KEERE

Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band - “KEERE”
All songs written/composed by Olusegun Akinlolu. (English translation in brackets).
© & ℗ 2014 Olusegun Akinlolu/EniObanke. SOCAN/ASCAP

ENIOMOSIN
Oun iya rere nse o po l’oro omo
Won a to ni s’ona, won a ko ni mo se
Won a sise bi eni ki i re nigbagbogbo
Olufe akoko, iya ni o
Oun iya rere nse o po l’oro omo
Won a gbe ni jo o, won a re ni l’ekun
Won a sise bi eni ki i re nigbagbogbo
Olufe otito, iya ni o
(A good mother’s contributions to a child’s life are invaluable
She’s the pathfinder, the caregiver, the cheerleader
Tireless, ever present on the job
A good mother is a child’s first love)

Oun iya rere nse o po l’oro omo
A ba ni s’oro iwuri, a gbe ni ro o
Ninu aini ati ikoro ki i da ni
Olufe akoko, iya ni o
Oun iya rere nse o po loro omo
A mu ni mo’na otito pelu suru
Won a sise bi eni ki i re nigbagbogbo
Olufe otito, iya ni o
(A good mother’s impact on a child’s life is incalculable
She’s the mentor, the inspirational speaker, the gentle teacher
She never gives up even in most dire lack and suffering
A good mother is a child’s true love)

Eni bi’mo ko ma yo ju
Eni o i bi iyen ma ba ‘nu je
Oba oke o gbagbe enikankan
Eni omo sin se yen lo bi ‘mo o
(Do not over celebrate when you have a child
And let those still searching for theirs not despair
You can only lay claim to motherhood
When your passing is celebrated by well-raised children)

WEYINWO
In this time we live in, this time we live in
Time we live in, this time we live in
You can’t always find a friend
They’ll tell you to get your own bread
And hope is not that easy
Oh no, you can’t always find a true friend
And it doesn't get any easier
Ore a joje o, won po lode o
Ore oju aye o, awon na ma kun ‘ta o
T’o ba se rere o, inu won a baje o
O gbodo ni’lo siwaju, won a ma se’lara
Bo se nwo ‘waju, ko ya ma b’eyin wo o
Ore w’eyin,
W’eyin re/3ce – B’o se nwo ‘waju o…
(True friends are hard to find out there
When you make progress, they get bitter and envious
As you surge forward, remember to watch your back…)

In this place of shadows where dreams are born
This house of illusion where dreams are shattered
The truth may not be true
The fittest rule with might
And justice isn’t always served
Oh no, reality may not be real
And it doesn't get any easier…
Apalara, ko ‘ju si tire o
Ma w’ago alaago sare, k’o de rora se o
Ijo t’o ba ri o, pese f’ojo aini o
Bo se nwo ‘waju, ko ya ma b’eyin wo
Ore w’eyin,
W’eyin re/3c2 – B’o se nwo ‘waju o…
(Follow your own path, stop chasing shadows
And when you have, remember to save for the day of lack
As you surge forward, remember to watch your back…)

THE PATH
I sing for the little ones
For the women with their worries
I sing for the old and tired
Give the youth some hope and direction
I sing for the downtrodden
The beaten man in the gutter
I sing for the powerful
That they may be humble and learn to be kind
Change will come to the one who is ready
Face the truth and stand for justice
Too many days of pain and sorrow
Now is the time to make your move
O ye k’o gb’ona atunda yen/2ce (Take that path of rebirth)
O ye k’o m’ona yi o (You should know that path)

I sing for the high and low
Of the ups and downs of life
Make the journey easier
For my brothers and sisters trapped in the struggle
I sing of ancient wisdom
To remind you in simple words
If your neighbor is not happy
There is no way you can be at peace
Sow your life, your talent and energy
Plant a tree today my sister
Provide shade for future wayfarers
Make this land better than we met it

Don't you worry about me
I’m just a flash of light passing through
Find the strength to make the change
And strive to be happy, strive to be free
There’s no reason to wallow in sadness
Stand up strong and raise your head
For the day of reckoning cometh
When we’ll be marching to the sound of freedom
Change will come to the one who is ready
Face the truth and stand for justice
Too many days of pain and sorrow
Now is the time to make your move

