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JAY-Z lyrics - Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter

Dope Man

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(feat. Serena Altschul) [*sound of a camera taking a picture*] [Jay] Millenium flow [MTV] Serena Altschul's here live outside the criminal courthouse [Jay] This is {bullshit} y'all [MTV] in New York City for the first day in the trial of [Jay] I'm gone [*car speeds off*] [MTV] the State vs. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z [Jay] Uhh, uh-huh-uh, uhh, uh-huh-uh, uhh [MTV] Whatever the verdict in this trial may be the effects will undoubtedly be felt worldwide [Jay-Z] Aiyyo, stand forward, 'fore you take notice or witness to me killin the track Testify 'til me spillin the smack Now they got me for traffickin, racketeerin, audio crack [Hook:] They call me Dope Man, Dope Man I try to tell em I'm where hope, floats man Ghetto spokes-man A broke man, approachin the bench with intent to bury me under the cell, fingered me as the toast man Evidence stemmin from ninety-six They say the world ain't recovered from his fix While they was usin cut I was on some other shit Gave it to you raw and they just discovered it Nowaday, the jury got they brow raised Listenin to testimony about my foul ways Exhibit A: 'Reasonable Doubt' They say this was the first thing that turned the peoples out [MTV] You can feel the tension building here as an unprecedented number of people have turned out for what may be the 'Trial of the Century' [Hook] [Jay-Z] How come, you label your brand of dope 'Volume 1' and spread it through the slums Fed it to the young with total disregard Your honor, the State seeks the maximum charge And how could you, turn right around and release a lethal dosage called 'Volume 2' And is true you operate the criminal enterprise known as Roc-a-Fella in charge of his meteoric rise And do you deny you're responsible for the demise of record execs, and do you object Your distribution's Polygram, and through your connects Def Jam, you pushed over five million SoundScan And not to mention, your co-horts and henchmen Dame, Biggs, Lyor, Kev' and Russell Simmons And we ain't gon' talk about Murder, Inc. That just establishes a darker deeper criminal link [MTV] The State is seeking the maximum penalty and with the overwhelming amount of evidence the D.A.'s presented, things aren't looking good [Hook] [MTV] Despite the grim outlook at this point the rapper has been known to emerge triumphant in the face of adversity [Hook] [MTV] Jay-Z is taking the stand [Jay-Z] Right hand on the Bible, left hand in the air Before I spoke one word, made sure my throat was clear A-hem, I'm a prisoner of circumstance Frail nigga, I couldn't much work with my hands But my mind was strong, I grew where you hold your blacks up Trap us, expect us not to pick gats up Where you drop your cracks off by the Mack trucks Destroy our dreams of lawyers and actors Keep us spiralin, goin backwards At age nine, saw my first hate crime Blindfolded, expected to walk a straight line Mind molded, taught to love you and hate mine Climbed over it, at a early age, Jay shined Fuck the system at Lady Justice I blaze nine Your Honor, I no longer kill my people, I raise mine The soul of Mumia in this modern day time [MTV] While the jury is inside deliberating outside the crowd is frozen with anticipation [Hook] [MTV] Well the verdict has just been announced: NOT GUILTY! It is complete pandemonium out here! [Hook; Serena keeps speaking] People are cheering and hugging - there he is Jay-Z is exiting the courtroom right now There is a swarm of cameras surrounding him [*pop bulbs flashing*] and people are just rushing up to him Let's try and make our way over there, Jay-Z! Jay-Z! [*sounds of cameras keep flashing*, *music fades*]

