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I am melody Angel

 

Nina Simone said something in the 60s, that resonated with me so much that it changed the course of my life forever. She showed me that singing my truth could help free and inspire my people. One voice could change the world!

Nina Simone said, " I chose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty."

Melody Angel is not a stage name, its the name on my birth certificate. I was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago. I started singing at 7 yrs old, and when I was 13 my mama bought me, my first guitar from the local pawn shop. I dedicated my every day and night to teaching myself to play. Once I learned 5 Jimi Hendrix song's I put my first band together and I never looked back. I played mostly covers until I found the courage to say what was really on my heart. I've recently released my first album, "In This America". I've recently played the, Chicago Blues Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends, and Antone's in Austin TX.

Growing up in Chicago is really hard on a young Black kid. I had to deal with so much injustice and flat out racism, that I thought that was all the world would ever show me. Music saved me from that hopeless reality, and took me all over the world! The truth of my history, and my present circumstance empowers me to walk this earth with my head held high, because I know survival is in my blood. Knowledge is my power and I want to feed that knowledge to my community, the only way I know how, and that's with a microphone at my lips and a Fender Strat in my hand. 

 

 

 

 

 
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In This America

by Melody Angel

 

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July 30th, 2016

POLICE DEPT. REFORM NOW!

Due to the overwhelming evidence of police all over the country brutally murdering unarmed black people, the police no longer deserves the right to use deadly force.

Every US citizen deserves the right to decide the requirements necessary for police officers to serve and protect our communities. Since the black communities in this country is not being served or protected, it is up to us to reform all US police departments to save future black lives that don't seem to matter to majority of the population.

Here are the facts compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statics:

Fact #1 - Black people are 3X's more likely to be killed by police than white people.

Fact #2 - 98% of all police involved with killing an unarmed Black person were never charged. Deemed a justifiable use of force.

Fact #3 - In the first 6 months of 2016, 491 Black people have been killed by police.

Fact #4 - White people are 85% more aggressive with police officers.

Fact#5 - Black people are 3X's more likely to be searched when stopped by police.

How exactly are these facts suppose fill me with trust and respect for police officers, when the numbers show they have no trust or respect for our Black lives? As long as there is no consequence for taking Black lives, the murders of innocent american citizens, who also happen to be Black, will continue to die at the hands of racist cowards with the law on their side.

- Melody Angel

 

 

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9-2-16 Buddy Guy's Legends

7.30.2016 / Live at Antones, TX

 

Interviewed by Paul Natkin after the Chicago Blues Festival 2016

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In This America Written by Melody Angel

How do I know its safe, to have a son
In this America?
How do I know its safe to have my son In this America?

I always wanted a son
But now I’m afraid
How will you see my baby? How will you treat my baby? How will I protect him from you?

Protect him from your fears In spite of all these years Tell me, tell me, tell me, Tell me

I don’t wanna be like those other mothers Crying in the streets, no, no, no, no Their pain radiates, and
I don’t want that to be my fate, oh no What If I raise him right, will that save his life? Tell me, tell me, tell me.
I just want him to grow old
I just want him to come home.

How do I know its safe
To have a son
In this America?
How do I know its safe to have my son In this America?
Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown Just to name a few
What did they ever do to you?

How do I know its safe
To have my son my son my baby boy In this America, In this America

He don’t mean you no harm, tell me what do I gotta do, tell me? 

 

End Me Now Written by Melody Angel

There's a fire in my belly
Liars in my head
Told me I'd never see my solider again Every knocking on my door
Sent my heart down to the floor
It could be them telling you'll never come home.

This is how you'll end me now

This is how you'll end me now
Life couldn't do it but my love will kill me down

There's a gun in your hand There's a bomb up ahead
Will it miss you or will
my soldier end up dead
Old men sent you over there
And this is how war begins
If they keep you I'll be buried with my man

This is how you'll end me now

This is how you'll end me now
Life couldn't do it but my love will kill me down

You'll kill me down and this is how This is how you'll kill me down He's my soldier
He's my friend
He's my lover
He's my life
Don't you take him, don't you do it Don't you dare. Why cause he's mine He's mine don't ya dare! 