SILENT NO MORE
Some people have come here to sell
Some people have come here to buy
Some people come along just to watch them
We share love
We spread love
We share love
Some people have come here to build
Some people have come here to grab
Some people come along just to destroy
We won’t be silent no more
We spread love
We won’t be silent no more

Some people look up to the sky
Waiting for a mighty deliverer
Some people dig up all the riches
We won’t be watching no more
We spread love
We won’t be watching no more
Some people have come here to run
Some people take it with no sweat
There’s always someone looking to be smart
We won’t be silent no more
We will be standing in the light
We won’t be silent no more

OSOMAALO
Bo sare ma fo o (If you run, I will fly)
Bo de rin ma sare (If you walk, I shall run)
Bo wo’le ma loso o (If you hide in your house, I shall squat by your door)
Ma derigi pelu elehin (I shall stick to you like gum to tooth)
Ode ti o mu’jimere (To trap a monkey)
Oun na a se bi obo (The hunter must think like one)
Wole o ban mu nkan mi (Now go in and get my stuff)
Gbese re ni o ma san (It’s your debt and you must settle it)

Bo pon’gi ma tele (If you go up a tree, I shall follow)
Bo we’kun ma wo nu ibu (If you swim the ocean, I shall come along)
Bo mu ‘nu aginju lo (If you run to the forest)
Ma fi gboya wo nu igbo (I shall bravely follow)
Ode ti o mu’jimere (To trap a monkey)
Oun na a se bi obo (The hunter must act like one)

HOUSE BY THE SEA
Martha paints, paints, paints
Sitting all alone, in her little house by the sea
And every moment passing brings him closer still
And soon he’ll be coming home.
Martha sews, sews, sews
Makes a little quilt, in her little house by the sea
And every door that's creaking brings a little smile
That soon he’ll be coming home.
Martha prays, prays, prays
By her dainty crib, in her little house by the sea
Cos every word of the letter makes it plain and clear
He won’t be coming home no more.

Martha dusts, dusts, dusts
Cleans up every inch of her little house by the sea
Cos when they bring the body, it will be like a king
Laying on a golden bed.
Martha waits, waits, waits
Counting up the stars above her little house by the sea
And every distant twinkle, like his gentle hand
Wipes away her silent tears.
Martha’s grey now
Sitting all alone in her little house by the sea
And every moment passing brings her closer still
To the one she loves the most
Martha’s gone now…

TEWOGBARE
Tewogbare ye o/2ce
Tewogbare ye, ire nbo l’ona
(Open your arms to good fortune)

Man working hard all his life
Doing everything to be justified
But the crooked system mocks and pulls you down
You’re not alone, payback is coming
Woman sowing good seeds in the land
Planting for the present and the future
And your heart is broken by the growing darkness
Put on a smile, reward is here now
Tewogbare ye o ko ni fo e eni nsise se boun lo ye ko joro ni le yi o
(Open your arms to good fortune
Those who have worked hard deserve to enjoy the fruits of this land)
Brother toiling hard in the sun
Looking to the best for the children
But the questions mount and there are no answers
Relax your mind, payback is coming
Sister with the broken heart
Sadness is the lot of the weary
I know you’ve done your best but no one understands
Wipe off the frown, reward is here now

RE-AWAKENING
We’ve been lying in stasis
Failed to do what we ought to do
Spirits dying, voices croaky with disuse
We’ve been deserting our lines
Evil forces riding over us
Break the chains, lead the prisoners into the light
Re-awakening – we’ve got to get up
Rejuvenation – we’ve got to move on
Resuscitate – we’ve got to get up
And move on…

Roll the drums, give me a beat
Blow the horns, set the mood
O ye maidens, raise your voices and sing loud
It’s the day we’ve been waiting for
Father sun shinning up above
Mother earth warming up to the rhythm of change
Re-awakening…

KEERE O!
Adan d’orikodo, o mi wo ‘se eye
Tenibegi lo ju, seb’igi a ru we
E ma ro won pin o, eni o ri se l’oni
Ko s’eni t’o m’ola o, igbeyin la layo nta o
Keere o, oba lo ni a ki yin
Won ni e ma s’ole o, e mura si se aje
Keere o, ijoye se yin pele
Won ni e ma s’afara, e je a tun le yi se

E ba nke si won o, awon a foro lu,
Akotileta l’opo, ota a se bi ore
T’e ba f’eti s’ile, sebi ‘ro atodunmodun
Oun ni won nro l’obe ti won fi nrun wa n’imu
Keere o, agba lo ni a ki yin
Won ni e ma gba mo, k’omo apa tun bori
Keere o, ara orun t’ajo de,
Won ni a b’awon l’orun, ka d’ominira tooto

