IN EMERGENCY, BRAKE SILENCE

by Ola Onabule

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A tribute to the golden era of soul music with the occassional foray into Jazz, Rock, Funk, African Music etc

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released June 26, 2004

IN EMERGENCY BRAKE SILENCE
OLA ONABULE

Written, Arranged and Produced By Ola Onabule for Rugged Ram Productions
Executive Producer: Maria Avgoulis

All songs published by Chunky Music Publishing

Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond, synths and piano: Pete Adams
Bass: Don Chandler
Drums: Julian McLaren
Guitars: Nial Tompkins
All vocals, percussion, and additional keys: Ola Onabule
All the guys sang the ‘rabble’ chorus on the song “Going Away”

Recorded by Ola Onabule, Casa del Funk, Bedford

Mixed by Teo Miller, Casa del Funk, Bedford,

Mastered by Hippie Baldwin, Metropolis, London

Artwork and sleeve design by Kenny Herbert for KHD, khd@dircon.co.uk

Photographs by Melvyn Vincent.

All the recordings were made with Shure Microphones, Supplied by Alan March at Shure UK

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Ola Onabule.

Born in the UK. Grown in Nigeria, West Africa, schooled in the British countryside, Jazzed up in the clubs of London. Writes wherever the spirit moves him. Records in a self built studio. Takes his music to the people of the world.

Ola possesses a stunning voice of enormous range and emotional clout ..beautifully clear and appealingly textured. The Guardian
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Track Name: Soul Town
SOUL TOWN
Ola Onabule © 2004

Where you gonna go, now that Soul Town’s gone
How you gonna do, What ’has been so undone

Once you were hip, right at the tip
The very essence of cool
Street savvy and fly, Steel in your eye
Thought you were nobody’s fool
It’s why I wanna know

What you gonna say, when they talk it down
That at the peak of it’s day ,
It was nothing, nothing but a plain Jane town

You say Soul Town, Is the way it ‘s all meant to be
And someday we’ll build it all again,
When we’ve had enough of this emptiness
Far too much of this loneliness
We’ll start afresh, raise it up, and grow

When you gonna see, that Soul Towns passed
And all those beautiful people you used to know,
Well they ain’t so fast

You riding high, in infinite skies
Just being that was your precious pearl
With one dream in your hearts and faith in that dream
You thought you’d be changing the world

You say Soul Town’s the prettiest place you knew
And someday we’ll build it all again,
When we’ve had enough of this emptiness
Far too much of this loneliness
We’ll start afresh, raise it up, and grow

Where you gonna go, now that Soul Town’s gone
How you gonna do, What ‘s been so undone

This! This ain’t nostalgia, This ain’t a love song
I’m talking bout Soul Town, because Soul Town’s gone
Those crazy clothes you used to wear, flowers in your hair
And your peace signs everywhere, way on back in Soul Town
Somebody tell me what happened to all those dreams of peace,
And understanding and harmony and brotherhood and love,
Being together for ever and ever
Don’t it seem like Soul Town, Soul Town is gone
This! This ain’t a love song This ain’t nostalgia,
Thus is a silly game we played with a game we loved
Way on back in Soul Soul Soul Town
Track Name: Parallel Universe
PARALLEL UNIVERSE
Ola Onabule © 2004

She’s making it plain,
She ain’t got all the time in the world,
Can’t go round again
Now is the time and she’s telling him so

He just can’t understand
it seems like all the fun in the world,
just came to an end
Now is the time, He’s letting her go

Pandemonium in business class,
They been loving in a parallel universe,
As the credits roll it’s clear,
just exactly where they’ll land.
Way back in parallel universe quick sand

He, he’s pleading for calm
But all the peace that’s in the world,
Won’t save him from harm,
Now is the time, She’s making him pay

Pandemonium in business class,
They been loving in a Parallel universe,
As the credits roll it’s clear,
just exactly where they’ll, land.

