Lost In America

by Abu Jibran

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This collection of songs runs the gamut - romantic ghosts, mid-life crises, the coming climate apocalypse, happy nuclear families, long overdue love songs, the weight of suicide, America's firearms epidemic, beer-fueled bromances, deceased pets, why Jesus wasn't a Republican.

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released July 4, 2016

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Abu Jibran Washington, D.C.

I'm Abu Jibran - a singer-songwriter, vocalist and pianist based in  Washington D.C.

I released my first full-length album Lost In America, on July 4, 2016.

​My philosophy is simple: music is a gift to an audience and I hope to inspire action - in your head, on the dance floor, whatever makes you move.

Come join me... AJ
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Track Name: Bring Back Hippy Jesus
Back in ’73, I heard the gospel
On an 8 -track in my dad's Volkswagen bus.
The sermon on the mount was in a commune
And hippies, vets and dead-heads would discuss

You see psychedelics made God come in clearer
We could not make our water turn to wine
Mary had a crush on Jesus and Judas had a voice that pleased us
Ever since, peacemakers in decline

What ever happened to peace, love and understanding
Peace, love, a heart demanding
Peace, love, a spaceship for your soul

Peace, love, as in your neighbor
Peace, love, you are your savior
Peace, love, and God bless rock and roll.

God cast a spell on all believers
You wouldn’t recognize JC today
They say that he’d deny a child two mothers
Drive anyone without fair skin away.... Did he say

"Load a gun if you can't love your brother."
“The meek will inherit an earth that’s too damn hot."
“Be like me and learn to walk on water."
"You’re gonna need to after all those icecaps are an afterthought."

And now we sing
Hate, fear, misunderstanding
Hate, fear and rage demanding
Hate, fear, for those who aren’t like you

Hate, fear, who knows what God means
Hate, fear, our world is his dream
If he exists then he exists in you

I think it’s time we had a second coming... unless
Christ came back five years ago and bailed
“Father, why waste time on all these people...
What was your point with all that blood and wood and foot-long nails?"

Peace, love and understanding
Peace, love, a heart demanding
Peace, love, a spaceship for your soul

Peace, love, as in your neighbor
Peace, love, you are your savior
Peace, love, and God bless rock and roll.

Peace, love and understanding
Peace, love, a heart demanding
Peace, love, a spaceship for your soul

Peace, love, who knows what God means
Peace, love, our world is her dream
She exists, she exists in you

Peace, love, Peace, love, Peace, love, a spaceship for your soul
Peace, love, Peace, love, Peace, love, and God bless rock and roll.
Track Name: My Triangle
I wrote this song for you and for you.
Everybody needs a song that will make em feel happy.
Three friends are better than two - we’re a team
Let’s not sing it in a song that will make us feel sappy.

When your gone, far away, i still can make a sunny day
Close my eyes and I'll see
All the mad adventures that are made for the number three
With my triangle.

We live our lives with a skip and a jump.
And there’s sump-thin in the air that will lift us up flying.
Soaring up high with our heads in the clouds, you know the
More we are living then the less we’re dying.

When I'm gone, far away, you still can make a sunny day
Close your eyes and you'll see
All the mad adventures that are made for the number three.
With your triangle.

When I'm gone, far away, I still can make a sunny day
Close your eyes and you'll see
All the mad adventures that are made for three.
I'll pick you up, when you’re down, two will do if one is not around.
Close our eyes and we'll see
Years of new adventures that's ahead for the number three.
From our triangle.
Track Name: Psychonation
You made me feel small so let's pretend
I’m a God of power you can’t comprehend
Lock the door and take your seat here
You should have seen me, you should have been my friend

Take the roll call count off one by one
Who's the teacher? Who’s got the gun
Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty
It’s entertaining when everybody runs

Tick, tock…
Load, lock…
Laughingstock
No not I

Hark the bell tolls… now the main event
A brand new lesson, I don't need your consent
Semiautomatic loopholes
Pencils down now… time to pay the rent

Cry it out
Say goodbye now
Cry it out
Bye bye

Shadows where you used to be
Can you count up to 23?
I hear the sirens closing in on me

My child… where's my child... bring back mine
It’s a right that we're defending… It’s a right that we're defending
Freedom that is never ending… freedom that is never ending
Psychonation… Psychonation

Famous now, on TV
Maimed or martyred - guess will see
This year, you'll get 10 more just like me

And the nation carries on carefree
Another day and another spree
Sing it out "My country, tis of thee"
Track Name: Starring Icarus
Riding in the backseat, he would peer straight out the window.
A squinted eye and spaceship in his hand.
A boy will use his dreams to fuel his plans.
Off to the sun, up would look everyone

And now he is a grown-up in the world’s most boring movie.
All cameras pointing elsewhere, fickle fame
A cast of thousands does not know his name.
He's not in the credits, his life needs an edit.