 

All Around Written by Melody Angel

Monsters don’t hide in the dark Blankets don’t hide all the scares The trees block out the sun
I never know when rains gonna come (Life is hard all around) x3
All around

We bury more lives then we save We take and give less everyday We don’t wanna end up like the others Stuck in the past with no forwards

(Life is hard all around) x3 All around

I can’t afford to miss a days pay Mama gave up so much for me
I carry so much debt on my shoulders It’s making me feel so much older

(Life is hard all around) x3 All around

Monsters don’t hide in the dark Monsters don’t hide in the dark 

 

It’s Gone Written by Melody Angel

Disbelief covers my face
We did no end this love with grace
We tore each other down, yes we did
I called you a mistake
It was over, but we didn’t want it to be over So we forced each other over, and over To stay

Its’s gone baby, it’s all gone Everything we made together It’s gone

I wasn’t afraid of this love When we first made this love I wasn’t made for this love To be taken away

Don’t touch me, don’t rush me, now all you do Is hurt me x2

It’s gone baby, It’s all gone Everything we made together
It’s gone
Everything, everything, everything is gone It’s gone, it’s gone
Oh... 

 

Rebel
Written by Melody Angel

I got the looks, I got the clothes
I got the sexy appeal, I got the charm
I got the grit. to get up over this hill
I got love I feel the hate, coming my way I got a white flag, that I will not raise
If my life depends

And I go against the grain, cause I don’t live in shame Cause I’m a Rebel, I’m a Rebel with a cause and it feels so good Live this life just like I should

I got that time, I got a place, I got a fearless heart
I got a need to be great like a soldiers heart put up your dukes And get loose, cause I will defend, whats mine will be mine Once again yeah, I got a plan, I got my leather
I got my coup de ville
I got a smile that can deliver any man at will

And I go against the grain, cause I don’t live in shame Cause I’m a Rebel, I’m a Rebel with a cause and it feels so good Live this life just like I should
Cause I’m a rebel 

 

 

Cease Fire Written by Melody Angel

Shots rang out, another innocent boy down Shots rang out, another innocent girl down Cease Fire, Cease Fire!

Same ol same old, no one pass go Can’t go out to play, gang territory
Born into this, how could I forget
You son of a rich little bitch
How dare you judge me, in yo glass house In pleasantville where you don’t pay know bills These kids are running for there lives Just to make it home from school alive

Shots rang out, another innocent boy down Shots rang out, another innocent girl down Cease Fire, Cease Fire!

How can you sleep at night, or put up no fight Without our protection they’ll be hung out to dry Forced to where the colors, disobey the single mothers Don’t tell me you don’t have no sister or brother That you wanna protect right now, right now
That you want to forgive right now, right now
That you want to grow old, right now, right now That you want to come home, right now, right now

Shots rang out, another innocent boy down Shots rang out, another innocent girl down Cease Fire, Cease Fire! x2 

 

Hunter and Prey Written by Melody Angel

I’ll be the hunter, you be the prey And if I want cha, I want cha my way And my way is fast, and sometimes so My way is dangerous, so don’t let go

I want you on your knees, down saying please Looking up at me, I wanna make you weak And that’s a little bit about a little bit About me

I’ll be the hunter, you be the prey And if I want cha, I want cha my way And my way is fast, and sometimes so My way is dangerous, so don’t let go

I’m a cynical creator, with dark features
And I want you in that dark, so I can break your heart And that’s a little bit, about a little bit
About me

I’ll be the hunter, you be the prey And if I want cha, I want cha my way And my way is fast, and sometimes so My way is dangerous, so don’t let go

I want on my own, you’ll do just what you’re told You’ll love every minute, and no you won’t forget it And that’s a little bit, about a little bit
About me

I’ll be the hunter, you be the prey And if I want cha, I want cha my way And my way is fast, and sometimes so My way is dangerous, so don’t let go

Oh, Oh, I think I’m done with you. 

 

 
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