Sariyah-BreakingShadow-Cover_with title.jpg

1. SHINE

you swallowed the divide & conquer serving a digitized master 
chasing after numbers what truth do they tell
you isolate rip apart imperfections stare down societies reflections
bloody past bloody present but your own health you’ve gone neglecting
power alway places outside amassing wealth for consumer pride
your fortress piled high with useless things once made you smile
you’re warring with yourself on best actions to move cultural wealth
out hands of greed’s manipulation but with your sisters engage competition

you can’t dispel dark feeling unworthy of love
no you can’t dispel dark feeling unworthy of love
so rise up star to some you’re a sun
yeah rise up star to some you’re sun

and shine…..

CREDITS

written and produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered and co-produced by Andy Schlegel 
recorded at Tricone Studios Funkhaus & Viktoria Studios Berlin
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitar, bass
Stefan Fuhr: bass
Jerome Bonapart: drums
Amoy Ribas: percussion
Christian Dawid: saxophone
Andy Schlegel: drum programming

2. DARKNESS

oh Ma, show me a way to live that truly gives
take me down to the river so i can be delivered, from all this darkness
i made a deal with shadow that i am now willing to let go
but when you stand in the light it’s so much harder to hide when they pick a fight

so reveal to me the reason for all this deceiving
show to me the reason for this long season, for all this darkness

oh Ma, forgive me for acting so impulsively
i aim to magnify all the positivity inside
i know it’s not for vanity that i set these feelings free
i know it’s for more than me that i tend these seeds

so reveal to me the reason for all this deceiving
show to me the reason for this long season, for all this darkness

i know life is beauty, i know life is pain
we all live my serving something, but what is there to gain
from all this darkness

oh Ma, show me a way to live that truly gives
take me down to the river so i can be delivered, from all this darkness

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced, engineered, mixed by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitar, wurlitzer
Peter Walden: cello

Jennifer Condos: bass
Lynne Earls: drum programming

3. WILDERNESS - (acoustic interlude)

it’s the ones closest to you that can twist you the most
warp your morals cause they see your truth
while truthfulness in themselves they neglect
insecurity overshadowing accountability
their eyes filter you temptress & before you become scapegoat
you cast yourself out to wander bleeding into the wilderness
but you must realize you are the wilderness that they seek refuge in
& you must seek refuge in your morality in your sister solidarity
yeah you must reek refuge in yourself ma in your self
oh revel in yourself

CREDITS

written, performed, produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered and mixed by Andy Schlegel at Viktoria Studios, Berlin
masted by Dave Locke

4. THAT WOMAN

we be homies who find trouble when the sun goes down
we often stumble when our words hit the ground
so we find footing on limbs and lips and fountains / but we 
really shouldn’t bushwack when you gonna go home to red mountain

so treat that woman right 
we both know i could ride you tonight
treat that woman right 
you know she does you tight
you better treat that woman right 
we both know i could ride you tonight
treat that woman right 
you know she does you tight, yeah

we both know we could take flight
on the wings of skin and soul and polyrhythmic insight
we been down that path know compliment each other’s stride
but we turn sacred into sacrilege when we
desecrate a lady’s love light

you keep treating me like priestess
but you don’t treat your queen like one
so while you bless me with words of sweetness
are you just thinking to get your fun
i’m sorry my behavior 
cause you to be confused
yes i am a sensual creature
but thats got nothing to do with you

you do deserve affection
yes i want you to feel praise
but you and i we just got to
get out of this complex maze
i don’t think that you’re a bastard
and i know i’m not your whore
but most of all i know
she is not some foolish bore

so talk to her 
find out whats been bothering her
talk to her 
remember what arouses her
so talk to her 
find out whats been bothering her
talk to her 
remember what arouses

& treat that woman right 
we both know i could ride you tonight
treat that woman right 
you know she does you tight
you better treat that woman right 
we both know i could ride you tonight
treat that woman right 
you know she does you tight, yeah

don’t tempt me
no don’t come so close
don’t tempt me
when you do you do wrong by her me and you so just
don’t tempt me
don’t look at me like you know my soul
she does you tight

