It's The Peace That Deafens

by Ola Onabulé

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1.
Dark Matter 04:06
Mozzies whine, senses bow, Candle lit sighs for tedium's ebb and flow Time can't breathe for good or better Shadows dance in wafts of never Quenchless thirsts for beaming eyes Soaking in brine of legendary lies Saying Yepa!, Nepa! gods almighty-o! Flash and flexing power no mercy Light the spark, and we step into view In the dark, matters of them seep into me and you Salted stains, blurring words, Imperfect silence, stifled what you heard, Drip of sweat, from scalp to collar Fit to fall and flail and falter At this amount-y-o!, The pressure mounts-o! And crush your fighty-o!, Till nothings lefty-o but Yepa!, Nepa! gods almighty-o! Taunt and flex that power lightly You who would thrive among the brighter stars If I could hold you high Never the blue we sailed to get this far Knowing to try is to survive the dark Light the spark, and we step into view, In the dark, matters of them Seep into me and you
2.
There goes the girl that she was Who stayed awhile and Left as the woman she is. When she come's back, I'm aching with love for all she may one day be Soon far from that I'll be long gone. Cleave to the arc of her smile Then surrender mine At the altar of time, Every memory stalls On the ledger of smiles, I've known but hers Soon even they will be long gone Gone is her hand lost in my hand No more questions endless yet grand Lost are whispered secret wishes To own all the sweets that have ever been Now her eyes see just certainties, Where answers don't do second guessing Life is waiting patiently to Take her from me to her destiny I miss the girl that she was As much as I love what the woman's become And if a dream came true Let it be that each obstacle she faces Lives full it's course then was long gone Gone is her hand... There goes the girl that she was...
3.
Jankoriko 05:00
He was running And the wind caught in his clothes as he was running There was no doubt in his mind he'd get to soaring Above Ebute Meta bustle, free and climbing But the dread fear in his eyes as he was running And the maddening crowd in chase, who were seething Knew no victory would come of all his running In the burning sun of that September morning Anyone could see that soon The bough would break The claim that dust will stake On every man was soon to be redeemed And yes! Justice tipped her scales Into the angry chant of Jankoriko Pleading With his eyes but not his voice, he was begging But they wouldn't hear his plea as they were crying For Ebute Meta retribution dealing Not the dime a dozen penalties for stealing From the limited supply of what gives meaning To the up and down and to and fro of living When the living is almost as hard as dying Till every one can see The bough would break The claim that dust will stake On every man was soon to be redeemed And yes! Justice tipped her scales Into the angry chant of Jankoriko Help! None but none is safe Where every one must live as noose and victim So Justice you be damned For we must sing the chant of Jankoriko Till it's complete It's like he knew all but judged only me Now the chanting won't stop deep within...
4.
Love Again 05:00
Long before the day I opened my eyes I saw all that seeing can disguise I had no fear of your defenseless embrace Or the doubts that soon were to be erased How low did we feel, maybe sometimes How high have we climbed tell me how high How wide does it flow my river of pride You don't know, do you now Let me tell you exactly how Honey, you just made me feel love again All you did was walk into this room Now it's filled with your sweet love again Just like a dream to live a thing so real Eagerly waking to each day's reveal My fascination grows, the more I know I dedicate my life to learn much more Why me, you still ask, what did I see Why question what was meant to be Why devotion unconditionally You don't know, though you try Let me tell you exactly why Honey, you just made me feel love again All you did was walk into this room Now it's filled with your sweet love again How low did we feel, maybe sometimes How high have we climbed tell me how high How wide does it flow my river of pride You don't know, do you now Let me tell you exactly how Oh, let me tell you how You just made me feel love again Honey you just made me feel love again All you did was walk into this room And I feel love again Honey, you just made me feel love again All you did was walk into this room Now it's filled with your sweet love again
5.
Let her leave, pride is free, Let her steep in her mood, all alone, Don't you beg, Please don't plead, Never kneel at her feet to atone She just come to my abode, breaking hearts like typhoon Coz it's you, hands are tied, till we seem like buffoon The red line that she crossed circles right back to you If your heart is loving, Fine yai yai but…. We cannot cope, Please, Just leave us to our own, Never let her darken our door Tho' patience endures But it's just run out for sure Cut the crap, playing big, talking jack, saying zilch, what's the deal Face the truth, somethings wrong, If you fess I can help, keep it real You've are trapped in the lie that it's kind to be mean Where your bond is the crime and my yard now the scene I will not interfere but I must intervene Coz my head is crying Why yai ai yai The tone was light, the vibe was good, And could not be misunderstood So how did we wade in this quicksand, Please tell me In all my years, In all my days I never known such crazy ways Making on patience a demand it can't endure….
6.
With uniform of labels, And epaulet credentials, They'll Doff their caps to station and rank. Keep toiling hard to make it, Though brass will likely take it. Oh! you'd go the whole way that way, Just to see the day you're the... Emperor of big city, Ruler with impunity, Let them fall who fail destiny. You'll drive by with fat Mercedes Benz, With Moolah, but no amends. Killing herbs for heartache with greed,  The herbs for your heartache There's smiling in dystopia, They celebrate in fear,  They're dancing as though stamping out flames, They wake up every morning, Smother the voice a-calling. Oh! You'll go the whole way that way, Just to see the day you're the… Enter a new freeloader to the game Spurning echoes of time. Panning for gold only fools will ever claim Eager to fly and flounder, over and over again You're the emperor, You're the governor You're commissioner, Ruler you are.
