Death Before Mourning

by Lady Midnight

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released May 17, 2019

All vocals recorded by Medium Zach at Woodgrain with the exception of “Bloodsong” and “Ion”. All songs mixed, and mastered by Medium Zach at Woodgrain, with the exception of “Ion”. Executive Producer Lady Midnight. Associate produced by Sound Vérité Records, Delano Lee & Jon Jon Scott. Photo by Nancy M. Musinguzi. Art by Andres Guzman. Additional credits listed in track information.

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Track Name: Bloodsong
This is my bloodsong,
for all of my loved ones,
bodies that I come from,
raise this one for you x2

Shule, shule a gra
Shule, shule a gra

From the south and the further south and coast, (I raise this one for you)
medicine men and queens (I raise this one for you)
Cacao, copal y Tonantzin, (I raise this one for you)
remarkable rare supreme (I raise this one for you)

Shule, shule a gra
Shule, shule a gra

From the quiet streams and average hearts
Came from great eruption from the start
We are all tradition rooted parts,
From divine direction guiding stars

I raise this one for you (the body)
I raise this one for you (the soul)
I raise this one for you (the body)
I raise this one for you (the soul)
I raise this one for you

De quien?…
Soy la hija (de quien?)
de Pamelita (de quien?)
De abuelita (de quien?)
y de Maria (de quien?)
Soy la hija (de quien?)
de un negrito (de quien?)
De abuelito (de quien?)
y el señor (de quien?) x2

I raise this one for you
Track Name: P((o))WR
Hard for it
We see you working hard for it
The power of your influence
To correct the misgivings of three generations.

Bang girl, hmmm
Oooooo show 'em work that thang girl
Power to your nature
She don’t no need favors
Offers on the table

Every, every day
She works every day
Every every day
It’s the only way

Came for, hmmm
Oooooo show 'em what you came for
Flip it fix the pain on 'em
Teach and lead the lane on 'em
Ain't got life to waste on 'em

Can’t nobody take what you now know
Can’t nobody break the ground you’re on

Can't nobody put a claim on
What you put your name on
Put your put your name on it baby

Every, every day (put your name on it)
She works every day
Every every day
It’s the only way

You'll see her on a main floor
Oooooo watch her work a main floor
My baby gets it paid for
She don’t need no favors
Offers on the table

Oooooo every, every day
She works every day
Oooooo every, every day
It’s the only way

Every, every, every day
Track Name: PRTN CTRL pt.1
You shine, you shine
Take what you’ve been given
You shine, you shine
Just take what you’ve been given
Track Name: Düít f∞r Luv
Take us as we are, grant us full pardon from
the blame tha has arrived here
These cuts that I am wearing,
are the wounds that come from breaking down the cycles

Fighting this fate, equal for friend or foe
I am not your enemy let your ego go
Long here, can’t stay too long here
Rest is but a moment we’re in warning

Do it for love

Raise an inward force, a tranquil breath
that comes from knowing we belong here
These steps that I have taken
in surrender to an ancient will to pass fear

Fighting this fate, equal for friend or foe
I am not your enemy let your ego go
Hate’s strong here, I know love belong here
Let the light and dark restore the bond here

Do it for love

Take us as we are, grant us full pardon from
the blame tha has arrived here
Track Name: Say it feat. Proper-T
Say it now, speak loud x 3

All you needed was a little trust
To know me
All I need was a little space
So show me

By taking the time to let it unfold
Before you let it go
Can you hold my kind
Can I unwind and share this place within

I just got to confess
Maybe time to express it
We can’t go on like this no more
We have to address it
Can’t leave it neglected
We can’t go on like this no more

We can’t go on like this no more x4

Get it off your chest now
Say it so it’s out
Speak your truth confess now
Mean it so you’re proud

Say it now, speak loud x 4

I just got to confess it
Maybe time to express it
We can’t go on like this no more
We have to address it
Can’t leave it neglected
We can’t go on like this no more

We can’t go on like this no more x2

All you needed was a little trust
Track Name: Ode to a Burning Building
So wounded you hurt yourself,
So wounded you hurt your own
Started fire in your home,
To watch it burn, to watch it burn
baby burn

And your walls crumble,
And you drink kerosene
And stride stumbles
And you plead for sympathy

Oh, save me
Save me, save me
Watch me bleed

Oh, save me
Save me, save me
Watch me bleed

Ooooh
Save me
Save me
Watch me bleed
Watch me bleed
Track Name: Catorce
Come to me now, not too long
I’ll bathe the body with your soul,
Fall into waiting, fall into hoping I see you soon,
Willing the moment I see you soon

