Brother Ali

Own Light (What Hearts Are For)

LYRIC

You're not using your heart for
What hearts are for

[Chorus]
They've been trying to shut us down our whole life
I thank God for healing
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
Thank God for listening, listen
You've been trying to build me up my whole life
I thank God for building
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
I thank God I'm living
[Verse 1]
Sometime I feel like a stranger, maybe I ain't from here
World going crazy, how could that be unclear?
Know that I'm a soldier, heart's are my battleground
Sword in the holster, had to come back around
I ain't trying to hide away, I just had to meditate
I ain't got a lot to say but the ancestors may
Speaking to the whole globe, numbers don't occur to me
You can listen solo 'cause you're the whole world to me
I jump in with both feet nothing low key
You can find me where I'm s'posed be, where my folks be
If you listen very closely you know who chose me
Nothing that I own owns me and so I'm so free
I remember being hungry needing groceries
Nighttime getting no sleep 'til my nose bleed
Got a message to the police:
You're not using your heart for what hearts are for

[Chorus]
They've been trying to shut us down our whole life
I thank God for healing
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
Thank God for listening, listen
You've been trying to build me up my whole life
I thank God for building
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
I thank God I'm living
[Verse 2]
Not for one second I believe what you're telling me
I know you invented disease and sell the remedy
Universe is sending me centuries of memories
So the very breath that I breathe is all I ever need
I got that Muhammad Ali up in my pedigree
Yes I be speaking my peace up in my seventies
Ain't worry bout ya threatening me, I'm just being honest
I ain't buying fear just because it's all you got left
We just want to make love 'til we wake up
I believe whoever made us envisioned greatness
And you know they want to paint us with the same brush
Wanna interchain us 'til we fill our grave up
Alright okay but when it's all said and it's all done
And I look back at the trophies I won
I will only count one
I'm using my heart for what hearts are for

[Chorus]
They've been trying to shut us down our whole life
I thank God for healing
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
Thank God for listening, listen
You've been trying to build me up my whole life
I thank God for building
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
I thank God I'm living
[Verse 3]
And I know who I am
I know whose I am
On your wings, I fly
And in your shoes, I stand
I'm animated by love, I don't move by chance
Any stage I touch or any place I stand
There y'all land, living in the world as it is
Cracked vessel, I am no more and no less than a man
Any po-sessions that I have are just in my hand
I'm balancing the best that I can
I'm not making no claims but
I'm using my heart for what hearts are for


All the beauty in this whole life (uh)
I thank God for healing
And You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
I thank God for listening, listen
You've been trying to build me up my whole life
I thank God for building
You ain't got to get me lit, I got my own light
I thank God I'm living
Just reflecting all the beauty in this whole life

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About "Own Light (What Hearts Are For)"

Own Light, released as a single on February 28th, 2017 promoting the “All The Beauty In This Whole Life” album, is a song about life, love, beauty, tolerance, and spirituality.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brother Ali states,

The [music video] begins with beautiful words from my teacher, Dr. Umar Faruq Abdullah, whose guidance inspired not only this song, but the theme of beauty throughout the album. It was extremely important to [director] Dave Wilson and me to highlight the connections that unite people in all walks of life and spiritual traditions.

Dr. Umar Faruq Abdullah’s introduction to the video is as follows:

Greetings to all of you in the language of love, the universal language. Beauty is the splendor of truth. Use your hearts for what your hearts are for. Fill them with light. Do not fill them with darkness. The light of the human heart, when it’s given faith, if it were opened up it would blind the world. May this message give us eyes with which to see, ears with which to hear, and hearts with which to love each other and love the world and to do good.

In an additional statement regarding the album, Ali states,

Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who really feel my music to travel with me. It’s not only that we hurt together, we heal together as well. (…) Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.

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