Headed to the Streets

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Headed to the Streets was written by B.L. Shirelle while she was incarcerated at Muncy State Correctional Institution. The lyrics were sent to Anthony McKinney and Mark B. Springer, both incarcerated at Warren Correctional Institution (Lebanon OH), to write the music to. The music (aside from lead guitar and background vocals) was recorded with a full band at WCI. Anthony sings the first hook and verse. When B.L. Shirelle was released in December 2015, Fury Young and dr. Israel recorded her vocals in Philly, PA. The lead guitar is by gHSTS & gUITARS, who spent his youth in and out of juvenile facilities in New York.

lyrics

Headed to the Streets
lyrics by B.L. Shirelle

I wake up sweatin’ sweatin’
I be sweatin’ in my sheets
Everytime I go to sleep
I be headed to the streets
I be diggin’ findin’ searchin’ for whoever got it cheap
I be rippin’ robbin’ murkin’ tryna settle all my beef
I had a dream like Martin Luther
It was killed by Freddie Krueger
Gotta live to find my purpose
Not accepting this defeat
I wake up sweating in my sheets
Everytime I go to sleep
I be headed to the streets

Another day another hope for a dolla’ I hit the pavement
Been filling out 20 applications
A day since I got out
I see my old niggas and they shout out
They like “What you need? I got you”
They pull they knots out
We start reminiscing
The good times get my attention
Gotta admit this shit is hard
I’m getting tempted
LIke fuck these hungry nights
Fuck these fried bologna nights
This shit is a lonely life
Lonely night
Lonely night

Without a call back I’ll make a little wealth
If I gotta chop a tree down make the paper myself
As I chop a key down I’m truly truly hating myself
Then out of a nightmare
I awaken myself

Give me my dreams or give me ya fiends
I’m haunted by the penitentiary screams
VICTIMIZED
Shiesty bitches with schemes
INSTITUTIONALIZED
I carry razors in the slits of my jeans
Hidden in seams
Tell me what this liberty means
Now that I’m out can I live and be free?
Can I work for a company that pays more than minimally?
Will I give up before I get to see what’s in it for me?
This ain’t about material
It’s about looking in the mirror seein’ inferior
Society don’t trust you – they couldn’t get any learier
I’m tired from my struggle – I couldn’t get any wearier
I’m happy, I’m sad, anxious, angry, plain hysteria
Mixed with terror
New territory – always scarier
I killed my old habits
Drug ‘em to a wooded area
But couldn’t seem to bury ‘em
Bag of bones I carry ‘em
Sick as fuck I cherish ‘em

I wake up wake up wake up
I wake up
I be sweatin’ in my sheets
Everytime I go to sleep
I be headed to the streets
I be diggin’ findin’ searchin’ for whoever got it cheap
I be rippin’ robbin’ murkin’ tryna settle all my beef
I had dream like Martin Luther it was killed by Freddie Krueger Gotta live to find my purpose not acceptin’ this defeat

BUT –
I WAKE UP
SWEATIN’ IN MY SHEETS
EVERYTIME I GO TO SLEEP
I BE HEADED TO THE –

credits

from Die Jim Crow EP, released May 1, 2016
Lyrics by B.L. Shirelle
Music by Mark B. Springer and Anthony “Big Ant” McKinney
Vocal 1: Anthony McKinney
Vocal 2: B.L. Shirelle
Background vocals: Dexter Nurse & Ezette Edouard
Guitar: Derrick Foley
Lead guitar: gHSTS & gUITARS
Keys: Mark B. Springer
Bass: Sedrick Franklin
Drums: Anthony McKinney

gHSTS & gUITARS dedicates his guitar solo to Derrick Foley.

Ant’s vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums, and bass recorded by dr. Israel at Warren Correctional Institution, Lebanon OH.
B.L. Shirelle’s vocal recorded by dr. Israel at Woo Woo Studios, Philadelphia PA.
Lead guitar and background vocals recorded by dr. Israel at revolutionsound, Brooklyn NY.

Produced by Fury Young
Co-producer/Engineer: dr. Israel
Mixed by dr. Israel
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio NYC

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Die Jim Crow Brooklyn, New York

Die Jim Crow is a concept album about racism in the US prison system written and performed by formerly and currently incarcerated black musicians and writers from across the country.

The Die Jim Crow EP is available now. The full length concept album will be released in 2018.

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