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Stress Greed Love Lust

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Instrumental: Mos Def // Respiration
- Stress, greed, love, and lust.
What separates you from me and keeps me in the dust.
I can't trust anyone, save the voices in my head.
They keep me going strong when I'd rather end up dead.
You look upset when I'm just spittin the truth.
If you can't handle this then I'd rather not handle you.
If you want to get going and leave this all behind
I suggest you let me grow and expand on my rhymes.
It's a sign, an image, a verdict, a lie.
The end is near but the future's in sight.
I know I'm right, my mistakes are few and far between.
If you're not hip to this you don't know what I mean.
Skip the scene, I'm too sick of that.
With a few broken bones and a monkey on my back.
How's that for understanding?
Am I too demanding?
I bet you're getting sick of all the questions that I'm asking.
But I won't stop, til you drop and hit the floor.
Metaphors and similes that I can't afford to ignore.
My life's a bore but I make the most of it.
While you and your friends hang around like puppets.
No strings attached, what you see is what you get
Don't throw me overboard when I'm the captain of this ship.
I don't get what you want to do with me.
I'm just an everyday kid, by night an emcee.
- Stress, greed, love, and lust.
What makes me feel good will always leave you in disgust.
But I must keep growing and sewing my seeds.
A job well done beats a heart that doesn't bleed.
I don't mean to please everyone that I see,
but it wouldn't hurt to try; If I believe, I succeed.
You're feelin' weak in the knees, is it because I'm around?
The way I talk without making a sound?
The way I rock a crown and know how to get down?
And keep it real simple, what you seek is what you found.
I'm the most capable, most able to win.
Most concentrated mothafucka on the west end.
And that's Northern California, I put it on the map.
Bay Area specifics, try and beat that.
All heat, no rap, all beef, that's whack.
These aspiring emcees have balls but no bat.
Cut back, I really wanna make my sound blow up.
It's a shame I'm not in demand but I don't give a fuck.
Good luck? I don't need it, this is pure skill.
And I'm feeling kinda sick but you can't cure ill.
You can't ensure guilt when no one's to blame.
And there's ashes in the fireplace, but the flames stay the same.
Try to play the game but you don't know what you're doin',
and you'll never leave a mark, let alone a footprint.
- Stress, greed, love, and lust.
I don't feel human from dawn til dusk.
For your amusement, I try to stay sane.
But the people all around me don't remember my name.
They don't get the pain, the beauty of it all.
The magic and tragedy of my rise and fall.
The way it is, I can try and paint a picture,
'Cause my words aren't written in the form of a scripture.
I'm gonna get ya and twist your mind right.
You can't deny that I serve to ignite
All the lights in the room, the bride and the groom.
That's hiphop music and Psilo in bloom.

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Great! There are some parts in the lyrics where I disliked cause it didn't flow, not trying to judge just trying to help, great song though, really liked it.

Psilolysergicamine responds:

Thanks! Totally get what you're saying. As long as you've got criticism, I'll take it!

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Sep 9, 2012
8:13 AM EDT
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4.5 MB
4 min 56 sec

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