Thousand Miles

by MORLEY

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Produced by Morley 
Co-produced with Ken Rich and Toshi Reagon 
Executive Producer: Chandra Jesse
Recorded and mixed by Ken Rich and Morley at Grand Street Recording, Brooklyn, NY 
Assistant Engineer: Jake Lummus
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC 

Music and Lyrics by Morley (Oneism Music/ASCAP) unless otherwise noted

What Are Stars (Rwanda) 
Music by Morley, Ken Rich, and John Andrews (Oneism Music/ASCAP, Bassomatic/ASCAP, John T Andrews/ASCAP 1706081)

Power Justice and Love 
Music by Morley and Jon Cowherd (Oneism Music/ASCAP, The Colonels Music/BMI)

Love and Understanding 
Music by Tomek Miernowski and Morley (Mr. Tomek Miernowski/ASCAP, Oneism Music/ASCAP)

You Are the One the World Becomes
Music by Will Lee and Morley (Ketchup Moon & Strs/BMI, Oneism Music/ASCAP) 

Friendship and Love
Music by Toshi Reagon & Morley (Black Elephant Music/BMI, Oneism Music/ASCAP) 

A Life Fully Realized 
Lyrics by Morley and Richard Bona (Oneism Music/ASCAP, Bonayuma Publishing)


GOLDEN SPARROW (Featuring Brian Blade and James Genus)
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd Juno synthesizer
Ken Rich marimba, Zim’mbira
Dave Eggar cello
Morley backing vocals


WHAT ARE STARS (RWANDA)
Intro Field recording in Muramdi, Rwanda
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums, shaker
Richard Bona shekere, tabla, udu, rainstick
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar


LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
Brian Blade drums 
Will Lee bass 
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, pump organ 
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar

Backing Vocals: 
Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Coby Koehl

Children’s Choir: 
Harlow & Roscoe Rich, India Jaynes, Simone Donado, Ella Yemini, Sadie & Zane Sloyan, Cecily & Julius Pregerson, Maddy Wright, Zoe, Isadora, Mia, Dahlia, Tamara, Sofie Melledy


A LIFE FULLY REALIZED (Featuring Richard Bona)
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums, shaker
Richard Bona shekere, udu, agogo, acoustic guitar, vocals & backing vocals
Kofo “The Wonderman” talking drum
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals


SWEEPING STARS
Brian Blade drums, backing vocals
Will Lee bass, backing vocals
Jon Cowherd synthesizer, backing vocals
Gil Goldstein Fender Rhodes, accordion
Morley electric guitar
Ken Rich shaker


BRIGHT LIGHT (Duet with Brian Blade)
James Genus bass
Brian Blade drums, vocals
Joan Wasser Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals


FRAGRANT LEAVES OF SPRING (Featuring Jon Cowherd)
Richard Hammond bass
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd piano
Morley Wurlitzer electric piano, backing vocals
Dave Eggar cello


FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE (Featuring Toshi Reagon)
Toshi Reagon electric bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, additional arrangement
Brian Blade drums, vocals
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno
Daniel Sadownick percussion

Backing Vocals:
Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Coby Koehl, Damani Baker, Martha Redbone, Jeff Jones, Leslie Salmon Jones


THOUSAND MILES
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd Wurlitzer electric piano
Will Lee electric bass
John Andrews electric guitar
Daniel Sadownick shaker, wood block
Ken Rich tambourine
Etienne Charles trumpet


POWER JUSTICE AND LOVE
Will Lee bass
Brian Blade drums 
Daniel Sadownick congas
John Andrews acoustic and electric guitars
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, pump organ
Etienne Charles trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, horn arrangement
Markus Howell alto sax 
Diego Rivera tenor sax 
Morley shaker 

Backing Vocals:
Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Will Lee, Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, Martha Redbone, Coby Koehl

