Soul Merchant

by Arlo Maverick

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CHORUS X 2 - ARLO MAVERICK, OOZEELA & MOURAINE I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn VERSE 1 - ARLO MAVERICK I’m ready to eat Man I been starving for years Swallowing pride Drinking my tears Said I was low Nobody cared Ever been po’ Nothing compares Broke as a joke as I follow my dreams Now you in debt can you stomach the screams Late on your rent, where will you sleep Hard nut to crack, gotta believe No cheat codes Go beast mode Repeat those and reach goals But please know they’ll repo So see hope you’re real close Prepare to be lonely Prepare to be scared Prepare for a journey When nobodies there CHORUS X 2 - ARLO MAVERICK, OOZEELA & MOURAINE I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn VERSE 2 - ARLO MAVERICK I wanna be free Eat by the sweat of my brow Living for Friday Instead live for now Believe in myself Stop asking how One life to live I’m living it now NSF cheques am I built for that shit No gas in my tank would that force me to quit Sacrifice love if it meant I’d be rich Where’s the reward if I won’t take the risk My own man So no thanks Just know that I won’t ask Please hold back your cold laugh I know that it’s bold that I’m prepared to be lonely Prepared to be scared Prepared for a journey Where nobody cares CHORUS X 2 - ARLO MAVERICK, OOZEELA & MOURAINE I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn VERSE 3 - DEUCE FANTASTICK You see the wins but don’t know about the losses You see me shine but don’t know about the darkness Late nights, sacrifice Tryn’a trust the process Understand slow is better than no progress There will be hardships There will be strain The game is heartless There will be pain Honestly a part of me gotta be insane To suffer all of this for the love to entertain But it’s the life I chose So I’ma work it Nobody said it be easy Just worth it So when you put on my EP You get all of me Not just the part you see up on the surface I came from nothing Look what I grew to be I’m a staple in my city like the Jubilee My haters sing uh-oh Word to Lumidee And truthfully It all came from doing me CHORUS X 2 - ARLO MAVERICK, OOZEELA & MOURAINE I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me (Ayyy) I’m doing me Wait your turn
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INTRO – OOZEELA Tap to get it Tap to get it poppin’ Tap to get it Tap to get it poppin’ VERSE 1 – ARLO MAVERICK Won’t lose sleep for the things you do Daddy’s little girl and you know it’s true Whole life savings gave it up to you Said you’re gonna be a star he believes in you Weeks go by doesn’t hear from you But you always call when the rent is due Now you’re failing class he don’t have a clue Do you care about the stress that you put him through AURAH ARIKO I’m tryna find myself Guilty conscience Just lie It helps Wanna be part of the in crowd Well you're in now In trouble In debt In a hunnid thow Second mortgage For a child who lacks the discipline You would think an +A would be the minimum No job distract you So what’s there to hinder Snapchat Instagram Of course Tinder CHORUS – OOZEELA Big daddy's credit card Anything she want she go get it (Tap it) In a city where she has no friendships (Tap it) No matter how expensive (Tap it) She's got his credit card She don’t ever have to cash or cheque in She just tap, tap, tap, tap Tap, tap, tap, tap Tap to get it poppin’ VERSE 2 – ARLO MAVERICK While most women settle for a social life Most girls ain’t happy til they’re socialites Found love but they don’t hold it tight Cause they girlfriends say how you know it’s right You know its foul but they override Why settle for him when you got your whole life Man back home think you focused right! But little does he know where you go at night AURAH ARIKO Girls just wanna have fun But you’re not 18, Hun, you’re 31 Foreign student With a man working double shifts Fatherless So to him it’s what love is Guilt trips Where you question his manhood Got his own bills But everyday he’s ambushed With your wants Cause you need everything Little does he know he don’t mean anything CHORUS – OOZEELA Big daddy's credit card Anything she want she go get it (Tap it) In a city where she has no friendships (Tap it) No matter how expensive (Tap it) She's got his credit card She don’t ever have to cash or cheque in She just tap, tap, tap, tap Tap, tap, tap, tap Tap to get it poppin’ VERSE 3 – OOZEELA Tap water nuh good enough she want Brita Tap-dancing with a dude and him want get her Tap steady pon the floor til he undress her Top student in her class could’a done better Stop looking at the neighbour grass you got better Stop with a bad behaviour you brought up better Top of the world Top hat Toppa toppa Top that Every single time you see her Facebook or Snapchat, snap CHORUS – OOZEELA Big daddy's credit card Anything she want she go get it (Tap it) In a city where she has no friendships (Tap it) No matter how expensive (Tap it) She's got his credit card She don’t ever have to cash or cheque in She just tap, tap, tap, tap Tap, tap, tap, tap Tap to get it poppin’
