JANET JACKSON lyrics - Rhythm Nation 1814

State Of The World

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Five A.M. rise and shine To feed the baby before he starts to cry No rest, no time to play 15, the mother is a runaway No time for dreams or goals Pressure is so strong Her body she has sold so her child can eat What is happening to this world we live in In our home and other lands Drugs and crime spreadin on the streets People can't find enough to eat Now our kids can't go out and play That's the state of the world today Lil' Johnny all alone His only friend, the doll he carries with him Goes to school each and every day To be teased because he has no place to stay This young and homeless boy feels his life is worthless Instead of suicide he cries himself to sleep And it's happenin to this world we live in There's got to be a better way Drugs and crime spreadin on the streets People can't find enough to eat Now our kids can't go out and play That's the state of the world today Can't give up hope now Let's weather the storm together

Him Her He She

John Reuben
Well I'm a John Reuben from the land or corn Columbus, Ohio that's where I was born in By mom Kathleen on January 14 1979 I entered the scene lookin' like Hello mother girl what's goin' on One moment I'll be here and then the next I'll be gone But while I'm chillin' out there's somethings I'd like to see Like some sanity, some family and some diversity Well look at me in a flash my time's passed and I've aged Adrenaline within me has got me up on the stage Lookin' for ways to amaze and light up the place it was me and nine other mc's called the showcase Ten immature young bucks run amuck, throwin' out whatever's clever and just hopin' it stuck What what what's goin' on there moving to the beat, I guess that's why we have no choice but to keep Chorus: x 2 We makin' fresh vibes bringin' fresh songs Man we keepin' it fresh hopin' that ya'll come along Goin' with him, her, he or she I'm sayin' him, her, he or she A John Reuben gotta lotta somethin' for everybody Step into the party tardy in fashion Up in here this year quite clear with a passion To make it happen and I'm loving life fact see God is good and I won't backtrack But move forward bendin' words in ways not thought possible See any beat is rockable this feelin' is unstoppable Because the mind is full of creative energy I'm not leavin' tonight until my brain is empty Thoughts pour out as I skillfully explore out Routes n' patterns in which to flex raps I'm gatherin' kids from all directions, multicomplexions You feelin' this then add a pound to the collection Another session yes I'm there move back bring in the boom sti cat to boom ta boom cat Like that we keep it simple n' fresh like yes ya'll yes Chorus: x 2 I got eight bars to fill in So it's time for me to start skillin' N' it's time for me to start illin' Party people in the back cold chillin' All people get live n' all people get live n' energize with me All people get live n' energize with me Chorus: x 2 We go with him, her, he or she Him, her, he or she ( x 5 ) Him, her, he

Live For Today

BREAKING POINT "Coming Of Age"
We shared a time You walked away Never had a chance to tell you just how I felt So we carried lies upon our minds I could never find it to say goodbye Goodbye All that I desire is that we leave here today All that I require is that we live for today So we carried on our own alone You didn't even stop to question What was, it's gone I remember your eyes It's been so long I can find the strength to carry on Carry on And I tried to erase you But I'm left with a permanent stain And it didn't even faze you You know, all wounds heal in time, but scars remain Now we're together, it's now or never We can only live for today

Line 'Em Up

JAMES TAYLOR "Hourglass"
I remember Richard Nixon back in '74 and the final scene at the White House door and the staff lined up to say good-bye, tiny tear in his shifty little eye, he said, 'nobody knows me, nobody understands. These little people were good to me, oh I'm gonna shake some hands.' Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. At that time my heart was all broke, I looked like ashes and smelled like smoke and I turned away from my loving kind, try to leave my body and live in my mind but it's much too much emotion to hold it in your hand. They've got waves out on the ocean, they're gonna wear away the land, Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Oh, I've seen corn in Kansas and I've seen picket fences and certain cowboy dances. I've gone lining up for shows, I've been safely placed in rows, sure I know how it goes. Another day goes by, little time machine, I'm raking my brain over what it might mean just to claim the time and to turn away, to make today today. Who waits for you, lonely tired old toad? It's your life laid out before you like the broken white line down the center of the road. Line 'em up line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Yeah, big moon landing, people are standing up, smiles for the loved ones, they go walking on down the aisles. Each re-engages stepping into the sun, I watch them turn like pages one by one by one, Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up. [Indecipherable French grunting]

The Load-Out

JACKSON BROWNE "Running On Empty"
(Jackson Browne & Bryan Garofalo) Now the seats are all empty Let the roadies take the stage Pack it up and tear it down They're the first to come and last to leave Working for that minimum wage They'll set it up in another town Tonight the people were so fine They waited there in line And when they got up on their feet they made the show And that was sweet... But I can hear the sound Of slamming doors and folding chairs And that's a sound they'll never know Now roll them cases out and lift them amps Haul them trusses down and get'em up them ramps 'Cause when it comes to moving me You guys are the champs But when that last guitar's been packed away You know that I still want to play So just make sure you got it all set to go Before you come for my piano But the band's on the bus And they're waiting to go We've got to drive all night and do a show in Chicago or Detroit, I don't know We do so many shows in a row And these towns all look the same We just pass the time in our hotel rooms And wander 'round backstage Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd And we remember why we came Now we got country and western on the bus R and B, we got disco in eight tracks and cassettes in stereo We've got rural scenes & magazines We've got truckers on the CB We've got Richard Pryor on the video We got time to think of the ones we love While the miles roll away But the only time that seems too short Is the time that we get to play People you've got the power over what we do You can sit there and wait Or you can pull us through Come along, sing the song You know you can't go wrong 'Cause when that morning sun comes beating down You're going to wake up in your town But we'll be scheduled to appear A thousand miles away from here

Learn How To Live

BILLY SQUIER "Emotions In Motion"
You got a lot to learn You play in the fire...you might get burned You gotta sacrifice You're playin' the victim of your own device You try to understand The comb-in-the-ashes isn't what you planned You...it gets you every time You're chasin' the visions--they're nowhere to find Learn how to give...learn how to take Learn how to live before it's too late You got the restless eyes They turn to distraction--there's no compromise You gotta take some time And fight for the answers--they're hard to find You..now don'tcha fantasize Start makin' your chances materialize Learn how to bend...learn how to break Learn how to mend broken heartaches Learn to forgive...learn how to wait Learn how to live before it's too late Run from the light, and you lock all your doors It's harder to fight when you've gone down before The scene's 're so right--but they play out so wrong So into the night it goes on and on and on and on and on

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