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Moni Soul music, infused with Yoruba and latin flavors. Fantastic stuff here and a solid album start to finish. Favorite track: EKUNDAYO.
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2008 IVY RECORDS

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released October 23, 2008

WRITTEN, ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY SIJI

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Track Name: FANTASY
FANTASY
L.A Awoyinka, Bill Lee
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP) / Third Nature (ASCAP)


VERSE
Penny pinching
And saving for God knows what
Seeking to fill the void
within your empty heart
So heartbreaking
when I hear the needy cry
In a world of plenty
why do so many go without?

HOOK Said it's just a fantasy
This world of make believe
Just a fantasy for me

VERSE
So misleading
How they march us off to war
The powers that be Lie and deceive
In their quest for more

Easy living
Create your kingdom come
You better get down today
For tomorrow may never come

BRIDGE
Far beyond the skies above
I know there's a place for me
I know there's a place called heaven
I long to see
Said it's just a fantasy....
Track Name: ENIYAN DUDU
ENIYAN DUDU
L.A. Awoyinka,
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP)

VERSE
Enia dudu e dide duro – black people stand tall
Enia dudu e jide, e yo – rise up and rejoice
Enia dudu e mu okan yin duro o – keep your minds still
Asiko nlo, ojo mbo – for the time is moving on

VERSE
Emase fara yin si’le – don’t get too carried away
Ti e ba t’aiye jije wo – in your taste for living the life
Igbehin ola un mbo fun gbogbo wa – for tomorrow comes to all
Omokurin jde duro, sing it – male child, stand tall and sing it

HOOK
Enia dudu e dide duro – black people stand tall
Enia dudu e jide, e yo – rise up and rejoice
Enia dudu e m’okan yin duro – keep your minds still
Asiko nlo, ojo mbo – for the time is moving on

VERSE
Ema se fara yin we ra – don’t compare yourselves to others
Ika owo meji kole do’gba – for no two fingers are equal in length
E fara yin mora nititori wipe – bring yourselves together for,
Ayanfe eledumare ni yin – you are God’s chosen ones

Emase foya, emase beru – fear and tremble not
Eronu piwada, e jide duro – think and alter your ways, stand proud and tall
Emase foya, emase beru – fear and tremble not
Eronu piwada, e jide duro – think and alter your ways, stand proud and tall

HOOK
Enia dudu e dide duro – black people stand tall
Enia dudu e jide, e yo – rise up and rejoice
Enia dudu e m’okan yin duro – keep your minds still
Asiko nlo, ojo mbo – for the time is moving on

Musicians
Lead Vocals, Drum Programming, Fender Rhodes, Moog Bass, Sekere, & Percussion; SIJI
Background Vocals; SIJI, Melani Dowdy & Phyre Hawkins
Little Girl; N'dya Jeffries
Talking Drums; Folusho Kolade & Dennis Ayandiran
Acoustic Guitar; Jahstix
Cello; Kahari Lemuel
Tenor Saxophone; LaRon Land
Trumpet; Kafele Bandele
Trombone; Ryan Snow
Horns Arranged by LaRon Land & Kafele Bandele

Written, Aranged & Produced by Siji
Recorded at The Studio, Baltimore, MD
Mixed by Bill lee
Track Name: TAKE ME AWAY
TAKE ME AWAY
L.A. Awoyinka, King Britt
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP) / Sylk 130 Music (ASCAP)

VERSE From afar beyond the sun
She came into my world
Weaving her spell of magic
A barefooted Yoruba girl

She teased and pleased me so
With such inviting eyes
I set the night to song
While she danced my heart away

HOOK
Take me away with you
To paradise
Take me away with you
Far beyond the sun

VERSE
I watched her glide away
Seductively she swayed
Moving with grace and charm
A barefooted gypsy girl

We moved and grooved all night
Deep into twilight
And when the dance was over
How she set my heart aflame….

CHORUS

BRIDGE I wanna dance the night away with you to paradise I wanna dance the night away with you my love

(Take me Far beyond the sun)
CHORUS TO FADE
Track Name: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
L.A Awoyinka
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP)

VERSE
Up above, way over yonder
And so far beyond my reach
I hear the sound of your joyful laughter
ringing loud and clear to me

HOOK
I feel you here and there
Close n everywhere
Deep in my heart and mind
You're with me all the time
repeat

VERSE
Bright as day, your smile I remember
and your loving company
but then again,
I can’t help but wonder
was it all just make believe?

