Low and Behold, High and Beyond

by Sola Rosa

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oh yeah - check it tryna get back get back all the promises that you said belonged to me yeah that's what she said (to me) did i comply to what she wanted or what she needed no still i tried to do my best! get it in the pocket so i can do it all over again could it be i did not succeed? i try to keep it movin' but this keeps on and on in my head just as long you promise me to do watcha said promise x 7 just as long as you promise me we can do it again promise x 7 promise that you’ll promise me... now she knows yeah knows how feel about it doesn't wanna gimme the chance to do right by her - no she would lay with me as if it was all okay but she's gone before i wake and were back at zero again... why what have i got to do? i tried letters and phone calls but she ain’t trying ta hear me i so wanna done with her and all of this yeah ooh - oh yeah i try to keep movin' but this keeps on in my head [chorus]
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who got that style? not you somebody told me you had some kinda style i know that shit ain't true - c’mon lies - everything you said was a lie. and i won't even try - to compete with those lies, no no you got ta, come clean - if you know what i mean some of y'all don't even try throw your hands in my eye yeah - c’mon oh oh yeah some say i'm a true player your on a wing and prayer some of y'all [adlib] you don't know my style run rings around you, several thousand miles yeah i'm wearing my crown i'ma chase y'all outta town yeah come on you don't know my steelo get down - all rise – c’mon yeah yeah - yeah yea aahh won't ya reach out [adlib] yeah and i'm on fire i'm that kinda guy yeah [adlib] say you got style? i don't think so bossman croon in a room and i - gotta sing like al sing-a-ronie treat you like my sweet tender roni treat you like some suck macaroni - for leavin me a lonely, yeah my baby tried to fly - away but i had to clip her wings that day comin with a whole lot of lies i'ma treat your ass like some old french fries - now come on i'm not that guy - i'm not been tellin y'all some time i'm not that guy - been tellin your ass so long now - don't know how many time times i'm gonna tell your ass come on
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let’s create a ruse you be the joker I’ll be the muse you can play me baby you can play me my lady maze, medicine for lunatics or the brave and I’ll take it baby, cause I’m crazy my head’s spinning like a spinning top i’m on the axis head spinning like a spinning top and you are the string. thoughts oscillate breaking the pace of the day into 1.2.3 cause I’m lonely baby, oh so lonely the centre of gravity is no longer beneath me cause you’ve changed me baby yes you’ve changed me head spinning like a spinning top i’m on the axis head spinning like a spinning top and you are the string
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we know the system does exist - so we have to find a way to go round it flex every muscle yeah - cos we have to try a thing to compound it understand that self belief - is the most crucial component gives a man the tools he needs - to overcome a difficult opponent so when he falls to the dirt and crumbles - there will be words spoken in condolence while the people shall stand in victory reminiscing about those stolen moments so throw down your arms and come - raise every voice into the sky let's murder them with love and not some futile battle cry do nuh rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean do nuh rise the machine. if you believe in the words of our prophets - you done know about bigger judgement so the life them a tek weh fi fuckry star that don't make no sense ghetto youths ah make each other fallen soldiers when they could be standing as brothers no one can hear what you really mean as the nails hit the board box cover so if you find it hard to trust in your heart - just think of what you're making if there's a choice to live or rest in peace - i know which one i'm taking so throw down your arms and come raise those voices to the sky let's murder them with love and not some futile battle cry do nun rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean do nuh rise the machine - pause it up and go scrape and clean nuh rise the machine - blame it on the streets cos they're mean do nuh rise the machine one conscious message spoken by millions - babylon can't silence or drown them kingdoms must rise and dynasties fall - like night must follow the morning flex every muscle yeah - because a new era's dawning put sown the strap and go find new tools - you nuh hear the revolution calling so when they fall the dust and crumble - you can say you played a part while the people shall stand in victory - with their hands upon their hearts so throw down your arms and come - keep those voices to the sky let's murder them with love and rest that futile battle cry so do nuh rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean do nuh rise the machine - pause it up and go scrape and clean don't rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean nuh rise the machine ad lib x5 rest that battle cry - ad lib x2 - you got to be conscious yeah do nuh rise the machine and blame it on the streets cos they're mean do nuh rise the machine and blame it on the streets cos they're mean.
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she’s worn through, she’s rolled up like a ball of paper tissue she’s hell bent she won’t relent without ambition she’s a statue saffire soul who gets the goal without any effort she returns to be alone with all her empty treasure real life this can’t possibly be real life he found a wall inside himself he couldn’t think of any thing else this one thought monopolized his mind brick by brick one at a time theres a devil in the dirt he makes you want what you cant find dim lights obscure eyes from what they would desire the quickness of the strike the direction of the dart the surprise inside when you find another bleeding heart he could climb a mountain and she could take a fall they could lose but still not really lose at all real life this can’t possibly be real life the start is not the end is not the tip is not the point the common sense approach is just a rule book for the lost an anchor in the heart daylight on a chain thinking the impossible is to blame real life this can’t possibly be real life
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girl you are so fine i'm getting migraines girl starin' at yo behind lord i'm hopin' that you by yo'self wait a sec i think i forgot... you with me tonight girl i wanna thank you yeah (girl i wanna thank ya) for choosin' a negro like me to spend all ya time can i take you out on the strip? i’m a sit in the club watch ya shake them hips... show 'em what cha workin' with... why don’t cha? wiggle for me.... ooh girl you make a brother wanna scream. no lie your beauty is so devine body bring a tear to my eye you - better keep yo hands off that behind pimp'n that’s mine yeah i worked hard for her plan ta keep her for the rest of my life - yeah jesus i wanna thank you yeah cause this creation you built is mighty fine do you mind if i show off for a li'l bit? i’m a sit i'm the club while ya shake them hips show 'em what ya workin’ with why don’t cha...
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you're looking at me - i'm looking at you we're playing it cool - cos those are the rules why is it i can't help but feel? you're messing around with me, lady got no time for games that's just my deal i'm not trying to be cool - but tell me did your girls put you up to this? if it's real and genuine interest- i'm ready to go maybe somewhere there's a catalyst - so we don't knock each other back on this and no story unfolds in my dreams uh oh in my dreams ooh dreams uh oh - in my- in my dreams everybody knows how much it hurts - when you get cut by love. lady still we wanna walk that hallowed turf - it's kinda crazy stuff - but tell me maybe somewhere there's a catalyst so we don't knock each other back on this and no story unfolds in my dreams uh oh in my dreams ooh dreams uh oh - in my- in my dreams so how will it go? well nobody knows cos friends even foes - are warmed by your glow why is it i can't help but feel? you're messing around with me. lady got no time for games that's just my deal i'm not trying to be cool uh oh in my dreams ooh dreams uh oh - in my dreams
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he’s high fidelity he’ moves me in ways i can’t repeat i’m oxygen deprived green on the edge and red on the inside i’m so lost in choice all of it mine with no room for recourse life through pastel shades, we turn the glittering into beige it’s all so love less it’s all so anti everything we are the love less so full of love with none to give piece by piece we fit the myth back in to place strength to strength we break the mold of discontent step by step we grow a love to fit the space left right left we give to grow we give to grow i get beyond the anger i am the zen of rage here in the god zone of life we see the stars at night without any light as i wade for a cause all of them mine and none of them yours you bat the eye of truth we all agree but refuse to move it’s all so loveless it’s all so anti everything we are the loveless, so full of love and none to give