He’d love to find the button for reverse
but he knows that he is stuck within her crazy curse
You might think it tres bizarre,
but he goes along with her demands
Straight down to parallel universe quick sand

Dude you said the wrong thing, to the wrong girl,
at the wrong time, Walk on down to parallel universe.
Oh yeah dude!
Track Name: Heart Of Lead
HEART OF LEAD
Ola Onabule © 2004

We were more than friends in another story
Till that strange mood cast its spell on you
Those heady days are gone, nothing of them remain
Life has kept the promises it made to me
But what is this I see, this pain behind your smile
As you say, I should come your way, stop by for a while

Let’s move on, that’s what you said,
So I’m surprised you’re still lovin' me now.
Cos I moved on with a heart of lead,
And it ain’t fair to say you still love me now.

You just wanna talk, what’s there to say,
We’ll only make this craziness worse.
I may have thought of you, wondered how you were,
Wondered if you’d settled down and gotten over us.
Please don’t start to cry, I never know what to do.
You made a choice, You said just go,
hurt me in my soul

Let’s move on, that’s what you said,
So I’m surprised you’re still lovin' me now.
Cos I moved on with a heart of lead,
And it ain’t fair to say you still love me now.
What you wanna go back there for!

Oh darling seems like you ain’t got nothing to say in your defence.
So much water’s flowed under that bridge now,
Lets put it down to experience.

Let’s move on, that’s what you said,
So I’m surprised you’re still lovin' me now.
Cos I moved on with a heart of lead,
And it ain’t fair to say you still love me now.

What is this I see, love is still in your eyes for me yeah
Did you forget how you hurt me so bad,
I’m still searching for some meanings,
I’m surprised to hear your still harbouring a lot of feelings.
I moved on it was hard but I tried I did,
So I’m surprised to see that you still love me, still love me, now
Oooh! baby! What are you gonna do about this problem,
that you find yourself in.
Track Name: Savoir Faire
SAVOIR FAIRE
Ola Onabule @ 2004

Look at you, where did the honey go.
Tell the truth, something I did not know.
So they laugh, what is your beef with that.
Check where your head is at.
get even don’t get mad.

Many reasons why they’d wanna get at ya.
A crazy fascination for making good life harder.
Take the bad karma, turn it into light.
drop the peace and put up a fight.!

So when they see you coming
they wonder about your savoir faire
you get a slick vibe humming
Then you wear it like you don’t even care
Savoir faire

Crying shame, with half of what you got,
In my game, they wouldn’t win a lot.
Still you can’t see, just where the aces are,
Ain’t gonna get you far,
Further than where you are.

Cos I’ve heard them talking, that stuff that’s cheap
In a lifetime of it, aint a thing you’d keep,
Yet you come all charming, like you always been
Kill the nice, it’s time to get mean!

It’s time to show us what you’re made of
You got savoir faire

So when they see you coming
they wonder about your savoir faire
you get a slick vibe humming
Then you wear it like you don’t even care
Savoir faire

Mmm! it’s time to tell em where to get off
Hey! and when you don’t even doubt it

So when they see you coming
they wonder about your savoir faire
you get a slick vibe humming
Then you wear it like you don’t even care
Savoir faire
Track Name: Thanks
THANKS
Ola Onabule © 2001

Your elegant temptations,
Though the better left unknown,
Still wrestle my contention,
I should leave this place alone.

I know, I heard it all before,
And it grows betrayal of the adored,
When it blows, love is blown for sure,
you’re home alone, should’a said:

Thanks very much, got more than enough.
I wouldn’t wanna throw that away.
You got the all, from which any man would love to fall.
But I don’t wanna go it that way.

It all feels so helterskelter,
something deeper can’t endure,
I need the warmth and succour,
of a loving that’s secure.

And I could stray to what you lead me to,
In the wake of passions altered view,
And what was safe and always will be true,
Starts to fade, should’a said:

Thanks very much, got more than enough.
I wouldn’t wanna throw that away.
You got the all, from which any man would love to fall.
But I don’t wanna go it that way.