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VERSE 1 - ARLO MAVERICK We doing this or not Ma? If not we got a stop Ma! I’m tryna be your rock Ma! But you keep running with these thots Ma! Second thoughts bring cold feet like January That cold shoulder you giving, got me kinda leery Is this my future, married to my adversary Arguing at lengths bout shit that isn’t necessary I can’t lie, you confusing me I mean… all the things that you do for me When it’s time to ride, it’s just you and me But you’ve put your friends between you and me You let’em have say in shit that don’t affect them Part of the reason why I don’t respect them Tellin’ our biz and you still protect them If you don’t check them then I’m gon exit CHORUS - GR4M Is you riding, is you riding Are you gonna take a ride with me, Baby we are so divided, I don’t like it Why do you fight with me If you want be my wifey be my wifey Ride side by side with me We can get it if we all in Said we can get it if we all in VERSE 2 - ARLO MAVERICK So what’s it gonna be Ma? … choosing them or choosing me Ma! Losing them or losing me Ma! I guess we bout to see Ma! Envious of your single friends Who get flown round the world by some shriveled men They ain’t looking for love They want attention They do it for likes and the mentions But never mention them lonely nights Drunk text to they ex Wish you’d hold me tight C’mon Ma You should know your worth Taking cues from girls Who got trauma to nurse Maybe it's me I don’t know my worth Patient for a love that only seems to hurt Patient for a love that only leads me on Keeping me around just in case she’s wrong CHORUS - GR4M Is you riding, is you riding Are you gonna take a ride with me, Baby we are so divided, I don’t like it Why do you fight with me If you want be my wifey be my wifey Ride side by side with me We can get it if we all in Said we can get it if we all in VERSE 3 - K - BLITZ try not to talk about how much I miss her In my dreams the only time we kissing, wake up pissed off she aint with me, worst part is it's my fault that we so distant , resisting these gifts I was given, threw her love away cause I was too scared of the feelings, that I'm feeling now, heart broke not cause she left, but because I let her down , and now we're friends, wow, aren't we mature, but secretly wish that we could go back to what we were, but seem like it can't happen, these are the cards we've been handed, and still my heart is feeling like its branded, she hide our convos from her man cause he'd never understand it, and I got a woman but I'll never love her cause I'm damaged, I’d leave her in a second if we tried to second chance it Made a plan to put in action, I'm so done with the distractions, plus she knows I always knock it out like Askrin So baby girl can take this as me asking CHORUS X 2 - GR4M Is you riding, is you riding Are you gonna take a ride with me, Baby we are so divided, I don’t like it Why do you fight with me If you want be my wifey be my wifey Ride side by side with me We can get it if we all in Said we can get it if we all in
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VERSE 1 - ARLO MAVERICK Christmas will never be the same Many will judge, but cous They'll never know your pain These realities would never touch my family We argue, but we're happy So that gravity of agony Ain't something that we talk about Until the day policemen walk inside your house And say the unthinkable The unfixable Will forever live with you As your left with the visuals Tears and screaming Wake me if I'm dreaming Is this a joke? Where's Gavin, can I see him? Tell me he’s okay Or tell me that he’s hurt Don’t tell me that he’s dead I don’t wanna hear those words I was with him yesterday So you gotta be mistaken He did what? There’s no way this makes sense It’s not possible You’re at the wrong house … you’re at the wrong house CHORUS - FAB EL I told myself This ain’t true I’m sure it’s someone else This ain’t you But now it’s all just a lot of tears And for your soul I recite a prayer I was there but just not aware You was alone playing solitaire VERSE 2 - FAB EL Demons in his ear, I seen him in despair Tryna reach him, speaking to him It’s like he ain’t even there Life ain’t really fair When you fighting to live it He got caught up in the dark And his light was dimming I remember life as children So simple and quite forgiving No other feeling like my cousin coming to visit Spending nights as children Nintendo games till the morning lights Was filling our eyes We Double Dragons tryn’a fight villains It’s ironic how life comes together As we got older shoulder to shoulder We