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Lift Me (Annette Redmond Walters - Lafayette, LA)

Look into my eyes tell me what you see Look beneath the lies tell me what will be Listen to my cries help me off my knees Listen to my "whys" help me find the key  Lift me to the skies  teach me how to flee Lift me from the ties  teach me to be free
Look into my fears  tell me what is real  Look beneath my tears  tell me how to deal  Listen while I'm here help me to reveal  Listen while I'm near help me to be healed Lift me from the smear  teach me what to seal Lift me and appear teach me how to feel

I'm Not Coming for You (Yet) (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Wait. Pause. Why is my life coming out of your mouth? Let’s reverse a second Is your name my name? Did you live it? Through tears and laughter Please. Don’t come from me cause I’m not coming for you My words are directed to naysayers You will not see me fail But you can wait until the rust settles, hoping But just in case you do come for me You will find out This Scorpio man Will sting you back Don’t mess with me for just living if I ain’t done jack, Ah, bitches, sometimes talk whack Most of the time it’s from across the room But I got a broom And I’m about to slap some roaches

Triumphant Choices (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

When the rain clears The heat simmers down Working that 9 to 5 on repeat The true test starts in free time Are we too idle or go-getters? There are choices, we are them We are triumphant choices Catalyst for change or the same No shame when we rhyme with a name Every Olympian was born human It’s an amazing thing to see humans Rise to the occasion, be triumphant So in your free time make choices
Triumphant choices

Flood (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

How many times do I need to almost drown? But here I am he left with soggy dreams I thought God wouldn’t destroy with water Yet the tide is receding, mud covering me
But yet I choose to rebuild on a risky foundation I am no fool, and, you can’t run from nature When it your time to sink, grab hold to your rock Let the waters wash you clean this time
Will you start a new life after your baptism? It is what we do next with our flooded souls That’s the true opportunity to change
To understand the promise of the rainbow

Light (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

He said I never looked so beautiful I was hiding in the shade He grabbed my arm bringing me into light His aggression I obeyed
He is my light My fist in this fight
We danced slowly with the sun Our lips copying our rhythm’s soul My face was shown so-so bright It just took HIM to make me feel whole
He is my light My savior in the night
And when the darkness does come I shall not fear I know that an angel is by my side My soul mate is near

Turning Point (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

And then suddenly Came a fork in the road The path the to right seemed easy I had done it before several times I learned shortcuts, got bruises, and lost If I chose that path again I could get thrown backward The path to the left looked safe, rewarding Something I wanted, but feared Everyone fears loss of what they gain But to reinvent oneself is to make a turn We either repeat or refresh Book smarts is never prepared for the streets At least that’s my point,
I was never prepared for the streets