Supporting Vocals:
Leslie & Jeff Jones, Damani Baker, Harlow & Roscoe Rich, India Jaynes, Simone Donado, Ella Yemini, Sadie & Zane Sloyan, Cecily & Julius Pregerson, Maddy Wright, Zoe, Isadora, Mia, Dahlia, Tamara, Sofie Melledy


YOU ARE THE ONE THE WORLD BECOMES
Brian Blade drums, triangle
Will Lee bass 
Daniel Sadownick shaker
John Andrews electric guitar
Graham Haynes trumpet

Backing Vocals:
Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, Anne Elizabeth Cowherd, Will Lee, Ken & Harlow Rich, Coby Koehl, Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Leslie & Jeff Jones,


BALDWIN’S WING (Featuring Marc Cary)
Brian Blade drums, backing vocals
James Genus acoustic bass
Marc Cary piano, Fender Rhodes, additional production
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar


AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE (Featuring Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Martha Redbone)
Tiokasin Ghosthorse spoken word, Lakota flute
Ken Rich Moog bass
Brian Blade drums, Cochiti drum, shaker
Jon Cowherd Juno synthesizer
Martha Redbone shaker, bells, backing vocals
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals

credits

released October 5, 2018

Produced by Morley 
Co-produced with Ken Rich and Toshi Reagon 
Executive Producer: Chandra Jesse
Recorded and mixed by Ken Rich and Morley at Grand Street Recording, Brooklyn, NY 
Assistant Engineer: Jake Lummus
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC 

Music and Lyrics by Morley (Oneism Music/ASCAP) unless otherwise noted

What Are Stars (Rwanda) 
Music by Morley, Ken Rich, and John Andrews (Oneism Music/ASCAP, Bassomatic/ASCAP, John T Andrews/ASCAP 1706081)

Power Justice and Love 
Music by Morley and Jon Cowherd (Oneism Music/ASCAP, The Colonels Music/BMI)

Love and Understanding 
Music by Tomek Miernowski and Morley (Mr. Tomek Miernowski/ASCAP, Oneism Music/ASCAP)

You Are the One the World Becomes
Music by Will Lee and Morley (Ketchup Moon & Strs/BMI, Oneism Music/ASCAP) 

Friendship and Love
Music by Toshi Reagon & Morley (Black Elephant Music/BMI, Oneism Music/ASCAP) 

A Life Fully Realized 
Lyrics by Morley and Richard Bona (Oneism Music/ASCAP, Bonayuma Publishing)


GOLDEN SPARROW (Featuring Brian Blade and James Genus)
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd Juno synthesizer
Ken Rich marimba, Zim’mbira
Dave Eggar cello
Morley backing vocals


WHAT ARE STARS (RWANDA)
Intro Field recording in Muramdi, Rwanda
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums, shaker
Richard Bona shekere, tabla, udu, rainstick
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar


LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
Brian Blade drums 
Will Lee bass 
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, pump organ 
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar

Backing Vocals: 
Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Coby Koehl

Children’s Choir: 
Harlow & Roscoe Rich, India Jaynes, Simone Donado, Ella Yemini, Sadie & Zane Sloyan, Cecily & Julius Pregerson, Maddy Wright, Zoe, Isadora, Mia, Dahlia, Tamara, Sofie Melledy


A LIFE FULLY REALIZED (Featuring Richard Bona)
James Genus acoustic bass
Brian Blade drums, shaker
Richard Bona shekere, udu, agogo, acoustic guitar, vocals & backing vocals
Kofo “The Wonderman” talking drum
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals


SWEEPING STARS
Brian Blade drums, backing vocals
Will Lee bass, backing vocals
Jon Cowherd synthesizer, backing vocals
Gil Goldstein Fender Rhodes, accordion
Morley electric guitar
Ken Rich shaker


BRIGHT LIGHT (Duet with Brian Blade)
James Genus bass
Brian Blade drums, vocals
Joan Wasser Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals


FRAGRANT LEAVES OF SPRING (Featuring Jon Cowherd)
Richard Hammond bass
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd piano
Morley Wurlitzer electric piano, backing vocals
Dave Eggar cello


FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE (Featuring Toshi Reagon)
Toshi Reagon electric bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, additional arrangement
Brian Blade drums, vocals
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno
Daniel Sadownick percussion

Backing Vocals:
Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Coby Koehl, Damani Baker, Martha Redbone, Jeff Jones, Leslie Salmon Jones


THOUSAND MILES
Brian Blade drums
Jon Cowherd Wurlitzer electric piano
Will Lee electric bass
John Andrews electric guitar
Daniel Sadownick shaker, wood block
Ken Rich tambourine
Etienne Charles trumpet


POWER JUSTICE AND LOVE
Will Lee bass
Brian Blade drums 
Daniel Sadownick congas
John Andrews acoustic and electric guitars
Jon Cowherd Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, pump organ
Etienne Charles trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, horn arrangement
Markus Howell alto sax 
Diego Rivera tenor sax 
Morley shaker 

Backing Vocals:
Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Will Lee, Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, Martha Redbone, Coby Koehl

Supporting Vocals:
Leslie & Jeff Jones, Damani Baker, Harlow & Roscoe Rich, India Jaynes, Simone Donado, Ella Yemini, Sadie & Zane Sloyan, Cecily & Julius Pregerson, Maddy Wright, Zoe, Isadora, Mia, Dahlia, Tamara, Sofie Melledy


YOU ARE THE ONE THE WORLD BECOMES
Brian Blade drums, triangle
Will Lee bass 
Daniel Sadownick shaker
John Andrews electric guitar
Graham Haynes trumpet

Backing Vocals:
Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, Anne Elizabeth Cowherd, Will Lee, Ken & Harlow Rich, Coby Koehl, Audrey Martells, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Leslie & Jeff Jones,


BALDWIN’S WING (Featuring Marc Cary)
Brian Blade drums, backing vocals
James Genus acoustic bass
Marc Cary piano, Fender Rhodes, additional production
Liberty Ellman acoustic guitar


AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE (Featuring Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Martha Redbone)
Tiokasin Ghosthorse spoken word, Lakota flute
Ken Rich Moog bass
Brian Blade drums, Cochiti drum, shaker
Jon Cowherd Juno synthesizer
Martha Redbone shaker, bells, backing vocals
Morley acoustic guitar, backing vocals

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Track Name: Golden Sparrow
GOLDEN SPARROW

On the back of a golden sparrow 
High above Mt. Kilimanjaro 
I learned how to fly
How to close my eyes 
And breathe out loud

On the back of a golden sparrow 
High above Mt. Kilimanjaro 
I learned how to fly
How to close my eyes 
And breathe out loud

You’re the dust in the sun 
I’m the sun in your eyes 
I’m your only light

Your cup of beans 
And your bag of rice 
Will never be 
My real price 

Way down here 
For 7 long years
7 into 8 
7 into 8
I turn next year 

I know someday
Someday I’ll be
Someone everyone 
Will look up to and see

I know someday
Someday I’ll be
Someone everyone 
Will look up to and see

On the back of a golden sparrow 
High above Mt. Kilimanjaro 
I learned how to fly
How to close my eyes
And breathe out loud 

On the back of a golden sparrow 
High above Mt. Kilimanjaro 
I learned how to fly
How to close my eyes
And breathe out loud 
Track Name: What Are Stars? Rwanda
WHAT ARE STARS (RWANDA)

Under the pounding sun
Under the pounding rain
Under a sheltering tree

Land of a thousand hills  
Land of a thousand shades
Land of a thousand shades of green

Red earth a gentle soul 
Generous and vulnerable 
To all that live and move through here

Sweet jasmine in the air 
Soft wind blowing clear 
Smoke rise making banana beer 

What a wave of grace so few 
So far from here have ever seen 
What a wave of beauty 
Brings my heart to its knees 

What are stars, what are stars?

