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We Get By

by Mavis Staples

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released May 24, 2019

Produced By:
Ben Harper

Vocals – Mavis Staples
Guitar-Rick Holmstrom
Bass-Jeff Turmes
Drums-Stephen Hodges
Vocals-Donny Gerrard

Backing Vocals
C. C. White
Laura Mace

Co-Produced by
Mavis Staples
Rick Holmstrom
Jeff Turmes
Stephen Hodges
Donny Gerrard
Ethan Allen

All songs written by Ben Harper except Anytime, lyrics by Ben Harper, music by Ben Harper and Jason Mozersky

Recorded and mixed by Ethan Allen
Assistant engineer-Matt Tuggle

Recorded at Henson studio, Hollywood CA.

Mixed at Royal Triton Studio
All compositions (c) 2019 Ben Harper Publishing (ASCAP)

I would like to dedicate this album to my dear sister, Yvonne Staples.

I would like to thank Ben Harper for all his hard work, guidance, creativity, inspiration and overall positivity that he brought to the recording process. Ben, you are a genius and I couldn’t have made this record without you. I love you Baby Bruh.

I would also like to thank Andy Kaulkin for believing in me for all these years.

I’d like to thank the very talented musicians who played on the record - Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, Stephen Hodges and Donny Gerrard – and a big thanks to Ethan Allen for being the glue in the studio that held it all together.

Thank you to everyone at Henson Studios for all of your compassion and love.

I’d also like to thank my management team Dave Bartlett, Matt Cornell, Adam "Speedy" Ayers, Ron Laffitte, Chris Nary, Megan Healy, Melissa Mondello and everyone at Patriot Management; Andrea "Sexy Mae" Bartlett, Beth Anne, Susannah, Cade and Dever Cornell; Michael Morris, Ron Kaplan and everyone at Paradigm, Matt McGreevey, Hope Selevan, Krystal Robbins, Kelly Kettering, Trevor Hernandez and everyone at Anti Records, Dino Gankendorff and Christophe Szapary at Provosty Gankendorff, Bill Wiess; big love to my favorite brother Pervis Staples, Elmyra Doss, Savoya Campbell, Dr Dionne Blackman, Gwendolyn Staples, Perleta Staples Sanders, Pervis Roe Staples, Paris Staples Smith and Reverly Staples.


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Track Name: Change
Gotta change around here
Can't go on this way
Things gotta change around here
Say it loud say it clear
Things gonna change around here

Finger on the trigger around here
Bullets flying mothers crying
Gotta change around here
Get it straight be sure that you hear
Gonna change around here

What good is freedom
if we haven't learned to be free
Day after day year after year
Gonna change around here

X is the letter
blue is the color
one is the number
Now is the time
Gonna change around here
Say it loud say it clear
Gotta change around here
Track Name: Anytime
Give me a one way ticket
Somewhere I’ve never been
I’m rock paper and scissors
I’m bound to win
You can’t shake me
Ain’t no use in trying
Anywhere anyway anytime

I’m a fighter I’m a lover
There is no other way
Could be one of the other on any given day You can’t fool me Ain’t no use in trying Anyway anywhere anytime

You got me halfway gone
You got me halfway there
Got me halfway down
Halfway up in the air
Reminds me of a story
Tell you later if you don’t mind
Anywhere anyway anytime
Track Name: We Get By (feat. Ben Harper)
We get by on love and faith
We get by with a smile on our face
We get by with help from our kin
We get by through thick and through thin
We get by
No matter what happens I’ll be there for you
We get by

Was just the other day
I heard from my old friend
She was going through changes once again
Matters of the head
Matters of the heart
May be too early to tell
But it’s never too late to start
We get by
No matter how long I’ll be waiting here for you
We get by

Day by day line by line
If you don’t have yours you got mine
We get by day by day
We get by in our own way
We get by
No matter what happens I’ll be there for you
No matter how long I’ll be waiting here for you
No matter how far I’ll come running
We get by
Track Name: Brothers And Sisters
Can't stay the same
And think everything's
Gonna change around you
Not too far down the wrong road
To turn around
Got to find a way
Not fade away
We belong to each other
Be strong for each other
Be brave in a scared world
Trouble in the land
Can't trust that man
Bring us another plan
We've come too far to be lost
So many bridges yet to cross
I'm waiting on you like a message from God
Brothers and sisters
Something's got to give
Track Name: Heavy On My Mind
We did everything we could
To slow this world down
Now my love is in the ground
Shoulder to shoulder
Eye to eye
Wish this were farewell
But I’m afraid it’s goodbye

Sometimes I wish
Sometimes I fall in the well
A lock in a safe in a cage in a cell
We can wait out the storm
Or we can stand in the rain
Gonna have to mourn
Or hide from some pain

And if one night
The whole world saw the light
The unknown made itself clear
A familiar sound
Heard from all around
Telling us there’s nothing to fear

It weighs heavy on my mind
So heavy on my mind
Track Name: Sometime
Everybody’s gonna have to
Give sometime
Change sometime
Need sometime
Cry sometime
Pray sometime
Track Name: Never Needed Anyone
It was all at once
I missed everything I’d ever lost
Started over so many times
Now I am paying the cost

Seems like so long ago
When we had nothing to lose
Now all we are
Is the living ghosts of our youth

Something so deep inside
It just won’t leave you alone
In a world that’s so lost and so dark and so afraid it cuts you to the bone

I never needed anyone
like I need you
Track Name: Stronger
Samson tore the building down
Moses climbed to higher ground
And when it comes to me and you
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do

Don’t need a house on the hill
Don’t need my face on a dollar bill
Just need to be clear
So everyone can hear

The Good Lord giveth
the Good Lord taketh away
Seems unfair but not for me to say
Only so many dues I can pay

Nothing in the world is stronger
Than my love for you
Track Name: Chance On Me
I don’t need a sky full of stars
I just need one
You say that love is not in your cards
There’s only so far you can run

If you do or if you don’t
Both are a risk
If you will or if you won’t
We can’t go on like this

Wandering wondering
Lightning and thundering
Longing and hungering
Love gives us no warning

I don’t need a symphony
I just need one violin
I know where we can go
I don’t care where we’ve been

Take a chance on me
Track Name: Hard To Leave
Airport tears
Miss you dears
Late night calls longing
Pressing play on Marvin Gaye
Trying to write the wronging
Softly reaching over
For your touch upon my sleeve
It’s always hard to leave

Just got in how’ve you been
You haven’t aged a day
Look at us now remember when
we’ve come a long way
We tell ourselves stories
Only we would believe
It’s always hard to leave

I blame myself
To avoid taking the blame
If I didn’t go I may never know
that would be such a shame

Grab hold of the days
Before the days grab hold of you
Give it an extra minute
Maybe even a few
I’m passing through town
Like a warm summer breeze
It’s always hard to leave
Track Name: One More Change
Been holding on
Too long to let go
Running too hard
To slow down
Believing too deep
To not have faith
I’ve got one more change to make

I’ve worried so long
I’m not worried now
this heavy load
Help me set it down
Some things take a lifetime
Some things can’t wait
I’ve got one more Change to make

One more chain to break
One more day to wait/wake
One more step to take
One more change to make

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