ÀPÈJỌ

Words and Music composed by Olusegun Akinlolu. No part of these lyrics should be reproduced or employed in any form whatsoever without the consent of the copyright owner. © & ℗ 2019 EniObanke. All rights reserved.


 

1. IWALOJU 

Oun ti baba nwi ma lo ja ju 

O ni, “ Omo mi e wu’wa rere, omo mi e s’eun to to” 

Oun ti yeye nwi ma lo ja ju 

O ni, “ Omo mi e wu’wa rere, omo mi e s’eun to ye o” 

Iwa ma lo ju, iwa 

Iwa ma lo ju, iwa rere 

Omo mi e s’eun to to, omo mi e s’eun to ye o 

Iwa l’eso omo eniyan 

[Father’s words are supreme 

He says “Children, be of good character” 

Mother’s words are paramount 

She says, “Children, be of good character” 

A good name is true wealth] 


2. IKOSEJAYE

(Full Instrumental) 

3. DAGIGE 

Dagige dagige, aake kan o le da’gi ge 

Dagila dagila eela kan o le da’gi la 

Bi o s’okunrin, at’obinrin 

Bi o s’omode pel’agba, bi o s’awon odo 

Ilu o se da se 

A fi ‘tan-ra-eni-je ni wipe emi nikan lo gbon 

Itan-ra-eni-je ni wipe emi nikan lo mo 

Itan-ra-eni-je ni wipe emi nikan lo le se o 

Itan-ra-eni-je ni s’aju ete o 

[Only a foolish person would claim to have all the answers. Building a good and progressive society requires the wisdom and knowledge of everyone - male and female, old and young] 

4. APEJO 

Ere la mi se o 

Ere aladun, apejo, ere alayo 

[Welcome to the gathering of joyful, happy people!] 


5. UNTIL THE MOMENT 

Here we go again 

Singing songs of home 

Mother, good mother - sweet mother, comforting mother, oh 

The bearers of hope gather 

Raising hands in supplication 

Mother, good mother - sweet mother, comforting mother, oh 

Words have been spoken, over here and everywhere 

Everybody’s swaying to the rhythm of change 

Be it light or darkness, we know the path that we must follow 

Everybody’s moving to the beat as one. 


Here we go again 

Singing songs of home 

Mother, good mother - sweet mother, comforting mother, oh 

The bearers of hope gather 

Waving hands in adoration 

Mother, good mother - sweet mother, comforting mother, oh 

The trance has been broken, eyes open looking forward 

Everybody’s swaying to the rhythm of change 

Be it light or darkness, we know the path that we must follow 

Everybody’s moving to the beat as one. 
 

We are weaving courage into song, wear it like a cloak 

New ways, new melodies, until the moment comes 

We are aiming for the highest point, reaching for the top 

Give it everything we’ve got, until the moment comes 
 

6. SOUNDS OF JOY 

Mo ji mo gbe’ra nile mo bo’ju. 

Mo ko irugbin s’apo bo sona. 

Mo fon won s’otun s’osi, nile ati loko, 

Mo mi s’ise ori ran mi. 
 

Mo mi pade alaimokan, 

Ma tun s'ore eni o loye, 

Ma to won sona pelu ife, 

Koju won la gere, k’on rire gba. 
 

Well, I'm going everywhere, 

And I'm doing everything, 

Spreading the light of love and hope, 

Will the people heed the word, hear the sounds of joy? 
 

Ke s’eni ti nsare iberu ko duro, 

Ka mu won de bi odo igboya, 

Ki won mu, ki won fi we l'ori titi dese, 

Ki won d’eni atunda o. 
 

Wi f’eni t’okan re poruru, 

Wipe suuru l’ero ipaya 

Ki won di mo opo otito 

K’oju won la gere, k’on rire gba. 
 

Well, I'm reaching deep inside, 

Giving every bit of me, 

Spreading the light of love and strength, 

Will the people heed the word, hear the sounds of joy? 
 

7. IPE 

Won lo hun to wu ni laa fi pe’ra eni 

Awa wo bi to dara, a si npede ara 

L’ola ogbon agba a o ni f’ese ko l’ona 

Awa nlo si’bi ire, e ba wa kalo ore o 

A mi se’un to dara, e ba wa pejo ka lo sibe 

Awa nlo si’bi ire, e ba wa kalo 
 

A o je fi’bi pe’re ka fi’re pe bi - lailai 

Otito l’oloko ayo ti o gbe wa de ’buso ero 

Egbe eni rere won ma ti d’okiti ife o 

Awa nlo si’bi ire, e ba wa kalo ore o 

A mi gbero ko le da, e ba wa pejo si’be si’be 

Awa nlo si'bi ire, e ba wa kalo 
 

Eni nfe’re ni’le o 

Eni nf’ayo l’odede 

Eni nfe ko le da ko wa ba wa rin po 

A o duro, a o rewesi, a o f’eti si oro-eyin 

A be yin… 

Eni nfe ki’lu dun ko wa ba wa to po 
 

Won l’ohun to wu ni laa fi pe'ra eni 

Akinkanju ni wa, a o ki se’ro eyin 

Ojo ola nbo kankan, e je a gbe’ra nile ye o 

Awa nlo si’bi ire, e ba wa kalo ore o 

A mi se’un to dara, e ba wa pejo ka lo si’be 

Awa nlo si’bi ire, e ba wa kalo 

[We are marching towards happiness and peace. Everyone who wants harmony and progress for the society is welcome to come along] 


