Coulda Been Ni Lyrics

samar da: Gawvi
Ƙarin Irfan da: J. Paul
artwork da: Alex Madina
Mixed da kuma ƙware da: Yakubu “Biz” Morris

Verse 1:
Kada babu wanna ji mu ciwo
Shi ke yadda Ina jin lokacin da ina flipping ta su twitter comments, duk abin da na ji shi ne ruwan sama
Suka gaya mini shawo kan shi ke da haihuwa
Wannan stuff ba su zama ba
Amma wannan ba ta ringi gaskiya lokacin da na duba a cikin wadannan tituna
Saboda haka yana da real lokacin da na ji kamar shi coulda kasance ni

ƙugiya:
Man zan iya gaya maka yadda zan ji a yanzu
Ah suka wanna san yadda zan ji a yanzu
Ina jin kamar shi coulda kasance ni
Ina jin kamar shi coulda kasance ni
Dukanmu mun sanya a cikin surar Allah ka sani
All rayuwarmu kome, mu gani shi ne m
Mun ji ciwo hanyar mu kasance a nan da
Wa ke m ban sani ba
Amma coulda kasance ni
Ina jin kamar shi coulda kasance ni

Verse 2:
Ban san Mike Brown
Na ba ku sani Trayvon
Ban san Sean Bell
Amma na san su tafi
Na ba ku sani Oscar Grant ko Tamir Rice
Ban san Eric tsiwurwurin
Amma na san su rai
Da daraja fiye da yadda suka ce a kan tv allon
Na ƙi Na samu wani dogon list, ka gan ni, ni finna kururuwa
Hanyar Ina jin kamar ba su gani mu sarakunan
Yi sarauta kamar Shi, sunã zaton mu matalauta fiends
Na yi ba, akwai lokacin da suka harbe a mutum
Ba zan iya warware lokuta, ba zai ce abin da na iya
Amma na sani rayuwa a matsayin matasa baki mutum
Tsammani ba zan iya zama mahaukaci cewa wasu ba su fahimci
Amma watakila za ka
Idan ka duba a rayuwata da ke tsaye inda na tsaya
Yi amfani da idanuna dubi wadannan tituna
Yana da kuma real lokacin da na ji kamar shi coulda kasance ni

ƙugiya:
Man zan iya gaya maka yadda zan ji a yanzu
Ah suka wanna san yadda zan ji a yanzu
Ina jin kamar shi coulda kasance ni
Ina jin kamar shi coulda kasance ni

Verse 3:
HOTO ni a matsayin matasa
Daukana daga drinks cikin shagon lokacin da na gani
The kashiya kallon ni, sa'an nan kuma ya kururuwarta
Maki a ta hip kuma ya gaya mini ina gani
Amma riƙe sama, Na ba ku sani cewa ni ne cewa ban tsoro
Kuma ina ne ba su sani ba cewa, zan iya harba ku da wani blackberry
Very m, that he saw me as a thug
Lokacin da na son taba kama wani hali, taba sata ko sayi kwayoyi
Ko ta yaya fadan lokacin da na tashi zuwa wani show
Full farin ciki, finna rap ga wani dakin cike da goyon baya
A waje sa'an nan zan sami yana da wani gun da fuskata
Kangi a hannuna, shafa sauka a kugu
Yana da wannan ol, wannan ol
Na shige da description of mai laifi wanda ba su sani
Suka nuna mini hoto, tafo
Ko kana wasa? Ba mu duba wani kamar
Well the cops thought we did if you looking right
Kowane mutum na san baki
Got labaru kamar waɗanda, yankan abin da suka ba da shuka
A lõkacin da suka zaton ku thug daga Jump
Yana ba kome, idan ka yi ɗamara da famfo
Duba Ban sani ba idan Mike Brown da hannunsa har
Amma ina rubuta cewa homie I'ma tsaya
Kuma I'ma gaya muku Ina jin na dubi a cikin wadannan tituna
Kuma ka ce yana da real lokacin da na ji kamar shi coulda kasance ni

ƙugiya

Verse 4:
Sama ji m, idanu ja
Black da fari karo, girgije a kan kansa
Nawa har suka ji abin da muka ce
Nawa har suka ji abin da na ce?
Ku yi ihu ga dukan alherin cops
Fada bad mutane, yin kyau Tashoshi
Na ƙi cewa a kaho tubalan
A karshen su yi kokarin dunƙule ka a da dukan crooks
I wanna ce wa dukan matasa baki maza
Na san shi ke ji kamar mun kawai ba zai iya lashe
Amma a cikin fushi ba zunubi
Kada tabbata abin da suke tunanin
Kada ka bari ba wanda ya gaya mana mu ba samu daraja
Wasu za su yi kokarin rufe mu saukar da shi ba zai yi aiki
Na san shi ne, ba gaskiya, amma mun san cewa Ya kula
Kuma wata rana sai ya ji shafa tafi hawaye

wasu
Ina your bege a? Mine ne a gare shi
Ina fatan a? Mine ne a gare shi
Mun samu aiki yi, amma ta bege shi ne a gare shi
Suka samu aikin yi kuma, amma ta bege shi ne a gare shi

hannun jari

32 comments

  1. ambaci: Coulda Been Ni — TAFIYA Lee

  2. JordanReply

    I see some of the points made in the lyrics, and I know this song is personal, but it feels like it’s a song that’s giving in to this chaos.

