Coulda Been Me Isosha esihlatshelelwayo

Ikhishwa: Gawvi
Vocals engeziwe by: J. Paul
Umsebenzi wobuciko by: Alex Medina
Mixed kanye yingcweti by: Jacob “Biz” Morris

Ivesi 1:
Musa akekho wanna ukuzwa ubuhlungu bethu
Yilokho indlela engizizwa ngayo lapho ngizizwa ezimweni ezilingayo ngokushintshashintsha izinhlelo kubo twitter amazwana, konke ngizizwa kuba imvula
They engitshela ukuthanda kungcono ubudala
Lokho Izinto musa zikhona engasekho
Kodwa lokho akulona iqiniso uma ngizibuka lezi imigwaqo
Ngakho-ke real lapho ngizizwa enjengayo coulda kwaba kimi

hook:
Umuntu uyakwazi ngithi kini indlela engizizwa ngayo manje
Ah they wanna know indlela engizizwa ngayo manje
Ngizizwa njengoHezekiya ke coulda kwaba kimi
Ngizizwa njengoHezekiya ke coulda kwaba kimi
Sonke esenziwe ngomfanekiso kaNkulunkulu obaziyo
Zonke ukuphila kwethu kunendaba, Umbono wethu alinamali
Sizwelana imbangela sifikile lapha phambi
Ubani omsulwa angazi
Kodwa coulda kwakungesikhathi kimi
Ngizizwa njengoHezekiya ke coulda kwaba kimi

Ivesi 2:
Nalapho azange ngazi bona Mike Brown
I cha azi Trayvon
Nalapho azange ngazi bona Sean Bell
Kodwa ngiyazi bona bengasekho
I cha azi Oscar Grant noma Tamir Rice
Nalapho azange ngazi bona Eric Garner
Kodwa ngiyazi bona ukuphila
Ingabe nina ngaphezu kwazo ethi esibukweni tv
I hate I got uhlu olude, wena finna ubone ukuthi ngiphakamisa izwi ngimemeza
Cause Ngizizwa sengathi awuboni thina namakhosi
Senzelwe lokubusa ofana Naye, bacabanga thina fiends abaswele
Bengingekho lapho bedinga badubule owesilisa
Angikwazi ukuxazulula amacala, ngeke sithi I can
Kodwa ngiyazi ukuphila eseyinsizwa black
Uyazi Angikwazi mad ukuthi abanye abaqondi
Kodwa mhlawumbe ubungenza
Uma ubuka impilo yami futhi wema lapho ngimi
Sebenzisa amehlo ami ukuba sibheke lezi ezitaladini
Akuve real kakhulu lapho ngizizwa enjengayo coulda kwaba kimi

hook:
Umuntu uyakwazi ngithi kini indlela engizizwa ngayo manje
Ah they wanna know indlela engizizwa ngayo manje
Ngizizwa njengoHezekiya ke coulda kwaba kimi
Ngizizwa njengoHezekiya ke coulda kwaba kimi

Ivesi 3:
Ake ubone ngeso lengqondo me njengoba teen
Wokuhlunga ophuza esitolo lapho ngikubonile
Cashier ongibukayo, khona-ke ukumemeza
Amaphuzu at hip yami futhi ungitshela Ngithathe ngimbone
Kodwa yima, I cha azi ukuthi ngineminyaka ukuthi scary
Mina is not know ukuthi ngangingeke ngikwazi ukudubula wena nge blackberry
yayixaka kakhulu, that he saw me as a thug
Lapho Ngizobe akazange abanjwe icala, never weba noma uthenge izidakamizwa
Noma kanjani iziqubu isikhathi ukuthi ngahileleka a show
Full of injabulo, finna rap for lengqondo igumbi eligcwele abantu
Ngaphandle-ke Ngikuthola kungcono isibhamu ebusweni bami
Ozankosi ezandleni zami, pussycat phansi okhalweni
Kuyinto ol efanayo, ol efanayo
Ngangiphile incazelo ka eyisigebengu ukuthi bayamazi
Bangibonisa isithombe, Woza
Uyadlala? Asazi bheka like
Well the cops thought we did if you looking right
Wonke black man Ngiyazi
izindaba Got njengabakade, avuna lokho is awuhlwanyeli
Lapho bacabanga wena Thug kusukela gxuma
It ayibalulekile uma ngiboshwa nge futha
Bheka Angazi uma Mike Brown izandla zakhe phezulu do
Kodwa Ngibhalela ethi homie I'ma asukume
Futhi I'ma ngithi kini ngizizwa ngizibuka lezi imigwaqo
Futhi bathi real lapho ngizizwa enjengayo coulda kwaba kimi

