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COME ALIVE

 

I attended a collab songwriting event hosted by TwoOhSix in Aug 2019 where we were paired with songwriters and a theme and given 60-90min to write a song.  So happy I finished the day with producer/songwriter Levi Downey.  Our theme was female empowerment (the truth is that's just been my theme for a while now!) and somehow this old song of mine that I wrote for a contemporary service with youth at Long Beach Presbyterian came to mind.  Just like the original, I started with "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" but instead of saying "God is good" for the punchline, other lyrics started coming out in more of a rap feel. 

I told Levi what that a Kahuna (Kumu pictured below) told me years ago that it was time for the kane (the men) to soften & time for the wahine (the women) to reclaim their power.  And this just fueled the song & really brought it to life.  I even rap about the Kahuna later in the song.  Levi took the song home & over months tweaked it to it's current version. 

"Come Alive (100%)" is about bringing the fullness of who we are forward now, not the parts we perceive as broken bits, but the wholeness of who we are, 100% percent of all that we are - wooohooo! 

 

 

COME ALIVE (100 %)

You're talking smack

But here's where it’s at

We take our power back - 100%

We're giving notice

No more bamboozled bogus hocus pocus

No longer hypnotized

It's time to realize

 

We've come alive

Oh oh oh…

We've come alive

Oh oh oh…

 

Weve been bringing broken bits

Storing up our what ifs

Holding back and holding down

Damn forgot we had a crown 

Time to change the story up

Finally get that we're enough

Bring the fullness of the WE

Girlz lets make history

 

We've come alive

Oh oh oh…(we’ve come alive, we’ve come alive)

We've come alive

Oh oh oh…(we’ve come alive, we’ve come alive)

 

A kahuna told me once listen up, listen in

You're gonna start a revolution, revolution from within

The kane gotto soften forget about their inclination

To fight, to force, to dictate what is right

The wahine, all the women change it up, bring it bold

Reclaim it - your power, find your way back to the throne

Its not about toppling or jostling or blaming

Its been lifetimes already of suppression and shaming 

We're not HERE to getcha back, we don't need tit for tat

Hell don't wanna pass the violence on & on & on & on & on….

Can we BE the solution  - be the right in a what is wrong 

 

100% - Bring it 100%

Bettah know it 100%

100% we've come alive

(chorus)

CREDITS

Come Alive (100%) by Faith Rivera & Levi Downey

Lil' Girl Creations (ASCAP) / B. Levi Downey (ASCAP) copyright 2019

Produced by Levi Downey