Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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This melody was written for a high school friend of mine. He loved the sound of the flute and he loved Jazz. This one is for Billy. We had so much fun together as kids growing up in the south.


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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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When I think back to my childhood, being raised in the south, I remember the wind that blew inland from off the Gulf Coast, especially in the month of March. This is simply my imagination as the winds were whispering these melodies and improvisations to me. As I relate to these voices, I translated their air streams into rhythm and sound which gave me the idea to name the song "Southwinds." I hope you will enjoy this piece of music. As you listen to it, use your imagination, and you'll see where I'm coming from.

 


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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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This song touches my heart. When I think back to slavery times in this country, the hatred that still lies in the hearts of some individuals who refuse to recognize the black man as an equal. When I think about the progress and contributions blacks have provided to the world in every aspect of life, including "The President Of The United States Of America" I was inspired to write this story, which is only my version and ideas put to music.

Please, I don't mean to offend anyone or hurt any feelings, but our history and buried history that has begun to resurface tells us of the things that happened in the past and how blacks were treated. It's hard to accept and equally embarrassing, but it is true.

How can we forget? Is this time in history still important? Yes, as long as there are hate groups. This song was written to give the younger generation an idea of what we have gone through. How blacks and other minority groups not only in the south but all over the country were treated. Man's cruel ways of thinking, teaching and unfounded beliefs. Hopefully in time the true understanding for all mankind will override the old ways of thinking and judging. Someday it will come to pass. And one day man will come to realize that no man stands alone and all men are created equal.

 

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How Long

 

From the beginning when God made man,

One day he cried out over and over again,

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Oh how long must I suffer?

How long must I feel the pain?

 

God gave me the strength to stand on my own.

He gave me knowledge and a will to be strong.

But there were some other men with evil ways.

They put me in shackles and made me a slave.

 

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As I look at the people, all I could see

Was a world full of sorrow and filled with greed.

I could hear them talk; I could hear what they say.

That’s when I fell down on my knees and I began to pray.

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There is so many people out here, they don’t seem to know

It’s the same old hatred that we’ve had before.

As I looked into the future, everyday I face the rising sun,

I’ll still be the victim until the hatred’s gone.

Oh, how long must I suffer?

Somebody tell me, how long must I feel the pain?

Now one of these old days things is gonna change.

No more suffering, Lord no, and it ain't gon be no more pain.

Vamp;

I’m gonna rise up; I’m gonna rise up you ’al.

Thank God Almighty the world has finally made a change.

I’m gonna speak out, I'm gonna speak out you ’al.

Everybody’s gonna be a witness,

Lord and everybody’s gonna sing.

I’m gonna rise up.

 


Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Imagine there being eight days in a week. This is kind of crazy, but it's how some of us think from time to time. This is my version of an 8th day of the week.

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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This is a song that took years to develop in my head. Have you ever heard someone talking in their sleep? Well this is what this song is all about. Sometimes I'm awaken late at night listening to my wife talk in her sleep. I don't know what she is saying nor do I understand what she's talking about. So now, I have fun with her and talk back to her and carry on a conversation with her even though I have no idea what she is talking about. It works for me. When she wakes up the next morning, she has no idea of our conversation. This song reminds me of how she talks about one thing and then another in her sleep, never realizing she's even talking. This is part of the fun in having a great relationship with my wife.

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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This song was created in remembrance of the struggles my Native American friends and fans, who lived on a reservation in Topeka, KS has endured. This song is dedicated to all Native Americans who have had to live through the unfairness of the government. It is true and unfair to the Indian Nation the way history has been written; how land was actually taken from the Indians and; how they were forced to live in such indescribable conditions on selected patches of land called "The Reservation." What's up with that? Sounds like "The Great American Greed" but that's nothing new.

Taking advantage of others is an unfairness the shadows this world today. It is guided by a mentality, “It's my world. Be thankful that I allow all you other people to live in it...” That is, if all are considered people. How embarrassing this looks on the part of our government. Has times changed? NO. How long will it continue? It will last as long as the American public allows this kind of treatment from our government. It's time for change. No. 1, God created all men equal. Do they really believe that? Their actions tell the truth. This is an example of people being undermined and taken advantage of and nobody has the right to object or bring these issues to the table for change. How long must they suffer?

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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This is a fun song. When election time comes around, the main topic seems to be "Vote for Me!" Since I've gotten older, I'm kind of particular as to who I want in office. Issues like, what is best for the working class in this country. We seem to vote for an individual with certain ideas, and these ideas get pushed under the table for some reason. My question is: How long will politicians overlook the needs of the American people as a whole? Surely, they are smart enough to understand we put them in office to give America a better future and not to grease the rich man's pockets.

