Mistreating Me

Cm 
Keep on pressuring me to do more and do more
Don’t move on unless you can see that I’m all that
 
It  
Fm 
ain’t easy waking up  
Cm 
early to stay up late
 
I know God won’t put more  
D# 
on me,  
Cm 
on me than I can take

And I know, I know

 
Yes, I know that  
G# 
I
I must take care of me
 
(You better  
Cm 
love, you say, you love  
A# 
yourself 
 
first)
And I’ve been told that I
 
I can’t put you above  
F 
me
 
(You better  
Dm 
love, you  
A# 
better love yourself first)
F 
 
No, I’m  
Cm 
not gon’ keep on mistreating  
F 
me
 
I have decided  
Cm 
to love myself
D# 
And no,  
Cm 
I’m not gon’ keep on mistreating  
D# 
me
 
I’m not if you don’t love,  
Cm 
you can’t love nobody else

I do love you

But sometimes I feel

(I feel)
Like this one thing’s so, so unfair
(So unfair)
You don’t even noticed me when you down so
I pray everyday you start loving me

Yes, I know that I

 
I must take care  
A# 
of 
 
me
(You better love, you say, love yourself first)
C 
And I been  
F 
told that I
 
Can’t put  
A# 
you 
 
above
 
(You better  
F 
love, you  
D# 
better 
 
 
Cm 
love yourself first)
 
No, I’m  
F 
not gon’ keep on mistreating me
D# 
I have decided to love myself
Cm 
And no, I’m not gon’ keep on mistreating me
 
I’m not if you  
G# 
don’t love, you can’t love  
Cm 
nobody 
 
else
(Nobody else, nobody else)

You can’t love nobody before you love yourself first

You gotta love yourself
(Keep on mistreating me)
 
Mind,  
G# 
body and soul
(Gotta love yourself)

 
And I know,  
Cm 
 
know
D# 
 
Yes, I  
Cm 
know that I
A# 
I must take care of me
 
(You better love, you say, love yourself  
F 
first)
 
And I’ve been  
A# 
told that I
I can’t put you above me
 
(You better love, you  
F 
better love yourself first)
Cm 
 
No, I’m not gon’  
Cm7 
keep on mistreating me
 
I  
Cm 
have decided to love myself
F 
And no, I’m not gon’ keep on mistreating me
A# 
I’m not  
Cm7 
if you  
Cm 
don’t love, you, you can’t love nobody else

No, I’m not gon’ keep on mistreating me

I have decided to love myself
 
And no, I’m not gon’ keep on  
A# 
mistreating 
 
me
 
I’m not  
Cm 
if you don’t love, you can’t love nobody else

Break it down now

Tie it down

Mistreating me

Cm7 
(No you  
Cm 
can’t)
Love yourself

It’s Alright

Dear
To whom it may concern

 
C 
I guess this is my reward for giving him all my love
 
With  
A# 
holding nothing, yeah
Gm 
Nothing could quantify the feelings I had inside
Still he took me for granted

 
Don’t worry about nothing, don’t,  
F 
don’t worry ’bout nothing
 
It’s all for the good, it’s better this  
Gm 
way
Well it’s alright, it’s alright ‘coz I tried and I tried
 
It’s alright, it’s alright, and I cried and  
A# 
 
cried
It’s alright, it’s alright, but it’s alright now
 
It’s alright now,  
F 
said it’s alright
Gm 
I thought he was infallible, perfect in every way
A# 
King to to my kingdom
 
I  
Gm 
put him  
A# 
on a pedestal, never  
F 
thinking he’d  
Gm 
hurt me this way
How could you hurt me this way?

