Thursday, June 22, 2017

HIDE AND SEEK: ani difranco


Me and all the kids from the neighboorhood-- we'd play out in the street all summer long. Rule was we had to go home at night, when the street lights came on. We were oblivious to the rest of the world. And we'd hold up the cars in the street. Yeah, we'd always play boys against girls, and both sides would cheat. Ohh... Strange men would stop their cars at the curb say: "Hey sweetheart come here.", and I'd go up to the window and they'd have their dick out in their hand with a sick little sneer. And I'd say "Here we go again! Yeah, ok this time you win." and I would feel dirty, I'd feel ashamed, but I wouldn't let it stop my game. We would play hide and go seek. Territory would be the whole block. Sometimes the older boys when they'd find you, they wouldn't want to tag you, they'd just want to talk. They'd say "What would you do for a quarter? Come on, we don't have that much time." And I'd think a minute and I'd say: "Ok...give me the quarter first. Fine." This time you win. Here we go again! And I would feel dirty and I would feel ashamed, but I wouldn't let it stop my game. I remember my first trip alone on the greyhound bus, and the man who put his hands on me to see where his knife fell and I remember when I left how excited I was and I remember when I arrived I didn't feel so well. I remember the teacher at school got me so sick and scared I went into the bathroom and threw up in my hair and I could go on, but you know, it just gets worse so I think I'll stop there... Girl, next time he wants to know what your problems is... Girl, next time he wants to know where the anger comes from... just tell him this time the problem's his. Tell him the anger just comes. It just comes.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

PLAY GOD: ani difranco


I was done at 16 Showin up for class I was out there In the ring Learnin how to kick some ass I was done at 16 Using my momma's key It was all on me Yes it was all on me... Weren't no free rides Weren't no IOU's I pulled my weight I paid my dues And I showed up To enlist On the first day of recruits How bout you? How bout you... I'm my brother's keeper Every chance I can I pay my taxes Like any working man And I feel I've earned My right to choose You don't get to play God, man I do You don't get to play God, man I do... You get to run the world In your special way You get much more Much more than your say Government, religion It's all just patriarchy I must insist You leave this one thing to me... Just one thing that a man needs To be truly free This is the modern world And that one thing is money But there are two things That a woman needs Control over her own body... Yes I pay the price On top of everything Each month a bill Each month a reckoning And each seed that dies I cry and I bleed So you can't tell me No you can't tell me... I am a soldier It's my blood that flows I'd give my life So that this tree can grow You don't know creation Like I know So you can't tell me No you can't tell me... I'm my brother's keeper Every chance I can I pay my taxes Like any workin man And I feel I've earned My right to choose You don't get to play God I do You don't get to play God I do You don't get to play God I do... lyrics and music by ANI DIFRANCO

Saturday, May 27, 2017

DESTINY RULES: fleetwood mac


Maybe we were together in another life Maybe we are together in a parallel universe Maybe our paths are not supposed to cross twice Maybe your arms are not supposed to go around me... I hear about you now and then I wonder where you are and how you feel Sometimes I walk by and I look up to your balcony Just to make sure that you were real Just to make sure that I can still feel you... When I see you again, As I always do It appears to me that Destiny rules And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose It's not being together, It's just following the rules No one's a fool... Six weeks in a foreign country, how the time flew I didn't speak the language, but somehow I knew That that would be the only time that we could be alone and foolish We said we'd never come home... When I see you again, As I always do It appears to me that Destiny rules And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose It's not being together, It's just following the rules No one's a fool... I like the coastal cities, I like the lights I like the way the city blends into the ocean at night It's like living on a working river; the coastline is glittering Like a diamond snake in a black sky... When I see you again, As I always do It appears to me that Destiny rules And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose It's not being together, It's just following the rules No one's a fool... Just following the rules, no one's a fool Just following the rules, no one's a fool Just following the rules, no one's a fool No one's a fool

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MOMENT 4 LIFE: nicki minaj and drake


