Upright and Splendid

by I-mitri + Rainbow Coalition

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Poor Man 04:46
Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is! Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years Of fears Winter is here again and snow is falling hard Another few months of no heat inna the yard Done pile up all of the layers, Done chant up all of i prayers Done my cd with my singing soothsayers Done finish up with the so called players Life's not a game so don't mix all the flavors And while you're out there wont you deal with your neighbors Nothing like a helping hand to get you by A warm friends house you can visit nearby Faith that around the corner is the next bligh Love for the deepest bass heavy HIFI Rammedout sessions and pure vibes thereby Singers and players need only apply Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is! Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years Of fears No money for no hospital bill No money in case I fall Ill No money I can save after paying the bills From hand to mouth no matter how i feel Inna this life we a work for the overdraft easy to keep focus in a cold cold house No time to invest in our craft The tax man will have none of that And in our hearts we a generate power We will survive from hour to hour My voice it shall be heard, The visions not blurred My speech is not slurred Positivity preferred The power the sound and the word What Babylon promotes is absurd Elders everywhere have concurred That Love it is the key word! Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is! Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years Of fears
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Can't stop the movement Can't stop the flow Inna this here time Fire melt all snow Can't stop the movement can't stop the flow Grow your locks Till they touch your big toe So Times we are living are testing Way too much going on for digesting Youth everywhere the police are arresting Listen this ya cry we nah jesting No Love is the key we're attesting While the priests lil kids they're molesting Non stop for the wicked no resting In our spirit it is time for investing So Thousands of youths they're protesting Freedom everywhere they're requesting Cause its Too much crap we've been ingesting We're sick and tired of contesting Blaow Spiritual growth we are besting While the criminals them they are nesting All false leaders it is time for divesting Strictly conscious works we're requesting Woi Can't stop the movement Can't stop the flow Inna this here time Fire melt all snow Can't stop the movement can't stop the flow Grow your locks Till they touch your big toe So Step up and receive the higher blessing His majesty's works keep on checking Babylon all around with your mind they are messing When we know it's clear they are guessing Haha Natural salad with no dressing And With difficult truths we are wrestling While Underhandedly Babylon is flexing Still our works they cant stop us from pressing No Positive works manifesting Boots strapped tight and we're stepping, stepping When The system has its way to keep us stressing Encouraging words I am texting! Boom Everyday our knowledge we're deepening We took heed and our love it is lasting Tolerance from long time we suggesting In our youths this fortune we're vesting Now Can't stop the movement Can't stop the flow Inna this here time Fire melt all snow Can't stop the movement can't stop the flow Grow your locks Till they touch your big toe So
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Can't see the sky There's too much wire No one can deny That We're so tired Of the war What are we fighting for? 2x Financial gain Them all Filled with greed Materially vain, Don't know what they need Mind's so insane As they franticly feed Devouring the flesh Yet still more them a need Couldn't really tell you what real beauty is Ask bout spirituality Them take it as a diss Look into their eyes I'm sure you cyant miss The pain and destruction And that's just the least! Can't see the sky There's too much wire No one can deny That we're so tired Of the war!!!!!!! What are we fighting for? 2x I am my own master Cyan follow no one! Jahjah is my father That's for whom must I stand No one can really muster The most high plan Works so mysterious Still even a child can overstand My path laid out in front of I My faith is so dear The destination fixed in sight The instructions so clear My love can only get more strong As I+I prepare The message has been delivered to I There is no more fear! Can't see the sky There's too much wire No one can deny That we're so tired Of the war!!!!!!! What are we fighting for? 2x Pushed away the false pretence I'm looking for sense Getting deeper everyday the mind is so intense Sometimes the way of livity is coming like a test And World Leaders everywhere playing people like chess! Life's no competition, shouldn't be a contest! I Never believed in politricks To That I must confess Still Reality and participance for sure must get addressed Tolerance is what Selassie preach No one can test! Can't see the sky There's too much wire No one can deny That we're so tired Of the war!!!!!!! What are we fighting for? 2x
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Rising In Love There will be others love and u will rise even higher in love, Even though one door closed The world is still yours 2X A good life Jah know you've been living Always on track No time for retreating To one man you gave all your being Now your heart it feels like it's sinking Your whole life it feels like you've been waisting All the dreams and the promises He's been making You found out he's not been respecting Found out your name through mud he's been dragging! Still of your life this is not the ending! He never loved you no use in pretending You can do better and that I'm guaranteeing! Upright man not one used to lying There will be others love and u will rise even higher in love, the more life matures.. This feeling endures No more strife Your looking for healing Stuck in his ways my man wasn't budging No matter what you did no Over standing Could never attain what you're requiring Reality is clearly what you are seeking I can see it inna your eyes there's no denying Jah knows how long you've been waiting Leave behind all the pain and the suffering Strictly Fwd is where you should be heading Cah Thinking of the past is so heart-wrenching Time to move on there is no mistaking! New outlook on life time for upgrading There will be others love and u will rise even higher in love, Even though one door closed The world is still yours 2X Like with a knife Cut away all regretting It's long past the time you start forgetting The seconds the minutes the hours you've been spending You're still young can't stop the learning A new dawn, The sun is on the rising Now you're open to the blessing that's arriving In your heart you still have so much loving And the goodness U cant help but start sharing! From every end There starts new beginning! Open your eyes it's there for the taking! Negativity Is set for rejecting No more use In prolonging the heart breaking!! There will be others love and u will rise even higher in love, Even though one door closed The world is still yours 2X
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Upright and splendid Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anywhere man steps The truth is defended Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anytime man needs a hand My bredrins can lend it Life Can never mistreat such wonderful gift Don't want to spoil it Given to I, On the day of I birth, I'll cherish and uphold it.. I'm grounded From this foundation I can't drift! barely started on my journey How can quit? I'm fit and ready for i purpose Since I was yute Groundation was My solace! Man is So thoroughly bless My mind is finally at rest Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anywhere man steps The truth is defended Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anytime man needs a hand My bredrins can lend it Upright Is how I shall stand In touch with the elements Connected with the land Its So fragrant When the rain drops land Whether in a field or whether on sand The beauty of this world the hardship overcomes The entire world, nature commands Just like the oceans, control you can't demand Through constant observation, mans can fully overstand! Seasons Unfolding, According to plan Any way you deh Your ground you must stand Through hard work Comes, the betterment of man!! This way I shall stand Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anywhere man steps The truth is defended Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anytime man needs a hand My bredrins can lend it The miracle of life Around me enfolding Young life the mothers are rejoicing! A blessing.. The feeling of forgiving Never Expecting from the giving Believing In better things arriving The end of all the striving Liberty No more lying no backbiting Responsibility No more need for arguing! Togetherness People uniting Not fighting!! Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anywhere man steps The truth is defended Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anytime man needs a hand My bredrins can lend it Consciously giving The power of forgiving Without a doubt Through the powers we're receiving In the coming in, and also the leaving Un-earthing A glimpse of the truth It's So inspiring parents love their youth Better days they're Desiring On their own selves They've been relying So trying Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anywhere man steps The truth is defended Up right and splendid Never surrendered Anytime man needs a hand My bredrins can lend it
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about

