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Lee's third solo album before returning to work on a new project from The Square Egg.

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released October 23, 2014

Executive Producers: Life, Love and Peace

All songs written and produced by Lee except where noted.

All songs mixed by Lee & Martin Longoni at La Vaquita Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina

All songs mastered by Andrés Mayo at Andrés Mayo Mastering & Audio Post, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Special thanks to Carol Brevard, Antonia Jenae’, Mike Rens and David Latham for your continued friendship, love, support and encouragement.

Thanks to all of the wonderful and gifted musicians that helped me to make this record. I learned so much from working with you, and for that I am grateful.

To all the musicians and artists in South Florida, New York City and Buenos Aires that I have had the pleasure of meeting or working with, I thank you for the inspiration you bring to my life.

If I left anyone out know that you are equally as important to me and I appreciate everything you contributed to the process of my life. There are a lot of people to name and maybe not enough type space.

Art is not something you “do”. Our lives are art. All of us are artists. We all create. It is an artistic mind that creates solutions to the problems we face in the world. An artist isn’t simply someone that writes a song, takes a photo, paints a painting or some other recognized form of expression. Art artist is a person that is connected to every living being and that creates harmony in the world. That harmony is the greatest creation we can offer to each other. Be the artist we were meant to be. Create. Solve. Engage. There is nothing else. We live and we die. It’s what we create in between living and dying that defines us, and the world in which we live. Let’s create something beautiful together. Let’s create something beautiful that will be around long after we’ve lived and died.

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Art direction: Lee & Amit Regev
Art layout and design: Amit Regev
Photography: Amit Regev

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Track Name: 3 2 1
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

3 against one, now thems my odds
It always seems I'm losing to the government or god
Now if they don't get you, you know them gangsters will
Always one of them that got the need to kill
Now I don't know why they won’t go
And leave be, let me be free

(Tell me…)

Now listen, 3 against one, now thems my odds
Now somebody tell me why I gotta fight so hard
All I want is to be left alone
Don’t want none of them coming inside my home
Now I don't know why they won’t go
And leave be, let me be free

(Tell me...)

The pastor and the president won't leave me alone
The punks and police try to invade my home
Making rules and breaking rules, kicking me to the ground
They want 10 percent, 20 percent/ Always shaking me down

(Tell me...)

3 against one, I see thems the rules
Always wanna make somebody’s fool
Tellin’ lies, and always cheating me
If it ain’t the police it’s the church beating me
Now I don't know why they won’t go
And leave be, let me be free

(Tell me...)

3 against one, that’s how they play
And my fight is getting harder ‘most every day
Professional crooks with the law or a badge
Legalized crime taking everything I have
Now I don't know why they won’t go
And leave be, let me be free

(Tell me…)

The pastor and the president won't leave me alone
The punks and police try to invade my home
Making rules and breaking rules, kicking me to the ground
They want 10 percent, 20 percent/ Always shaking me down

(Tell me...)
Track Name: American Tail
Dress me up in women's wear - I've been a bad little girl/
3xs a week he'd share the secret he kept from the world
 
A wife and kids and an affliction for cocaine and kinky sex/
Spankings, water sports - an stockings made of fish net
 
Used condoms and cigarettes are strewn about the room/
He sips some wine/ takes his time - don't want to come to soon
 
Another bump of coke - and he'll be right as rain/
Playing make believe and fairy tales somehow help ease the pain...
 
Chorus: Of his life/ of his lie
 
She tells herself that this money she's saving it for school/
5 grand a night to play dress up is really pretty cool
 
There's no difference between whores and wives anyway/
Whores don't deal with headaches and they get more pay
 
Maybe another bump of this and it will help time fly pass/
Or these pills and vodka mixed with cranberry will help me last
 
He's not so bad - he's really nice - and he doesn't ask too much/
I keep it in perspective because I know that I can't trust...
 
Chorus: his lies/ this life

And the beat goes on...
Track Name: About A Girl
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

Every song he wrote was about a girl
Mother, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am

Read me bedtime stories, and check beneath my bed
Mother, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am

Chorus

Every song he wrote was about a girl
Darling, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am?

