Diurnal Movements

by JD Green

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released 15 June 2010

All songs written, arranged, & performed by Yalonda JD Green (BMI).

Music produced & arranged by Trey Latham (BMI) of E.T. Productions, Louisville, KY.

Musicians: JD Green (vocals), Trey Latham (boards, drums, organ, bass), with appearances by Smoke E. Digglera (vocals) of Bittersweet, LLC on #3; Mark "Lupe" Hamilton (guitars) on #9 & #13; and AJ Green (voiceover) on #8.

Artwork: Diurnal by Erika Quinn.
Package design & photography: Tarik Nally (Tariko Creative)

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JD Green is a classically-trained vocalist from the old school of spirituals and roots music, stomp-yo-foot blues, of the pocket and a funky groove, sweet ballads & jazz standards. Though the sweetness of her voice may be what attracts, it's her “quirky, yet funky” ability to tell the truth and cut to the marrow of our experiences that makes JD Green’s brand of soul music necessary and timeless. ... more

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Track Name: Day
Ad lib:
Some days you wake up and you just know
Wake up and you just go

VERSE 1:
There come days when the sky is clear
But you can’t see your hand in front of your face
Don’t know how to take your next breath
Can’t figure which way is life
And which way is death

VAMP:
Sometimes
But some days you wake up and you just know
Your path is clear, your mind is straight
Nothing to do but go

Sometimes
But some days you wake up and you just know
Your path is clear, your mind is straight
Nothing to do but go

CHORUS:
Sometimes you wake up and you just know
Sometimes you wake up
Before your day is opened you know how it’s gonna go
Rock to the edge, put your shoulders into and shine
Just flow and know it’s by design

VERSE 2 (ad lib through to end)
Today was a day
Much like yesterday, except today
I knew it was the day
Except today was the day

There come days where the sky is clear
But you can’t see your hand in front of your face

VAMP:
Sometimes
But some days you wake up and you just know
Your path is clear, your head is straight
Nothing to do but go

Sometimes
But some days you wake up and you just know
Your path is clear, your mind is straight
Nothing to do but go

Sometimes you think you know how it’s gonna go
And then it goes its own way

Repeat to end
Track Name: Crush Pt. 1
Chorus
I think I got a big ol’ crush on you
And I just don't know what to do—mmm

Verse 1
I find myself watching when I think you can't see
I sit and dream until I catch myself wishing
I'm just so gone over you


Chorus
I think I got a big ol’ crush on you
And I just don't know what to do


Verse 2
They say they come
They say they go
But what do I do in between

Chorus
I think I got a big ol’ crush on you
I don't know what to do


Verse 3
I hope it passes
‘Cause I can't imagine
That you could be diggin’ me too


Bridge
Maybe I'll grow out of it
Maybe you'll grow into it
I know I got a crush on you


Verse 4
They say they pass
But I have to ask
How to get over you

Verse 5
I sit and wonder
How to get from under
The crush that I've got on you


BREAK

(Hey hey)

What do I do
What do I do
About you

Have you ever wondered why they call it a crush?
I think I know
I think I know

I look at you and wonder
And I wonder if you know I’m feeling you

Have you ever
Fallen so hard
And not known if they can even see you

Well I’m here
And I don’t know what to do
I’m crushing hard over you

Do0000 ~

I can’t speak, no
I don’ t know what to say
I can’t speak

But I can~ Dooooo

Ad lib to end
Track Name: Last Night f. Smoke E. Digglera
CHORUS

Wanting you and I can’t pretend
My days would be as sweet
Without you here

Can’t deny that feel this way
Your good love so deep
I could never turn away


VERSE 1:

Last night
There was something on your mind
You didn’t say, but I could tell

Your touch
It wasn’t an embrace
But it was written all over your face

Then you
Closed the door behind you
Leaving me so confused

Then you take my hand
Say baby, close your eyes
And to my surprise
You said, “Be my wife”


CHORUS:

Wanting you and I can’t pretend
My days would be as sweet
Without you here

Can’t deny that feel this way
Your good love so deep
I could never turn away


VERSE 2 :