And when his wings break
He’ll be falling down.
You… you won't hear when he
Hits the ground

Now we're at the slow part where he stares into the mirror.
Shaves his face and shuffles off to work
CSA typecasted as “a jerk"
He’s played this scene before, he only has to do 6,000 more.

He hopes and prays his screenplay will can find a better agent.
But no one wants to option War and Peace.
He needs to trim it down to say the least.
Spoiler alert, the real world hurts.

And when his wings break
He’ll be falling down.
And you… you won't hear when he
Hits the ground

Can we fast forward to the end?
Or hit rewind to that scene where the boy can dream again?
and if only he could fly
Or nail that one audition for somebody else's life.

And when his wings break
He’ll be falling down.
And you… you won't hear when he
Hits the ground

And when his wings break
He’ll be falling down.
And you… you won't hear when he
Hits the ground
Track Name: Bowtie
Time for the show
It’s 'bout to start
Where did you go
Who’ll play your part

We'll sound out of tune
In this empty room

Go on ahead
Save me a seat
In the break for act two
I know how we’ll meet, I’ll look for your bowtie

The wince on your face
Disguising the pain
To play with such grace
Words cannot contain

The loss that was you
I hope these chords do

Bowtie, Bowtie

Who knew what to say, what to speak
Well we might if you told us last week
An embrace and a peck on the cheek
Anyone know how to tie a bowtie

Bowtie

Dressed all in black
The lights start to dim
Elegiac
And humming our hymn

The playbill suggests
A concerto of tied whole note rests,
Drowning in silence, impeccably dressed in our bowties

Bowties
Track Name: Johnny C And Me
Near a seaside town
When the fish came due
I had a friend I knew… Johnny C and me.

At the whiskey shore
for a night or two
We’d have all the crew.
Johnny C and Me.

We had Sam and Bud,
Jackie D made way,
We would waste the day
Johnny C and Me.

Wrangling out some tunes
That we couldn't play
And Words we couldn’t say
Johnny C and Me.

When the sun goes down and we're floating
out to sea.
I could throw a line
Or you save me

But we won't speak
It's something we can't do
So we drown those words in another
Beer or two…

One more drink for the friends we got
Another one on me for the friends we got
one more round to go for friends we got… and there's always
one more round to go... until there's not.

Same time next year
We did it all again
And we brought new friends
Johnny C and me.

Strumming by the shore
With our Perrier
Me and Johnny played
Til the hour of three.

When the sun goes down and we're floating
out to sea.
I could throw a line
Or you save me

But we won’t speak
Speaking is such a chore
So drown those words in another
Beer or four.

One more drink for the friends we got
Another one on me for the friends we got
one more round to go for friends we got… and there's always
one more round to go... until there's not.

Then Johnny said
That he couldn’t stay.
He had to move away.
Needed to be free.

Yesterday
Turned to yesteryear
Now I save a tear.
For Johnny C and me.

Things we didn't do
And we didn’t say
I think I'll waste my day
Jackie D and….

One more drink for the friends we got
Another one on me for the friends we got
one more round to go for friends we got… and there's always
one more round to go... until there's not.

One more drink for the friends we got
Another one on me for the friends we got
one more round to go for friends we got
Track Name: Time To Save Your Soul
There’s too many people
Buying up more and more
Just to cling on to this world

Spending all their money and time
To make sure that American dream
can't come unglued, can’t come unfurled
I’ve got something to tell you

You can have it all
But it don't really matter.
You’ll never have enough to fill up that hole

If you want to hold on to something, hold on to this
Ain’t much time to save your soul

Oh so you’ve made it now
That’s a really nice car, so tell me, where you gonna go?
You drive on and on, still Lost in America
Everything sounds like progress on a brand new stereo
But here's what I'm saying

More money’s just more problems
And the more time you waste
The more you get old.
You need more than a fast car to make it to the other side
Ain’t much time to save your soul

Time’s ticking on now.
Your kids moved away, you live in your big house all alone.
Tell me now… What you got? You got more than you need
But is it enough to face the unknown

If you ain’t got love you’ve got nothing
What can’t be bought.
Simply can’t be sold
It’s something you’ve got and you've got to give away
Ain’t got much time to save your soul

Time in the world ain’t time enough
It's getting dark outside and it’s getting cold
But if love’s what you’ve got, just give it away
Time enough to save your soul

Love’s what you’ve got so just give it away
Time to save your soul
Track Name: Not Good Enough
Let’s rewind, review the score
Decades late and a dollar short
When you signed up for nevermore
You’d be waiting so long

Apropos words - hard to find
Swimming 'round inside my mind
I still feel what I can't define
What was there all along

And now it's flowing
The page is glowing
And you’re not here to hear
What I wrote for you

Why did it take so long to write this song
And play it first a thousand miles from you?
Forgive me, please forgive me
It was in me from the beginning
Music’s easy, words will never do.
Not good enough for you.

