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Bambu Station: One Day

“One Day” created itself. Bambu Station’s minds and hands served the spiritual force that carried this song into existence, a song whose title became the album’s name. The lyrics and music offer a framework for spiritual ascendancy, for yearning, for the persistent inner call to forge a better future. That day shall come, one day.

Jalani Horton and Andy Llanos had been rehearsing songs for the record. Horton was searching for an interesting chord progression; upon finding the one that would inform “One Day,” Llanos dropped in root notes on bass. It all felt automatic, destined, just like this entire project.

“Andy created the bass line in minutes and never went anywhere else,” says Horton. “It’s easily one of my favorite bass lines. It was dred, it talked, it danced and allowed space for the vocals and other instruments to be dropped into the pocket.”

Horton recorded the framework onto cassette. The vibrant energy was perfect for the album. Then, weeks later, Horton and Llanos started jamming in front of Tuff Lion. A masterful guitarist, Horton was surprised when Tuff messed up—twice. Tuff was in awe: he had never heard such a progression before. This solidified “One Day” in the Bambu Station catalog.

“Then we started again,” Horton says, “and Tuff was locked in, bringing his fire. We were grooving. But in that moment, when he said that he had never heard such a progression, I smiled and thought ‘if we created something that impressed him, we’re right on point.’”

The time came to craft lyrics and bring the song to light.

Horton was initially stuck. He knew the track deserved a hopeful, upbeat message. And so he did something rare: he prayed. He knew he needed guidance. 

“I knew my heart and my vision were to help people,” he says, “to improve communities and strengthen families. I knew I was embarking on a big mission, so I sat down to write a prayer that would help me to sustain myself and call on something greater.”

“One Day” began as a short poem, written from the perspective of someone who wants to make a difference. Horton wanted to inspire people to take accountability for their actions—especially men, since men cause most of the world’s problems. Politicians, CEOs, church leaders, so many men in powerful positions who abuse their power. If only he could reach them, perhaps they could help affect the change he sought. 

Horton also knew that great change begins small. Change your life toward the positive and ripples ensue: the small becomes the large.

And so he honored women, thinking of those who raised him: his three young aunts and grandmother. “Women have survived so much oppression and violence,” Horton says. “I wanted to restate our love for them, claim their honor, and declare and affirm our spirit and actions to support and uplift our women.”

The next generation follows our actions. Horton wanted to send prayers and inspiration to the mothers and fathers raising those who will inherit what we’ve been given, what we’ve created, and what we’ll leave behind. Passing the torch means taking responsibility for the fires you start; teaching children how to manage and exhaust those flames is essential.

Above all, “One Day” is about hope and change. The song, and the album, closes with Horton’s prayer, his desire for a better world.

“I absolutely believed in every single statement I made in this outro verse,” he concludes. “I pulled from the words and thoughts of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, and others. We could have placed this song at the beginning to grab people’s attention, but its tenets and scope were so inclusive and solution-oriented that I felt it needed to be last—a personal call to action. The simplicity, the reality, and the providence of actions over beliefs were delivered. One day, by our own hands, righteousness will rule.”


The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Digital and Double LP Vinyl of Bambu Station’s “One Day” will be released on Old Growth Records on May 3, 2024.

One Day

Praise to God the Almighty!

Sustain my strength for courageous deeds

Help me shepherd those gone astray

And offer encouragement for those in your way

Keep me steadfast on this soldier’s journey

In your benevolence I act whole-heartedly

Manifestor of the living soul

Halle-lu-Yah! Halle-lu-Yaaaaah!

One day, righteousness will rule

One day, righteousness will rule

Every man makes a difference

Every man makes a difference

Everyman makes a difference

So just keep chipping away, and hold on

Praise to God the Almighty!

Sustain my strength for courageous deeds

Help me shepherd those gone astray

And offer encouragement for those in your way

Keep me steadfast on this soldier’s journey

In your benevolence I act whole-heartedly

Manifestor of the living soul

Halle-lu-Yah! Halle-lu-Yaaaaah!

One day, righteousness will rule

One day, righteousness will rule

Every man makes a difference

Every man makes a difference

Everyman makes a difference

So just keep chipping away, and hold on

Sister! You mean the most to we, (you better know)

Sister! Your virtue sets us free, (all the time)

Sister! Mama to all aH we

Sister! We’re here to uphold you

So hold on!

Every child makes a difference

Gorgeous smiles of innocence

We got to parent our children

We gotta keep chipping away

And hold on!

Don’t give up the fight

Do what you know is right

Nah deal with popularity

If your friend ain’t right

Don’t promote no fight

Nah deal with hypocrisy

Call aH tree aH tree (Call them)

Call your enemy, your enemy

Cause we got work to do

Respect the daughter, even if she don’t respect herself

Model the behavior you want others to represent

Let your worship be, in everything that you do

Take account for your actions and let righteousness rule

Everything makes a difference

Every link makes a difference

Every man makes a difference

And Jah know, everyone, makes a difference

Selah? Selah.

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