My honey’s home waiting, she’s anticipating,
expecting, depending on true love
Your honey’s inviting, seducing, enticing but to taste it ...

Oooh I know, I heard it all before,
And it grows betrayal of the adored,
When it blows, love is blown for sure,
you’re home alone, should’a said:

Thanks very much, got more than enough.
I wouldn’t wanna throw that away.
You got the all, from which any man would love to fall.
But I don’t wanna go it that way.
Track Name: Love Affair
Another great love affair
Has gone the way of absent care
We play our last chance charade
As painful smiles start to fade
Our hearts cry is this truly necessary now
and our memories recall ...
That we broke every rule thats in the book somehow
Oh so fearless and free
Freedom sweeter than we’ll ever know again
unless we find each other at the end
Of another great love affair

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Our hearts cry is this truly necessary now
and our memories recall ...
That we broke every rule thats in the book somehow
Oh so fearless and free
Freedom sweeter than we’ll ever know again
unless we find each other at the end
Of another great love affair
Track Name: Going Away
GOING AWAY
Ola Onabule © 2004

So he says, sweet darlings don’t look my way,
Innocent eyes like yours should’nt have to know this pain,
The kind I’d love to shield you from,
With every last breath of my soul, Of my soul.

A better day’s coming, shiny and new,
perfect in every way, for angels just like you,
have no fear, Keep it it together,
The happiest you’ve ever known... wait and see!

no more battle on the front-line,
I’ve seen enough to last a lifetime,
They ain’t gonna make a flat line out of me...

Just before I leave this battle zone behind,
I’m going away,
Before I keep my mouth shut for the rest of time,
got one last thing to say.

Did I say sweet darlings, the struggle is my life,
I just can’t bear to see this misery and strife,
I wish there was another road,
Without so much sacrifice, sacrifice.

I ain’t frettin' any longer,
And I ain’t getting any younger,
They ain’t gonna make a failure out of me..

Just before I leave this battle zone behind,
I’m going away,
Before I keep my mouth shut for the rest of time,
got one last thing to say.
Track Name: Enough
ENOUGH!
Ola Onabule©2004

I should be more than this,
Hanging around your promises of bliss,
losing a fight to myself,
I know he ain’t got your back.
He never hid that lack, of tenderness.

Thought that I would be enough,
Couldn’t seem to do enough,
Just got started but I’ve had enough,
How’d you get so mean and tough.
You look so sweet and then you play so rough
I don’t care, I heard enough
Of whatever you’re saying, and it hurts enough.

I’m gonna break your chain,
Girl you’re coming to the end of your reign,
I’m heading back to myself,
I know he will close that door,
When you come back be sure, I’ll be gone.

Thought that I would be enough,
Couldn’t seem to do enough,
Just got started but I’ve had enough,
How’d you get so mean and tough.
You look so sweet and then you play so rough
I don’t care, I heard enough
Of whatever you’re saying, and it hurts enough.


Mmm! Isn’t time that we gave up together, synchronised as one
Isn’t time that we faced up to some other...
And just moved on!
Track Name: Alive Tonight
ALIVE TONIGHT
Ola Onabule © 2004

Do you wanna be a friend,
Could you be a friend right to a bitter end.
Bitter end it might turn out to be,
Case of nothing ventured, nothing gained you see.

So if you care for us, this crucial hour,
If you can stand defiant under fire,
Hold your nerve together, what ever you discover,
Whatever comes to be.
You’ll be keeping love alive tonight!
Ooh! Yeah tonight.

I can’t put your mind at ease,
What we’ll be doing here is not designed to please,
I can tell you all you’ll need to know,
But I don’t know what you’ll hear within your soul,

So when you look back on this heavy moment,
Please don’t forget just how I really meant it,
Keep your hearts door open, Primed for the forgiving,
Whatever comes to be,
You’ll be keeping love alive tonight!

