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Where You Are Now (special edition)

by ASCENDANT

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    This special edition of Ascendant's out-of-print debut album includes a re-edited title track and the re-mastered We Can Work It Out Somehow single that started it all. This special edition is not available anywhere else but here on bandcamp
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1.
Power 05:36
VERSE When you go your own way/Some people don't want you around They say why be different/You should settle down But I don't think like they do There is priceless wealth when you're true to yourself It's up to you what you do today The time is now/Get moving don't wait Dream of a world where you shine Power starts in the mind CHORUS I got all this power in me/ Gotta let it show/ Gotta let it grow I decide what my life should be/ Ain't nothing standing in my way Did you hear me say (repeat) BRIDGE My power flows from the alpha to my soul Living no less than to the truth manifest Helping to create and I am a part of his plan Feeling the need to share it all with you VERSE When you go your own way/ Some people won't believe in you Tell you that you can't make it/ You're breaking all the rules They try to put their fear onto you Cause when they were here they gave into that fear It's up to you what you're gonna do Wake up your mind you know this is true Got all you need to get by/ Cast off your fears and fly CHORUS I got all this power in me/ Gotta let it show/Gotta let it grow All I need GOD has given me/ Ain't nothing standing in my way Let me hear you say (repeat) CHANT I got all this power in me/ I decide what my life should be This gift I know I won't drop Gotta know that I can't be stopped I got all this power in me/ All I need my God has given me This gift I know I won't drop Gotta know that I can't be stopped (repeat) BRIDGE VAMP I got all this power... (repeat)
2.
VERSE If there is a problem/ Let's talk it out No need to run from/ No need to shout I just want to know/ What's on your mind I'd say it's worth it/ Give it a try CHORUS We can work it out somehow Have a meeting of the minds I don't want to cause no trouble So get right here/On the double VERSE You said to me/ Don't go too far Friends until the end of time I've tried and I've tried to call you friend I even left my number/ With no response CHORUS We can work it out somehow Have a meeting of the minds I don't want to cause no trouble So get right here/ On the double SOLO VERSE Did I do something/ To turn you away I really miss you/ What can I say Don't give up on us/ I'm keeping faith I know that it will pay off in the end CHORUS We can work it out somehow Have a meeting of the minds I don't want to cause no trouble So get right here/ On the double VAMP (If you trust me)/We can work it out somehow (we can work it out)/Yes we can/ If you need me (If you need me)/ why don't you pick up that phone (we can work it out/we can work it out) If you trust me/(we can make it)/If you need me We can make it/(we can work it out) We can fix it/(we can fix it)/We can do this We can bring it back together again We can work it out somehow If there's a problem/Let's talk it out/ What's on your mind Let's give it a try/ Pick up that phone and give a sister a call I need to know the reason why Can we/ Work it out somehow
3.
CHANT They don't want to give it up (2x) VERSE They have to deal with their closed minds Their broken hearts and their deadlines They never choose the lifeline/ They live all alone Slave to the mentality/They walking sleep in reality An open mind could set them free But they do not grow Lost and bound by silly labels Busybodies just not able to Recognize what they do CHORUS They don't want to give it up They'd rather hold onto the things That keep them from looking inside They don't want to take a chance/ You see Something different just might open their eyes To the lies CHANT They don't want to give it up (2x) VERSE Put into a new position/ You find you lack the vision And faced with indecision/ You blame someone else Now your whole life's in question But still not open to suggestions You're left with one last confession "Every man for hisself" That whole mindset is a prison Shackled down by selfish living Possibility holds the key CHORUS They don't want to give it up They'd rather hold onto the things That keep them from looking inside They don't want to take a chance/ You see Something different just might open their eyes BRIDGE Think better/ Do better/ Live better/ Feel better Be better/ It's all in the mentality/ What you choose To see/ Open your mind to new possibilities CHORUS They don't want to give it up They'd rather hold onto the things That keep them from looking inside They don't want to take a chance/ You see Something different just might open their eyes VAMP They don't want to think or do/ or live and feel better better (repeat) Tell me why they don't want to give it up (repeat) They don't wanna they don't wanna they don't wanna give it up/ give it up no
4.
VERSE Never/ Judge a book by the cover That was my first mistake I saw a body that a goddess would despise And your eyes that hypnotized me I took my chance/ I stepped to you And I was caught by the scent of your perfume Right then you had me/ Nothing I could do I was a slave to your charms Didn't matter if you did me harm BRIDGE What a tangled web you weaved A perfect trap set for me I thought I was free CHORUS 1 Gotta touch it/ So in love with it/ I can't help myself I adore it/ Need some more of it/ I can't help myself Gotta have it/ I'm an addict/ I can't help myself I keep fallin'/ When I hear you callin'/ I can't help VERSE Even though, I know you're no good for me/ I can't help But get another taste of your lips/ So I fly/ Right back into your arms And you knew that all along/ Yes I know you're no good for me Cause you can't commit to just one man/ How many others Are you living off of too?/ Every night and day/ Right back in this place BRIDGE What a tangled web you weaved/ It feels like floating in a dream Float on float on.../ With just a taste of the cream CHORUS 2 Gotta touch it/ So in love with it/ I can't help myself I adore it/ Need some more of it/ I can't help myself Hearbeat bangin'/ My tongue hangin'/ I can't help myself I can't wait/ I need a taste/ I can't help myself CHORUS 1 Gotta touch it/ So in love with it/ I can't help myself I adore it/ Need some more of it/ I can't help myself Gotta have it/ I'm an addict/ I can't help myself I keep fallin'/ When I hear you callin'/ I can't help myself BREAK Can't help thinking that I've wasted it/ Chasing after you While I'm left here to die/ But still/ Could I just/ Get a lick? CHORUS VAMP
5.
Illusions 05:58
VERSE Why do you hate yourself/ When you look at yourself And you reject yourself Through someone else's eyes Who told you that you're not beautiful Just the way you are Who's setting your standard For what's lovely/ What's delight CHORUS Illusions/ A world of illusions Illusions/ Just illusions VERSE You compare yourself/ Always to someone else Till you convince yourself To go under the knife What a deadly risk you take You gamble with your life No promise that you'll wake up From your desperate search for peace of mind CHORUS Illusions/ A world of illusions Illusions/ Just illusions VERSE So why deface and mar yourself For acceptance from any man They told you you're not fine So you strive to fit in False pressures of society And their idea of beauty Distortions of the truth It's all just a bunch of lies CHORUS Illusions/ A world of illusions Illusions/ Just illusions BRIDGE We've let others fool us into believing what is beautiful We've let others brainwash us as to what is right or wrong But we can become free We have the choice to change our minds how we see We choose to see How beautiful we all are How beautiful we are
