Sincerely Yours​.​.​. Greatest Hits Vol. II

by Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

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tmg501 Super bass lines, strings, brass, drums and backing vocals. Hope they issue this on vinyl too. The best soul retro motown sound circa 68 -72 but no cover versions which is great these days. Good to listen to in-between rare soul nights. I am an ex northern soul allinighter punter/ Dingwalls talking loud purveyor back in the day. Wish the band every success.they deserve it. Favorite track: Just Wanna Leave.
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Produced by Dan Kramer. Artwork by Gina Freedman and Ernest D'Amaso. Cover photography by Nate Troisi.

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released February 19, 2019

Ernest D'Amaso - Lead vocals

Alisha Neverson - Backup vocals
Kendall Sherman - Backup vocals
Amanda Khiri - Backup vocals
Marianne Cheng - Backup vocals
Elizabeth LeBaron - Backup vocals
Steve Woodzell - Guitar, backup vocals
Dan Kramer - Bass, percussion, backup vocals
Rob Farren - Piano, electric piano, organ, flute
Dodi Wiemuth - Drums, percussion
Domingo Mercedes - Percussion
Michael Pallas - Trombone
Rodney Siau - Trumpet
J.S. Williams - Trumpet
Soils Tshepo Puoane - Tenor Saxophone
Tony Barba - Tenor Saxophone
Morgan Price - Baritone Saxophone
Bob Lewis - French Horn
Charles Benson - French Horn
Jaime Marcelo - Violin
Michael Hunter - Violin
Trevor New - Viola
Bobbie Crow - Cello

Recording engineers: Rob Farren, Dan Kramer
Mixing engineer: Dan Kramer
Mastering Engineer: Mark Alan Miller

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Track Name: Fun City
well i remember
a day this was the town
broke as can be, but free and proud
can't hide my temper
I can't take what's going down now
this soulless greed that's creeping around

CHORUS:
It's plain to see that times are changing
These ain't the streets that I was raised in
they put a toll on everything
but on the whole, well, i still think...

that it's a fun city!

Once she was hated
forsaken by the hive
left her for dead yet she survived
now she wants payment
for raising up the five
never forget she sacrificed

and now they're lining up, driving up the prices
free trade done raised the rent
but at least we're seeing crime decline
and yet in spite of it, we wind up in a crisis
greed made us great again
but that beast needs feeding all the time

CHORUS:
It's plain to see that times are changing
red-lining, dividing, displacing
community is on the brink
how could it be that i still think...

that it's a fun city?

this ain't the place to be now
this ain't the place for me now
there goes the neighborhood
bought and sold for the greater good
and that's the quest for profit
we're powerless to stop it

so...

i guess I surrender
those 'hoods that raised us up strong
now make us feel we don't belong
best i forget her
those good old days are long gone
her fate's been sealed, so say so-long

CHORUS:
Cause it's plain to see that times are changing
These ain't the streets that I was raised in
i feel so old, and near extinct
man, she's so cold, but i still think...

why do i still think she's fun?

yeah, it's a sign the times are changing, they're changing
gotta get away, just let me get away
i gotta go,and do my thing
it's not my home, but i still think

that it's a fun city!
Track Name: Just Wanna Leave
what makes a home
well, i reckon it's nothing easy
but from the second you come to greet me
i feel right at home
but let me make it known
i turned the page when we got together
my home's changed, and not for the better
now i'm alright to roam

CHORUS:
and It's not that
(I just wanna leave for you honey)
you got that?
(I just wanna leave)
we all know
(that I wanna leave for you honey)
but also
(I just wanna leave)

what makes a home
ain't just where there's a roof above me
but people sharing my groove, who love me
who make me feel at home
but now that groove is gone
i see all my friends are leaving
don't make any sense for me then
and so i'm moving on

