B i o g r a p h y
 (by Jon O'Brien)

With his acoustic sound and timelessly soulful voice, British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka emerged to acclaim in 2011 combining folk, indie rock, and R&B with traditions borrowed from his Ugandan heritage. Drawing favorable comparisons to Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier, and Van Morrison, Kiwanuka earned a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album, 2012's Home Again, and won the BBC's Sound of 2012. He further cemented his reputation as a gifted and rootsy performer with his sophomore album, 2016's Love & Hate, which went gold, landing at number one in the U.K.

Kiwanuka was born in Muswell Hill, London in 1987, to Ugandan parents who had fled Idi Amin's regime in the '70s. He initially developed a love of rock music -- in particular, Radiohead and Nirvana -- and he performed in various cover bands while briefly studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and pop music at Westminster University. An outtake of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" inspired him to take a more stripped-back approach. After performing as a session musician for former Bill Withers drummer James Gadson and Tinie Tempah producer Labrinth, he played on the capitol's live circuit, where he was discovered by the Bees' Paul Butler, who invited him to record material at his Isle of Wight studio. After signing to Mumford & Sons' Communion label in 2011, he released two EPs, Tell Me a Tale and I'm Getting Ready, before supporting Adele on her U.K. tour.

In 2012, he finished third behind Emeli Sandé and Maverick Sabre on the Brits Critics Choice short list. He also followed in the footsteps of Jessie J, Florence + the Machine, and Ellie Goulding winning the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 poll. Shortly thereafter, he released his debut single and album, both titled Home Again. A critical and commercial success, the album peaked at number four in the U.K. and reached number 23 on the U.S. folk chart. It also earned a Mercury Prize nomination.

After an extensive tour, Kiwanuka returned to the studio in 2015. Produced in part by Danger Mouse, his more experimental sophomore album, Love & Hate, was released by Polydor in the summer of 2016. Also well-received, it garnered Kiwanuka his first number one album in Britain. In 2019, he issued the single "Money" with Tom Misch, followed by three advance tracks ("Hero," "You Ain't the Problem," and "Piano Joint") for the October issue of the full-length Kiwanuka, co-produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo




Home Again
- 2012-03-16 -



Tell Me A Tale
I'
m Getting Ready
I
'll Get Along
Rest
Home Again
Bones
Always Waiting
I Won'
t Lie
Any Day Will Do Fine
Worry Walks Beside Me
They Say I'
m Doing Just Fine (Deluxe ed.)
Now I'
m Seeing (Deluxe ed.)
Ode To You
(Deluxe ed.)


Love & Hate
- 2016-07-15 -



Cold Little Heart
Black Man In A White World
Falling
Place I Belong
Love & Hate
One More Night
I'
ll Never Love
Rule The World
Father'
s Child
The Final Frame

KIWANUKA
- 2019-11-01 -



You Ain't The Problem
Rolling
I've Been Dazed
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) (Intro)
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)
Another Human Being
Living In Denial
Hero (Intro)
Hero
Hard To Say Goodbye
Final Days
Interlude (Loving The People)
Solid Ground
Light

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Black Man In A White World (Ghetto Gettysburg Address)
I need your company
I Need You By My Side
It Always Comes Back Around
Lasan
Money
No More Running
On my knees
Rule The World
(I Came From The City)
Run Like The Breeze
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Yo! My Saint

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Home Again

Tell Me A Tale

Tell me a tale that always was
Sing me a song that I'll always be in
Tell me a story that I can read
Tell me a story that I believe

Paint me a picture that I can see
Give me a touch that I can feel
Turn me around so I can be
Everything I was meant to be

Lord, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving
Lord, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving

Show me some strength that I can use
Give me a sound that I won't refuse
Tell me story that I can read
Tell me a story that I can believe

Tell me a tale that always was
Sing me a song that I'll always be in
Turn me around so I can be
Everything I was meant to be

Lord, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving
Lord, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving

Lord, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving
Yeah, I need loving
Lord, I need good, good loving

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, woah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, woah, oh

Tell me a tale that always was
Yeah, tell me a story

I'm Getting Ready

Oh my
I didn't know what it means to believe
Oh my
I didn't know what it means to believe

But if I hold on tight, is it true?
Would You take care of all that I do?
Oh Lord
I'm getting ready to believe

Oh my
I didn't know how hard it would be
Oh my
I didn't know how hard it would be

But if I hold on tight, is it true?
Would You take care of all that I do?
Oh Lord
I'm getting ready to believe

Then we'll be waving hands, singing freely
Singing standing tall, it's now coming easy
Oh, no more looking down, honey, can't you see?
Oh Lord, I'm getting ready to believe

Then we'll be waving hands singing freely
Singing standing tall it's now coming easy
Oh no more looking down, honey, can't you see?

Oh Lord, I'm getting ready
Oh Lord, I'm getting ready
Oh Lord, I'm getting ready to believe

I'll Get Along

I know I didn't call
But I'll be alone in a little while
You know sometimes when I don't call
I'll still get along in a little while

I know sometimes I wonder
Sometimes I take too long
But I know where I'm headed
I know I'll belong

I know I didn't call
But I'll be alone in a little while
You know sometimes when I don't call
I'll still get along in a little while

Oh, I don't mean to leave you
When I'm up and I'm gone
You see I know where I'm headed
With you, where I belong

I know I didn't call
But I'll be alone in a little while
You know sometimes when I don't call
I'll still get along in a little while
I know I didn't call
But I'll be alone in a little while
You know sometimes when I don't call
I'll still get along in a little while

I know I didn't call
Sometimes when I don't call
I know I didn't call
I'll be alone
Sometimes when I don't call

