Three Little Words

by Dominique Fils-Aimé

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1.
You should know better than to wait so long Who said the world will be here right after you’re gone You should know better than to take so long Better make up your mind or watch it all be gone Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Now the time has come to help set things right Let’s make it worth our Make it worth our while Now our time has come to make some things right Raising empires Raising empires Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow - vocal break- Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Feelin’ now what you feeling now Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow Grow mama grow mama grow Wake up mama tell me what’s on your mind Know you heard them calling Wake up mama tell me what’s on your mind All all night long Wake up mama tell me what’s on your mind Tell me what’s on your mind Wake up mama tell me what’s on your mind
2.
I know you won’t let me down I can tell by the vibe That’s been round our house I can tell you won’t let this go By the spark in your eye And the pep in your Feet feet feet feet feet Feet feet feet feet feet I got some real questions to ask you now Do you think we might change the world One move at a time I got some real blessing to share around Having you by my side Makes it all worth While while while while while We wait for the world to change While while while while We wait for the world to change While while while while We wait for the world to change While we wait For the world to change While we’re hoping hoping hoping While we’re hoping for the change Being the change Seeing the chains While we’re hoping hoping changing We could be the change We could be the change We might be the change We could be the change We can see the chains We will be the change We will be the change
3.
You Left Me 02:31
You left me All alone Far from home With no one to call mine Nowhere to call my own You left me In the dark With no landmark To help find my way To help light up my way Why’d you have to be so cruel Know my heart’s already broken Even though there are no rules You’ll find a way to break ’em Why’d you have to be so rude Giving hopes with your false pretences Never signed up to get used Rise in the morning wasted All alone Far from home With no one to call mine Nowhere to call my own You left me In the dark With no landmark To help find my way To help light up my way Now that you’re all alone Somewhere far from home Thinking bout you and me And what it used to be What we used to be Now that you’re all alone Somewhere far from home Thinking bout you and me And what it used to be What we used to be Now that you’re all alone Somewhere far from home Thinking bout you and me And what it used to be What we used to be
4.
Could It Be 02:51
Tell me what you need sugar Gave you all you ever wanted No clue if you feel better With all the pressure we been under Could it be that you were fire And I was your ocean Could it be that you were fine But I was all over yeah I was all over Yeah I was all over Yeah I was all over Yeah I was all over Yeah I was all over Gave you all that I got I gave you all that I got Gave you all that I got I gave you all that I got (Time to take it) Could it be that you were fire And I was your ocean (Time to take it) Could it be that you were fine But I was all over yeah I was all over Yeah I was all over Time to take it Yeah I was all over Time to take it Yeah I was all over Time to take it You took my house Time to take it back You took my money Time to take it back You took my heart Time to take it back Won’t take my soul Time to take it back Time to take it back Take back my power
5.
Us being the Us being the same Our souls will be back Long after we’ve gone Staying alive through every single trace of you Holding you dear Holding you close Holding me too We know it is We know it is We know it isn’t what it seems We know there’s so much left to see More of this you More of this me More time to move More of us being the same Just us being the same Us being the same Us being the Us being the same Us being the Someday we will see the path and Turns out we have never walked on our own Own Us being the same Us being the Us being the same Us being the Somehow we will feel the path and Turns out we have never walked on our own Sorrows filling up your sky Will make it storm on everything you know Know know
6.
Mind Made Up 03:34
Will you catch me when I fall Will you catch me Will you catch me when I fall Will you catch me Will you catch me when I fall In your sunshine Will you catch me when I fall Been a lot of talkin’ darling ‘Bout me feelin’ blue It’s all lovely talk 'till I walk the walk ain’t it Figured if the tree’s still standing After such a storm There must be a way I ain’t gotta stay Just a few steps to reach that door All you need to know I made up my mind I’ll be gone tomorrow I made up my mind You won’t get to see me go I made up my mind All you need to know I made up my mind my mind My my my mind I made up my mind My my my mind My mind My my mind Been a lot of hoping Darlin’ ‘Round dreams coming true It’s all lovely talk ‘till we Catch a wall ain’t it Figured if the light’s still pouring Under such a cloud There must be a way I ain’t gotta flake Just a few leaps to reach that goal All you need to know I made up my mind I’ll be good tomorrow I made up my mind You won’t get to see me grow I made up my mind All you need to know I made up my mind My mind my mind My mind my mind my my my mind I made up my mind My mind my mind my my my mind My mind My mind my mind my my my mind My mind my mind my my my mind My mind my mind my my my mind My mind my mind my my my mind My mind my mind my my my mind