Kiss me like you love me, and lay with me in bed
Darling, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am

Chorus

Every song he wrote was about a girl
Baby, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am

I’ll read you bedtime stories/ I’ll look beneath your bed
Baby, won’t you love me?/ Accept me as I am

Chorus
Track Name: Crazy Love
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)/ Phoenixcane Music (ASCAP)

A dress in black is what she wore, and she had rose-covered smiling eyes
Her full lips felt like pillows, warm - wet right beneath the skies
And I knew it was gonna be something nice - like nothing I had ever seen
And I knew it was gonna be something so wrong - so dirty - so right - so clean
And I knew it was crazy - I jumped in feet first - no thought - let it be
And I knew this was gonna be crazy love - But I knew this was the love for me

Hey, hey, hey

Now she wore my heart like a glove - snug right to her hand
And she rode me like a mule - said I was her only man
And I knew I was one of many she had - like so many that came before
And I knew I was one of many she had - revolving right through her doors
And I knew it was crazy - I jumped in feet first - closed eyes - crazy me
And I knew this was gonna be that crazy love - But I knew this was the love for me

Hey, hey, hey

She got a mind full of mischief and the world in her hands
There's no way to escape her grasp
She got me eating out her palms with a hold so strong
And she don't care - all she do is laugh

Now a dress in black is what she wore, and she had rose-covered smiling eyes
Her kiss was like daylight, bright - I said it hit me just like a surprise
And I knew it was gonna feel oh so nice - like nothing I had ever had
And I knew it was gonna be crazy love - love that leaves me feeling bad
And I knew it was gonna be dirty - like fire - but I'd just let it be
And I knew this was gonna be that crazy love - But I knew this was the love for me

Hey, hey, hey
Track Name: Some Girls
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

Some girls say I'm so angry/ Some girls say I'm like Malcolm X
Some girls say I'm so serious/ Some girls just want me for having sex

Some girls say I'm so exotic/ Some girls like listening to Talib Kweli
But when I talk mass incarnation some girls just cannot follow me

Now let it breathe…

Some girls say I got a chip on my shoulder/ Some girls say that Obama's hot
But when I talk about Black unemployment some girls don't wanna really listen a lot

Some girls say they like the color of my skin/ We living in a “post-racial society”
But when I shop at American Apparel why some girls always gotta keep an eye on me?

Now let it breath…

Some girls like to talk about gentrification/ Some girls like to shop at Trader Joe's
Some girls say I only fuck other girls ‘cause some girls say other girls act like ho's

Some girls say you sound intelligent/ Some girls say that you talk so white
But what I really know about all of these girls is when the fuck they all gonna get it right?

Now let it breathe…

Now some girls gonna get mad at these words/ Some girls prolly gonna won’t dig this song
Some girls prolly gonna wanna try to tell me that I got some of these girls figured wrong

Some girls gonna tell me that I'm crazy/ Some girls gonna say that I'm outta my mind
The problem is that some girls think like most of y'all really a lot and mostly all of the time

Now let it breathe…
Track Name: Raise Your Hands
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

I got a lion in my pocket and I’m ‘bout to let it go
And everybody knows it’s something you can’t stop
I’m riding high on a balloon and it’s way up in the sky
A balloon that you simply cannot pop
My voice is loud, I won’t be quiet, you will hear me, this is true
You will listen closely to the things that I will say
I’m giving voice to the voiceless so you must change your choices
Because all these evil things must go away
I deal in logic, bring dissent, but bring your facts and we will reason
We will analyze until the truth reveals
Forget traditions, leave your past, let’s look forward, free at last
Because in thinking all our sorrows will be healed
We seek freedom, one and all, creatures both great and small
This life for each of us is a gift to love
In these times we must evolve so our problems will be solved
To do this we place none of us above

Uh, so raise your hands

You got that chip on your shoulder and you standing up for something
You won’t fall down ‘cause you too have a dream
You live your life with purpose and speak for where the hurt is
And you trying to silence all the screams
It ain’t easy seeking justice, but still it’s what you seek
It ain’t easy being heard/ when you cannot speak
It ain’t easy breaking rank/ and defending all the meek
But we do this ‘cause it’s right/ and the time has reached its peak
You got an army, it’s growing and the chorus getting louder
No matter what you will not go away
It’s getting harder and harder ‘cause you keep getting smarter
They simply can’t ignore the things you say
They antagonize, they spreading’ lies, and victimize
Hiding facts is their weapon of choice
But you are armed against these fools with unbending truth
The only weapon that you need is your voice

