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Released 1997 / Capitol Records

Track Listing

1. Damned If I Don't 3:58
2. Better Way 4:21
3. Heart of Stone 4:26
4. Somebody's Baby 3:12
5. Loving You 3:39
6. Beautiful Friday 4:00
7. Peace of Mind 4:04
8. Kingdom 3:58
9. D' Yer Maker 4:05
10. Sister 3:39

Produced by Eric Foster White





ALBUM LYRICS

BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY

(Chorus)
Last night was a beautiful friday
We made love at the end of a highway
Can't wait for this moment to arrive
I can't wait for my beautiful friday
I can't wait I can't wait

I think about you every day and night
I was a lonely soul till you fell in my life
Fortunately all the angels sent you my way
To open Heaven's gate as you lead the way

(Chorus)

I never knew that my world could stay still
I'm willing to wait .... in this night for you
And if friday had the urge to still
Somehow I will find a way
To see the breaking of a day

(Chorus)

For my friday
I can't wait I can't wait

If only I could have you more than a friday
Sunday to monday if only it's one day
If only I could have you more than a friday
If only I could if only today

I said me can't wait
What a beautiful friday (repeat with variations)

(Chorus x 2)

Can't wait for this moment to arrive
I can't wait for my beautiful friday
I can't wait I can't wait
For my friday


DAMNED IF I DON'T

Had your hand in my hand
Had a smile on your face
So I can understand
But suddenly you wanna put me
Back in my place

In a perfect world we would get along
If you realized that my love is strong
Oh when I look in your eyes I can see
All that I can see
Is that I would have to wait till tomorrow
Tell me why I have to wait till tomorrow

(Chorus)
Damned if I don't damned if I do
Everything I do is wrong and I can't please you
Damned if I don't damned if I do
Tell me what am I supposed to do
And I'll do
Dreaming never never yet to come through

Why do I feel so bad
Is it because you let me out in the cold
I thought that I could make a choice
Then I found out it was a wrong way to go
My life's been a trauma since you left me girl
And my heart's been painted blue
In my tainted world
If you only knew how much I hurt inside
Please don't make me wait until tomorrow
Tell me why I have to wait till tomorrow

(Chorus)

Oh never never can girl
I can't leave you from this game now
Every time I try to say it so
I find myself back in love with you
Oh not this feeling, love
I gotta try to make it work somehow
But as I think I'm about to win
You tell me you ain't gonna live in sin

Hey listen you
I don't know why you treat me so.....
Just ease all the tension and relax

In a perfect world we would get along
You would realize that my love is strong
Oh when I look in your eyes I can see
All that I can see
Is that I would have to wait till tomorrow
Tell me why I have to wait till tomorrow

(Chorus until end)


HEART OF STONE

Heart of stone
Heart of stone, heart of stone
Heart of stone, heart of stone

I watch her dance for her life
She lives her life by the night
I feel that I have to know her
Seen the other side of life
Generates, fascinates
Makes me wanna touch and feel her
So she sells her soul
And she is cold
And I feel her inside as she cries
And she's touched down she wants to die

(Chorus)
I know that you would rather be alone
I wanna get into your heart of stone
I know it's hard when it's the life you know
I wanna get into your heart of stone
When you're alone
When you're alone

She needs a break from the beast
Who runs her life as we speak
....Is like a lifetime
So young and yet so old
I'm touched how she is so pure
Love is what her world is missing

As she dances her baby cries
....ruins her life
Wish that I could sing into her mind
And flow
(Repeat)

(Chorus)

An angel of softness
Through the heart of sighs
I find myself loving her softly so tender
My body is only my heart
Oh let her oh
I'll never stop loving her

(Chorus)


BETTER WAY

Yesterday I heard in the air
People suffer everywhere
But the world don't give a damn
If money is true power
We should share it with our brothers
Lend a helping hand

(Chorus)
What would it take for our people to see
That we must come together for humanity
Stop this madness, violence and hate
Free ourselves before it gets too late
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
A vision for our future
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
A vision for our future