The hope you’re about to hope ain’t as sunk as it seems
Just fasten your mind to all the dreams of our dreams
Weigh up the highs and lows, over the back and forth
Till you’ll know, truly know, That you’re simply
Keeping love alive tonight
Oooh! keeping love alive tonight!

Time for me to say what I gotta say
And you gonna do what you gotta do
Bet you’re thinking what is gonna be will be
Just keep our love alive tonight
Track Name: You Can
YOU CAN
Ola Onabule © 2004

Do you hear the thunder, rolling in my head.
I have lost all sense of wonder, hope to me is dead.
Think I’m hearing pain in motion, seeing all of sorrows thought.
In my heart this desperation, just cannot be fought.

Hope sweet hope, don’t desert me now
Tell me that I can, tell me, hold on spirit,
don’t leave courage
Show me just how good it’s about to be
Because you can. Yes you can!

Are you trying to reach me, I’ll stay on the line
Will I learn what you must teach me, before I’m out of time
Make these fires burn rekindled, and this thirst for life revived
From this point of constant trouble, I must survive.

Hope sweet hope, don’t desert me now
Tell me that I can, tell me, hold on spirit,
don’t leave courage
Show me just how good it’s about to be
Because you can!

Way down below, bout as far as you dare to go,
That's where I’m calling out to you,
Praying that you can pull me through to the other side,
I know you’re there, hanging around without a care,
Can you hear me, Hope you can hear me.

Hope sweet hope, don’t desert me now
Tell me that I can, tell me, hold on spirit,
don’t leave courage
Show me just how good it’s about to be
Because you can sweet hope
Don’t desert me please don’t leave my side I said!
Track Name: Need To Know
NEED TO KNOW
Ola Onabule © 2004

You come to me,
And you find me at the centre of your new puzzle.
To leave it be,
As I’m scrunching on her evolutionary apple. mmm!
I see you still are undecided if I’m complex or just slow,
And you’re trying hard to bluff it,
but its clear that you don’t know.
You have to brave it like a lion, be a bro’ I can rely on.
Best to keep it to yourself, and your virtue on the shelf

There is no way back
once you’ve started out, you’ve just got to soldier on
Since you’re in the know,
then you need to know, you can’t ever tell any one
Think on your predicament a while!

Think on it for a minute or two,
Ooh! You can never tell a soul

Walk with me,
lets refine the finer details of our transaction
Just leave it to me,
I’ll make sure you’re never liable for my actions,
I bet you’re wondering how this works,
in the covenant of guys.
Do you pat me on the back, as we memorise some lies
Do you offer me confession, relief for your compunction
Or just keep it to yourself, and your virtue on the shelf

There is no way back
once you’ve started out, you’ve just got to soldier on
Since you’re in the know,
then you need to know, you can’t ever tell any one
Think on your predicament a while!

Your mother she cannot know
Your wife she cannot know
Nobody can ever know what we know
Track Name: Forgiven
FORGIVEN
Ola Onabule © 2004

As we surfaced from the depths of despair,
Thought I saw you fall behind ,
I could heard you in there breaking,
Deafeningly aching, letting nobody care,
But you can fall too far, drift too far away,
You’ll never be...

Forgiven
Don’t you be leaving,
Don’t say it can’t be forgotten
It’s time I’m forgiven
Forgiven

You will find that you can face us again
And get stronger with each day
You’ll see we ain’t even started,
Don’t stay broken hearted, everyone comes this way
And If they fall too far, drift too far away
They’ll never be...

Forgiven
Don’t you be leaving,
Don’t say it can’t be forgotten
It’s time I’m forgiven
Forgiven

Forgiven, Did I break your heart, Did I let you down!
Did I cause you pain, Did I make you cry, Did I rip your heart!
Did I break my word, Did I make you sad, Did I make you hurt
Have I been unfair, I should be forgiven, forgiven, forgiven!