Nizlopi Faith

Oh well faith is my brand new story

Its been a long fight, my heart went right out, oh won’t bore you any more

Love wasn’t my feeling, my type or my kind

Now being good to you is all thats on my mind

And if we make it then we’ll be just fine

Maybe you’ll be yours and i’ll be mine

There’s always mischief, oh you know the devil’s always prying,

Now being good to you is all thats on my mind

Down

Yes your mind gets like a villain, make you splinter

Sing your heart off walking through some long Russian winter

Crying at the sad stories in the paper and on the news

Then i gather up the scattered blessings

To bring them back to you.

And if we make it then we’ll be just fine

Be the first i’ve known in a long, long time.

Told my sad story to anyone who’d listen,

Now i’m in your heart, talking like Ian Dury, I’ll be blissin

Praise be the hands that brought this to work now

Turn it on, switch me on

You took my hand, yes that came first

Turn it on, switch it on

I’m full of song, unrehearsed

Go on and turn it up, turn it on, turn it over

Praise be the hands that brought this to work now

Turn it on, switch it on.

Sing a song that’s true

Bring it back to you,

Just sing a song it’s true

Bring it back to you

Sing a song, its you, bring it back to you

Lets sing a song that’s true

Nizlopi Homage To Young Men

I want to talk to all the young men out there

It’s for the women too, but especially the men,

‘cos it’s tough to be a young man in this world

You have to face so much heartbreak and loss

In love and career and life

It’s easy to forget the meaning and give up

To burn up or sell out to addictions, despair or greed

Easy to forget that life’s a journey

with a beginning, a middle and an end

It’s about navigating the future, your future

It’s about learning to become a man who’s real,

and able to love

Are you waiting for me?

Are your hands down in the dirt?

We belong together

I’ve been longing since my birth

To be arms around you

To be true to who we are

To let all our pain out

To be playing in your heart

So let’s talk about the first stage of life

The departure, when your boat is pushed out on the river

Most of who you are is still your small self

The you your family has made you,

your schooling and your friends

You’ve still not found your deep self, your Great Self,

‘cos that’s what the journey’s for

So you set out, full of hope, but with a heavy load

All the baggage of your upbringing

All the love, yes, but the fuckedupness too

Maybe the absent father, or the smothering mother,

or the cold indifference of those around you

It’s no wonder you’ve a rough ride coming

It’s gonna get tough and it’s got to

So you can find yourself

So you can become, a real man

And that’s when you hit the second stage of life

The initiation in the rapids and the storms

That’s when you find the pain of brokenheartedness

Love affairs that fail, failures in career

and all your hopes for what the world might have been

Plenty young men founder grazed on such jagged rocks as these

Bruised and angry in a storm of violence towards self and others

But it doesn’t have to stay like that

No, my friends, not if you push on and open to the inner grace

that will bring you courage

The courage to face reality as it is,

without lies

The courage to know your wound but to outgrow it,

and insist on beauty

The courage to open your heart,

to hold fast to truth,

and to stand each step in dignity

And that’s the courage that brings your boat to the third stage of life

To see how your small self is held in a greater Self

And that you’re fit to be an elder in your community,

able to share the gifts and the blessings

Able to support and inspire what gives life among your people

And to love your beloved,

to love and be loved by the Beloved no less, my friends

Because we’re talking here of love in all its meanings

And you can only love with a deepening heart

And that is why you had to grow courage on this journey to the ocean

That’s what your battle wounds on the field of life were all about

That, my dear friends,

is what qualifies you

to be a man in your community

Capable of loving and able to be loved…

Capable of loving

and able to be loved…

Capable of loving

and able

to be

loved

Nizlopi I’m Alive

Well I can’t stop doing this

If I do it would be fruitless

We’re gonna make roots music

And live rootless

And everyone knows

Doing what’s right in their heart

Is all they wanted to do from the start yeah

Even I know, even I know

Ah its doubling, quality is doubling

Bring my lover in and make me sing

Yeah its doubling, quality is doubling

Bring my lover in and make me sing

Aheyoo

Aheyoo

Aheyoo

I’m alive again

And I’m celebrating the fact that we’re not all built one way

It’s way cool with me if you turn out to be gay

There’s fascists behind different faces today

Some wear suits, some sing hip-hip and reggae

It’s amazing to me how slow progress is

Will the world be more just when I’m singing this to my kids?

