The Book of Jonah

by Nadir Omowale

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released August 14, 2012

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Nadir Omowale Detroit, Michigan

“To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.” – The Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, Michigan ... more

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Track Name: A Hustler In Spite of Myself
Instrumental
Track Name: Go It Alone
Go It Alone
(Omowale)
©2011 Eclipse America Productions, Inc. (BMI)

Has my mission been detected?
Wonder if my cover’s blown
Underground and unsuspected
Am I out here on my own?

When I call back to base, communication breakdown
I’ve crossed enemy lines, I’m on dangerous ground
See my target ahead, almost in my hands
I can still find a way to break the password, and I’m almost home
I’ll just go it alone

Information confidential
Data labeled “classified”
Can I break through their defenses?
Make it to the other side?

When I call back to base, communication breakdown
I’ve crossed enemy lines, I’m on dangerous ground
See my target ahead, almost in my hands
I can still find a way to break the password, and I’m almost home
I’ll just go it alone

There’s the alarm! I must have tripped it!
They’ll be coming anytime now...
Will I accomp-o-lish my mission?
Will I make it out alive?

When I call back to base, communication breakdown
I’ve crossed enemy lines, I’m on dangerous ground
See my target ahead, almost in my hands
I can still find a way to break the password, and I’m almost home
I’ll just go it alone
Track Name: Love Thang
Love Thang
(Omowale)
2006 Eclipse America Productions (BMI)

I’ve gotta find a way
To get closer to that Love Thang

Girl, you’re the finest thang
And I’d like to get to know you better
But you got to understand
I’m tryna get out the game
So, baby, if you wanna play with me
You gonna have to make other plans

If you wanna be the one I fall for
You got to understand what I want uh
I want some truth and honesty
I’m lookin’ for a real love, baby
Can you be real with me? I wanna know cause

I’ve gotta find a way
To get closer to that Love Thang

Girl, I can buy you thangs
If that’s what makes you happy, baby.
But there’s just one thing I’ve got to know
Will you be down for me?
Will you still be on my side
When my credit score is low?
Do you really wanna get to know me
Or are you just tryna pimp and hoe me?
I just wanna know the deal.
Are you tryna get your groove on girl
Or do you wanna make love for real? I wanna know cause

I’ve gotta find a way
To get closer to that Love Thang
I’ve gotta find a way
To get closer to that Love Thang
Track Name: Stickin'
Stickin’
(Omowale, Parisien)
©2007 Eclipse America Productions (BMI), Hexaphonic Records (SOCAN)

You ain’t much on conversation
You never got too much to say
Don’t wanna cause a situation
But you gave yourself away

You’re a smooth talker
I’m watching what you say
You’re slick, but I
Caught you anyway

Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head
Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head

You’re tryna pass off truth for fiction
You wanna say it’s all a lie
Your double talk is contradiction
What kind of fool you think am I?

You’re a smooth talker
I’m watching what you say
You’re slick, but I
Caught you anyway
Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head
Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head

Your story only Makes sense on the surface
That’s the problem when you Drown yourself in lies
Can’t even look me in the eye

Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head
Something that you said
Keeps on stickin’ in my head
Track Name: In Your Dreams
In Your Dreams
(Omowale)
©2011 Eclipse America Productions, Inc. (BMI)

You say you dreamed of me last night...
Was it a fantasy, or was it vision? Can you tell me?
Did I seduce you in your mind?
And will we meet again tonight?

What did I whisper in your ear?
Some sweet nothing; some seductive verse you longed to hear?
Did I make you scream my name?
Will you ever think of me the same?

And will we meet again tonight inside your dreams?
Your dreams are closer to reality than they seem.
I wanna lay with you tonight inside your dreams.
If I can’t be the one you wake up next to
Wanna be the one to caress you in your dreams

You say you dreamed of me last night...
And it was kind of freaky what we did while you were sleeping
Did we make love over and over and over again?
And did you wake up next to him?

What did I whisper in your ear?
Some sweet nothing; some seductive verse you longed to hear?
Did I make you scream my name?
Will you ever think of me the same way?
And will we meet again tonight inside your dreams?
Your dreams are closer to reality than they seem.
I wanna lay with you tonight inside your dreams.
If I can’t be the one you wake up next to
Wanna be the one to undress you in your dreams

What did I whisper in your ear?
Some sweet nothing; some seductive verse you longed to hear?
Did I make you scream my name?
Will you ever dream of me again?

And will we meet again tonight inside your dreams?
Your dreams are closer to reality than they seem.
I wanna lay with you tonight inside your dreams.
If I can’t be the one you wake up next to
Wanna be the one to caress you...
If I can’t be the one you wake up next to
Wanna be the one to undress you...
If I can’t be the one you wake up next to
Wanna be the one to sex you in your dreams
Track Name: 95 Miles Down The Road (feat. Mayaeni)
95 Miles Down The Road (featuring Mayaeni)
(Omowale, Strauss)
©2012 Eclipse America Productions (BMI)/Sony ATV Publishing (BMI)

I don’t wanna be here no more
We fucked up everything.
I don’t wanna be here no more
You’ve become my enemy
I don’t wanna be here no more
It’s a broke down industry
I don’t wanna be here no more
Empty hearts in the street

I’m about to lose my mind
Gonna leave it all behind
You can forget about me
I’m looking for better things
And I’m gone, baby, I’m gone
95 Miles Down The Road

I don’t wanna do this no more
Ain’t no more to say
Baby, it’s the end of the show.
Fat lady ‘bout to sing
I already walked out the door
So don’t you follow me
I didn’t even leave you a note
I’m out of here finally

