Even Closer

by Goapele

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1.
Closer 03:49
Closer to my dreams It's coming over me I'm gettin' higher Closer to my dreams I'm getting higher and higher Feel it in my sleep Some times it feels like I'll never go pass here Some times it feels like I'm stuck forever and ever But, I'm going higher Closer to my dreams I'm goin' higher and higher I can almost reach Some times you just have to let it go (Let it go, let it go) Leaving all my fears to burn down Push them all away so I can move on Closer to my dreams Feel it all over my being Close your eyes and see what you believe I'm happy as long as we're apart Then I'm moving on to my dreams I'll be moving higher (Moving higher) Closer to my dreams And higher and higher, higher Feel it in my being (I can feel it flow around me) I know that I could not go alone (No, no) I'm moving higher (Higher), oh... I'm going higher and higher and higher (Higher and Higher) Closer to my dreams (Higher and higher, oh...oh...) I'm moving upward and onward and beyond all I can see (Stretching out my arms so I can reach) Feels so close it's like i can just reach I can feel my dreams (Closer to my dreams) I'm moving closer to my dreams I'm moving (Higher and higher) higher and higher (Higher and higher) Moving higher, oh... Some times it feels like you never gon'change (Never gon'change) But you never choose to walk away
2.
You... Me... Maybe... Well i was wondering If you'd fly away with me We'd go to a promise land Some place, sometime to breath You know i got faith in you Put a little trust in me We've got what eachother needs So baby just believe [Pep Love] I do You and I, I You and me, we Could come together and set this wourld free, please Believe in this dream we gon weave Cuz we believe in this theavin' This heevin' this eve of distruction behind us Let this love intertwined us and find us Out of this bind plus Peace your highness Ease your mind Its time to just chill and just build and just unwind [chorus] Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be When i first looked at you I knew there was something real You're different from other men Wanna give To you what you've given me There's no need to question these Intentions that I have Its the little suttle things Excuses to make you smile Come over just for a while Dont wanna hold back any more Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be [Pep Love] Infinity and beyond The potential for this stretch is long We on a higher eschelon 'n extra strong When we're together theres no presseure just a song and You inspire me I empower you We on some real shit Cuz this is how we do To let love live We creatin a great theme Amd makin a great team is Goapele sing [Goapele] Some people go On looking for Is a life time Just to find what we have now so Let the wind blow Let the sun shine Let the birds fly Turn it up lets ride Come on let catch a show Escape a moments In these tryin times you got me on a natural high Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be Ease you mind come chill with me No more work just for a week Its goin good Now we can see We were ment to be
3.
Got It 03:16
Ooooh You caught me Lookin' at you Forgive me But if it's treasures You're seeking I'm the one who Could reach them It's not the kind of thing You wanna rush or hesitate It could go Far If you step to me Just come at me With honesty and you might be mine Oh [chorus] Hold on, got it good babby Believe me it's all good baby baby Hold on, got it good baby Believe me it's all good baby baby Oooh So soft and Effortlessly I'm fallin' So suddenly You touch me If it should be I just might let in Just think we could be anywhere If i could choose It'd be right here And i don't let go easily But something's taken over me Hold on, got it good baby Believe me it's all good baby baby Hold on, got it good baby Believe me it's all good baby baby You're saying that our chemistry Is poetry in motion And whispering So preciously I second that emotion Hold on, got it good babby Believe me it's all good baby baby Hold on, got it good baby Believe me it's all good baby baby Good
4.
[intro] Oooooh, ooh, oh Oooooh, ooh, oh [verse 1] Kiss my wounds Love me tender Buy me flowers i've never seen Wake me up from my dreams To bring me french toast and tea In the morning light Fly across country to spend The night You said you'd steer a boat across the atlantic [chorus] Cuz you're so fucking romantic I can't stand It When i look in your eyes Unconditionalness sweetness uncompromised You set the standard for many things I wasn't sure what it would (?) bring You're so fucking romantic [verse 2] Other men wouldn't call Just to say "i love you Take your time But i miss you Is it okay If i see you I'll kiss you everywhere anywhere" Damn sure, me Please let this moment be You're always tempting me [chorus] Cuz you're so fucking romantic [chorus] [verse 3] We say the same words At the same time I start a sentence You finish mine Laugh at my jokes when i wanna cry And when i feel lost I look in your eyes Even in front of your boys You wouldn't lie You say "i gotta see my baby tonight" [chorus 2x] Cuz you're so fucking romantic Kiss me 'til i'm frantic
5.
[verse 1] Seeking a summertime love Just kick it on the low You know with a vibe and flow But we didn't know What the light of day would show Or if it was meant to grow How we'd feel within What we ?? And why you kept that distance Were your emotions ?? I was afraid of what i was feelin' Afraid that you'd take my heart And go steal it My pride my soul Now i know Now i know [chorus] Cuz we were too much the same I didn't know Who to blame Cuz i didn't wanna change We were too much the same I didn't know Who to blame Cuz you weren't gonna change [verse 2] Unfamiliar ways They came down like rain Things in myself i couldn't change But if we coulda chilled And waited a while Then may now (?) The shooting stars won't send us running From each other From ourselves And when you got me open You faked on me Why'd you tell me that you love me And then stray away What you did that day I promise i would never go waiting For someone who couldn't ever change [chorus] [verse 3] But you can't get something for nothing So what was mine Sifted through like lost time And unclaimed sand in a desert wind With half my heart i took you in So i can let you go [chorus]