Or Will they be like “hey Dad I’ve gotta say

The world’s even more fucked up now than it was in your day”

One more, one more

One more chance for the wildness

One more, one more

Shot at love

Cos there’s something more, there’s something more

We should be living for

Something more than this making money stuff

There’s something more, there’s something more

We should be living for

We should be dying for

Nizlopi All My Life

Darling, I’ve been waiting for you

All my life

Crossed towns and hills and rivers for you

All my life

And I’m wandering in the dark now ’cause I’m looking for you still

In my heart I’m longing to walk up this hill

I really can’t pull out the thorn, love

All my life

And not having you pressed to my chest

All my life

The storm is playing out not on the painful world stage

Of all our incompleteness in the wars we wage

Won’t you come here?

‘Cause it’s written on my hand

I’ll print in on you body, print it on your body

Your love makes me a different man

Put souls into my body, put soul into me

I’m drinking Evian on your lips darling, Evian from you pants

I wanna drink Evian from your lips

Evian from your lips, darling

Evian from your pants

I wanna drink Evian, Evian.

Singing songs o love like getting jolly

All my life

And we’ll find the truth out, finally

In the heart of our lives

And your love is my beauty, we need to make it through

So please walk beside me in all I do.

Won’t you come here?

Evian on your lips, darling

Evian from your pants

I wanna drink Evian from your lips

Evian from your pants, darling

Evian from your lips, darling

Evian from your pants

I wanna drink Evian, Evian.

‘Cause it’s written in my hand

I’ll print it on your body, print it on your body

Your love makes me a different man

Put souls into my body, put soul into me.

I’m drinking Evian on your lips, darling

Evian from your pants

I wanna drink Evian from your heart

Evian from your lips, darling

Evian from you pants

I wanna drink Evian, Evian.

Nizlopi Worry

It’s time to throw away your doubt,

Throw away your blues.

Wake up in the morning,

Tear up the news.

Go on slap yourself,

It’s been too long,

Put on that motown record,

Stop thinking you’re wrong.

You keep worrying about yourself,

Yeah, you keep worrying about yourself.

Oh it leads to nowhere else,

If you keep worry, worry, worrying.

Is your brain all angry?

When you wake up too,

In the city sounds,

Palastine news.

Whether you’re really in love,

Whether she loves you too,

Whether you’re meant to be doing,

What you do

You keep worrying about yourself,

Yeah, you keep worrying about yourself.

Oh it leads to nowhere else,

If you keep worrying about yourself.

So tired, so stay,

So tired today,

Oh, so tired always,

So worry, worry, whoa-o.

And you keep worrying about yourself,

Yeah, you keep worrying about yourself.

Oh it leads to nowhere else,

If you keep worry, worry, whoa-o.

Yeah, yeah.

This whole love, yeah.

This whole tune, yeah.

That first love, back to you.

Yeah and this whole love, yeah.

This whole tune, yeah

That first love, back to you.

Don’t keep worrying about yourself,

You keep worrying about yourself

Nizlopi ExtraOrdinary

She draws my very depths from me in moments of astounded ecstasy

Why would I stop her getting next to me?

I just love her whole heart there sexing me oh!

My love is collecting me fields of roses and kissing me openly

She’s God she’s excepting me

The whole field late June getting wet for me WO!

I love what she sweats from me laughing as we melt in infinity

Perfect elegant boobs like a Da Vinci

[Chorus:]

Turn out the lights switch off the telly

We’re making love extra-ordinary

Switch off our phones draw closer to me

We can make life extra-ordinary

God knows but she gets to me

I’m kernel Mustard with the horn in the refectory

Laughter and love denote destiny

You ride a bike and read Rilke

So it’s meant to be Love!

You know Im just glad to be singing

Because yesterday

I was as blue as George Galloway investing in

The false hope of my Ego and not resting in

My hearts festivity the song that your giving me

Inner light will set you free from false captivity

Wake up your heart to being

A voice that is seeing

What you and me can be in

In Love

[Chorus]

You and me can open up our hearts just by being by our selves

You and me can overcome the pain just by feeling all our wealth

Inside

[Chorus]

We can make life

Nizlopi Sorry

Sometimes when you leave someone, seems like your leaving everyone

Coz everyone seems further away when you leave her

You feel like you’re on nicorette smoking 20 beautiful cigarettes a day

Apologizing to your mum and for not letting you be the one

Apologizing to your mum too

Apologizing to your sister and for not saying I would miss ya

To the hand hold and goodbye kisses too [?]