Last night
There was something on my mind
I couldn’t say but you could tell
I went to touch you, couldn’t embrace
You had to see it was written all over my face
I closed the door behind me
You had to be so confused

Then I take your hand
Said baby, close your eyes
And to your surprise I said
“Be my wife”


CHORUS:

Wanting you and I can’t pretend
My days would be as sweet
Without you here

I can’t deny that feel this way
Your good love so deep
I could never turn away


Repeat Chorus

BRIDGE:

Loving you
Wanting you
Can’t deny—

Knowing you’re mine
For the rest of my life

Ad lib to end
Track Name: Make It New (Equinoxes)
VERSE 1:

Our first kiss
When everything was new
The flowers sang—yeah
And the birds bloomed

Smiles were easy
Giggling about everything
All was light—yeah
And everything, everything was new

But we don't kiss like that anymore
The flowers only hum—mmm
Birds fold their wings
Smiles are heavy
Giggles are still sweet
But are few


CHORUS

Let's make it new
Again
Let's make it new
Again
Let’s make it new
Again
Let’s make it new
Again—


VERSE 2:

We'd sit and talk for hours
Not say a thing
You hang up, no you hang up, no you hang up
Loving the breeze

Dreaming about tomorrow
Forever today
Wanting to be close
Brand new everyday—oh

Remember that baby?

Now I'm in one room
And you're in yours
We're sleeping with our backs to each other

No more dreaming
Only talk about today
In our separate worlds
Missing yesterday


CHORUS:

Let's make it new
Again
Let's make it new
Again
Let’s make it new
Again
Let’s make it new


BRIDGE:

Hah ooo bop

(Mmmmmm) Routine

Hah ooo bop

Everything's alright

Hah ooo bop
Except
When I'm up, you're asleep

Hah ooo bop
You're in, I'm out
Life gets in the way

Hah ooo0 bop

We mean well,

Hah ooo bop
time passes
days get shorter
night's cooler
Hah ooo bop
farther apart

(Oooooh) Let's get closer baby
Make our light
Let's get closer baby
Let's make it new

Begin ad lib

CHORUS:

Let's make it new
Again
Let's make it new
Again
Let’s make it new
Again
Let’s make it new


(Repeat)

Ad lib to end
Track Name: Funky Soul (Interlude)
Here we go let yo funky soul get down
Doncha go til that groove it knocks you out
And we don’t care just where you try to hide
Ya neva know how tha soul’ll hit ya

Ad lib

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Ya neva know how tha soul’ll hit ya
But here we go again
Ya neva know how tha soul’ll hit ya

Here we go let ya funky soul get down
Doncha go til that groove it knocks you out
And we don’t care just where you try to hide
Ya neva know where tha soul’ll hit ya

(Repeat 3x)
Track Name: Commute
Life’s landscape passes outside your window
And the lives you pass blur along the way

POEM:
“A Single Wish”

Same tracks, there’s new under the train
The sun shifts, the moon rises
But the tracks remain the same

POEM:
“First Kiss”

Appreciate the movement
Forward, sometimes backward
Journey same paths
Shifting, elsewhere
The station is the same
(The train’s lullaby)

POEM:
“Cameo”

Another train track
Just a glimpse, tumbling like the cars of a train
Different places, same stations
And the track keeps on moving on

POEM:
“Sour Cherries”

Life’s landscape passes outside your window
And lives you pass,
They blur, they blur along the way
Yeah~
Track Name: Sleepwalking
VERSE:
3am and your phone rings
I thought that you were just going to let it ring
But then her voice says hello
You’re in the next room
I hear you say, “I’m on my way.”

CHORUS:
Can’t believe that you did it to me
Said you’d never break my heart
Took the time to remind you of your promise
And you mocked my pain

Nothing like a real dream

Spoken exchange and ad libs

CHORUS:
Can’t believe that you did it to me
Said you’d never break my heart
Took the time to remind you of your promise
And you mocked my pain

Ad lib:
You left, you laughed
You laughed at my disbelief

You walked away, you smiled in my face
You smiled in my face and you laughed at me
You left
You smiled, you walked away.