Blood

Gods Tower
...And the world was young. And it was cruel and beautiful. And it was full of heroes and titans who were fighting and cognizing the world. In that time people souls were nalve and child-like happily. People saw life in everything and the surrounding nature meant for them something what not everybody living now can understand. And thay believe in Gods who were different in names but same in essence. Those Gods came to the Earth from the old ages, when all living was dark and cruel and lifeless - light and reconciling. In those ages intellect did not exist and its place was occupied by instinct - a formidable weapon, leading to death... Monsters possessed this weapon, whose horror was later called Hell, and there was no a single creature who had not spent their life in struggle for everything. When the Gods descended on the Eartg and saw that savage chaos they were puzzled and horrified by the scenery. And so they created the first people, who got three things really majestic - intellect, wisdom and feelings. And every God had the telns of government of a soul, and the Gods of darkness gave evil genius to intellect, misanthropy to wisdom and hatred to feelings; and the Gods of light gave clearness of thought to intellect, kindness to wisdom and love to feelings. And people, having opened their eyes, saw the fear of life and prayed for remorse and salvation, because man is weak, and God is omnipotent. So the Gods saved the people from the savage chaos and peace and light started reigning. But Evil retired to darkness awaiting for the reveal and began to send grief and pain; suffering enfered the even part of intellect and started to destroy the people from Inside. Darkness moved to light and wars, murders and depravity descended on the humankind. Brothers killed brothers and the war was not between people but between Gods, who wanted to make the world more perfect. But the Gods of light forgot that there was no light without shadows, and their opponents that there was no use in darkness without light. So, the Gods become reconciled, for continuation of the struggle had no sense and has a sign of the reconcilation they built a TOWER on the border of Light and Dark, human's world and divine world. And people's life was happy and calm and it was the Golden Age! But among the Gods there was one the smallest and contemptible one, longing for power. So, he deceived the Gods of Evil and got the wine, which the Gods of Death gave to the people when their time was out. They drank it and fell into sleep when the Gods had a feast he poured that wine into their goblets. And having done it, he said: From now on you are heresy and I am the God! His name was Iegova and he called himself God. For the true, Immortal Gods had fallen asleep and only the Gods of Darkness stayed awake and for this reason Iegova begane to detest them and drove them out of TOWER. And this nonentity made heaven his throne and started ruling the visible world, and the Gods of Darkness ruled the Invisible world because Iegove was not a true God, but a false one. And people don't believe him and then he sent them his reflection, called Christ, to mislead the humankind, relying upon their naivity and simplicity. Christ, being lead by his forefather, told people tales and showed wonders, although they were very stupid, comparing with what true Gods, sleeping in the TOWER, could do. But people were surprised and praised Christ like children and soon commited the truth of ancient for oblivion and fire, for they believed the divine mongrel. And the plague of deception and deafness spread all over the world and people went mad. And the TOWER, standing on the crossing of Darkness and Light, Life and Death gradually was overrun with moss and seeds and plunged in the lack of faith... And nobody from the living now knows the truth and true ancient Gods are sleeping in the TOWER, awaiting for the prophecy, drawn with rules at the gates, to come true: and in nineth night the moon will disappear, moons will show and omens of each of us will be burning on them, because people will recollect and believe and the truth will awake through that faith. And he, once having lied, will be overthrown and cursed. And the world'll see its rebirth from the ashes and the Golden Age will come again. And I had this vision and having learnt the truth, I praised the sleeping abd cursed the staying awake, because until the false god is in heaven, grains of Truth are dispersed in darkness and they are countless in number and light is only pure imagination. Let your time come, the Gods, true and ancient, who's given us life and death, light and darkness, intellect, wisdom and feelings... OYHRRA!!!

Canticles

Gods Tower
...And the world was young. And it was cruel and beautiful. And it was full of heroes and titans who were fighting and cognizing the world. In that time people souls were nalve and child-like happily. People saw life in everything and the surrounding nature meant for them something what not everybody living now can understand. And thay believe in Gods who were different in names but same in essence. Those Gods came to the Earth from the old ages, when all living was dark and cruel and lifeless - light and reconciling. In those ages intellect did not exist and its place was occupied by instinct - a formidable weapon, leading to death... Monsters possessed this weapon, whose horror was later called Hell, and there was no a single creature who had not spent their life in struggle for everything. When the Gods descended on the Eartg and saw that savage chaos they were puzzled and horrified by the scenery. And so they created the first people, who got three things really majestic - intellect, wisdom and feelings. And every God had the telns of government of a soul, and the Gods of darkness gave evil genius to intellect, misanthropy to wisdom and hatred to feelings; and the Gods of light gave clearness of thought to intellect, kindness to wisdom and love to feelings. And people, having opened their eyes, saw the fear of life and prayed for remorse and salvation, because man is weak, and God is omnipotent. So the Gods saved the people from the savage chaos and peace and light started reigning. But Evil retired to darkness awaiting for the reveal and began to send grief and pain; suffering enfered the even part of intellect and started to destroy the people from Inside. Darkness moved to light and wars, murders and depravity descended on the humankind. Brothers killed brothers and the war was not between people but between Gods, who wanted to make the world more perfect. But the Gods of light forgot that there was no light without shadows, and their opponents that there was no use in darkness without light. So, the Gods become reconciled, for continuation of the struggle had no sense and has a sign of the reconcilation they built a TOWER on the border of Light and Dark, human's world and divine world. And people's life was happy and calm and it was the Golden Age! But among the Gods there was one the smallest and contemptible one, longing for power. So, he deceived the Gods of Evil and got the wine, which the Gods of Death gave to the people when their time was out. They drank it and fell into sleep when the Gods had a feast he poured that wine into their goblets. And having done it, he said: From now on you are heresy and I am the God! His name was Iegova and he called himself God. For the true, Immortal Gods had fallen asleep and only the Gods of Darkness stayed awake and for this reason Iegova begane to detest them and drove them out of TOWER. And this nonentity made heaven his throne and started ruling the visible world, and the Gods of Darkness ruled the Invisible world because Iegove was not a true God, but a false one. And people don't believe him and then he sent them his reflection, called Christ, to mislead the humankind, relying upon their naivity and simplicity. Christ, being lead by his forefather, told people tales and showed wonders, although they were very stupid, comparing with what true Gods, sleeping in the TOWER, could do. But people were surprised and praised Christ like children and soon commited the truth of ancient for oblivion and fire, for they believed the divine mongrel. And the plague of deception and deafness spread all over the world and people went mad. And the TOWER, standing on the crossing of Darkness and Light, Life and Death gradually was overrun with moss and seeds and plunged in the lack of faith... And nobody from the living now knows the truth and true ancient Gods are sleeping in the TOWER, awaiting for the prophecy, drawn with rules at the gates, to come true: and in nineth night the moon will disappear, moons will show and omens of each of us will be burning on them, because people will recollect and believe and the truth will awake through that faith. And he, once having lied, will be overthrown and cursed. And the world'll see its rebirth from the ashes and the Golden Age will come again. And I had this vision and having learnt the truth, I praised the sleeping abd cursed the staying awake, because until the false god is in heaven, grains of Truth are dispersed in darkness and they are countless in number and light is only pure imagination. Let your time come, the Gods, true and ancient, who's given us life and death, light and darkness, intellect, wisdom and feelings... OYHRRA!!!

