Songs for Kukua

by Paapa

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A story of a boy called Kwaku, who embarks on a voyage that finds him learning important truths about love, faith, wealth, power, prejudice, and virtue, among others.

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released 06 March 2013
Lyrics by Paapa (paapamusic.tumblr.com/songsforkukualyrics)
All songs written and produced by Paapa.
All songs mixed and mastered by Jayso.
Featured artists: Jayso, Cwesi Oteng.
Guitars on 'Black star' and 'Far Away' performed by Jack Johnson.
Album art by 6miludo Media.

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Paapa Portland, Oregon

A young Ghanaian musician, dreamer & forgiven-sinner sharing his unfinished story.

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Track Name: Far Away
I just want to take this time
to welcome you into my mind (akwaaba)
once upon a time
somewhere in my mind
something that needs to be told

So sit back relax and breath
imagination’s the only thing you need
to enjoy this ride
I’ll be your guide
hold my hand and

Let me take you far away
Don’t worry we’ll make it back today
I’ll take you to
Kukua & Kwaku
Somewhere

Let me take you far away
Don’t you worry we’ll make it back today
I’ll take you to
Kukua & Kwaku

I’ll take you to
Kukua & Kwaku
Somewhere
Track Name: Black Star
Twinkle twinkle little star
Black and beautiful you are
a single look into your eyes
I can tell how much you’ve cried
so twinkle twinkle little star
Black and beautiful you are.

Twinkle twinkle little star
I have seen your many scars
your pain made a path for me
Freedom didn’t come easy
Twinkle twinkle little star
Black and beautiful you are

Kukua, I know that you
Were born out of love
God chose you
For me
In your galaxy
is where I want to be

Swim in oil, walk on gold
Things that Inorubo [oburoni backwards] stole
Twinkle twinkle little star
Black and beautiful you are
Track Name: Write For Me
Kukua I just got this scholarship
so I’ll be moving to the dollarship
I just want my dreams to set sail
cause if I stay with you they might fail”

With tears in her eyes, she said,

“Please don’t leave me
If you stay, we’ll find a way so don’t leave
me
If you stay, we’ll find a way.
I promise you.”

“Kukua please know
say you’re so beautiful.
Black star, my queen.
I love you but guess what?
This cedi and pesewa
cannot afford my dreams”

She said
“Kwaku, if you leave
I’ll lose one more piece of me,
I’ve lost too many.
History repeats itself
so it’s time to play a different song
I need you right here beside me, here at home.
I know that I have got some issues but ano fit fix alone.
say I ano fit fix alone.

So don’t leave me
If you stay, we’ll find a way
so don’t leave
me
If you stay, we’ll find a way
I promise you

If you leave
please write songs for me
and come back to me”
Track Name: Now That I'm Here ft. Jayso
[Paapa] Do my words make you bitter?
do they make you cry?
do they make you better?
do they make you try?
just a little harder
to learn a little more
than what you learned before

I want you to hear
the truth crystal clear
now that I’m here
give me your ear
now that I’m here

took trips to my home in a textbook
saw pictures someone from the west took
I hate to break it you
but you haven’t had the best look

I know what you know
I’ve seen what you’ve seen
but now that I’m here

be hungry for truth and thirsty for understanding
confusion is like falling, conviction is landing

I want you to hear
the truth crystal clear
now that I’m here
give me your ear

my story is my own
my story is my own
my story is my own
my story is my own to tell

[Jayso] This is my home, yes, I’m in my zone, let’s
break and talk about perception and what is known facts
they got it wrong, they got it wrong
Make I tell you the truth
cause the story they telling you is wrong
all they showing is slums, but they have slums too
poverty and crime don’t they have some too?
I mean e dey bore the way dem dey see we for there
as if we be animals for here, yea

I know say some people dey struggle, truth be told
but look below the surface and you will know
that everything ain’t everything they telling you on screens
the beauty of our continent, hospitable human beings
these Africans are black and proud with dreams like you
come see it for yourself you will see, like you
we have our good and bad, so don’t just show the bad
and make it look like that’s we have

cause e dey bore, e dey bore waah
Make I tell my own story
Chale Paapa take em to church
Fa ɔmo kɔ asɔre

[Paapa]I want you to hear
the truth crystal clear
now that I’m here
give me your ear
Track Name: Richest Man
Brother, please keep your money
We both know you don’t love me
You don’t even love yourself
You’re Infatuated with your wealth
Funny that you call me poor,
Just because I don’t have what you work for.

la la la la la la la (4x)

All I have is all I want
All I want is all I need
So I think say that makes me,
Richer than you’ll ever be
Material things perish anyway
I live for the things that always stay