fight when we got jumped together Now as teens we smoking and drinking To socialize overtime it just went over the limit Cause now he’s doing dope His souls missing Socially distant I didn’t know how low he was sinking But his auras different He took his own life so the pain would end And trust me I ain’t been the same since CHORUS - FAB EL I told myself This ain’t true I’m sure it’s someone else This ain’t you But now it’s all just a lot of tears And for your soul I recite a prayer I was there but just not aware You was alone playing solitaire VERSE 3 - ARLO MAVERICK Dead on arrival Jackie's pain would give me life Poor and naked Urcella's faith would save you twice Question the meaning But something’s will never know This facade is for pain that I will never show You were hurting In hindsight the signs were there Were there times when you questioned if somebody cared? Were there previous tries we never knew about How could you get to the point that you would do without? VERSE 3 - FAB EL You see I knew you as the type to try to duke it out And keep fighting when you lose the round I knew you’re style and I knew your doubts I guess your life was your truest bout Still never thought that you would choose the route That you chose to walk Had me frozen in the dark To lose somebody close to my heart I know the cards you was dealt Dealing with war but not in pairs You was alone playing solitaire CHORUS - FAB EL I told myself This ain’t true I’m sure it’s someone else This ain’t you But now it’s all just a lot of tears And for your soul I recite a prayer I was there but just not aware You was alone playing solitaire OUTRO - JUDAH WRIGHT Okay, Okay You’ll be Okay, Okay Okay, Okay We’ll be Okay, Okay
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CHORUS - RIWO I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day VERSE - ARLO MAVERICK Three Fifths of a man Catching six from the Klan Stop tellin’ me to march Like my pleas stand a chance What’s all the hate for You tryn’a start a race war Oh you should pray more Is that what we wait for The morals of our enemy To show some empathy That’s not the remedy And never will it ever be Shot for jogging Imagine that Completely unprovoked And he still got clapped No matter what we do They find an excuse I was scared I didn’t know what to do Protected by courts Lawyers and unions Believe me when I say it They know what they doin’ When there’s consequence They’re more thoughtful in Dealing with arguments And exercise common sense Todd gets irate He’s told calm down Jerome gets upset He gets shot down Can we talk about this man’s life Or will you gaslight Say he didn’t act right Or even, that’s life Get defensive Make it about you Never said you were racist But, what will you do The truths you ignore Are the ones I gotta live Your “get over it” Is the Fuck I gotta give My bad You don’t like my skin B That sounds like an ish-you Not an ish-me CHORUS X 2 - RIWO I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be A hashtag one day
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VERSE 1 9th Grade Fell in love for the first time The type of chick That you dare not insert lines A prisoner to her love What was my crime? Falling for her love in this lifetime See sadly the girl that attracts me Sticks pens in my hair to laugh at me Makes fun of the food momma packs me Always saying bloodclot when she pass me Of all things Why must love be undercut She was singing thunderstruck I was thinking what the fuck Yet for her heart I had fallen hard But where do you start With no common mark She called me typical Often she would ridicule Asking if rap Was the only thing I listened to It’s easy to be critical But somewhat hypocritical Especially since This chick only listened to Classic rock, grunge and heavy metal Quoting David Bowie Cause he on another level When I’m quoting Stevie Wonder She’d say that’s nothing special The man wrote Talking Book And he never held a pencil CHORUS Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within And not the skin that I’m in VERSE 2 Tolerance and fetish Would walk a thin line Blurred by her desire to know my dick’s size See there’s something in our skin’s contrast that gives rise To long fought taboos But maybe this time Love could get past the fact my skin’s dyed Or would it cave to the fears Dark skin will imply Sadly some things Aren’t meant to be Love had conquered nothing Cause mentally She wasn’t ready for the stares that accompanied Her every time that she’d comfort me Jeers often came from her closest friends Disgusted by our love and would not pretend So what’s a love that you won’t defend But a penny in your pocket that you cannot spend Racism, You know that thing we ignore Pretend it don’t exist Like lips with cold sores Sistas fixed they lips Like creams at drug stores Wasn’t on their radar But now the uproar But I defended us