hook

Ivesi 4:
Skies kokuzizwa grey, amehlo abomvu
Ukungqubuzana Black and white, amafu phezu kwekhanda
Koze kube baze bezwa lokho esikushilo
Koze kube baze ukuzwa lokho Ngathi?
Shout kuwo wonke amaphoyisa okuhle
Ukulwa guys ezimbi, okwenza izitobhi okuhle
Ngiyakuzonda ukuthi phezu emabhuloki hood
Ekugcineni bangase bazame yinhlama kuwe nazo zonke izigebengu
I wanna ngithi bonke bami abasha abamnyama ngokwebala,
Ngiyazi ukuthi abe nomuzwa wokuthi thina nje ngeke siyinqobe
Kodwa intukuthelo yakho ningoni
Musa qinisa lokho ecabanga
Ungavumeli akekho esitshela is hhayi got kuwufanele
Abanye ngeke azame ukubavala kithi phansi ngeke isebenze
Ngiyazi ukuthi akuyona fair, kodwa siyazi ukuthi Uyabanakekela
Futhi ngelinye ilanga uzoba iyosula izinyembezi

nezinye
Iphi ithemba lakho at? Imayini na
Uphi ithemba lakho at? Imayini na
Thina safike umsebenzi okwakudingeka awenze, kodwa ithemba lami liphakathi kwayo
Zahamba basebenze kanzima ukuze baphinde futhi, kodwa ithemba lami liphakathi kwayo

amasheya

32 imibono

  1. Yisho: Coulda Been Me — UHAMBO LEE

  2. JordanPhendula

    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: “Musa akekho wanna ukuzwa ubuhlungu bethu”. Pretty sure I know what it means. The word “yethu” 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, “Sonke esenziwe ngomfanekiso kaNkulunkulu obaziyo”. 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. Trip, 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.

    • ToryPhendula

      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, futhi lokho kuyinto enhle! 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, njll. 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. Nokho, we are different, futhi lokho kulungile! I’m half black, half white, and have a ton ofblack traits,” futhi “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.

      • NatePhendula

        Tori,

        Your words have inspired me to write a song using a variation of your words: “We are all created in the Imago Dei, Nokho, 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.

        Grace Nokuthula,
        Nate

    • TaevanPhendula

      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!

    • JoshPhendula

      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. Ngiyabonga.

  3. MichaelPhendula

    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

  4. RichardPhendula

    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

  5. ToddPhendula

    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.

  6. Yisho: New Music: Trip Lee – “Coulda Been Me” |

  7. AmandaPhendula

    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!! Kungani? 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.

  8. AbigailPhendula

    Trip, 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

  9. WillPhendula

    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!

  10. CharlottePhendula

    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.

  11. VictoriaPhendula

    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. Yebo, 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. Trip, 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.

  12. DaniellePhendula

    As a biracial, Color blind(Yebo, 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.

  13. AnthonyPhendula

    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.

  14. JohnnyPhendula

    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.

  15. JonPhendula

    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. song Great.

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  17. KiannaPhendula

    I just listened to this song and the lyrics are powerful. “Iphi ithemba lakho at?” -Trip Lee. Ngiyithandile!

  18. MarkPhendula

    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.