Rest

Close your eyes
Let them rest
I ain't in no hurry, no hurry at all
Rest your head upon my shoulder
I swear I would carry, carry you on

I won't let you go, go on hungry
I won't let you cry, without a hand to dry

Rest your hands
Leave them tender
They weren't made for working, working at all

I won't let you go, go on hungry
I won't let you cry, without a hand to dry

Rest your soul, live in peace
I won't let you worry, worry at all

I won't let you worry, worry at all
I won't let you worry, worry at all

Home Again

Home again, home again
One day I know I'll feel home again
Born again, born again
One day I know I'll feel strong again

I left my head
Many times I've been told
All this talk will make you old

So I close my eyes, look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes, look behind
Moving on

Lost again, lost again
One day I know our paths will cross again
Smile again, smile again
One day I hope to make you smile again
I won't hide

Many times I've been told
Speak your mind, just be bold

So I close my eyes, look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes

All the tears will clear
Then I feel no fear
Then I'd feel no way
My paths will remain straight

Home again, home again
One day I know I'll feel home again
Born again, born again
One day I know I'll feel strong again

I left my head
Many times I've been told
All this talk will make you old

So I close my eyes, look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes, look behind
Moving on

Bones

Honey, I've been thinkin' 'bout you
All that you do
Don't you think of me too
Lady, where you've been for so long
I don't mean you no wrong
Had to write you this song

Well I long to be alone with you
And if I couldn't have you I don't know
What I would do
I guess I would leave (I would leave)
This world alone (This world alone)
Cause without you I'm just bones (Bones)

Well I dream of you so much
Love you so much but
Thoughts aren't enough
Well I speak only of you
So what else is new
What am I to do

Well I long to be alone with you
And if I couldn't have you I don't know
What I would do
I guess I would leave (I would leave)
This world alone (This world alone)
'Cause without you I'm just bones (Bones)

Days go more and more I see
That your love is all my soul needs
But you're gone and now I'm fallin'
Fallin' to my knees

Well I long to be alone with you
And if I couldn't have you I don't know
What I would do
Well I long to be alone with you
And if I couldn't have you I don't know
What I would do
I guess I would leave (I would leave)
This world alone (This world alone)
'Cause without you I'm just bones (Bones)
I guess I would leave (I would leave)
This world alone (This world alone)
Cause without you I'm just bones (Bones)
I guess I would leave (I would leave)
This world alone (This world alone)
'Cause without you I'm just bones

Always Waiting

My soul is yearning and I'm longing too
See my day time, see me breaking through
My time is coming soon
So I'm waiting, I'll be waiting
For you, my friend

My load ain't burdened that I count me too
My key, my body, all the things that I do
My time is coming soon
So I'm waiting, I'll be waiting
For you, my friend

Oh, will it stay
Oh, will it break for me

A toll has taken all the song that's in me
The road they're making won't take me where I should be
My song is coming soon
So I'm waiting, I'll be waiting
Always waiting for you, my friend

I Won't Lie

Oh, comfort me brother
Something's heavy on my mind
Now I sit and wonder
Why it is it that I can't find

Can't find peace all on my own
Can't seem to get there on and on
So come hear me brother
I won't lie

Now I have been broken
No longer am I blind
My lesser has spoken
Most of me is left behind

Won't find freedom here on my own
Can't seem to get there all alone
So come hear me brother
I won't lie

You never leave me
You'll always be part of the person I'll become
And I'll never leave you
You give me memories that I know could never leave

You never leave me
You'll always be part of the person I'll become
And I'll never leave you
You give me memories that I know could never leave

Won't find peace all on my own
Can't seem to get there on and on
So come hear me brother
I won't lie
So come hear me brother
I won't lie

Any Day Will Do Fine

Hey, listen girl
Can I get along with you
I'm in need of your time
Any day will do fine

Hey, listen girl
An hour or two will do
Just be gentle and kind
You'd really be easing my mind

My trouble upon you
There where you lay
But they'll never know
For I'm never sure

And your time will afford you
Might cost, I'm a pay, oh
They'll never know
For I'm never sure

Hey, listen girl
After this song is through
I'll be changing my ways
God knows I've seen better days

Hey, listen girl
Forgive me if I seem rude
Now your dues have been paid
Through this mess that we made

My trouble upon you
There where you lay, oh
But they'll never know
For I'm never sure

And your time will afford you
It might cost, I'm gonna pay, oh
But they'll never know
For I'm never sure, oh

Worry Walks Beside Me

Worry walks beside me every day
They say I should run but it's comin' my way
I'll be doin' fine if you leave me behind

It's coming all over under my skin
Says if I follow I will die like a king
I'll be doin' fine if you leave me behind

What will it take to believe I can run
What will it take, when will I be done
Oh Lord, I've been trying

I find him standing here all the time
I find him trying to steal all that's mine, oh
I'll be doin' fine if you leave me behind

What will it take to believe I can run
What will it take, when will I be done
Oh Lord, I've been trying

What will it take to be free again
I wanna leave this behind
What will it take just to see again
All this is making me blind

What will it take to believe I can run
What will it take? When will I be done
Oh Lord, I've been trying

How does it feel to be flying away
How does it feel to believe today
Oh Lord, I've been trying

Worry walks beside me everyday

They Say I'm Doing Just Fine

Here I am in Music City
It's my time to shine
It's just this song it doesn't fit me
Now I'm losing my mind
If only they told me I'd be so lonely
How I long for a song just to set me free
Here I am in Music City
They say I'm doing just fine
Well I'm running on empty
I guess they'll leave me behind
When I'm lost they'll forget me
Won't be coming to find me
My mother telling me who they think I should be
How I long for a song just to set me free

