24 December 2008

do you like the way it's going down?

today was the first time i ever listened to santana's commercially successful, grammy winning, and critically-acclaimed concept album "supernatural." i have no idea why it took me this long to listen to it as a whole. but i stumbled on one of the songs, "do you like the way" which was a collaboration among three of my favorite artists: lauryn hill, carlos santana, and cee-lo green.

i figured the message of the song coincides with the holidays. lauryn's verse on the song is another testimony to why she's the most skilled female mc of all time. cee-lo's voice and lyrics is something that one shouldn't only absorb audibly, but that by the heart and mind as well. carlos...well, what else do you expect from a legendary musician?

here's the song with the lyrics:

Watch the master plan, the pastures span
Through the streets, flipped the beat
Move the sheep, like the shepherd
It's a new day, my crew stay forever striving
Give thanks cause we alive,
And been through the gutter
now we see the horizon
It's clear to me now
Used to be confused, took a lot of years to see how
Now, we moving planets
Take the average mind and expand it
You take for granted like we're always gonna be disadvantaged
But soon come, it soon come, ya soon done
Ya start run, you stumble, we catch one
In the rhythm, Santana lick the guits with precision
Not accidental, intentional conscious decision
To Zion, we're marching through with African Mayans
Conquering Babylon with the heart of a lion
Behold to watch yesterday come back around
And the walls of Jericho come a-tumbling down

Tell me, how long has it been
Is everything, everything alright my friend

You see, time is passing, people asking how come none of this ain't lasting
Money will make people deal like they don't even have to feel
But no, it ain't real, it ain't real

Oh, do you like the way that it's going down
Do you like the way that it's going down
Ooh, do you like the way

How long, how long will we wait, to sit down and communicate
See, everything is relative, if you want to get then give
Can't we all just build and live,can't we, can't we?

Do you like the way that it's going down
Do you like the way that it's going down
Do you like the way that it's going down
Do you like the way that it's going down

cee-lo asked "how long will we wait, to sit down and communicate?"

'tis the holiday season.
this is the perfect time.

then again, it's easier said than done...

Happy Holidays.


Audio: "Do You Like The Way" by Santana feat. Lauryn Hill and Cee-lo