Nothing to Say

by Elijah Jalil

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1.
Sunrise 03:53
SUNRISE Words and music by Elijah Jalil Sunrise It took me all night to find you Sunrise I didn't know where to turn to Sunrise Then I saw the trees you shone through Sunrise I don't feel alone when I'm with you I don't get to see you every day And that's okay I know you're busy and I am too But when you come thru, I'm glad you stay You warm me up, that's absolute And when I warm up I play you this tune La dadada da da dada da La da da da da dada La dadada da da dada da La da da da da dada Sunrise It took me all night to find you Sunrise I didn't know where to turn to Sunrise Then I saw the trees you shone through Sunrise I don't feel alone when I'm with you La dadada da da dada da La da da da da dada La dadada da da dada da La da da da da dada
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BIRDS IN THE SKY Words and music by Elijah Jalil I don’t understand Don’t know if I can But take my hand We’ll run jump and fly Like birds in the sky Yes, you and I We can do anything We can be anyone We can fly like the birds in the sky We can do anything We can go anywhere If we follow the birds in the sky Ooooooh Ooooooh Mmmm We don’t understand Don’t know if we can But take my hand We’ll run jump and fly Like birds in the sky Yes, you and I We can do anything We can be anyone We can fly like the birds in the sky We can do anything We can go anywhere If we follow the birds in the sky
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Miles to Go 04:05
MILES TO GO Words and music by Elijah Jalil I’m a cryin’ lion At the top of a mountain Can nobody hear me roar? I’m a week old eagle And my wings are little I can’t wait ‘til I can soar High above the clouds Look at me now I am being loud Never coming down Imma be here for a while Cuz I can go for miles and miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles I can go for miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles to go I’m a lucky human I don’t what know what I’m doin’ but I’m movin’ right along Been a lonely person Lord knows I’m hurtin’ I ain’t perfect, but I’ll stay strong High above the clouds Look at me now I am being loud Never coming down Imma be here for a while Cuz I can go for miles and miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles I can go for miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles to go (Bridge) Cuz I got time And I’m not done just yet And I got smiles I know the pain’s all in my head That’s what I tell myself so I don’t end up dead instead I pretend like I can go for miles and miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles I can go for miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles to go I can go for miles and miles and miles and miles And miles and miles, miles to go I can go for miles and miles and miles And miles and miles and miles to go I can go for miles I can go for miles Oooh ooh ooh I can go I can go I can go I can go I can go Go Go
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Here 02:47
HERE Words and music by Elijah Jalil Although we’re far away I just wanna say I am here for you I am Here If it’s dark today, then baby I’ll be the light To guide your way I am Here And I may not be here tomorrow But baby, I’m here right now And I hate it when you feel sorrow But I’m here so you can let it out Let it out, let it out, let it out Let it out, let it out, let it out I’m cheering loud for you I hope you can hear me I’m on your team I am Here And I’m so proud of you It may not be clear But your future’s bright I’m right Here And I may not be here tomorrow But baby, I’m here right now And I hate it when you feel sorrow But I’m here so you can let it out Let it out, let it out, let it out Let it out, let it out, let it out Although we’re far away I just wanna say I am here for you I am Here
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Downpour 05:08
5. DOWNPOUR Words and music by Elijah Jalil If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour For you For you I need some time alone I need some space away from everyone This home don’t feel like home Not ‘til everyone’s gone Just like I hoped for Just like I asked for If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour For you For you I’m taking a walk ‘cause This talking ain’t helping Feel anxious as hell, but The rain is calming It’s pouring down My brain is so loud When they hit the ground The raindrops are louder I hear the thunder I see the lightning Passing me by like... It’s pouring down My brain is so loud When they hit the ground The raindrops are louder I hear the thunder I see the lightning Passing me by like... They’re crying for me Like they’re crying for me If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour for you If you can’t shed no tears, Let the rain down pour For you For you
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Much Love 03:17
MUCH LOVE Words and music by Elijah Jalil I believe I believe in something ohhhh I believe I believe there’s someone watching over us I believe I believe that love conquers all I believe I believe I’m loving every moment with you Enjoying the view When I’m with you, the time it don’t move It all seems to stop The world seems to fall away But I don’t care, I’m loving it all, hey I love you I really do I really do I really do I really do I believe I believe in something ohhhh I believe I believe there’s someone watching over us I believe I believe that love conquers all I believe I believe I’m loving every moment with you Our love is true No one understands me like you do You build me up But not too high The perfect balance I’ll keep you by my side I love you I really do I really do I really do I really do I know I don’t tell you enough, but I need you to know that I love you I know that our world messed up, but in my eyes there’s nothing above you I’ve learned so much in this life, in this time and it’s all because of you I know I don’t tell you enough but I need you to know that I love you I really do I really do I really do I really do