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced, engineered, mixed by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios Los Angeles
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitars
Ivan Edwards: drums
Andre De Santanna: bass 
Daniel K Mandelman: keys
Elizebeth Lee: trombone
Alberto Lopez: percussion

Horn Arrangement: Elizabeth Lee

5. YOU GOT TO GO

can’t teach the lesson til you’ve learned it
can’t spread the message til you’ve heard it
you take the credit don’t deserve it
the fear you hide i can taste it
oh now, you play the hypocrite i’ll tell you whats right
you might thank me by the end of the fight
you play the hypocrite i’ll tell you whats right
future ain’t written but it is within sight

so when the hypocrite comes to greet you
smilingly deceives you
with promises with promises oh seduces you
you just say no no no, no no
you’ve got to go

you blame the messenger to justify your own pride
hide behind your ignorance you try
the playing field you still define
i’m trying to be on your side
oh now, you ask my expertise
but my needs get a blind eye
i realize you’ve got to make your bottom line
you have a vision i am aiming to serve
not sorry that my truth strikes a wrong nerve

so when the hypocrite comes to greet you
smilingly deceives you
with promises oh seduces you
you just say, no no no, no no 
you’ve got to go

so don’t pose like you know
when you know it ain’t so
you can't sell what you owe
cause the skills you don’t own
no don’t pose like you know
when you know it ain’t so
you can't sell what you owe
cause the skills you don’t own
no, you don’t own

you believe all those white lies you sell
but i got truth wright here in my well
you know you wan’t that yeah you wanna tap that
you know you want that yeah, but you can’t

you profit i make you profit 
you profit but who’s the prophet now
yeah you profit i make you profit
you profit but who’s the prophet now
yeah you profit, i make you profit
you profit but who’s the prophet now
yeah, woh oh, that you don’t own

can’t teach the lesson til you’ve hear it
can’t spread the message til you’ve heard it
you take the credit don’t deserve it
the fear you hide i can taste it
the fear you hide i can taste it
the fear you hide don’t waste it

CREDITS

written and produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered by Gabriel Do Val and Jason Schimmel at Noize Fabrik, Berlin & Bunker Studio LA
mixed by Andy Schlegel
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, electric guitar, keyboard
Chriz Key: keyboards
Sugbear Narin: electric guitar
Stefan Fuhr: bass
Jan Stix: drums
Evan Burg: percussion
Christian Dawid: trombone, clarinet
Ryan Parrish: saxophone
Sy Anon: background vocal

6. TRUTH TO POWER

truth wells in me like water from stone
a voice that keeps me from being alone
when it contradicts the reality i see
speaking truth to power is the action that i seek
but the leaders like their power and
you see me as wearing their color
they see me as rebel without flock
and i wonder what door i must unlock to

speak truth to power
wearing the color of power
is this my power
to claim all have power

i am no messiah here to save the masses
saving them from their ego disasters
i’m a woman with pain joy and fear
my words flow like water when my sight i clear
if i don’t let them flow they’ll explode like a blood vessel
then a bruise i’ll be on the side of the people
my pain spreads like disease on breath
til day or night no one will have rest/ so i

speak truth to power
wearing the color of power
is this my power
to claim all have power x2

what do you do with the power that you carry 
do you share it with all or to yourself do you marry
please don’t feed me your lies
i might be broken but i have my honor and pride
sun bathes the world in light 
i smile one day we’ll have sight 
that g-d is not just wrath controlling us with fear
but to the truth of one love will humanity steer

power is the hand feeds power is the heart that bleeds
power is in privilege i receive privilege is responsibility
chameleon skin pale privilege wins notes bends and moans rock transmutes sin
prophets hail from every kin respect the past new age begin
we’re taking the streets again dignity we must defend
four hundred years a grain of sand but equality is the master plan
do you share love or steal from others do you steal hope or build another
tell me what do you offer you hide from love the ghost will catch you

speak truth to power
wearing the color of power
is this my power
to claim all have power

truth wells in me like water from stone
a voice that keeps me from being alone
when it contradicts the reality i see
speaking truth to power is the action that i seek

