Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/14/2013
Ron Littlejohn, Thierry Matrat

Story

credits

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Alana Bridgewater : Vocals 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Glenn Crosse : Guitar Solo 
Kevin Turcotte : Trumpet 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Glenn Crosse (Toronto), Karl de Serres (Montreal)

Mastered by : Glenn Crosse, Toronto, Canada 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

Ron: 
Life is ready to begin 
you caught my eye knew when you came in 
we could have a real good time 
sit back, relax and let it blow your mind 

Alana: 
you may feel every now and then 
beat up, tore down, used and abused time and time again. 
we got to love our way right on through the darkness 
Disregard the negative don’t let em get any of that darkness on you. 

Keep on shining 
Shinning on 
Keep on shining 
Shining on. 

Ron: 
Don’t give up and don’t give in 
Never let anyone tell you what to think or how they think that you should live 
Don’t give a damn bout what anyone say 
cause you got soul 

Alana: 
baby you’re just so cool that way. 
do as I say not as I do 
keep your eye on the prize find someone who’ll love and take care of you 
now there’s a crack in everything 
honey it’s the only way sometimes the light gets in. 

Keep on shining 
Shinning on 
Keep on shining 
Shining on.

 

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
DJ Mana : Turntables 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

CHORUS: 
Hey baby well look at you 
I’ve been better but it’s good to see you too 
Seems like yesterday 
I just came back to say 
Baby how you been? 


Things don’t look too good 
In my old neighborhood 
I did the best I could 
So now I’m outta range 
Some things never change 
And I’m a bad bad man. 

CHORUS: X2 

Do you remember when 
we was skin to skin? 
Those were the good old days. 
Well now I’m just a friend 
That’s all I’ve ever been 
And that’s so cold 
Let the church say “yeah” 
church sermon type rap : 

ladies and gentlemen is it all right if I stand here tonight and I speak about something? 
I swear it won’t take long but tonight I feel a sermoncomin’ on I said is it all right if I speak about something? 
Why don’t you come a little closer baby and get next to the sound.. 
somebody said “he used to go out to parties and uh uh uhstand around!” 
you know sometimes in life it’s true we FORGET what it really really means to get down! 
You’ll always have a choice if you hear the sound of my voice and keep diggin’ what I’m putting down. 
CHORUS X2

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

From Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Alana Bridgewater : Vocals 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Kevin Turcotte : Trumpet 
Steve Donald : Trombone 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

My funk is hard 
this The funk is up 
Gotta make it squirm gon’ lick it up 
I can’t quit or leave it alone 
till you hear it pop and make you moan. 

Hey sugar you`re such a bad bad bad bad man 
well oiled funk machine with a rock and roll band 
I really didn’t mean to blow your cover 
I just don`t think I`ll never get over 

The way you roll me up 
The way you light me up 
Then the way you smoke me 
You got to roll me up 
You got to light me up 
You got to smoke me 

Sometimes I got to make it mellow babe 
Sometimes I got to make it pop 
Sometimes you leave down here on the floor 
Sometimes you make me holler for more 

you just as lucky as a man can be 
You’ll be alright if you just stick with me 

Sometimes I got to make it mellow babe 
Sometimes I got to make it pop 
Sometimes you leave down here on the floor 
Sometimes you make me holler for more

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/14/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

credits
from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Moise Matey : Percussions
Kevin Turcotte : Trumpet 
Steve Donald : Trombone 
DJ Mana : Turntables 


Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

We got to get a little bit closer 
Sometimes we never see the little things we’re supposed to 
Did I put our love on the line? 
For some cheap roller coaster? 
All that remains are the aches and pains 
that speak only of the coming rains. 

You’re gonna be 
My soul devotion 
You're gonna be 
My soul emotion.. 


I got to try just a little bit harder 
I've been a fool so damn long 
I don't know our ups and downs 
from my right from wrong 
did I put our love on the line 
awwwww suga 
it seems the best of me has been 
no more no less than just a cheap low down and dirty man 


You’re gonna be 
My soul devotion 
You're gonna be 
My soul emotion.. 

You’re gonna be 
My soul devotion 
You're gonna be 
My soul emotion..

 

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Lyrics

I had a little girl named Linda Lou 
She told me she loved me but I knew it weren’t true 
She took her time and blew my mind 
She said there wasn’t nothing else that she would rather do. Ha ha 
We met up one time on a Friday night I told her daddy that I’d get her home 
It was about a quarter to three when the cops found me howlin’ and carrying on 


hey now baby please let me save ya 
You gotta want this touch 
And If it’s love you need, well this ones on me 
I could charge you twice as much. 
And hey baby! 