    The second section of the 3rd verse, talking about being patted down because hefitsthe description of the criminal. I’ve been patted down before, on the side of the interstate after being tailed for 3 miles, because I wore a beanie and a sweatshirt that made me look like I was from the harsher side of town. Not just that, but I was driving my grandfathers Impala with my dad in the passenger seat, and they checked our stories about us heading back from the local Apple store where I dropped off my Macbook to be fixed. Call it profiling, call it whatever, but it was anything but the color of my skin. One officer was white, the other was black. That was me.

    First line of the first verse: “Kada babu wanna ji mu ciwo”. Pretty sure I know what it means. The word “mu” in that phrase, to me feels like alienation from the song, like I won’t understand what the struggle is, or how you feel. I may not be able to understand, but God gave me the means to support, through Prayer.

    Continuing on that thought, “Dukanmu mun sanya a cikin surar Allah ka sani”. There’s the whole counter to the song. God created us in His image, and no color, disabilities, gender or origin of nation has ever made God look at any individual He created any differently, so why should we? Why should I look at myself any differently from you, and vice versa?

    I could get further, but I feel I’ve said enough. tafiya, as a follower of Christ we wear our faith, we don’t look at any person any differently or treat them differently. We throw away Self, and focus and put the attention on Him, and regardless of how any one of us feels, when we say we are Christians, the way we act and the things we say reflect how people see Him through us. So if it could have been you, should I look at you any differently? What if it was me?

    My point is, beColorblindin this world.

    • ToryReply

      Brother Jordan, can I just express thatcolorblindnessis not the answer to these issues? Let me switch it quickly from race to gender. Men and women are very different, da kuma cewa shi ne abu mai kyau! To begender blindwould be very detrimental, because it would naturally cut off the importance of our differences, and make us miss out on God. What I mean in that is that as men, mercy tends to not come as naturally as it does for women (notice the word tends!). If we only looked at men, we would miss out on the mercy of God. We would read about it, but see no tangible, human example of His mercy (I’m know I’m speaking in aggressive generalities, but only to make a point).

      Race is the same way. We are actually very different, naturally! Blacks, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, we are usually very different in our worldview, personalities, culture, da dai sauransu. This is a beautiful thing. By looking at one cultures passion over another, we can see that God is a passionate God (passionate about the right things). By looking at one culture’sslow to anger(ness),” we can see that God is patience with us, and is slow to anger. By looking at different cultures, we actually get to see many pictures of God.

      Without question, we are all to be treated the same, because we are all created in the Imago Dei. Duk da haka, we are different, kuma shi ke lafiya! I’m half black, half white, and have a ton ofblack traits,” kuma “white traits.Okay. That’s great! Hopefully they show us something about God! I vote for celebration and learning of differences rather than colorblindness, and a true celebration can only happen in the gospel.

      • NateReply

        Tori,

        Your words have inspired me to write a song using a variation of your words: “We are all created in the Imago Dei, duk da haka, we are different and that’s more than OK”. Thank you for your initiative to speak and spark wisdom. The rest of the song has turned out to prove itself as purely an undeserved gift of words to express our unity in diversity and in Christ.

        Alheri da salama,
        Nate

    • TaevanReply

      Well said Jordan. I will say this one thing: Instead of being colorblind, could we instead see our different ethnic backgrounds as God’s creativity? We stand together with Him under the name of Jesus. He is our bannerno matter if we’re from Ferguson, Cali, Oregon, Alabama or New York. Jesus is our focal point. And in a culture that wants to separate us intominoritiesand different groups, we stand as Christ’s body, underneath Him.

      But I do appreciate your insight on the song. Thank you for building the Kingdom up for His glory!

    • JoshReply

      trip, thanks for these thoughts. I appreciate your sharing your experience as a man of color who thinks of his identity and the tragic state of our culture through the Lens of the Gospel. May the Lord continue to build his Kingdom and fame through your work. na gode.

  3. GabrielReply

    Na gode TAFIYA, you’re a true role model and inspiration. Keep up the good work and lean on the lord’s guidance.

  4. MichaelReply

    It’s saddening reading all the events going now in the world. Right from NYC to Kenya. Painfull issues yet we don’t learn from them and keep doing the same things. It’s time we truly became our brothers keepers

  5. MichaelReply

    tafiya Lee, this could not have come at a different time. We need to stress the point more and by all means #couldabeenme

  6. RichardReply

    really sad to hear, still can’t really imagine how y’all feel but I see that a lot of black ppl just get just really to fastfeel sad for u al, I feel powerless at all

  7. ToddReply

    Powerful statement, beautifully crafted. Brought years to my eyes when I least expected it. I only recently discovered your music and it has been a wonderfully inspirational discovery at the time in my life God deemed it so. Much praise to you, young brother.