Here I am in Music City
They say I'm doing just fine
Think I can make it now I'm nearly through
Lord I just don't know what else to do
I'm crying out for a life line
Hey you know I'd give it to you
Trying so hard just to be true
Hey, I really need one more song come and set me free

No more leaving Music City
It's my battle to fight
So I'll stay here in Music City
I'll try with all of my might
Won't get the best of me
Just you wait and you'll see
I'll be singing my song
I'll be flying free
Here I am in Music City
And I'm doing just fine

Now I'm Seeing

Home again
Home again
One day I know
I'll feel home again
Born again
Born again
One day I know
I'll feel strong again
I left my head
Many times I've been told
All this talk will make you old
So I close my eyes
Look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes
Look behind
Moving on
Lost again
Lost again
One day I know
I'll pass for... again
Smile again
Smile again
One day I hope
To make you smile again
I won't...
Many times I've been told
So I close my eyes
Look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes
And the tears will clear
That I feel no fear
Then I'd feel no way
My paths...
Home again
Home again
One day I know
I'll feel home again
Home again
Home again
One day I know
I'll feel strong again
I left my head
Many time I've been told
All this walk will make you old
So I close my eyes
Look behind
Moving on, moving on
So I close my eyes
Look behind
Moving on

Ode To You

I didn't mean at your feelings
I just needed a little time
I know I didn't say I mean it
I just needed a little time
And I know it's something we can talk about
Oh my friend I'll never leave you again
And I know it's something I was wrong about
Oh my friend I'll never leave you again
You came around when I was lonely
You came around just in time
That's something good to show me
You showed me just in time
You told me something good to talk about
Oh my friend you know you save me again
You told me something I was wrong about
Oh my friend you know I'll be here again
There'll be day when I'm lost
But I know how it costs to leave our friends behind
Now I'm gonna be free
And you will be there with me
There'll be day when I'm lost
But know how it costs to leave our friends behind
Now I'm gonna be free
And you will be there with me again
I didn't mean at your feelings
I just needed a little time

 

Love & Hate

Cold Little Heart

Did you ever want it
Did you want bad
Oh, my
It tears me apart
Did you ever fight it
All of the pain, so much power
Running through my veins
Bleeding, I'm bleeding
My cold little heart
Oh I, I can't stand myself

And I know
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I

Did you ever notice
I've been ashamed
All my life
I've been playing games
We can try and hide it
It's all the same
I've been losing you
One day at a time
Bleeding, I'm bleeding
My cold little heart
Oh I, I can't stand myself

And I know
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I

Maybe this time I can be strong
But since I know who I am
I'm probably wrong
Maybe this time I can go far
But thinking about where I've been
Ain't helping me start

Black Man In A White World

I've been low, I've been high
I've been told all my lies
I've got nothing left to pray
I've got nothing left to say

I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white...

I'm in love but I'm still sad
I've found peace but I'm not glad
All my nights and all my days
I've been trying the wrong way

I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world

I feel like I've been here before
I feel that knocking on my door
I feel like I've been here before
I feel that knocking on my door
And I've lost everything I had
And I'm not angry and I'm not mad

I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world

I've been low and I've been high
I've been told all my lies
I've got nothing here to pray
And I've got nothing left to say

I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world

I'm in love but I'm still sad
I've found peace but I'm not glad
All my nights and all my days
I've been trying the wrong way

I'm a black man in a white world
(I don't mind who I am)
I'm a black man in a white world
(I don't mind who you are)
I'm a black man in a white world
(I'm not wrong, I'm not wrong)
I'm a black man in a white world
(Oh it's alright, it's alright)
I'm a black man in a white world
(Oh it's alright)

Falling

Right or wrong, we've been through it all
Can't believe it's over now
Understand that you'll love again
Word my friends say to me
On my own, all my hope is gone
I dig my knees into the ground
Oh I know, it's so hard to see
Look what you done to me

I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling again
I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling again

I don't know why I stayed so long
I always knew you'd let me down
I'm the man who belongs alone
Thought that was plain to see
Now you've come back into the fold
You're telling me you want me now
Let me go, leave my head alone
Look what you've done to me

We're falling
We're falling
We're falling again
We're falling
We're falling
We're falling again

Babe, we're falling
Only falling
But we're falling again
Babe, we're falling
Oh we're falling
So far we're falling
We're falling again

Place I Belong

oh, look all around
I get the feeling something is wrong
Oh, I'm moving on
My friends are leaving, my friends are gone

You're walking fast
You're losing
You're leaving your path behind
You're going home

Oh, what's on your mind
You're growing older, you're losing time
Oh, it's so unkind
There ain't nobody you can find

You're walking fast
You're losing
You're leaving your path behind
You're going home

I'm when I'm here on my own
I'm in a place I belong
I'm when I'm here on my own
I'm in a place I belong

Love & Hate

Standing now
Calling all the people here to see the show
Calling all my demons now to let me go
I need something, give me something wonderful

I believe
She won't take me somewhere I'm not supposed to be
You can't steal the things that God has given me
No more pain and no more shame and misery

You can't take me down
You can't break me down
You can't take me down

You can't take me down
You can't break me down
You can't take me down

Love and hate
How much more are we supposed to tolerate
Can't you see there's more to me than my mistakes
Sometimes I get this feeling - makes me hesitate

I believe
She won't take me somewhere I'm not supposed to be
You can't steal the things that God has given me
No more pain and no more shame and misery

You can't take me down
You can't break me down
You can't take me down

You can't break me down
You can't take me down
You can't break me down

I can see a place of trouble
And I'm on the verge
For the love of everybody
I need something more

