Die For You

by Tafari Anthony

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"Die For You", is a raw proclamation of empowerment through defiance, conflict and heartbreak. The title track is an addictive battle-cry against injustice and privilege. The record is loaded with killer baselines, hot guitar riffs, and driving percussion that fuse the excitement of rock with the cool groove of R&B. The exception, "Maybe When We Get Older", relies on a solo piano to compliment Tafari's passionate and inspiring voice. This track was recently recognized by Canada's Walk of Fame, earning Tafari a spot in the Emerging Artist Program 2015. "Die For You" is one part rock anthem, one part break-up song, and one part pop hook blended together with talent and conviction to create lively and compelling music.

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released June 3, 2016

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: TAFARI ANTHONY
PRODUCED BY: TAFARI ANTHONY & JON MYCHAL
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All vocals & Vocal Arrangements:
Tafari Anthony
Recorded, Engineered, & Mixed by:
Jon Mychal at The Sonic Spa, Toronto, ON
Cover & Back Photography:
Donny Anderson & Tafari Anthony
Inside Photography:
Shawn Oakes & Tafari Anthony
Art Direction & Design:
Tafari Anthony
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© 2016 TAFARI ANTHONY. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction,
copying, & rental of this recording is prohibited by law. Made in Canada.
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Made possible with the generous support of the ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL

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Track Name: You See Through Me
I could be all yours baby
But you don’t see
You could be happy all the time
But you don’t want me
I could be your forever
But you’d rather make believe
You know that I’d love you baby
For eternity

[CHORUS]
But you see right through me
You see right through me
You don’t see more than what’s standing right in front of me
So I’ll keep on screaming
I’ll keep believing
Until you see

I’ve had this crush on you
And I’ve been wanting you for so long
And if you wanted to
I could be your one
If you could see me
You’d see how I look at you
You’re perfection to the core
But would you believe?

[CHORUS]
But you see right through me
You see right through me
You don’t see more than what’s standing right in front of me
So I’ll keep on screaming
I’ll keep believing
Until you see
All of me…

[BRIDGE]
You’ve been crying & weeping for so long
And I’ve been hoping that you get what you deserve, baby
And I’ve been holding out for something so strong
Tell me that it’s not all in vain
Tell me that it’s not all in vain
Tell me that it’s not all in vain

[CHORUS] (x2)
But you see right through me
You see right through me
You don’t see more than what’s standing right in front of me
So I’ll keep on screaming
I’ll keep believing
Until you see
All of me…
Track Name: Golden Child [E]
When the golden child does something you can’t approve
When the golden child fucks up, don’t know what to do
Always had it easy, but nothing is easy
You must’ve known that we would hit this rough patch
When the golden child does something you won’t approve
You hang your head in shame like you have something to lose
Hide from the world what we all see is the truth
Disbelieve & say “There must be something wrong with you!”

[CHORUS]
When the golden child
When the golden child
When the golden child goes wild

When the golden child comes home to a dark place
The one that used to bring the light now brings disgrace
When the golden child is at a loss for words
You scream & yell like that’ll help you to be heard

[CHORUS] (x2)
When the golden child
When the golden child
When the golden child goes wild

When the golden child decides to live his truth
You question it & everything he ever do
When the golden child tells you what you always feared
Ears get covered, eyes water, rage sets in, black outs begin
When the golden child has nothing left to give
He sits weak in the corner hoping for something to give
When the golden child realizes this is the end
He picks himself up, forges ahead & finds love within

[CHORUS]
When the golden child
When the golden child
When the golden child goes wild

When the golden child stops giving a shit
He will find self love & all it brings with it
When the golden child embarks on the world
He will see that he is accepted just being him

[CHORUS] (x2)
When the golden child
When the golden child
When the golden child goes wild
Track Name: Know Better
[CHORUS]
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better

I still laid down in your bed expecting something different
I let you strip off my clothes in the name of experience
I just went with the flow in hopes of commitment
Not in the form of gold but in companionship
Thought the music would unite us but it blurred my vision
We faked love to “the black messiah”

