Nothing to Say

from Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil

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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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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

credits

from Nothing to Say, 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.

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Britt Arnesen Missoula, montana

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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