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AL STEWART lyrics - 24 Carrots

Running Man

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Before the phone hits the receiver You're halfway to the door The voice said 'get out while you can, There's just ten minutes, nothing more' Time only for the essentials Better gather them and run The false name inside the passport, The gold bars and the gun And once again they've come out of the past And though your mind is cool your heart is beating fast You've been through it all before Each time you wish a little more that you could ask What do you want from me? What do you need from me? There's no rest for the running man Why can't you let him be?' It's a long and twisting journey From the sweeping northern plains To the outcrops of the jungle Bowed beneath the tropic rains In the customs hall the officer Takes you to one side And his eyes reveal no feeling As you hand over the bribe And once again you've bought a little time And once again you're fading out of sight Still the fox is growing older As he calls over his shoulder to the night: What do you want from me? What do you need from me? There's no rest for the running man Why can't you let him be? Here, come over here Beneath a sympathetic moon We'll sit and talk over old times without a fear Another beer, from the cafes of the night The tumbling rhythms of guitars ring loud and clear One by one they've nailed the others But you always got away What it is that keeps you just that step ahead No one can say In one last raid the agents Of the dawn break down the door Of a house where you were standing Maybe just an hour before And still the thread continues to unwind You take the hidden roads that only you can find And should they come upon your tracks There's just a question hanging back you left behind What do you want from me? What do you need from me? No rest for the running man Why can't you let him be? What do you want from me? What do you need from me?

The Temptation Of Adam

JOSH RITTER "The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter"
"If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm." I said on the first occasion that I met Marie We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door And I don't think that she really thought that much of me I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb She just came along and started to ignore me But as we waited for the Big One I started singing her my songs And I think she started feeling something for me We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside What five letters spell "apocalypse" she asked me I won her over singing "W.W.I.I.I." Oh, we smiled and we both knew that she'd misjudged me Oh Marie, it was so easy to fall in love with you It felt almost like a home of sorts or something And you would keep the warhead missile silo good as new And I'd watch you with my thumb above the button Then one night you found me in my army issue cot And you told me of your flash of inspiration You said fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought And all night long you drove me wild with your equations Oh Marie, do you remember all the time we used to take Makin' love and then ransack the rations I think about you leaving now and the avalanche cascades And my eyes get washed away in chain reactions Oh Marie if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map Of all the places where you thought that love would be found But I would only need one pin to show where my love's at In a top-secret location three hundred feet under the ground Oh, we could hold each other close and stay up every night Looking up into the dark like it's the night sky Pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead And carve our name in hearts into the warhead Oh, Marie there's something tells me things just won't work out above That our love would live a half-life on the surface So at night while you are sleeping I hold you closer just because As our time grows short I get a little nervous Oh, I think about the Big One, W.W.I.I.I. Would we ever really care the world had ended You could hold me here forever like you're holding me tonight I think about that great big button and I'm tempted

Nothing Has Changed

I met you through a common friend in the attic of my parent's house And though I didn't know it then, I soon was finding out You are the roots that sleep beneath my feet and hold the earth in place Each time the faults it opens words are spoken the water runs away And I hear your name No nothing has changed There was this book I read and loved The story of a ship Who sailed around the world and found That nothing else exists beyond his own two sails and wooden shell and waters held within all else is sure to pass we clutch and grasp and debate what's truly permanent When the wind starts to shift, well there's no argument I sing and drink and sleep on floors and try hard not to be annoyed by all these people worrying about me So I'm suffering through some awful drive occasionally you cross my mind It's my hidden hope that you are still among them. Well are you? Oh you are the roots that sleep beneath my feet and hold the earth in place each time I curse you know and sunlight pours in A lifetime melts away And we share a name On some picturesque grave...

The Night Scene

Chubb Rock "The One"
The night time is an ill time cause nuff crime happens that never gets aired on the prime TV stations, public relations gives the okay for what gets aired in the nation You got the whole world lookin at I Love Lucy Talented bitches on the corner sellin pussy A variety'll give your friend for a 10=spot.. .. Christians doin rimshots! Do more heads than barbershops will Open their legs to the public for a meal Damn it's a shame, the shit looks unreal College graduates sometime kneel Check out the crack scene over there Those two motherfuckers gonna make about a million this year Sell to their friends for a Benz Kill their race for a taste for what they call or see as being the good life Gold nuggets, lots of ducats Beeper number 1-800-Asshole Sellin stone so we can see your bones cause most crackheads don't have fat legs Skull all soft, it can crack like eggs You fiend for the flavor, steal for the hit Grandma's walkin home, so you bust her shit Send her to the hospital - for twenty bucks Beam for a half an hour - that's fucked Other (?) your high, for a few stay low Ten minutes later, you need some blow So you'll eventually croak - maybe by a stroke You don't want the good life - no you want coke Now come the robbers, they just steal They move like cats - some on crack They'll vic anything up to Jeeps These motherfuckers play for keeps They'll do anything that's on their mind They come nine deep, plus pack nines They don't care - won't shed no tears Don't try to appeal for pity cause it's silly They wear Polo coats, baseball caps The elderly is the main course and the snack These young kids that leave their cribs hang on the streets, then these squids slide up on the scene with a certain lean and then slide out but they're countin your green And now you're vexed and you want to redeem but it's a different world with different rules: The night scene


