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New Magic

by Son Little

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1.
all that I ever needed in li is right here before me and she’s mine all mine brighter than diamonds she’s heavy like gold Queen of my castle and she’s queen of my soul have I made myself clear or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear Kimberly’s mine so stand clear or I’m make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here coal mine pressure on my mind please understand me, cause I know how you feel but Kimberly’s mine and our magic is real i’m trying to keep my cool as cool as I can but I’m just a martian i’m just a man have I made myself clear or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear Kimberly’s mine so stand clear or I’m make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here coal mine pressure don’t you mind have I made myself clear or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear Kimberly’s mine so stand clear or imma make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here
2.
well I got the blue magic I got the blue magic and I rock you so savage cause I got the blue magic i got blue, so tragic probably 44 moons or more i don’t want to count how many days i’ve been dragged all around the floor i don’t want to be a bad man but I’m a bad man just the same ain’t no I in we I mean a minuit we got no time for games yea i got the blue magic i got the blue magic and I rock you so savage cuz I got the blue magic yea i got the blue magic i got the blue magic and i rock you so savage cuz i got the blue magic i got blue automatic on my first trip around the sun now I got the blue in Spanish damn I’m always on the run and i don’t want to be a bad man but i’m bad man just the same let me know if you can manage cuz I got no time for games cuz i got the blue magic i got the blue magic and i rock you so savage cuz i got the blue magic got your mona here in bowls blue skies, sunshine waves will roll I got blue drip no static I got a habit of making time I might rock the blue in traffic I might look to the sky for a sign Never wanted to be a bad man But I’m a bad man just the same Let the sun tau nothing else to do We got no time for games cuz I got the blue magic I got the blue magic And I rock you so savage Cause I got the blue magic
3.
O Me O My 02:52
O me O my O me O my O me O my Frozen in time O me O my feel the death grip of fear wrap a claw around your petrified heart ain’t no way to make you stay you want to run and make a brand new start on Mars Feels like everywhere you go around the globe another terror awaits And no matter what you change all the pain and everything stays the same ! O me O my O me O my O me O my Frozen in time O me O my Feel my body going numb and paranoia take control of my mind with the pressure on my neck this ain’t no crocodile tears in my eyes, nah Feels like everywhere you go around the globe another terror awaits And no matter what you change all the pain and everythingstays the same O me O my O me O my O me O my Strange fruit on the vine O me O my O me O my O me O my O me O my Blind leading the blind O me O my O me O my O me O my O me O my
4.
it ain’t a simple case of bad luck ain’t like when it snows and you get your car stuck This is a bonafide terrible lie but you could call it whatever you like what are you waiting for give me a flicker of a sign coming like a raging bull expecting to be paid in full see I don’t even got to make a wrong move what you got to do to put yourself in my shoes don’t tell yourself such a terrible lie it’s time for you to walk in the light what you waiting for Give me a flicker of a sign coming like a raging bull expecting to be paid in full
5.
Call me crazy When I see you baby Got a smile about you Something red wine about you In the evening hazy In a summer dress you slay me With one smile you got me out gen pop acting sloppy Mad about you breaking my heart at the first sight Leaving me lost in the morning light I’m mad about you Breaking my heart at the first sight Leave me alone how you call me, call me how you crawl all on me but now you say its different baby After I took you to the river baby though my memory’s hazy flowing in a summer dress you slay me well how’d it happen baby our first date was lasting baby o no... and then she’s gone And I’m a rolling stone Up in the cloud porn o no and then she’s gone And I’m a rolling stone off in the cloud porn o no Breaking my heart at the first sight Leaving me lost in the morning light I’m mad about you Breaking my heart at the first sight Leaving me lost in the morning light (x2) I’m mad about you breaking my heart at the first sight Leave me alone
6.
Miss Ona 00:50
Miss Ona Henrietta I’m calling on you I’m looking for a feather to burn up on cue We rising on these ashes Now you free, ain’t you Miss Ona Henrietta Can you help me find a feather?
7.
The Middle 03:47
living in a world So cold So crowded fighting for your soul Don’t you ever doubt it You know it’s true Won’t take much To wake up the beast in you you Know when I’m drinking All I need is a drink And I can’t take no more Sitting in the middle, no Sitting in the middle No Love and money Easy come, easy go Always seems sunny On the other side of the road You know it’s true Don’t need no good friends Just one bad friend will do But when I’m drinking All I need is a drink But I can’t take no more Living in the middle, no Living in the middle No Good lord have mercy No more shaking in my shoes Goodbye to misery Man that’s yesterday’s news You’ll have to choose Can’t abide a lie But you sure can’t stand the truth But when I’m drinking Don’t need nothing but a drink And I can’t take no more Living in the middle, no Living in the middle No
8.
Wanna be yr bread and butter baby oo i wanna be yr lover baby i Wanna be your bread and butter baby Nobody else can drive me crazy like you can I want to peel you like a clementine Oo I can’t wait darlin until you’re mine Come to me baby and i’ll come to you There ain’t doubt now that I feel for you Oh you’re so sweet just like a tangerine Just like the one that visits me in my dream Loving you is just like berry blue Being with you I just can’t keep my cool i Wanna be yr bread and butter baby oo i wanna be yr lover baby i Wanna be your bread and butter baby Nobody else can drive you crazy like i can Oh oh oh oh.... I’ll treat you baby like an ice cream cone You know we only need some time alone Miss Applebum you smell like orange groves it may be time to come up out your clothes Blow me away just like a hurricane Just like a bomb went off inside my brain Come on now baby let me explain myself spoonful or two of you is good for my health i Wanna be yr bread and butter baby oo i wanna be yr lover baby i Wanna be your bread and butter baby Nobody else can drive me crazy like you can
9.
ASAP 04:20
You got the car I got the keys You got the will I got the need and I know where I’m going I got the speed Don’t you know just how that shit rolls down the hill I know you see Imma take the wheel see how these horses gonna make you feel But a man and a horse on a mission Just might get you killled But more like a lion Cause this victory’s all pride Rather reign in hell Than get rained on in heaven Every time ain’t got nothing but a dream on me and you got something that I really really really really need ASAP You got the money Let’s start the show One for the honey Two times to go Ridin late at night I’m swerving alright I don’t need no more trouble In my life but i murdered a sound And murder want out I’d rather be running than Six feet underground Good luck is a charming Trick you can’t figure out How you drown me in the river But I come up with a fish in my mouth Oh ain’t got nothing but a dream on me and you got something that I really really really really need ASAP
10.
Letter Bound 03:33
I can see you baby See you all around and I’m leaning baby but I ain’t falling down And I want you I want you I want you to know You can call on me Any day You can call me Sunday, Saturday, today You ain’t got to go to work you can stay right here and play Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain Come on So exciting So glad that you came... Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain Oh come on So excited So glad that you came Hey I miss you baby Now I’m so far away Bet I would go crazy Cept I been that way And I need you I need you I need you know Since we don’t have the time Gotta make it babe You can call me Sunday, Saturday, today You ain’t got to go to work you can stay right here and play Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain Come on it’s so exciting So glad that you came... Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain come one it’s so exciting, i’m so glad that you came
11.
i’m gonna beg for your forgiveness i’m gonna do that from the start Gonna need you as a witness though you may have a hardened heart Have I always been a sinner or did the world pick me apart can I somehow be put together Sometime today cause life is short Deacon Phillips can you hear me My dear old man now are you there I think my train is off the railing Is there some way to get it clear My heart my god it’s full of stars and oo don’t you know don’t you know you brought a demon to the dark I’m in the darkness somewhere shivering paralyzed because of fear Been this way now since the 80s That’s when I started with the beer Just to help me whip the tremors Liquor keeps me even keeled the powder gets me through the night time And all my day time friends are pills Swore I’d never touch the needle But it pricked me just the same Started following the money And everything is just a game Mr. Phillips can you hear me My dear old man now are you there Feels just like the world is ending Is there some way to get it clear My heart my god it’s full of stars and oo don’t you know don’t you know You brought a demon to the dark (x3)