8. I SHOULD KNOW 

Each night you behold the cloudy sky 

It matches the mood in you 

Scattered stars in the dark firmament 

Reflecting your hurt within 
 

You tell me your man won’t be coming home 

Refused to stay by you 

Your eyes are cold, your tongue is heavy 

I think I say what you need to hear 
 

Why don’t you love him everyday? 

Early in the morning and late at night 

You need to hold him when he is down 

Re-assure his spirit and always be fair 
 

You’ve got him cast as a knight in shiny armour 

But he’s got feet of clay 

You think he should be an impregnable wall 

But he’s got breaches here and there 
 

A girl wants what a girl wants 

Yes I know, darling, I know 

But a man can only take so much 

Before his heart starts to break apart 
 

Why don’t you love him in every way? 

In the hours of darkness or in the light 

You need to soothe him when is troubled 

Re-assure his spirit and always be fair 
 

Why don’t you love him everyday? 

In the glow of triumph or the throes of loss 

You need to hold him when he is down 

Re-assure his spirit and always be fair 
 

Why don’t you love him everyday? 

In the hours of darkness or in the light 

You need to soothe him when is troubled 

Every man needs that and I should know 


9. KORINGBADE 

Koringbade ore mi (onitemi) 

Olohun iyo, bahon bi oyin 

Koringbade onilu ara 

Eerin wolu e le o ri l’abule 

(Iru re o momo pe meji) 
 

K’orin ayo f’onile, k’orin idunnu fun won loko 

Eni a pe s’ojude, gbogbo aye ma nda bo yaya 

O-fe-se-t’ile-maajo, a fo s’oke gb’agbara wo 

F’orin adun senu, eye oko ma ndake woran 
 

[Ode to Koringbade, mythical Lord of Music. When he opens his mouth in song, all the birds of the forest go quiet] 
 

10. MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY 

I remember the first time I ever met you girl 

We were like new flowers blooming forth in colour 

You were so beautiful, the desire of every man 

And we did everything, went to all the good places 

Now I when I visit those places again alone 

I watch lovers do what we used to do 

Sit by myself on our special spot on the beach 

Thinking bad, feeling down 

My friends say it’s not good for me 

But I can’t help myself when I think of what I’ve lost 

Memories of yesterday keep haunting me 

I guess I didn’t know how to play the game of love 

Memories of yesterday, it’s like a load 

Until I have you back, my life will never be the same 

Memories of yesterday, memories of love and pain
 

I remember the night we cuddled up in my bed 

Outside it was raining, inside it was cold 

You wrapped me in your arms and kept me warm through the night 

I told you many things I never told anyone before 

Now when it rains I break out in cold sweat 

I fear the lightning will strike me down 

I think of you and that night so long ago 

And in me there’s a wish that I should get you back 

It’s pouring outside, everything is wet and cold 

Memories of yesterday keep haunting me 

I had gold in my hand but I let it slip away 

Memories of yesterday - it’s like a load 

My heart is racing, the thunder in my head won’t stop 

Memories of yesterday, when I see the rain falling 
 

You never know the worth of a well till it’s dry 

I never knew your type was so rare 

Everything came easy and I took it for granted 

Now you’re gone and it’s clear I am paying the price 

I watch favourite show and pretend you’re by my side 

Memories of yesterday keep haunting me 

I play your favourite song but it makes me feel so low 

Memories of yesterday  - it’s like a load 

I’m tired of living a lie, I need to have you back again 

Memories of yesterday, memories of love so true 
 

11. NOT ME 

They say the world is on edge 

And the time of end has come 

Gather up your riches children 

We’ll send them to the place in the sky 

But then everywhere I turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not me 
 

Well, it’s a new world order 

And democracy must reign 

Sell it to all the masses 

Tell them it’s the only way 

But then everywhere I turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not me 
 

They say the world is on edge 

Demand is more than supply 

Try Capitalism, or Socialism, Botulism or whatever you like 

But then everywhere I turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not me
 

So it’s time for your schooling, 

You must put away old wisdom 

Leave your brains behind too 

We’ll be riding on a chariot of dreams 

But then everywhere I turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not me 
 

They say the world is on edge 

And we’ve all never been closer 

With the internet, everything is here 

And we know all your little secrets 

But then everywhere I turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not me 
 

Is it you big man on the bass guitar 

Or you, brother on the keyboard 

Is it you, my man on the trumpet? 

