Black Child: A Song Cycle

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1.
Father 03:54
My father was a lonely boy HIs daddy wasn't there for him His siblings didn't know what to do and after while Momma couldn't look after him Kids always work it out So he was finna work it out Trauma was a puppet master it kept a lot from workin out But he still learned to love I am a lovechild of late blooming My childhood was a lonely one My daddy wasn't there for me My momma didn't know what to do and after while I started floating free Kids always work it out So I was finna work it out Trauma's been a puppet master It kept a lot from workin out workin out workin out workin out But I still learned to love Yes I am a black child of Late bloomin But I still learned to love Yes I am a black child of Late bloomin But I still learned to love Yes I am a black child of Late bloomin But I still learned to love Yes I am a black child of Late bloomin But I still learned to love Yes I am a black child of Late bloom...
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Innocence 03:11
"Why you 'fraid to cuss?" That's what Jameel asked me and I didn't know why... Why he want me to cuss? I didn't know why, I just wanted to play. That's when it start to leave me (leave me) Innocence don't leave me (leave me) That's when it start to leave me She want me to touch her That's what the girl asked me and I think I knew why... Why she want me to touch Oh now I know why Yea, she want me to play That's when it start to leave me (leave me) Innocence don't leave me (leave me) That's when it start to leave me Scooter passed me the dutch That's what my mans passed me we was finna get high I felt like a star when it came round passed me laughin at video games That's when it start to leave me (leave me) Innocence you left me I feel I'm bout to leave here Damn I want some cheese curls Why am I so hungry? Why am I still laughing? Can I get off this ride now? Maybe I'll just sleep here I'm already sleepin... I'm already sleepin... I'm already sleepin... I'm already sleepin............
3.
She smell like Bath and Body Jasmine Vanilla Fixed my attention What color are her eyes? Is that a brown or blue? She smell like Bath and Body Jasmine Vanilla Fixed my attention What color are her eyes? Is that a brown or blue? You make me feel like I'm a problem I don't wanna give you problems But it seems like I can't help it Or even worse that I care less I don't mean to make you feel angry But I do it way too often To excuse it any longer I hope you can forgive me I feel like you and me can fix it We can do it...are you listening? You're distracted I can sense it You won't even look my way You know you ain't tied down to nothing You could go easy if you wanted Easy to say damn hard to do it I hate that I take you through it She smell like Bath and Body Jasmine Vanilla Fixed my attention What color are her eyes? Is that a brown or blue? She smell like Bath and Body Jasmine Vanilla Fixed my attention What color are her eyes? Is that a brown or blue? She smell like.... Perfect weather on the day that I met her Long stroll on the day that I pledged, love letter I remember how I felt when I smell her How could I ever forget her? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later? What's so hard about love? Wannit posed to be nice out later? Wannit posed to be nice out? Wannit posed to be nice out later?
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I just wanna take you somewhere special A place only you know a place that you feel free and loved because you are loved Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away Wish I had a rack to hang all my problems 'cause my life ain't been grand my problems more than a thousand I seen a mic in my hand in my visions of solace colorful like a Coogi big like Christopher Wallace bigger than anything else a depressed state of mind it keep calmin me down when I wanna be loud I'm not sposed to be reggie I'm supposed to be loud I don't get high off the mids I just sit on the couch with no therapist a password to netflix a rejection email flashback to shit that I did now I'm stuck in a loop Do I wanna keep watchin? Netflix asked me that shit now a nigga is nodded... No therapist a password to netflix a rejection email flashback to shit that I did now I'm stuck in a loop do I wanna keep watchin...? I don't wanna keep watching, I need the Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away Cocoa buttah angel Cocoa buttah angel Fly me away

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A meditation on black coming of age.

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released November 23, 2018

Black Child: A Song Cycle
Executive Producer Guthrie P. Ramsey
Produced by Vince Wilson
Co-Produced by Bridget Ramsey, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Doug Raus
Engineer Doug Raus
Recorded at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. Guthrie Ramsey is a music historian, pianist and composer teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.

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