Now I feel some days of trouble
I'm in the house of war
For the love of everybody
Look behind the wall

Standing now
Calling all the people here to see the show
Calling all my demons now to let me go
I need something, give me something wonderful

One More Night

One more night
One more night till the morning
One more night
One more night till the day
I'll be right
I'll be right in the morning
I'll be alright
I'll be right in the day

But I believe it
One more night till the morning
But I believe it
One more night till the morning

I'll be trying
I'll be trying in the morning
I'll be trying
I'll be trying in the day
No more lies
No more lies in the morning
No more lies
No more lies in the day

But I believe it
One more night till the morning
But I believe it
One more night till the morning

I'll be holding on
Holding in
I'll be holding on
And holding in
I'll be holding on
And holding in

One more night
One more night till the morning
One more night
One more night till the day

I'm on fire
I'm on fire for the morning
I'm on fire
I'm on fire for the day

But I believe it
One more night till the morning
But I believe it
One more night till the morning

One more night till the morning
One more night till the morning
One more night till the morning

I'll Never Love

I'll never love somebody
I'll never love somebody
Leave me cold
Trouble song in the moonlight
Will be my bride

I'll never need somebody
I'll never need somebody
Leave me alone
A worried mind in the violence
Will be my guide

I'll never hold somebody
I'll never hold somebody
For very long
I make love but only for a night
And I'll be gone

I'll never love somebody
I'll never love somebody
Leave me cold
The trouble song in the moonlight
Will be my bride
Will be my bride
Will be my bride

Rule The World

Do I have to rule the world
Or will it come to me
Do I have to live in doubt
Or will it turn to me
Do I have to lose my mind
Cause it's been wandering
Will they ever let me out
I've been wondering

Help me to see
Who I can be
Help me to know
Where I can go

(Take me)
Take me out of myself again
(Help me)
Help me lose control
(Show me)
Show me love, show me happiness
(Love me)
I can't do this on my own

I don't understand the game
Or who I meant to be
It's driving me insane
The way you're playing me

Help me to see
Who I can be
Help me to know
Where I can go

(Take me)
Take me out of myself again
(Help me)
Help me lose control
(Show me)
Show me love, show me happiness
(Love me)
I can't do this on my own

(Take me)
Take me out of myself again
(Help me)
Help me lose control
(Show me)
Show me love, show me happiness
(Love me)
I can't do this on my own

(Take me)
Take me
(Help me)
Help me
(Show me)
Show me
(Love me)
Lo-o-ove
(Take me)
(Help me)
(Show me)

Show me love, show me happiness
I can't do this on my own
(Take me)
(Help me)
(Show me)

Take me out of myself again
Help me lose control
Show me love, show me hapiness
I can't do this on my own

Father's Child

Feels like I've been here before
All things don't seem the same no more
Although I know I'm my mother's child
I gotta break free into the wild

Some things just seem to take so long
I've been thinking 'bout what's gone wrong
I've been searching for miles and miles
Looking for someone to walk with me

Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)

All this doubt's been troublin' me
There's so much more that I can be
It feels like I'm on borrowed time
You got yours, I gotta take what's mine

Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me (walk, walk)
Walk with me

Walk with me, I know who I wasn't supposed to be
Walk with me, show me the right direction
Walk with me, although I've been searching all my life for where I'm supposed be
I am my mother's child
Walk with me, show me pure affection
Walk with me, show me the right direction
I am my father's child, even though I walk
No more, no more
I am more than things you won't forgive
Walk with me
I am more than things you won't forgive
Walk with me
So walk with me

The Final Frame

I said I wanted you
And you from the start
I could tell you apart
But my heart fell and broke in two
You felt the pain for my foolish games
Didn't know what I stood to lose
I realized, that you'd be my life, it's true
Love's been a strain, a strain in my heart
I'm numb to the feeling

It's too late, to run away
The final frame will never know
Just float away, in our parade
Of love and pain, away we go, away we go

I said I wanted to
Do all I can, to be a good man
But the scene I fell into
Took me away, but what can I say
It's the times, I'm living through
And we can't pretend
We're reaching the end, it's true
Love's been a strain, a strain in my heart
I'm numb to the feeling

It's too late, to run away
The final frame will never know
Just float away, in our parade
Of love and pain, away we go, away we go

 

Kiwanuka

You Ain't The Problem

La la la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la
[x2]

Love makes you blind
I hope to find
Who I believe in
Get back in line
I can't deny myself
Show me the feeling
Oh, you got me wrong
If you don't belong
Live in the trouble

Don't hesitate
Time heals the pain
You ain't the problem (I know)

I lived a lie
Love is the crime
It's you I believe in (I know)
No need to play myself
No need to die
I'm only human (I know)
I'm done, you got to put me on
I know when you come along

Don't hesitate
Time heals the pain
You ain't the problem

La la la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la
[x2]

I point the gun
They shoot for fun
You are the problem
I try to help myself
You are the one
Do all the talking
You got me wrong
I caught you falling
I hear you calling

Don't hesitate
Time heals the pain
You ain't the problem (I know)

I lived a dream
I hope to be
Who I believe in (I know)
I used to hate myself
You got the key
Break out the prison (I know)
Ah, I hope to never see time passing

Don't hesitate
Time heals the pain
You ain't the problem

La la la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la
[x3]

Rolling

No tears for the young
A bullet if you run away
Another lost one
Like father, like son, we pray

Rolling with the times
Don't be late
Rolling with the times (Rolling)
Don't be late

Phantom pain in your arm
Tryna make a mark and change
It's tearing you apart
Afraid of the darker days

Rolling with the times
Don't be late
Rolling with the times (Rolling)
Don't be late

