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Learning Curve

by Kamilah

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Careless thieves with slippery hands and brandished guns and harsh demands will walk on in, take what they can and leave you feeling helpless Helpless, but love's supreme, you'll understand your strength is all you must command to live your dreams in spite of man only you can leave them breathless Breathless Breathless Breathless Just when you feel that you're not strong remember that you must hold on your life is yours, your heart - a song Sweet girl your soul is endless Endless Endless ooh
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Morning light cast through your window melting on your skin Like honey sweet, I lay beside you taking it all in Cuz I know that at any second you ‘gon change your mind Push me away go your own way and leave this all behind Think I’m losing all my pride You got me losing all my pride I think I’m losing all my pride, no no no And I know that we won’t last (no) I can be my truest self You let me see all of your vulnerabilities So words of love pour from my tongue, no I’m so foolish with my honesty Cuz I know at any second you ‘gon change your mind Push me away go your own way and leave this all behind Think I’m losing all my pride You got me losing all my pride Think I’m losing all my pride And I know that we won’t There’s a magic here between our palms I feel your soul and you know mine Like we’ve done this in a past life I don’t ever want to leave your side Leave your side Ooh Ooh Cuz I know at any second you ‘gon change your mind, baby Push me away go your own way and leave this all behind There's a magic here between our palms I feel your soul and you know mine Think I’m losing all my pride You got me losing all my pride Feel I’m losing all my pride And I know that we won’t last No
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Letters 04:01
Our first love distilled in letters saved and read on rainy days Innocent when we first started, I recall the songs we played I was too young to know the meaning, old enough to say I loved you Since then your hearts been broken and you’ve shattered quite a few Like I did you Oh cuz you’re still holding on to every word I wrote to you No matter the space between us no one knows you quite like I do And now You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing Oh Mm I never wanted there to be a chance that you could ever hurt me But one night we drank some wine and crossed a line and then you kissed me What we’ve built is way too much to lose When you make love to me be sure it's what you want to do Oh cuz I’ve been holding onto every word you wrote to me Now we’re friends-turned-lovers Old flames discovered I wonder what we’re going to be When now You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing You got me writing you letters Got me writing you letters Got me writing Got me writing
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The love you need comes wanting you The love you need arrives, arms wide having dreamed dreams of you The love you need does not inspire second guesses nor pins you against another heart for comparison It doesn’t keep you waiting longer than you can before your heart breaks The love you need has memorized your curves and thanked each one for existing and celebrated your mind, your heart, your being there with it The the love you need knows your darkness and will sit with you there And lift you out when sunlight calls When the sunlight calls Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle Don’t settle The love you need will choose you every time without doubt or test of proof or hesitation The love you need will choose you every time without doubt or test of proof or hesitation The love you need will choose you every time without doubt or test of proof or hesitation And anything else is not enough, love Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle Don’t ooh settle Ooh... Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle for an unsure love (for an unsure love) Don’t settle Don’t settle For anything unsure
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Dangerous 04:45
I understand when you say you’re scared to love again When your heart is far too splintered all the parts to delicate to mend But every shard is a piece I’d help you start to glue And in the end you won’t be perfect but I’d love each broken part of you So what you think this is? When you’re laying with me brokenhearted I’m the one who’s catching all your tears When you’re looking for a home to hold you Know that you can always find one here It’s too dangerous to fall for you I go on dates with other people just to pass the time- convince myself That I’m not sitting here waiting for you denying all this pent up love I’ve felt But as you go and find yourself I’m hoping that sometime you think of me While I’m here dreaming up a future there’s a chance that there will never be So what you think this is? When one moment I can hear your heart You’re here with me and then you disappear When you’re so confused and lonely that this kind of love is everything I fear It’s too dangerous to fall for you It's like my heart weighs a thousand tons Every time you tell me you’re not ready and my soul deep down knows you’re the one But my mind knows you can hurt me And my lack of balance, well, it renders me undone If you don’t see me as forever please don’t take my heart for fun Late at night my eyes are wide cuz sleep ain’t finding me You’re probably laying with someone who’s giving everything you think you need But when you get off of this ride mistrust and heartbreak took you on I hope my stubborn heart is at your door and none of what I hold for you is gone So what you think this is? When you’re laying with me brokenhearted I’m the one who’s catching all your tears When you’re so confused and lonely that this kind of love is everything I fear It’s too dangerous to fall for you Ooh…
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HeartFeels 04:19
Somewhere beneath the mask you wear to hide Please know that you are kind When some other girl is craving just your body Know I love your mind When some dream of a future life Makes this love between us worth our time I want to be ready for you (ready) I want you to be ready for me (alright) Between us there is something real (ready) I don’t care what people feel (alright) I want you to be ready for us (ready) I want to be ready for this (ready, alright) Between us there is something real (real) It only matters what our hearts are feeling (ready, alright- ready) When the party done at the ending of the night Please know that you are mine Even though it breaks my heart a little every time That your past is close behind But this dream of a future life Makes my heart willing to wait in line I want to be ready for you I want you to be ready for me Between us there is something real I don’t care what people feel I want you to be ready for us I want to be ready for this Between us there is something real It only matters what our hearts are feeling When this dream of a future life Makes this love between us worth our time I want to be ready for you I want you to be ready for me Between us there is something real (And) I don’t care what people feel I want you to be ready for us I want to be ready for this Between us there is something real It only matters what our hearts are feeling I don’t care what people feel (I want you to be ready for me) Between us there is something real It only matters what our hearts are feelin’ and I don't care what people feel Ooh We've got something real Ooh feelings
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Coconut oil Makes a golden glow when sunlight hits Pretty for a dark skinned girl Darker than a tamarind (Darker than a tamarind, darker than a tamarind) Sweeter than a sugar apple Dark to harvest sugar cane (yeah) The beauty in mirrors is hard to find For that you find someone to blame For that you find someone to blame For your reckless mane of kinks and curls For your body not like other girls’ Whose mango skin and light brown eyes Rendered you the loser’s prize But you were never any loser’s prize When darkness hits and sleep resists Your critic’s mind may shower you With harsh untruths and a bitter glance And the memories that follow you But every loc is a rebellion All our beauty is the same The grass ain’t greener on the other side, babe All our struggles come from pain But every loc is a rebellion All our beauty is the same The grass ain’t greener on the other side, babe All our struggles come from pain But every loc is a rebellion All our beauty is the same The grass ain’t greener on the other side, babe All our struggles come from pain But every loc is a rebellion All our beauty is the same The grass ain’t greener on the other side, babe All our struggles come from pain
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How old were you when they first taught you not to cry and how long after that til someone you loved died Oh when you hit the playground did they teach you how to fight with words? Or did you learn to ball your fists Protect your wrist when they hurl disses at some shit that you can't change And now you think we're all the same But we're not (but we're not) Someone loves you, beautiful boy (beautiful boy) Someone loves you, beautiful boy So long ago you learned to save your heart by hurting someone else Oh boy Never learned emotional intelligence could help you save yourself (save yourself) Oh boy I hope one day to find and hold the softness that you hide within (within) Baby boy Buried underneath the armor of your hardened, thickened skin Oh boy Someone loves you, beautiful boy (beautiful boy) Oh someone loves you, beautiful boy Ooh Ooh Oh! Don't let them dictate what it is a man should feel Don't let them illegitimize all that feels real Real strength is intuitively trusting yourself Just find out who that is and don't be no one else, oh and it's okay to cry sometimes It's ok to feel fear Don't bury that shit down, It's toxic and can kill Dont let them make you take for granted all the love you've got and when the weight bares down Please give it one more shot cuz Someone loves you, beautiful boy (beautiful boy) Someone loves you, beautiful boy Don't let this world Don't let this world Don't let this world steal your joy (steal your joy) Don't let this world Don't let this world Don't let this world steal your joy (steal your joy) Oh someone loves you beautiful boy Someone loves you beautiful boy Someone loves you beautiful boy Someone loves you beautiful boy You're beautiful, boy Beautiful Boy Beautiful.

