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Sad New Day - Up Close ReMiX
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Hear Michael Franks sing backgrounds on a beautifully austere Andress/Montgomery-styled remix feat. brilliant Nashville guitarist Roland Gresham. Produced by Chris Cuben.
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Concept Enterprises International -
Sad New Day Maxi-Single
Fri Oct 26, 2007
Jazz : Smooth Jazz
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About the song
Envisioned as a smooth remix unlike any other hip-hop song before this one (or since this one).

Committed to putting more "music" in "hip-hop music", CCT exercised restraint to beter highlight the greatness of ME PHI ME's powerful lyrics with a naked one-take a cappella performance flavored only with a constantly evolving raw Wes Montgomery-like L-5 CES hollow-body and the trademark African flute melody.

Beautiful, intimate, organic, and sophisticated -- this may be one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.
It's as dark as the night
Keeps you up-tight forever you fight
You try to break the bondage you experience
Deranged delirious mentally serious
Tell ME how do I break the chains on my brain
My mind my body my soul I need total control
Of my freedom and my liberty when will it be for all
All Berlin walls must fall
The physical torture and mental oppression
The anguish of depression life is a lesson
That you've got to study hard because the hard times
Are grippin' and whippin
Quit slippin' don't be a slave just create
A positive state don't break just make and take
Be great don't be controlled just be strong never doubt
Your tomorrow and we'll hear you scream out


When it rains it pours for pain is a force
Let happiness be your source and keep goin' for yours
I know old Dante pulled you in the inferno
But pain you U learn though is not eternal
So now you're in the dungeon on the wall you hang
You try everything the pendulum still swings
You're down on your knees and prayin' Oh my GOD
Tell me why this life has to be so hard
Is it all in the cards yeah deal me a new one
And maybe life won't be so lonely and gruesome
But Ima tell you son before you begin
Even with a bad hand you can bluff and win
So put your chips on the table you're able to do the task
Unmask the executioner and take his ax
And break the chains that bind and confine your mind this is your time
Unleash and unwind put pain behind
Climb art of the pit of darkness and start this new breed
For this is what we need
Don't be held down and hellbound be strong and profound
Unfasten the leather that's strappin' you down
Dig down and get up and you'll be swingin' the soul sound
A new day is coming the sun don't frown
Don't conform be confined or obey
Nelson Mandela breathes the air of a new day
So now you're a number in the prison of a hardened soul
But be brave and behave and you may get parole
So there's hope and hope is a pleasant thing
Over the horizon I see the sun I hear you sing


Solar energy within ME all through ME
Its the sun full of light bringing power and might
All right makin' everything start to swing
You be the lung or queen of your own dream
Life can be supreme it's a special thing
Just keep the faith through the nighttime
You operate smooth and you might find
All of the lovin' the bliss the joy a happy deal
Friendship and jubilee you live the Elysian fields
For real you need to feel unchained and free
Into The ME-PHI-ME!
And you are in the rat race so put an your gym shoes
Run emphatically step on them blues
Choose the right path and be on your way
And you'll be able to say
What a wonderful life!


(Solo by John Michael Falasz III)

i¿½ 1990
Words and Deliverance by ME PHI ME
Music by Christopher CUBEN-TATUM

Appears as cut #3 on the ME PHI ME CD, "ONE"
BMG/RCA Records
74321 12437 2

Produced and Engineered by Christopher Cuben-Tatum
Published by It's CeeCeeTee Music - EMI/Blackwood (BMI)