Uh, so raise your hands

Now I done seen a lot of changes and the thing that’s the strangest
Is the way the truth always finds an ear
Whether it’s Martin Luther the King or a humble man that sings
A person stands up and makes things clear
And in the end the masses move and this is yet another way to prove
That deep down inside we all know what’s right
The only thing that’s left to resolve is for us to answer the call
And push forth the truth with all our might
It won’t be easy, we keep pushing ‘cause there’s no other way
What other reason is there for us to live?
One organism in harmony, no harming of life
Because goodness is all that we should give
Some think it’s crazy, but they are because it makes perfect sense
Life is something that all creatures love
So when you see a furry friend give a hand to lend
Withdraw that knife and give that other life a hug

Now raise your hands…
Track Name: Steal Away
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

I walk the halls of this dream that was once our love, but nothing here reminds me of us so I wander, aimless, searching...

We can't replace the things we've broken like antiques and heirlooms, dreams like precious stones...

Can we restart?

Chorus:

And just steal away...

I search to find a place to rest my hurt while searching room to room for what we once had in this place…

Reset the memories and return to relive as reality the way we once were in this place…

Chorus

Darkness fell inside this home, all light has recessed/ Can we try to rebuild, re-spark, give our best?

No one knows my hurt perhaps more than you do/ The hurt I feel - the pain of losing you…
Track Name: Top
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

I got a lil’ crib close to here/ That I can take you back to
I can show you a diagram of a few things that we can do
I like your eyes and I like your smile and I like your style
I like the way you looking at me like you ain’t had it good in a while
Ooh, I like the way you looking at me, I can tell that you got good taste
I like the way your body’s telling me that you coming over to my place
So it’s back to my crib/ let’s go ‘head and live/ and do it until we drop
On the floor on the bed/ head to head/ Turn around and get on top

Whoever’s next to me/ It’s just sex to me/ I take it for what it is
When I’m rubbing bodies/ I don’t tell nobody about my biz
I wouldn’t call it a “freaky side” - I’d say I’m just doing me
Whatever feels right - I do it all night - I let my mind be free
Lost in these sensations - That’s how I live
Like a kid in a candy store - Taking all you got to give
So it’s me and you/ We gonna do the do/ You gonna get your cherry popped
We gonna do whatever we wanna do, but I’m gonna be on top

Don’tchu worry ‘bout a thing/ I got you tonight now
We gonna let it all hang out/ And it’s gonna be all right now
Gonna take you to some new places/ Ain’t no need to be scared
If you ain’t never been to the top of the mountain, baby, I’m gonna take you there…

Look it here, now we can bring some of your friends/ Everyone’s got an invitation
You and your crew are invited to this - uh - lil’ situation
Call it whatever you like - You can even call me in the next day
Honey, we can even be just friends/ We can have it any old way
We can make up any kind of rules - make ‘em up as we go along
I say we do whatever we want to do - It ain’t no right or wrong
So it’s me, you and she and her/ Until the nosey neighbors call the cops
We can do whatever we wanna do/ And see who comes out on top
Track Name: Enjoy Yourself
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)
Won't you come on over/ And enjoy yourself
Now don't you worry/ Just enjoy yourself
See, I gave up saving the world/ I just wanna make you my girl
For tonight

Won't you come on over/ And enjoy yourself
There's no hurry/ Just enjoy yourself
Now if you let me ease your mind/ It'll all be fine
For tonight

Won't you come on over/ And enjoy yourself
Let me love you/ Just enjoy yourself
Let me ease your troubles away/ I just want you to stay
For tonight

Won't you come on over/ And enjoy yourself
Take off that skirt, girl/ Just enjoy yourself
Let's shut off all our phones/ Tell your friends you won't be coming home
For tonight

Won't you come on over/ And enjoy yourself
Baby, don't you worry/ Just enjoy yourself
We'll take a little reprieve/ I'll show you things you wouldn't believe
Come on let me please/ You got me down on my knees
You gotta enjoy yourself
For tonight
Track Name: The Fool
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)/ Phoenixcane Music (ASCAP)

She played me for a fool/ And left me with nothing
She treated me so cruel/ I gave her all my loving
It used to be that life with her was good/ But suddenly that all changed
I really wish she would - pick up the phone - but she just let it ring 

Chorus:

And now she's gone
She's gone away...
 