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Kamilah’s debut 7-song EP, Learning Curve, explores a narrative of toxic romance; unpacks societal pressures; offers sage cultural commentary on racism and sexism; and examines self-worth in light of soul-stealing temptations like power and possessions.

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released November 19, 2019

Music/Lyrics/Guitar: Kamilah Gibson
Produced by: Torna
Co-Producer/ Arranger/ Keys: Tariq Al-Sabir
Drum Kit/ Percussion: Dillon Treacy
Percussion: Themba Mkhatshwa
Trumpet: Brandon Woody
Sax: Rachel Winder
Trombone: Abdulrahman Amer
Bass/ Synth: Jesse Bielenberg
Cello: Tiger Darrow
Guitar: Peter Wise
BGV: Kamilah Gibson, Jason Hamlin, Tiger Darrow, Themba Mkhatshwa, Tariq Al-Sabir
Additional Instrumentation: Torna
Tracking Engineer: Mark Schwartz
Mastering Engineer: Mike Tierney
Studio: Studio Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

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Kamilah Brooklyn, New York

Intentional and literate singer-songwriter Kamilah writes purposefully and poetically, challenging gender stereotypes and colorism, and writing from the heart about romantic complexities. The Bahamas-born, NYC-residing artist defies genres just as she defies stagnant societal and cultural norms. Kamilah’s vibrant musicality is informed by her Caribbean roots and eclectic musical upbringing. ... more

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