Song of the Day #3,620: ‘I Ain’t Gone Under Yet’ – Neneh Cherry

Listening to Neneh Cherry’s 1992 album Homebrew 26 years after its release, I’m even more impressed than I was back then.

In 1992, Homebrew felt ahead of its time, a fusion of rap, jazz, pop, electronic and rock unlike pretty much anything I’d heard before. But somehow, it still feels ahead of its time today. What artists, male or female, are working in this space today?

Homebrew didn’t get a ton of love at the time, and Cherry went on to release only three more albums, including 2014’s critically-adored Blank Project. I lost track of her after this album, but today’s random iTunes selection has inspired me to seek out her subsequent work.

I’m just another voice from the street
And since it’s my choice, I feel that I must speak
Now I know that you won’t listen to little me
But I can’t rest unless I get this off my chest, see
The city’s my home the streets where I roam
But still I leave the drugs and violence alone
And so I try to stay in the right frame of mind
Although I know some people who might say that I’m
Crazy and lazy for not breakin’ out
But the city has soul and that’s what I’m about
I have an appetite that must be fed
No longer blind and being led
The kind of freedom that you can buy
My bank won’t lend me yet
But still I can get by–and even smile
So don’t judge me by the colour of my skin
My blood runs as deep as your runs red
So you can see it ain’t over yet which takes me out of the rap

The choice is mine with my joy and pain inside
I try to get by and I ain’t gone under yet!

See bodies with souls lining the streets
No one wants to live with nothing to eat
But to climb over living people and feel
That they brought in on themselves cause they lazy or would rather steal is a mystery–
So don’t judge me by the colour of my skin
My blood runs as deep as your runs red
So you can see it ain’t over yet which takes me out of the verse

Your under is my over, I’ve never seen your over yet
But don’t forget: I ain’t gone under yet!

I don’t steal I don’t run tricks or scams
Cause I’m a strong young woman yes I know who I am
But sometimes it’s so hard to get by
And touch circumstances make me want to get high
But I don’t go too far cause that ain’t my style
So why don’t you come live next to me for a while

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,620: ‘I Ain’t Gone Under Yet’ – Neneh Cherry

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve heard of Neenah Cherry, but am not familiar with her music. I do like this however.

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