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SHE BE celebrates the resilience of women in the face of adversity. It is a call for equality; in our relationships, our genders, our races and our nation.

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released June 14, 2019

Melissa Jones: Lead Vocals
John Givens: Guitar, bass on She Be
Sarah Iyer: Vocals
JonAnthony Floyed-Jackson: Saxaphone, trumpet
Jae Stix: Drums
Carl Nash: Keys
Clark Sims: Bass
Fountainetta Coleman: Percussion

Madlines: guest verse on Lose My Head
Yunoka Berry: backing vocals on Storm


All songs written by Melissa Jones. Arranged by John Givens & No Lovely Thing

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Matt Young at Press Recording Studio
Produced by John Givens & Sarah Iyer
Copyright 2019 No Lovely Thing, True Thing Publishing

Cover painting: Nicole Dixon
Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz

Thank you to Matt Young and everyone at Press Recording Studio for such great work. Thank you to Claytoven Richardson and Andrew Corbett for your council. And special thanks to our kickstarter supporters who believed in this album.

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NO LOVELY THING featuring Melissa Jones Oakland, California

Melissa Jones: lead vocals
John Givens: guitar
Sarah iyer: vocals
JonAnthony Floyed-Jackson: sax
Jae Stix: drums
Clark Sims: bass
Carl Nash: Keys
Fountainetta: percussion

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Track Name: Grapevine
Glory to the day
when I packed up all my shit
When I went away,
I found something in my spirit

Brown brown girl, where do you go when all your feelings hurt?
Mama told me I was young in earth, growing through a grapevine

chorus:
Born again
Sweet sounds raining on vineyards Born again
Sweet sounds raining on vineyards

I’m finding my own way
and I left behind my shit
I’m walking and I’m saved
I walk closer to my spirit

Brown brown girl, where do you go when all your feelings hurt?
Mama told me I was young in earth, growing through a grapevine

chorus

Brown brown girl
where you going where you going
Brown Brown girl where you going where you going when your feelings when your feelings hurt
(I was born again)
(sweets sounds raining on)

chorus
Track Name: Borderline
I’ve got my feet all over
They can barely touch the ground today
Nobody’s thinking over
Where have I gone
I feel like I’m in space
See right there all over that bass line
The absence of life on this landslide

chorus:
My heart is on the valleys
on the borderline
Just tryna keep it movin
on the borderline
Just tryna keep my eyes lit
on the borderline
Just tryna keep it going
on the borderline

Nobody’s watching for me
as I move across the oceanside
Nobody’s watching for me
Where do I go
I feel like I got to hide
See right there I dodged a bullet
Now I know I got to go through this

chorus

My heart is on the valleys (repeat)
Track Name: Mangoes
She covered mango,
mango with her naked soul
Rising with her hands
filled with earth,
ain’t no washing off
She comes from mango,
mango in the night
Mango in the morning light
She ain’t no bitter ripe

chorus (2x):
She ain’t no bitter ripe,
she’s got it down packed tight
She ain’t no bitter ripe,
watch her grow, watch her grow, watch her grow, watch her grow

You find her standing,
standing with a tree that’s grown
Making love with the leaves
She is the melody

You see her growing
Growing with her hands above
Reaching for the sky and the moon, she’s mixed with honey dew

chorus
Track Name: Stand There
chorus:
Ah ah ah yeah, ah yeah, ah yeah
ah ah ah yeah, ah yeah
ohhhh ahhh ahhh (2x)

Are you gonna fight?
Are you gonna stand there?

There’s so much weight
on your shoulders
You think it’s easier to give up now
There’s so much weight
when you’re older
You don’t know
where you’re gonna go now
Are you gonna fight
Are you gonna stand there?

chorus

Are you gonna fight for who you are
Are you gonna keep on going,
keep on moving
Are you gonna fight,
are you gonna go, keep it going on

Are you gonna fight,
are you gonna stand there?

chorus

bridge (4x)
You know we gotta keep on
doin this work
You know we gotta fight for
what it’s worth

chorus
Track Name: Hey Brother
Hey brother
I can see you doin nothin
But they say you doin somethin
They wanna see you down down down down down

Hey brotha
I see with your hands up
They saying you don’t matter
They wanna shoot you down down down down down

chorus:
He’s got blood on his hands
he is all tied up,
they gon’ leave him
there ain’t no chance
He ain’t gon’ stand up (2x)

Hey brother
I can see you doin nothin
But they say you doin somethin
They wanna see you down down, down down down

Hey brotha
I see with your hands up
They saying you don’t matter
They wanna shoot you down down, down down

bridge (2x):
Blood in the summertime
feeling like it’s undermined
Driving through the skies at night Why must you run and hide
why must you run and hide

He’s got blood on his hands
he is all tied up,
they gon’ leave him
there ain’t no chance
He ain’t gon’ stand up (4x)