Not long after our latest successful 12” vinyl (COUNT007) introduced Rainbow Coalition to the world, CounterAction is proud to present I-mitri’s first “vocal & dub” album with Rainbow Coalition on riddim duties.
Upright & Splendid was written and recorded between the Netherlands and Leicester, UK, mixed and produced by I-Mitri in the CounterAction studio.
The album goes through some of the most distinct styles of UK Dub whilst remaining very original, with strong songwriting and an over all conscious lyrical message! It features many live elements alongside the digital, smoothly blending modern roots with classic analog dub mixing. The quality of production is consciously sound system minded with heavy dub versions.

Album Track List:

I-mitri & Rainbow Coalition – Upright & Splendid
1. Poor Man
2. Poor Man Dub (Chapter 5)
3. The Movement (Album Version)
4. Movement Riddim (Instrumental)
5. Can't See the Sky (Original Version)
6. Sky Riddim (Instrumental)
7. Rise in Love (Album Version)
8. Rise in Dub (Chapter 4)
9. Upright and Splendid
10. Upright and Splendid Riddim (Instrumental)



Rainbow Coalition.
A musical collaboration that started when I-mitri (CounterAction/Original Soundz, AMP Outernational) met Tim (Slimmah Sound/Roots Tribe) on the road while gigging. This album represents a body of work that came about as a result of the friendship that developed over the years since then.

I-mitri.
An original member of AMP Outernational (first releasing music around 1998 under the name Atiko Minus) and part of the Dubwise HiFi collective out of Greece, I-mitri is based in Leicester, UK. Linked with dub legends Vibronics with whom he often gigs and records, I-mitri is part of the vibrant sound system scene in Leicester since 2001 where he also promotes dances and runs the weekly radio show United Nations Of Dub (on community and student FM radio station DemonFM). Coming musically together with Richi Rootz in 2006, saw them founding the CounterAction Soundz label. He also fronts the CounterAction live band. He sings, mixes, produces and records percussion and drums for, amongst many others, labels: CounterAction Soundz, AMP Outernational, Dub Providers (Nuff Powa), Scoops Records, Roots Youths, Rasheda Lioness Music, and Dreadwise Music. He's voiced tunes for (most notably) Vibronics, Jahfree, Imperial Sound Army, Badaboom HiFi, Sub Foundation, Phaeleh, AMP Outernational, Dubateers, and CounterAction Warriors. He's had the opportunity to play sing and select on Jah Tubby's, Iration Steppas, King Earthquake, Mungo’s HiFi, Blackboard Jungle and many other sound systems across Europe and his songs/productions have been played by David Rodigan, Jah Tubbys, Iration Steppas, Aba Shanti I, Channel One, Jah Voice and Hytal Bosrah amongst many others!
Co-founder and co-director of the world’s first and biggest indoor reggae & dub sound system festival UNITED NATIONS OF DUB WEEKENDER (established in 2013), I-mitri often tours the world showcasing the best of roots and culture, on the microphone and through vinyl&digital selection, live mix and FX, as usual inna sound system style!

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released September 14, 2018

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CounterAction, Not A Blind Reaction

CounterAction is a UK roots reggae/dub label.

It aims to provide a vehicle for positive, educational, spiritual creative musical expression contributed by singers and players principally from Leicester and the UK (but not only), particularly taking notice of artists that perhaps have not had enough or as much exposure as deserved.

A true counterAction.
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