So please, don’t waste your time
Keep your dime
I’ll be fine
Don’t waste your time

la la la la la la la (4x)

Fish for yourself
Never for others
Selfish with your wealth,
You deny your brother
The greed inside you,
I see it in my view,
If you let it drive you,
it will always deprive you

Reality check
Autotune never impressed the deaf
Blind man no fit dey see your dress
Doesn’t care if you are fresh to death
But I think the best,
Thing in the world to get
is his respect.
I no be carnivore,
But I’m fed up with people wanting more
Track Name: Lost
Somebody told me this was a place that I could find a home
because I’m buried under like a forgotten bone

But I don’t understand
please tell me where I am

(oh) I memorized the map and followed all directions
followed all the signs at Calvary’s intersection (yeah)
He gave me this address but I’ll confess
that all I’ve seen is everybody dressing to impress

I’ve been underserved
and I feel undeserved

Everybody’s so in love with this place
cause we all want to be loved.
but there’s no sign of love in this place
cause nobody wants to love

I’m lost sheep and I’m scared
lost coin under the chair

Somebody told me this was a place that I could find a home
Track Name: Wake Up
I pray out my lungs,
I may speak in tongues, but
I’m afraid it’s done in vain
without you in my veins
I used to want everything
I used to want it all
Sky, sea and many other things
I tried to rule

but if I don’t have you,
If I don’t have you it means nothing, nothing
If I don’t have you,
If I don’t have you, it means nothing nothing

You have been asleep
You should be on the streets
You should be healing wounds
You need to wake up soon
cause without you
I’m like the gun of a pacifist
like apathy to an activist
so useless

If I don’t show you
If I don’t show you
It means nothing, nothing
and If I don’t show you
If I don’t show you
everything means nothing

I wish that war was nothing more
than in the middle of award
but yo chale it’s so much more
it’s filling up hospital wards
it’s real, looking at Palestine and Israel
war’s bill, see we need the kind of love that is real.

but it will not be found by NASA up on Neptune
I no go find you in my next tune
my money may buy me Armani and the best tomb
but truth is it can’t even buy me Heaven’s restroom
but check it I believe in Jesus and don’t believe he was white
don’t even care if he was black, I just believe that he was right
that you, love, are the only answer
sometimes I wish that you’d learn a couple of things from cancer
and spread without control

I'm standing on this lyrical podium
I’ve caused some lyrical pandemonium
I apologise to my physical audience, but more begins
cause she is open, broken, bruising, bleeding, losing
needing, healing, from the pain she’s feeling
there’s other people hungry, dying, crying their ocean’s drying
they’re trying to look for hope
rope to pull them up to help them cope
with others looking for rope for different reasons
like this little boy about to stop his heart from beating

nobody else is home, he already checked
before he tied the rope tight right around his neck
been bullied into desperation now he hates his present
and just looking to escape from his bubble like effervescence
and says a prayer to the only elohim, thinking only Him
can forgive him for this sin, the loop his neck is in
is his reaction to prolactin in his tears
and his fears have him forced into wishing his death was near

but the funny thing is, death doesn’t even hurt the dead
it hurts the people that the dead leave behind instead
so Love, for their sake, wake up!
they need you, you’re already late, no time for make-up
I’m sounding this alarm, I’m pushing off your covers
for fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers
and whoever needs your cover

so love, wake up.
Track Name: 3rd Thief
Kwaku have you
heard of one who
came with grace
to exchange

grief with gladness
understand this
Caesar tried
crucified

me, the 3rd thief
Father left me
part of His plan
to rescue man
I with Grace
stole your place

I stole your pain & pride
and so they crucified
me
for you

Kwaku have you
heard of one who
stole your pain & pride
so they crucified

I’m the 3rd thief
Track Name: How Much
sir can you please explain
why you’re bearing such pain
and still want to carry me
back to home behind the sea

How much can you love me?
Don’t you get tired of me?
Tell how much can you love me?
How much can you love me?

neither depth, nor even heights
can keep me out of your sight
neither death, nor even life
can keep me from your sacrifice

I’m curious as I write this
cause I’m usually not like this
but I’m just asking cause I know I’m not righteous
and despite this, you love me like you’re sightless

I don’t love my own self that much
that’s why I don’t understand such
love like yours so before I go
I just want to know

How much can you love me?
Don’t you get tired of me?
Tell how much can you love me?
How much can you love me?
Track Name: Your Way
Hey mister, how are you walking on water?
I hope can you show me cause I really want to
walk on the water exactly like you do?
show me the steps that I need to go through

and I’ll be Usain Bolt in this thang
bolting to whatever you saying
One wish, permit me to ask it
before my address becomes a casket
maybe it might seem a little drastic
make me new like Saul in Damascus
I know there’s no ‘u’ in me,
but you know I need more You in me.

