Dialogue

by Aaron Abernathy

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rebecca riley every time I listen to this album I love it even more. my god -- the bass, the falsetto, the politics, the hooks -- this album has it all cover to cover. just ordered it on vinyl and can't wait to listen in analogue. anthem for a new generation of freedom fighters overflowing with self love. Favorite track: Generation.
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A.C. Sonically it makes the cut, “A tour de force, where Aaron creates a cool musical landscape.” "An environment where the bass and drum meet so effortlessly!” Tracks like “Daily Prayer” and “Children of The City” segue so beautifully! Lyrically, it speaks 2 the state of the world 2-day... Favorite track: Forecast.
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released October 16, 2017

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Aaron Abernathy Washington D.C., D.C.

Aaron Abernathy, professionally known as Ab, is a multi-talented musician -- singer, songwriter, producer, and entertainer. With outstanding talents as both a keyboard player and a vocalist, he has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. ... more

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Track Name: Daily Prayer
Verse 1
I have the courage and the aptitude
To raise the standard and to set the mood
The times we’re living in are critical
Nobody’s safe the war is spiritual
I pray I make it to the afterlife
But while I’m here I’m going to shine His light
Going to encourage all that came to fight
We need His strength to help us do what’s right

Say what’s your purpose? What’s your meaning here?
I came to serve let’s make that loud and clear
And I don’t care the color, race, or creed
I came to serve all of humanity
Don’t judge the spec that’s in your neighbor’s eye
When yours is filled with wood that’s made you blind
Just seek the kingdom and you’ll see the light
We need His strength to help us do what’s right
Do what’s right and I need ya

Hook
I need you in the early Morning
I need you off the late night

Verse 2
You see Ezekiel he saw the wheel
And Hezekiah asked for 15 years
And you brought Daniel out the Lions Den
Elijah felt your presence in the wind
David was a man after God’s own heart
And you showed Noah how to build the ark
Sara was barren in a foreign land
But had a son by father Abraham

You were with Joshua in Jericho
You answered Samson so his hair could grow
You were with Ester and with Mordecai
And you placed Haman on a pole to die
Jesus He died for all humanity
And rose on Sunday now He lives in me
You were with Peter, Paul, and Timothy
So Lord I’m asking will you walk with me
Walk with me cause I need ya

Hook
I need you in the early Morning
I need you off the late night
I need you in the early Morning
I need you off the late night
I need you in the early Morning
I need you off the late night
Track Name: Children of the City
Verse 1
With their foggy intuition
They’re forced to make big decisions
That lead to massive collisions
All because they’re not condition

On how to play this game
And for years it’s remain the same
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
You know that it’s a shame
That they treat Black human beings this way
So I fall on my knees and pray

Hook
Cause I know
Lost souls trying to find their way
Before the Lord brings the judgment day
And these political crooks and Pharisees
With dirty looks are slain

And I hope we’re all trying to find a way
To shuffle all the cards we’ve been dealt to play
I hope the Lord hears my prayer today
And remembers the children of the city

Verse 2
Lord don’t let me backslide
On the east side of Cleveland we ride
To thugs & Harmony
Me and Scott Mescudi, used to listen to tribe
Pushing my Daddy’s ride
Son of Larry’s alive
And he’s breathing
Yeah I’m still here I’m still Cleveland
A messenger for my people
You know the people
The victims of systemic evil
And it’s been going on for centuries
That white supremacy
That no equality
That store clerk in the store that follows me
Along with police brutality
And we’re fed up
And all lives matter is a setup

Just like our schools with dated books
Produce crooks that played hooky
And now they’re out to get your daughter’s goodies
We all know the system failed them
Wouldn’t excel them
They’d rather break them down and jail cell them

Hook
Cause I know
Lost souls trying to find their way
Before the Lord brings the judgment day
And these political crooks and Pharisees
With dirty looks are slain

And I hope we’re all trying to find a way
To shuffle all the cards we’ve been dealt to play
I hope the Lord hears my prayer today
And remembers the children of the city


Ending Refrain
Black king you better wear your crown
Black queen please know I worship the ground
That you walk on
Don’t let the man bring you down
Black People said we gotta be proud
Lord have mercy
To be young, gifted, and Black
They can’t stop that, Lord knows
With God on our side
They can’t stop us
Yeah
Hook
Cause I know
Lost souls trying to find their way
Before the Lord brings the judgment day
And these political crooks and Pharisees
With dirty looks are slain