She's gone away now/ She's gone to stay...

These walls feel so alone/ Our home is empty
My world feels cold/ Since she left me
Maybe she found happiness/ Maybe he can love her right
I wish there were a way somehow/ That we never had to fight

Chorus

Everything I ever had and everything I ever wanted
Is gone from me - I’m empty and I’m haunted
I can’t live another day like this/ Will this pain ever just leave?
I’m dying inside - Making it hard for me to breathe

Chorus
Track Name: Emily (Act III)
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

You better - put down that needle, girl, 'fore you get yourself in trouble
He ain't gone too long, I said he ain't gone too long
 
You'd better - kick that habit, girl, don't run away from you
You know it won't be too long, I said it won't be too long
 
‘Fore you find yourself messed up in your world
Running from those shadows all around you
 
You better - fight away those demons, girl, no reason to be scared
'Cause we ain't got too long, no, we ain't got too long
 
You better - put that bottle down 'fore it washes you away
'Cause it won't take too long, I said it won't take too long
 
‘Fore you find yourself messed up in your world
Running from those shadows all around you
 
'Cause it's hard when you're lonely
You make it hard lovin' you
And it's hard 'cause you wanna own me
But I'm gonna be free and you should see
The way that this is hurtin' you
 
'Cause it's hard when you're lonely
You make it hard lovin' you
And it's hard 'cause you wanna own me
But I'm gonna be free and you should see
The way that this is hurtin' you
Track Name: Everyone Dies
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

Everyone dies in the end/ No heroes make it out alive
Sorry we’re going my friend/ We can’t stay even if we tried
He won’t have died for nothing with reasons to live
A life filled with purpose - he lives on…

But everyone dies in the end/ Nothing comes as a surprise
Live it with passion and then - you can feel as though you tried
We all have our reasons - our reasons to rise
But today is a step closer to the end

‘Cause everyone dies in the end - we live and all good times fly
Maybe we’ll do it again - And next time we’ll come back real wise
Wiser for choices - decisions we make
But this time is ending real soon

Everyone dies in the end/ A truth that I’ve come to realize
We go it alone with no friends/ The same way we’re born we’ll die
Memories and laughter - Hold onto to today
Live it as long as you can

If tomorrow ever comes we’ll never know
The dreams have lived and they’ve passed
We may not find our peace of mind
Or maybe we’ll get there at last
Each day’s a step closer - to the end or a beginning
The answers we may never know
But I cannot cry or selfishly wonder why
Though it pains me to see you go…

Everyone dies in the end/ No heroes make it out alive
Sorry we’re going my friend/ We can’t stay even if we tried
‘Cause everyone dies in the end/ Nothing comes as a surprise
Live it with passion and then - you can feel as though you tried
Everyone dies in the end/ The same way we’re born we’ll die
Track Name: Magic
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

I wake up in the morning and I look outside my window
No leprechauns or Easter Bunnies - Just the morning sun
No unicorns, but hey, it’s a great day
I got you in my bed - and I’m feeling like a horseshoe
That’s means I’m lucky - After all I deserve it
Life done shone down on me - I’m feeling free
Give me a hug and kiss my neck
Ah heck, let’s not move from this moment
Right here and let’s stay right where we are…
‘Cause it’s magic…
Magic, magic, magic

Well, look at here - what do we have?
A rabbit in a hat? No, it’s you
Copperfield making my gloom disappear
What tricks you got up your sleeve?
Making me believe in miracles
Since you came into my life
And it feels right
I ain’t never been much for making wishes, but these kisses
You give to me are making me believe
In something special - something mystic - something out of this world
You got me believing in magic…

Chorus

So we have the rest of our lives
And each day is a surprise
Pulling a shiny dime from behind my ear
To have you near makes my life oh so clear
I’m in love with your hocus pocus - you help keeping me focused
This life of joy and laughter - you and your abracadabra
Not much more I can say without it all sounding cliche
It all started back when you let me in
This feeling I have to have it
This feeling of…

Chorus
Track Name: Something To Die For
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

Sitting here looking down the barrel of a gun, and I’m wondering how did I get here?
They say traveling the world was supposed to be so much fun, and I’m wondering how did I get here?

