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The Drinking Song [No Jewels Maxi​-​Single]

by Tai Allen

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    And every 50 sales leads to a new workshop for HS in NYC -- Boys & Girls Campus, Westinghouse or Bedford Hall. We want to make sure we help the next gen, not just make monies.


    #NoJewels is the narrative style poetry book that inspired the music.

    This book of lines, devices, stanza and spaces hopes to serve. Tai Allen writes to remind us that trauma and pain are not meant to be permanent; emergence and peace are better company. These poems should make you angry the BS occurred and excited growth was found.

    Oh and the co-signs, blessings: Greg Tate (Village Voice), Okayplayer, SoulTracks, Patricia Spears Jones (Jackson Poetry Prize & legend), Monifa Lemons (Watering Hole) et al.

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#NoJewels is special. A chapbook centered to discuss how love was used to abuse and control. The book wonders aloud; asks who cared to know; thinks some pains are memory sticks; and, knows love for self is the guiding light from "the evil that men/women" do.

These three songs represent how coping is not real but fallacy ("The Drinking"), learning to love the self is a life requirement to growth ("Love The Morning") & we should whistle while walking these roads of/for change ("Travel Song").


No Jewels

nothing to offer
but remembers (without "whys")
of a fall i raked,

bagged and placed on the
curb -- cliche-close to the cans
waiting for trash day

-tai allen


released April 11, 2017

Tai Allen - music x words

Vespertine - music
Joy Jones - chorus melody & words
Tai Allen - verse melody & words

Tai Allen - music x drums
Jonn Nubian - drums sounds and add'l drums for chorus


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