the Sovereign One

by Monique DeBose

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the Sovereign One.

A singer, a poet, a messenger – Monique DeBose is all this and more. Stepping into the spotlight with The Sovereign One, she radiates love and acceptance, pride and bravery, in each of her songs. Monique has never been one to shy away from life’s challenges, and her new album encapsulates a wealth of experience into seven songs in which the LA-based songwriter and vocalist offers up messages that are both personal and universal, messages of acceptance, of empowerment and of pride.

Through the Sovereign One’s sultry opening track, “Damaged Goods,” to the powerful, rallying call of the appropriately titled “Rally,” to the lush romantic ballad “Let You Love Me,” Monique claims her own rightful place as a strong, powerful woman, using the power of music to empower all women to do the same, to revel in their desire with no apology, and to allow themselves to simultaneously experience freedom and belonging.

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released September 27, 2018

Monique DeBose, singer/songwriter/bgv
Isaac Koren, songwriter/bgv
Thorald Koren, songwriter/bgv/piano/guitar
Fatima Williams, bgv
Dylan Meek, piano/organ
Edwin Livingston, upright bass
Shakerleg, drums
album produced by brothers koren and mdb productions

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Monique DeBose Los Angeles, California

LA native Monique DeBose is an award-winning playwright and songwriter. the Sovereign One–debuted at #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Inspired by her experience of what it means to be African American & Irish American, she wrote the funny, heartwarming and disruptive one-woman show Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation in America to initiate conversation and heal race relations in America. ... more

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Track Name: Damaged Goods
damaged goods.

I was born wild
screaming like a mother less child
we were so different
ohhh
you kept a smile
all the while dying inside
white collar prison
doing time

we were less different than I realized
our souls meet each other in the dark night
pleasure in pain

baby we're damaged goods
baby we're damaged goods
baby we're damaged
but baby were good
baby we are so good

heavenly hell
curtains in a windowless cell
make no confessions
ohhh

foreign hotels
creatures in a comfortable lie
grieving through a black veil
ohhh

we were less different than I realized
our souls meet each other in the dark night
pleasure in pain

baby we're damaged goods
baby we're damaged goods
baby we're damaged
but baby were good
baby we are so good
Track Name: New Wine Old Skin
new wine, old skins.

meet me under the high moon
over my muslin dress
take it slow so we get high
I'm yours in the moment

now that moment is over
no need to linger there
no reason to say goodbye
to myself devoted

new wine
old skins

whose to say
do what your told
I chose myself
and broke the mold
diving to the ocean floor
flying, take a breath and touch the sky
whose to say
we're not bold
if I'm controlled
I will revolt
like lion in a broken cage
to a license from the olden days

enter, kiss and be quiet
lay on the bedroom floor
he touches me while she goes wild
their mine in the moment

love me like this or leave me
I won't pretend no more
I'm dancing in my own desire
to my self devoted

new wine
old skins
don't belong

whose to say
do what your told
I chose myself
and broke the mold
diving to the ocean floor
flying, take a breath and touch the sky
whose to say
we can't be bold
if I'm controlled
I will revolt
like lion in a broken cage
to a license from the olden days
Track Name: Let You Love Me
let you love me

don't you see
I am molten hearted
can't you feel
there's a war inside my blood
let me leave this armor
rusting in the field
of our love

don't you leave
when I say it's over
don't believe
that I chipped my shoulder
you will be my partner
hold me, hold me, love revealed

please forgive my heart
cos it fears it won't survive

I want to let you love me
I want to let you love me
oh the danger that I feel
I just want to let you love me

take my hand
I will let you lead me
slow like sand
I will let you see me
lay my cards down I will yield

please forgive my heart
cos it fears it won't survive

I want to let you love me
I want to let you love me
oh the danger that I feel
I just want to let you love me

Ohh ohh ohh ohh
So we can be together

be my man
when I crash and burn
take a stand
when I test your boundaries
will I ever learn?
Track Name: Invisible
invisible

you can dance if you want to
cry if you need to
your perfect baby in my eyes

you can laugh if your moved to
scream if it's in you
your my favorite surprise
always unpredictable
charming yet invisible
to you I'm in disguise
you can love if you want to
the world really needs you
I'm begging baby gimme life

baby I want you
baby I need you
baby I see you
I believe in you

in your eyes
fireworks, to blow away the Fourth of July
in your eyes
a Thousand Oaks, witnessing their first sunrise

dig your heels if you need to
throw a fit if it haunts
I'll be with you by your side

Take your place at the table
say grace if your able
I've got your prayer memorized

always unpredictable
charming yet invisible
to you I'm in disguise
close your eyes if you need to
nothing changes, I see you
I'll hold you even when you fight

baby I want you
baby I need you
baby I see you
I believe in you

in your eyes
fireworks, to blow away the Fourth of July
in your eyes
a Thousand Oaks, witnessing their first sunrise

lose your face and learn to fall
dare to make no sense at all
take a risk I won't let go
I know that you already know

baby I want you
baby I need you
baby I see you
I believe in you

in your eyes
fireworks, to blow away the Fourth of July
in your eyes
a Thousand Oaks, witnessing their first sunrise
Track Name: Rally Call
Rally Call

I'm in the fields
my body's broke, my spirit is tired
I need relief
your god ain't the one who's taking me higher
my sovereignty, my way
lord Jesus forgive me.
come walk with me
outgrown your skin
don't owe nobody no favors

there's a road where we're walking on thunder
where we all go deliver ourselves
lay down by the trees we hung under
so we own every part of our self

you call this free?
still looking for saviors
get off your knees
and get rid of those papers

the cage bird sings
an ancient song he's almost forgotten
did you clip your wings?
and take your place among the downtrodden?
our children they know that
the system is broken
I have a dream
I'm here to stir the pot of commotion

there's a road where we're walking on thunder
where we all go deliver ourselves
we lay down by the trees we've hung under
so we can ? every part of our self

Lay, lay, lay, lay

you call this free?
still looking for saviors
get off your knees
and get rid of those papers
Track Name: Thank you Victimizer
Thank you Victimizer.

I know that I have been your trouble
and every time you see my face you squirm and struggle
I'm the edgy piece of your puzzle

you taint your blood in the jungle
stripped your pass, no more luxurious bubble
watch your wide world crumble

I swallow my pride, taste your shame
you think we're different, got the same name
I had to make myself hollow
to keep you safe from your shadow

I really want to thank you
I really want to thank you
I really want to thank you
I really want to thank you
I do

you don't trust me down to the marrow
look down your nose, tighten up and the conversation narrows
eyes shooting poison arrows

I made you learn to love your oppressor
I wear your skin does that make me your successor?
your burden is my treasure!
Track Name: Valentine
valentine

valentine
I come towards you naked spinning
out of time
traverse the deepest ocean swimming my desire
to have you take me, make me sacrifice.

valentine
you see the part of me that I'm ashamed to hide
and I can't see myself unless I'm in your eyes
to have you wake me, break me from disguise

say to me everything I'm scared to say myself
oh stay with me, make me feel there's nobody else

valentine
with you I own the part me that's crucified
that wild wounded woman you have unified
to have you play me, slay me, sweet sublime

valentine
the table set, we feast by burning candlelight
with you I'm never shy to show my appetite
so feed me, need me like your alibi

lay with me, take me to that place inside myself
stay with me, enslave me in the binding of your spell

valentine
we lay together silent bodies intertwined
I took your breath to please the (hungry) god inside
my body temple simply satisfied

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