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7. NOTHING TO SAY Words and music by Elijah Jalil I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (listen to me) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (are you still with me?) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (go away please) I've got nothing to say, nothing... Oh you're still with me? Well you gone have to wait, Okay? Cuz I'm not ready... Imma take my time, imma take my time, imma take my time Listen, I know you're not worried Not worried about money 'Cause you've always got it from me But trust me, I'm hustling every day just so you don't see me struggling You will not be struggling The life you've lived, or even living, don't come cheap everything cost something You're living in a world where you gotta be 3 steps ahead to be 1 step ahead 1 to be down, 2 to catch up, and 3 before you're noticed but you better not act up Give ‘em no reason to bring you down to their level They can't wait to see you fail, so please don't settle I don't call you son ‘cause you shine. I call you son ‘cause you're mine, yeah. I don't call you son ‘cause you shine. I call you son ‘cause you're mine, yeah. I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (listen to me) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (are you still with me?) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (go away please) I've got nothing to say, nothing... Oh you're still with me? Well, here we go again I said, here we go again I'm a black wave living in a white sea always seen and unseen… And I ain’t no a rapper, but I'm gonna rap to ya, cuz there's something on my mind I gotta share with my people Give em what they want E, Show em that you're black (ah) like them other porch monkeys Give em what they want E, Show em that you're black (ah) like them other porch monkeys Okay okay okay okay okay, I lied I said I’m not a rapper, sometimes I like to hide Behind my own eyes, disguised within the whites and browns If they’re around, then I’d like to say hi Hello, I’m losing my mind I say that I’m fine, but I’m probably high just to get by I think I’ve said too much and I would stop, uh But I’m not quite done It’s not enough, it’s not enough This life shit is rough, It’s even tougher when these white folx, say “nigga!” You think it’s foreign, but it’s obvious that they been born with it in they bones They prolly practice and shit and they homes, huh I don’t know, I’m just guessing, But it sound right, don’t it I had a dream I won an Oscar and I said, I don’t want it I don’t know, I’m just guessing, But it sound right, don’t it I had a dream I won an Oscar… I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (listen to me) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (are you still with me?) I've got nothing to say, nothing to say, nothing to say (go away please) I've got nothing to say, nothing... Oh you're still with me? Well, here we go again I said, here we go again I wanna tell you what I'm thinking, but I can't find the words. I can't find the words, I can't find the courage I wanna tell you what I'm thinking, but I can't find the words, I can't find the words, I can't find the courage
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Don't Cry 03:03
8. DON’T CRY Words and music by Elijah Jalil My oldest memory was when I was a young boy Going into show and tell with a new toy It was a fire truck I got it from my uncle It's kindergarten, I'm excited and my truck is red Ended up in the front of class and then I said This is my fire truck I got it from my uncle This is the last thing he gave me before he died And before I could go on I cried and cried Like ohhhh Ohhhhhh Don't cry... that's not what men do Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright Don't cry... that's not what men do Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright Don't cry... that's not what men do Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you I'm alright
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9. RUNNIN’ OUT OF TIME Words and music by Elijah Jalil Runnin’ out of time We runnin’ out of time You runnin’ out of time I’m runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of time We runnin’ out of time You runnin’ out of time I’m runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of Runnin’ out Runnin’ Run (You better run muthafucka) I can feel the pressure I can feel it all around me If it keeps coming it is gonna compound me Will it stop soon? That’s very unlikely Will I give up? Yo, that’s very unlike me I can feel the pressure I can feel it all around me If it keeps coming it is gonna compound me Will it stop soon? That’s very unlikely Will I give up? Yo, that’s very unlike me Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of Runnin’ out Runnin’ Run (You better run muthafucka) I feel like I’m runnin all the time That shit was handed down like a fuckin hand me down, yeah Don’t know why I’m runnin all the time But it gets me where I’m going, so how can I complain? I feel like I’m runnin all the time That shit was handed down like a fuckin hand me down, yeah Don’t know why I’m runnin all the time But it gets me where I’m going, so how can I complain? How can I complain? Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Runnin, runnin, runnin, but I can’t stop runnin yeah I’m outside, but I ain’t the function The government don’t own me, can’t tell me nothin Nah, nah, they can’t tell me nothin They on that fuck shit Better duck, shit, Here come the bullets and all of the bullshit Better move, get out my way I didn’t come to play Get the fuck out my face I ain’t come to complain, no It’s all part of the game, bro Something wrong my brain, no But I’m goin insane, okay Aimin for the fame Pushin through the pain Hidin all your shame Tuck it all away Nobody sees cuz they all enemies And they schemin and plottin to leave you no options Run, jump, and steal You think that’s all I do, forreal Everybody has potential to lie, cheat, n kill That’s the deal You heard me, it’s all part of the journey Don’t stop believing and you can achieve it. Just check how you perceive it Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of time Runnin’ out of Runnin’ out Runnin’ Run (You better run muthafucka) Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run Runnin’ out of time
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10. FUCK IT UP! (with ELLI C.) Words and music by Elijah Jalil and Elli C w/ music by Britt Arnesen You said you’d wait for me Stay for me That’s what I like to hear Mmm music to my ears You’re where you said you’d be Yes, baby That’s what I like to see Ohh windows to my soul You said, “No questioning. Dance with me.” Ohh now you speak my language So, let’s fuck it up Fuck it up (what?) Fuck it up (what?) Fuck it up (what?) Fuck it up (what?) Fuck it up Fuck it up Fuck it up Fuck it up to me is a bunch of things But it’s a positive thing, yaknow You gotta Tell your friends to fuck it up Tell your family to fuck it up Tell yourself to fuck it up Tell everybody to fuck it up Because it’s already fucked up Excuse my language, but it is And also know that it’s okay to fuck it up This the breakdown You either listenin or you not listenin So, uh, listen in (uh) Fuck it up, fuck it up, fuck it up Buckle up - it’s about to be a ride If you wanna ride with me I’m about to be outside Fuck Covid-19, nigga, I don’t like to hide From the enemy, that’s a friend to me Before they pulled me out the womb, they called me threatening This ain’t new to me I’m screaming mutiny Go head, mute the tv, Tune into me, you’ll see (woooooh) Or better yet listen But please oh please, god, just make a decision You wanna social distance But I wanna kick it I get it... but let’s get it anyway Fuck it up This is the time of our lives The world needs our art, the people need it to thrive Surviving? Nah, I’d rather aim higher This a public service announcement, the song is a flyer (So pass it around) Fuck it up, fuck it down Fuck it sideways, fuck it around You don’t know what you can’t see So come fuck it up with me Fuck it up, yeah Fuck it up
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11. WAIT AND SEE (with HUDSON JAMES) Words and music by Elijah Jalil and Hudson James w/ music by Britt Arnesen Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Stop, drop, and roll The world’s on fire But we’ll keep going, growing, showing up Til the day we fly like — Stop, just a second Think about all of your friends All of your connections The people you care about most in your life (yes, yes) I know you’ve got a ways to go But you ain’t gotta do this all on your own, so Ask for some help, and you’ll be just fine (you will) Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Stop, just a second Find a seat by the brook in your local kitchen Think about all the things that you thought that day It’s quite likely you’ve got something on your mind You gotta feel it, You gotta be honest from time to time But take a breath and you’ll be just fine Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Stop, wait a minute Think about all the things that you did Don’t be trippin bout all them thangs that you didn’t do (Don’t do it) Just keep moving and grooving Yeah, you can do it I promise I’m honestly on your side What a time to be alive Look at the sky, the birds, the trees, The earth, the dirt Mama, I heard you, I know I don’t deserve you I’m working on being enough for me Won’t you sing for me, please And I’ll sing for you And you and you… Stop, just a second What did you say? You did all of that You did all of that, today? Dude, that’s amazing You made some really great progress Whatever that means Whatever you need it to be It doesn’t matter to me, you see I just care about you, and me and us It’s a very, very special Very special kind of we Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone change the world Just wait and see We gone change the world We gone the change the world
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BIRDS IN THE SKY Words and music by Elijah Jalil I don’t understand Don’t know if I can But take my hand We’ll run jump and fly Like birds in the sky Yes, you and I We can do anything We can be anyone We can fly like the birds in the sky We can do anything We can go anywhere If we follow the birds in the sky Ooooooh Ooooooh Mmmm We don’t understand Don’t know if we can But take my hand We’ll run jump and fly Like birds in the sky Yes, you and I We can do anything We can be anyone We can fly like the birds in the sky We can do anything We can go anywhere If we follow the birds in the sky