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  9. AmandaReply

    To say that God doesn’t see color is unBiblical. (Jordan) The Bible says that God created different nations and tongues to showcase His majesty. We shouldn’t pretend that it doesn’t exist! If you say you want to be there for a believer who deals with these things by prayer or whatever avenue then why are you trying to argue his song? He is sharing his hurt. His pain. Stuff that black people, go through. Why do you have to feel alienated for him saying that. Why does your ONE example of a bad experience have to rule out or invalidate the hurt and frustration that many black people have to face daily. Not just that one time. My husband always has to go above and beyond to make sure he comes off as non threatening to people!! Me ya sa? Why is it that he is black so he is considered scary and threatening. Why is it that he talks articulate that people feel they need to make the comment, wow you are not what I expected, or you are not like other black people. Do people go up to you and are they surprised by the way you speak? Stop for a min and just hear people out, you don’t have to agree or understand. Just show some empathy and help be a part of the solution! Thanks for sharing your heart Trip Lee.

  10. AbigailReply

    tafiya, this is good.
    My heart is hurting because there is still a reason to write songs like this. There is still a fight for black lives.
    Maybe one day we can make it right.

    <3

  11. ZaReply

    Keep up the good work Trip! Your words and your witness are powerful! May the Lord bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you!

  12. CharlotteReply

    Trip Lee man,

    Can I just state that I have grown to love the major authenticity in your voice?! Ahh it’s so raw and real! This is a great feat. bro. Very true, I am very saddened to hear about all of the corruption in which has been shown here on the air and it is crazy how bias and upside down this world can beI’m very disappointed in my own race in which has been stereotyped and broadcasted upon. The video from Brooklyn NY is one of the most saddening things I’ve seen in a long time.

  13. VictoriaReply

    I love what Jordan is saying. I myself am a black America, a woman, but in my opinion, gender doesn’t play a huge role, black woman can be targeted in discriminatory ways also. I have never been targeted personally for the color of my skin, but I like to think I’d never hate or wish bad things to someone who was to harm me or kill me in a circumstance like the ones we are talking about. Being a Christian, I’m constantly reminded of the verse where Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. If someone hates you, you love them despite that. Racism will never stop happening, but if someone attacks you, turn the other cheek. You can’t make anyone accept you, stuff like this isn’t going to stop. But we need to stop thinking that blacks are the only race targeted. The only difference is, the white on black crime is the only crime being brought up in the news. What about a white guy killing a Hispanic? Or an Asian killing a black? We are all created equally. a, there was a time when slavery was all black people knew, but today there’s slavery and racism happening among every race. God does not see the deaths of these black men any differently than he sees the death of anyone else. I think we are forgetting that concept, no person’s life matters more than another. And let’s also not forget that we really don’t know the exact facts of these crimes. tafiya, I’m not hating on your song at all, it’s great that every person has their own opinion and this is yours. Although, I will say, yes it could’ve been you, but it also could’ve been a white man. Us black people are not the only targets. Let’s try to see each other the way God sees us, 100 percent equal.

  14. DanielleReply

    As a biracial, Color blind(a, because my heritage and culture include too many different races to start focusing on one at a time. I celebrate THEM none the less) woman I can’t imagine anything that a black man is going through. Especially when people jump straight on race and leave God out of it. But I’m glad that you put God in it where he belongs. He belongs in this situation, He belongs as the Justice giver. We belong and trust in Him.

  15. AnthonyReply

    I played this song for a room full of people trying to hear their brothers and sisters cries yesterday. There were about 18 of us and 6/8 were white. Your words cemented things.

    Know that your words are reaching people in deep, beautiful ways. Thank you for your honest reflection.

  16. JohnnyReply

    If you are making this about yourself or about a specific race then it has nothing to do with God. Your song only shows why the racism issue continues the way it does because no one is willing to change the cycle only cry about how they are treated poorly white, Mexican, Asian, people die in the same ways all the time by committing crimes and being stopped by someone we have accepted as a protector. Your either for justice completely or you aren’t there is no fine lines or excuses. You bring up fears and anger, Gods not in those yet you choose to be. You put God in this so g just so Christians keep listening to you rather then making the right stand for God instead your our lyrics say your gonna stand up for racism that your going to make tis song about racism and not God. You can’t sit at 2 tables you either sit at the table if the Father or you sit at the table of the fallen. Either way you’ve lost a fan. I hope you can come to terms with your fear and see how simple respect would change fear into shared respect and working together. If it coulda been you, then maybe you need to rethink your life choices.

  17. JonReply

    He isn’t against the cops right? I don’t think. I love trip and can’t wait till his next album, whenever that maybe. Great song.

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  19. KiannaReply

    I just listened to this song and the lyrics are powerful. “Ina your bege a?” -tafiya Lee. Ina ƙaunar da shi!

  20. MarkReply

    Do all my brothers, sisters, disillusioned, and hurting. I am sorry. I am a part of this as an American. But I am listening. I hear your pain.
    I am sorry.
    The word is getting out. No criticism, only love.