NAS "Stillmatic"
[talking] Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, Nas, uh, yo, yo Life, they wonder, can they take me under Nah, never that, nah, yo, yo I come from the housin tenement buildings Unlimited killings, menaces marked for death Better known as the projects where junkies and rock heads dwell Though I owe to it my success With survival of the fittest, everyday is a chal' I would think I'm a part of U.S.A. and be proud Confronted with racism, started to feel foreign Like, the darker you are the realer your problems I reached for the stars but I just kept slippin On this life mission, never know what's next Ancient kings from Egypt, up to Julius Cezar Had a piece of the globe, every continent Yo, there's Asia, Africa, Europe, France, Japan Pakistan, America, Afghanstan Yo, there's Protestants, Jews, Blacks, Arabics Call a truce, world peace, stop actin like savages No war, we should take time and think The bombs and tanks makes mankind extinct But since the beginning of time it's been men with arms fightin Lost lives in the Towers and Pentagon, why then Must it go on, we must stop the killin Tell me why we die, we all God's children [Chorus - Amerie, Nas in background] World is hating, that's forever (uh, c'mon) It's time that we stand together (yeah, for the world) Everybody wants to rule the world (what, what, what, what, what, c'mon) World (peace), world (peace), world (peace), world Yo, there's brothers on the block, posted up like they own it That's they corner, from New York to California Got blocks locked down Like, 'dog you safe whenever you with me, see this is my town' So the youngsters, grows in ghettos, goes to prison At an early age, already know it's against him So in order for him to survive, one day he must Open up his eyes to the set backs and rise 'Cause, everybody wants a shot, in this land of opportunity Look at what this country's got There shouldn't be nobody homeless How can the president fix other problems when he ain't fixed home yet The earth wasn't made for one man to rule alone To all colors increases, to home it belongs I want land, mansions, banks and gold The diamonds in Africa, oil in my control The world's natural resources, all its residuals But then comes foes, I have to gaurd it with missels And I become the most wanted But is it worth hearin a million people problems and followed by Secret Service I guess, attempts at my life with loaded barrels So move over Colin Powell or just throw in the towel, yo [Chorus] Y'all know that's my style, to hit you at the right time No other compares to what Nas write down Tell you my dreams, show you my pain is yours You could get what you love, be a chain in cause You alive right now There's so many that's dead or locked up inside the beast, I'm a hot light now It's whatever man think of manifest to the real The plan is to wake up 'cause time reveals All this hate can't forever last All my ghetto heroes in Heaven, it's like you right here and never passed You just transcend, I know I'm gon' see you again Hopin I reach the world leaders and win Ain't nothin without struggle, listen up, it's critical We used to fear arms, now the weapons are chemical In Hip-Hop, the weapons are lyrical To be the best you challenge the best, then the blessings are spiritual Top of the world for the kid and unless Poppin any rapper's head off his shoulders no contest I know the Most High hear me, so fly you can't near me You scared of a mirror, my theory is that - knowledge is power To every projects and every street corner, we gotta get ours now [Chorus] [talking] Yo, niggas ain't forget shit, know what I'm sayin Niggas ain't forget nothin Men, women and children killed by the police and shit Niggas ain't gon' forget that, you know what I mean Yo, what this war just show me is like, whatever you want out of life Whatever you feel is rightfully yours, go out and take it Even if that means blood and death You know, that's what I was raised up on, that's what this country's about This is what my country is, and my country's a muthafucka

Hood In Me

I-pod in my ride Ain't no headsets Your girl in the front seat givin me head sex My nigs in the backseat yellin out he's next We be in the pjects eatin like trex Smokin kush heavy Never seen no sets Till I left the west the greatest alive But u ain't seen my best I ain't reach my gold yet But you still upset You know my face niga You know my silloutte You know why I'm here The real niga's champ The real world love the j cause I'm born to rap He got a punch line or two but he ain't for jac When I was poor nigas left me hanging like a bat Only got it night time with a jawfull of crack Crack spittage and all Go hard at the trap drug dealer fa sho And how I carry myself is really starting to show So I married the life, keep the shit on the low Know what I'm sayin [Chorus:] It feel good to me Maybe it's the hood in me Maybe I should leave it alone Maybe I should give it away Clearly it's what's making me strong Clearly it's what's makin me stay Livin life in the cadillac drinkin purple sippin yak Caught up in this life got this rap shit on my back If you see my life yeah crown ya boy for living that Brought up in a house full of mice and them insects Seen it all done it all cutty I've been that Niga that you see add jack to your friends list Never get enough of me I was sent here to lead Bukin the hard times Follow allah times I'm ready to die tryin I was in the range steady dreamin the blood flyin They say they better than jac them nigas lyin They wish they was high as I am All the time hatin on me Boy they never shine [Chorus] 100 racks gotta nigga feelin amped as fuck Smackin messy marv smokin like "that's whatsup" Wasn't at the liquor store holdin it up Made em gimme all they scrill then I opened his guts I was thinkin bout my kids they future n growin up I was thinking bout the years for court I'm never showing up I'll never see my nigas again I'm on the grind It ain't never been easy is what they tell me It'll never be either Smokin tree to take a breather With the felons We hella deep but we ain't chillin Everybody sellin d and it's all in front of children Shoot outs everyday chips fallin from my building At the same time it's the place that I live in So I send my grace for everytaste when I'm eatin The streets got me fresh mother fuckers think I'm cheating I'm a king who ain't never been beatin of all time I suggest you fall back close your eyes and relax Before you leave the scrape with your brains in your lap [Chorus]

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