We need power for unity
So that we could all see
A vision for our future
Just a little more fire
To get what we need to bring
The people together

(Chorus)

(Jamaican rap)

Stop the madness, violence and hate
Free ourselves before it gets too late
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
I vision for our future
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
A vision for our future
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
There's got to be a better way (repeat)
Need to fight a power
And fight the hatred in each other
There's got to be a better way
There's got to be a better way
There's got to be a better way
A vision for our future


LOVIN' YOU

Touch, something you do that makes me high
Just give me wings and I would fly
Straight to your heart
And forever I'll remain

Cry too many tears are not enough
Expressing to you how much I love
Sharing your mind and your soul
Forever and a day

You're my desire you are my pain
You are my fire you are my rain
Flowing our love
Take away this world
You're the beauty that remains

(Chorus)
Loving you is so easy to do
Loving you is so easy to do
Loving you is so easy to do
Loving you is so easy to do

Kiss feels like Heaven's right by my door
Just like your river that overflows
Though I may drown I don't mind
Swimming in you river

When you are weak girl I will be strong
When you are right girl I may be wrong
You take my breath away
And I want you to know
With every beat of my heart

(Chorus)

Oh your smile keeps a lot
Brightness up my day
No matter who made it miles away
You're my steady now
My breath of life

(Chorus)

Loving you is so easy to do


DIRTY BLACK RABBIT

I wanna be more than a friend
Even though strangers we are
And even if just for one night
In my dreams you are my star
Our eyes tell the story
About the way that we feel
And even though the book's incomplete
I feel it the way we feel

The beauty of your face
The softness of your skin
I can feel you with my bones
If you could just give me
Your rudeness in me game

(Chorus)
Do you like a dirty black rabbit
There are .... in a hurry
Wanna lay you down if I can
Do you like a dirty black rabbit
Scared to bleed I'll touch your soul
Leave you oh so cold that you can bring
Wanna lay you down
Wanna lay you down
Wanna lay you down

I look at you, you look at me
You want me like I want you
As the tension builds inside
It is controlled as I am you
Ooh the smell of your skin
Dares me to get a little bit closer
I can't be shy
Must let my wild emotions take over

I can taste you from the inside
For .... God knows
If we could make love with our minds
Then you'd be down a million times

(Chorus)

For you
Any place anytime anywhere
I feel like a dirty black rabbit, Lord
For you
Any place anytime anywhere
I do you like a dirty black rabbit, Lord
(Repeat)

I can taste you from the inside
For .... God knows
If we could make love with our minds
Then you'd be down a million times

(Chorus)


PEACE OF MIND

Watch it
Sometimes every such pain in my brain
Feel it's gonna explode
The heat .... I feel in my heart
Is the love I feel for you
But understanding is all that I ask for
As difficult as it may seem
I seem to lose control
Oh control control

I want peace of mind
Meditation I hear the sound of quiet solution
Peace of mind
I want peace of mind
Peace of mind
(Repeat)

Peace of mind
(Repeat)

Oh when you laugh in my face
Try to see me lose my self esteem
I won't lose my mind
For fear of reaching the best of me
But understanding is all that I ask for
As difficult as it may seem
I seem to lose control
Oh control control

I want peace of mind
Meditation I hear the sound of quiet solution
Peace of mind
I want peace of mind
Peace of mind

Peace of mind
Thinking deeply
Peace of mind
Hear the birds and see the colors of life
Peace of mind
Looking at me
Peace of mind
(Repeat)

As difficult as it may seem
I seem to lose control
Oh control control
I want peace of mind
Meditation I hear the sound of quiet solution
Peace of mind
Not an illusion
Feels life is a beautiful ocean
Peace of mind
Meditation I hear the sound of quiet solution
Peace of mind
Not an illusion
Feels life is a beautiful ocean
I said I want peace of mind
I said I want peace of mind
Peace of mind
Meditation I hear the sound of quiet solution
Peace of mind
Not an illusion
Feels life is a beautiful ocean
I said I want peace of mind
I said I want peace of mind

