it takes a village to make a record

by Ray Prim

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released November 6, 2013

Vocals:
Suzanna Choffel, Tameca Jones, Denitia Odigie, Kacy Crowley, Karma Stewart, Courtney Sanchez, Serafia Jane, Aly Tadros Drew Davis , Sara Riesner Candice Saunders, Prophit Child, Ginger Leigh
U Better Sing! Ensemble, Tina Renee and Ray Prim

Keys:
James Clarke and Marianna Tanguy

Guitars:
Israel Garcia, Tom Meny, Daniel David, Tate Farrar and Ray Prim

Bass:
Chris Reyna , Alberto Ferrar and Ray Prim

Brass:
C-Funk Horns and Bruno Horns

Strings:
April Stephens and Kristen Randolph

Recorded, Mixed, Engineered and Produced by Ray Prim at Ghetto Lounge Studios.

Horns for "Y can't U C" Recorded at Wonderland Studios by Tim Casterline

Mastered by Stephen Miller

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Ray Prim Austin, Texas

Ray Prim is a Singer Soulwriter based in Austin, Texas. His music takes you back to the days when songs were inspiring, meaningful and thought provoking. His tunes are melody-based short stories that anyone can related to and identify with. It only takes one of his many songs to be instantly hooked. Five words sums it up -
Ear Candy for the Soul...
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Track Name: baby gurl featuring Candice Saunders and Prophit Child
when she was just a little girl
maybe five or 7
you could tell boy right away
that she'd be trouble , trouble
no matter what was said
she would never listen
it was like talking to a wall
still...
can't help but love her, lover her
want her to avoid
all the pain she felt
want her to stay clear
of all the boys that will
treat her like a door step
see her as an object
baby gurl
when will you learn
baby gurl
must you always learn the hard way
baby gurl your moma been done that road still
no matter what we say to you...

It all goes out the window with a crash
Baby gurl wanna be so fly
Running from plane jane her propellers taking a nose dive
Them angels wings can't carry you AND yo baggage
Use to be so sweet why should it end so tragic
You know better than all that you was raised better
Wanna take a walk on the wild side cause it pays better
Somewhere developed the saying never to say never
Till life caught you and pierced right through ya skin cause it ain't leather
Now you think back on all the moments you missed and ain't treasure
Like when mom and dad were schooling you to it and ain't let up
And all you was thinking then is why they talking can't shut up
Fast forward to being fed up with what they warned you ahead of time... slipping
Don't wait for none
Don't be thirtsy the spoils go to the patient one
now you sipping ace and rum with a future basic bum
Screaming on the inside looking for a place to run hun

now she snuck up on that age
where the boys start looking
she grew into her shape
so now they trippin trippin
pretending to be sleep
late nights scheming
plans of sneaking boys inside her room
girl you needs a whippin whippin

baby gurl
when will you learn
baby gurl
must you always learn the hard way
baby gurl your moma been done that road still
baby gurl you'll never learn
she wants ya to avoid all the pain she felt
she wants you to believe in the cards your dealt
she wants you to achieve much more than her
but no matter what we say to you
it all goes out the window.
Track Name: Y Can't U C Feat. Karma Stewart and Courtney Sanchez
Y CAN'T U C
gave me a reason to leave
still i ain't going no where
i guess i no longer believe
that i can do better
for got how it feels to free (pour your heart out girl)
to have a body with no bruises
forgot how it feels to be seen
instead of looked at.
girl why can't you see
why can't you see it
why can't you see