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced, engineered, mixed by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios Los Angeles
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitars
Ivan Edwards: drums
Andre De Santanna: bass 
Daniel K Mandelman: keys
Shante Palmer: pocket trombone
Alberto Lopez: percussion
Krishna Booker: percussion
Lynne Earls: melodica

7. CLAIM YOUR GODS

claim the gods of your own land 
keep your hands off mine
i’m sorry that your gods were killed
by same powers myth says drove me from my land
& blame me know for killing the man
they give you to claim as god
so claim your gods

claim your gods
& pray, & pray

your gods live in the rivers and rhythms of your lands
sliced into borders by men
slicing borders into the lands of other gods
erecting in them a power that looks like them
so claim your gods

woo ohhh claim your gods

before it is too late
claim your gods
your ancestors will be saved
claim your gods
before you go too far a stray
claim your gods
restore what has been taken away

you’ve been deceived make your gods revealed
it’s not too late to claim whats been concealed
hollow and haunted you clutch to fill
steal wealth from others even kill
is money your god love you cannot buy
from ghosts and demons you can’t fully hide
how long can you torment the blood in your veins
it boils and burns because you’re far from saved
your lullabies haunted your dreams to not heal 
your fruit will not ripen your boils won’t peal
that golden calf might set you free at last
but sculpted from your own soil remember your past
they control you with lies hunting new frontier 
but the hills of your heart are your kingdom to steer
let me have my god of rage and compassion
the language of your can be ever lasting
if you

woo ohhh claim your gods
& pray, & pray
& pray, & pray
& pray, & pray

CREDITS

written and produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios Los Angeles, Andy Schlegel at Tricone Studios Funkhaus & Viktoria Studios Berlin
mixed by Andy Schlegel
masted by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitars 
Evan Berg: drums
Hector Guardado: bass
Sanne Möricke: accordion
Andy Schlegel: drum programming

8. PRAYER - (interlude)

CREDITS

written, produced, performed by Sariyah Idan
engineered and mixed by Rita Senhor
mastered by Dave Locke

9. CAN WE - (acoustic interlude)

just like sunrise he finds a way to shone
even when it’s overcast he finds a way through the grey
his devotion softening my scars makes constellations of my beauty marks
my skin becomes the night sky his hip the sweet earth i water
this touch libation our kiss a prayer
but do we dare to pray together daily
can we

CREDITS

written, produced, performed by Sariyah Idan
engineered and mixed by Rita Senhor at ETIC Studios Lisbon
mastered by Dave Locke

10. VIBE

i just dig your vibe, your expansive mind
how your sad eyes shine, won’t you spend time with me 
won’t you spend some time

you’re like sunrise after dark of night, palms wave gold doves purr in flight
your stride a bounce ready to fight, souljah of cease fire ignite
higher through you amplify, like a telescope you magnify
when you let me into where you hide, i just bask in your sweet vibe
bright knight among thieves with alibis, who steal your praise yet still you shine
press story to page griot magi, stimulate my drive to shale lies
you the ultimate i won’t debate when the jealous ones they can’t relate
master of agitate crafting a world of better fate
won’t you spend some time

i just dig your vibe, your expansive mind
how your sad eyes shine, won’t you spend time with me 
won’t you spend some time

but in solitude we cultivate, under pressure heat encapsulate
new fire to articulate in service to the magistrate
but do you register when the diamonds bust, on the thrill of hush i’m wondrous
the way you feel is glorious, so why you hide in allusion
my body body needs some loving lovely, ready to be yummy give me all your honey
from inside i wind you the river bed, i lay it down we both get fed
i’m the wild one you the moving sun we perfect union time elusive one
but i believe we can carve time out if we both kick the habit doubt
we could spend some

i just dig your vibe, your expansive mind
how your sad eyes shine, won’t you spend time with me 
won’t you spend some time