Never pretended lust Yet your heart followed Those who contested us CHORUS Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within And not the skin that I’m in VERSE 3 My lady came to me Said Bae we’re pregnant Shoulda been on cloud 9 But my high was blended A conversation that we should’ve had back in year two Repeatedly delayed because I feared you Might be offended Take it out of context Claim to be color blind But it’s complex Love ain’t enough We’ll pretend though Like she won’t learn about slavery or Jim Crow Like she won’t learn about strange fruit that hung from trees How her ancestors bled for her luxuries Who are we to act naïve? Like the child we conceive won’t live to see A world where her skin would not breed A fear that will justify their need to squeeze A world where she won’t be forced to weave Hanging on by a thread Cause they fail to see Natural to be acceptable What about names? Something Congolese Or safe like Jane Can’t have a conversation bout cops killin black folk But we can throw on “One Love” And fuckin dance though Will we deny her experience Because we lack backbone? Tell her just ignore it Knowing that she can’t though … knowing that she can’t though CHORUS X 2 Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within Not the skin that I’m in Love me from within And not the skin that I’m in
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VERSE 1 - ARLO MAVERICK I used to have a fear for planes Too much is left to chance You could say you’re literally flying By the seat of your pants It appears I passed with flying colours My passport is covered And every country we rock I grab something for mother Mugs clutter her cupboard To remind her that I love her And her son is on a journey Her prayers help discover I took my fam to see the globe So they could know The potential we hold If we focus on our goals Late nights in Seoul Eating chicken as we hold Conversations bout the future And how we plan to grow Wrexham to London The vibes dem we love them Tallinn and Rotterdam Maybe hop on a tram Cannes by the beach Late night stare at the sea Miles away from Edmonton However did we reach Europe and Asia Some may say luck Cause the only time I flew as a child was to Jamaica CHORUS 4X - ARLO MAVERICK & OOZEELA I’m a world tour And I’m taking my fam I’m taking my fam I said I’m taking my fam VERSE 2 - MOURAINE Ayo Arlo good looking I just got confirmation for the booking We could make outta Edmonton If Hov made it from Brooklyn I tried to tell my niggas theres more to this life more than this Picture us on Boeing jets taking private trips To get paid And tell rhymes on stage No lay away or delays I wrote this on plane just imagine Manifest and hard work it could happen I ‘member the days When I was laughed at rapping Now my high school haters in my dm Like nigga you really poppin’ Damn you see the irony I always believed in the higher me And 9-5 isn’t cut for me I’d rather be in Rotterdam With dime down to swallow me But nothing beats the feeling when I come back home To tell all my niggas can’t wait to bring them along You know patience is virtue Dawg it won’t be long Till the world tour with Mohammed my man With Mohammed my man World tour with Mohammed my man CHORUS 4X - ARLO MAVERICK & OOZEELA I’m a world tour And I’m taking my fam I’m taking my fam I said I’m taking my fam VERSE 3 - GATSON Look, everything is everything now I know I made my granny proud I hope the town see I’m proud to be where I’m from I say it loud (207) Poppin’ champagne in Champagne I hope you enjoying the campaign We came so far the world knew our name Word to New Skools in Europe Puttin on for the town They like, “who dude” Get a clue nigga Gat a spit that shit that give you blues It’s true nigga Takes a little longer when you build it organically Never spittin fantasies This is my reality Where I’m from if you make it to 25 It’s like you hit the lottery I came in this game I never had my hand out All I ever wanted for labels to hear my plan out Wrote a letter to the world Hoping shit would pan out And when it didn’t I got discouraged Till I found my purpose God drew my blueprint and now I see it was worth it I’m on my CHORUS 4X - ARLO MAVERICK & OOZEELA I’m a world tour And I’m taking my fam I’m taking my fam I said I’m taking my fam

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released July 9, 2021

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Arlo Maverick Edmonton, Alberta

Arlo Maverick is a hip-hop MC whose sound explores Jazz, Electro, and Soul yet identifies itself as hip-hop through fusing nuances of hip-hop’s golden era and Jazz theory. Lyrically Arlo Maverick’s music is a poetic narration of everyday life experiences. For Maverick it is as much about moving his audience physically as it is about moving them emotionally. ... more

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