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  • Idris Lawal - Gung Ho

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    I was reflecting on the last year – having moved from Ottawa to Toronto to get closer to my dreams. Dealing with new adult responsibilities in a new environment became tasking and in my reflections, I became a lot more appreciative of the effort my parents took – moving away from family and the familiarity of home in Nigeria to a foreign country in Qatar, and then South-Africa, before settling in Canada. All the while, they instilled in me the importance of always remembering your roots and where you came from. These experiences and teachings were what ultimately inspired Gung-Ho’s lyrics.

    Written and Produced by Idris Lawal
    Additional vocals by Sydnee Croft
    Saxophone played by Jelani Watson
    Engineered by Nate Smith
    Live guitar played by _ugggy
    Artwork shot by Ryan Pimenta
    - Edited by Adil Abdel-Gabar

    LYRICS:
    I wanna be gung-ho
    Wide eyes, big ears like dumbo
    Fly me as high as the sun go (x2)

    Mama I cross the street on my own
    Left, Right, Left, your seed is grown
    Promise I'll never forget my roots
    You taught me black thought I forever use
    But last year left me so humbled
    New city felt like a jungle
    Somewhere I took the wrong turn though
    Now I'm all blue like a stormcloak
    So I grind & I packed all my stress into one roll
    Blow 'em away then I encore
    Cheers & applauds from the front-row
    Hmmm

    I wanna be gung-ho
    Wide eyes, big ears like dumbo
    Fly me as high as the sun go (x2)

    My pops gave me code, when I sit he spoke
    Don't chase the glitter unless it's gold
    Do chase the liquor & not these hoes
    Hmm
    Never let 'em dictate
    Always learn from mistakes
    Never let your dick think
    Always use the big brain
    Accept your own,
    Do what you love, collect your toll
    Love who you do, protect your home
    Watch the skies, forget the throne
    Cause the king 'gon die, soldiers too
    Countrymen, get older too
    Its you yourself you owe it too

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    Wide eyes, big ears like dumbo
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