You matter,
you matter to me
You matter,
you matter to me
You matter,
you matter to me
You matter,
you matter to me

He’s got blood...
tied up...
they gon’ leave him there
...stand up

He’s got blood...
tied up...
they gon’ leave him there
...stand up
Track Name: I Can't Breathe
Trapped inside a lonely corner no no
only to be taken down six feet under no ohh
If you look at my skin
see where I'm from
but you ain't tryna deal with me
I see my people dying one by one
but don't take me down

chorus:
I can't breathe, hands are wrappin' around me
I can’t breathe, hands are wrappin’ around round round round

My hands behind my back I've given up sir no no
You said my skin is causing mess all over no oh oh
If you look in my mind see how I am
but you ain't tryna deal with me (you ain’t tryna deal with me)
I see my people dying one by one
but don't take me down

chorus

Bridge:
What do you mean? What do you mean sir, I ain't hurt nobody.
What do you mean? What do you mean sir, I'm just standing here
What do you mean? What do you mean sir, I ain't doin nothin to ya
What do you mean? What do you mean sir, I'm just standing here.
What do you mean?
What do you mean?
I'm just standing here
Just leave me alone
oh, I can't, I can't breathe...

chorus
Track Name: Abused
Lookin in the mirror,
tryna figure out
who I am and
what all I’m all about

What did you do to me
What did you do to me

Lookin at the pieces of what
was supposed to be
But never reached me

What did you do to me
What did you do to me

chorus (2x):
I’ve been abused
I’ve been abused
I’ve been used
I’ve been bruised

I’m tryna run away from everything but the pain keeps coming back to me

What did you do to me
What did you do to me

My body feels like
it’s drowning under water now
And I can’t help myself

What did you do to me
What did you do to me

chorus

I’m tryna wipe off these tears
I keep drowning, no
I keep drowning, no
I keep drowning (2x)

I’m tryna wipe off these tears
I’m tryna wipe off these fears
I’m tryna wipe off these years
Seven years, eight years
since I’ve been with you (2x)

chorus

You’re all I need to get by
You’re all I need to get by
You’re all I need to get by
You’re all I need to get by
Track Name: Lose My Head
You’ve got the title, you’ve got my heart on lock / it’s wrapped in a bottle / not goin full throttle / ain’t no genie coming to grant me my wish cus I wish I was with you tonight

When you give me lovin’
it’s just a little bit
I want more than this here
I can’t get up in it
I know what I’m needing
But you ain’t gon’ give me the love that I won’t from you now

chorus (repeat):
You gon’ make me lose my head

Got my eyes on the prize / I ain’t gonna lie / I’ve been about that life since you came around / everything now it’s too late too late / everything now it’s too late too late / you got everything my love / but you wanna be stingy with your love cuz I know you givin’ it all to someone else / and I want your love to myself.

chorus

Madlines:
See we tried to talk it out
but it’s no use
now I got a couple screws loose
You say the situation’s overblown
but you got me out here
on some Sherlock Holmes
some private eye
following you around
like a shadow on the sly
First you had me at hello
now you text back slow, oh no
You In N Out
I’m that escargot
I be lovin’ like a pro
I know I’m doin the most
But you always playing games
are you really tryna ghost?
See I used to love and never question
But I swear I lost momentum
All these wolves in sheep’s clothing got me wounded, out here stressin’

You gon’ make me lose my head thinkin’ bout’ all the things i’m dreading.
Thinkin’ bout the things you said
you got me feelin’ like im headin’
Down a tight path
Ain’t no hype man
This ain’t right man
You ain’t right man (2x)

chorus
Track Name: Storm
crossed the bridge
We could have found shelter
We could have made a fire
We could have made a run for it made a run for it made a run for it
What’s the deal
Where do we go to
where do we go now

chorus:
The storm is coming down
The storm is coming down
The storm is coming down
The storm is coming down

We could have made a right turn
We could have hid beyond the trees
We could have crossed the ocean side
We could have made a run for it, made a run for it,
made a run for it
What’s the deal

Where do we go to
Where do we go now

chorus

Make a run for it
Make a run for it
Make a run for it
Make a run for it (3x)

chorus
Track Name: She Be
04. She Be

She comes with a little bit of spice, that’s right
People always try to be
the brightest wonder, but they get nowhere when they’re under

She makes them wanna sing praise (okay) fill up the room,
fill it up for days
There’s no way that you can’t be
in amazement.

chorus (2x):
She Be light, She Be moon, She Be night, She Be noon, She Be comet, She Be cool, She be Venus and Mars, She Be galaxy stars

She opens her arms to the sky
Clouds fall under to release her power
She’s so high,
ain’t no way she can come down
She makes them dance
through the night
Dance all around as we celebrate her
She’s the one
and we all should be grateful

chorus

We should be grateful
for her greatness yes
We should be grateful
for her greatness yes
We should be grateful
We should be grateful
We should be grateful
for her greatness, yes

chorus

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