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www.montanakaimin.com/arts_and_culture/the-art-of-resistance/article_94182fbe-f709-11ea-beaf-7b08881d696e.html

Elijah Jalil is a singer-songwriter based in Missoula, Montana. Originally from the Bay Area (CA), Elijah made his way towards the mountains after studying theater in Portland, OR to work on his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Montana. He is a dedicated social justice artist focused on changing the world by creating and collaborating on all forms of art.

Largely inspired by Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, and other Pop genres, Elijah started his journey with a guitar and his voice. After playing at multiple open mics around Missoula, the consistently magical collaboration with Britt Arnesen helped this debut album, Nothing to Say, come to life.

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released September 18, 2020

Elijah Jalil - songwriter, vocals, world-changing inspiration
www.instagram.com/the_elijahjalil

Britt Arnesen - acoustic guitars, piano, upright bass, mandola, backup vocals, musical director, producer, recording engineer www.instagram.com/britt_arnesen

Elli C - duet vocalist on "Fuckitup"

Hudson James - duet vocalist and co-writer for "Wait and See"

Ron Meissner - electric guitar, electric bass, percussion

Rosie Cerquone - vibraphone on "Much Love" and "Downpour"

Barb Collins - violin on "Sunrise"

Spencer Hoveskeland - cellos on "Much Love" and "Nothing to Say", string bass on "Downpour"

Brian Hazard (Resonance Mastering) - mixing/mastering engineer

Recorded at Free Cycles Missoula in spring/summer 2020.

Elijah Jalil's debut album comes at a time when "the world needs our art to thrive" maybe more than ever.

These uplifting yet honest songs began inside a musical play Elijah wrote, "Birds in the Sky". When the covid-19 pandemic forced the play's cancellation, Elijah wrote his "fuckitup" anthem (www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qhc6raNtAE) outlining a new, contagious philosophy of artistic risk-taking and adventure.

Birds in the Sky's musical director Britt Arnesen still had Elijah's "we can do anything" motto grooving in her head when the pandemic began, and knew they had to make a full-length album to share with the world. She drew on her acoustic background and bluegrass sensibilities to provide instrumentation for the songs that could live up to Elijah's voice.

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Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Her latest projects are Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil and a solo gospel-inspired album, Move in Closer. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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