Oh peace of mind
Peace of mind
I want peace of mind
(Repeat)


KINGDOM

Turn me over and slide
I just can't take no more
Bullets flying past my brain
As I walk right out of my door

A little acceptance please
Cause I just got to be
With my angels above
For all the wrongs I've done
I know I've overcome
The bitterness that's turned into love

(Chorus)
And if I don't make it home today, Lord
Welcome me in Your Kingdom
And if I don't make it home today, Lord
Welcome me in Your Kingdom
Welcome me welcome me
Welcome me

Dreaming over world war
No more freedom that's the end of the world
I take a stand and if you want to go
Feel free so nobody be slow
Cause I just got to be
Another country real
With the Hendrix above
You can go anytime
Don't want to stay in line
Knocking on the Heaven's door

(Chorus with variation)
Take me Almighty
Take me home
When You take me home
(Repeat)


RIDE THE WIND

I'm living in the ....
I seem live on the wrong side of town
And the moon never comes to play
The sun never lights your gloom
The skies are oh so gray

We only think what's going on
Is nothing's going on
Have you got some faith to take this son
The son cries
He ain't got no hope
He ain't got no hope

(Chorus)
And I say
Don't give up don't give in let it out
You can ride the wind
Don't give up don't give in let it out
You can ride the wind
Don't give up don't give in let it out
You can ride the wind
Don't give up don't give in let it out
You can ride the wind
Don't give up don't give in let it out
You can ride the wind

Don't give up just let the music play
You can try fly rise above the day
If you do all that you can do
And there is dismay
And seems that all the clouds
Are always standing in your way
Don't wait for another sunshine in our lives
Rainbows smile when you've got hope
And when you've got hope your dreams will fly

(Chorus)
You can ride you can ride the wind
(Repeat)
No wanna wanna give up now
No wanna give in
(Repeat)
(Chorus until end)


MERCY

Everyday I look around for you
You're never there
Even if time stood still for just one minute
I know you'd disappear
And if I believe in God
I know if lightning strikes me down
I would know why

Temptation and forbidden fruits they're lies
A beauty not to compromise
If I could catch my flame
And place it in your heart
Kiss the blue skies
And take it from the start

(Chorus)
If love and faith would just transmit
Lord have mercy on my soul for you
If there's a way a price to pay
Lord have mercy on both me and you
Lord have mercy on my soul for you

Lord have mercy
I'll be charged for murder
Lord have mercy
Oh every night
I find myself sleepwalking in your dreams
And I know you can feel me in your brain
Kicking scratching jibing you and saying
Even though I know it's wrong
I know sacred vows can't make you strong

(Chorus)

This is wrong or right
In search of victory, my fair
There's danger in every thing that we do
Have mercy on my soul for you

Lord have mercy
I'd be charged for murder, every time
Lord have mercy
I'd be charged for murder, every time
(Repeat)

If I could catch my flame
And place it in your heart
Kiss the blue skies
And take it from the start

(Chorus)


ONLY JAH KNOWS

Why does it rain when it snows
Why does it rain when the sunshine flows
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions

Why do we live and why do we die
How do we keep .... love inside
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions

(Chorus)
Cause only Jah knows
Only Jah knows
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions
Oh yeah

Why is there woman and why is there man
Why are there seeds to fertilize our land
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions

(Chorus)
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions

Why is there black and why is there white
Why is there prejudice and liberty now
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions

(Chorus)
Only Jah knows
All the answers to our questions
Yes He does
Only Jah Jah knows
Only Jah knows
No matter how much ideology
No matter how much psychology
.... Take theology
Only Jah knows
That's how far I live until dying
That's how far I live until dying
Only Jah knows
(Repeat until end)


