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The Oakland Girl

by Valerie Troutt

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valvoice This song is a true story
About when I lived in park slope Brooklyn with Margie Lempert I took out the trash one night and spilled all over the staircase. I had to clean it up, but with water and a mop created an even worse mess. I grew tired and weary… Favorite track: The Oily Staircase.
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mrsire Cool-Just on the first track enjoying very much-super creative looking forward to hearing the rest. 🙏🏼Great job Valerie!
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1.
Song written for and by Valerie Troutt Oilystaircase Hey girl I thought I did right again but my efforts have been shot down by an oilystaircase in a hall with no light I can see the second floor from where I stand, the doors wide open, but my lamp is dim why don't you come in why don' you come in my friend maybe you can help me find my way maybe we can climb the stairs together it will be fun? plus I never won. I looked into the sky and it was all blue ready to give in, give in to the bad news Then the night came on and the Stars began to shine My heart opened up and I began to cry I said "God I know you're listenin'' ...I need you now my lamp is dim and I just don't know how I can make it, you said I can take it and I want to trust you"
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Lyrics adapted from the Jazz Standard "I didn't know what time it was" I didn't know what time it was then I met you Oh, what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too I didn't know what day it was you took my hand Oh, what a lovely day it was and I'll say it was grand Grand to be alive to feel your touch to know you're mine Grand to hear your voice to see your face to know you're mine I'm alive and I know what time it is now vamp: I'm alive and I know... I am wise and I know I'm a live and I know what time it is now
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You Suck 03:19
Song written for and by Valerie Troutt You Suck I thought you said you'd call me and ask me more questions you said I was intriguing you liked my shy sassiness but, Hook: You suck darling you suck... oh your a lier darling your so tired I thought you said you ( YOU said you liked me) liked me I guess I'm to... to young to understand and old cappie but it's to late I want more but, Hook: You suck darling you suck... oh your a lier darling your so tired (repeat) adlibs: why'd you lie to me
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Mr. Black 04:52
Music by Emanuel Ruffler Lyrics and Melody by Valerie Troutt Mr. Black I can't find your shadow on the wall there are so many people standing round could your hear me if I called you said you'd be with me through it all If I could just touch your hand I know you'd feel my pain If I could just touch your hand I want to hear your loving voice again Hook: Mr. Black Mr. Black Can you tell me where you're at I've been looking for your company I'm having this attack I need to know I need to know can you tell me where you go I've been looking for your shadow but nobody seems to know Take my secrets heal this pain wrap me in your loving arms feel my cup let it over flow take me higher never let me go I'll let you please me I'll let you tease me I'll let you in my soul I'll let you please me I'll let you tease me I'll let you in my soul never let me go... Ahhhh... I swear I keep trying to hang onto this sunshine Hook: Mr. Black Mr. Black Can you tell me where you're at I've been looking for your company I'm having this attack I need to know I need to know can you tell me where you go I've been looking for your shadow but nobody seems to know
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Song written for and by Valerie Troutt I looked into your eyes and saw a falling star something moved me we kissed and green lights surround my head you've done something to me now we're dancing to an Ocean... oooooh's ahhh's ripples and kisses over the body vast.
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Oakland Girl written for and by Valerie Troutt and Robert Glasper V1 She walked into the club dressed in her finest gear sat down at the bar cigarette smoke was everywhere though she could hardly breathe a man ask her name she said Shawana he ask "May I buy you a drink" oh little did he know she was a ball a pain waiting to unwind while he spit his game She lost a dear friend some years ago now all she knows is pain who can see through her eyes? who can heal her pain? Hook: She's an Oakland Girl Trying to survive She's an Oakland Girl Trying to survive V2 We played in the park until it was dark trying to soak up all sun teasing the boys and having fun oh how she hated to go back to her home to take care of her mother's children when could she ever be alone never had the chance to be a child never had the chance to read a good book rushing to embrace she found a man who wasn't worth what he took Now she feels trapped like a bird in a cage who was born to fly who can release her who can see through her eyes HooK: She's an Oakland Girl Trying to survive She's an Oakland Girl Trying to survive (Piano) Bridge: One day she's gonna get up pack her bags and go one day she's gonna stand up and tell her troubles No More then she'll dream into the night and when she wakes everything will be alright One day she'll fly away fly away fly away (Part two has the same lyric)
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Song written for and by Valerie Troutt Where is Truth Dreams like rain come from the sky and loves a mystery strong hearts strong minds build strength to care, but sometimes life seems to much to bare. why can't I live life why can't I be who, I know I am why can't I live day by day in a patient way without worrying about me why can't I find truth is this world why can't I find joy why can't I find truth in your eyes where is the truth?

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released October 2, 2020

Piano: Maya Kronfeld, Emanuel Ruffler
Bass: John Ormod, Nic Thys
Drums: Darian Gray, Otis Brown III
Vocals: Valerie Troutt, Solas B. Lalgee, Paulynn Brown
Guitar: Chris Conti
Trumpet: Rafa Postel
Saxophone: Howard Wiley

Songs written for and by Valerie Troutt
Recorded at Bird and Egg Studios Richmond, CA
Produced and mixed by: Emanuel Ruffler of Rufftone Records, NY,NY
Mastered by: Blackler Mastering NY,NY
Publishing: Pheebadee Publishing Sesac
Label: Slow & Steady Records

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