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced by Sariyah Idan & Andy Schlegel
engineered & mixed by Andy Schlegel at Tricone Studios Funkaus & Viktoria Studios, Berlin
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitar
Jerome Bonapart: drums
Stefan Fuhr: bass
Alejandro Marulanda: keys
Christian Dawid: clarinets, saxophone

Wind arrangement: Christian Dawid

11. MISSING - (interlude)

CREDITS

written and performed by Sariyah Idan
produced by Sariyah Idan & Andy Schlegel
engineered & mixed by Andy Schlegel at Viktoria Studios, Berlin
mastered by Dave Locke

12. LET ME

that other woman, she ain’t no good for you
the way she treats your body, ain’t like i do
she toxifies your blood, so that your beauty mind can’t think
the way that i love you, praises up all you be

so let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
do you think i can’t with my light hue
let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
let my love, my love get through

you’re under pressure from everyone around
expecting you to be someone other than the you you’ve found
you’re not predator or HBCU star, you got ideas of your own
i just want to stand by you, celebrate what you grow

so let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
do you think i can’t with my light hue
let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
let my love, my love get through

you know you can trust me boo
what must i do to get through to you
the walls you build between us
you push me away but i know you don’t mean it
i know you got your demons dude
i got a few too
but one day we can surely rest
in arms of mutual respect
but she’s got a hold on you
she’s a beautiful bitch and i don’t blame you
but she’s killing you softly with her calming hands
i’m jealous but not why i make these demands
someone’s got to get through to you
you’re dulling your brilliance deception’s hue
if not for me than for your seeds
let her go let her go please

and let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
do you think i can’t with my light hue
let me love you
you know you know i do
let me love you
let my love, my love get through

that other woman, she ain’t no good for you
let me love you, do you think i can’t with my light hue
that other woman, no no she ain't no good
let me love you 
let my love, my love get through

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced, engineered & mixed by Lynne Earls at EMp Studios, Los Angeles
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitars
Jennifer Condos: bass
Jay Bellerose: drums
Daniel K Mandelman: keys, melodica

13. NIGHT STREETS

in the streets of every night
young men fumble over witty words that might invite them inside
the streets of adventurous women

i tip my hat word play their wit 
& adventure down the streets of history

CREDITS

written produced, performed by Sariyah Idan
engineered, mixed, coproduced by Rita Senhor at ETIC Studios, Lisbon
mastered by Dave Locke

14. PASSION

you see me as an embodiment of passion
you are not wrong but whats your intention
cause passion is more than sex and did i mention
i’m a warrior reflecting your short comings
i’m a warrior

this passion is a healing

sisters who get jealous go my power
of body mind and spirit like a tower
i do not intend to make you cower
i’m an example of how strong and free we can be
how strong and free

this passion is a healing
this passion is our healing

brothers just because i make you feel
doesn’t mean that my sexy is all thats real
i am here for more than pleasure but to heal
the fractures gender war has put on soul
the fractures of soul

so join me
this passion is a healing
i’m a warrior

CREDITS

written and produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios, Los Angeles, and Rita Senhor at ETIC Studios, Lisbon
mixed by Rita Senhor
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitar, keys, palmas
Evan Berg: drums
Hector Guardado: bass

15. REFUGE IN BLUE

i’ve been beaten & bruised, misnamed & misused
til even i have been confused seek refuge in blues
darkness keeps pursuing me, i forget to have clear policy
the demons keep exhausting me, through the ages deceiving me

clouding my eyes, from what is right
clouding my eyes from what is right
i can’t see right
i can’t see

man has swallowed the illusion that there’s strength in separation
he’s entitled to domination but he also becomes victim
hollow eyes reveal their fear as they ravage any love near
& we forget to hold them dear default ablutions with our tears

clouding our eyes, from what is right
clouding our eyes, from what is right
i don’t see right 
no i don’t see

with hungry fingers on my power 
my sex they try to devour

cause they’ve been beaten & bruised misnamed & misused
even they have been confused then seek refuge in out blues
darkness keeps pursuing we forget to have clear policy 
the demons reflect brilliantly though the ages been deceiving

clouding our eyes, from what is right
clouding our eyes from what is right
no we i don’t see right
we don’t see
when will we?