If you burned in a fire,
I would hold a seance for you,
Bring you back to me

Grow you in the soil,
Harvest in the moonlight
Water you with memories
I’ll replay your ways
I’ll replay your ways
I’ll replay the ways you were with me
And I’ll choose the phrases,
From your better phases
Bring you back to me

Don’t slip the details,
Can’t stop the motion,
I can’t get, I can’t get over you

Thiningking on replay,
Stuck with the notion,
That I’m gonna, I’m gonna bring you back to me

Fall on me now but don’t be long,
Anxiously waiting your return,
Tell me how can I fight em’,
how can I teach em’ when I’m still learning

Holding your freedom,
Calling you back because I’m still yearning
And then you came in the fire
Flying like the phoenix for me
Showed me you remembered me
Left it in the soil, a stone for him to harvest,
Living with a memory

I’ll replay your ways
I’ll replay your the ways you were with me
And I’ll choose the phrases,
Of your better phases
Bring you back to me

Don’t slip the details,

Can’t stop the motion,
I can’t get over you
Thinking on repay,
Stuck with the notion
That I’m gonna bring you back to me



Study what you built and your reason
Study what you built and your reasons
I can’t get, I can’t get over you
I can’t get over you
Track Name: Ion
Five fingers to my waist
I can feel your body calling
Longing for it...
Been a long time
Been a long time
Track Name: Orange Lite
Pick your fill of fallen fruit,
Pluck the green from the tree
Take a sip of orange light
Feel the breeze from the stream
Tumbling down

Climb the deadland Shadow Peak
Feel the breeze at your feet
Death below it can’t be fast
Slow and steady steady, keep that

You’re steady you’re rising
You’re steady you’re rising run
You’re already late
You’ve already one

You’re taking your time ya
You cannot let go
You’re taking your time ya
You’ve already won

Reach, running
You’ve already one
Reach, running

Climb the deadland Shadow Peak
Climb the deadland Shadow Peak
Feel the breeze at your feet
Track Name: Xotgun
You’ve watched it all before,
Illuminated big screens
A temperament for war,
A shotgun in the backseat
Who do you fight for?
Time to choose your home team
All things fall apart, broken from the start
Can’t nobody save you

Anyday, this could be anyday
Anyday, this could be us
Be us, be us

Someone’s shouting love,
Support the resistance
The good boys wanna fight,
Can’t forget tradition
Whose body matters here?
Land of no protection
Cowards clutch to fear,
Heroes nowhere near,
And can’t nobody save you

Anyday, this could be anyday
Anyday, this could be us
Be us, be us

Anyday, this could be anyday
Anyday, this could be us
Be us, be us

(Fight)
Track Name: Fake News
Read nothing but tomorrow’s sorrow in the headlines
Suffering always sold,
Buying because you can’t feel anything
So you buy sorrow
Holding it off ‘til tomorrow
The pain of centuries, years of history
For 300 years now,
For 300 years you’ve sold sorrow
And you buy sorrow
Holding it off ‘til tomorrow

Oyá come x 4

Oyá come, teach us something all
Oyá come, teach us something all
I know that (Oyá, teach us something all)
the help will come if we...
I know that the help will come if-
Come if we call
Call,
Call,
Call!

(Don’t believe ‘em) we’re stable
(Don’t believe ‘em) we’re stable
(Don’t believe ‘em) we’re black and able
(Don’t believe ‘em) indigenous and able

I can’t cry anymore
So I take the part that was born for freedom
Lead em' through
I’ll carry you
Track Name: PRTN CTRL pt.2
And when they give you your share,
will you be proud or scared?
Can you take what you’ve been given?
Track Name: Lightness
Even when I’m alone, I can hear your body
Five fingers to my waist, I can hear your body longing
Longing for it
I can hear it
Keep it moving baby
Keep it moving baby
Keep it moving baby

I follow the lead, that, that, that, that
I can hear your body sending me
My, my, my-
Keep it moving baby

I can’t give away this feeling if I can’t feel it first
We won’t know the difference if we can’t learn it first
Show me and I’ll follow the lead
Ambition drives me to
Worship my temple like something holy
Worship my temple like I’m one and only
Inside rhythms baby, this will never fly
And we will never die
We will never die
We will never die
We will never die
We will never die

Inside rhythms baby, sanctify my feeding
Feeding
Feeding
Feeding
Feeding
Feeding

We will never die

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