Happy Belated Birthday India.Arie

When I start following an artist, it’s usually because I think they write great lyrics. India.Arie is the epitome of that. She has this way of being inspirational without it being corny:

I close my eyes and I think of all the things that I want to see
‘Cause I know, now that I’ve opened up my heart I know that
Anything I want can be, so let it be, so let it be
Strength, courage, and wisdom
And it’s been inside of me all along
Strength, courage, and wisdom
Inside of me

 

~From “Strength, Courage and Wisdom”

The difference in living and feeling alive
Is using your fear as fuel to fly

~From “Life is Good”

Even as she inspires, she addresses hard times and those hard places that we can all relate to:

Please understand that it’s not that I don’t care
But right know these walls are closing in on me
I love you more than I love life itself
But I need to find a place where I can breathe
I can breathe
I want to go to a place where I can hold the intangible
And let go of the pain with all my might
I wanna to go to a place where I’m suspended in ecstasy
Somewhere between dark and light
Where wrong becomes right

~From “Beautiful”

I have kept this secret
From myself for far too long
The truth is, I’m confused
About where I belong
I’m not a mother or a wife
And I’m living such a complicated life
And this is the life I know
My life is full
In some of the most important ways
The entity, in the core
At the end of everyday
I lock the door, turn out the lights
And I climb in bed
And it’s all alright
‘Cause this is the life I know

~From “Life I Know”

I love the way she uses rhyme:

Every time I hear you say hello
All I see is yellow
Like daisies in the meadow
And I just thought you should know
That every time you go away, my yellow turns to gray
What I’m trying to say is it shouldn’t be this way
And I need you to stay

~From “Yellow”

She doesn’t proselytize, but she does take the time to point out things that should be obvious to us, but may not be:

Off in the back country of Brazil
A met a young brother that made me feel
That I could accomplish anything
You see, just like me, he wanted to sing
He had no windows and no doors
He lived a simple life and was extremely poor
On top of all of that, he had no eyesight
But that didn’t keep him from seein’ the light
He said what’s it like in the USA?
And all I did was complain
He said living here is paradise
He taught me paradise is in your mind

~From “There’s Hope”

To be hungry in L.A.
Is just like starving in Bombay.
Homeless in Moracco,
Is a shelter in Chicago.
Right around the corner,
Just down the road.
Right before your eyes,
Right under your nose.

~From “Ghetto”

She can speak about love from all its angles:

I am ready for love
Why are you hiding from me
I’d quickly give my freedom
To be held in your captivity
I am ready for love
All of the joy and the pain
And all the time that it takes
Just to stay in your good grace
Lately I’ve been thinking
Maybe you’re not ready for me
Maybe you think I need to learn maturity
They say watch what you ask for
Cause you might receive
But if you ask me tomorrow
I’ll say the same thing

~From “Ready for Love”

Every time you come around, something magnetic pulls me and I can’t get out
Disoriented, I can’t tell my up from down
All I know is that I want to lay you down
Every time I let you in, abracadabra magic happens as we swim
Higher and higher finally we reach heaven
Come back to earth and then we do it all again

~From “Brown Skin”

This love has been tested
Has been tried
Has been questioned
Held to the fire
It has faced storms, the wind and rain
It has been forced to feel some pain
This love has no doubts, uncertainty
It has no patience and urgency
It has it’s haters, will have it’s fans
Will have it’s freedom and it’s demands

~From “This Love”

First anniversary
Remember we
Chose a star
And as I stand under it
I can’t help but wonder if
You see it where you are
For whatever reason
We don’t see the seasons
Change again
Go there with peace of mind
We’ll meet on the other side
Cause true Love don’t end
Oh baby
If the sun comes up and I’m not home
Be strong
If I’m not beside you do your best to
Carry on
Tell the kids about me when they’re old enough
To understand
Tell them that their Daddy was
A good man

~From “Good Man”

She’s current:

There’s always someone tryin’ to take someone’s power away
The history of the world is violent, will it ever change?
Now we’re livin’ in a time where you just can’t hide
There’s a camera in every hand
It’s not elusive, even when they treat you like you’re useless
We know what the truth is

~From “Breathe”

And she teaches us to celebrate our life and ourselves:

I’m gonna take off all my clothes
Look at myself in the mirror
We’re gonna have a conversation
We’re gonna heal the disconnection
I don’t remember when it started
But this is where it’s gonna end
My body is beautiful and sacred
And I’m gonna celebrate it
I’m having a private party
Ain’t nobody here but me, my angels, and my guitar, singin’
“Baby, look how far we’ve come, yeah”
I’m havin’ a private party
Learning how to love me
Celebrating the woman I’ve become

~From “Private Party”

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today
Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my heart and
I’m gon’ do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day

~From “Beautiful Day”

 

Thank you India.Arie!

Happy Birthday!!!

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