 
F 
Don’t worry about nothing,  
Gm 
don’t, don’t worry ’bout nothing
It’s all for the good, it’s better this way
It’s alright, it’s alright ‘coz I tried and I tried
 
It’s alright, it’s alright, and I cried and I  
F 
cried
 
It’s alright, it’s  
Gm 
alright, it’s alright  
C 
now
It’s alright now
Gm 
 
It’s alright ‘coz I  
F 
tried and I  
Gm 
tried
 
And  
A# 
I cried and I cried, it’s alright, it’s alright
 
I,  
F 
still it’s alright now,  
Gm 
yeah
 
Don’t worry about nothing, don’t,  
F 
don’t worry  
Gm 
’bout 
 
nothing
 
It’s all for  
F 
the good, it’s  
Gm 
better this way

Boy you know I loved you boy I loved you boy

D# 
And boy you know you hurt me, you hurt me, you hurt me, boy
Gm 
But in time, I heal and I want you  
A# 
to know  
F 
that I said I  
Gm 
loved you, boy
 
And you didn’t have to hurt me so bad, said I  
Fm 
loved you boy,  
Gm 
it’s 
 
alright
 
Don’t  
C 
worry about nothing, don’t, don’t worry ’bout nothing
 
It’s all for the good, it’s better this  
Gm 
way
 
‘Coz I’m alright,  
F 
it’s alright, it’s alright
Gm 
Oh it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
 
I tried, it’s alright,  
F 
it’s 
 
alright
 
And I  
Gm 
cried, it’s alright It’s alright

And I tried and you didn’t have to hurt me so bad

I tried and you didn’t have to hurt me so bad

Prayer

D 
Livin’ 
 
 
A 
in 
 
 
Bm7 
Bm 
A 
G 
 
 
A 
G 
Em 
cold, 
 
 
Bm 
G 
Em 
Bm 
cold 
 
 
A 
G 
Em 
world
Em 
Bm 
Sometimes 
 
 
Bm 
A 
it 
 
 
Bm 
A 
G 
gets 
 
 
Bm 
G 
hard 
 
 
Bm 
G 
Em 
and you  
G 
feel 
 
 
Em 
Bm 
A 
like
Bm 
G 
You 
 
 
Bm 
G 
Em 
can’t make it  
Em 
out
G 
Em 
Bm 
Em 
A 
When 
 
 
Em 
Bm 
 
 
Bm 
A 
G 
was 
 
 
Bm 
G 
Em 
just 
 
 
Bm 
G 
Em 
 
 
Em 
little 
 
 
Bm 
girl

Soul Food

Kiss the back of my neck bone
Gm 
Make it hot like Louisiana Hot Sauce
 
Whoa,  
Dm 
whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
Shoot, that’s soul food
Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
Stankin’ like chitins

Sweet like sweet potato pie

 
Like collard greens and yams on  
A 
the 
 
side
Dm 
I’m full from top to the bottom and this ain’t no lie
I’m hot like Mississippi burnin’ in the middle of July

And I’m sayin’

Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
(Soul food love)
You got me sayin’ whoa oh oh, whoa
Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh

 
Sip me up  
C 
like lemonade  
A# 
from a mason  
A 
jar
 
Make  
Dm 
it good like  
C 
some chicken  
A# 
fried in a pan  
C#dim 
of 
 
lard
Dm 
I’m 
 
 
G 
gettin’ spoiled like old beans and I can’t lose my head
 
‘Cause when you’re not around  
C 
I’m crumblin’ like cornbread
Dm 
 
Whoa,  
C 
whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh  
A# 
ooh
 
(Soul  
C 
food 
 
love)
 
You got me  
Bm 
sayin’ whoa whoa, whoa oh oh
 
Whoa, whoa oh  
C 
oh, whoa  
Dm 
oh oh, oh ooh

Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh

Talkin’ about soul food, soul food love
Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
I’m talkin’ about soul food love

Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh

I’m hungry for your love, I’m hungry for your love
(Soul food love)
Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
Say, I’m gettin’ hungry now, I’m gettin’ hungry now

Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh

(Soul food love)
Whoa, whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh, oh ooh
 
(Soul food, soul food,  
A 
soul)

When You Love Somebody

 
What is a  
C 
woman
Cm 
To 
 
 
C 
do with  
G 
 
 
Gm 
man
Who treats her unkindly
Cm 
When she does all she can
G 
Gm 
I cried so many  
Cm 
nights
How we fuss and fight
Gm 
The make  
A# 
ups 
 