about

NPR Music wrote of the musician and Grammy winning producer, “Son Little doesn't strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.”

And on New Magic, his second full-length album, Son Little has accomplished something bordering on epic by distilling the heart of American soul music - be it rock and roll, blues, hip-hop, pop, classic soul or gospel, in a manner that is emotionally resonant and unquestionably modern.

On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song “Lay Down” had been played over seven million times on Spotify, he toured with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, and Shakey Graves and received a Grammy Award as producer of Mavis Staples’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.”

But in the midst of all this Son Little says he craved an opportunity to sit and write a new album in a distinct, unified direction, one that would establish his place in the world of black music. “I was on the road so much and I couldn’t really find time or space to do it in the way I wanted,” Son Little says. “I had all these little fragments, thinking I would later piece them together. But I knew it would feel really luxurious to be able to sit down by myself and write something from scratch without being interrupted.”

Sometimes in order to see the stars, you have to get far away from the city lights. And in the fall of last year, Son Little found himself in such a place, at the end of a tour in the remote, tropical Northern Territory of Australia. “There were these big crocodiles and enormous bats, just wild things I’d never seen, he says. “And I set up in the hotel and just kinda followed the process. All the songs in Australia were written with one mic and an acoustic left-handed guitar I was playing upside-down that was borrowed from this blind Aboriginal musician named Gurrumul with this angelic voice.”

And so what is new magic? To Son Little, there is a feeling and attitude running through the music. And despite its mysterious origins, the musician’s divination ability is just that—divine. “There is this vein of the blues in it, and it can be distilled or boiled down just to the guitar and voice—or even just the voice,” Son Little says. “It’s that scenario of making something out of nothing. I can’t really explain it. That’s the gist of the magic. I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s there, and I can call on it. I can call on it standing by the dresser, walking down the street, driving a car, on a train, a plane, in a hotel room, in the green room, during an interview…it’s just there. I’m trying to pay tribute to that fact. It’s had a really powerful and in some ways increasingly healing effect on my life. Hopefully other people have that experience with it as well. I’m just happy that it’s there, wherever it comes from.”

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released September 15, 2017

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