No feeble minds 
No idle bodies here 
Not after 20 long years

These 20-year-old trees 
Sowed by wounded seed 
Bare fruits of possibility 

Reach up into the sun
Some things can’t be undone 
Forever in God’s biography 

Sing your new songs
Spread your message 
Upward to the sky

What a wave of grace and resilience 
Filled with dignity
What a wave of possibility 
Teach my eyes, teach my eyes to see

What are stars, what are stars? 

Over a mass grave of genocide 
Baby purple flowers shine

Turn on both my eyes
Forgiveness is the bride
Widowed and left alone to find

That fragile kind of light 
Best not to shine too bright 
If you wanna keep it on and keep it near

Red earth a gentle soul
Generous and vulnerable 
To all who come and take from here 

Still this wave of grace 
All the world, all the world must feel
Still the children laugh, smile, and sing
(Laugh, smile, sing)
One of them looking up asking me 

What are stars?
Track Name: Love and Understanding
LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING 

I see them standing in the sun at the borderline
Holding their heads up 
Holding on to life 
Following orders taken one by one 
Both sides are waiting for the change to come

I hear their children learn to sing a prayerful song 
They sing about the side their family’s always been standing on
Watching their perfect minds learn to fear and detach 
Is like watching the Gulf of Mexico turn to black 

Well, I dreamed the prophets of all religions through time
Looked into our world and on each other’s shoulders cried 
They’re wondering why we keep changing their meaning 

Yes, I’ve seen the prophets of all religions through time 
Look into our world and on each other’s shoulders cry
Wondering why we keep fighting in the name of their teachings 

I thought it always was 
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

In the name of love 
In the name of you and me 
In the name of all those beautiful and happy families
I see them standing at the courthouse 
Until their love is recognized 
As it always has been in the eyes of the divine

I feel love in your love, do you feel love in my love? 
I feel the joy in your joy 
I see light in your eyes, do you see light in my eyes?

Teach me your dance 
I teach you mine 
We share some food together 
We can share some time
The times is late, yes, it’s getting late
Better reach into your love light
Let your love light, let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine 

Well, I dreamed the prophets of all religions through time
Looked into our world and on each other’s shoulders cried 
They’re wondering why we keep changing their meaning 

Yes, I’ve seen the prophets of all religions through time 
Look into our world and on each other’s shoulders cry
Wondering why we keep fighting in the name of their teachings 

I thought it always was 
’Cause it always was

Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

The day will come under the sun 
When we will see another one 
Walking towards us and we won’t ask 
If that’s a Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Jew

The day will come under the sun 
When we will see another one 
Walking towards us and we will ask 
Is that my brother, sister, me, or you 

Gay or straight 
Either way, it’s great
Love and understanding 

Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Children know
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
We are so beautiful
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 
Still have so far to go
Love, love, love, love, love and understanding 

Like Baba Olatunji said
“One day we’re gonna look into the distance 
And see someone walking towards us
And we won’t ask if they’re black or if they’re white
We’ll just ask, is that my brother or my sister? 
All my relations.”
Track Name: Sweeping Stars
SWEEPING STARS

You and your chest of goodness
Working so hard through the years
Sweeping stars down to the Earth

Up before the dawn
Your eyes on everyone
Sweeping stars down to the Earth

Maybe someday you’ll show me your ladder
There’s a lot of broken hearts way down here
Sleepwalkers burning up the water
But you’re wide awake, you have no fear

Sweeping stars down to the Earth
Sweeping stars down to the Earth
You give your love, when you give your love

I know it must be lonely sometimes
’Cause not everybody wants to be as good or true
You’re made of flesh and blood
Sometimes I worry about you 
But all you ever say is
“Child, did you check out that view?”