she gave me a reason to swing
still that don't make it right
no matter how much i drink
i know
that sh.... (watch it now..this a clean show baby)
i think it's time for some help
i don't seem to be getting no smarter
i'm only fooling myself
and she's killing what's left
why can't you see
why can't you see it
why can't you see
oh lord...please lord...help me out
oh lord...please lord......help me stop
girl i think it's time for some help
you don't seem to be getting no smarter
your only fooling yourself
and he's killing what's left
why can't you see
why can't you see it
why can't you see
Track Name: Let me Go Feat. Ginger Leigh
LET ME GO
you features break me
they tear me apart
your words deceive me
still i know who you are
the thirst keeps coming
over and over again
your heart starts drumming
the closer you get
forever standing
in the house of reign
please...won't you..let me go
it's the way you ride me
and leave me right on the edge
it's the way you kiss me all over my body baby
then leave me for dead
for ever standing
please...won't you..let me go
i can't stay here...i can't stay here forever
baby please...
won't you..let me go
Track Name: Take Me Feat. Sara Riesner
TAKE ME
somewhere there is a place
where our mistakes can be erased
and we can share a beer
there is no fear of what others think
somewhere there is a town
where we can go and lie around
and do nothing at all
every day is fall
and all we do is eat and drink
take me....take me
you just say the words and i'm yours
take me ...take me
you just let me know and i'll go
some where there is sky
where we can go and we can lie
all day in the sun
no one get's burned
and color doesn't mean a thing
somewhere there is a view'
where all the girls are beautiful
and all the men behave
it's so beautiful
some day you'll see
take me....take me
you just say the words and i'm yours
take me ...take me
you just let me know and i'll go
Track Name: Jokes On U Feat. Aly Tadros
JOKES ON U
been waiting all her life
for her mr. right
he's going to make things better
so she's been piling up
all these lustful thoughts
for someone who'd love her
she's got herself a man
who's got himself a plan
and a list of numbers
she's number 17
that's all she'll ever be
he never really loved her
hey hey....guess what?
the jokes on u now
hey hey hey hey...guess what?
oh well his whole life's been
this little town right there
next to the mississippi
wanted to see the world
wasn't as privilege so
him and his friends enlisted
while in his army greens
a little country dreamed
of their independance...so
his uncle shipped them off
to go and wake them up
but that kind of dead ain't sleeping
hey hey....guess what?
the jokes on u now
hey hey hey hey...gueess what?
it's on you
the joke is on
Track Name: Home Feat. Sarafia
HOME
he thinks i'm fearless but i'm scared to death
i say too much when enough is said
i believe in god but i'm not religious
i believe i'm sick
but i'm not contagious
i can't explain it
it just feels like
home
home to me
i'm the meanest
i'm the sweetest
person you'll ever meet
and some girls think i'm the prettiest
the ugliest
thing they ever seen
i'm hopeful
i'm doubtful
i'm a complete mess
sometimes i'm good in bed
sometimes i'm the worst she's ever had
but at least i try my best
to make it feel like
home
home to me
Track Name: The Meaning Feat. Drew Davis
THE MEANING
hey little moma with the used guitar
why you strumming in this club with a troubled heart
ain't soul inside
girl why don't you call it a night
hey there mister won't ya hit road
don't ya got somewhere else to go
it's been a long long day
and ever day is the same
slow down moma no disrespect
that ain't meaning of my purpose don't get upset
i'm just as tired as you
we're all just trying to make it through
sorry i get defensive man my fuse is short
don't be coming at me strong or you'll find yourself
on the loosing end
you ain't been where i been
since i was born all i wanted
since i was born all i wanted was...to
hey little moma don't ya cut it short
tell me what's the problem my ears are yours
we all could use some help
hell i've been there myself
if you really wanna help take a seat right there
i'll tell you all about how this scene ain't fair
just wanna play my songs
but skynards all they want
since i was born all i wanted
since i was born all i wanted was...to
oh all i want to do is
sing and write songs that last forever
make a living off the chords that i use
avoid a 9 to 5 to stay alive
it ain't a living if you hate what your doing
you get what i'm saying now mr.?
can you sing it again little sister
oh all i want to do is
sing and write songs that last forever
make a living off the chords that i use
avoid a 9 to 5 to stay alive
it ain't a living if you hate what your doing
you get what i'm saying now mr.?
i think that i do little sister
you wanna sing and write songs that last forever
make a living off the chords that you use
avoid a 9 to 5 to stay alive
that ain't a living if you hate what your doing
you get what i'm saying now mr.?
respect what you do little sisters
i respect what ya do yeah
make it do what it do
Track Name: Better Off As Friend Feat. Tameca Jones
BETTER OFF AS FRIENDS
i gave you my love
i gave you my soul
and still it wasn't enough
i try as hard as i can
you tried as hard as you could
oh and it wasn't enough
walk away while you can
girl run as fast as you can
it felt like...
i gave you my life,
my wallet, my pride
and still it wasn't enough
i sacrificed my youth,
i sacrificed my time
and still it wasn't enough
don't forget who you are
i won't forget who you were
so...
i let you break my heart
over and over
i let you break my heart
over and over
all my friends say
she don't love you the way that you'd like
but it's ok
that's funny cause my friends say
he don't love you the way that you like
but it's ok
cause if they loved you
they wouldn't break your heart
over and over
walk away while you can
run as fast as you can
cause sometimes your better off as friends
you better off as friends
Track Name: Living on Hope Feat. Kacy Crowley and Denita Odigie
LIVING ON HOPE
i notice people come together in the strangest situations
takes a plane to hit a building
a flood to get them hugging
8 years for them to notice
that they are living in recession
now a brothers got to save them after years of oppression
and they uh
they get you living on hope
things aren't quite the same as they were when we were smaller
say the churches look little
man the liquor stores got taller and
god lost his tittle to the almighty dollar now
babies round this world are getting raised with out fathers
and they uh
they get you living on hope
trust me...i know
nothing like relying on
trust me...i know
trust me...i know
nothing like depending on
i know i know
i notice people come together in the time you least expect it
when a heart gets broken or somebody feels rejected
when reflections stop smiling
and ya don't quite feel connected
when the loneliness is calling
your sanity's infected that's when
you ....ah
Track Name: For Us To Know Feat. Drew Davis and the U Better Sing! Ensemble
FOR US TO KNOW
my friends they ask me why
why i love you so
they just wanna know
what can it be
you own my heart because
your the only one who sees
the possibilities in me
oh and i can't let that go
no no
my friends they ask me why
why do you try so hard
the boys got you climbing walls
what are we missing
you own my heart because
your the only one who's knows
what no one knows
and it makes no difference
and i can't let that go
no no
ain't no such thing as perfect love
ain't no such thing as happily ever after
if you find what you want
and your what they need then
don't let go
no no