by Ola Onabulé

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Closer 04:34
CLOSER Ola Onabule © 2001 Oh She’s Struttin'’ thru' her days, with a new song in her soul And there’s no misery in the lexicon can harm her now She’s in the strength zone and the zone’s in cruise control Will She get to see the world of infinite possibles Who can tell, It’s one of those solo mission things just gotta be done Stand up and get closer to yourself face your truth, that’s your wealth And you won’t ever have to fake your smile again And It’ll make you feel real good as good as you’ve ever could stand up and get closer to yourself, You know it’s right He was beating on himself, for dreams he could not realise And this whole world he thought a weight Just made to drag him down To where his faith could not materialise Will he stop at fantasise or make it on to actualise Who can tell, It’s one of those solo mission things just gotta be done Stand up and get closer to yourself face your truth, that’s your wealth And you won’t ever have to fake your smile again And It’ll make you feel real good as good as you’ve ever could stand up and get closer to yourself, You know it’s right Life can seek you out just to grief you out Till you can’t remember what’s worth fighting for Don’t let it smack you down, till hope runs aground Get connected to what is best inside of you You’re moving Your star’s ascending Don’t let no wrong thing Closer to yourself Stay motivated Invigorated once elevated Closer to yourself
One Life 05:03
ONE LIFE Ola Onabule © 2001 They would have liked to stay together but tortured vestiges of pride Had conspired to keep them bitter Till they were locked out from inside So one fine morning he’ll be leaving His perfect children all behind Each trusting face gives up believing and wouldn’t need to for a while One life that’s all we have to get it right Can’t live it over again And that life rushes past somehow One lifetime fighting hard just to survive Who treats love like its a game When life won’t stop rushing past somehow Rushing past the plans we make Faster than the steps we take To correct our sad mistakes one life is not enough for love gone wrong He’s taking solace in new prayers She’s voicing ills hate her heart denies They called it freedom to disfigure What they’d been building most their lives One life just like a leap of faith landing on a done deal and no one seems willing to take the blame A whole life trying to communicate pain is all that feels real Different tears tho’ the cry is the same One life, and more still ain’t enough One life, when driving love is rough One life, ain’t done even when gone One life, if you’ve found the perfect one
W.O.W. 04:28
W.O.W. Ola Onabule © 2001 You’re it, for me, You’re more than I’d dared to hope for I’m there, count me in, I’m good for everything you implore since there ain’t one thing about you I’m inclined to regret And each moment that we share seems to be better than our best moment yet and I’m still yearning for more Make the slightest move and deep inside my body I feel Something so W.O.W. And though I fight the burning urge to make each fantasy real I find you so W.O... double you, that’s you, its true that you're too good to be true I Want you, to do, what you do because it’s W.O. W... You smile, That’s nice, Keep moving While my eyes are drinking it in I try but in vain to keep my mind off original sin There’s only one thing about you I might not admire It’s that you only have to say the word and I’m providing love you require Then I’m still yearning for more You.. Inspire my aspirations, to realise all the plans I have to make you so happy I’m a captivated man All of my senses are reeling from an attack of delight I’m barely fit for clear thinking You’re such a marvellous sight that’s you
WONDERFUL FEELING Ola Onabule © 2001 And they said to him it’s just compromise Like trading up on dreams at a capital price When you get to the top You can do what you want Fortune like time makes every wrong right Only all right, until the road led To a place he had never intended to be He was okay, till the people he loved had been caused so much pain, He could not believe there once was a time when life was: Such a wonderful feeling, Where every moment was joy Filled with love and true meaning Listening out for his inner voice Now they circle him, the prey caught in flight Distant shadow of once inspiring sight Since you ain’t what you were Take whatever's on offer The degradation will tame your wild soul Soon it’s too late, He’s on oblivion road and hopes drowning beside him, too weary to swim So he lets go, and won’t be coming home And as peace overcomes him He can hear them say It’s all such a shame ‘Coz’ he was Such a wonderful feeling... It was so right, the very first plan Lost and beguiled, set adrift somehow But that doesn’t matter now coz he moved along and where he’s gone from Is trading again On all that is left of Such a wonderful feeling... To every sound of his heart As it falls apart... now!!! so beautiful Phenomenal inner voice inner voice, you ain’t got no choice listen out for your inner voice cos it is... Wonderful, Beautiful, magical, incomparable, remarkable, phenomenal, unbreakable indestructible