CHORUS:
and It's not that
(I just wanna leave for you honey)
you got that?
(I just wanna leave)
we all know
(that I wanna leave for you honey)
but also
(I just wanna leave)

ooooo
i need you
it's true
i wanna leave too
and baby
i know it's crazy
but maybe
if you take me
you will see
you complete me
change is easy
girl, believe me
Track Name: Flying
i wake up in the morning
i jump right out of bed
and by the time the light is dawning
on my baby's head
i'm in line, line, line
i'm waiting at the gate

and what's to come is really hard to say
and where she's from is really far away

but i'm flying
she got me flying

now i ain't superstitious
don't believe until i see
ain't about to start counting chickens
i'm getting the milk for free
but i can't hide it, hide it, hide it
she's making me believe

and although it's heavy, and it's strange
and i know that everything could change

still i'm flyin
she got me flyin

now i'm one to keep promise
and i got some vows to say
and i know that my baby's home is
a thousand miles away
but i'll try, try, try
if that's the price i pay

then i don't mind, i'll leave without a trace
and i'll be fine when i see my baby's face

so i'm flying
she got me flying
Track Name: One of a Million
everywhere that you go, the fellas love you baby
you're always getting to choose
and baby, surely you know, so why you act so confused?
and so unenthused?

well, i know you think that's it's better to be so picky, baby
and i'm just a face in your crowd
but when the tables are turned
i'm always picking you out
there's no doubt

and you got
everything that you want now, baby
but i got something you need
i know it's time, and i should be moving on, but baby
i only follow your lead

CHORUS:
so what can i do
it's all a matter of view
while you're one in a million to me
but i'm one of a million to you

everywhere that i go the ladies love me baby
they say i know how to move
but girl, it ain't what you know,
they say it's what you can prove that's the truth

they tell me i can have any girl i want, and baby
i could tell you it's true
the only thing is that every girl i've wanted is you
i still do

i know you like the attention baby
you need to know that people like what they see
well, that's okay, but i only want to mention, baby
one of those people is me

CHORUS:
but what can i do
it's all a matter of view
while you're one in a million to me
but i'm one of a million to you
Track Name: Count On Me
When there's trouble and there's bound to be
Don't you worry, you can count on me
And when the storm has drifted out to sea
I'll be there and you can count on me

But when the storm is rolling, and there's no place to hide
(I will be there)
And when the wars of old begin, and you've gotta take a side
(I will be there)
There'll be nights when you're fighting for your rights
And all your friends will walk away
And you'll be strong, as you've had to be for so long
But I'll be there anyway

CHORUS:
And when you're standing on crumbling ground
And the sky starts tumbling down
I will always be around, you can count me

When you've got to be discreet on your way through town
(I will be there)
And when they stop you on the street, trying to break you down
(I will be there)
They'll attack you til you fall, til you come undone
(I will be there)
But when your back's against the wall, and there's nowhere to run
(I will be there)


CHORUS:
Cause when you're standing on crumbling ground
And the sky starts tumbling down
I will always be around, you can count me
Track Name: (Girl) You're The One
Girl, whatcha wanna do?
Tell me, baby
Girl, whatcha wanna do?
Because it's a picture perfect kind of day out
The kind that makes me want to say how
Just how much, girl, I'm in love with you
Sure 'nuff, my search is done
Cause I discovered something in you
And I got nothing to lose, and so...
Girl, I know it's kind of unexpected
We've been friends for all this time, I never mentioned

CHORUS:
You're my world
(Girl, you're the one)
Oh darling, haven't you heard?
(Girl, you're the one)
That's my word now, honey
I only say it 'cause it's true now
I'm only saying it to you now
You're the one
(Girl, you're the one)
It's in the way that you walk
(Girl, you're the one)
The things you say when you talk, I know
Can't no one take the place of you now
Oh no, because you're the one

Right from the start, you always played it cool
Don't stop, now baby, do like you do
Yes, it's a fact I act a fool when you come through
Seeing stars, and I love the view
I just can't get enough, you got me over the moon
And even Cassanova would swoon
You can have it all if you command it
Baby, I'll never come up empty handed

CHORUS:
Oh girl
(Girl, you're the one)
It's you that I choose to serve
(Girl, you're the one)
For better or worse now, honey
I only say it 'cause it's true, now
I'm only saying it to you, now
You're the one
(Girl, you're the one)
Listen up
(Girl, you're the one)
Yeah, listen up good, now
What I'm trying to say, just in a funny way...
In case you still haven't guessed
(Girl, you're the one)
I think you're truly the best
(Girl, you're the one)
I gotta confess now, honey
I don't ever want to lose ya
I gotta praise ya, Hallelujah!
You're the one
Track Name: She Won't Come Calling
i been here too long
been without my baby to dry my tears
feels wrong, feels like i don't belong
and i been here for years
but now it just don't feel like my home
i'm without my baby, my shining light
i'm alone, and my future's unknown
when it was looking so bright