CREDITS

written & produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered by Lynne Earls at EMP Studios, Los Angeles 
Andy Schlegel at Tricon Studio Funkhaus and Viktoria Studios, Berlin
mixed & co-produced by Andy Schlegel
masted by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocal, guitar
Hector Guardado: bass
Evan Berg: drums
Andy Schlegel: keys
Laura Lloreta: guest vocals

16. TEMPLE

he was an activist an idealist with sky eyes 
& when he helped my hand i thought that i would fly
Our love was the juice we’d infuse the revolution with 
equality for all the intention every time we kissed
but demons come in strange forms
hides in dark & insecure corners
i gave him all of my trust never suspicious of his lust
i was open in his touch til he forced on me his thrust
he never thought that he was taking anything not given
but if i’d been awake enough to get out from under 
i would have risen & said

you gotta lick it slow & nibble the edges baby
lick it slow & nibble the edges
then quicken your flow & nibble til you drink me
only then, can you enter the temple baby

i was broken in more pieces than i knew
yeah when he forced himself inside out my body i flew
i told myself hold on it will be over soon
not knowing insecurity would now have more room
i've been chasing over standing of my value
relieved & horrified by how many women know what i know
our silence muffles the screams of a society of greed 
in which few are freed from fear & most are still deceived 
that we have the right to our own pleasure
but i think that it might get a little better if you

lick it slow & nibble the edges baby
lick it slow & nibble the edges
then quicken your flow & nibble til you drink me
only then, can you enter the temple baby

pussy licking is for my pleasure
a way for you to praise my power
not some trick to make me wetter
for your dick
to slide in better
so don’t slobber on me for your own pleasure greed
yeah sex should make both of us feel more free
not place me in your captivity
cause i’ll rebel
& that won’t be pretty

why is women’s power 
still regarded as disaster
from womb you were born so to womb you wish to return
but you can’t come in here unless you're ready to burn 
in the fire of my passion 
so you best be prepped for lasting
til my rivers shower you with blessings 
we’ll rest in the nestings of sweet love

so if you’re ready to praise my power
to let me ride on yours til we overstand whats higher
to taste got on the lips of our desire
than i think you can

lick it slow & nibble the edges baby
lick it slow & nibble the edges
then quicken your flow & nibble til you drink me
only then, can you enter the temple

CREDITS

written and produced by Sariyah Idan
engineered and mixed by Andy Schlegel at Tricone Studios Funkhaus and Viktoria Studios, Berlin
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals
Stefan Fuhr: bass
Sugbear Narin: electric guitar
Christian Dawid: clarinet, trombone, saxophone 
Jerome Bonaparte: drums
Alejandro Marulanda: keys

Wind Arrangement: Christian Dawid

17. REVEL

i got caught up trying to prove
when i do i always loose myself

i take these stolen moments and i revel in myself
time is wealth, time is wealth

i ran circles around thoughts
but the only thing that taught was to run
away from feelings never deceiving
unless the elixir i was drinking was to numb
i tried on other’s truths 
but that never seemed to sooth my health
i got caught up trying to prove
when i do i always loose myself

i take these stolen moments & i revel in myself
time is wealth, time is wealth

i tell myself you are the power 
I tell myself you are the glory

i got caught up trying to prove
when i do i always loose myself

CREDITS

written by Sariyah Idan
produced by Rita Senhor & Sariyah Idan
engineered by Rita Senhor at ETIC Studios, Lisbon and Lynne Earls at EMP Studios, Los Angeles
mastered by Dave Locke

Sariyah Idan: vocals, guitars, hand percussion, keys 
Evan Berg: drums
Rita Senhor: drum programming, keys

© 2019 Sariyah Idan

cropped meditative rae image.jpg