I fly with the stars in the skies, I am no longer trying to survive, I believe that life is a prize, But to live doesn't mean you're alive, Don't worry bout me and who I fire I get what I desire it's my empire And yes I call the shots I am the umpire I sprinkle holy water upon the vampire In this very moment I'm king This very moment I slay Goliath with a sling, This very moment I bring Put it on everything that I will retire with the ring, And I will retire with the crown, yes! No I'm not lucky I'm blessed, yes! Clap for the heavyweight champ, me! But I couldn't do it all alone, we! Young Money raised me, grew up out in Baisley Southside Jamaica, Queens and it's crazy 'Cause I'm still hood, Hollywood couldn't change me Shout out to my haters, sorry that you couldn't phase me Ain't being cocky we just vindicated, best believe that when were done This moment will be syndicated, I don't know, this night just remind me of Everything that they deprived me of... Put ya drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up We done did everything they can think of Greatness is what we on the brink of... I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life 'Cause in this moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life This is my moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive (yeah, yeah, yeah uh)... What I tell 'em hoes bow bow bow to me, drop down to ya knees Young Money the Mafia that's word to Lil' Cease I'm in The Dominican Big Papi Ortiz Doin' target practice all these bitches just aiming to please Shout out to the C.E.O. five hundred degrees Shout out to the O.V.O wear rings and fatigues, ow! Niggas wanna be friends how coincidental This supposed to be ya'll year we ain't get the memo A young King, pay me in gold Forty got a bunch of weed he ain't even rolled These niggas be droppin' songs they ain't even cold Weezy on top and that nigga ain't even home, yet! Yeah, be very afraid These other rappers getting bodied and carried away Fuck it me and Nicki Nick gettin' married today And now you bitches that be hatin' can catch a bouquet, ooh Yeah, you a star in my eyes, you and all them white girls party of five Are we drinking a lil' more I can hardly decide I can't believe we really made it I'm partly surprised, I swear Damn, this one for the books, man! I swear this shit is as fun as it looks, man! I'm really tryna make it more than what it is, 'Cause everybody dies but not everybody lives, ah!... I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life 'Cause in this moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life This is my moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive, for life... This is my moment, I waited all my life I can tell its time Drifting away I'm one with the sunsets, I have become alive... I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life 'Cause in this moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life This is my moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive, for life... Written by Tyler Williams, Aubrey Drake Graham, Onika Tanya Maraj, Nikhil Seetharam • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

MONSTER: eminem and rihanna


I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy... I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey Wanted to receive attention for my music Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me Been wanting my cake, and eat it too, and wanting it both ways Fame made me a balloon cause my ego inflated When I blew, see, it was confusing 'Cause all I wanted to do is be the Bruce Lee of loose leaf Abused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steam (Woo!) Hit the lottery, oh wee With what I gave up to get was bittersweet With this like winning a huge meet Ironic cause I think I'm getting so huge I need a shrink I'm beginning to lose sleep, one sheep, two sheep Going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith But I'm actually weirder than you think... 'Cause I'm, I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy... Well, that's nothing Well, that's nothing... No, I ain't much of a poet but I know somebody once told me To seize the moment and don't squander it 'Cause you never know when it all could be over tomorrow So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from (Yeah, ponder it, do you want this? No wonder you losing your mind, the way it wanders) Yo-lo-lo-lo-yee-whoo I think you've been wandering off down yonder And stumbled onto Jeff VanVonderen 'Cause I need an interventionist To intervene between me and this monster And save me from myself and all this conflict 'Cause the very thing that I love is killing me and I can't conquer it My OCD is conking me in the head Keep knocking, nobody's home, I'm sleepwalking I'm just relaying what the voice in my head's saying Don't shoot the messenger, I'm just friends with the... I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy... Well, that's nothing Well, that's nothing... Call me crazy, but I have this vision One day that I walk amongst you a regular civilian But until then drums get killed and I'm coming straight at Emcees, blood get spilled and I Take it back to the days that I get on a Dre track Give every kid who got played at Pumped up feeling and shit to say back To the kids who played 'em I ain't here to save the fucking children But if one kid out of a hundred million Who are going through a struggle feels and then relates that's great It's payback, Russell Wilson falling way back In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that Straw into gold chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack Maybe I need a straight jacket, face facts I am nuts for real, but I'm okay with that It's nothing, I'm still friends with the... I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy... I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy... Well, that's nothing Well, that's nothing...