Don't be late
Yeah, rolling with the times
Don't be late
Roll on down

Don't be late now
Stay on down (Rolling)
Rolling with the times, rolling with the times, yeah
Won't you roll? Won't you stay around town
Oh, gotta be on (Rolling)

I've Been Dazed

I've been dazed
My pride is gone
My mistake
Guess I'll move on

London days
It's cold outside
Lost my way
You know I've tried

Won't you carry on
Won't you carry on
Help me carry on
Won't you carry on

The Lord said to me (The Lord said to me)
Time is a healer (Time is a healer)
Love is the answer (Love is the answer)
I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
The Lord said to me (The Lord said to me)
Time is a healer (Time is a healer)
Truth is the answer (Truth is the answer)
I'm on the way (I'm on the way)

Lost my way
You know I've tried

The Lord said to me

Help me carry on
Won't you carry on
(The Lord said to me, the Lord said to me)

Oh, won't you carry on
Oh, won't you carry on
Now I can carry on
I need peace of mind
Help me carry on, on
I need peace of mind
Help me carry on

Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) (Intro)

And you been high tonight
And you will fly tonight
And you will come tonight
And you will ride, will ride, will ride tonight

Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)

Walking down the avenue
Looking out for something new
It's the right time to give in
The right to lose
To begin again
Maybe win again

All I want is to talk to you
Turn me onto something true
I can't be with another
Although I've been used
I won't leave again
Help me to the end

All I know is my oh my, this kind of love
It's taken me from my enemies
Don't let the pressure get to me
My oh my, it's bad enough
Could you stay with me
Don't let me go
Sadness and fury is all I know

You've taken from my enemies
I still let the pressure get to me

I thought I could break away
I hope I fall in love today
No more heartbreak and trouble
I know I've been bruised
Let me in again
I could use a friend

All I know is my oh my, this kind of love
It's taken me from my enemies
Don't let the pressure get to me
My oh my, it's bad enough
Could you stay with me
Don't let me go
Sadness and fury is all I know

You've taken me from my enemies
I still let the pressure get to me

Another Human Being

(And for the first time)
(The community was confronted with negroes)
(In places where they have never been, where they have never been)

(You cause no violence, you have no angry words)
(The idea, that here sits beside me, another human being)

Living In Denial

They'll watch you fall, break your heart, watch you bleedin'
You gots to fall with me
It gets too far when you need paranoia
Don't bother me, yeah

Done tryin' to play the fool, don't you
You're finding out your heart is out of bounds, yeah
And hiding from the truth won't last
Talk about dealing in the past
Don't apologize

It's not enough just to cause a reaction
Who you tryna please
Know applause come before satisfaction
Say what you mean, yeah

I guess you heard the news, baby
Findin' out it ain't really all about, yeah
'Bout playin' by the rules, baby
Talk about livin' in denial
And you try and try

Fallin' in and out of love
Did you ever give enough love
Are you really givin' up
Are you really gonna stop right now (Right now)

I've been livin' in denial
Livin' in denial
I've been livin' in denial
Livin' in denial
I've been livin' in denial

Hero (Intro)

I won't change my name
No matter what they call me
I lost my only friend
And I'll grieve you till the end

Am I a hero
Am I a hero now
To die a hero
Is all that we know now

Hero

Am I a hero
Am I a hero now
Am I a hero
Am I a hero now
Yeah

Please don't shoot me down
I love you like a brother
It's on the news again
I guess they killed another

Am I a hero
Am I a hero now
To die a hero
Is all that we know now

Oh, we all get told to go alone
Oh, we know it's hard for sure
We know
We know

Am I a hero
Am I a hero now
To die a hero
Is all that we know now
Yeah

(Oh, yeah)
(Oh, yeah)

Am I a hero
A fallen hero now
Hear my sin Lord
So he ain't no hero now

Am I a hero
My gun to reload now
A broken people
There go a hero now

Hard To Say Goodbye

Little butterfly without wings, how do you fly
You're holdin' on so tight that you don't even try
And if I had a dream (If I had)
What would be sunshine for me
You are my air to breathe
You're just like honey to a bee

Better believe I'll be back
It's hard to say goodbye
Better believe I'll be back
It gets you every time

When you appeared to me, you let me know what love could be
You gave me confidence, you showed me light, you stayed with me
It's you I'm dreamin' of (You I'm dreamin' of)
Night and day when I contemplate
You are my everything
I'm standin' with you, you are my heart

Better believe I'll be back
It's hard to say goodbye
Better believe I'll be back
It gets you every time
Better believe I'll be back
It's hard to say goodbye

I feel it all around, there's a fire in my spirit
Leadin' you around 'cause I'm down tonight
Feelin' like a clown 'cause I'm cryin' every minute
We'll get by tonight, we'll get by tonight

Better believe I'll be back (Whoa, whoa)
It's hard to say goodbye
Better believe I'll be back (Whoa, whoa)
It gets me every time

Final Days

Lying on the ground
Feeling like a dyin' man
No reality
Fading memories

Following the crowd
Coulda been a stronger man
Plead insanity
I will die in these

Final days on the planet
Here we are, on the ground
Every day, automatic
Here we are, goin' 'round and 'round and 'round

Cryin' on the phone
Tryin' to make you understand
Livin' honestly
Is so hard for me

Such a heavy load
You know I really need a friend
You should walk with me
We belong in these

Final days on the planet
Here we are, on the ground
Every day, automatic
Here we are, goin' 'round

Final days on the planet
Failing arms, breaking down
Every day, automatic
Here we are, goin' 'round and 'round and 'round

Interlude (Loving The People)

