from I Heard It Today by Mr. Lif

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It felt fitting to end the album on a somewhat personal and uplifting note. After the extremely long and painstaking road since the "Mo' Mega" album, the completion of this album possibly meant more to me than the completion of any of my other works. Just glad to be alive, able bodied, and able to rhyme.


You see my mind gets to clickin' / and the light started blinkin' / pen steady leakin' / next thing "Oh we've got a song" / and time keeps on slippin' our survival seeming distant, but progression is a lesson / and thus we move along / and I remember Easter when my Mom gave me that boom box / boxing out the world every time I heard a tune knock / Knocking on my door got no response / I was lost in a small room in a small apartment in Boston / My own universe with verses bouncing off the wall in reverb / pop quiz / do you remember these words? / " I'm the King of Rock!" / and til this day there is none / back when musicians flaunted styles that hadn't been done / and era to treasure / I pay homage when I put a pen to / the paper / drop a jewel to school you later / vapor catches word matches assemble thoughts (visions) / wisdom leaking through my pen / speaking volumes / tunes remind me blindly seeing life in 2 dimensions (inventions) / amplifying what I mention / word, syllable, sentence / Sent this to a million folks I never met / they regard it as an ancient epithet / and they haven't even read it yet / etiquette pertaining to predicate / my actions attracting interactions from factions seeking rations / Cash and jewels escape me as I walk the streets faintly / panicking lately / usually a calm Brother / I suffer / from the stress and duress of the windows that I see closing / never know which ones will be open / and I keep hoping for a little rest / but it doesn't seem to be in my cards / so I wake up and I work hard / hardly sleeping / fans needing more of the raw / they tell me never stop / well I can't promise I'll forever drop / However by request / from your favorite chef / another rhyme written near death / a data platter served best / on a sunny day drive with some weed in your chest / or in the dead of winter when you've got some time to invest / more or less horrorfest awaits those who hesitate / and miss their calling in life / this time it's too late / But for now / recognize that God bless the child / with style / support my records / keep me on file / and I'll bring forth / with sincerity of course / some descriptions of my missions as I'm plotting my course


It's the end of an era / but the dawning of a brand new age / live your life inside these brand new days / though they tell you it's terror / it's the dawning of a brand new age / move forward in these brand new days / take a look in the mirror / love yourself inside these brand new days / if you don't, you may molt and decay / though they tell you it's terror / how I know it? / it was wrote on my page / live your life inside these brand new days


from I Heard It Today, track released April 14, 2009
Dawn - Produced by Willie Evans Jr. for The Nerdy South (ascap) / Written by J. Haynes for Virtua Stab Publishing (SESAC) / Recorded by Decaye at The Ivory Tower / Mixed by Joey Raia at Gotham Studios NYC / Mastered by AmDex for ADAM


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