What's Up, Inc.

What's Up, Inc.

BandR&BAdult Contemporary

EXTRA TIGHT, multi dimensional, adult contemporary/R&B/Jazz/Pop/rock chart-crossing band featuring OUTSTANDING BEALE STREET performers.

Biography

Several members of this band are members of "The King Beez" one of Memphis' celebrated Beale Street bands. Lisa DeRenard 2005 Great American Song Winner.

Lyrics

For the Sake of the Work (Get All the People) 05-US-CQN-00002

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

For the Sake of the Work (Get All the People) 05-US-CQN-00002
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard copyright 2005

VERSE I:
To the shame of a great nation,
Incompetence reared its ugly head again.
Three levies broke, New Orleans was no more,
But a sea of tears in the USA.

CHORUS:
For the sake (for the sake of the work),
Even if you're not happy with the labor,
We got to learn (we got to learn),
To love each other (to love each other).
The everlasting song,
(goes on, and on, for the sake of the work)
Come hell and high water,
Get all the people up to higher ground.
(on, and on for the sake of the work)
Come hell and high water,
Get all the people of the work.

VERSE II:
To the shame of a great nation,
Discrimination reared its ugly head again.
The Government stranded its people.
Volunteers did all they could.

CHORUS (see above)

BRIDGE:
Tuesday came and went, nobody came (SOS);
Wednesday came and went, nobody came (SOS);
Thursday came and went, nobody came (SOS);
Friday came and went, nobody came.

CHORUS and fade.

I Have Overcome the World Mix II 05-US-CQN-00006

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

I Have Overcome the World Mix II 05-US-CQN-00006
I Have Overcome the World Mix I 05-US-CQN-00007
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard copyright 2005

VERSE I:
In this world you're going to have trials and tribulations (Jesus said it).
My words have filled your heart with with sorrow. (Jesus said it).
But I would not leave you comfortless.
I must go.
Till you get home.
I have overcome...

CHORUS
The world.
(Jesus overcome the whole wide world).
So be of good cheer.
I have overcome (the world).
(Jesus overcome the whole wide world).
I done it for you.
I have overcome (the world).
(Jesus overcome the whole wide world).
It's got nothing on you.
I have overcome.

VERSE II:
In this world you're gonna cry (Jesus cried).
Sometimes you're even going to say goodbye. (Jesus cried).
My words have passed your lips with sorrow.
But don't give up in your time of need.
I'll be there you just call on me.
I have overcome...

BRIDGE:
The world.
Everything that makes you sad.
Everything that makes you mad.
I have overcome the world. (Yeah now)
In a little while you won't see me,
But in a little while you're gonna see me again. (oh now)
One day I promise you.
(I have overcome the world).

Guitar solo

VERSE III:
In this world you're gonna die. (Jesus died).
Your soul is something different than your life. (Jesus died).
My words (Jesus died), may seem to hard (but you and I) to face to tommorrow (face tommorow...face tommorow).
But hold on, change is on its way.
Talk to me everyday.
I have overcome...

CHORUS, VAMP, improvise and fade

Lifeline Mix II, 05-US-CQN-00004

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

Lifeline Mix II, 05-US-CQN-00004
Lifeline Mix I, 05-US-CQN-00005
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard copyright 2005

VERSE I:
Some people know what they're doing.
Some people have not got a clue.
Some people wonder what the hell am I doing here.
In the sea (yeah) you can swim.
Oh, in the sea (yeah) you can drown.

CHORUS:
(Somebody) Throw me a lifeline.
(Love is a lifeline)
I don't want to drown out here all by myself,
Throw me a lifeline.
When you're going under you can't breath.
When you're going under you can't see.
(Love is a lifeline)
(Throw me a lifeline)

VERSE:
Some people graduate from High School.
Some people have a Ph.D.
Some people graduate from the hard knocks in life.
In the sea (yeah) you can swim.
Oh, in the sea (yeah) you can drown.

CHORUS

SOLO

CHORUS

vamp out w/ improvised phrases such as:
"what the world need now"
"is love...love sweet love"
"don't have no PH.d."
"love is my only degree"
"somebody come and save me" "save me"
"love, love, love is a lifeline..."

Enter Connectedness 05-US-CQN-00001

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

Enter Connectedness 05-US-CQN-00001
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard copyright 2005

VERSE I:
I don't know how you feel.
That's my own fault.
You know I don't have sense.
Say what I feel.
You know you laughed at me.
Don't worry about it.
My heart ain't broken.
You know that I love you.
Don't try to analyze feelings.
Just recognize.

CHORUS:
It's your Enter Connectedness.
That's what I want.
Enter Connectedness,
When the lights go out,
I don't want a virtual kiss,
It's got to be the real thing.
Enter Connectedness.
That's what I need.