6.
Catch 22 04:09
Nobody knows what I go through Indecisions made me passive They say I want my cake and I want to eat it too Less satisfied if I don't, consequences when I do These lessons, they lead me on my way But when company is tempting me, I'm turned around But I might wanna go that way, Don't wanna go that way Well, it's a catch 22 Damned if I don't, Damned if I do Yes, it's a catch 22 Damned if I don't, Damned if I do How many times does it take to learn just one thing, 'cause I keep ending up here And I'm not a scientist so I just keep on praying that I won't Keep getting the same results each day I said that I can't be with you But when you turn away I pull back your hands to stay (your hands to stay) So many days turn to years That brought us here And we (shied) through time without too many tears But we still made decisions creating divisions So many contradictions, Why didn't we listen? Well, it's a catch 22(catch 22) Damned if I don't, Damned if I do Yes, it's a catch 22 Damned if I don't, Damned if I do (I'm damned if I don't, I'm damned if I do) 'Cause when I see you looking at her I can't stand it, my eyes can't conceive You gave her the smile you gave to me I love you selfishly I can feel so strongly Oh, how you (throw) me But still you know me Oh, you know me Yes, it's a catch 22, Damned if I don't, Damned if I do (damned if I do) Yes, it's a catch 22, (catch 22) Damned if I don't, Damned if I do (I'm damned if I don't, I'm damned if I do) To hell with all the promises we made, The boundaries, the pain I don't care who's wrong or right Let's just ignore that tonight, I don't wanna fight Where you lead me I'll follow I won't stress on tomorrow 'cause I miss you like the moon misses the sky, The waves miss the sand, The leaves miss the breeze flowin' by So come to me easy, 'cause I know you can please me But it's a catch 22.... [repeat chorus til end]
7.
These are the Daze my friend We're so far from the end But we can't wait forever and a day Forever and a Day One for your City Two if you're prissy Three for the raw real homie Rollin' wit' me Four's like the voice in my head Getting dizzy Five get it so live The cops come & get me Six for the politrix Seven call the Reverend Eight DNA certain way You a felon Nine feeling fine Even when the sun shady Ten that's a dime Goapele do it crazy If you miss me when I'm gone Just know riding on a sky plain You never know I could be wrong Sometimes I'm weak When I feel strong Push on Be strong Don't wait Lean on Sometimes Pray on Hold on Because These are the Daze You gotta go for broke I'm taking all my chances And if you're scared of transit... Run for cover Light is fading It's getting dark The sun is fading Oh they told me Live today Like your gonna live forever Tomorrow paves the way For the rest of your life Even if we lose some along the way It's not worth the hate No time to hate Black prophet Still grandma collar poppin Do anything for a twenty dollar profit They push into yo kitchen til yo momma holla stop it If it ain't first class Then I'mma try the cockpit Had some ups & downs Been dumped around It's nothing 'Cuz we ain't sufferin' now For life we lusted In God we trust But now don't discuss it We going for bust Hold tight It's not Too late Take it Right now It's in Your hands Because These are the days we gotta go for broke I'm taking all my chances And if you're scared of transit... Run for cover Light is fading Its getting dark The sun is fading
8.
In my fear, I fear We're seas apart in old worlds. We began, In vibrant colors, But one of the things you said And i dread it. That everything turns grey, This is where i stray I, I want so badly, To say that these things dont exist anymore. When that indigo Creeps upon me i cant deny That i'm blue, And not like you When I look into your eyes at times It's within them i find A love i never knew, Still i'm bound to you. Something inside so strong, Wont settle in me somehow, i'm not free. I want so badly, to say that these things dont exist anymore. When that indigo creeps apon me i cant deny That i'm blue. It's past mistakes not hearts that break, In moral laws respect they take and Now It still effects me to. If my one enemy is me, Then tell me how to stay true and not be blamed by you. I, I want so badly to say that these things Anymore. When that indigo I cant deny that i'm blue. I, I want so badly to say that these things dont exist anymore. When that indigo creeps upon me i cant deny That i'm blue, And not like you.
9.
I never wanted to be, like every other child abandoned in childhood drama (oh) I always felt that I was the exception to the rule but now who's the fool You won't give me your love your love So when you left me I filled up that empty place and never told it's still hollow (it's still hollow) Can't you see potential you have and what you dreamed if it's not based in reality And your denial is a tragedy And your excuses backed up by love can hinder more than a brave risk you take even if it cracks on this floor You won't give me your love You weren't living your love You won't give me your love Your love So when you left me I filled up that empty place and never told it's still hollow (it's still hollow) Why is it you believe that to quit is better than really trying to succeed I wish you'd stayed to guide me It seems that I, I don't fit in anywhere that I can see I can't follow your lead, oh You won't give me your love You weren't living your love You won't give me your love You weren't living your love You won't give me your love Your love So when you left me I filled up that empty place and never told it's still hollow So I walk to the shore to cry my tears in the ocean I can see that looking in my eyes ain't enough to bring you back no more Back no more You won't give me your love You weren't living your love [repeat till fade]
