SEE ME HUMAN

by BLACK SWIFT

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released July 21, 2017

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BLACK SWIFT Stuttgart, Germany

IF TOM WAITS AND NICK CAVE HAD A DAUGHTER AND THAT DAUGHTER WERE RAISED BY GYPSIES IN NARROW BACK ALLEYS AND SECRET WOODLAND GLADES AND TAUGHT THE RAGTAG MUSIC OF VAGABONDS AND WONDERING SAILORS THEN SHE MIGHT SOUND SOMETHING LIKE BLACK SWIFT. AND THAT’S NOT TO MENTION PLAIN OLD ROCK AND ROLL WHICH BLACK SWIFT KEEPS TUCKED AWAY IN THEIR TRAVELING BAGS, TO BE USED AS NEEDED. ... more

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Track Name: There is More
There is More

Though the plants were ripped on out
And the ground that they were under
has loosened up to crumble
There is More

Though the Birds are circling
and the clouds fill up with black rain
till the sun cannot be attained
There is More

There is More….
There is more than eyes can see
through this black reality
where hope’s but a flicker of light on the sea
there is more

Though you’ve found yourself between
A raging sea and army
where boots and waves are pounding
there is more
though hot breaths you do feel
of the enemy behind thee
the untruths screaming blindly
there is more

There is more….
There is more to explore, than the end of a long, dark corridor
where despair sits alone just inside of the door
there is more

Fields can flourish, seas can part
and in the end there will be no more dark
there is more
Track Name: Bang! Bang!
BANG! BANG!
BANG! BANG! He shot her down
BANG! BANG! She hit the ground
BANG! BANG! That awful sound
BANG! BANG! He shot my baby down

Revenge for the hurt, revenge for the pain
creating more hurt, creating more pain
running in a circle of tit for tat, you do it like that,
I’ll do it even harder right back.

The smoke clears and the red blood
of the one you love sticks to your feet
The misery you feel will never be healed
by draining the life of another and another and
another and another and another

HOLD YOUR FIRE! HOLD YOUR FIRE!
The bullet will never kill your deep desire
to heal your pain it will happen again and again and again
NO!

You can be free not to bite the bait,
you can be free don’t get sucked into the hate
be strong enough to react with compassion,
be brave enough to respond in love only you can choose to stop the vicious cycle ...
Track Name: Refuge
REFUGE
Oh where can we go in desperation?
Where can we go to flee our enemies?
Where can we go to find a refuge?
Where can we go to find our peace?

Oh will you be open to our realness?
Oh will you please open up your eyes?
Oh don’t you see we too are human?
Our lives destroyed we left it all behind.

Waves upon waves upon waves,
will the waves bring forth our demise
and what’s on the other side?
Oh, deep upon deep calls to deep
and our needs who will meet?

وين فينا ن قي الس م؟ وين فينا نرجع نبني مستقبلنا؟ قديش اشتقت انا هلي؟

(Where can we and find safety?
Where can we build our future again?
How much have I missed my family?)

So we’ll keep knocking on doors because what else should we do
to move past their fears in hopes for homes anew.
Home: rest, my place, no distress, where comfort meets pain and bandages wounds, where hope is found and cold wind breaths can’t get in the rooms.

Oh where can we go in desperation?
Where can we go to flee our enemies?
Where can we go to find a refuge?
Where can we go to find our peace?
Track Name: Down in Tennessee
DOWN IN TENNESSEE

When hardship falls and you’re stuck in a corner
with a gun in your pocket and a bat flying at you
and all you can hear is to “cancel his christmas”
before red and green are forever out of your view.