6.
VERSE What you said to me/ Really hurt me heart Cause I thought we were better You know jealousy/ Filled with speculation Will only leave you bitter But your actions only leave me this question CHORUS Are you my friend fa sho? Can you feel my soul/ Are you trying? Or are you my friend fa show Hang 'round cause you know I'm rising? (repeat) VERSE I don't have the time/ To make you understand We have nothing without trust/ Nobody does It's not just what we say/ But everything we do That truly speaks about us Your actions only leave me one question CHORUS Are you my friend fa sho? Can you feel my soul/ Are you trying? Or are you my friend fa show Hang 'round cause you know I'm rising (repeat) VAMP I'm rising up
7.
Hard Times 04:20
VERSE You changed my name and my address I wondered what could be next You had your way/ You had me all alone Then you taught me how to hate myself Dependent on no one else but you To satisfy my wants and needs My whole life was in your hands I lost sight of who I am CHORUS You must know what you've done to me But you don't care/ You refuse to see The hard times you put me through Am I better off living without you? (repeat) VERSE Every night when I close my eyes I pray for a better life Better than the one that you give me to lead Now after all the games you played You apologize/ Tell me to stay Where else can I go/ So far away from home? When you break it all down The model for myself is you I do what you say/ Adopt your ways Forgetting what was true CHORUS You must know what you've done to me But you don't care/ You refuse to see The hard times you put me through Am I better off living without you? (repeat) SOLO VAMP
8.
VERSE We could be/ Prosperous/ I mean all of us This world is rich and plentiful/ With anything we need Sharing this/ Precious gift Holding on to our true purpose/ Just spirits living free But I know CHORUS 1 You don't want a world like this You don't want a world like this (repeat) Cause if you did you'd make it so Cause if you did you'd make it so (repeat) VERSE Imagine/ The mind of man/ Focused on A helping hand Compassionate and selfless/ A renewal of his will Nurturing/ Life within Concerned for all conditions/ Every dream fulfilled But I know CHORUS 1 You don't want a world like this You don't want a world like this (repeat) Cause if you did you'd make it so Cause if you did you'd make it so (repeat) SOLO PART 2 It's so sad how/ We let another person Use a concrete curb to lay their head It makes me cry that/ Hunger and starvation Pave our streets and tour the world each day CHORUS 2 Cause they ain't got no money Little pieces of paper A man ain't got no value in this world If they ain't got no money (repeat) SOLO CHORUS 2 Cause they ain't got no money Little pieces of paper A man ain't got no value in this world If they ain't got no money (repeat) VAMP If you don't want a world like this If you don't want a world like this... (repeat)
9.
VERSE Behind you has fallen the memories that made you Before you lies all that you can be/ Look onward All that has led up to this one moment All the potential/ All that you are This is a constant state of conception Teaching the path to the heart ...where you are now... VERSE Climbing and falling the peaks and the valleys Searching and finding the balance to meaning You realize that nothing is promised Finally aware of your joy in this world All of this life is simply an oyster And happiness is the pearl ...where you are now... CHORUS Living, learning and loving/ Where you are Loving and living the moment/ Where you are Leading you where... (repeat) BREAK VERSE Time is precious/ It passes so quickly Use it in wisdom so you won't regret it When you look back on your life to discover All you accomplished was for another (So) take the reins of life into your hands Now is the time/ Be true to yourself ...where you are now... CHORUS Living, learning and loving/ Where you are Loving and living the moment/ Where you are Leading you where... (repeat) where you are...
10.
Happy 04:44
VERSE I'm gonna be happy/ Under this sun No more cares no more woes/ Just me and my God Got to be happy yeah/ Under the moonlight and stars Have no fear/ God is here I'm never alone CHORUS I'm so happy yeah And my heart is filled with joy I'm so happy yeah When I look in my heart I'm home VERSE I'm feeling happy/ Under the gray and stormy skies Day or night doesn't matter/ I'm living this life Living it happy No more hatred and strife Have no fear love is here I'm living this life VAMP I'm so happy/ Living this life I'm so happy/ Living this life
11.
10-D 04:09
VERSE 1 Long night/ Early flight But I’m finally on my way home Back to what I missed the most The sweetest love I’ve ever known (I miss) the look in your eyes/ When I say I need U And the smile (your smile) on your face when I say I couldn’t wait to see U The( joy) in my (heart) when I can say I’m (where I belong) CHORUS 1 Can’t believe/ I was gone/ For so very long No matter now VERSE 2 10-D / Window seat Breakfast will soon be served And as the dark sky awaits the coming sun I pray for my safe return (I know) that neither the ocean that lies below (Mountain snow) or the breathtaking view of the mountain snow (Will) ever (keep) me from the place where I belong (where I belong) CHORUS 2 Can’t believe/ I survived/ The loneliness inside No matter now/ I’m on my way Can’t believe/ I was gone for so very long No matter now/ I’m on my way Break I’m comin’/ I’m comin’/ I’m comin’ home (I miss) I miss your eyes (Your smile) Lord knows that I miss your smile The( joy) in my (heart) when I can say I’m where I belong CHORUS Can’t believe/ I was gone/ For so very long No matter now/ I'm on my way Can't believe/ I survived/ The loneliness inside No matter now/ I'm on my way I'm on my way I'm on my way...
12.
We Are 05:44
We are/ Mighty/ Blessed/ Perfect We come from the source of all creation Ascendant/ Our direction/ We are... VERSE Come with me/ To a place you want to see To that place in your soul/ Where you've always wanted to be All I need is a moment/ This won't take too long A bit of food for thought/ To keep your spirit strong Nothing in this world can give you what you already have Believe what we've come to know We are/ Mighty/ Blessed/ Perfect We come from the source of all creation Ascendant/ Our direction/ We are... VERSE Look around my friend/ And you will find The beauty of/ The Father's Love What you believe/ Will come to be We all create reality As every plant needs water What we give love to prospers We have the key/ To our relief We still have time/ Just look inside The center of your soul This is a declaration/ In which we all take part Heed your inner voice And know within your heart We are/ Mighty/ Blessed/ Perfect We come from the source of all creation Ascendant/ Our direction/ We are...