All Good 04:07
ALL GOOD! Ola Onabule © 2001 Stand up all the people, whose lives ain’t their own Who ordered resolution but wound up getting hollow building new mirages on old certainty till Friday night rebellion crushes sobriety Who finally completed what no one can see A secret shrine to you and your new pal joe futility We’ve lost communication with your inner child Somewhere between brown nosing and feeling defiled And just how well you’re coping cannot be denied But every intermission has you running stark wild You're in there somewhere just harder to reach Mocking and meaner but easier to teach the truth Life ain't no Vanilla thing and yet it’s all good! Nobody knows you as you really are You’d love to head back but you travelled so far you know Life ain't no Vanilla thing and yet it’s all good! Good bye everybody It’s time go home There’s no more entertainment when the clown does it solo Think it’s time we caught up on reality death defying feat of actuality to face up to the true face of duality and understand how far you’ve drifted from honesty
Lagos Boy 04:50
LAGOS BOY Ola Onabule © 2001 Lagos boy face up to the truth Hope is fading, chances slipping And neither joy nor pride in victory past can stay the closing, if tomorrows failings are sealed Lagos boy I have heard the world’s no longer listening, and long stopped caring It’s bitter joy, guiding home the lost whose fated journey is not beginning to end You promised so much, we longed for so long Beyond reach or touch Gone where believing went tested without relent all expectation spent still can’t see A better future right ahead of us Lagos boy pull back from the edge Of self destruction a new direction May bring true joy, and help you rid yourself Of old perceptions till self-deception is past it’s unravelling before your eyes, be still, then you might see there’s so much ahead We struggled we fought, survived all as one tho’ beaten and wrought We seek a new dream to hold to make us brave and bold Eyes without scales of old that see A brighter future right ahead of us Lagos boy you bound our hopes to faith but God is sleeping and can’t hear our pleading We prayed that joy would find our weary hearts Tho'” we’re still waiting, time is passing us by Lagos boy you have to turn it round So many of you are not returning and there's no joy in losing sight of home When home is burning and you’ve no home Lagos boy
Like Him 04:43
LIKE HIM Ola Onabule © 2001 When I look at him in the autumn of his years I see a man whose self assurance can incline Words from him to float subtle as a breeze Yet so effortlessly ease my troubled mind His life philosophy, to him seems so elementary To square up to all doubt, within not from without Be brave enough If I like him, can learn to temper all with grace and walk life at a measured pace Maybe I’ll be Deeper than thought of inconsequentials Clearer than simple truths, Broader than one mind Certain beyond proof circumstantial Willing to be myself Beyond doubting shadows oh oh Now watch with me as I raise my infant son to be the man I must become If I’m like him
He Says 05:41
HE SAYS Ola Onabule © 2001 He knows just how it’s gonna be The be the end and all is he almost perfection In his own perception He’ll tell you what you ought'ta feel Coz what you feel cannot be real Just apparitions passing aberrations Oooh! he’s almost intellectual quasi pseudo liberal Oooh! It’s never personal only theoretical When he says You wanna walk free, come and see me, and then we might see You’d like to stand tall, you gotta drop all, and just follow me. There ain’t much to see, Unless seen through me, Unquestioningly So if you feel small, Backed up to the wall, Its because you ain’t me! He’ll tell you he’s the source of life and doesn’t just reflect the light He’s the connection, To divine illumination And tho’ he digs you at the roots feeling your authentic truths He thinks that he could do you Far better than you do. Oooh! He’s a modern radical dangerously acceptable Oooh! maximum infallible And it’s only logical That he says You gotta give up no ones to blame That’s why you came last in the humanity game You ain’t enough of all that you mean to me And far to much of what I feared you might be I don’t think you’ll need you, At least not today See It was never about you’ Its about seeing it my way
