Born In Babylon

Release Date: 09/29/2009

  1. Born In Babylon
  2. Losing My Mind
  3. Used to Matter
  4. Bleed Through (feat. Black Boo of Mambo Sauce)
  5. You and Me (feat. Chris Boomer)
  6. Don’t Forget
  7. Decide You’re Gone
  8. I Don’t Wanna Wait
  9. I Tried (feat. Gentleman and Tamika)
  10. Never Ever
  11. Waking Up
  12. Summer Breeze
  13. Thunderstorms
  14. Here I Am (feat. Rebelution)
  15. Rest of My Life (Bonus Track)


1. Born In Babylon

Written by Jacob Hemphill

I came from nothing but not
nothing like “nothing”
“Nothing,” like “nobody thought
I was something”…
“Nothing,” like “called every
name in the book,”
But for every second guess, I
Never gave a second look
Look, I tell myself “Don’t let it
get to me.” ‘Cuz if the best
they got is not impressing me,
then there’s no reason they
should get the best of me,
while they were aiming at my
words they missed the rest of me

How can I stop all these
critics from their talking
The more I do, the more they say
But there’s no way I’m stopping
so they just keep on talking,
who do you think I think I am?

I got the feeling that there’s
more like me
Born in Babylon but you just
got to be free
Shackles on your feet that
you and me can’t see, but
you can feel them and they’re
heavy, so you need that key
And now you’re looking at your
hands, saying “Man, if I ditch
the system, these could be mine.”
But then you hear a voice
come up from behind,
“Don’t even think about
stepping out of line…”

My friends are deep and they’re
all I got, and they stand up behind
me if you like it or not
And I’m telling you that the Fire’s
Hot, did you see that smoke
and did you hear that shot…
‘cuz it’s a war and in the
middle I AM
So judge now with
your pen in hand
cuz I’m too busy to
judge another man, I’m trying
to write the blueprint
for all the world to understand
They won’t stop talk, and I
regret me giving you any
little voice at all
But saving this world just
comes with a cost,…
…maybe they were right
from the start… “Maybe I should
not be myself, ‘cuz I’m just giving
these critics help…”
And it makes me twist my stomach
in half, that My Pen and His pen
are put into the same
breath. If I never tried to do
this at all, then I think he’d
be out of a job. “…and maybe
I just should’ve stayed in bed,
stay out of the booth and
put all these guitars in the closet…”
“…maybe I should go back to school,
but any more education just makes
me feel like a fool…” So I guess
I gotta let critics talk, ‘cuz

2. Losing My Mind

Written by Jacob Hemphill

There’s no pictures on the wall
there’s no rise and there’s
no fall, and in the morning,
I’m all right, alone without you.
There’s no phones and
there’s no calls
There’s no talking to you at all
And I don’t care,
late at night when it’s not you
But when I look out in the rain
I think about the past
I want it again
I think about the way you feel
inside, I start losing my mind
I’m losing my mind

There’s no formulated plans
there’s no way and there’s no chance
– it’s been too long –
and it’s all back behind me
There’s no going down that road
and I know right where it goes
If I keep walking away,
nothing reminds me

There’s no fights and there’s no tears
there’s no need if you’re not here
And I’m not the same anyway, anymore
There’s no need to write this song
‘cuz there’s no changing what’s
been done,
And there’s no changing what’s inside
And it looks like it’s gonna storm

3. Used To Matter

Written by Jacob Hemphill

See, these days it’s different,
It’s all new. The old is gone
and I am too.
Wishing I was closer to
back when it used to matter
All my coins are gone,
it’s plastic now
My iPad’s got me asking “how
could all my albums take
me down
To Back When It Used
To Matter?”

Now it seems that we
are all wrapped up so tight,
light just can’t get in
And I feel that we can’t see
and I feel, it’s not “maybe”
See, my watch is worthless,
so is my pen
And it seems nothing is
greater than
something that takes me
way back when, to
back when it used to matter
All the words I write
are on a screen,
And the friends I have
have “added” me
And there’s no record
of anything,
and now we all cease
to matter

So you die when you turn 22
but they gonna wait to bury you
‘cuz you got a 9 to 5 to do
And that’s supposed to matter
So you replace your time
in between
with other peoples’
hopes and dreams
And they live their lives on
your TV
And now you don’t even matter
I just want us to be who we’re
supposed to be and who we are
Doesn’t it seem like we’re kinda
far from the original plan
From the start Back
When It used To Matter
The one thing I can’t have
is what I want…
who decided it’s gonna
end up this way?
Who decided that you
could not stay?
You won’t be here by
the end of my day,
cuz I can’t even listen
to the words I say.
And they live their lives on
your TV
And now you don’t even matter
I just want us to be who were
supposed to be and who we are
Doesn’t it seem like we’re kinda
far from the original plan
from the start Back
When It Used To Matter

