SUNCHILD EP

by SIJI

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Two and a half decades ago I left my ancestral home of Lagos, Nigeria for greener pastures in the west, settling first in the UK and much later the United States. I have recently undertaken tentative steps to revisit my childhood past over the last couple of years in a bid to realign self and to forge closer ties with folks that mean the world to me and a country that continues to nurture and inspire me.

Sunchild (EP) forms part of an entire album of material I wrote and recorded over the course of my repeated trips back to Lagos. In a form of catharsis, I got to relive the many highs and lows of my journey in song.

It's been a quite a revealing journey and one I'm musically richer for. Over time I've come to learn that 'Home' lies within oneself.

'Siji

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released November 11, 2014

Written, arranged and produced by SIJI
Co-produced by Bill Lee
Mastered by tony Dawsey

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Track Name: Lagos Lullabye
(Chat)
VERSE
Danfo tires screeching
Okada rider bleeding
Area boys stand by watching
Another scene in Lagos

Bus packed full to bursting
Go slow lines unending
“Repent or die”, someone’s screaming
On the bus to Lagos

Mosquito sirens are wailing
On my blood they’re feeding
Generator noise never ceases
Sleepless nights in Lagos

BRIDGE
U’d Better watch your back, hold your nerve – (dem dey come)
They’re gonna stop ‘n search u for a buck – (comot for car)
Chop and quench, look and laugh – (chop and quench)
Chase those dreams, don’t you fuss – (adjust yourself)
U better climb that bridge to beat that rush – (go slow time)
Stare and stare but don’t you touch – (comot your eye)
Talk the talk and swagger your strut – (swagger your waka)
Here in Lagos town

VERSE
The twilight calls to prayer
On my soul so soothing
Count me worthy, make me strong to last yet
Another day in Lagos

My sister’s broke and scheming
Their big fat nyashes swinging
Another Gucci bag needs filling
She’s breaking hearts in Lagos

Big men standing tall and oppressing
On the streets of Lagos
Holy Rollers preaching and a singing
On the streets of Lagos
Everybody’s hustling to survive
Yet another day in Lagos

AD LIB
Someone take me to Lagos ....

PERSONNEL
Lead Vocals, Wurlitzer, Minimoog, Organ, Drums, Sekere, Agidigbo & Percussion; SIJI
Opening Chat; Jahstix Dadson & Kunle Ade
Background Vocals; Des Gordon, SIJI
Bass; Bill Lee
Drums; Siji, Bill Lee
Congas; Kunle Ade
Electric Guitar; Keziah Jones, Femi 'Smart' Saani
Tenor Saxophone; LaRon Land
Trumpet; Kafele Bandele
Trombone; Mark Williams
Horns Arranged by LaRon Land & SIJI

Recorded at Bill's Haven, NJ
Bashiri's Sanctuary, NY
GPK Studio's, Lagos
Track Name: Children of the Sun
HOOK
Children of the sun
Lift your heads up to the skies
Children of the sun
Lift your heads up to the skies

VERSE
Your time to shine has come
Unite together as one
Set aside your differences
To celebrate the gift of life

HOOK
Children of the sun
Lift your heads up to the skies
Your place in this world
Can never be denied

VERSE
Arise you blessed souls
Pay no heed to the lies you’re told
Cast aside your fears and your doubts
Remain hopeful when u go without

BRIDGE
Take a good look in the mirror
You’d find the answers to great unknowns
Listen to the voice within your heart
You’ve got love on your side
Let it reign let it shine

HOOK 2
Children of the sun
Lift your heads up to the skies
Children of the sun
Keep your eyes upon on the prize
Children of the sun
Seek the truth within your life
It will set you free
From the pain that’s deep inside
Children of the sun today…

REFRAIN
And if you just close your eyes
You’d feel the love inside
Walk right through love’s open door
spread your wings apart and fly

REPEAT CHORUS TO FADE
Track Name: This Must Be Love
HOOK
This must be love, love, love
This must be love, love, your love
This must be love
And it’s found a way into my heart

(This must be love)
This must be love it’s got me feeling this way
Said it must be love making me stronger each day
This must be love cause you’re always on my mind

(This must be love)
This must be love pushing dark clouds aside
Said it must be love got me scaling great heights
Some kinda special just the way I feel inside

REFRAIN
It’s making me scream your name
So tongue tied for days
I tremble inside when I’m close enough to touch u
I yearn for more
When I look deep into your eyes

HOOK

II.
(Your precious love)
Your precious love makes me swell up with pride
You better believe I’ve got nothing to hide girl
This sacred feeling makes me hold my head up high

This special feeling’s got me hung up on you
For better or worse I’ve got nothing to lose
I feel so favored just to have you here in my life, girl….

REFRAIN
It’s got me acting the fool
Takes away my blues
Makes me greedy for more
Of your warm ‘n tender touch
I yearn to belong
Eternally by your side

This must be love....
Track Name: You Put A Smile On My Heart
I.
It’s in the way you make my heart sing when close by
And the way you look so deep into my eyes
Could be the way you make me linger my goodbyes
Or that special burst of magic I get to feel when u smile

HOOK
It’s in the way u show it
How much u care
When u hold me
It’s the way u make me feel, girl
U put a smile on my heart

The special way your laughter
Lights up my soul with music
It’s in the way u make me feel
You put a smile on my heart

II.
Could be the way you wrap your arms around my soul
Or just the way say my name over the phone
It’s in the way u make me tingle when we touch (each other)
When we melt into each other I just can’t seem to get enough
Oooh, of your love…….

REPEAT HOOK

BRIDGE
When u cast a knowing glance my way
You make me feel so good inside
Yes you do
Track Name: Remain
HOOK
I wish to remain right here in your arms
yes i do girl
yes I do
I wish to remain right here by your side

VERSE
It seems like a lifetime ago
When I stormed out your door
Vowing to never come back

Far too soon, I walked away
Though your love was mine to take
Darling won’t you take me back
Cause I wish to return

HOOK
In your arms
By your side
I wish to remain
I wish to remain right here in your arms
To remain

Verse
Only yesterday
I took a glance back your way
But something inside held me back

Like a moth drawn to a flame
In your arms I burn to stay
Darling won’t you take me back

Oceans may stand far between us
We could be heavenly miles far apart
The longing inside never seems to subside
Darling won’t you take me back
Cause I wish to return……

HOOK
in your arms
I wish to remain
I wish to remain right here by in your arms
To remain

OUTRO
I wish to belong with you
I wish to remain with you
I'll give the world and more just to stay right here with you
to remain....

hear me calling out your name girl
I wanna get next to you woman
said I've been far away too long from your loving
I wanna get next to you

I wish to remain right here in your arms
I wish to remain right here in your arms ....