Unconditional EP

by And Other Wonders

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The members of Philadelphia based band Generic Concession Stand (Harun NaJashi Abdur-Rasheed, drums; Chris Conner and David J. Yu, guitars; Ali Richardson, keys) combine with occasional collaborator MicheleQJ (vocals) and Terrence Jones (bass) to form And Other Wonders, a band rooted in neo-soul and spoken word with hip-hop, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, metal, and world music influences.

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released 24 September 2013
And Other Wonders is:
Ali Richardson
Chris Conner
David J. Yu
Harun NaJashi Abdur-Rasheed
MicheleQJ
Terrence Jones


Produced by And Other Wonders

Mixed by Michah Forsyth (micahforsyth.com)
at The Boom Room, Philadelphia, PA

Mastered by Prince Strickland (bigmixmaster.com)
at Portland Underground Recording, Portland, OR

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Track Name: Morning Star (Indigo Lover)
change on her arm
scars on the inside
world made of sand
and she runs
morning star
the wheel
transformation never ends

who you wanna be?
where you wanna go?
your morning star shines for you
morning star's there for you

restless on thoughts
warm under covers
soft pillow for dreams
indigo lover
can't reconcile the past
to the path
that she's walking on
she goes away

who you wanna be?
where you wanna go?
your morning star shines for you
morning star's there for you

morning star for you
shining there for you
morning star for you
there to guide you through
morning star for you
shining there for you
morning star, morning star
there to guide you

don't you always ask yourself

who you wanna be?
where you wanna go?
your morning star shines for you
morning star's there for you

you've got a morning star
shining bright my way
and I
wanna be with you all the way
Track Name: Unconditional (Pts. 1 & 2)
it's not your smile
warm and inviting
it ain't your brown eyes
perfect shape and size
it ain't your hair
just the way I like it
it just is what it is as they say
listen baby

unconditional
unconditional love
unconditional
unconditional love
unconditional
unconditional love
unconditional
unconditional love

it's not about how dope you are
painting on a canvas
or the way you cut those pears
it ain't the look of love
on your face
as we lay
it's none of those things
down to the way you and i were made
like a hand to a glove or a puzzle piece was
i'm here to bring you

unconditional
unconditional
unconditional love
unconditional
unconditional
unconditional love

it's not about what you earned
what you did, what you didn't, what you deserve
see, none of that even matters
it's not about anything
it's not based on nothing so
nothing's gonna change
it just is what it is as they say

unconditional
unconditional love
unconditional
unconditional love
Track Name: Juggernaut (Elena + Raymond's Song)
thunderclap footsteps press sharply in the hour of desire
40 foot tall with a helmet on a spire
way higher than the average
strong and attuned past regular
on the way to ithaka marching lockstep in particular
photo of a grecian urn
longing for the precious, lost artifact's safe return
hand-written postcard serves as a locket
held close-vested in a breastpocket
messenger in a bottle swigging swagger
swaying sideways slipping sentences and daggers

this love is a juggernaut
can't be stopped
time, distance, nor circumstance
this love is a juggernaut
can't be stopped
time, distance, nor circumstance

bridges have broke apart
the path is unreturnable
Mastercrafted
built for the unattainable
unshakable while terra firma trembles with each step
the fog and mist and fire attempts to smother every breath
faith is the weapon, and the armor, and the fuel cell
the solitary mission trail filled with dry travails
pales like the points of pitchforks which bounced and fell
the only option: bend the arc until the truth prevails

this love is a juggernaut
can't be stopped
time, distance, nor circumstance
this love is a juggernaut
can't be stopped
time, distance, nor circumstance

baby you know its true
i'll be there for you

and i'll never let you down
i won't ever let you down
never let you down
and i won't ever let you down
won't let you down
won't ever let you down
Track Name: The Vigil (Penn Station)
looking at the future
birthing what is possible
stolen glances never are enough
stories shared while walls collapse
bricks and stone they drop
sitting in the valley
longing for the
mountain top

moments in the sun
holding hands and walking blocks
thousands pass in faded shades don't stop
walking those same streets alone
shadows slip and box
sitting in the valley
longing for the
mountain top