Sorry I just dropped your heart

Sorry now, to pull two good people apart

Sorry I, I just dropped your heart

Now two good people will part, two good people will part

You’ll say I’ll forgive you, I’ll forgive you

But I didn’t know you had it in you from the start

Now two good people will part

Sorry I just dropped your heart

Sorry now, to pull two good people apart

Sorry I just dropped your heart

Now two good people will part.

That’s a lesson

Really bites you, you know

Love’s a mad Alsatian

Love really gets you by the balls

Sorry I just dropped your heart

Sorry now to pull two good people apart

Sorry I just dropped your heart

And now two good people will part! Two good?

Suffering suffering suffering

And all of our troubling troubling yeah

Woah?

It’s the ground that will be replanted on [x10]

Nizlopi Last Night In Dakar

Nagadef je suis Mamadou

I love Africa

But I’m leaving her

Tomorrow morning

The way is hard

Many people drown

Off the pirouge

To Barcelona

We Wanna make good money

Bring it back

And Live a good life

Here with our family

And my mother is crying

But like 50 Cent

I’m gonna “get rich

Or die tryin”

‘Cos it’s my last night in Dakar

It’s my last night in Dakar

Ooooooooh

It’s my last night in Dakar

ooooooooh

And I think of Miriam

She’s my dancing Queen

But now I’ll only get to see he

In my Dreams

And I love my friends,

Titi, Iebe and Onzuo,

If I get back they’ll say

“hey Mamadou

You’re such a big man

You made such a living

And now you can spend

Your whole life giving”

HEY! HEY!

Hold me, ‘cos I’m going out to sea

Hold me, ‘cos I’m scared as I can be…

Nizlopi Helen

Hey Helen

Your eyes shine and your beautiful

So I just had to come and sing to you

And Helen

Made me feel alive last night just to meet you

So this is the best I can bring to you

[Chorus:]

Cos you sent me singing through the woods

last night

You sent me singing through the woods

Feeling all right

You sent me singing through the woods

Last night

You sent me singing A happy singing boy because of you.

And Helen I don’t know you you don’t know me

But what can I say? I just like you

And Helen

Im just trying to bring to you

All the things I would love for you to bring to me too

[Chorus]

Hey Helen

There’s people all round this country not taking risks or being all we can be

Start yellin

That you want to step out of the door with me and really take the chance of being free and I will to yeah

[Chorus]

Someone to make you remember those dreams you dreamed in December

I feel the life coming through ya

And it made me want to pursue ya

I feel alive

I feel alive

I feel alive

I feel alive

And it makes me want to hold to ya

[Chorus]

Feels like Feels like coming home

Feels like feels like coming home

Etc to end.

Nizlopi England UpRise

It’s like this,

If you don’t get up, they’ will keep us down

From the moment you are born, they put a number on you

They will tell you what to eat after they have modified it

They will tell you how to dress after they have designed it

They will tell you where to live, and how to live

They will control your lives

But there is an alternative

We can rise up and take control of our lives

We who live here in this England

Can use our soil to provide our food

We can make clothes from Hemp

We can bypass the blood-sucking corporate machine

And live in love and unity in ‘dis time

We can do dis’

Unite my people

UniteÂ…

England up rise

England up rise

Unite tonight

England up rise!

No more to Tony Blair and Neo-liberalism

No more of us slaving for global capitalism

No more denying the beauty of who you really are

No more wars for oil

Fuck the mainstream media

No to Monsanto Nestle and factory farming

No more to Trident and nuclear re-arming

No more expanding on aviation and on roads

No more to these old death giving modes

Yes to the Beatles and to George Monbiot

Yes to FDM and to Gary Dunne’s live Shows

Yes to WOOFing and the festival scene

And yes to the brave youth who build all our dreams!

Yes to solidarity and internationalism

Tom Paine, George Orwell, Spiritual activism

Yes to Rory Mcleod rambling through woods

And to all you people whom from injustice make good!

England up rise

Everyone up rise

Time to overcome

Everyone up rise!

We can change it for everyone

Our generation can be the sun

Love is revolution, you don’t need a gun

Make it happen together as one

Cos love is just like oxygen

Don’t let our people get overrun

All people, all life under the sun

Make it happen,

What do we want to become?

Beauty,

Friendship,

Justice,

Everyone, everyone com’on

People up rise

Everyone up rise

Unite tonight

Love up rise