26-Hour Day

JAY BRANNAN "Unmastered"
Once upon our time in a land far gone where hate crime’s enforced by state crime even though they say the land of the free was made for both you and me Well, the girl next door might have cancer and the hospital nearby’s got the answer, but she’s never been there, can’t afford healthcare in the arms of the home of the brave, she’s carried to her grave Marionettes for presidents, strung out on wars and we’re not sure who’s american anymore division of church and state is my kind of separatism spreading god’s love through scare tactics is casual terrorism and if abortion’s murder, let’s strip that right away, and who gave women the right to vote anyway? So many babies brought into the world today amongst so many maybes like maybe they’ll feel loved, be provided for, and have a place to stay but instead of placing them in loving stable homes that might not fill the conservative bill they’re tossed around the foster system like a hot potato instead of making friends of dorothy they’re thrown to the tornado Death warrants signed by murderers who came to power through the back door is this democracy or a monarchy what do we hold elections for you write your personal agenda on a post-it note and leave the constitution lying on the bathroom floor This is for the world trade center, for columbine for oklahoma city and the lost and lonely friends of mine for ireland, iran, iraq and the suffering caused by the indian ocean’s attack for falun gong and the berlin wall the homeless, the hungry, and slaves to drugs and alcohol indian, australian, african slaves native americans whose amber waves of grain were melted down into white men’s riches victims of war and for salem’s witches for boys who were told to act more like boys and girls who were told to only play with girl toys the voiceless, forgotten, plagued by disease god help us please, please, please Maybe one day I’ll stop alternating between thirteen hours of eating and thirteen hours of sleeping and do something about it with what i guess could have been a twenty-six hour day

