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1 ~ Rise

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fall in your ways so you can crumble fall in your ways so you can sleep at night fall in your ways so you can wake up and rise walk in your ways so you won’t crumble walk in your ways so you can sleep at night walk in your ways so you will wake up and rise fall in your ways so you can crumble fall in your ways so you can sleep at night fall in your ways so you can wake up and rise

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walk in your ways so you won’t crumble

walk in your ways so you can sleep at night

walk in your ways so you will wake up and rise

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2 ~ Weary

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I ’ m weary of the ways of the world, be weary of the ways of the world. I’m weary of the ways of the world. I’m going look for my body yeah. I’ll be back real soon, you going look for my body yeah. I’ll be back real soon. I’m going look for my body yeah. I’ll be back real soon but you know that a king is only a man with flesh and bones… He bleeds just like you do. He said “where does that leave you” and do you belong? I do… I do. Be leery bout your place in the world, you’re feeling like you’re chasing the world, you’re leaving not a trace in the world but you’re facing the world. I’m going look for my glory yeah. I’ll be back real soon. I’m going look for my glory yeah. I’ll be back real soon. I’m going look for my glory yeah. I’ll be back real s o o n

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I’m going look for my body yeah

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I’ll be back real soon

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do you belong? I do.

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3 ~ Cranes In The Sky

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I tried to drink it away I tried to put one in the air I tried to dance it away I tried to change it with my hair

I ran my credit card up thought a new dress would make it better I tried to work it away but that just made me even sadder

I tried to keep myself busy I ran around in circles

think I made myself dizzy I slept it away, I sexed it away

I read it away

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well it’s like cranes in the sky sometimes I dont wanna feel those metal clouds yeah it’s like cranes in the sky sometimes I don’t wanna feel those metal clouds

run it away thought then my head be feeling clearer I traveled 70 states thought moving round [would] make me feel better

I tried to I tried to

let go my lover thought if I was alone than maybe I could recover

to write

it away

or cry it away

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well it’s like

cranes in the sky, sometimes I don’t want to feel those metal clouds

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5 ~ Don’t You Wait

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I gave it all away that night it was taking a little time I gave it all I got but now You better know that I know for sure Yeah I made my bed, dealt with it the lights went out Not looking back for temporary nothings But I bet on it you’ll all be here when the lights come out Still look for nothing I gave it all I got to know now I don’t want a part of it no longer Been around this place enough to know now I don’t want to waste the time to know you Don’t you wait for me Now I don’t want to bite the hand that’ll show me the other side But I didn’t want to build the land that has fed you your whole life Don’t you find it funny yeah I made my bed, dealt with it when the lights went out Not looking back for temporary nothings but I bet on it you’ll all be here when the lights come out still looking for nothing I gave it all I got to know now I don’t want no part of it no longer looked around this place enough to know now I don’t want to waste the time to know you

Don’t you wait for me I don’t want to wait

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now I don’t want to bite the hand that’ll show me the other side

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but I didn’t want to build the land that has fed you your whole life

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bite the hand

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now I didn’t want to bite the hand that has shown me the other side. but I didn’t want to build the land that has fed you your whole life

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6 ~ Don’t Touch My Hair

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Don’t to uch my hair. W hen it’s the fe eli ngs I we ar. Don ’t touch my soul . Whe n it’s t he rhythm I know. D on’t touch m y crown . They say the vision I’ ve found. Don’t touch what’s there. When it’s the feelings I wear . Th ey don’t understa nd . What it means to me. Where we chose to go. Whe re w e’ve been to know. You know this h ere is my shit rode the ride I gave it tim e say the glorys all mine. Don’t test my mouth . They say the t ruth is my sound. They don’t un dersta nd what it means to me. Where we c hose to go. W here we’ve be en to know. You know this h ere is my s hit rode t h e ride I gave it time but this here is mine . What you say to me . T hey don’t und erstand w hat it m eans to me.

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where we chose to go. where we’ve been to know

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DONT TOUCH MY

HAIR.

WHE N IT’S

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“THEY DON’T

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WHAT IT MEANS TO

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WHERE WE’VE BEEN TO KNOW

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7 ~ Where Do We Go

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Speakers of tonight Turn off your headlights tonight Don’t drive the road too slow Don’t look too close tonight This used to be ours This used to be you and I’s What used to be mine Say your goodbyes And I don’t know where to go No I don’t know where to stay Where do we go from here? Do you know?

We bowed our heads We broke our bread That night Shook our hands Then conquer and divide This used to be home This used to be what we know What used to belong Now good and gone

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And I don’t know where to go No I don’t know where to stay Don’t know where to go And I don’t know where to stay Where do we go from here Do you know Where do we go from here

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CONQUER

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CONQUER

CO NQUER

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8 ~ F.U.B.U.