CRADLE AND ALL: ani difranco


Fourteenth street and the garbage swirls like a cyclone Three o'clock in the afternoon And I am going home F-train is full of high school students So much shouting, so much laughter Last night's underwear In my back pocket Sure sign of the morning after... Take me home Take me home and leave me there Think I'm going to cry, I don't know why Think I'm going to sing myself a lullaby Feel free to listen Feel free to stare... I live in new york, new york The city that never shuts up In the daylight everything is so gory You can hear snatches of stranger's sorry stories And I moved there from buffalo But that's nothing The trico plant moved to mexico Left my uncle standing out in the cold Said here's your last paycheck Have fun growing old... Take me home Take me home and leave me there Think I'm going to cry, I don't know why Think I'm going to sing myself a lullaby Feel free to listen Feel free to stare... Rockabye baby In the tree top When the wind blows Cradle will rock When the bough breaks The cradle will fall And down will come baby Cradle and all... Youth is beauty Money is beauty Hell, beauty is beauty sometimes It's the luck of the draw It's the natural law It's a joke It's a crime I was bored You were bored It was a meeting of the minds Now it's three in the afternoon And I can't leave too soon Saying thank you, I had a nice time... Take me home Take me home and leave me there Think I'm going to cry, I don't know why Think I'm going to sing myself a lullaby Feel free to listen Feel free to stare... Rockabye baby In the tree top When the wind blows Cradle will rock When the bough breaks The cradle will fall And down will come baby Cradle and all... Maybe I'll live my whole life Just getting by Maybe I'll be discovered Maybe I'll be colonized You could try to train me like a pet You could try to teach me to behave But I'll tell you, if I haven't learned it yet I ain't gonna sit I ain't gonna stay... Take me home Take me home and leave me there Think I'm going to cry, I don't know why Think I'm going to sing myself a lullaby Feel free to listen Feel free to stare... Songwriters: Ani Difranco Cradle & All lyrics © A Side Music LLC D/B/A Modern Works Music Publishing

Friday, May 19, 2017

22nd CENTURY: nina simone


There is no oxygen in the air Men and women have lost their hair Ashen faces legs that stand Ghosts and goblins walk in this land When tomorrow becomes yesterday And tomorrow becomes eternity When the soul with the soul goes away beyond When life is taken and there are no more babies born And there is no one and there is everyone When there is no one and there is everyone... Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century It will be, it will be, it will be ahh... 21st century was here and gone And the 20th century was the dawn The begining of the end was the 21st When the 20th century was at an end... 1990 was the year when the plagues struck the earth 1988 was the year when men and women Struck out for freedom And bloodletting was the thing that was... People said there was no god And there was no reason And there was no cause... 1972 was right all the way Drums and bugles blasting all though the day Right wing left wing middle of the road Side winder backswinger backlash whiplash Race stockings red stockings Liberation of women liberation of men Everybody carrying a heavy load... Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century It will be, it will be, it will be It will be ahh... Liberation of animals Prevention of cruelty to animals men and beast Flying and on flying flying things Revolution of music poetry love and life Sex change change change Man is woman woman is man Even your brain is not your brain Your heart is a plastic thing which can be bought There are no more diseases which can be caught... Man became the thing that he worships Man today became his god That was the day that man and woman truly became bored Man became his good Man became his evil Man became his god And man became his devil... Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century It will be, it will be, it will be ahh... Young women without money caught Big dogs living in marble lofts Young men die in spring Boys of 7 falling in love Give that lady fair a diamond ring Wedding wedding wedding wedding No a wedding ain't the thing Don't want no preacher Don't want no preacher man preachin Give me your hand and take my hand This is better than anybody's preacher man... Truth Truth is now unfold It says 7 years 7 years so I am told Don't sway me over Don't try to sway me over to your day On your day Your day will go away... Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century Tomorrow will be the 22nd century It will be, it will be, it will be ahh... Oh tomorrow will be the 22nd century It will be, it will be, it will be It will be, it will be, it will be, it will be, it will be... lyrics by Nina Simone