DON’T KNOW Ola Onabule © 2001 Lead with our hearts, block with our heads Give more than we get, and we never say dead Play tougher than steel, whatever we feel Rather push on through, than stop and talk it through Surely we, that chance in a million Cosmic miracle event standing on the banks of oblivion Naked without hope would wonder why! We don’t know where we’re going Sure ain’t sure if we’ll get there We don’t know just when the journey starts And we don’t know, that we don’t know Take what you need, no need to replace Time and love often tasted in haste We’re not even close to how it could be we choose delusion and spin, As tho' what lives ain't within Trapped between a vision of heaven as everlasting happiness and the quest for wealth and ambition far beneath ambition for deeper breadth We’ll say that’s just the way it is Impossible but meant to be Some kinda mystic destiny But we can’t know, don’t know Some will try to say it ain’t our watch Ain’t meant to live up to so much We’ll take the cash and stay in touch With what we really truly do not know
Changed 04:41
CHANGE Ola Onabule © 2001 You changed in many chilling ways you gaze out longer your fuse is so much shorter and you aint participating your interest is abating You clean forgot what we were Wherever you’re gone seems far from here And your body’s itchin' to disappear Now that times are rough You can’t abandon us enough There was a home in your heart but it’s closed And there’s a cut in your soul in which no love can grow One day you’ll know how it feels to be alone Till then you won’t change You changed in such a complex way Your smile was warmer Your meaning so much clearer Now you’re just reciting mocking and deriding Like you forgot how we were And since it seems you're gone far from here I aim to follow and disappear Times have got so rough That memories just ain’t enough
Catch Me 04:31
CATCH ME Ola Onabule © 2001 Known days when even breathing is hard Life throws it’s blows when I drop my guard But I hold still, with a calm pause, and my sails low for the next wave And there are no days when the losing ain’t hard Lady luck deals a hand so without regard But I hold still, with a calm pause, and my sails low for the next wave I feel secure However it turns, which way, You’re always there to catch me... (And I believe) if I fell from grace, You’d still be proud to stand beside me I’m sure, with love enough to catch me When fate holds out on the dreams that we share and chance turns away like it doesn’t care You just hold still, with a calm pause, and your sails low for the next wave Small gains seem the greater when shared Love’s like a shield that deflects the fear If we hold still, with a calm pause, and our sails low for the next wave I’ve never been scared of the fall I’m not worried at all what will be will be, I can’t change night to day But it sweetens the pill that you believe in me still even when self doubt stands in my way
Gone 04:04
GONE Ola Onabule © 2001 You gotta go while its gotta be good to be gone You gotta be where to be gone is good You gotta roll when they say its game on You gotta run where the races are ran to be won And if you leave while the left ain't so big You’ll be long gone, so long So you find yourself jamming in a dump like this one Consider it might be cos you’ve played your whole life wrong There so much you could have kissed to get to be someone Don’t you think its time to swallow all that pride and be gone Gotta be gone, far and long gone gotta get going Gotta move on, better push on, you wanna get on Should'a been real strong Should'a said so long You, should'a kept moving Could'a been done, you could'a been gone, If only you’d been trying to be strong!!! Hasn’t done you any good to keep turning up here When your future could be shinning much brighter elsewhere And if I had your gift I would gotta the hell outta here Come to think of it my whole life's been... wish I were gone


ballads of longings for love, and Gospels about loss of identity Anthems for Africa


released October 15, 2002

All songs written recorded and produced by Ola Onabule and mixed by Teo Mi8ller at Casa Del Phunque, Bedford. Mastered by Simon Francis at Metropolis, London.

Graphics and Artwork by Kenny Herbert
Photographs by Nick Gregan

Written, Recorded, Produced and Performed by Ola Onabule

Executive Producer - Maria Avgoulis


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Ola’s new album, POINT LESS has been critically received worldwide. The new album is on the DownBeat list of Best Albums of 2019. .

Onabulé is a rugged individualist, a deeply soulful musician. Possessing an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity, a poignant storyteller and capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching lyrical pursuit of truth and justice.
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