I’m about to lose my mind
Gonna leave it all behind
You can forget about me
I’m looking for better things
And I’m gone, baby, I’m gone
95 Miles Down The Road
Track Name: Nothing
Nothing
(Gray, McFarland)
©1995 Eclipse America Productions (BMI)

Before I say the words I know you’re gone.
Shoulda just left well enough alone.
You know it’s not the first time that honesty was wrong.
When I promised you the ocean
You said that all you want is devotion
And all the diamonds in the world could never mean so much

And if I had a chance to make it right
I would be there laying by your side
And if a thousand stars would fall tonight
I would buy you a thousand wishes
If you would just forgive me one more time, but she said

Give me love
Give me your sweet devotion
Give me all
Or nothing at all

Before I say the words I know we’re through
And what you didn’t know, well, I’ll be damned, it wouldn’ta hurt you And all these honest words and notions in my heart
Just ain’t worth it, baby. I said it ain’t worth losing you.

And if I had a chance to make it right
Would have used some funky alibi
But instead I’m ruled by foolish pride
And this time, Lord, I should have lied.

Give me love
Give me your sweet devotion
Give me love
Give me all
Or nothing

Sometimes I can’t remember the words that you told me
“If you believe in love, you know the truth will set you free.”
But I don’t want my freedom, if it means that I can’t have you
Standing right next to me.

Give me love
Give me your sweet devotion
Give me all
I need your sweet emotion
Why don’t you give it to me?
Give me love
Give me your sweet devotion
Give me love
Give me all
Or nothing at all
Track Name: The Bottle
The Bottle
(Omowale)
©2011 Eclipse America Productions, Inc. (BMI)

I got home a little early from work.
Where you going
With that bag in your hand?
Were you even gonna say a word?
Just gonna walk out
On one helluva man.

I try so hard to forgive you,
But I just can’t get over the way that you treated me
Now I’m crying, “Hey, bartender! Can you pour me a drink?”
To wash away my blues, and my memories of you

Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.
Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.

Sometimes I wanna call you on the phone,
Block my number, and call you all out your name.
But I won’t call you while I’m stoned
And I’m so damn drunk
Drunk with gin, drunk with shame.

I try so hard to forget you
But I just can’t let go of the past, and what you meant to me
I’ll take one more. I’m hoping maybe this one last drink
Will wash away these blues
Girl, I’ve tried, and tried and tried, but

Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.
Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.

You say, I’ve had too many,
but man, it still ain’t enough
Because I can’t get her out of my head
Can you give me one more? One more? One more?

Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.
Woman I can’t drink you out of my head
But I can’t put the bottle down.
Track Name: Rockets & Dreams (for Jeff Turk)
Instrumental
Track Name: Belly of the Whale
Belly of the Whale
(Gray, Omowale, Steber)
©2011 Eclipse America Productions (BMI), Gray Gallery (BMI)

God said to Moses, “Tell Pharoah, the king,
This is what the Lord says, ‘Set my people free.’
I’ll lead you to the promised land, parting of the sea.
The journey won’t take long, if my people believe.”
And they all walked around for 40 years... for 40 years.

Moses on the mountain said, “Set my people free”
Noah built a big boat, took two of everything
Jonah’s in the belly of a fish in the sea
And we’re walking in the wilderness
Wanting to believe that
This is not the eve of destruction.
It’s just another day in the belly of the whale
(It’s just another day. Just, just another day.)

Noah was a righteous man. The Lord came to him and said,
“Build me an ark, Noah, and take two of everything.
Lock up the door cause I’m gonna make it rain
For 40 days and 40 nights to wash the world away.”
And the rain fell down for 40 nights and 40 day.

Moses on the mountain said, “Set my people free”
Noah built a big boat, took two of everything
Jonah’s in the belly of a fish in the sea
And we’re walking in the wilderness
Trying to believe that
This is not the eve of destruction.
It’s just another day in the belly of the whale
(It’s just another day. Just, just another day.)

God said to Jonah, “Go say a word for me.”
But Jonah ran away. Took a ship out to sea.
A mighty storm raged and rocked the angry waves
And he woke up the next morning in the belly of a whale
And Jonah stayed down there for 3 days... for 3 days.

Moses on the mountain said, “Set my people free”
Noah built a big boat, took two of everything
Jonah’s in the belly of a fish in the sea
And we’re walking in the wilderness.
Do we all believe that
This is not the eve of destruction.
It’s just another day in the belly of the whale
Track Name: 95 Miles Down The Road (feat. Mayaeni) RADIO EDIT
95 Miles Down The Road (featuring Mayaeni) RADIO EDIT
(Omowale, Strauss)
©2012 Eclipse America Productions (BMI)/Sony ATV Publishing (BMI)

I don’t wanna be here no more
We messed up everything.
I don’t wanna be here no more
You’ve become my enemy
I don’t wanna be here no more
It’s a broke down industry
I don’t wanna be here no more
Empty hearts in the street

I’m about to lose my mind
Gonna leave it all behind
You can forget about me
I’m looking for better things
And I’m gone, baby, I’m gone
95 Miles Down The Road

I don’t wanna do this no more
Ain’t no more to say
Baby, it’s the end of the show.
Fat lady ‘bout to sing
I already walked out the door
So don’t you follow me
I didn’t even leave you a note
I’m out of here finally

I’m about to lose my mind
Gonna leave it all behind
You can forget about me
I’m looking for better things
And I’m gone, baby, I’m gone
95 Miles Down The Road