 
Gm 
and the break  
Cm 
ups
 
I loved  
F 
you 
 
 
Cm 
and 
 
 
Gm 
only you the things  
F#m 
you 
 
do
Cm 
 
When you  
Gm 
love 
 
somebody
 
(Love  
G# 
love)
G#maj7 
Oh 
 
 
Gm 
Lord, 
 
yeah
 
When  
Cm 
you love somebody
(Love love)
 
Things  
ADiminished7 
you 
 
 
Adim 
do, 
 
ohh
G# 
Gm 
I gave you  
Cm 
my 
 
lovin’
 
With no question  
Gm 
asked
 
Tears  
Cm 
on my pillow
 
From  
Gm 
all your disrespect
 
I didn’t  
Cm 
care about your past
 
I  
Am 
only 
 
 
Cm 
wanted to make us last
 
You know  
Gm 
I loved you and  
Cm 
only 
 
you
 
The things you  
Gm 
do
 
When  
A#m 
you love  
Cm 
somebody, 
 
well
(Love love)
Oh Lord
 
When  
F 
you 
 
 
G 
love 
 
somebody
Gm 
(Love 
 
love)
 
I loved you,  
G# 
baby
G 
Love somebody
F#m 
When you love the  
D#m 
things you  
Am 
do for love, oh
(Love love)
The things that you do

 
Gm 
Who knows what tomorrow  
Cm 
may 
 
bring
All I know is, it is what it is
 
And  
Gm 
why, do  
Cm 
I look for clues, y’all?
 
When I don’t have  
Gm 
to question you,  
Cm 
ohh
 
Fm 
When 
 
 
Gm 
you love somebody, love somebody
When you love somebody, love somebody

 
The things you do,  
C 
the things  
D#m 
you 
 
do
Fm 
The things you do,  
Gm 
the things you do
 
Oh,  
Cm 
in the name of love
C 
Oh, 
 
 
Gm 
in the name of love

In the name of love

 
All  
Cm 
the things  
Gm 
we do for love,  
Dm 
love love love
 
In the  
D#m 
name of love
 
All the things we do for love,  
D# 
love 
 
 
A 
love 
 
love
C 
In the name of love
 
All the things we  
Gm 
do for love, love  
Cm 
love 
 
love

My Joy

This song right here’s ta
 
That,  
Gaug 
that, that, that person
I ain’t gonna even mention his name
 
That  
Cm 
said I  
Fm 
couldn’t do nothing without him,  
D# 
um
 
Who  
Cm 
are 
 
 
Fm 
G# 
you to tell me
 
That  
D# 
I can’t go on without
Fm 
And why you telling me
 
I’m never  
A#m 
gonna 
 
survive
Fm 
 
Um, but  
Cm 
once upon  
D# 
 
time
 
Yes,  
Fm 
I believed  
A#m 
that 
 
 
G# 
lie
But sorry, no way no how
 
You can’t control  
C# 
my 
 
mind
 
G# 
‘Cause if I thought  
Fm 
you 
 
were
The end all and my be all
I would’ve never left you alone
D# 
And I wouldn’t be  
Fm 
on my own
G# 
And I never, never, would’ve  
D# 
Cm 
grown
 