10.
Salvation 03:42
I'm searchin for my salvation Oh yeah I'm tired of dragging On and on On and on Day by day Days with days ? I can feel the pain The world is resting on my brain I can feel the hurt of a broken child She's going insane I pray that she'll make it home Home [3X] Times have changed But we can rearrange the ills? Society has swept on my feet Some words I can't even speak Still pressin Movin forward Blindly Without a trace Lookin for a reason to go on On [3X] I pray to an unknown God Please reveal yourself to me Cuz hope is sifting from my hands Like lost time I can't make believe I won't make believe I can't make believe When I look into your eyes Do you know me I'm searchin for my soul Searchin on On Praying on On Looking on On I am searching I am praying I am looking Searching on On Praying on On Looking on On On On For my salvation.
11.
Back To You 04:16
I'm sitting in my room Thinking back on you, Memories pass; My head was leaned against your face Partly on your shoulder, curving your neck. I tried to clear my thoughts of stress And let go of the day, How it began, Whispered your name- [chorus] Soft white lights between us falling Forming into precious flowers, chartreuse Beautiful and floating down on us Sparkles flying towards us dancing all around us Vanish in air But you left before you knew A future holding you. All you saw of me- My heart should speak for me, Then you'd understand That push away- It craves compassion and Strong arms to hold her. You and me Revolving Angel wings Fluttering Orange gold Sunsets bold Star filled nights Sweet as Fantasia And still A glow surrounding you The dandelions blew Our wishes to the wind Come and bring him back again [chorus] Soft white lights between us falling Forming into precious flowers, chartreuse Beautiful and floating down on us Sparkles flying towards us dancing all around us Vanish in air And I wonder how you felt -I was melting inside Opened my eyes -Felt so bright I was blind The car we hadn't left I closed the door Behind -And I wished you would take me away. You left before I waved. By then it was too late. I wished on the moon I'd always remember- You and me Revolving Angel wings Fluttering Orange gold Sunsets bold Star filled nights Sweet as Fantasia [chorus] Soft white lights between us falling Forming into precious flowers, chartreuse Beautiful and floating down on us Sparkles flying towards us dancing all around us Vanish in air
12.
You cam eto me in a dream All the qualities I asked for In a man Just understand me Love me as you know me I'll let yo know me well I don't anticipate putting up a gate Or shelter around my heart. I intend to find the good in side Promise the real you So pure So I can give you [chorus] Butterflykisses And pleasure you can feel I'll daze you, even bathe you If you remain to keep it real If you love me, love my mother; Know you my father Hang with my brother. Don't discriminate Or isolate me, Please let me be myself I want to wear what I want to wear And say whats on my mind. Please be kind So I can give you [chorus] Butterflykisses And pleasure you can feel I'll daze you, even bathe you If you remain to keep it real Now that you're here My visions clear. I'm drenched in love. Fly like a dove, And walking through my life with you Is a blessin oh so sweet- [chorus] Butterflykisses And pleasure you can feel I'll daze you, even bathe you If you remain to keep it real
13.
He was fourteen years old All his life he never left The west side (oh) I walked past him everyday Heading downtown Always on the go He was the kind of guy you never gave your real name to So young but still trying to game you But what he was going through I never knew Its such a same How people change And I never really knew his name But it takes more than two to raise a youth And for that we all did lose Because if one of us had noticed you How I wish I was there for you I was busy filling my own shoes All his life He heard "You won't amount to nothing" Low expectations In need of money Few too many choices And no patience So what do you know For a good cash flow You can always sell It's easy to fit the role But when your living the fast life He considered all times a go Its such a same How people change And I never really knew his name But it takes more than two to raise a youth And for that we all did lose Because if one of us had noticed you How I wish I was there for you I was busy filling my own shoes Is that how he came around For his child he'll know now 'Cause he left him with bruises His words just abusive The love he didn't show And what his boy was going through He had never imagined But when love turns to hate It's the worse out of passion His son was bold And by then it was too late From his friend they get console Then his hands, his shoes The life or death they couldn't hold Oh- two seconds cold He was fourteen years old Locked up until he's old Its such a same How moments change And I never really knew his name But it takes more than two to raise a youth And for that we all did lose Because if one of us had noticed you How I wish I was there for you I was busy filling my own shoes
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Good Love 03:25