Adan d’orikodo, o mi wo ‘se eye
Oro yin nde kun d’aya, t’o ba ya oju a k’oju
Keere o, oba lo ni a ki yin
Won ni e ma s’aniyan, ka s’aye re ko ye wa
Keere o, ara orun t’ajo de
Won ni e b’okun l’orun, ka d’ominira tooto

(The bat hangs up side down, watching the ways of birds
Pay the cutter no heed, the tree will flourish again
Sneer not at those who are down
No one knows tomorrow, the race is not over yet
Harken! The king sends his greetings
Says we should keep working to build this economy
Hear, hear, the chiefs send their warm wishes
They say we must act fast to restore the glory of this land

Now, let’s call on them
Those who have brought sorrow upon the land
Betrayers of communal trust,
Enemies under the cloak of gay smiles
If you listen carefully, it is the same platter of ageless lies
That they have come to serve again
Harken, the elders greet you,
They say, this time, we must resist these prodigals
Hear, hear, ancestral spirits descending
They say we should remove the chains from around our necks
And enjoy true freedom

The bat hangs up side down, watching the folly of birds
This anger, rising
Soon, it will reach boiling point…)

AFI’RE
Ibi ori da ni si laa gbe o Akin omo
Ibi a gb’ese le n lo ye k’ese te
Ibi ori da ni si laagbe o
Ibi a gb’ese le n lo ye k’ese to
Ori re a fi’re, ese ibi ire ni o wo
O ti ja’we olubori o, Akin omo
O d’eni a ji ri, a dun wo
O ti ja’we olubori o, omo agba ti nso laakaye
Le s’ebo, le soogun l’aye
B’a se w’aye paa ri laa ri o
O ba de le s’ebo k’o s’ogun to gbona
Ise owo eni se yen ni ngbe ni l’eke l’aye
(You flourish where destiny plants you
Limbs always move as directed
May your head guide you to good fortune
May your tread lead you into blessings
You’ve made the ranks of the valiant
You’ve become the beloved of the people
Wise one with supreme intelligence
Try as we may,
We can only be what we were meant to be
Try as you may
We will eventually be judged
By the works of our hands)

ADIITU
A i le ni suru o, se b’oun lo ndamu awa o
Sugb’eni to ba l’aforiti, o daju
Oun ni yo d’asegun
Adiitu laye yi o, ko s’eni to ma ye o
Sugbon t’a ba nfi’fe lo po, o daju
Aye wa yo dun
(Impatience is our bane
But those who persevere will definitely succeed
Life is a mystery
But if we commune in love, we shall surely find happiness)

T’o ba ya, igba t’o ba ya, ara mi o
Ebu ika ti a gbin y’o s’eso
T’o ba ya, laipe ojo ore mi o
Iwa ibaje yi o, y’o ma leyin
T’o ba ya, ani t’o ba ya ore mi o
Oun akolo o, y’o da’ri bo
T’o ba ya, t’a ba ns’ise atunse o
Ibugbe ayo y’o d’otun
(In time, the evil we have sown will blossom
In due course, we shall reap the fruits of our vices.
In time, what has been lost will be restored
In due course, the home of joy will be restored)

Ka rin ka po ni ye ni
Ka f’owo so ‘wo po k’o le da o
Seb’owo kan o gb’eru d’ori ore mi, e je ka jo se po
Ilara pelu tembelekun
Seb’awon na nda ‘le ola ru
Otito ni o gbe wa leke, o da ju
Eje ka so wo po
(Jealousy and treachery destroy the bond
But Truth will elevate us
There is strength in numbers
So let us walk together)

BEYOND THE GRAY
Early morning, in your moment of longing
I’ll be waiting there for you
When the darkness spins a web of worry
I’ll be watching out for you
Burn your heartaches, leave the ashes in the past
Walk the sunlight shinning bright in the sky
Embrace joy
And any moment when your heart is lonesome
I’ll be reaching out for you

When desire lights a fire in the night
Raise your offerings to the goddess of passion
And be still
Cos in a moment, just beyond the gray light
I’ll be standing there before you
And anyday now, when you’ve crossed the river
I’ll be waiting there for you

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