A moving feeling within me
That I was sitting there demanding a God-given right
And my soul became satisfied that I was right in what I was doing
At the same time there was something deep down within me
Moving me
That I could no longer be satisfied or go along with an evil system
That I had to be maladjusted to
And in spite of all of this, I had to keep loving the people
Who denied me service
Who stared at me

Solid Ground

How does it feel when it's quiet and calm
And will I be denied
How will it feel when it's time to move on
Mother says kneel and pray
When it gets hard, I will roll those sleeves
Life can be so unkind
I will be found on the edge of the world
Where there'll be no one around

Oh, solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground

How does it feel to be on your own
No one to understand
I know I'm here and I don't belong
I'm on my knees today
When it gets dark, I will know no fear
Life can be so unkind
Hanging around on the edge of the world
Finally no one around, oh

Would you help me
I don't understand
Is it over
Am I losing solid ground

Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground
Solid ground

Light

We're miles apart
But safe from dreams
You're running from
Beyond the dawn
We'll always need
One of their own
To lead

(Shine your light over me)
Shine your light over me
(All of my fears are gone)
All of my fears are gone, baby, gone, gone
(And it don't bother me)
And it don't bother me, don't bother me, no
(If it's not meant to be)

Too far to run
Fall on your knees
To find a love
You're light to me
My only sun
You'll always shine
For me

(Shine your light over me)
Shine your light over me
(All of my fears are gone)
All of my fears are gone, baby, gone, gone
(And it don't bother me)
Don't bother me, don't bother me, no
If it's not meant to be
(Shine your light over me)
Shine your light over me
(All of my fears are gone)
All of my fears are gone, baby, gone, gone
(And it don't bother me)
It don't bother me, don't bother me, no
If it's not meant to be

I had to lose to understand
Strung out from all this
Pour out a thousand tears
I never knew a kinder man

A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free

A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free
A mile apart, leave and be free

 

Non Albums Tracks

Black Man In A White World (Ghetto Gettysburg Address)

(feat. Mr. Books / "The Get Down" OST)

I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world
I'm a black man in a white world

I can see the saddest life, a savage life
Snakes and thieves, every man has his price
It's hell below, who will or won't sell his soul
What's my goal? Go to jail or fail, hell no
In the streets there's a few ways out cause face it
Time is short, think fast while I resort
To a life of crime and fast cash?
Nah I'm destined to be king, stayin' on the right path

I'm in love, I feel sad
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I found peace and I'm not there
(I'm a black man in a white world)
All my nights and all my days
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I've been tryna runaway
(I'm a black man in a white world)

I'm left in a world oppressed
How do I express
My very own ghetto Gettysburg address
My platform is a rap song
Black man is politically attacked on the norm
My life's survivin', at night I'm ridin'
Smokin', hopin', dreamin', speedin'
White lightenin' steamin', streets triflin'
I keep writin', it gets deeper
My brother's keeper are divided?
I decided to keep risin', yeah

I'm in love, I feel sad
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I found peace and I'm not there
(I'm a black man in a white world)
All my nights and all my days
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I've been tryna runaway
(I'm a black man in a white world)

New York, the irrefutable
The city if you make it out here it's beautiful
And the streets can deceive you when the times are hard
And the pressure leaves your mind, body, and soul so scarred

I'm in love, I feel sad
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I found peace and I'm not there
(I'm a black man in a white world)
All my nights and all my days
(I'm a black man in a white world)
I've been tryna runaway
(I'm a black man in a white world)

(Let me out here)
We need to wisen up
We risin' up
These times is rough
(I'm a black man in a white world)
For real
(I'm a black man in a white world)
For real
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Yeah
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Yeah
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Yeah
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Let's rise
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Yeah
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Come on let's rise
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Come on y'all
(I'm a black man in a white world)
Yeah
(I'm a black man in a white world)

Flowers

(Little Simz feat. Michael Kiwanuka)

Michael Kiwanuka :
Sleep down, leap down

Little Simz :
Feel the pain of each troubled history
They'll wipe his memories then tell him his past is a mystery
What is life without victory
Opinion on liberty, enlighten me
How to stay sane in a world so mental
World sick enough, a voodoo child playin' "Purple Haze"
Can't get no relief, lonely hours, never temporary
He knows at some point he will escape eventually
Still goin' to heights, coincidentally, he's a mess
But still good at puttin' on a brave face for the camera
He smiles, you can tell it's fake, you can tell it's fake
The fee seldom that you be takin' to Heaven's gates
No ID, no entry, 27 club says
The good fly young, the good are our greats
Jimi, Basquiat, Amy, Robert, Janis, Kurt Cobain

Michael Kiwanuka :
When the stars die young
Took 27 years to realize
You already won
Flowers all, flowers all, flowers all, flowers all for you

Little Simz :
She's problematic, nobody can't stand it
Been told she's a liability and not an asset
Fuck how I'ma write it, confessions of an addict
How they let me sing to the masses?
Lost what I had starin' in the face of tragic
Like I didn't just Back to Black it
Love was my losin' game, let's just call a spade a spade
Paparazzi on my doorstep, never leavin' home
Lyin' on the floor, minds blown, tryna reach the phone
Let me take one more hit 'fore my eyes close
Let me take one more hit 'fore my eyes close
Shit, I think that was my last hit

Michael Kiwanuka :
One more hit before my eyes close
One more hit before my eyes close
One more hit before my eyes close
One more hit before my eyes close

Flowers all, flowers all, flowers all, flowers all for you
Flowers all for you

Little Simz :
Can you feel this energy, all we have is memories
Always heard but never seen, this is more than you know
Connect with my body and soul and do what my body is told
Picture a beautiful sight but not all that glitters is gold
Afraid of what the future may hold for me