CHORUS
but now the sun don't seem to shine
and the rain just don't stop falling
I'm losing my mind
and my darling, she won't come calling

it's so dark and so cold
and i miss my baby, so warm and bright
i can't fold, it'll pass, i've been told
like a storm in the night
but now, every morning i wake
still without my baby, to light my way
will i break? how much can i take?
waiting for the light of day

CHORUS
but now the sun don't seem to shine
and the rain just don't stop falling
I'm losing my mind
and my darling, she won't come calling
Track Name: (Here Comes) The Darkness
once or twice upon a time, you and i were free
and to the world, we were a beacon
all the heights we sought to climb, the sights we thought we'd see
this ain't the future we were seeking

i ain't blind
i can see what's happening

ever since i was a child, the sun's been on the rise
and every day was getting brighter
but now that light has been defiled, covered up with lies
and the cage is getting tighter

and we've been had
we've been sold a story
we should be mad
cause it's a lie


CHORUS
(here comes the darkness)
should the sun refuse to shine
(here comes the night)
you can run but you can't hide
ain't no way we can stop this
so we need to fight
til we see the light


i gave no power to the king, but blame resides with me
if i don't give him any trouble
it's a case of how we view the thing, as far as i can see
i ain't the one who's living in a bubble

you were had
you were sold a story
listen

ignorant and terrified means easy to persuade
divided right from the beginning
wicked hints of genocide - the reason you're afraid
but i ain't why your herd is thinning

see, ya'll are blind
you don't see what's happening
you toe the line
and just deny

CHORUS
(here comes the darkness)
should the sun refuse to shine
(here comes the night)
you can run but you can't hide
ain't no way we can stop this
so we need to fight
til we see the light
here comes the darkness, people
(here comes the darkness)
here comes the night
(here comes the night)
ain't no way we can stop the evil
(ain't no way we can stop this)
so we need to fight
til we see the light
Track Name: (You Don't Know) What You Got
here in the marketplace
it's life beyond the pale
witness all of man's darkest traits
they're all for sale
make a stack, but break your back
because that was the goal
they selling anything that makes you happy
the cost is just your soul

but baby
you ain't gotta buy it
you can take it from me

you came to stake your claim
but it takes a lot to stay
and you say that you hate the game
but you got to play
and now you're in it, win it
pin it down and take a slice
it's a club, if you want admission
you're bound to pay the price

but baby
you ain't gotta buy it
you can take it from me
you ain't gotta buy it
you can get it for free


CHORUS:
cause you don't know
you don't know
you don't know what you got
this world is cold
but it's yours to hold
whether you know it or not

don't give in, you can have
anything that you choose
you can win, but do the math
somebody has to lose
it's a deal you can't refuse

i bet you tell yourself
that you won't succumb to greed
but everybody here is selling wealth
like it's what you need
gotta score, and vie for more
we must obey the biz
and keep hearing that same old story
it's just the way it is

but baby
you ain't gotta buy it
you can take it from me
you ain't gotta buy it
you can get it for free

CHORUS:
cause you don't know
you don't know
you don't know what you got
this world is cold
but it's yours to hold
whether you know it or not
don't play along
you're way too strong
you don't know what you got
it's your spot to hold
you got control
whether you know it or not
Track Name: Through My Pride
way back, as a younger man,
all my decisions were all just for me
now i'm older, and i understand
that my vision's not yet come to be

all the things i thought i understood
everything i'm doing that i thought i never would
still in no position to say that i'm free

CHORUS
(I can see)
i can see the whole story
(I can see)
i can see the other side
(I can change)
i can change this path before me
if i could see through my pride

looking back for the better days
instead of ways of fixing what's here
but looking back at those better days
were there ever really better days?
or just an idea?

i'm not sure we did everything we could
i'm not sure it was ever really good
but look ahead with a steady gaze
and those better days might just appear