You said you loved me
And you laughed at me
Track Name: Careful
Verse 1:
Be careful whatcha say
Of whatcha say you’ll never do
Because ya neva know
When ya neva will come looking for you

Be careful whatcha do
Be careful where ya go
Because ya neva know
When where ya been will show out on ya

Chorus 1:
Be careful
Be careful
(Oh) Be careful

Verse 2:
Be careful whatcha say
Be careful where ya go
Because ya neva know
When it’ll show out on ya

Be careful whatcha say
Of whatcha say you’ll neva do
Because ya neva know
When ya neva will come looking for you

Chorus 2
Be careful
Be careful
Be careful
Be careful

Vamp 1:
You betta,
You betta mind
How ya talk
Betta mind what ya talking about

Vamp 2:
Because ya neva know
Because ya neva know
When you’ll have to give an account

Ya never know
Ya never know

You betta be careful

Repeat Chorus 2 to end
Track Name: Prelude
The closest things to our hearts
Are the hardest things to say
I’ve got something to tell you
But words get in the way

I want you to know
There’s something special inside of you
Even if you don’t believe
Even if you don’t believe
Track Name: Natural Beauty
Verse 1:
My mama insisted that I was a natural beauty
So many days she'd say,
"Baby you're too pretty to act that way"

But it didn't matter what she'd say to me
Most days I looked in the mirror,
But I just couldn't see

It took a long time
For me to find
That I was beautiful

Chorus/Vamp:
Somebody tell me
What's natural beauty anyway
Pretty is a state of mind
Beauty is a state of soul

Verse 2:
She'd tell me her story
All the while putting on her face
She’d take the time, scrutinize
Pluck the hair
Put on the makeup so it wasn't there

So it didn't really matter what she'd say to me
She’d stand there in the mirror
But, somehow, she just couldn’t see

It took a long time
For my mama to find, to find
Her own beauty

Ooooooo

Bridge:
All I could see were flaws
Couldn't get beyond it all
I'd try so hard to find that beautiful I
That she saw in me

Verse 3:
Little sister, please listen, you are a natural beauty
Honey you're too smart to think any other way

So don't you get so caught up in what they say to you
Take the time beyond the mirror
And make sure you know the truth
Don't take too long to know the beauty of your own song


Vamp:
Know that there's more to your soul
Than what glows, it's below
Digging deeply

Know that there's more to you than what others say or do
Realize, sister, realize, brother that you are valuable.

Tell me, what's the point of a pretty face
If beneath, there's no joy, no grace

What’s the point of a pretty face
If there’s no grace

You gotta know,
Realize honey
That you are wonderful
Track Name: Take It All Away (Postlude)
Verse:
And she’d say to me:
You don’t see what I see
You’re looking at now
And I’m looking ahead

Vamp:
You may feel that way now
And think you always will

Chorus
But time will take it away
Oh oh oh
Time will take it all away


Bridge:
Take your time, don’t decide
Because now isn’t for always
So sit down, it’ll come around

Chorus
Time will take it all away
Oh oh oh
Time will take it all away

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Take your time
Don’t decide, isn’t for always
So sit down, it’ll come around

Chorus
Time will take it all away
Oh oh oh
Time will take it all away

Repeat Chorus (1x)

Ad lib to end
Track Name: Time
Verse 1:
Folks talk about love treating it like it's all the same
And it's better just to play the game
But good love ain't never hurt nobody
The problem’s what we tend to do in poor love's name

Chorus:
Let's take our time
Going through the motions
Don't make it right
There's more than just tonight

Don't waste our time
Playing with emotions
Be friends, then lovers
We can't build on sand


Verse 2:
Marriage & relationships ain't the problem
Just look at your approach (yeah)
You rush in love,
Or drag your feet,
Then wonder why it don't work
You expect real love but not willing to show

Chorus:
Let's take our time
Going through the motions
Don't make it right
There's more than just tonight

Don't waste our time
Playing with emotions
Be friends then lovers
We can't build on sand

Repeat Chorus

[MUSICAL BREAK]

Bridge:
Your blase attitude gives me the blues
Calling it relationship don't make it true
Honey, you missing all the clues
Give us due focus or turn it loose

I know you're tired of the game
You think you're ready to settle down
But you don't know me to love me yet
We got to build this thang on solid ground

Vamp:
Let’s take our time
Through the motions
Let’s take our time
OH
Let’s take our time
Let’s take our time

Ad Lib
Repeat Chorus until end
Track Name: Wake Up (Phat Tuesday)
(Carpe Diem!)