Sweeping stars down to the Earth
Sweeping stars down to the Earth
You give your love and you give your love
You give your love and you give your love

It’s a song, it’s a song, it’s a song 
It’s a reason to carry on 

It’s a song, it’s a song, it’s a song 
It’s the reason to carry on

May you never walk alone
May you always find a home

Sweeping stars down to the Earth
Sweeping stars down to the Earth
You give your love and you give your love
You give your love when you give your love

Shimmer, sparkle so divine, no traces, no traces
Shimmer, sparkle so divine, no traces, no traces
Shimmer, sparkle so divine, no traces, no traces
Track Name: You Are The One The World Becomes

YOU ARE THE ONE THE WORLD BECOMES

A dream is a dream
Is it real or make-believe
The smiles and the sounds of love

Singing soft, singing clear
So that nature can hear
The tenderness that we’re made of

I go to the water
’Cause I know I am her daughter
And she whispered these sweet words to me

Throw your star seeds to the wind
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Let the world back in
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Let the world begin
You are the one the world becomes
You are the one the world becomes

Softly let the music sing
Lean yourself into me
You are a part of me and everything
You are star seed
Now child . . .

Throw your star seeds to the wind
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Let the world back in
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Throw your star seeds to the wind
Let the world begin
You are the one the world becomes
You are the one the world becomes
Track Name: Friendship and Love (Feat. Toshi Reagon)
FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE

Through the smoke
Through the tunnels
Under street lamps 
Under rubble
Undertow
Under the under
Friendship and love
Hallelujah

Pull me from the madness 
Back into the calm 
Bring about the gladness
Been in me all along

I see into forever when I look in your eyes 
I’m with you on this journey 
I’m not just passing by 

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Hallelujah

I see me in we, I do

Shining 
Reach your goal shining 
Love to hear your laugh, yeah
You always make me laugh, yeah
Believing
In what we’re achieving 
Together in the grieving
For all that needs healing

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
(Talkin’ ’bout it)
Friendship and love
Hallelujah

Friendship and love 
Friendship and love 
Friendship and love
I see me in we, I do

I gotta star in my soul
And it shines your name forever
(It shines your name forever)
I gotta star in my soul
And it shines your name through forever
(It shines your name forever)

Friendship and love
(Yeah)
Friendship and love
Friendship and love 
Hallelujah

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Friendship and love 
Alhamdulillah

I cross the deserts and the seven seas 
I do it to bring you close to me
I fly through the night 
Just to see about you
There is nothing that I would not do for you

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Friendship and love 
Hallelujah

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Friendship and love 
Alhamdulillah
(Sing it, sing it, sing it) 

Friendship and love
(All day)
Friendship and love
(All night) 
Friendship and love 
I got you, I got you 
I got you now

Friendship and love
Friendship and love
Friendship and love 
Jai! Jai Ma! Jai Ma!
Track Name: A Life Fully Realized (Feat. Richard Bona)
A LIFE FULLY REALIZED 

That first light over the mountain
Was the light in your eyes
When you said you were well prepared 
And ready to take that ride

There was a look of joy in your eyes
Must’ve been the look of a life fully realized

You were a gentle, humble warrior 
For justice and peace
You left your mark of dignity
There was that look of joy in your eyes 
So much joy 
Must’ve been the sign of a life fully realized

All that I know 
All that I know
All that I know
We’ll meet again
My eternal friend

The dreams will come 
And they will show 
How to meet you well 
In the big tomorrow

I loved to hear you say 
When we help another on their way
We’re really helping God 
When we help another on their way
We’re really helping God

There was that look of joy in your eyes 
So much joy 
Must’ve been the sign of a life fully realized

All that I know 
All that I know
All that I know
We’ll meet again

Inside the sun 
Inside the rain
Inside of love 
We meet again

Fully realized 

Mala na mbembe
Nai topo
Akiwowo mulema
Mabola mongô me
Bondènè
Na Ndola  ngo o mulema
Essele na issapo i ye kwalé 
Papa Akiwowo mulema
Mabola mongô me bondènè 
Na Ndola ngo mulema
We papa

The elders they’re moving on
Got to take my place for real now and sing my song
With your every blessing in stride
I wanna live a life fully realized

Yeah for you and for the love of all kind 
I’m gonna live a life fully realized 

All that I know 
All that I know
All that I know
We’ll meet again

Inside the sun 
Inside the rain
Inside of love 
We meet again
My eternal friend