NO TELLING
Lay by me, let the night fade away
In your arms, feels so good
All my pains are nothing but just one fleeting memory
Stay right here, my love
I’m a man of simple needs
Doesn’t take much to make me happy
One touch and everything is fine in my lonely world
And yeah, it doesn’t get any better than this
You can lead the way, I’m all yours anyhow, you just say
You’ve got me thinking big, yeah
Maybe we could even change the world
And if you stay with me, there’s no telling what we can’t do

Stand by me in this trench of broken hearts
Be the balm to heal my wounds
Hold me close and maybe you will feel the fire burning inside
Ride with me, my love
On this flight to higher planes
Happy days are coming our way
You and I, we’ve got the mountain down
Here comes the valley of bliss…

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