[CHORUS]
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better

In the name of honesty you say I’m not something you require
But your face said something different as you were breathing deeper
I just went with the flow in hopes of commitment
Not in the form of gold but in companionship
Thought the music would unite us but it blurred my vision
I should’ve known but goddamn you lured me

[CHORUS]
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better

[bridge](x2)
There is this darkness inside of me
Oh I just want it to leave
There is this darkness inside of me
Let me be, let me be

[CHORUS] (x2)
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better
I don’t know why I do this to myself
Do this to myself
When I know better

There is this darkness inside of me
Oh I just want it to leave
Track Name: F**k (Feat. Marc Funkenhauser) [E]
Take her out to lunch if you want
Why should I care?
You claim it’s not me you want
But we can fuck when she’s not there
So afraid what everyone will think
So you give her what you wanna give me, baby
Lost in a world of despair
Why should I care?

[CHORUS]
I don’t love you
I don’t love you anyway
We just fuck
That’s okay
You won’t go there
You won’t go there anyway
So we just fuck…
Call it a day, yeah

Take her ass out to dinner baby…
See if I walk down that way
Hide your face when you see me
Shame the truth might surface
You better Look in my eyes next time you touch me
Maybe then you’ll see the light
You ain’t nothing more than sex to me
So don’t even try to disguise

[CHORUS]
I don’t love you
I don’t love you anyway
We just fuck
that’s okay
You won’t go there
You won’t go there anyway
So we just fuck…
Call it a day
call it a day ‘cause
I don’t love you
I don’t love you anyway
So we just fuck
Call it a day, ‘cause
You won’t, you won’t go there anyway
So we just fuck call it a day, yeah...

Call it day
Call it a spade
Call it a trade
Call it dismay
Call it getting laid
Call it anything
Call it anything, yeah...
That’s okay…
Track Name: Die For You [E]
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
I’m not gonna take that chance on you
‘Cause you when snapback & hold my neck
You’re gonna tell me I’m not worth it
So I’m gonna lay down & die for you
‘Cause I’ve got too much here to live for
Everybody got their phones high up in the air
So go ‘head & act a fool if you dare

[CHORUS]
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
i’m not gonna lay down & die
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
i’m not gonna lay down & die

Talk your shit if you need to
But you ain’t gonna get me to follow suit
You can say I don’t value life if you want
But you know very well that I’m strong enough
So I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
I’m not gonna take this threat too seriously, no
Everybody got their social up in the clouds
So watch yourself before you get exposed now

[CHORUS]
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
i’m not gonna lay down & die
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you, yeah
i’m not gonna lay down & die
I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
No, no
No, I’m not gonna lay down & die for you
i’m not gonna lay down & die for you
i’m not gonna lay down & die for you
Track Name: Maybe When We Get Older
Don’t know where I should go now
I’ve given everything
Everything I know how
Foolish for your vacant heart
I should’ve known better
Than to try to out smart it

Not tryna throw around blame to change your position
Can’t make you want the same things that I do
It’s not enough reason

[CHORUS]
Maybe when we get older
You’ll realize
I had so much to offer
If you just opened your eyes
Maybe with a little time
You’ll see
You could’ve had it all with me

Can’t break away from what’s inside my head
You keep telling me no, I keep pushing for yes
If I love you like I say I do
Then I should be able to let you go

[CHORUS]
Maybe when we get older
You’ll realize
I had so much to offer
If you just opened your eyes
Maybe with a little time
You’ll see
You could’ve had it all with me

[BRIDGE]
How can I stand the pain
Of letting you walk away
When I feel this way
That’s what makes this so hard
‘Cause now I know I have to love you from afar

[CHORUS]
Maybe when we get older
You’ll realize
I had so much to offer
If you just opened your eyes
Maybe with a little time
You’ll see
You could’ve had it all
You could’ve had it all
You could’ve had it all with me
You.. you could’ve had it all with me...