4. Bleed Through

Written by Jacob Hemphill and Black Boo

Every time I pick up a pen,
it’s all you
And there beside me
in my mirror, all I can see
is us two, the pages
turn so fast,
and like all old pages do,
the words, they bleed through

Get back in my arms, they’re
just hanging by my side
Losing hold of you has
left me dry
Tell me where you run to –
where do you hide?
You know you never once
left my mind
Tell yourself I’m sorry
for the things that I’ve done
Tell yourself you’ve never seen
the barrel of that gun
Tell yourself it’s over now
and not to run
And tell yourself I’m sorry
for what I’ve done

Listen while I’m talking,
I don’t do it too much
I can’t help feeling
that came between us
What ever happened to
the way that it was?
The one thing I can’t have
is what I want…
Who decided it’s gonna
end up this way?
Who decided that you
could not stay?
You won’t be here by
the end of my day,
‘cuz I can’t even listen
to the words I say

I swear you never really miss it till it’s half
gone and you tighten up your grip trying to
hold on didn’t really appreciate it when it’s
in your arms and you can relate to every
word in your song like was I wrong? But
I know I’m right but in hindsight, I
blame the limelight maybe I just needed
time to get my mind right maybe we’ll recon-
nect when the times right trying to think
about the causes – was I too bossy – exactly
what the cause is I was told to step in love
with some caution ‘cuz love and shit is no
difference in the darkness but love is where
the heart is and you can see the
blood as it’s dripping through the gauzes
so I guess I fell out of love with her smile
and more in love with applauses

It’s quiet in my house,
your silence is my home,
and everything reminds me
that I am all alone
It’s quiet where you used to be,
and now that you’re gone
it’s not a sound, not a word,
but a dial tone
It’s quiet when I’m drinking
It’s quiet when I smoke,
It’s … when I’m eating, oh
and I sleep all alone
It’s quiet now, it was louder
then, I stand still like a stone
Only from my dreams you won’t go

How did I get in this predicament was I
influenced by the benefits ‘cuz I was hitting
on so many chicks, loving you and leaving
you was the only sentiment but I guess I
wasn’t ready for you ‘cuz I’m rubbing your
feet, cooking spaghetti for you
taking you to parka, winning teddies for you
but in my heart I’m thinking there’s someone
better for you but my heart’s like “No, not this
again cut it out Black, you know how
this’ll end.” And I swear that I really was
listening but my _______ was yelling and my
heart was just whispering so you know who
I listened to now my heart’s bitching ‘cuz he’s
missing you got my eyes staring at some old
flicks of you and my nose swear that he still
smells the scent of you and my soul’s saying
“Damn, she was meant for you.”

Why won’t you come back
I’m losing part of myself
I’ve been wondering, watching,
waiting so long
I’ve been talking I been listening
I’ve been writing my songs
I’ve been hoping you’ve been
hearing on this radio now,
that I’m not with you

5. You and Me

Written by Jacob Hemphill with inspiration from Boomer

It’s You and Me
and it’s always been
and how I feel about you,
there’s no end.
But you made me
chase you around
And then you need me again
when you fall down.

And when this dance is done,
you and me are still
the only ones.
Yeah, since Time begun
and I’m still with you
even when you’re gone.
So I start it, and you stop it
So I want it
knowing that you’re walking

It’s you and me and we’re
back again…
Don’t introduce me to all
your “new friends,” man…
Why do you make me
chase you around?
Why do your words make me
not make a sound…

6. Don’t Forget

Written by Jacob Hemphill

It wasn’t you, it’s just the way we
Roll the dice, if these
cards would fall right
It wasn’t you, it’s just the
timing and the place that’s wrong
and something is gone, but
Don’t You Forget about the Life
that we talked about you
cruise and you’re forgetting:
Table’s got a leg to stand on,
A life to hang on, it’s
you that you Deceive

It wasn’t you
who put yourself in all these
games, these neverending
ways, yeah…
I know it’s not you –
‘cuz I can feel the Fire
blaze those same
Light Rays, yeah

It wasn’t you
‘cuz noone sees themselves
At all the same as
Anybody else and
It wasn’t you
‘cuz every little thing
has changed, but
I know it’s never too late
we all need some legs to stand

