It's December 15th and we've had one record spinning all day - Black Messiah. In celebration of D'Angelo & The Vanguard's latest album and its one year anniversary, we've done some in-depth listening of the masterpiece, rounding up some of our favorite lyrics. D'Angelo's ability to harmonize political issues and love on this record are what make it such a timeless project.
Ain't That Easy
Ever hit with a choice that you can't decide? / Which direction left or right / Shut your mouth off and focus on what you feel inside / (See y'all know I'ma go with my vibe) / You won't believe all the things you have to sacrifice / Just to get peace of mind / And you take what they give as if it did suffice / Still it's just a waste of time / I offer you the truth / You need the comfort of my lovin' to bring out the best in you / I wanna give you somethin' to feed your mind / Separatin', don't debate it / Faithfully we'll see this love through.
I won't nut up when we up thick in the crunch / Because a coward dies a thousand times / But a soldier only dies just once / Once, once.
All we wanted was a chance to talk / 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk / Feet have bled a million miles we've walked / Revealing at the end of the day, the charade / Perpetrators beware say a prayer if you dare for the believers / With a faith at the size of a seed enough to be redeemed (doo doo) / Relegated to savages bound by the way of the deceivers / So anchors be sure that you're sure we ain't no amateurs.
Back To The Future (Part 1)
Traveling at the speed of light and then / At the same time I'm in the same spot too / The room was kept in / 'Bout the same way you left it / With about the threats you mess in attitude / Where ya' been with all your grin / Until all your friends turn their backs on you / Reminiscing over what you've been missing / Could be just like cousins kissing / That's taboo.
Till It's Done (TUTU)
Carbon pollution is heating up the air / Do we really know? Do we even care? / Acid rain dripping on our trees and in our hair / Are you there? / Clock ticking backwards on things we've already built / Sons and fathers die, soldiers, daughters killed / Question ain't do we have resources to rebuild / Do we have the will?
Betray My Heart
As the day must have its sun / And the night must have its moon / Sure as both must rise and fall / I'll be there to see you through / Just as long as there is time / I will never leave your side / And if ever that you feel / That my love is not sincere.