Little Simz & Michael Kiwanuka :
If it's too late before they dismantle my desires (Already won)
This is a formality (Flowers all, flowers all, oh)
Try not to be so optimistic (Already won)

[Outro: Michael Kiwanuka]
You already, you already won
You got the power, you got the power
Flowers all, flowers all for you
Whoa, all for you

I Need Your Company

(Tell Me A Tale (Isle Of Wight Sessions) EP)

Baby, baby, babe
How you been doing
'Cause lately things ain't been good for me
Baby, baby, babe
Feels like I'm losing
Please help me, I'm living inside of a tear

'Cause there's peace that I found
When I have you around
How I need your company

Baby, baby, babe
I've been confusing these days
To a place where there's time for tears
Baby, baby I've been refusing
Please help me, I didn't mean to let you down again

But there's peace that I found
When I have you around
How I need your company
Oh, I need your company

Lord knows I'm trying
Really, really trying
I've given all I can, why can't you see
Lord know I'm trying
Really, really trying
I've given all I can, why can't you see

But there's peace that I found
When I have you around
Oh, how I need your company
Oh, how I need your company
Oh, I need you

I Need You By My Side

(I'm Getting Ready EP)

Far away, I've been so long away
I get a little lost, hey, but I've found my way
See I've been, wondering why, I keep losing, hey
How I need you, yes I need you by my side
Holding on, I'm barely holding on
When I hear your voice, oh, I can keep on
See I've been, healing this long, all on my on
How I need you, yes I need you by my side
Oh, no there's times that I'm not sure, but I need it
Uh, you're forever on my mind, don't know
Seen me on my own, seen me try
Yes, need you by my side, all the time
Heal the day, yes I can see the day
Oh, see how you made me strong, now I sing my song
See I've been, falling away, for a too long way
How I need you, yes I need you by my side
How I need you, yes I need you by my side

It Always Comes Back Around

("House Of Lies" OST)

How long's the road ahead of me
How far back did you begin

Traveling fast
You never last
Never can be
Left you behind
I was unkind
I think you'll agree

It always comes back around
It always comes back around

How many times have you broken
How many ways did you fall

I fell in love
Long time ago
When I was young
I was so lost
So done before
It had begun

It always comes back around
It always comes back around

If ever you try to remember me
Think of the good
Think of the bad
When you feel low
Try to keep both
Feet on the ground
Watch what you say
All that you do
Will come back around

It always comes back around
It always comes back around
It always comes back around
It always comes back around

Lasan

When I leave, don't you cry
When I'm getting on the lucky side
Who will leave me alone

Uh when I've passed don't you cry
When I'm long and gone, will I decide
Who will leave you alone

Just you live your everyday, like you're running out of time
Say the things you say, don't leave everything behind
Try to find new somethings that won't fade away in time
These are things I'll always see on your side

Oh, when I'm lost, don't you cry
When I've gone away will at his side
Who will leave me alone

Uh, when I'm sleeping don't you cry
When I close my eyes, without your side
Who will leave you alone

Just you live your everyday, like you're running out of time
Say the things you say, don't leave everything behind
Try to find new somethings that won't fade away in time
These are things I'll always see on your side

Try to find new somethings that won't fade away in time

Money

(With Tom Misch)

Money, money, is it really love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money, money, I feel it killing love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear

I think I want everything
Everything all on my own
Can't you see my diamond ring
Twenty thousand carat gold
Girl, I wanna talk to you
I can be your money tree
One hundred million, maybe three
More than I could ever see

Money, money, is it really love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money, money, I feel it killing love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear

I can buy an aeroplane
Fly you all around the world
I'm spending when I feel ashamed
Spending 'cause I'm all alone
Girl, I wanna make you mine
Can't you give your heart to me
I would give you every dime
You're more than I could ever be

Money, money, is it really love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money, money, I feel it killing love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear

All money lies, there's no surprise with that
When money tries to ruin everything
Pain in disguise, money can't cover up the lies
I need true love tonight

All money lies, there's no surprise with that
When money tries to ruin everything
Pain in disguise, money can cause a man to cry
I need true love tonight

Money, money, is it really love (Oh Lord, money, yeah, money can lie)
Money, will it be love (Money left, is this real, real love)
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money, money, I feel it killing love (Oh, money goes, money feels, money comes)
Money, will it be love (Money, money, money yeah)
Oh, man, again, I swear (Money yeah, money yeah, money yeah)

Money, money, is it really love
Money, will it be love
Oh, man, again, I swear
Money...

No More Running

("A Long Way Down" OST)

One, two, three, four

Mama she said
Got to keep him close to you
Got to keep him close to you
You might be alright
Mama she said
Got to keep him close to you
Got to keep him close to you
You might be alright
No more running through the alleys in the nighttime
No more running through the wars in the days
No more holding on to something just to leave you
Who goes running through those alleys anyway
Mama she said
Keep it behind you
Keep it behind you
You might be alright
Mama she said
Keep it behind you
Keep it behind you
You might be alright
No more running through the alleys in the nighttime
No more running through the wars in the days
No more holding on to something just to leave you
Who goes running through those alleys anyway
Mama she said
Hold your head up high
Keep your head up high
You might be alright
Mama she said
Hold your head up high
Keep your head up high
You might be alright
No more running through the alleys in the nighttime
No more running through the wars in the days
No more holding on to something just to leave you
Who goes running through those alleys anyway

On My Knees

(UNKLE feat. Michael Kiwanuka / Music Inspired By The Film ROMA)