HOOK
BRIDGE
Through thick and thin she weathered
With such noble dignity
And I’m mighty proud she stayed
To share a piece of her heart with me
HOOK
Track Name: YEARNING FOR HOME
YEARNING FOR HOME
L.A Awoyinka, P. McGrew, R. Krumery
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP) / (ASCAP) / (ASCAP)

HOOK
I’m yearning for home
My heart is filled with longing
For somewhere to belong
I’m yearning for home

VERSE
Many a mile away
From my distant home
Far from familiar faces
And all I’ve ever known

Chasing dreams, taking chances
I needed to grow
Learning much from falling down
Staying true to my calling

HOOK

VERSE
Such scenes and sights I’ve found
In my adopted home
Their ways and their manners
Far removed from my own

Distant pilgrims and restless natives
Side by side, how they roam
The vacant stares of the broken hearted
Make me weary of love

HOOK
BRIDGE
La dee, da, da, da da.........(x4 times)

Chorus to fade
Track Name: MORENIKE
MORENIKE
L.A. Awoyinka,
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP)

VERSE
Ah……..

HOOK
“Morenike”
I found me one to love (Morenike)
I found me one to cherish (Morenike)
I found me one to care for (Morenike)
Till eternity (Morenike)

VERSE
How you’ve made me smile
And filled my heart with joy
There’s no denying, she made a man of me
I'm gonna sing out loud
Gonna tell the whole world
No greater love have I found than this,
oh Morenike

HOOK

“Morenike”
I found me one to love (Morenike)
I found me one to cherish (Morenike)
I found me one to care for (Morenike)
Till eternity (Morenike)

BRIDGE
I found the one to love
I found the one to care for
I found the one to love
Someone to share my life with 'Morenike'


OUTRO
I think I found the one to love….. (repeat)
Track Name: MUZAK
MUZAK
L.A Awoyinka, T. Hawkins
Eniola’s Song, (ASCAP)


CHORUS
Turn on some music
Repeat X 4

HOOK
Turn on some music – let the music feed your soul
Turn on some music – let the rhythm take control
Turn on some music – oh, let it take you higher and higher
Turn on some music – take you to places you’ve never known
Tun on some music!
Track Name: ROOM FULL OF NOISE
ROOM FULL OF NOISE
L.A. Awoyinka, King Britt
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP) / Sylk 130 Music (ASCAP)

VERSE
I’m in a roomful of noise
And I just can’t hear myself
Though I scream and shout
Nobody seems to care

I’m in a room full of strangers
And nobody wants to share
With each to his own, all locked in a zone
Heading nowhere

I’m in this room with a view
And I can’t see beyond my tears
Locked in this prison
My hopes and dreams disappear.

HOOK
Show me the way
show me the way
To get outta here
Take me away

Show me the way
Show me the way
I’ve got to get outta here
Right away

In this room full of noise
Nobody seems to care
Like a square in a hole
said I don’t belong out here

In this room full of strangers
The only sounds I hear
Are loud and empty promises
That don’t mean a thing anywhere, oh

HOOK
Show me the way
Show me the way
To get outta here
Take me away

Show me the way
Show me the way
I’ve got to get outta here
Right away

OUTRO
Said it’s cloudy and grey on a summer’s day
And it’s much too warm for the kids to play
The skies above full of acid rain
The seas and the rivers poisoned up for days to come
It’s overcast and dull
there’s a firestorm ahead
What will tomorrow bring
when we’re finally done
When we’re finally gone
when we’re finally done
What will tomorrow bring
Said it’s cloudy and grey on a summer’s day
There’ll be nowhere left for the kids to play
Come on and show me the way, oh
I’ve got to get out, get out, get out of here……
Track Name: IRINAJO
IRINAJO L.A Awoyinka, Calixto Alvarez III Eniola’s Song (ASCAP) / (ASCAP)

Eje kawa s’owo po – let’s join hands
Eje kawa dira mu – let’s embrace each other
Eje kawa s’owo po – let’s join hands
Ka so ara wa – and let’s be careful
Eje kawa s’owo po – let’s join hands
Eje ka wa la oju – let’s open up our eyes
Eje kawa s’owo po – let’s join hands
Ka so ara wa - and let’s be careful