7.
gentle words, shrewd and false, from lips that betray, Way deep, where dreams sleep. beaten down, deadened pulse, from a canny embrace Way deep, where defeat lives. White noise, fills dark space, right voice, wrong place. Where (the) silence wakens every ghost It's the peace that's deafening the most.
8.
The Voodoo 05:26
Si na weeaayyyooo Got this riddle running round my mind Tangled puzzle that I can't unwind But as the mystery wheels and climbs I make the break through,Then I'm the Voodoo Something in my heart's aching to turn it's back on this Comfort in the stark splendour of what I should resist I couldn't infinitely bend to please an ever changing world I long to find what makes life whole And then be that my whole life long Got this riddle running round my mind Tangled puzzle that I can't unwind. But as the mystery wheels and climbs, I make the break through,Then I'm the Voodoo Standing in the eye, the storm feels like an oasis of calm, lessons long survived, melt doubt away like soothing balm I couldn't definetly state that I don't ever feel dismay To know the way it is, is how you know that next is on it's way Got this riddle running round my mind, Tangled puzzle that I can't unwind But as the mystery wheels and climbs I make the break through,Then I'm the Voodoo Si na weeaayyyooo Got this riddle running round my mind Tangled puzzle that I can't unwind But as the mystery wheels and climbs I make the break through,Then I'm the Voodoo Si na weeaayyyooo I’m the voodoo, I’m the magic, Im the Doctor, I’m the medicine I’m the spirit,When I’m in it, when I give it Voodoo, magic, doctor medicine Spirit, In it, energy give it
9.
Invincible 04:16
You want to take it, You'd have to comprehend, You'd have to come prepared and ready to prise it From my cold and lifeless hands. Coz It's who we are, and I would not concede it lightly, The best we've done by far, and we forged it in the fires, of survival from trials and tribulations for Our love, The invincible cord, That binds us, To a promise that can't be broken, By one never sworn to the cause, Unbeliever, In the power of invincible love I see what you heard, But don't know what you're speaking of I hear what you thought, but that ain't invincible love Think you can break it, Please be my guest and try. You'll find that it's impervious to the schemes and machinations I imagine you've come by. You may think it strange, That at first glance we seem defenseless That notion soon will change, When you see how reinforced and fortified is the buttress of the fortress that is
10.
Little brother, young pretender's, had a ponder, and starts to wonder, If my thunder can't be plundered, then overthrown. (You Won't) catch me fretting, I got no reason, I'm dues paying and lesson learning So if he's coming, We'll get to rumbling, the whole way home. I wouldn't do this  in your shoes, I walked that mile long before it was old news, And in those shoes the places I knew gave me the blues, The kind you don't lose, In your shoes He's got it all sewn up, like he's all grownup, If only he'd own up to all that he know not He might just catch up, to how facts stack up, in cold light of day ( I've got) Bags of patience, I've learnt the good sense, To seek the essence, of my existence, His crass persistence, Is inconvenient and not okay I wouldn't do this  in your shoes, I walked that mile long before it was old news, And in those shoes the places I knew gave me the blues, The kind you don't lose, In your shoes Something I don't understand, Why  paint your pride into a tight space Come that hour,  you're gonna need a place to save face. And in those shoes, the little trifles you prove Will leave you the blues, The kind you can't lose One day you'lI stroll back in time, To what you thought was your primeAnd understand what I mean. But till that day has arrived Where your hopes have survived Just keep your feet on the ground and the ground firmly beneath your shoes
11.
Orunmila 04:37
We saw them come, Watch them go The sacred hearts, the sands of the east and the chosen souls. Once Sango, now no more. Found new altars down which all a brothers blood can Flow So if anybody asks we say no. This delirium’s everywhere we go We built across the bridge home Deny those who were once known So when they speak of Orunmila We say no. Though we dance as we once danced, We no more trouble the truth or the spirit within the trance Soon Oshun’s, a dusty rune where every griot’s tale dries up like a Sahara dune So if anybody asks we say no This delirium’s everywhere we go We built across the bridge home Deny those who were once known So when they speak of Orunmila We say no.
12.
In The End 03:52
No, it's not going so well, Sues on the warpath to Out do herself as Queen of Confrontation Peace seems improbable to our consternation God knows why temper flows, And cold wind in Sue's heart blows Maybe she never knew a friend, Though it's unfashionable, Charm indefatigable Might get her softening in the end Bet we could make her see, We mean her no harm, and free her from antiquated misconceptions Make her feel love despite her reservations Susie must know we're not the enemy We're just convenient for the role If she could hold herself to scrutiny She'd see the scar is on her soul Making friends, kissing babies (In the end) Baking pies for the neighbours (In the end) Lending out cups of sugar (In the end) Joining the local choir (In the end) She'll be running for mayor (In the end) She'll get the key to the city (In the end) The Award for Charity That's the way Susie's gonna be! (In the end)

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released September 18, 2015

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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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