CHORUS
(I can see)
i can see the whole story
(I can see)
i can see the other side
(I can change)
i can change this path before me
if i can see through my pride
Track Name: Until We're Free
i ain't trying to hear you talk about justice
when there ain't none for all, just all for some
we can't rest, so we stay stressed
break the chains but still we paid less
i wonder when that change is gonna come

i ain't trying to hear you talk about freedom
might be freedom to, but no freedom from
how you shake us, and you break us
all the pains you've taken to forsake us
make us wonder if that change is gonna come

don't talk about equality without no apology
a facade for us all to see, but the same old policy

CHORUS:
brothers keep on dying
mothers keep on crying
government keep lying
when will you see?
though it's all so frightening
don't see no indictments
so we must keep fighting
until we're free

i ain't trying to hear you talk about safety
but there you go, you got some kind of nerve
all your set does is disrespect us
and you sure as heck don't protect us
we all know who you protect and serve

I aint trying to hear you talk about equality 
If I should die for yours, you die for mine 
but you won’t though and we both know
that you sold ya soul to be the po po
and what you call the force is by design

but it’s all such a fallacy, all the brutality 
cause you still get ya salary, we get fatality 

CHORUS:
brothers keep on dying
mothers keep on crying
government keep lying
when will you see?
though it's all so frightening
don't see no indictments
so we must keep fighting
until we're free
Track Name: Coming For You
i know you think that you own this
sell us the pie in the sky
and you'll still get your bonus
while we just try to get by

once you net it, hide your wealth
store it somewhere safe (better put it away)
"the precious fruit of all your labors" (the fruits of all your labors)
but you ain't get it by yourself
it sure didn't come from faith (oh, you better pray)
no, you just looted all your neighbors (all your neighbors)

CHORUS:
but when they finally see
you better flee, stay well away
cause they've been known to rebel
there's gonna hell to pay
and they're coming for you

we read it in the papers
what your plan's gonna do for the poor
but your greed ain't gonna save us
and you can't hide the truth anymore

CHORUS:
and we finally see
you better flee, stay well away
cause we've been known to rebel
and there's gonna hell to pay
and we're coming for you
Track Name: My Eyes (Don't Believe What I'm Seeing)
i got so used to being lonely
got my music to console me
and i just called it enough

but then i met a girl, we had an exchange
and my whole world was radically changed
it was a whirlwind, magic and strange
i was falling in love

CHORUS
but even when it seems to be true
(my eyes don't believe what i'm seeing)
cause i'm deceived by every dream i pursue
(my eyes don't believe...)

but i joined the club and i was flying
but what goes up, there's no denying
you know it must come down
so now i ain't in denial but it's trying my pride
wear a smile but i'm crying inside
like i'm just some clown

cause i really thought that she was the one
but all for naught, i could see we were done
i'd be distraught, but the wheel has been spun
and she must come around

CHORUS
cause even when it seems to be true
(my eyes don't believe what i'm seeing)
cause if i believe it, then it means that we're through
(my eyes don't believe...)

i, i'm moving on, and doing better
she's truly gone, i'll soon forget her
and everything that could be

and i'll be fine, I'll make do on my own
and I'll resign to do what i've known
but suddenly i find, she threw me a bone
says she's thinking of me

CHORUS
but even when it seems to be true
(my eyes don't believe what i'm seeing)
cause i'm deceived by every dream i pursue
(my eyes don't believe what i'm seeing)
but i'd believe again if she told me to
(my eyes don't believe what i'm seeing)
cause i'll believe it when i'm seeing it through
Track Name: Long Time Coming
madness, truth concealed
with a chief too blind to even find the wheel
sadness, the wounds are real
we ain't inclined to take the time to heal

it's been a long time coming
i'm done waiting

patience, wearing thin
we're all exposed and the walls are closing in
machinations, flare and spin
heaven knows we were never supposed to win

CHORUS:
it's been a long time coming
what's going on - it ain't about to stop
it's a long climb to the summit
and i still ain't ever seen that mountaintop
i'm done waiting

confusion, hate and fear:
the schools of thought of fools that brought us here
solutions may appear
but we too proud to see, too loud to hear

CHORUS:
it's been a long time coming
what's going on - it ain't about to stop
it's a long climb to the summit
and i still ain't ever seen that mountaintop
i'm done waiting

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