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What's contained here is a culmination of life, sorrow, shame, mistakes, beauty, faith. It is hope that wakes us from our fears. Faith that gives us strength to overcome. Ultimately, love gets us through to the other side. It is our hope that these songs find their way to you in a manner you most need.

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released December 9, 2003

ASCENDANT is:
Kael Mboya
Aleata Holloway
Michael Lockett

with

Phillip Seed on Guitar (tracks 1,3,4)
Gary Baker on Guitar (track 2)
Calvin Newman on Percussion (tracks 5, 10, 11)
Gabe Wallace on Drums (tracks 3, 4, 8, 12)
Kirk T. Marshall on Drums (tracks 1, 5, 10, 11)

Recorded at Soundscape Studio, Chicago, IL
Songs 1, 5, 10, 11 originally recorded at Funk Lab, Chicago, IL by Rodney Gamble
Overdubs at Soundscape Studio
Engineer/Assoc. Producer: Michael Kolar
Mixed by Michael Kolar and Kael Mboya
Mix assisted by Bill Ovca
Mastered by Dan Stout at Colossal Mastering
Photos: Phil Onofrio & William H. Whitney
Album layout & design: William H. Whitney & ASCENDANT
Produced by ASCENDANT
Executive Producer: GOD

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ASCENDANT Chicago, Illinois

Soulful Inspiring. Just a few words that people use to describe them & their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT is simply that, ascendant...rising above. ASCENDANT has been rising above their fears, their obstacles & creating meaningful, soul-filled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren't made but desperately needed. ASCENDANT rises... and asks us all to join them in flight ... more

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