Oh why’d you have to go through so much sorrow?
Why’d you have to go through so much pain?
But you’re still a float like a Holston river boat
moving on Down in Tennessee
Your mammy and pappy and sweet Daddy too
have all floated on down the river past you
but you’re still moving strong and to love do you hold and you’ll keep moving on with your heart filled with gold

Oh why’d you have to go through so much sorrow?
Why’d you have to go through so much pain?
But you’re still a float
like a Holston river boat moving on Down in Tennessee
Track Name: Dive Down
DIVE DOWN
You dove into my deep and you pulled out the death from me
you dove into my innards and pulled out a lie.
you dove into my deep and you pulled out the death from me
you dove into my darkness and there you did die

Hold your breath, you’ll be breathing dirty air from now on.
Leave your home from above and dive down for love.
Into the blackness, into the deep where darkness sucks up any light it does see, dive down

You dove down to the bottom to bring up the corpse left you wrestled to grab him, was left without any air
you floated to the top with the body in your arms of love
darkness filled the sky raining glories of love’s goodbye

You can handle all the monsters and death and demons too
that lurk inside the oceans of our deepest darkest zoo
so shine your light within me, clean up these dead bones
I’m gonna ask you one thing, just don’t leave me alone
Don’t leave me alone, Don’t leave me alone!
Track Name: Mannish Girl
MANNISH GIRL

Is everything alright out there? Is everything really alright?
I have a question: Can you look me in the eye?
Can you look him in the eye? Can you look her in the eye?
Can you look he / her in the eye?

I’m black, I’m gay, I’m muslim and I’m afraid,
I’m disabled, and dyslexic, I’m asian and hispanic,
I’m a foreigner, I’m a lesbian, I’m syrian and homeless,
I’m a christian, and I’m aW.O.M.A.(child)N.

Joints and sinews, bones and blood, muscles and veins,
We’re all the same!

We all live, we all die, we all drink, we all eat, we all dream,
we all defecate, we all think, we all breathe, we all long,
we all desire, we all hope, we all hope, we all hope to get treated equally!

We all have 5.5 liters of blood owing through our bodies and it’s pulsing ...
Track Name: Know my Prequel
KNOW MY PREQUEL

Understand me! Understand me!
Step in my shoes! Step in my shoes!
Know me! Know me! Live in my skin! Live in my skin!
Understand me! Understand me!
Know my history! Know my histroy!
Understand why, understand why I act this way, react this way
STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP!
Stop the Stereo, Stop the stereo,Stop the Stereotype!
Track Name: Called to Love
CALLED TO LOVE
I am called to love, this I need to be reminded of,
I wanna be strong, I wanna be wise
to know how to turn from the hatred of our times

I am called to love, I’m called to love you

And if you give back hate, tell you what I’m gonna do
don’t wanna step on down and play the fool
No, I’ll keep my head up high, look you right in the eye.
I want you to know that you are loved for love is my battle cry!

I am called to love, I’m called to love you

“Let’s stop this cycle of violent devastation,
and transform the jangling discord of our nation
and the world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood” 1 in reconciliation for the greater good

We are called to love

“Love is understanding, creative, redemptive and good will for all men. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

I am called to love, I’m called to love you
Track Name: Divinely Alive
DIVINELY ALIVE

I get so sad when I think about you dying
You’re siting right next to me and I can hardly keep from crying

So I’ll hold you tight and embrace the time together
I want to love you now before this now is gone forever

Cause when we die we are divine in the eyes of the living Can’t I treat you that way while I can still hear you breathing?

So I’ll hold you tight and embrace the time together
I want to love you now before this now is gone forever
Track Name: Sugar Mountain
SUGAR MOUNTAIN

To that place, to that time, where clocks do not tick
and there will be no sign of rush or of worry,
of sorrow or fret we will be in no hurry to run from deathbeds.

A pillow of peace, no more tears in our eyes,
as we lay down our heads and breathe a deep sigh.
Relief, oh relief from all of the past,
and here I hold onto all that did last.
Looking deep into the eyes that quench my parched soul.
At last, this is the moment, I am completely whole!
I’ll meet you there, upon that bright shore,
hand in hand we will walk as the heavens adore.
This reunion, this communion, this festival, this feast
to toast to the best for here there is no least
all are valued, oh all are loved all are celebrated in glory above