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Wave Your Hand

 

Everybody’s talking about the problems of the world,

But they fail to see they voted for a man with a master plan

 That put a hurting on you and me.

People keep talking about things they don’t know about

And they read the news

They didn’t even know the man that they voted for

And now he’s got ’em singing the blues.

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Stand, wave your hand,

Stand, it’s time for you to make a stand.

 

Democrats, Republicans don’t get along and they don’t agree.

They do a whole lot of talking but they aren’t doing nothing;

 But destroying the economy.

People everywhere around the world

 See the damage that they have done.

Talking about how they can save the world

Now, you can see where they’re coming from.

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Politicians over here, spending money over there

On a war that we don’t need.

We got a war going on right here in this house

Called poverty.

People need to think about the coming resurrection

Cause the world is filled with sin.

It makes no difference who rules the world

‘Cause the world’s coming to an end.

Vamp;

Come on people, stand up and wave your hand.

Everybody come together and wave your hand.

Ayah- ha, wave your hand.

All you got to do is stand up, come on people,

wave your hand, let me know you understand.


Eugene Smiley Sr
Eugene Smiley Sr

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A friend of mine named this song because it reminded him of the freedom marches in the South during the time of Dr. Martin Luther King. I didn't see it at first but later, I could relate to the sounds and giving the song that title. It has the feel of freedom.

When I first started writing this song, I had lyrics that were in the exact same content that went on to say, "I know you don't care for me at all." That was the first line of the song. I went on to complete the lyrics to the song and I will most likely record a second version sometime in the near future with the revised lyrics.

 

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Eugene Smiley Sr
Eugene Smiley Sr

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This is a song with a different beat that reminded me of an injured monkey for some reason. So, I named the song Cripple Monkey. Imagine that.

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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A long time ago I lived in Mississippi. We lived on the other side of the tracks. Everybody that I knew, lived on the other side of the tracks. I remember late at night, every night, somewhere around midnight, there was the sound of the train with a very loud horn coming down the railroad tracks. It was "The Illinois Central" that ran less than two blocks from our house. These tracks separated the little town. Half on the east side which was the black neighborhood and the west side was white. This train was coming from New Orleans headed to Chicago. The melody in this song reminds me of that time period in my life. A moment in time, I will never forget. There were freight trains also that had smoke coming from the engines; and on these freight trains it was said that traveling musicians would jump aboard and hitch a ride to Memphis or Chicago. I guess I was too young to really know. This is what I was told as I was growing up. Hummm!

 

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Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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When I look back over my life, I think of some of the things that I've done to assure my family wouldn't have to suffer and do without. Now that I'm older and I've had my ups and downs in life, I can truly say that I have done well. Like many others, there were times that I thought I was not going to make it and I wouldn't last too long, but somehow the Lord made it possible for me to continue and prosper. I've always believed a person never fails as long as they keep trying.

Don't give up, as long as there is hope, stay focused and know when to make changes. If you start something, then you should finish it one way or another. I wrote this song for kids, grand kids and family members. Look at the mothers and fathers that have given everything to make a better life for their kids and family members. I hope that after I'm gone, my kids can remember me by the words written in this song. I'm sure they will be pleased to know that I gave all that I could give to make sure they had everything they needed.

The price we pay as parents in most cases are over looked and sometimes never recognized. The sacrifices that we make to make sure that our kids are properly taken care of are what's expected. Today most kids are smart, talented and they have the ability to learn and become the person that they want to be. That is the way it was meant to be. And through it all, don't forget where you came from. I'm not bragging but I'm satisfied. My job as a father is graded "Well Done."

 

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Well Done

 

As I walk down this lonesome road,

All my troubles I leave behind.

The time has come and the battle I’ve won,

And my journey is well done.

 

As I look back over my life,

I remember, Lord, I paid the price, oh yes I did.

I gave my life so proud and so free,

Like my father did for me.

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Someday I’ll leave this kingdom, oh yes I will.

Leaving my treasures behind.

One day, I’ll have my golden crown

And at last I will lie down.

 

When I lay down to rest my soul,

And my light is growing dim,

I’ll go on to the other side, oh yes I will,

And I’ll leave you by and by.

I’ll go on to the other side

And I’ll leave you by and by.

I’ll go on to the other side

And I’ll leave you, well, by and by.

I’ll go on to the other side

And I’ll leave you, well, by and by.


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