I wanna walk (your way)
I want to talk (your way)
I want to live (your way)
I want to love (your way)

okay so you say if want to imitate
I just for keep my eyes on you and need to have a little faith
it sounds so easy, let me try? let me try?
make I try? ei I dey try!
look at me now, look at my feet
standing on Atlantic street
used to be scared to be ambitious that was my condition,
I put little on my plate cause I was scared of broken dishes.

now I’m walking (your way)
now I’m talking (your way)
now I’m living (your way)
now I’m loving (your way)

I am good now, you can go now
Kwaku running the show now
I’m good now, you can go now
Kwaku running the show now
now I’m all grown, walking on my own
today I walk on water, tomorrow I make my throne

no wait. what’s happening? what’s happening?
where did you go? I need you back again!
I need you back to tell me what to do
please use your pencil to draw me closer to you.
and this time I’ll use pencil to write down what I think
and I will write down all of your plans and orders in ink

I carry my being like Jack Sparrow
Fooled by my feelings of pride in my marrow
If following you is right, I never want go left
if following you is wrong, go ahead and give me an F
so long as I am still in this atmosphere
the belly of the whale will be my utmost fear

cause I wanna walk (your way)
I want to talk (your way)
I want to live your way
I want to love your way
Track Name: Deeper
Deeper, going deeper

Going deeper
and I can’t breathe either
I don’t know what to do
cause I stopped keeping my eyes on you

(I’m sinking) Deeper inside of me
Deeper inside of me

I thought I could do it on my own
but you have shown me that I need you
cause I’m sinking

Deeper inside of me
Deeper inside of me

(ooo) Save me
(ooo) someone save me
Track Name: M'akoma
I’ve tried my will, but I always fail
now I am stuck in the belly of a whale
I can’t stay still, been here for a while
colder everyday, the air grows stale

maybe the words don’t exist
or maybe they’re just too hard to my lips

obaatampa, tie m’akoma
Track Name: Hansel & Gretel
I woke up on this shore
somewhere I’ve been before
looks familiar looks like home
I hear a voice, familiar tone
I heard Him say

"Di m’akyi oh, di m’akyi o
Di m’akyi oh, follow me o

I want you to stand up now
follow me I’ll show you how
make sure that I always lead
kwaku come, honor me

Di m’akyi oh, di m’akyi o
Di m’akyi oh, follow me o

Just follow me, just follow me
just follow me

through this meadow
Hansel Gretel
Track Name: Yesu
Kukua relax, it’s just me
Finally back from my odyssey
beautiful are my feet
cause I came with a friend
His name is

Yesu o, Yesu o
ay ayee
(Yesu o) Yesu Yesu osee yee,
(Yesu o) Yesu Yesu osee yee,
ay ayee

Come, Let me show
You someone you should know
He’s the one who gave me
A new sun, now I see

That I was drowning in myself, then I no de fit see/sea
the ocean of pride deep within me
not forgetting the monsters in mirrors amongst us
like all fake prophets prophesying for profit

I brought him my music as my offering to the table.
He didn’t refuse it and He made me more than Abel/able,
You’ve heard of Adam, the man who fell?
Well this man rose and it hurt the devil like Hell
His name is

Yesu o, Yesu o
ay ayee
(Yesu o) Yesu Yesu osee yee,
(Yesu o) Yesu Yesu osee yee,
ay ayee

From Accra to Seoul, He’s been saving souls
From Norway to Jamaica, He is the maker
He cradles the stars
He shed His tears
to find you where you are
and scare your fears
Track Name: Supernova ft. Cwesi Oteng
[Paapa] What does it mean, to know You died for me
Am I supposed to be
the richest man?
was that your plan? I’m not sure

but chale I for show
everything in me
I go let my life explode
for all the world to see

like a supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah

[Cwesi Oteng] Chale ma paddy
you are the image of God
so walk and talk like Him
manifest the God in you my friend

so the world will know
You’re a child of God
born to rule and reign
with His story with your life

[Paapa & Cwesi] so before I go
let my life explode
Light up the universe
with every rhyme and verse
I have got to show,
all over the globe
my saviour’s glow
like a Supernova

[Paapa] I go let my life explode
for all the world to see

like a supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah
supernova, supernova
supernova-ah

this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
like a supernova
until this life is over