SINNERMAN – NINA SIMONE

(album Pastel Blues 1965)

Oh, Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?

Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?

Where you gonna run to?

All on that day

Well I run to the rock, please hide me

I run to the Rock, please hide me

I run to the Rock, please hide me, Lord

All on that day

But the rock cried out, I can’t hide you

The Rock cried out, I can’t hide you

The Rock cried out, I ain’t gonna hide you guy

All on that day

I said, “Rock, what’s a matter with you, Rock?”

“Don’t you see I need you, Rock?”

Lord, Lord, Lord

All on that day

So I run to the river, it was bleeding

I run to the sea, it was bleeding

I run to the sea, it was bleeding

All on that day

So I run to the river, it was boiling

I run to the sea, it was boiling

I run to the sea, it was boiling

All on that day

So I run to the Lord, please hide me Lord

Don’t you see me praying?

Don’t you see me down here praying?

But the Lord said, “Go to the devil”

The Lord said, “Go to the devil”

He said, “Go to the devil”

All on that day

So I ran to the devil, he was waiting

I ran to the devil, he was waiting

Ran to the devil, he was waiting

All on that day

I cried, power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

Bring down

(Power to the Lord)

Bring down

(Power to the Lord)

Bring down

(Power to the Lord)

Bring down

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Well I run to the river, it was boiling

I run to the sea, it was boiling

I run to the sea, it was boiling

All on that day

So I ran to the Lord

I said, “Lord hide me, please hide me”

“Please help me”

All on that day

He said, “Child, where were you

When you ought a been praying?”

I said,”Lord, Lord, hear me praying”

Lord, Lord, hear me praying

Lord, Lord, hear me praying”

All on that day

Sinnerman you ought a be praying

Ought a be praying, Sinnerman

Ought a be praying

All on that day

I cried, power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Go down

(Power to the Lord)

Go down

(Power to the Lord)

Go down

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Power

(Power to the Lord)

Oh woh, power, power, Lord

Don’t you knew

Don’t you know, I need you Lord?

Don’t you know that, I need you?

Don’t you know that, I need you?

Power, power, power Lord


GET BY – TALIB KWELI

(produced by Kayne West | album Quality)

[Verse 1]

We sell crack to our own out the back of our homes

We smell the musk of the dusk in the crack of the dawn

We go through episodes too, like Attack of the Clones

Work ’til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone

Just to get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by

We commute to computers

Spirits stay mute while you egos spread rumors

We’re survivalists turned to consumers

Just to get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by

Ask Him why some people got to live in a trailer, cuss like a sailor

I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer

Mi abuela raised three daughters all by herself with no help

I think about her struggle and I find the strength in myself

These words melt in my mouth, they hot like a jail cell in the South

Before my nigga Cor’ bailed me out

To get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by

We do or die like Bed-Stuy

Through the red sky with the window of the red eye

Let the lead fly, some G. Rap shit, Living to Let Die

[Hook]

This morning, I woke up

Feelin’ brand new, I jumped up

Feelin’ my highs and my lows

In my soul and my goals

Just to stop smokin’ and stop drinkin’

I’ve been thinkin’ I’ve got my reasons

Just to get by, just to get by

Just to get by, just to get by

By, by-by-by-by, by-by-by-by

By-by-by-by, by-by-by-by

Just to get by, just to get by

Just to get by, just to get by

By, by-by-by-by, by-by-by-by

By-by-by-by, by-by-by-by

Just to get by, just to get by

Just to get by, hey, hey

[Verse 2]

We keepin’ it gangster, say “fo’ shizzle”, “fo’ sheezy”, and stayin’ crunk

It’s easy to pull a breezy, smoke trees, and we stayin’ drunk

Yo, our activism, attackin’ the system, the Blacks and Latins in prison

Numbers have risen, they’re victims lackin’ the vision

Shit, and all they got is rappin’ to listen to

I let them know we missin’ you, the love is unconditional

Even when the condition is critical, when the livin’ is miserable

Your position is pivotal, I ain’t bullshittin’ you

Now, why would I lie? Just to get by?

Just to get by, we get fly, the TV got us reachin’ for stars

Not the ones between Venus and Mars, the ones that be readin’ for parts

Some people get breast enhancements and penis enlargers

Saturday sinners, Sunday morning at the feet of the Father

They need somethin’ to rely on, we get high on

All types of drug, when all you really need is love

To get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by

Our parents sing like John Lennon: imagine all the people watch

We rock like Paul McCartney from now until the last Beatle drop

[Hook]

This morning, I woke up

Feelin’ brand new, I jumped up

Feelin’ my highs and my lows

In my soul and my goals

Just to stop smokin’ and stop drinkin’

And I’ve been thinkin’ I’ve got my reasons

Just to get by, just to get by

Just to get by, just to get by

[Outro]

Yo-yo-yo, yo, yo

Some people cry, and some people try

Just to get by, for a piece of the pie

You love to eat and get high

We deceive when we lie, and we keepin’ it fly

When the people decide to keep a disguise

Can’t see they eyes, see the evil inside

But there’s people you find

Strong or feeble in mind, I stay readin’ the signs

Some people cry, and some people try

Just to get by, for a piece of the pie

You love to eat and get high

We deceive when we lie, and we keepin’ it fly

When the people decide to keep a disguise

Can’t see they eyes, see the evil inside

But there’s people you find

Strong or feeble in mind, I stay readin’ the signs