7.
Fall and All 02:36
I won’t wrap around you little finger Cause if you leave I fall I can tell the past is putting pressure On me to feel at all Should I get away From it all Why would I stay Watch me fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Wings torn but never broken Feathers on the floor Raw words unspoken Written on the walls Should I get away From it all Why would I stay Watch me fall Fall Fall Fall Fall
8.
Taking over the same old Kingdom Building empires made of Freedom Making over the brand new Queendom Nurturing the roads that led to Freedom That lead to Free Dom That lead to Free Free That lead to Freedom That lead to Free Free That lead to Freedom Don't go steppin’ down once you know what you gotta do Ain't no stoppin’ now ‘cause we know what we gotta do Don't go steppin’ down once you know what you gotta do Ain't no stoppin’ now ‘cause we know what we gotta do Feeling the waves that might seem random Raising empires based on Wisdom Taking over is never random Nurturing the ways that led to Wisdom That lead to Freedom That lead to Free Free That lead to Freedom That lead to Free Free Ain't no stopping now cause we know what we gotta do (know what you gotta do) Ain't no stopping now cause we know what we gotta do Take over Take over all No more stepping down cause we know what we gotta do Take over Take over all Ain't no stopping now cause we know what we gotta do Take over Take over all Let Love take over Take over Take over all Let Love take over Take over Take over all Let Love take over Take over Take over all Taking over Taking over
9.
I’ll be a bird without a sky You can be warm without the sun We will drift by without the breeze I will drift by without the breeze I can shine on without the light We can stand tall lying down You should live free without the hassle You should walk free We can stand tall lying down Tall Lion Tall Lion We can stand tall lying down
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11.
Home To Me 03:28
Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Came home last night To find myself Waiting on me Where you been How you been Who you been with What you been doing wrong What you been doing I knew that I was up to no good Didn’t wanna face the fact Told myself chill out don’t worry Time-wise we got plenty It’s all a phase It is just a phase Yet Love flows in timeless ways Letting dreams take all their space Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Woke up this time Found myself Wondering what we Coulda been Shoulda been Could be doing What has been going on How are we doing I can tell that we’re still moving on moving up But love flows in endless ways Letting dreams transform the place Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me I can tell that we’re still moving on moving up Even when the light seems low I can tell that we’re still moving on moving up Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me Even when the light seems low Come home to me Come home to me Come home to me I can tell that we’re still moving on moving up
12.
We Are Light 02:39
We are the light That we are looking for Looking for We are the change That leaves us aching for Aching for tomorrow That leaves us aching for Aching for tomorrow That leaves us aching for Acking for New days new ways Coming through New type of hope floating New days same waves Rushing through Breath in the rays of light My my my Give it all you got little darling Give it all you got my love Give it all you got little darling Give it all you got my love Give it all you got Give it all you got Give it all you got My love my love my love my love my love Give it all you got Give it all you got My love my love my love my love my love Give it all you got My love my love my love my love my love
13.
Heal with me Everything will be ok Feel with me Everything will be fine Heal with me Everything will be ok Feel with me Everything will be fine Heal with me Everything will be ok Feel with me Everything will be fine Heal with me Everything will be ok Feel with me Everything will be fine Breath with me Everything will be ok Feel with me Everything everything will be fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Fine Breath with me Feel you heart beat Feel you heart beat Feel you heart beat Everything will be fine Feel you heart beat Feel you heart beat Everything will be fine Feel you heart beat Feel you heart beat Everything will be fine
14.
Stand By Me 02:13
When the night Has come And the land is dark And the moon Is the only Light we’ll see No I won’t Be afraid No I won’t Be afraid Just as long As you stand By me Oh darlin’ darlin’ Stand by me Oh won’t you stand By me Oh stand now Stand by me Stand by me If the sky That we look upon Should tumble and fall All the mountains Would crumble into the sea I won’t cry I won’t cry No I won’t even shed a tear Just as long As you stand by me Darlin’ darlin’ stand by me Oh won’t your stand by my Oh stand by me Whenever you’re in trouble Won’t you stand Won’t you stand By me Oh stand now Oh stand now Stand by me