Whoa, on my knees
Whoa, I can't breathe
All that I ever prayed
That love would be where I stayed
Whoa, I can see
All that I believe
I know that I play the game
But I'll never be ashamed

I'm not trying to pass the blame
I'm just trying to protect my name
But you know I would die for you
What you dreamin', it can't be true
I can see how you tarnish me
How you gave me the third degree
I don't need to apologize
I could lie to you every night
When you stole from me everything
You just gave me a song to sing
You can leave me inside to die
What you mean is I never cry
There are things we can never see
I need God, would you pray for me
We've been lost in the memory
All the darkness was meant to be

Whoa, on my knees
Whoa, I can't breathe
All that I ever prayed
Love would be where I stayed
Whoa, I can see
All that I believe
I know that I play the game
But I'll never be ashamed

Whoa, on my knees
Oh, and I can't be
I can hear angels sing
I'm tired of the place I'm in
Whoa, holy ground
Give me the sweetest sound
I know where I'd rather be
The silence is heavenly

If I paint you a masterpiece
Would my pain and my hurt decrease
If I'm able to make you cry
Would you love me and want me more
I just want you to understand
That I'm only a broken man
And my heart it can only show
All the things we can never know
There's no need to apologize
We'll get back to the other side
I been walkin' on solid ground
Wait 'til you see what I have found
I've prayed for the stars above
I'm no longer the man you loved
I've become who I meant to be
When I needed you next to me

Whoa, on my knees
Whoa, I can't breathe
All that I ever prayed
Whoa, I believe, I believe, whoa, whoa

I believe, oh
I believe, yeah
Oh, I believe
That I'ma walk away
Oh, I believe
I'm walkin' now
Oh, I believe
Oh, oh, I believe
Oh, now, oh, I can see, yeah
Oh, I believe

Whoa, on my knees
Whoa, I can't breathe
All that I ever prayed
That love would be where I stayed
Whoa, I can see
All that I believe
I can hear angels sing
Tired of the place I'm in

Rule The World (I Came From The City)

(With Nas feat. Nasir Jones as Mr. Books / The Get Down OST)

Michael Kiwaunuka:
Do I have to rule the world
Or will it come to me
Do I have to live in down
Or will it turn to me?
Do I have to lose my mind?
'Cause it's been wandering
Will they ever let me out
I've been wondering

Nas:
I came from the city, yeah
I came from the city, yeah
I came from the city, yeah

I came from the city, yeah
Got my name from the city, where
The most dangerous city, let's take a trip back
Back in the time
1977, it was maximum crime
The president neglected us, him and 6 masterminds
Six powerful men put New York through some drastic times
The rich and selfish ones feed off the welfare ones
And which borough suffered the worst? Hmm where I'm from
The Bronx
We had to rumble with rivals on the rubble
While buildings around us would crumble
I dream right but it seem like nothing find me be trouble
I see the light, it's right there at the end of the tunnel
Had to find my rope to pull me up
'Cause I needed some kind of hope to fill me up
Till I met one guy, took 'em under the wing
I coulda died if this man ain't intervene
He was an orphan, my savior
Free spirited, no man braver
He was honored and gifted, his name was Shaolin Fantastic
The lady killin' romantic, can't forget the day we met
And this story be canceled but yo my life began last year
Sophomore High School, that summer I saw her, said to myself
She'll be my wife soon

Michael Kiwanuka:
Take me out of myself again
(Help me)
Help me lose control
(Show me)
Show me love, show me happiness
(Love me)
I can't do this on my own

Take me out of myself again
(Help me)
Help me lose control
(Show me)
Show me love, show me happiness
(Love me)
I can't do this on my own

Run Like The Breeze

("I Am Ali" OST)

Uuu, I get a feeling
People run around try to throw me down
Uuu, I mean really
So I take a swing, spun you around

Some, we got it really going on
You'd better run, run like the breeze

Uuu, I gotta move
People run around getting in my way
Uuu, I get naked
I got something to give, something to say

Some, we got it going on
You'd better run like the breeze
Some, we got it really going on
You'd better run, run like the breeze

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

(Fisk Jubilee Singers)

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

A long way is from home
Such a long way is from home
Way from home

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost, almost done
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost, almost done
And I'm a long, long, long
Way from home

True believer
True believer
True believer
True believer

I'm a long, long, long, long, long
I'm a long, such a long
Way from home

Yo! My Saint

(Karen O Feat. Michael Kiwanuka)

Don't you tell another lie
Don't you tell another truth
My heart, it isn't bulletproof
From visions of you

Don't you know the way I feel
Can't you read my mind
Don't you read between the lines
For what's real

Forget'em, get'em, get'em
I used to rule the streets
I was young enough to know that
There was something to believe in
I'm tired of the lies they tell
I'm trying to disguise myself
The perfect crime that I'll commit
Is loving you despite all of it

Forget'em, get'em, get'em
I used to rule the streets
I was young enough to know that
There was something to believe in
I'm tired of the lies they tell
I'm trying to disguise myself
The perfect crime that I'll commit
Is loving you despite all of it

You’re my saint, you’re my saint
You’re my saint, you're my sensation

You’re my saint, you’re my saint
You’re my saint, you're my sensation

Set me free
To live my life
Whatever way
I want to be
Like smoke in a mirror
I disappear
Like smoke in a mirror
I disappear

Set me free
To live my life
Whatever way
I want to be
Like smoke in a mirror
I disappear
Like smoke in a mirror
I disappear

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They'll see you only

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They'll see you blue
Blue
My one and only

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They'll see you blue
Blue
My one and only

Blue
In blue

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They see you only

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They'll see you blue
In blue
My one and only

Don't you know my eyes, my eyes
They'll see you blue

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