SOMI (Feat. Common): When Rivers Cry

Somi - The Lagos Music Salon

Feet crushing plastic
Moving windows tossing bottles dry
I can’t get past it

Waste and dust still choking road and sky
The trees remember days of plenty
Before rivers cried
Now they cry oh, oh, oh…

Winds carry sorrow
While forgetful dreamers pass us by
Temperatures rising
No one stopping just to wonder why
Old men recall the kindness of the sun
Before the rivers cried
Now they cry oh, oh, oh…

The rivers tell a story of
God’s reign and glory
Pay homage to the land of those that came before me
The land of the mother and the first man discovered
Look overseas and see waters that are troubled
The bridge somewhere in the truth and the kids
Somewhere in the spirit of the kids the truth lives
I died many times many lives just to live again
Contemplating on where my life and river blends

I was ignorant to the earth and what we did to it
Never seek to find. Yeah, I hid from it
So when the rivers cried, I never felt the sentiment
Until the hurricanes – that’s when I caught wind of it
My Paps said the hurricanes was the ancestors
Reminding us of who we are and our transgressions
Lessons of the mother and the waves
I’m the sun reflecting the earth these days

SOMI: Last Song

Somi - Last song

If this were my last song
Would you listen closer?
If this were my last song
Would you lean in?
If this were my last song
Would you hum along?
If this were my last song
Would you try to remember everything?

The shape of my neck, everything
The size of my breasts, everything

The things you dislike, everything
My ego, my pride, everything
The sound of my scream, everything
The breath in between everything
The first song before everything

If this were my last song
I might just sing louder
If this were my last song
I would ask the band to slow it down
If this were my last song
We’d sing harmonies
If this were my last song
I would try to tell you everything

The times that I lied, everything
The days that I cried, everything
The lovers I knew, everything
My hungry nights too, everything
My grandmothers brave, everything
The last time I prayed, everything
The first song before everything

If this were my last song
If this were my last song
I’d thank the room,
The air and hearts around me
I’d breathe deeper and deeper
And hold the notes for a while

SOMI (ft. Ambrose Akinmusire): Brown Round Things

Somi - Brown Round Things

VERSE 1

They say she’s sweet

She walks the streets at night

They call her names

She offers her bosom and flame

They call her charming

Her moves alarming to passersby

She calls your name

But scowls just the same

[CHORUS:]

Brown round things for sale

Brown round things for sale