if you would be so kind,
i would lead you through my house of seven rooms
seven senses, seven feelings, seven wonders,
seven melodies, seven moments of hope-dusted despair
scoured into a pearly finish by a deeply abiding sense of faith
for you to say 'yes' and come forward with me
and i would spend any evening sitting on the sidewalk
inhaling your ambrosial fragrance and flax-golden presence
imbibing love's prodigal homecoming right on time
it's you that i can't seem to leave behind
daily supplication and meditation in lotus
same as on your living room floor
wishing you were in the bed
adjacent breaths away as before
giving thanks for all
yet there are times
of deep longing and hunger in your absence
lonely without you
with a place no one can take or claim
if you would be so kind,
i need you
hurry up this way again
Track Name: Clevah (Whatevah)
i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

always think of you on two

no i never felt a love like
and i never felt a kiss like
never been on the grind like this
to express how your lovelight shines
in the midst of whatever
b in the middle
cuz you an answer clever
question unasked ever
we stand ready with fate's hand unmasked
on a path with a test to pass
good things to be amassed
with a bit of marathon and a 40 yard-dash
let me show you how a real love lasts
God willing, i'ma be that
i'ma be that
God willing, i'ma be that
God willing, i'ma be that

every day and night, two occasions
two times when i think of you
wrote the deele and babyface
scribbled on your wall and its still true
meant it to the fullest
yea, i admit it
meant it through and through
don't question blessings
and don't outthink your love
we gon make it if we really give a try
we gon make it if we really wanna
you can be my lioness
i'ma be the hunter
both got manes, you gon be my main squeeze
and you're my favorite dream

what's left to say?
nothing clever, whatever
that's ok
sometimes it's better that way

i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

always think of you on two

i sit back and read things wrote by you
struck by how i fall in love with
the beauty of your phrases
how you naturally string together words
and paint pictures in the simplest of sentences, vividly
one of the most natural poets i've ever spoken with
you speak in a language and rhythm my heart wants to learn, fluently
i wanna study your pauses and mannerisms
i quote you rumi and neruda but you're not impressed
skeptical of the romantic idealist
maybe something like a modern day cyrano
florintino ariza with magical realist flow
you call me a cassanova with your sly smile and brush it off
counter with cafavy, keats, and maya angelou
your library just another reason feeling you

i only think of you on two
day and night when i think of you
babyface and the deele
scribbled on your wall and its still true
meant it to the fullest
yea, i admit it
meant it through and through

i don't even know what to say
nothing clever, whatever
that's ok
sometimes it's better that way

i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

i only think of you on two, two
day and night think of you, you
so clever how you do, do
always think of you on two

always think of you on two

always think of you on two
always think of you on two

always think of you on two
day and night when i think of you
nothing clever
Track Name: Living Inside Our Heads (Vision In The Street)
hey baby, baby
wonder where have you gone
i miss you here
when you gonna you come home?

you know I think of the day
when you're in my arms again
putting all the past aside
and all the minutes spent
thinking bout it
thinking bout it

and i may never know
but either way
you be the one

i'll give you
everything that i got
never holding nothing back
give you everything
that i got
holding
holding nothing
nothing back

will you
will you
will you
will you make that choice
and be
free again
to love again
lets stop living inside our heads

you should be with me
and i, i should be with you
together
together
together, baby
not just in
the vision in the street

and its love
and its love right here
love and its love
and its love and its love
right here

yea, yea i wanna stay with you
come on come on
lets be free
lets be free
Track Name: Still (White Linens, Fresh Fruit)
hey and i love you
sure as i woke up this morning
sure as i woke up with you on my mind
after all this time
and you're still on mine
for sure that's right
and we're so right

if its a day of the week
day that ends in 'y' i'm still on your side
a minute ticking by
with 60 seconds in it
i'm still with it
a winning bet
says your picture's still up on my wall
still on my wall

still in the hourglass
sandcastles found in fables
form from each focused grain
spoken simple or plain
the truth remains
you can't bury what lives inside
and i'm still on your mind
for sure that's right
ain't we right

if its a day of the week
day that ends in 'y' i'm still on your side
a minute ticking by
with 60 seconds in it
i'm still with it
a winning bet
says your picture's still up on my wall
still on my wall
still on my wall

hey and i love you
hey yea i do
i still love you
still love you

sure
sure as the good Lord woke me up this morning
sure as i woke up with you on my mind

you get the white linens, i'll get the fresh fruit
and we're still right

no vigil's ever wasted
lessons to be gained in dedication and patience
noted graces in the soil
like the scripture bout the wedding, the waiting, and the oil