Verse:
Come on y'all let's dance
Get it good before it's too late
Make the most before you can't
Clap them hands don't faint

Lift them voices high
Sway from side to side
Make the most of what you got
Come on now, don't wait

Chorus:
Wake up!
--Ain't no time for sleep

Wake up!
--This groove too deep

Wake up!
--Make the most of your time baby

It's your soul to keep!

Repeat

Leader:
Come on baby!
We're talking to you!
Gon and get your time in now,
Cause it'll be gone too soon.

Vamp
Come on y'all let's dance
Get it good before it's too late
Make the most before you can't
Come on now, don't faint

Repeat vamp

Verse:
Come on y'all let's dance
Get it good before it's too late
Make the most before you can't
Clap them hands don't faint

Lift them voices high
Sway from side to side
Wake the most of what you got
Come on now, don't wait

Chorus:
Wake up!
--Ain't no time for sleep

Wake up!
--This groove too deep

Wake up!
--Make the most of your time baby

It's your soul to keep!

Repeat chorus

Leader:
Come on baby!
We're talking to you!
Gon and get your time in now,
Cause it'll be gone too soon.

Vamp:
Come on y'all let's dance
Get it good before it's too late
Make the most before you can't
Come on now, don't faint

Repeat vamp

Chorus:
Wake up!
--Ain't no time for sleep

Wake up!
--This groove too deep

Wake up!
--Make the most of your time baby

It's your soul to keep!

Bridge (Leader):
I can’t tell you how to move
Put your shoulders in the groove
Sway hip deep, side to side
Move how you want
But don’t let your feet leave the grind

Let it move through you baby
Rock shout, rock shout, rock shout
Make the most of your time baby
Clap them hands
Don’t faint


Call and response:
Leader:
Gop-wob-we-wop!

Crowd:
Gop-wob-we-wop!

Leader:
Gop-wob-we-bop!

Crowd:
Gop-wob-we-bop!

Leader:
Gop-wob-we-bop!

Crowd:
Gop-wob-we-bop!

Everyone:
Gop-wabba-weeba-g0bba-webop-way

Repeat call and response

Hand claps until end

(Carpe Diem!)
Track Name: Night
Take back the night (Oh)
Take back the night
The night belongs to all of us
So take back the night

Take back the dark
He said relish the beauty of the dark
Sometimes what's done in the dark
Blesses you in the light
Take it back

Not afraid anymore
Not afraid of closet doors
Under the bed don't scare me no more
Because I'm takin back the night

There are treasures there in the dark
Diamonds there in the night
Walk in the dark
For just a little while,
And you'll see just how bright it was

Night's not just for sleeping
There's bright shining blessing in the dark

Dark is comfort
Dark is peace
There's joy right there waiting
In the dark

[Small musical break]

He said take back the night
hooooo
Take back the night

Many blessings wait in the night
So take back, take back, the night

Not afraid of the dark
No no no no no
Not afraid of the dark
no no no no no

Unafraid of what comes out at dusk
Under the bed don't scare me no more
Relish, relish the solemn of the dark

He said take baby,
take back the night
It belongs to all
And not just to some
So you take back the dark
Take back the dark

There's light
There's light
There's light in the dark

There's beauty-yeah
There's beauty-yeah
Beautiful treasures in the dark

[Break]

He said we come
From the darkness and light
He said we come from darkness and the light
You can't just cleave to the light side of you
There's beauty in the blackness of the night

There's truth
There's truth
There's truth in the dark

There's faith-yeah
There's faith-yeah
Have faith in the beauty of the dark

Take back the dark
Take back the dark
There's manifold blessing in loving the dark

Take back take back the night