After a little while things got cool and settled down 
I knew I hadda stay outta touch 
I knew people were looking for me 
Her sister, her brother, her father, her mother 
And even her cousins and auntie’s and such. 
I got a call one night maybe about 4 am 
Sounded like maybe Linda had maybe too much to drink 
She said something to me and it sounded so sweet 
I gotta be truthful it really made me think 

hey now baby please let me save ya 
You gotta want this touch 
And If it’s love you need, well this ones on me 
I could charge you twice as much. 
And hey baby!

credits

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Alana Bridgewater : Vocals 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Kevin Turcotte : Trumpet 
DJ Horg : Turntables 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

credits

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Kevin Turcotte : Trumpet 
Steve Donald : Trombone 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

Is there something I been missing 
who you been kissing 
while i’m working 
you been jerkin and messin’ me around 
when you stay late 
I just pray lately 
that it’s just my imagination then regret my accusation 
Don’t know where I read it 
or just who said it 
good things come to those who wait 
left behind by those who hustle. 
And If I told you what I’m going through 
would you turn off the cold water 
and let me love you like I want to. 

Ooh this ain’t cool 
They way you leave me hanging on 
What you puttin on 
Ooh and what you do 
When you leave me alone 
With just me and my magination 
My magination... 

Hey one and only 
Do you get lonely? 
Before you know it 
If you don’t show 
there’s a chance that we could blow it 
now I been thinking 
and I been drinking 
and if it’s any consolation 
this is my last consecration. 

pretty blue dawn flower 
we got the power 
if we don’t get it then you can bet 
our love will soon regret it 
I got a feeling 
that I’m dealing 
with something funky 
I know he’s on ya 
I can feel him 
I can smell him on ya 

You ‘can have all the time in the world baby 
We could have all the love that we needed 
Is it just a matter of wanting what I can’t have? 
Or is just a matter of trying to steal it?

 

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

credits

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Moise Matey : Percussions
Guillaume Larouche : Flute 

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

I was just a kid when Aretha did it 
down at the Fillmore. 
I saw ray charles and movie stars 
flip the lids of the kids and the skids of San Francisco 


Look at all the groovy people 
moving to and fro 
lets take one more hit and let's pack our shit 
and get down to San Francisco. 


SPOKEN: 
Maybe we'll get back to that city 
Haight Ashbury, Hunter's Point and all 
maybe it was our very best kept secret 
maybe we were never there at all 
maybe we were never there at all 
maybe we were never there at all...

Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy
10/26/2013
Ron Littlejohn & the Funk Embassy

Story

credits

from Shining on, released 19 October 2013 
Ron Littlejohn : Vocals, Lyrics, Harmonica 
Thierry Matrat : Songwriting, Keyboards 
Dwight Chase : Drums 
Olivier Babaz : Bass 
Joe Hackl : Guitar 
Moise Matey : Percussions

Recorded by : 
Karl de Serres at St-Phonic Studios, Montreal, Canada 
Jason Steidman at Number 9 Studios, Toronto, Canada 

Mixed by : Karl de Serres 

Mastered by : Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studios, Nashville, Tn, USA 

Produced by : Thierry Matrat 
(c) 2013, Thierry Matrat Prod., All Rights Reserved

Lyrics

Emma Lee was from the country 
and prettier than moonlight on the pines 
she kissed ole Pete down in Texas 
and left him dead on the Mason - Dixon line 

CHORUS: 
mama mama 
what's wrong with me 
I can't seem to leave her be 
I just can't shake Emma Lee 
mama mama 
what have I done 
she gonna take your only son 
watch out boy here come Emma Lee 

Everybody loved Elmore James 
he was a good good friend of mine 
He met Emma back in Georgia 
shot him dead for some California wine. 

CHORUS: 
mama mama 
what's wrong with me 
I can't seem to leave her be 
I just can't shake ole Emma Lee 
mama mama 
what have I done 
she gone take your only son 
watch out boy here come Emma Lee 

bridge: 
I think i'll go to New York City 
I hear she's dancing in a bar 
i'm gonna tie her hands and fill her up with booze 
before she gets too far. 

She took me up to her bedroom 
with that cocaine all over the place 
that's when I pulled out my shotgun 
said " Hey Emma this ones for Elmore James". 

CHORUS: 
mama mama 
forgive me 
I just couldn't let her be 
I just could not shake ole Emma Lee 
mama mama 
what have I done 
now she can't touch your son 
goodbye Emma Lee

 

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