You play it nice, you play it sweet 

You play it for the whole world to know 

Because everywhere we turn, somebody’s getting paid 

And it’s not us 
 

12. THE PROPHET 

I hope you will say that he was a brother 

Who gave everything that he could 

Lamented our pain and shared our joys 

I think you will say that he tried 


I hope you will tell the story of the one 

Who stood up for truth and justice 

Never sold out, never grumbled 

I think you will say that he tried 


Bore his burden with a smile 

In the rain, in the burning sun 

Never said a bad word to anyone 

I think you will say that he tried


I hope you will tell everyone who cares 

Of everything that we’ve learnt 

Patience and courage and self-control 

I think you will say that he tried 


Over the hills and down the valley 

He sang, he spoke and wailed 

Gave us love to strengthen us 

And I think you will say that he tried 


Morning, night and in between 

His words will light the way 

And when we’re ready for change, the path will open 

And I think you will say that he tried 
 

13. WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT 

One day, we will pack our bags 

Take a deep breath and leave this rot 

Put on wings and fly high 

Like eagles soaring in the sky 
 

One day, while you’re slumbering 

We will crawl into freedom 

We’ll do our things, sing our songs, shake the world 

One day - I tell you 

One day - you better know now 

One day - joy will flow like a river 

One day, one sweet day 
 

One day, we will break the chains 

Turn our dreams into reality 

Face the tide with a new spirit 

And cross this sea of sunken hopes 
 

One day, like a thunderbolt 

We will ride the milky clouds 

Put smiles on the faces of those who love us 


One day when the time right 

And the forces are together 

We will march upon the gates 

Arm in arm, raise the banner 
 

One day while you’re slumbering 

We will walk into freedom 

We’ll do our things, sing our songs, shake the world 
 

14. WOMAN LIKE YOU 

Where I go the people tell me 

They see a man follow us around 

Yet you tell me everyday you’re a single lady 

And it seems I am the only one who can’t see beyond the lies 

Now my life is on the line, I’ve got to know 

Could it be true, could it be real 

Could it be right, could it be - yeah? 

That a woman like you could be what you claim to be 
 

Where I go the people tell me 

You look as old as my grandmother 

Yet you tell me everyday you’re only thirty-one 

And it seems I am the only one 

Who can’t see beyond the make-up 

Now my pride is on the line I’ve got to know 
 

Where we go you always ask me 

To buy you this and buy you that 

Yet you tell me you don’t care about my money 

Though it seems I am the only one 

Who can’t see beyond the scam 

Now my worth is on the line I’ve got to know
 

A gba l’owo onile, gba l’owo oloko o 

F’erigi m’emu f’ipako san’wo l’oja 

A gba l’owo onile, gbe fun won l’ode o 

F’erigi m’emu f’ipako san’wo l’oja 
 

15. ILE ORE 

Ile ya too lo a jere oja gbogbo a ba’yo de’le o 

Ile ore re mi o e, ile eye 

Ile ore re mi o e, ibi ogo 

E ma ba mi kalo ka jo de’be, ka lo ja’bo oja 

Ki’ye su’re fun wa o, n’ile won ore o e, ile eye 

E ma ba mi kalo ka jo de’be, ka lo ja’bo oja 

Ki’ba gbe’yin fun wa o, ile ore re mi o e, ile eye 
 

Oloko, a pe’na ire, 

Oloko, a pe’ro ire 

O ma gbe ni s’oko ni pele o 

A mi re’le ore o, ka lo ja’bo oja 

Ki’ye sure fun wa o, ni’le won ore o e, ile eye 

O ma gbe ni s’oko ni pele o, ka lo ja’bo oja 

Ki’ba gbe’yin fun wa o, ile ore re mi o e, ile eye 

[It’s time to return home to our beloved ones, after another profitable day at the market. Boatman of good fortune, please go gently, we are heading home to the warmth of Mother’s blessing and Father’s praise]

2 comments

  • Charles
    Charles OAU, Ife.
    I’ve been waiting for this so long. It actually came at the right time. Well done, Beautiful Nubia. Love from your humbled fan, Charles.

    I’ve been waiting for this so long.
    It actually came at the right time.
    Well done, Beautiful Nubia.
    Love from your humbled fan, Charles.

  • Nomadic-Ade
    Nomadic-Ade Lagos Mainland
    I'm feeling, really really good. This is a song (Ile Ore) of home. And began from home. Beautiful Nubia, you uplift me and every other person that love cultural sophisticated music... Glad I'm not stranger to my roots and culture. May God bless you sir❤🙌🏾✌🏾👣

    I'm feeling, really really good. This is a song (Ile Ore) of home. And began from home. Beautiful Nubia, you uplift me and every other person that love cultural sophisticated music...
    Glad I'm not stranger to my roots and culture. May God bless you sir❤🙌🏾✌🏾👣

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