And I hope we’re all trying to find a way
To shuffle all the cards we’ve been dealt to play
I hope the Lord hears my prayer today
And remembers the children of the city
Track Name: Restrictions
Verse 1
Outside…I must go
Where I’m greeted by the pusherman
Rain, sun, sleet, or snow
Lord have mercy
Outside…I pass corners filled with love and hate
Mama wish me well
And pray for my fate

From the fast woman, crime, and cars
That patrol my boulevard
And I’m astounding that I grew up around this
And somehow I survived it
The hustlers and ganstas know them well
They’ve tried to recruit me since I was twelve
And I have fought it
I have fought it
You know nothing bout these projects
And the people who come up out of it

Hook
It’s your restrictions
That creates this jurisdiction
If you’re not willing to fix them
Don’t go judging our conditions

There’s no economic balance
Disadvantage is our challenge
Don’t you turn your back
What you look down on you created that
Didn’t ask for this environment

Verse 2
Inside…I must go
Didn’t know I was a child adult
‘Til I left my household
Mama worked and I had job since I was ten
Cutting grass to make some dividends
Bagging groceries to help pay the rent

The hustlers’ game was tempting me
But poppa he died out in the streets
Lord knows I miss him
He’s a victim of the system
A real job he couldn’t get them
He was arrested at 17
Once you’re in the system you can’t get clean
It’s hard to manage
When you’re caught inside this gambit
Knowing there’s no second chances
No

Hook
It’s your restrictions
That creates this jurisdiction
If you’re not willing to fix them
Don’t go judging our conditions

There’s no economic balance
Disadvantage is our challenge
Don’t you turn your back
What you look down on you created that
Didn’t ask for this environment
No No

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on us my God
Lord have mercy
How am I suppose to survive on eleven dollars an hour
Yeah
Mmm mmm mmm
Track Name: Generation
Verse 1
And to the republic
For which it stands
One nation divided by one man
Fight for your freedom
For your liberty
And yes we the people
Need Unity
LGBT Community
Black, White, Latino, Asian
Native Americans
Let’s come together and save the nation

Hook
My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more

My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more

Verse 2
O’er the land of the free
Home of the brave
Yet so many people
Live in fear today
Threatened by governments
That discriminate
If one group’s in bondage
Then we’re all enslaved
LGBT Community
Black, White, Latino, Asian
Native Americans
Please recognize what we’re facing

Hook
My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more

My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more

Verse 3
We hold these truths to be self-evident
That all are equal in this great land
That’s granted to the immigrant
The woman, poor, and rich, and all religions
Our women deserve equal pay
Lesbians and gays deserve their rights too
Let’s love our neighbors as ourselves
And not deprive a race of what we want too

Hook
My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more

My generation
Grandchildren of segregation
We don’t want separation
No more
Track Name: Am I Good Enough To Love?
Verse 1
I bend over backwards to care for you
I’ve done everything that you’ve asked me to do
I’m full of compassion and empathy
I don’t have perfection
It’s not in me
And I don’t make money the way you do
I’m ashamed I can’t provide that way for you
I’m working three jobs trying to contribute
But question if you value what I do

Refrain
Yes I’m insecure
And yes I am unsure
If who I am is enough for you
I work hard everyday
And I give you my everything
But I will walk away

Hook
If I’m not good enough
If I’m not good enough to love
So please tell me
Am I good enough
Lord Am I good enough to love

Lord have mercy
Come on child a come on

(Piano Solo)

Verse 2
My ears are to listen to what you need
Cause I vow to give you the best of me
My soul sees eternally who you are
Your actions and goodness will take you far
My words are to comfort your doubts and fears
My hands are to wipe away all your tears
My heart it is open to give my love
My mind wonders if I am what you want


Refrain
Yes I am afraid
Of how I am portrayed
This world hasn’t been to kind to me
And the value of my heart
Isn’t a salary at all
So I’m willing to walk

Hook
If I’m not good enough
If I’m not good enough to love
So please tell me
Am I good enough
Oh good enough to love
Hey baby tell me

Am I good enough
Am I good enough to love
So please tell me
Am I good enough
Oh am good enough to love
Hey good God come on
Yeah…Am I good enough
Oh baby
Good Enough
Yeah….break it down on the one