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but it don’t make no kind of sense to me

A few months ago I was dreaming of college/ This shoulda paid my way for a better life
A baby on the way - will she be born without a father?/ Will I ever again see my wife?

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but it don’t make no kind of sense to me

Saw a child the other day, she was looking for her father/ Her body disfigured and maimed
Somebody please tell me if this is what democracy looks like/ It makes me wonder why we came

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but it don’t make no kind of sense to me
He told me his family was gunned down at a wedding/ He said death came from the sky
Well, I’m here fearing for my life - telling him it wasn’t me, wondering if this is all a lie

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but it don’t make no kind of sense to me

Tell my family I love them - sorry I didn’t make it home/ I wish I had it all to do over again
Tell my baby that her daddy wants her to grow up big and strong/Tell her I was brave until the very end

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but it don’t make no kind of sense to me

Maybe we coulda been friends under any other circumstances/ Seems you and me aren’t so different you see
We both have families and people that we love/ Both just want to live free

A live round aimed at my head, and the president said
I was fighting for freedom, but wait so are you
And if we’re all fighting for freedom who are we fighting for?
Track Name: Fallen To The Earth
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)

Lights on/ Party’s over/All the ugly for the world to see
And no one is leaving here/ No one cares but me
We dug ourselves a good time/ Look around at this place - a mess
We cried, we laughed/ But now there’s nothing left
Sometimes I wonder how it took so long to shut it down
Sometimes I wonder if a better party could have been found
Sometimes I wonder if this ever really had a chance
Maybe it don’t matter in the end/ So I just watch the people dance

Chorus:

It’s like I’ve fallen to the Earth

The music done stopped now/ Alcohol’s wearing off
How did we end up here?/ How did we get so lost?
This time there’s no day after/ Our best days are far behind
Spent all night searching for answers/ Answers we couldn’t find
Maybe looking in the wrong places/ They say folks do that for love
Looking at all the faces/ What were we thinking of?
I guess we thought it would never end/ But now look around this place
Sometimes I feel like I’m not from here/ Like I’ve fallen from outer space
Chorus

He asked me for a ride/ Sorry, but you’re already here
You’re already home/ Then he shed a tear
Those kids in the corner were right, you know/ Tried to get everyone to stop drinking
No one cared - no one listened/ What we were thinking?
Washing down indifference/ We couldn’t think about tomorrow
Live fast, and live hard/ On time we tried to borrow
But our time is up/ The party’s over
We took life for granted/ It ends in arrogance
Our only home was on this planet

Chorus
Track Name: Reason To Rise (featuring Carolann Brevard)
My Father’s Son Music (SESAC)/ Phoenixcane Music (ASCAP)

Woke up this morning/ What did you do today?
What's your reason to rise?
Stay at home mom, but the kids are all gone away
What's your reason to rise?
Don't know a thing about PTA, but I got love in my heart
Ain't that enough?

Looked at the DOW and it took a dive today
What's your reason to rise?
41 times a billionaire/ You got it all hidden away
What's your reason to rise?
Ain't got a dime in my pocket, but I got love in my heart
Ain't that enough?

Went to church on Sunday/ Heard the preacher man pray
What's your reason to rise?
Said your only child was a sinner because she was gay
What's your reason to rise?
Ain't got religion on my mind, but I got love in my heart
Ain't that enough?

Need votes to D.C./ Don't believe a thing that you say
What's your reason to rise?
Campaign promises all washed away
What's your reason to rise?
Ain't got faith in your government, but I got love in my heart
Ain't that enough?

And every day I see my reflection/ I stand before my judge and jury
And I got love in my heart/ I may not have all the answers, but I try each day that I rise

Woke up this morning/ What did you do today?
What's your reason to rise?
Stay at home mom, but the kids are all gone away
What's your reason to rise?
Don't know a thing about PTA, but I got love in my heart
Ain't that enough?