about

4/5 “Low And Behold is fresh and funky”
- NZ Herald (Aug 17, 2012)

8/10 "An album full of variation and one that’ll be hard to tire of"
- Tondeaf.com (Aug, 2012)

“..this album is so infused with groove that it is near impossible not to break in to a strut”
- Kia Ora Magazine (Sept, 2012)

“..blooms with sensuality and sass”
- Rolling Stone Magazine (Aug 2012)

Low and Behold High and Beyond Selected for 2012’s Finest releases
- Super Superb Magazine

“..a great album is just short of legendary status! It’s an accomplished, well executed slice of South Pacifican Downbeat Soul, well worth a look.”
- theorangepress.net - (Aug, 2012)

“Their most recent album, Low and Behold, High and Beyond, is a perfect example of their sheer awesomeness”
- sunsetintherearview.com (Sept 2012)

“WELL WORTH the purchase”
- www.kevinnottingham.com (Aug, 2012)

“Low and Behold, High and Beyond has shown that Sola Rosa can continue to make albums that stand out from the crowd, and has set a new standard for them”.
www.muzic.net.nz (Aug, 2012)

“The record oozes feel”
- NZ Musician (Oct/Nov 2012)

4/5 This band truly makes me feel proud to be a Kiwi. Moving away from the trademark reggae influences of previous albums, this latest offering combines a fresh and unique sound. This album can't be compared to anything else - influences, sure. But this one is all ours.
- nz.entertainment.yahoo.com (Aug, 2012)

credits

released August 10, 2012

All live tracking recorded at SRHQ - Auckland, Montage Studio - Auckland NZ. Strings recorded at Native Audio - Auckland NZ.
Recording engineers – Tom Miskin, Nic Manders, Greg Junovich, Kenny MacDonald
Mixed by Yaron Fuchs at Hit Focus Studios - NYC, USA
Mastered by Ricardo Gutierrez at Stadium Red - NYC USA

Artwork & layout - Dan Stiles

Love, respect and thanks to everyone involved in the making of this record, especially…

Jane Andrews, the Sola Rosa band and crew, Tom Miskin, Scott Towers, L.A. Mitchell, Lorraine Barry, Victoria Kelly, Julien Dyne, Mike and Montage Studio, Dave Dobbyn and Dobworld, Creative NZ, Leon Dahl and Auckland Rock Shop, Yaron Fuchs, Kyle Kissen

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Sola Rosa Auckland, New Zealand

Sola Rosa has been the 20-plus year labour of love for Andrew Spraggon, who has produced a wealth of recordings since 1999. Creating an evolving infusion of funk, beats and soul, Sola Rosa’s history is littered with headlining shows, Number 1 releases, awards and critical acclaim in his home country of New Zealand. Spraggon now begins his next musical chapter with the release of, Chasing the Sun. ... more

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