Fm 
Nawl, nawl, nawl
Ain’t no way
Nawl, nawl, nawl
 
Ain’t no  
Cm 
way
 
You  
Gdim 
gonna take away
 
My  
Fm 
joy, my peace, my strength
 
Thank  
D# 
you for the  
G# 
times
 
Of all  
C# 
the pain  
G# 
you 
 
 
Edim 
gave 
 
me
 
The hate  
G# 
you 
 
 
Fm 
showed to me
G# 
Taught me how to  
Fm 
love 
 
myself
 
It’s funny how  
D# 
you 
 
tried
 
To break down  
Fm 
my 
 
pride
 
Cm 
And my spirit, y’all
 
It doesn’t  
Fm 
it even matter now
 
‘Cause  
A#m 
I done moved  
G#m 
on with my life
 
‘Cause if  
D# 
I thought you were
 
The  
G# 
end all and my be all
 
I would’ve  
A#m 
never 
 
 
G# 
left you  
C# 
alone
 
And I wouldn’t be  
Adim 
on my own
 
And I  
Ddim 
never would’ve wrote this song
Adim 
 
Nawl, ain’t no  
C# 
way!
Ddim 
I’m 
 
 
G# 
telling 
 
you
 
Nawl, ain’t  
Fm 
no 
 
way!
 
I’m telling  
G# 
you
D# 
 
‘Cause  
Cm 
if I thought  
Fm 
you
 
Were the end  
D# 
all and my be  
G# 
all
Fm 
I would’ve never  
G# 
left you  
D# 
alone
 
And I wouldn’t  
Fm 
be on my own
G# 
And 
 
 
D# 
I never would’ve found  
G#m 
faith
I never would’ve loved again

Long Time Coming

 
Ya’ll  
E 
mind, I’d like to talk to ya’ll this  
A 
evening
 
Ante up, time  
E 
to let the trumpets sound
 
Crown me  
A 
later, I’ma take my crown now
Am 
Been writing for ’bout 10 yrs now
And finally the real truth is coming out

You can’t stop it ’cause this is God’s plan

I know some of y’all just don’t understand
And now ya twisted, can’t believe it’s me
Get it, it’s Leela sho nuff

It’s been a long time since ya heard it like this

 
It’s been a long time since ya felt it like  
Fm 
this
 
It’s been a long time  
Am 
since ya seen it like this
‘Cause ain’t nobody bringing it quite like this

I’ve been praying for a time like this

And I’ve been waiting for a time like this
I’ve been talking ’bout a time like this
 
A long time coming but you  
Fm 
get it like this
 
Through the rain, through the pain  
F#m 
I’m still around
Thank God kept me on solid ground
My ship started out with many aboard

I’ve seen many many many go and come

Even watched some of y’all faking the funk
But you can’t lie, can’t fake it, it’s in your blood
Ya either got it or ya don’t

It’s been a long time since ya heard it like this

 
It’s been a long time since ya  
G#dim 
felt it like  
Em 
this
It’s been a long time since ya seen it like this
‘Cause ain’t nobody bringing it quite like this

I’ve been praying for a time like this

 
And I’ve been waiting for a time like  
Am 
this
I’ve been talking ’bout a time like this
A long time coming but you get it like this

Now, talk to the DJ, I said

Hey, DJ won’t ya play my song
 
Keep it banging all  
G#m 
night 
 
long
 
Hey, DJ won’t ya play  
Am 
my 
 
song
Keep it banging all night long

Hey, DJ won’t ya play my song

 
Keep it banging all night  
Fm 
long
 
Hey, DJ won’t ya play my  
Am 
song
 
Keep it banging all night  
Dm 
long, all night long

It’s been a long time since ya heard it like this

It’s been a long time since ya felt it like this
 
It’s  
F#m 
been a long time since  
Am 
ya seen it like this
‘Cause ain’t nobody bringing it quite like this

And I’ve been praying for a time like this

And I’ve been waiting for a time like this
I’ve been talking ’bout a time like this
A long time coming but you get it like this

 
Sounds  
F# 
like something that you’ve had before
But it ain’t really something that you’ve had before
Feels like something that you’ve felt before

 
But it ain’t really something  
A 
that you’ve felt before
Am 
Ain’t really something that you’ve seen before
A 
‘Cause it sure ain’t something that you’ve seen before
 
Been a long time coming,  
Am 
yeah
But the time surely has come
It’s been a long time
DJ this is for you
 
Ain’t nobody bringing  
Dm 
it quite like this, now
 
Am 
Can you feel me, yeah
Been a long time
 
It’s been a long  
E 
time
It’s been a long time
A 
It’s been a long time