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All my niggas in the whole wide world Made this song to make it all y’all turn FOR

US This shit is for us All my niggas let the whole world know Play this song and sing it on your terms

FOR

US This shit is for us Don’t try to come for us All my niggas got the whole wide world Tell them niggas that its all our turn

THIS

US Some shit is a must Some shit is for us

When you know you gotta pay the cost Play the game just to play the boss So you thinking what you gained you lost But you know your shit is taking off When you driving in your tinted car And you’re criminal just who you are But you know you gonna make it far

When you feeling all alone And you can’t even be you up in your home When you even feeling it from your own When you got it figured out When a nigga tryna board the plane And they ask you what’s your name again Cause they thinking you’re all the same Oh, it’s for us 46


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All my niggas in the whole wide world Made this song to make it all y’alls turn FOR

US This shit is for us Some shit is a must This shit is for us

When it’s going on a thousand years And you pulling up to your crib And they ask you where you live again But you running out of damns to give I hope my son will bang this song so loud That he almost makes his walls fall down Cause his momma wants to make him proud Oh to be us And all my niggas in the whole wide world Made this song to make it all y’alls turn

FOR

US This shit is for us Sometimes we don’t trust This shit is for us

All my niggas in the whole wide world Made this song to make it all y’alls turn FOR

US This shit is from us Get so much from us Then forget us Don’t feel bad if you can’t sing along Just be glad you got the whole wide world

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9 ~ Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)

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I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It

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You did it

from the get go

Let’s go

look for magic,

gon’ get it from the get go

Don’t let anybody

steal your magic

But I got You can have it

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10 ~ Junie

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First one’s a fool, who’ll be a fool now Who’s gonna get in line First one to go, first one to get away Let’s go to moonlight, there they will never find Let’s go alone free from the mother mind Come on along along along along along along Jump on it, Hit em with a left Hit em with they knock knock Hit em with a play Then away Hit em with a knock knock Hit em on the top Hit em when they flock flock Hit em with a shock Then away Hit em when they watch Hit em with a dot dot dot dot dot dot Then I’m up up up and away and away and away and away Hit em when they watch Hit em when they cop what you got Then away Jump on it You want to be the teacher Don’t want to go to school Don’t want to do the dishes Just want to eat the food But what you gonna do when they saw all your moves and practiced em daily Protect your neck or give invitations? What you gonna do when they saw all your moves and practiced em daily Protect your neck, or give invitations?

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11 ~ Don’t Wish Me Well

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I went away this concrete don’t have love for me I took a day Too much talk but not much to see I know you always speak on something So I’ll leave on the mic for you And I’m going all the way But I’ll leave on the lights for you I’m going all the way And now you’re almost out of view Cause when I say what I mean you ought to know You got to know I Don’t let it go Cause when I say what I mean you ought to know You got to know I Won’t t let it go Away Look what remains pour ashes where they claimed my name They say I changed What a pity if I stayed the same Thinking that everything is funny But don’t say that the jokes on you And I’m going all the way But I’ll leave on the lights for you I’m going all the way And now you’re almost out of view Cause when I say what I mean you ought to know You got to know I Don’t let it go Cause when I say what I mean you ought to know You got to know I Won’t t let it go Away

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Pour ashes where they claimed my name

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12 ~ Scales

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Candy red things gonna shine With that big body boy you down to ride And that armor in your mouth You’re gonna shine Your wrist talking boy its only time Put the incense on Cover up the smell And if your boys still down I know you’ll never tell You’re a superstar You’re a super star Always shining in the night And your skin glowing in the moonlight The streets say you’re a king The world says you’re a failure And your mother is a queen But damn she always tells ya You gonna end up like your daddy But damn that nigga fresh So if it all comes out to pan You gonna end up like the best You say ‘look on the tv.. they all want to be me’ For nothing, whatever it’s worth, it’s something Ain’t no apologizing, for all of the things you want So if dreams only go so far They’ll come to where you are Candy red things gonna shine With that big body boy you down to ride And that armor in your mouth You’re gonna shine Your wrist talking boy it’s only time Put the incense on Cover up the smell And if your boys still down I know you’ll never tell You’re a superstar You’re a super star Always shining in the night And you’re skin glowing in the moonlight

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your love is kind

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your love is kind , but your love ain’t blind your world is kind, but your world ain’t blind

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A SEAT AT THE TABLE Written by Solange Knowles

Photography and Art Direction ~ Carlota Guerrero Print Production ~ Harley Smart & Anteism Graphic Design ~ Querida Book Design Conception ~ FrĂŠderique Gagnon

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