Thursday, February 10, 2011


This piece is dedicated to Malcolm's friend "Shorty", who was my cousin. Shorty's real name was Malcolm Jarvis and he shared the vision of Malcolm X in their pursuit of spirituality and justice while turning their lives around from negativity upon release from prison. He frequently spoke to young people giving them inspiration before he died in 1998. Shorty was also the father of the great jazz drummer, Clifford Jarvis. FYI: In the Malcolm X movie, Spike Lee portrayed Shorty although Shorty played trumpet, not saxophone. Phil

              lyrics by: phil morrison

Do you really know Malcolm?
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Do You really know Malcolm?
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Everywhere you go you see Malcolm on display
In Atlanta or Dallas, from New York to L.A.
His photos on a T-shirt, and you'll always see an "X"
But unless you know his message it's just a pretext

Do you really know Malcolm with his name on your clothes
Or is it just a fashion thing that comes and goes
Do you really know Malcolm or is his name just a word?
Same as others we've ignored like Coltrane & Bird

Do you really know Malcolm how he talked on economics?
And instead of knowin' dope we should know electronics
Do you really know Malcolm how he turned his life around
So no matter your condition, no one can keep you down!

Do you really know Malcolm, do you know his religion?
How it changed his life around when he found it in prison
Do you know what Malcolm said about drugs and alchohol?
'cause if you're messin' up you don't know him at all!

We can't forget our heroes & the people we admire...but
Do you really know Malcolm & why he was on fire?
When cities were decaying from racist neglect
Malcolm told us things we should never forget!

Like when the coffee's black, you know it's strong
And he'd tell you in a minute when you're doin' wrong
Develop your potential 'cause there's no limitation
And a good way to start is to get an education

"By any means necessary" he would say
To defend our people from the KKK!
But violence for Malcolm was not his game
His weapon of choice was using the brain

It wasn't enough just to talk that talk
Cause Malcolm wasn't jivin'..he was walkin' the walk
His message was for unity and don't depend on others
"Do for self, my sisters and brothers!"

He would tell us straight up about moral decline
It's not our culture to be dealing in crime
"Rise up my people" you would hear him say
"Respect the community, don't go astray"

Do you really know Malcolm when his movie's in style?
As if the message that he gave was only for a child
Do you really know Malcolm, how he lived his life
Using self-discipline and lots of sacrifice

Do you really know Malcom and his dignity?
When you curse your mom and grab your crotch for all the world to see
Do you really know Malcolm, wanna further his cause?
Learn about his values . don't be breakin' the laws

He'd shake up some people 'cause what he said was no joke
Check out his speeches and the books he wrote
But with all oppressed peoples he could surely relate
Then go up to Harvard and win a debate

The message he gave was mainly for us
We gotta help one another and that's a must
But helpin' don't come with drugs and a gun
Or gang-bangin' on a brother just for some fun

Let's remember Malcolm, keep his name on your lips
That "X" on your cap means you got to commit
If we acted like we knew what brother Malcolm said
We wouldn't kill each other..we'd unify instead

It ain't about slogans and walkin' round bad
Cause Malcolm was for real not just a fad
We gotta do him proud if we're gonna use his name
Cause some things that we're doin' would bring the brother shame

It takes a lot of heart in order to survive
If it wasn't for our spirit, we wouldn't be alive
Cause we're a noble people still strugglin' to be free
We came from kings and queens..check out our history

We should know by now there's nothing we can't do
Survival and pride has always brought us through
Just turn what you're doing in a positive direction
That's the surest way to make the Malcolm connection

Do you really know Malcom, that he was a family man
And a model for our young to be the best that they can
Do you really know Malcolm, how he traveled 'round the world
And he cared for all people, every boy every girl

Do you really know Malcolm at the Audubon Hall?
Where he sacrificed his life to give a wakeup call
Do you really know Malcolm, why his cause was just?
Let's respect our proud brother..he respected us!

For those who hear his name and say he stood for hate
Check him out just one more time - it's still not too late
Cause Malcolm was a man of peace and justice was his goal
You'll find he wanted harmony when all the truth is told

If you're really into Malcolm, and that's what you say
Learn all about the brother, don't go halfway!
Cause learnin' all you can, no matter what you find
Is what Malcom was about....developing the mind!
(c)1992 phil morrison

Click here to get information about Shorty's book.
He honored me by putting my photo on page 18 along with jazz great
Howard McGhee and jazz pianist and friend Walter Radcliffe.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Barack Obama - "Yes We Can"

music by: Phil Morrison, 
                  Keith Williams
words by: Phil Morrison

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Yes We Can! 
That's what he's always said.
Barack Obama!

Yes We Can! 
That's what he's always said. 
Barack Obama!


People 'round the world - cheer the mention of his name
You see there's something special in this man
From Paris to Beijing - the voices say the same
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

You could feel the happiness - after his election
Peace between all nations is the plan
His words proclaim..World Unity.. is now the right direction
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!

Yes We Can!  That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!
Yes We Can! That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!

"Change" is the battlecry - to find a new solution
Everyone can lend a helping hand
All the nations 'round the earth will work to fight pollution
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!

His background's & white
Although America is his homeland
He's the champion for All people and he will do what's right
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!

The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!

(additional verses 2010...not on recording)

        "Don't Ask Don't Tell" - a policy he made to disappear
        Equal rights for all is our demand
        Noone in this country should be made to live in fear
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        Health Care is a service that we need for everyone
        His deep concern from when his term began
        Many tried before him - but Obama got it done
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

        Unemployment, poverty....both need elimination
        His words and deeds all tell us where he stands
        Raising up the standards of our childrens' education
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

        9/11 came and we saw the brave responders
        Saving people through the dust and sand
        Now there's legislation - ignoring them no longer
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        The world moves toward disarmament - nuclear reduction
        The building of more bombs is now banned
        Passage of the "S T A R T Bill"  limits their production
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        International harmony he's striving to attain
        Soon our troops will leave Afghanistan
        The image of America is back to "good" again
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        The industry for autos in this country is now back
        The best cars are not only from Japan
        With help they got from Washington - sales are back on track
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

(additional verses 2011)

        Committed to the goal that our country come together
        Just listen to his message from Tucson
        That words we say have consequences and may last forever
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can

        Inherited big problems from the last administration
        Solving them for us is why he ran
        We can "Win The Future!" ...his words of inspiration
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

         Yes We Can!
         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!    ....We're Fired Up!!!
         Yes We Can!

         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!

        ( be continued as we approach the 2012 election....:-) (....Obama Song with original lyrics)

Striving to be of Service to Humanity
by Promoting International Harmony through Music
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(c) 2/2/09 pm/kw