The OnQ Ensemble - Hey You

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lyrics by Jermaine Nakia Lee
Music by Devin Brice, Courtney Gibson, Jermaine Nakia Lee, TIm Scott Jr.

lyrics

Verse I:
(Hey You)
Lead: Hey You
I'm talking to you
I got a whole lot on my mind

Don't always have a clue
But, best believe, I got a rhythm

The Holidays, they puzzle me
'Suppose to be good will and cheer

But the homeless roam the streets
While we're grinning from ear to ear

Shopping for gifts and toys
While the poor they long for more

We gotta show some charity
Now ain't that what the seasons for

Chorus I:
Distracted by commercialism of the Holidays (Hey you)
The sales, the bargains, weekend clearance, they consume our days (Hey you)
The pressure to gift everybody
Just becomes a chore (Hey you)
Your credit debt & lavish gifts
Won't make them love you more

Verse II:
(Hey you)
Every Christmas, Hanukkah even on Kwanzaa, it's the same

We come together for a time
We celebrate but where's the change

While we're sipping on eggnog
Somewhere a child just missed a meal

Gang violence on the streets
Children with guns, let's keep it real

Call it legalized slavery
The private prisons and jails

Putting up your Christmas tree
While a community lives in Hell

Chorus II:
Peace on Earth
Good will toward men
That's what we sing about
(Hey you)
But we forget the underprivileged
As they live without (Hey you)
We close our eyes to the condition
Of disease & war (Hey you)
The greed, the hate, division, fear
What are we fighting for (Hey you)

It's time to put our faith in action on this Holiday (Hey you)
Cause what defines us
Are our actions not just what we say (Hey you)
The rich are getting richer
And the poor are losing game
(Hey you)
Let's take responsibility
Instead of placing blame

Verse III:
(Hey You)
Lead: Hey You
I'm talking to you
I got a whole lot on my mind

Don't always have a clue
But, best believe, I got a rhythm

The Holidays, they puzzle me
'Suppose to be good will and cheer

But the homeless roam the streets
While we're grinning from ear to ear

Shopping for gifts and toys
While the poor they long for more

We gotta show some charity
Now ain't that what the seasons for

Hey you
Hey you
Hey you
Hey you

credits

from OnQ presents A Soulful Noel, released December 17, 2015
(J.Lee/BMI, T.Scott Jr/ASCAP, C.Gibson/ASCAP, D.Brice/ASCAP)
Performed by The OnQ Ensemble
Recorded by Gabriel Jules at SuSu Studios, Charlotte NC
Mixed & Mastered by Gabriel Jules at AudioBox Studios, Charlotte NC

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