HOOK Irinajo lawa - we’re on a journey
N’ile aiye o – through life
Irin ajo lawa – we’re on a journey

VERSE 1
Asiko o duro d’eni kan rara – time awaits no one
Ko ma s’eda to mo ola o – for no one knows tomorrow Ile aiye n’yi lo bi oriri – the world keeps spinning like a top
Ko ma duro d’enikan rara – awaiting no one
O ye ka te si waju – we ought to move forward
O ye ka ranti ola – we ought to remember tomorrow
O ye ka boju w'eyin – we ought to look behind us
O ye ka dake ekun – we ought to keep from crying

Ara e ye paro – folks, quit lying
Ara e ye jale – quit stealing
Ara e ye soso ku so o o– quit loose talking

Ara e ye paro – folks, quit lying
Ara e ye jale – quit stealing
Ara e ye soso ku so o o– quit the loose talking

HOOK

VERSE 2
Asiko o tosi fun oni iwa ibi – time won’t benefit the wicked
Ko ma duro de ole o – it doesn’t serve the lazy fool too well
Ile aiye n’yi lo bi tire – it keeps turning like a yire
Koma duro d’enikan rara – awaiting no one
O ye ka te si waju – we ought to move forward
O ye ka l’oju anu– we ought to have compassion on others
O ye ka boju w'eyin – we ought to look behind us
O ye ka dake ekun – we ought to keep from crying

Ara e ye paro – folks, quit lying
Ara e ye jale – quit stealing
Ara e ye soso ku so o o– quit loose talking
Ara e ye paro – folks, quit lying
Ara e ye jale – quit stealing
Ara e ye soso ku so o o– quit loose talking

HOOK
Track Name: ABIDE
ABIDE
L.A Awoyinka
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP)

CHORUS
Walk with me lord
Guide me please lord
With my soul abide
Set me free lord
Inspire me more
Lift me to the greatest heights

VERSE
Another day, yet I wonder
As I journey through this life
What hand would fate deal me
In these uncertain times

I’ve made it so far, so good
But I dream of better days to come
Lord, I reach out my hands to you
With my soul abide….

HOOK
Talk to me lord
Whisper to me
Help me to decide
Live with me lord
Forsake me not please
Lead me into your light

REFRAIN
When I’m in need
Oh, when I doubt
When I’m unsure of myself
Lost and full of fright

If I should lose my way
And wander so far away
Rescue me lord, rescue me lord

HOOK
Come to my aid
When I’m in need
With my soul abide
Set me free lord
Inspire me more
Lift me to the greatest heights
Track Name: EKUNDAYO
EKUNDAYO
L.A. Awoyinka
Eniola’s Song (ASCAP)

VERSE
Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy
Ore ofe yi mi ka – I’m surrounded by grace
Omi oju ti gbe – my tears have dried
Ona to di, si s’ile - the blocked path, now wide open
Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy

Oro ekun ti dayo - my tears have turned to joy
Ogun oso ti wo – the enemy’s rebuke has crumbled
Ekun ose ti lo - tears and woes long gone
Imisi sokale - the breath of life has descended
Modupe o, moyege, moyo – I’m grateful, and so full of joy

Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy
Aya mi ko ja fun oso – I’m unafraid of my foes
Ariwo ni wa’un pa – I know they yell
Asan ni wa’un hale – in vain they brag
Oluranlowo mi ti de – my helper is at hand

BRIDGE
Wa’un se wa’un mo – they act and do
Wa’un lo, wa’un bo - they come and go
L’asan ni ota pariwo – in vain my foes accuse
Wa’un je. Wa’un mu – they eat and drink
Wa’un se’gba, wa’un se’awo – doing this and that
Gbogbo lala koko fefe wan – all their skirmishes
Iro lo ja si – amount to nothing

VERSE
Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy
Orin ope mi ko’yi tan – my song of thanks unending
Igbe ekun ti lo – my cries for help long gone
Adura mi ti gba – my prayers now answered
Modupe o ewa ba mi jo – come dance with me

Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy
Ilekun ayo mi ti si – my doorway to joy is now open
Omi ekun ti gbe – my tears are dry
Oluwosan sokale – the healer has come
Oro ekun ti dayo – my tears have turned to joy

All my tears have turned to joy
All my fears so far away
Oro ekun ti dayo