We Ain't Never Going Back

by Skip The Needle

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    Engineer: Neil Godbole
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released July 25, 2019

Produced by Skip The Needle
Recorded and Mixed at Greaseland, USA
By Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
*additional recording at Airship Laboratories
Engineer: Neil Godbole
Assistant Engineer: Luis Mayorga
Special Thanks to Stephen Jarvis
Executive Producer for Little Village Foundation:
Jim Pugh

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Track Name: Battle Cry (Ay Ay Ay)
Ay Ay Ay

1. (Shelley) I’m just a seed, in a sidewalk crack
2. (Kofy) Busting concrete, gonna break your back
3. (Katie) Just one match, more matches all around
4. (Vicki) With enough friction, burn the whole house down

You tried to bury me, but I’m an oak tree
You tryna come for me, you betta be ready

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay (4x)

1. (Shelley) Under your skin, I burrow like a worm
2. (Kofy) I’m digging in, watching you writhe and burn
3. (Katie) Try to suppress, try to objectify
4. (Vicki) In your dreams, you hear my battle cry

You tried to bury me, but I’m an oak tree
You tryna come for me, you betta be ready

Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay (4x)
Track Name: B What U Want 2 B
Sometimes this life pushes you down
Trying to steal your joy away
Sometimes the little light that you’ve found
Seems too dim to light the way

Lift your eyes, lift them high, to the sky
I got you, you got me, we gon’ fly

I know you’re scared it’s hard to believe
When the dark clouds block your eyes
Don’t give up, go on and take that leap
You won’t know until you try

Lift your eyes, lift them high, to the sky
I got you, you got me, we gon’ fly

You can do what you want to do
Free Free Free
You can be what you want to be
Free Free Free

Whatcha wanna do
Whatcha wanna be
Track Name: Black Lives
Black Lives

The time has come to take a stand
It’s out of hand, we’re taking charge of our lives
Ain’t gonna walk away, not this time
We’re gonna take our time, until we change the system
Cops are killing babies can’t you see?
Everybody sees and it’s an outrage
So let’s get involved, it affects us all. Let’s right this wrong,

And these black lives mean something to me.
Brothers and sisters murdered in the street
These black lives mean something to me.
Hands up, i can’t breathe

Folks are angry. We need relief from all this grief
And it weighs us down. Accountability makes it real
Lock up those killer cops and put them in jail
Protest for justice, protest for peace
Protest black live getting murdered in the streets
and we don’t stop (no) and we can’t quit (no)
And we’ll never stop

And these brown lives mean something to me.
Babies and children captured in the street
These brown lives mean something to me.
Hands off, set them free
Track Name: The Keys
The Keys

Creeping ..up on me
You’re slappin’ me, breakin’ me, takin’ me down
with your misery
My heart’s pumpin’ and pumpin’ drippin’ sweat
and scared of something
I am runnin’ and runnin’ dodgin’ right
but it keeps coming
and the letters in this message
I guess I can’t read

Talkin’ in our sleep
‘cause when we’re awake we act like
we can’t really see
but then again, I think it’s seen perfectly
my heart and my fate and my everything
is crashing down on me

Breathing…in deep
reminds me of what I have taken for granted
and it’s killing me
but light’s shinin’ and shinin’ ‘round my head and this room’s risin’
to the vibe of the sound of the waves
in which we’re riding
and the letters in this message
are spelled out to me
Track Name: Kingdom Playground
Kingdom Playground

1. Here comes the sun, it’s here to play
Warm up that smile. It makes my day.
Whistle your walk and snap your mood
In the kingdom playground, dancing to the groove

Chorus Ah ah ah-ah-ah – push it to the sky
Ah ah ah-ah-ah – lift your voices high
Ah ah ah-ah-ah – celebrate your life
Cuz we are Free – we are just energy

I’m body heat and sweating joy
The them and those, the girls and boys
Who seek some fun, in this fire storm
Let’s party like we have just been born

2. Cotton candy thoughts, what do we really know?
Confection sweet, whips up a fluffy noise
Holler if we need to (yeah) let’s find our voice
In some rock&soul, my honeysuckle rose

Chorus:

I’m body heat and sweating joy
The them and those, the girls and boys
Who want to run, from this fire storm
In the Kingdom playground, we have been re-born
Chorus:

Move and move and move – push it to the sky
Move and move and move – lift your body high
Move and move and move - celebrate your life
Move and move and move - we are just energy
Track Name: Entwined
Entwined

1. I'm going to take time out, make it worth your while.
We'll go anywhere you wanna go.
I may be only shouting into the wind, over the sea,
We fly so high in my dreams.

2. It's like to break my mind, when you meet my eyes.
I'm like, whoa, whoa,whoa.
I may be only shouting into the wind, over the sea,
We fly so high in my dreams.

(Chorus)

And as the heat rises we find our lives entwined.
And every latest crisis carves a new design.
And though I may be just going out of my mind.
The very thought of you brings reason to my rhyme.
Track Name: We Ain't Never Going Back
We Ain’t Never Going Back

The status quo, Latin for slavery
Jim Crow redux, back to the way it was
Tear gas and bullets no match for our bravery
We're gonna leave that legacy in the dust

We ain’t never going back

No more, "She didn’t mean it that way."
"He should have kept both hands on the wheel."
"Why don't you just obey, do what the cops say?"
Don’t talk, don’t think, don’t fight, don’t feel

We ain’t never going back

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