Walden, Wordsworth, that’s not me
How’d they bottle mystery?
You’d think with all of our history
I’d have had more to say.

TMI since I proposed.
Now, nervous, naked, left exposed
You should toss out what I’ve composed.
My string of cliches.

La-di-da-di
Will anybody
Be brave enough to bare
Your love song debut.

Why did it take so long to write this song
And sing it first a hundred miles from you?
Forgive me, please forgive me
It was in me from the beginning
What’s on the page now some how rings untrue.
Not good enough for you.

If I missed the mark, please disregard
Sans melody - a Hallmark card
Perfect love now maimed and marred
Will just have to do.

I like pithy
You’re more wordsmithy
Please edit this for me
Before I change my mind, become resigned and rip it into two.

Why did it take so long to write this song
When I've been living half my life right next to you?
Forgive me, please forgive me
It was in me from the beginning
Your gift’s arrived and its 20 years past due.
Not good enough for you.
Track Name: I Will Haunt You
I’m all alone in the fields every night, I am waiting
You’re far away fast asleep all alone in your bed
Nine months apart and the war is certain to
bleed me cold...
When I arrive at your door, please don’t greet me with dread.

The horses will ride through the night until you get this letter
My candle is dim and I fear that my ink will run dry
I can't escape but this fate will not stop me from
Finding you...
The way to traverse all those miles is to love and to die.

I will come to haunt you darling
Wipe your tears, no sad departing
If you love me, say we're starting
Over once again...

I will be there in the books, in the pictures and paintings
While you’re asleep, at your side, I’ll be stroking your hair
If you should cry, you will find that my hand's on your
shoulder...
Our future’s secured, rest assured, I will always be there.

I will come to haunt you darling
Wipe your tears, no sad departing
If you love me, say we're starting
Over once again...

Life tarries on, you’ll decide that it’s time to re-marry
Late in the night, I’ll make clear there’s a promise to keep
After all we are ghosts longer than we are
flesh and blood...
I will await by your grave 'til you rise from your sleep

I will come to haunt you darling
Wipe your tears, no sad departing
If you love me, say we're starting
Over once again...
Track Name: One Angry Mother (Rise Up)
Please forgive us Mother
For we know not what we do
Storms on the horizon
They are coming into view

Shall we wait until the seas rise? Til the tempest
starts to brew?
Sing to us a new song when the
Sky's no longer blue.

Can you help us Mother?
We know not what to think
We quarrel about lost profits
With nature on the brink.

However will we build new castles
When our shorelines start to sink
Writing children's stories
With disappearing ink.

Why are you crying mother?
We can't heed your behest
Carelessly we suckle
‘Round that dagger in your breast.

Watch us gasp for our survival
You decide to turn the page
Munchhausen syndrome by proxy
A subtle poison that we can’t gauge

You are one angry mother
Our fields as dry as bone
And masses cross lost borders
Hunger from the seeds we've sown

Nothing grows within this salt water
A final bargaining to cheat death
And oceans from your teardrops
They fill our lungs 'til our last breath

Please awake us, mother,
From a nightmare dark and true, deep
In the eleventh hour...
You don't die, we do…

We don't need new faces for terror
mirrors shine on our enemy
And so with mercury rising...
to live ... so must we.

(Countdown from 11th hour...)

Who will rise up?
We're gonna feel rain until the sun comes shining through
Who will rise up?
Love is a hurricane, a force upon the ocean blue
Majestic mighty peaks surround you and
Rivers wash the world around to
start today brand new.
Rise up

We will rise up - the clouds are parting now, we step into the shining sun
We will rise up - A past to disavow, a second chance for everyone
Within a courage lies a power
A million hopes with every flower
A new day has begun.
Rise up
Track Name: Rainbow Bridge
The house is quiet now
An autumn breeze blows through it
Out off in the trees
Lies the rainbow bridge.

A day since you’ve been gone
I put what’s left in boxes
Will you wait for me
At the rainbow bridge.

Where the colors shine
Souls we left behind are running
To you… to you.

15 years then gone
Grief so thick and heavy
Do they run and play?
At the rainbow bridge.

A new world in green eyes
No one makes the spirits rise
Like you… like you.

Someone waits for me
at the rainbow bridge.

One day we'll be free
at the rainbow bridge.