about

"She sho'll smiling hard. Where is this here place?" my Granny asked, looking at Goapele's CD cover. Then she tried to pronounce the name: "Goh- Peel? Where the hell's that?" I had to laugh; when I first saw the flyer, I too imagined it to be some mystical tourist mecca somewhere near Jamaica where women that look like the one on the cover sit on pristine shores eating mangoes in slow motion and getting you in trouble with your other half because you can't help but to look, then I figured it to be a mix CD of dancehall music.
I pronounced the name: "Gwah-pelay, Granny. It's Gwah-pelay. She's an artist I'm reviewing." "Hmmh," Granny snorted, "sound like a damn Jamaican fruit. You and your damn nappy dreadlock friends..." Goapele came to me from a friend who knows my love for music and how I can be as much of hard-ass as my Granny when critiquing things.

So here goes my first underground review: Goapele is a west coast artist (likely to be pegged neo-soul) looking to make a name for herself. As underground as she may be, somebody damn sure believes in her; "Closer", the first song, is to be featured on the soundtrack of the new movie "Honey."

Goapele's voice has a bird-like warmth that reminds you of Amel Larrieux. "Closer" is seductive and obvious as to why someone would have it in a movie. It's only weakness in fact is a keyboard that sounds cheap and Radio Shack-ish, making the cut only a step above demo.