7. Decide You’re Gone

Written by Jacob Hemphill

I used to think that I
could go this all alone,
I used to think
I could do it by myself
But I found another
one like me walking alone,
I don’t think she stands a
chance with no one else
But anyway,

I’ll be here, and you’ll be
there, and we’ll be by the phone
I’ll be sitting, watching you
waiting for you to decide
you’re gone

When I’m calling, if I’m
calling someone else,
it don’t feel the same as
when I’m calling you.
I mean it.
And in a world I more
and more can’t understand
it would be hard to
lose something that I do
So watch the days,
‘cuz they all turn
into the night.
And watch the sun
‘cuz it turns into the moon
And in a world that won’t
stop turning us around
At least we know who
we can turn to

Is it too much,
Is it too far,
Is it too long,
And now you’re gone
And I’ll be here,
And you’ll be there,
and you will decide that
you’re gone

8. I Don’t Wanna Wait

Written by Jacob Hemphill

They say “way back when
knew how” but there’s nothing
telling you now just to
Do your right and not your
wrong, when wrong is easy, and
right is hard, and
we’ve all got our weaknesses
and only you know what yours is
But your “tomorrows” are all
that seem to escape from
your lips…

But I don’t wanna wait today
for something that might never
ever show it’s face again
A promise that I’ve heard too
much already, to me,
it seems ridiculous to trust
in all of your games you play.
It’s 1 life, 1 world, 1 chance
And I don’t wanna wait

Moving forward to right now
– A government that let us down
– A racist leader noone trusted
– An army that’s bigger than us and
– A poverty on a global scale
– A fragile world with
fragile air and fragile water
I’m sure they’’ll put off
till tomorrow…

I’m skipping forward to the
ending, to that point all too
impending, to that moment
that all this stops, that one day
when that bottom drops
and WE remember our voices,
we had our chance, and we
had our choices, but
TIME is a luxury WE AS A
PEOPLE might not no longer afford
…there’s not enough time…
…you know I’ve got a lot on my mind…
…I could reach the end of the line…
…no, I’m not fine…
It’s not for me, I’m done with
all your games, I realize now
that I don’t wanna wait

9. I Tried

Written by Jacob Hemphill and Gentleman

I can’t forget that
day I got you
there’s something about
you, I just watched you
Like something I tried
but I forgot to…
It’s not that I want to
It’s just that I lost you
Thoughts of you
run over in my mind and I
Try so hard to just press
rewind. Something I held
maybe one time and I…
All I do is think
But thinking about you
never brought you back,
so far from you in my
mind I go.
But my heart hurts
and brings me back
before I know
And all I do is think
I tried to change,
I tried to stay,
I tried to stay the same
I tried to work
I tried for her, I tried

All I know, the more that I think
about it is the deeper the doubt it
is unsure what this emotion prom-
ises, what kind of pain and strain
it is so many times I’ve done that
before, told myself that I should
know more seek and
get past it, now that I lost it,
there is no bridge so how can I
cross it down so low in the valley
of decision, clouded mind disturb-
ing my vision bleeding heart af-
fecting my vision, compromising
on this love mission and no
matter how me try, still she can’t
just satisfy, how could the truth
be a lie water drop out of me eye
‘cuz me see the well run dry.

Memories of you keep flashing
through my mind can’t keep it up
and me can’t resign,
desolation street and me nah see
no sign. Got to rise above, to
cross borderline

10. Never Ever

Written by Jacob Hemphill

She’s looking like she might’ve
felt all this before
yeah like she’s seen
all of these signs
I’ll understand if she can’t
do this anymore
She’ll understand if
I stay blind, you know

Because I never ever
wanna look around
Out of my sight and I’ll be
out of town…

She asks me “Look how could
this all be so simple?”
“Simplicity is in your mind.”
I’ll understand if she just
walks right out that door,
I keep my love on the inside

Because I never ever
want to slow down
I’ve got no moss and she’s got
no hope now
Sometimes I wonder
what is all this running for
she knows the thought’s
crossed my mind
But then I put my feet
right back down on earth
and this world spins
one more time

11. Summer Breeze

Written by Jacob Hemphill and Bobby Lee

You can feel it in the summer
breeze, there’s something in the
trees, some kind of long lost feeling
It kinda feels like there’s
something wrong, something that
we’re doing, or not doing,
it’s far gone…

Another way that maybe we
forgot, but maybe we still need…
…what am I not remembering…
‘cuz I can feel it in the
summer breeze, and it keeps
calling me…

