More feat. Oozeela (Prod: Freddy B)

by Arlo Maverick

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"More" is the lead single from Arlo Maverick's conceptual album Maybe Tomorrow. In this song the album's main character, Soup, looks at the legacy of poverty in his family. Growing up he wasn’t able to have what many of his affluent friends had, but now looking back as an adult he understands the choices of his single mother.

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Artist: Arlo Maverick f/ Oozeela
Album: Maybe Tomorrow
Song: More
Written by: M. Wilson, A. Ali & J. Wharton

[Intro – Oozeela]
You’ve got some
I’ve got none
You’ve got some
I’ve got none
You’ve got some
I’ve got none
You’ve got some
I’ve got none

[Verse 1 – Arlo Maverick]
Ravenous mind
In the time of my childhood
Hoping to fit in
And maybe buy some fly goods
Wants and needs might blur a bit
Till momma buys coat
Cause sure it fits
School shopping was a nightmare
As I passed the brand names that I might wear
To me
Everything was priceless
But to mom
Items should be priced less
… Although fly like some blue jays
Every time I asked for some new Js
Momma gotta ask how we’ll pay rent
Man, half the time she ain’t make cents
I mean, why I gotta look old fashion
Clothes out of style like I don’t know fashion
Sikes is a good line
Momma that’s good try
How I’m spose to get chicks
When I never look fly

[Chorus Pt. 1]
You got some money for the Nikes?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Kool-Aid?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Movies?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Candy
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah

[Chorus Pt. 2 – Arlo Maverick]
Waking up every morning thinking how will I survive
(There’s more to this life than this)
And we here broke
But momma put in that overtime
(There’s more to this life than this)
Yeah Pops send money
But it’s not all of the time
(There’s more to this life than this)
I should satisfy
But the devils messing with my mind
(There’s more to this life than this)

[Verse 2 – Arlo Maverick]
Good and bad memories
Relate to my born day
Roots reggae melodies
Recipes that storied
Themselves through aromas
That were trapped in my clothes
Shoestring budget
But momma always coped
Days leading up
Drop hints like Trebek
My birthday’s next week
This is what I should get
Pick out something fly
Momma tell me put the shirt back
Can’t afford that
But she went and bought a Church Hat
Pick out something cheaper
The budget won’t budge
Not even slightly
Forget about Nikes
No way to Safeway
Mom baked rum cake
And if I must say
Better than a Sundae
5 school friends
Limit on my guest list
Mom’s list, endless!
Family in the trenches
Second cousins
Going for seconds like they bought shit
Came in empty handed
Got the nerve to be obnoxious

[Chorus Pt. 1]
You got some money for the Nikes?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Kool-Aid?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Movies?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Candy
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah

[Chorus Pt. 2 – Arlo Maverick]
Waking up every morning thinking how will I survive
(There’s more to this life than this)
And we here broke
But momma put in that overtime
(There’s more to this life than this)
Yeah Pops send money
But it’s not all of the time
(There’s more to this life than this)
I should satisfy
But the devils messing with my mind
(There’s more to this life than this)

[Verse 3 – Arlo Maverick]
In December
Instead of singing Christmas carols
We was at my grandma’s
Packing Christmas barrels
I’m talking dish soap
Deodorant and sox
Flat irons
No wonder why we have knots
Can’t understand in elementary
This fiber cylinder
Is how they get to eat
But momma gave a look
And I sat right down
I had more questions
They weren’t said aloud
How come my friends write lists of toys they wish for
They out tobogganing
But me, I’m indoors
Tryn’a fill more
With nuff to ship
So we gotta pack it right
So the contents fit
But what’s the consequence
As we send food south
To our family in Jamaica
Our mouths go without
But grandma passed the sorrel
And tell me not to quarrel
Just hush
God will provide for us

[Chorus Pt. 1]
You got some money for the Nikes?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Kool-Aid?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Movies?
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah
You got some money for the Candy
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nuh-Nah

[Chorus Pt. 2 – Arlo Maverick]
Waking up every morning thinking how will I survive
(There’s more to this life than this)
And we here broke
But momma put in that overtime
(There’s more to this life than this)
Yeah Pops send money
But it’s not all of the time
(There’s more to this life than this)
I should satisfy
But the devils messing with my mind
(There’s more to this life than this)

credits

released August 3, 2015
Written by Marlon Wilson, Jerome Wharton & Ahmed Ali
Produced by Fred “Freddy B” Brenton
Tracked, Mixed & Mastered by Brad Smith
Background Vocals by Ouzel
© Arlo Maverick 2015

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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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