about

Three Little Words concludes Dominique Fils-Aimé's album trilogy exploring the roots of African-American musical culture. Her 2018 acclaimed debut full length blues-tinged Nameless saw Fils-Aimé boldly confront historical silences and sorrows while her sophomore JUNO award winning album, Stay Tuned! delved into the civil rights movement of the 60s through jazz. Now with Three Little Words Dominique embraces the emotional lushness of soul music of yesterday and tomorrow.

Each album carries with it a lesson that has been learned and then moulded into each subsequent volume. This final album is Fils-Aimé's adaptation of soul music in the truest sense of the term: music that comes from the depths of her soul and is meant to challenge and enrich the souls of her listeners. It is at once both an acknowledgement and an appreciation of the different musical genres that live within her head and flavour her own soul. In music, as in with life, the best prognosticator is looking to the past.

It was of great importance that 'Three Little Words' end the trilogy in the light, with the understanding that light cannot come without first going through a period of darkness. There is a beautiful luminosity in confronting darkness, and the album is centered around self-healing and recognizing the importance of mental health. There is no shame in admitting that we are not okay today, and that we will work towards getting better tomorrow.

Fils-Aimé also unabashedly dives head-first into the importance of empathy and love when trying to affect social change, while also reminding that demanding freedom and challenging the collective consciousness can be a somewhat gradual process. The most powerful take-away is that love is omnipresent and constitutes the foundation of the human experience. Love is, quite simply, the all-important sixth element, and the building block of the energy that unites us all.

Perhaps her most musically diverse and eclectic album to date, Fils-Aimé's distinct brand of incisively-delivered vocals resonate throughout 'Three Little Words', whether they are engaging the listener with the heartwarming 1950s-inspired doo-wop harmonies of While We Wait, or with the punchy brass-fueled crescendos of the more soulful Mind Made Up. Throughout the album, Dominique’s captivating yet gentle voice is backed by the spellbinding groove of African percussion, horns, synthesizer and expansive bass lines, the likes of which are never more prevalent than in Love Take Over with its coaxing, melodramatic drums that envelop the listener in a primal and soothing aural embrace.

Integral to the trilogy as a whole has been the tireless work of acclaimed record producer, musical arranger and mixer Jacques Roy. In Fils-Aimé's own words, Roy has been directly responsible for connecting her voice with the multitude of other sounds on 'Three Little Words,' always ensuring that the necessary frequencies are covered and accounted for. “Jacques is the glue that has held this trilogy together with his open-mindedness and his willingness to delve deep in the search to understand exactly what it is that I'm trying to say with my music,” exclaims Dominique.

credits

released February 12, 2021

All songs written by Dominique Fils-Aimé except for “Stand By Me” written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Vocals: Dominique Fils-Aimé
Bass: Jacques Roy
Drums: Harvey Bien Aimée
Keys: David Osei Afrifa
Percussion: Elli Miller Maboungou
Trumpet: Hichem Khalfa
Tenor, soprano saxophone: François D'Amours
Baritone saxophone: Sébastien Grenier
Guitar: Etienne Miousse
Violin (1st): Christian Prevost
Violin (2nd): Yubin Kim
Viola: Bojana Milinov
Cello: Carla Antoun
Didgeridoo: Kevin Annocque
String and brass arrangements Jacques Roy

Photography: Kevin Millet
Artwork: Siou-Min Julien
Executive producer: Kevin Annocque

Recorded at Les Studios Opus in Assomption, Canada under the supervision of Daniel Lepage.
Produced, mixed and engineered by Jacques Roy.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Canada.

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Dominique Fils-Aimé Montreal, Québec

Dominique Fils-Aimé [FEES-em-AY] is a JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter from Montreal. Her ambitious album trilogy conceptualizes the history of African American music. Dominique reflects on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and soul and channel that spirit into her own work. ... more

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