Abortion Part 1

George Carlin "Back In Town"
Why, why, why, why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place, huh? Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked. Conservatives don't give a shit about you until you reach 'military age'. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life... pro-life... These people aren't pro-life, they're killing doctors! What kind of pro-life is that? What, they'll do anything they can to save a fetus but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it?They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women.They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state. Pro-life... You don't see many of these white anti-abortion women volunteering to have any black fetuses transplanted into their uteruses, do you? No, you don't see them adopting a whole lot of crack babies, do you? No, that might be something Christ would do. And, you won't see alot of these pro-life people dousing themselves in kerosene and lighting themselves on fire. You know, moraly committed religious people in South Vietnam knew how to stage a goddamn demonstration, didn't they?! They knew how to put on a fucking protest. Light yourself on FIRE!! C'mon, you moral crusaders, let's see a little smoke. To match that fire in your belly. Here's another question I have: how come when it's us, it's an abortion, and when it's a chicken, it's an omelette? Are we so much better than chickens all of a sudden? When did this happen, that we passed chickens in goodness? Name six ways we're better than chickens... See, nobody can do it! You know why? 'Cuz chickens are decent people. You don't see chickens hanging around in drug gangs, do you? No, you don't see a chicken strapping some guy to a chair and hooking up his nuts to a car battery, do you? When's the last chicken you heard about came home from work and beat the shit out of his hen, huh? Doesn't happen. 'Cuz chickens are decent people. But let's get back to this abortion shit. Now, is a fetus a human being? This seems to be the central question. Well, if a fetus is a human being, how come the census doesn't count them? If a fetus is a human being, how come when there's a miscarriage they don't have a funeral? If a fetus is a human being, how come people say 'we have two children and one on the way' instead of saying 'we have three children?' People say life begins at conception, I say life began about a billion years ago and it's a continuous process. Continuous, just keeps rolling along. Rolling, rolling, rolling along. And say you know something? Listen, you can go back further than that. What about the carbon atoms? Hah? Human life could not exist without carbon. So is it just possible that maybe we shouldn't be burning all this coal? Just looking for a little consistency here in these anti-abortion arguments. See the really hardcore people will tell you life begins at fertilization. Fertilization, when the sperm fertilizes the egg. Which is usually a few moments after the man says 'Gee, honey, I was going to pull out but the phone rang and it startled me.' Fertilization. But even after the egg is fertilized, it's still six or seven days before it reaches the uterus and pregnancy begins, and not every egg makes it that far. Eighty percent of a woman's fertilized eggs are rinsed and flushed out of her body once a month during those delightful few days she has. They wind up on sanitary napkins, and yet they are fertilized eggs. So basically what these anti-abortion people are telling us is that any woman who's had more than more than one period is a serial killer! Consistency. Consistency. Hey, hey, if they really want to get serious, what about all the sperm that are wasted when the state executes a condemned man, one of these pro-life guys who's watching cums in his pants, huh? Here's a guy standing over there with his jockey shorts full of little Vinnies and Debbies, and nobody's saying a word to the guy. Not every ejaculation deserves a name. Now, speaking of consistency, Catholics, which I was until I reached the age of reason, Catholics and other Christians are against abortions, and they're against homosexuals. Well who has less abortions than homosexuals?! Leave these fucking people alone, for Christ sakes! Here is an entire class of people guaranteed never to have an abortion! And the Catholics and Christians are just tossing them aside! You'd think they'd make natural allies. Go look for consistency in religion. And speaking of my friends the Catholics, when John Cardinal O'Connor of New York and some of these other Cardinals and Bishops have experienced their first pregnancies and their first labor pains and they've raised a couple of children on minimum wage, then I'll be glad to hear what they have to say about abortion. I'm sure it'll be interesting. Enlightening, too. But, in the meantime what they ought to be doing is telling these priests who took a vow of chastity to keep their hands off the altar boys! Keep your hands to yourself, Father! You know? When Jesus said 'Suffer the little children come unto me', that's not what he was talking about! So you know what I tell these anti-abortion people? I say 'Hey. Hey. If you think a fetus is more important that a woman, try getting a fetus to wash the shit stains out of your underwear. For no pay and no pension.' I tell them 'Think of an abortion as term limits. That's all it is. Bioligical term limits.

The Ballad Of Hollis Brown

NAZARETH "Loud 'N' Proud"
Hollis Brown he lived, on the outside of town Hollis Brown he lived, on the outside of town With his wife and five children In his cabin broken down He looked for work and money, and he walked a ragged mile He looked for work and money, and he walked a ragged mile Your children are so hungry That they don't know how to smile Your baby's eyes look crazy and they're tuggin' at your sleeve Your baby's eyes look crazy and they're tuggin' at your sleeve You walk the floor and you wonder why With every breath you breathe The rats have got your flour, bad blood it got your mare The rats have got your flour, bad blood it got your mare Is there anyone that knows Is there anyone that cares You prayed to the Lord above to please send you a friend You prayed to the Lord above to please send you a friend Your empty pockets tell you That you ain't got no friend Your baby's a cryin' louder now it's poundin' on your brain Your baby's a cryin' louder now it's poundin' on your brain Your wife's screams are a stabbin' you Like dirty, drivin' rain Your grass is turnin' black and there's no water in your well Your grass is turnin' black and there's no water in your well You spent your last lone dollar On them seven shotgun shells Way out in the wilderness a cold coyote calls Way out in the wilderness a cold coyote calls Your eyes fix on the shotgun That's hangin' on the wall Your brain it is a bleedin' and your legs can't seem to stand Your brain it is a bleedin' and your legs can't seem to stand Your eyes fix on the shotgun That you're holdin' in your hand There's seven breezes blowin' around the cabin door There's seven breezes blowin' all around the cabin door Seven shots ring out Like the oceans pounding roar There's seven people dead on a South Dakota farm There's seven people dead on a South Dakota farm Somewhere in the distance There's seven new people born.

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