VERSE II
You don't know how I feel.
That's your own fault.
No, you don't have sense.
Say what you feel.
You know I laughed at you.
Don't worry about it.
Your heart ain't broken.
I know that you love me.
Don't try to analyze feelings.
Just recognize

CHORUS

I don't know how you feel

SOLO (over verse without words)

CHORUS, fade

Pedestrian Requiem (Walking While Black) 05-US-CQN-00009

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

Pedestrian Requiem (Walking While Black), 05-US-CQN-00009
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard copyright 2004; 2005

INTRO:
No parity.
No comity.
Pedestrian Requiem.

VERSE:
He was a stranger.
(The government they stop the man, the man was black, he run out of gas)
Walking down, (The Government they shake him down)
A state highway. (They no could find no identification, identification, identification)
He ran out of gas, (The Government they take him in cause the man was silent)
He asked for assistance, (Humiliation-ment de interrogation)
In this land, where they arrest a man, (WHAT!)
For walking, (IS MISSING FROM THESE FACTS)
Down the street...
(A CRIME!!!)
Like he should be ashamed...
(The Court demanded to know his name... over, over again)
Of something, but they don't know what.
(He gave no answer).
Just because... (The power tremble they find him in contempt)
He refused... (they take his photograph they feed it to the press)
To give his name... (this is who we say he is)
They thought he was litter on the side of the road.

CHORUS:

Walking while black (walking while black) on the Purchase Parkway
(Don't you believe)
Don't you believe it when they say your help is on the way? That's a Question mark.
Walking while black (walking while black) on the Purchase Parkway
(He served the time)
Carries two hundred and fifty eight days in the county jail.
(Without Bail).
Walking while black (walking while black) on the Purchase Parkway
(Oooh, Oooh, Oooh)
I heard somebody say he had it coming,
Because he would not stay
....stay on the Interstate....
(Don't stop for gas, don't stop for gas, don't stop for gas.)
Don't get off the Interstate.

Guitar Solo

WHY DON'T YOU LET THE BLACK MAN WALK
ON THE PURCHASE PARKWAY?
WHY DON'T YOU LET THE BLACK MAN WALK
ON THE PURCHASE PARKWAY?
(WHAT IS YOUR NAME???)

GO TO CHORUS (Walking While Black...)

Fade with:
I believe, I believe the man is coming (Walking while black on the Purchase Parkway).
Yeah Man, I believe he is coming (walking while black on the Purchase Parkway).
Yeah Man, I believe he is coming (walking while black on the Purchase Parkway)
I believe, I believe the man is coming

(Third soprano lead vocal solo OVER THE TOP on end-- credit to "Droppa Joy" Glaspie---on that!

You Don't Know Your Child 05-US-CQN-00010

Written By: Lisa A. DeRenard

You Don't KNow Your Child 05-US-CQN-00010
Words and Music by Lisa A. DeRenard
copyright 2005

VERSE I
Caught your show down in Clarksville, Tennessee, all these years.
I have wondered, I have suffered,
So much violence,
My body has endured.
Now I can see,
What they must have noticed,
Every time they looked at me.
And you don't even see me.
It's just a damn disgrace.

CHORUS
You don't know your child
(You wouldn't know me on the street)
You don't know me, had you...
(You wouldn't have the nerve to sing)
About your heavenly family reunion,
You don't know your child.
(Really, really tore me up)
You don't know me, I had...
(had to go and look you up)
Don't you dare preach down to me.
I believe.
I can find the way.

VERSE II
Caught your show down in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Space in time.
But it seems like,
I haven't slept a wink,
Since the day I was born.
I never was a child.
What really burns me up,
So many people knew it, and,
Wouldn't even help me.
Not even someone like you.

Horns over chorus (melodic)

(BEGINNING OF FIRST VERSE)
Caught your show down in Clarksville, Tennessee,
All these years...
BACKGROUND VOCALS SING:
You don't know your child...
You don't know your child...
You don't know
You don't know
You don't know
(repeat and fade)

Discography

"Enter Connectedness" CD contains 11 original works currently available for sale at cdbaby.com and whatsuprecords.com. "Enter Connectedness"; "Pedestrian Requiem (Walking While Black)" and "Looks Like (One of those Nites) finalist in the 2004 VH-1 Song of the Year Contest. I Have Overcome the World top 5 in Great American Song Contest 2005

Set List

Focus of What's Up, Inc. is original material. Same band doubles as "The King Beez" on Beale Street, Memphis, TN, they perform such songs as "Brick House", "Ms. Jones", "At Last", "Let's Stay Together", "Down Home Blues", "Georgia" and many more.