CHIOR:
Good enough to love you til your life is over
Am I Good Enough
Good Enough to Love

Repeat 4x

Look here
I put everything
On a wedding ring
Give you love, Joy, Peace, amongst other things
I’ll be kind to you
I’ll be faithful
I’ll be gentle with you baby and use self-control

Am I good enough
Am I good
Am I good enough baby
Play on
Am I good enough baby
Woo

Am I good
I can’t sing no more
No More
Track Name: Human Actions Matter (Leviticus)
Verse 1
Born sinners
But all who are made Holy
Are transformed by the grace of God
We’ve all been anointed
Lord have mercy

You shall be holy cause the Lord our God is holy
Goodness lives inside of you
We all have a calling
Oh this world
Of tortured souls and injured hearts
Trying their best to play their part need to know

God loves you
And He will make you holy
Bring your holiness into this world
To feed the souls of people starving
Lord Jesus

Love your neighbor as yourself
Love God He’s holy
And let us not forget
The less fortunate
Track Name: Now A Days
Verse 1
Now a days
There is no guarantee I’ll make it home
Cause The value of my life is slim to none
The color of my skin
It scares the men
Who wear a badge
And they’ll gun me down
If they feel I’m a threat
Now a days
The content of my character can’t speak
Before they spill my blood out in the streets
And as it flows they make me into
What they’re taught to think
That I’m a thug and drug dealing machine


Verse 2
Now a days
When we protest the injustice we live
Somehow we get the blame for what they did
They gentrify our hoods
And make them good then kick us out
And wonder why we kick and scream and shout
Why so entitled
Does your privilege bring you any shame
We work twice as hard and more to have a say
And surely as the sun shines down
On beautiful black skin
No we will not back down and we will win


Vamp
And I believe that only we can save us
So I’m counting on you
To love yourself, your children, and your neighbor
And know that God will always bring us through
They want to reduce us to a Black man and woman
But they gotta understand we’re human
And this world is ours just like it’s yours
And we won’t be ignore
Track Name: Forecast
Verse 1
There’s a war inside my mind
That I battle and I lose from time to time
Weary from fighting insecurities and thoughts
I’m losing the war
And it affects my daily walk
They say the truth will
Set you free
But it’s so painful that in bondage
You’ll find me
I’ve climbed that wall before
And couldn’t keep my grasp
And until I climb that wall
Then pain is my forecast


Hook
Just know that you can’t change your past
But you got it
Cause there’s hope for you in your forecast
You got it
Yes, you got it
Yes, You Got it


Verse 2
There are lessons
Lined in pain
You must endure and lead on God
With hopes to gain
And understanding of the trials that you go through
And pray that you see the trial is
Bigger than just you
Cause we’ve all been there
In the rain
When there’s no option but to
Call on Jesus’ name
He came to help us walk along
A Righteous path
And if we believe than sunshine
Is in our forecast


Hook
Just know that you can’t change your past
But you got it
Cause there’s hope for you in your forecast
You got it
Yes, you got it
Yes, You Got it
Track Name: The Villain In Me
Verse 1
Time after time
Gotta cast these demons out my mind
Telling me that I can’t be
What the Lord has called of me

Place after place
Gotta move these devils out my face
Placing doubt inside of me
Tearing down what I believe

Hook
But sometimes it’s just the villain in me
That slows the process down
Of getting my feet on solid ground
And now I finally see
In order to be a better me
I have to destroy what’s happening
Inside my mind

Sub Hook
Self-doubt is something
that I’m not proud about
But I suffer from it
Lord I need your help
Don’t you hear me calling out

Lord I saw your vision
But help me see the light
My faith dwindles with time
Please give me a sign
Let me know I’ll be alright


Verse 2
Day after day
I dispute if I have what it takes
Am I good enough to be
What the Lord has called of me

Year after year
I try to get over what I fear
I don’t want to stay the same
Lord won’t you help me break these chains

Hook
But sometimes it’s just the villain in me
That slows the process down
Of getting my feet on solid ground
And now I finally see
In order to be a better me
I have to destroy what’s happening
Inside my mind

Sub Hook
Self-doubt is something
that I’m not proud about
But I suffer from it
Lord I need your help
Don’t you hear me calling out

Lord I saw your vision
But help me see the light
My faith dwindles with time
Please give me a sign
Let me know I’ll be alright

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