Sound Check

by Durand Bernarr

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released September 16, 2016

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Durand Bernarr Cleveland, Ohio

A combination of Badu's Izm's and Little Richard's Sass, Durand Bernarr brings funk wrapped in yellow harmony and lyrical witty charm.

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, the 28 year old is finally stepping into full effect with the reboot of his genre "FreeStyleSoul".
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Track Name: Check Upstairs
[VERSE I]
I ain’t never had no complains
Concerning where I stay
And between you and me
I’m the type of freak that’s neat.

(So you can breathe, Even take you with me,
Call me Mr. Clean) and I’ll reveal to you what it means.

[CHORUS]
But let me check upstairs
before you go up there
Let me check upstairs to make sure my room is square.

[VERSE II]
I’m nobody’s Rosy, but I sure can use my vacuum
(Never tried to be Florence), but I’ll dust all over you.
(So you can breathe, even escort the way out if you want…)
… Want to leave. (Call me Mr. Clean)
And I’ll reveal to you what it means.

[CHORUS]
But let me check upstairs before you go up there
Let me check upstairs to make sure my room is square

[OUTRO: HESI]
I’m gon’ take the garbage out
Make sure that I clean my house
From upstairs onto the lawn
Guarantee I won’t miss a spot.
Track Name: Around
[CHORUS]
You know I love you down
But I can’t miss you if you’re always around.

[VERSE I]
I’m feeling a little boxed in.
May I get a minute to reassess my space?
(I’m getting) a little claustrophobic and there’s nothing like a moment to get back to your quiet place.

[CHORUS]
You know I love you down
But I can’t miss you if you’re always around

[VERSE II]
How do I explain I need you to am-scray
but just for a little while?
There’s no love lost, but I’m having dreams like whoa mug and I just wanna miss your smile

[CHORUS]
You know I love you down
But I can’t miss you if you’re always around

[BRIDGE]
(Once we take a break I can regain my strength)
Cause no good came from way too much good
(Once we take a break, I’ll have gotten back my strength)
Cause I’ll have missed so much being around my good thing.

[CHORUS]
You know I love you down
But I can’t miss you if you’re always around.
Track Name: Collide
[VERSE I]
I've been hanging on by my urethra trying not to give it up
But the longer I deny the harder it is getting by.
Esoteric photos… Ever erupting volcano
Lord give me strength to keep the lava from you, babe.

[CHORUS]
What I have in mind to share
Your brain won't comprehend
But when our bodies finally collide
You'll fully understand.

[VERSE II]
If I lay hands once again
My limbs will imitate London Bridge
I’ve been struggling to contain
that I already said your name.

But see my mind is that 1%
Of cells that the sanitizer didn’t kill
Please forgive; I said, “please forgive”
Harm wasn’t meant.

[CHORUS]
What I have in mind to share
Your brain won't comprehend
But when our bodies finally collide
You'll fully understand.
Track Name: Fly on the Wall
[VERSE I]
So, I played a game of hearts…
And that’s when you find how trifflin’ folks really are… oh Lord.
But little did I know…
The questions were bound to get out of control… good grief.

However something crossed my mind…
What about the next time you guys start to spill, would you dare spill some of mine? I’m not necessarily ashamed,
I just know how fast shit travels nowadays… ok.

[CHORUS]
If I could be a fly on the wall when they all start to talk
(What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall, They all go to uncover it all) All the things you wouldn’t say to my face,
I bet it’s the truth unchained.

[VERSE II]
I wonder if they’ll discuss when I got “you know who” alone and went from soft to rough… oh yeah.
Even though “such and such” told me that the head alone was way more than enough… I know.

(I didn’t mean to break your heart, wasn’t my aim at all.
Yes, I may be short, but I’ll walk into you tall).
All these colors have different shades; it just depends on who I was on that day… ok.

[CHORUS]
If I could be a fly on the wall when they all start to talk
(What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall, They all go to uncover it all) All the things you wouldn’t say to my face,
I bet it’s the truth unchained.

[BRIDGE]
Fly on the wall, they go to tell it all
Fly on the wall, they wanna spill it all.
Fly on the wall, suck on my…

[CHORUS]
If I could be a fly on the wall when they all start to talk
(What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall, They all go to uncover it all) All the things you wouldn’t say to my face,
I bet it’s the truth unchained.
Track Name: Search Party
[VERSE I]
I wanna get so lost in you they send out a search party
I need to get so lost in you that they cannot find me
Tired of this agony, tired of this life
I gotta get somewhere to dwell in peace and light.

[CHORUS]
(Do not try to find; don’t bother to look)
I got lost on purpose and when I'm ready, I'll surface.

[VERSE II]
I wanna get so lost in you they send out a search party
I need to get so lost in you that they won’t find me
Hurting my damn feelings, don't wanna be an option
What's it feel like to be a priority? I know the feeling of nothing.

[CHORUS]
(Do not try to find – Don’t bother to look)
I got lost on purpose and when I'm ready, I'll surface.

[VERSE I]
I wanna get so lost in you they send out a search party
I need to get so lost in you that they cannot find me
Tired of this agony, tired of this life
I gotta get somewhere to dwell in peace and light.

[CHORUS]
(Do not try to find – Don’t bother to look)
I got lost on purpose and when I'm ready, I'll surface.
Track Name: Insufficient
[VERSE I]
You can still bring me to tears every time we reminisce
Over a decade of memories, nothing can surpass this.

But I can’t do this no more
It’s not you; it’s me I’m sure
Not even cliché, I’m gentle but I’m frank
No one lost, we win or we learn.

[CHORUS]
(I’ll love you from afar | I gotta keep my distance)
You’re a constant reminder of what I was missing…
(When I was insufficient).

[VERSE II]
I cringe at your name, shudder at the sound of your voice
I wish I could feel otherwise, but my heart leaves me no choice.
(Stuck around for too long) because I knew you needed me
(But it only does more damage) keeping hostage what desires to be free

And I can’t do this no more
It’s both you and me I’m sure
Not even cliché, I’m gentle but I’m frank
I don’t lose, I win or I learn.

[CHORUS]
(I’ll love you from afar | I gotta keep my distance)
You’re a constant reminder of what I was missing…
(When I was insufficient).

[BREAK]
I’ll love you from afar | You’ll always be in my heart
But I gotta love you from afar | Being away… it’s so hard.
I’ll love you from afar | You’ll always be in my heart
But I gotta love you from afar | You being close hurts my heart.

[CHORUS]
(I’ll love you from afar | I gotta keep my distance)
You’re a constant reminder of what I was missing…
(When I was insufficient).