So I’m singing out so
birds start singing again
And I’m playing just so
bells start ringing again…
And I’m yelling, hoping I’ll
start thinking again,
and chasing after your
in-born concept
I catch a flicker in the mirror
‘cuz I’m looking for you
but all I see is me but I know
that’s hardly true.
The T.V. lies to Me
red, green and blue (rgb)
turn it to black and stare
and I can still see you…

I try to search inside myself
to find the right and the wrong
But it’s so complicated; knowing
what to keep anymore
It’s even harder to put into words
or write in a song,
But for some reason I can’t
move along
‘cuz karma happens, doesn’t
matter ’bout which bible I got
and I can feel it in the air
whether I read it or not,
so I’m continuing to search
and watch this road that I walk,
it’s on the tip of my tongue
so I talk

I can remember in my mind
way back before my time
a memory lived through
my DNA line And…
I can see it in Jah signs
that we could be just fine
let history reveal the truth
we need to find but…
The memory’s are long gone
forgotten truths hid from
the youths through many
years by babylon so…
So we sing it in this song
with hopes to resurrect
consciousness back through
our daughters and our sons

I got this feeling that I’ve
had in me before I could speak
And when I could, I couldn’t tell
people how it felt to me
It’s like there’s something in
my heart that lets me know
that I’m free, but I don’t ever
know when that will be
that’s if I name it. Also, if
it even happens at all,
‘cuz I’m related to a place
I’ve never been to or saw…
…until that day I’m watching,
waiting on this road that I walk,
it’s in the back of my mind
all day long

12. Waking Up

Written by Jacob Hemphill

I’m just now waking up
to what life is facing us
and to what we’ve all become
Some people call your name,
but it’s not the same…
I’m just now waking up

We think we know good,
we think we know the bad,
we think we know just what
this world is spinning for
We think we move up,
while we’re stepping back
increasing till this world,
it just can’t take no more
And I’ve got myself to blame, my
acid rain is my tears
My church is blue and green, from
space, I mean, it’s clear…
We’re supposed to watch over
this world, ‘cuz we’re the ones
with all the guns and all the cars.
But all we do is increase the
load, ‘cuz we’re the ones with
all the guns and all the cars
And we’ve got our shoes to fill, and
we won’t until we drop
‘cuz this race can’t be
endured if we don’t
know where to stop
we’re visiting here, we’re just
passing here, can’t settle down
we’re like the wind here, yeah we
blow in here and we blow out
But I’ve got myself to blame,
and I want be here for too long
But I’ll leave my footprints here
before we’re all gone.

13. Thunderstorms

Written by Jacob Hemphill

I don’t know one thing about you not
knowing a thing about me
‘cuz we drop down into all your
thunderstorms, and claim it’s not
your lightning
So now the fire’s gone in my eyes
they grow cold for a while
and I don’t feel your heat
These words have been said
over and around it, but
I don’t hear no talking, you’re talking
I’ll be stopping, I’ll be starting,
I’ll be wondering why we don’t
know what we do…
I’m a be the same, even if I’m
walking by my self
I’m just wondering why…
I never ever saw us clearly,
and clearly we’re both to blame
But silence and progress
were my thing
and your thing was calling
my name
Now you can see your whole
life without me
I’m quietly in mine without you
The distances of continents
and the phone calls offsetting
them, there’s some things that
I guess I can’t do, too…
So my name remains Prisoner,
trapped in my world that’s gone.
And I’m the only one
who still lives here,
and I’ve got all the lights off
Now you can stop and
visit me in my cell
and we can talk if we’ve
got the time
then you can start to
go on your way
‘cuz I believe I’ve found mine…

14. Here I Am

Written by Jacob Hemphill with inspiration from Marley

She calls me when I’m in town,
I pretend I’m not around
but she sees on her screen I am,
so here I am, here I am.

She don’t call me one and only,
no, she just calls me when
she gets lonely something I do gets
her there, so feel better + get well…
There’s no love without this pain
there’s no one time without again
And there’s no way that I am
what she needs now –
I’m just a passing glance
not a for sure, but a chance
and there’s no way that I am
what she sees now…

Backwards now and we’re back again
sideways just to find our friends
on this road is changing every
thing I know upside down inside my head,
let’s just talk about something else
The sun gets brighter and takes
me along…
Oh these curtains never close –
– there’s only one way that this goes –
we turn in circles and we lose our
places new faces around, but no
replacements I’ve found…
Can we just find a way to
go back home…