SISTER

Oh sister you know how I miss you
Everyday I sit here and cry
Oh sister I wonder why
Why did you have to go and die
I didn't want to say goodbye
I didn't know you're next in line
Sister I miss you so
I'm missing you

Oh sister you were my only friend
You're the only one who would share my love
I didn't want to say goodbye
I've run away to let you fly
Your memories you signify
I count the .....
Sister I miss you so
I really really miss you

1991 and you left me all alone
(Repeat)

I didn't want to say goodbye
I didn't know you're next in line
Sister I miss you so
I'm missing you

I miss you


SOMEBODY'S BABY

Well just look at that girl
With the light coming up in her eyes
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she must be somebody's baby
Well all the guys on the corner stand back
And let her walk on by
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she's got to be somebody's baby
I said she must be somebody's baby

(Chorus)
Well she's alright
She's probably somebody's only light
Gonna shine tonight
Yeah I said
She's probably somebody's baby alright

I heard her talking to her friend
When she thought nobody else was around
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she got to be somebody's baby
Well all the cars and the signs
And the streetlights
Light up the town
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she got to be somebody's baby
I said she must be somebody's baby

(Chorus)

I try to shut my eyes
But I can't her out of my sight
I know I'm gonna know her
But I gotta get over my fright
Well I'm just gonna walk up to her
I'm gonna talk to her tonight
Tonight
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she got to be somebody's baby
I said she must be somebody's baby

(Chorus)

Tonight
I said she must be somebody's baby
I said she got to be somebody's baby
I said she must be somebody's baby


D'YER MAKER

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go
Oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go
Oh oh oh oh oh
Baby please don't go

Aye aye aye aye aye aye
All those tears I cried
Aye aye aye aye aye
All those tears I cried
Aye aye aye aye aye
Darling please don't wanna go

Watch me
When I read the letter you wrote me
It made me mad mad mad
When I read the news you broke me
It made me sad sad sad
I feel I love you so
I can't let you go
I love you so
Oh baby I love you

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Every breath I take
Oh oh oh oh oh
Every move I take
Oh oh oh oh oh
Baby please baby please don't go

Aye aye aye aye aye aye
You hurt me to my soul
Aye aye aye aye aye
You hurt me to my soul
Aye aye aye aye aye
Darling please don't wanna go

When I read the letter you wrote me
It made me mad mad mad
When I read the news you broke me
It made me sad sad sad
I feel I love you so
I can't let you go
I love you so
Oh baby I love you

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Every move I make
Every step I take
Yeah I want you to be with me all my love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You hurt me to my soul
Aye aye aye aye aye
You skin me to the bone
You break me you skin me


THANK YOU

Thank you for hearing me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for seeing me
And not for leaving me now

Thank you for staying with me
Thank you for not hurting me
You are so gentle with me
Thanks for the silence with me

Thank you for hearing me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for seeing me
And not for leaving me now

Thanks for silence with me
Thank you for holding me now
And saying that I could be
Thank you for staying with me

Thank you for hearing me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for seeing me
And not for leaving me now

Thank you for staying with me
Thank you for not hurting me
You are so gentle with me
Thanks for the silence with me
Thank you for not hurting me
And saying that I could be

Thank you for breaking my heart
Thank you for tearing me apart
Oh how I was wrong, strong heart
Thank you for breaking my heart

Thank you for hearing me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for seeing me
And not for leaving me now

Thanks for the silence with me
And for not hurting me
And saying that I could be
Thank you for staying with me
Thank you for not hurting me
You are so gentle with me

Thank you for hearing me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for seeing me
And not for leaving me now

Thank you for giving me
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for giving me
Thank you thank you

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Released in JAPAN 06/18/97

Track Listing

1. Beautiful Friday
2. Damned If I Don't
3. Heart Of Stone
4. Better Way
5. Lovin' You
6. Dirty Black Rabbit
7. Peace Of Mind
8. Kingdom
9. Ride The Wind
10. Mercy
11. Only Jah Knows
12. Sister
13. Somebody's Baby
14. D'yer Maker
15. Thank you

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