It isn't until "Got it" that the album begins to shake of its sluggish, demo status. Here, the fruit of the Cali neo soul scene samples some serious, crip-walkable west coast funk. Although the arrangement is slight on some bass, Goapele's lead and background vocals and command of the track is fairly on target for such a sonic piece. "Romantic" is the dead on piece that will put this singer over the top. It's a laid back, uninhibited neo-soul number that can be the standard for the classiest exotic dancers from the Casa Rosso in Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro's Barbarella. The production, delivery, and edginess brought out in Goapele's virtuous voice is compelling.

"Too much of the same" solidifies the reflective constant in the album. It adds more depth to the typical broken relationship/men ain't **** lyrical content in most songs these days. The soft, mellow keys set a pensive tone for a tale of two hard-headed people playing a game of chicken in the road of love. Relaxed enough to be poetry café - friendly. Goapele's style keeps a sunny face, but is anchored in such a wise and concentrated center that it may find a home with mature crowds that go for Cassandra Wilson type jazz moreso than youthful Alicia Keyes-typed styling. It makes the marriage the beauty makes with the volatile nature of hip hop tenuous. (Goapele is supposed to be working with E40 on a track for his upcoming album. Cross your fingers.) "The Days" is an example. The muddy demo style works best for her with neo-soul. Here, the hip beat's smothered almost to vintage Wu-Tang level. The ruggedness of that and the empathetic tale of hustling for a better life by slingin' rocks clashes and seems best as the jewel to a soundtrack to a straight to video movie. "Things Don't Exist" has the complexity in chords of a Stevie Wonder in his "The Secret Life of Plants" phase. This is the one India.Arie missed (and needed) in her last album. Goapele's voice sparkles and is not weighted down by reverb, but upheld by it. Flashes of impressive poetic focus are clear: "In my fear I feel/We're seas apart in old Worlds/ We begin in vibrant colors/ but one off thing is said and I dread it."

Even Closer gives the impression of being a sophomore album in that Goapele is already pushing beyond "neo-soul" categories as if already impatient with the music industry's marketing machine. The ambition works both for and against her in the strangest ways. For instance, "Salvation" sounds like at least two thoughtful enough songs weaved on as the extensions of an elusive concept. Her voice does an admirable job of hiding the glue and the tracks. By "Back to You," that sweet, snake charmer of a voice seems iron-fisted in not letting the instrumentals of her music help her set the atmosphere. Here, a sax solo would work well to make the most of the innocence in her voice.

The next two prove to be more successful attempts of past experiments. "Butterflykisses" does a better job of the tempo and melodic changes than "Salvation." It has a Spyro-Gyro feel which forces you to recognize its impressive, fusion-jazz-like craftsmanship even if you're not mature enough to fully appreciate it. "It Takes More" is a better meeting of the talents concerning Goapele and hip hop. Though more R&B based musically, she serves delicious, self-reproaching lyrics about the breakdown of the black community in raising children. Thus, creating potentially violent thugs "you'd never give your real name to."

"Red, White and Blues" shows a turning of the corner for Goapele stylistically. Again that bird-like voice goes after an edginess that cannot be attained without the full support of her accompanying musicians. A guitar solo is the first assist Goapele allows in arguing with her the crisis of the state of American society and politics. As radiant and engaging as she is, you'd expect a more upbeat ending, perhaps a sweet outro would work. Ah, found that outro at the end, and as short as it is, it does make you impatient for whatever fruit Goapele has next to offer.

credits

released September 10, 2001

* Eric Smith
* Bass

* Rick Rodrigues
* Paintings

* Keba Konte
* Cover Art

* James Hurt
* Keyboards

* Allan Evans
* Drums

* John Shrive
* Mixing

* Soulive
* Producer

* Neal Evans
* Organ (Hammond)

* Eric Krasno
* Guitar, Producer

* Goapele
* Main Performer

* Uriah Duffy
* Bass

* Seth Waldmann
* Mixing

* Mike Tiger
* Guitar, Mini Moog, Instrumentation, Producer, Keyboards

* Errol Cooney
* Guitar

* Charles Haines
* Drums

* Sun & the Moon
* Producer

* Brian Collier
* Drums

* Steve Counter
* Engineer

* DJ Fuze
* Cut

* Mark Kellye
* Bass

* Ken Lee
* Mastering

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