Soul Soothing & Stirring: Music That Keeps Me Calm and/or Inspired

 

I adore opportunities to slow my busy mind and truly allow myself to relax. Creativity and inspiration are awakened fully when I am in a comfortable state. Generally, opportunities for comfort are rarely found without an appropriate soundtrack. Here are some songs that aid in calming, relaxing and helping me escape the noise of the world  and also  inspiring me to be my best and greatest version of myself. I’ve found a lot these songs beneficial when I need to have alone time and recharge my personal energy and hopefully you will find the same value in them as I.

FEMALE ENERGY by Willow Smith

[Verse 1]

I just landed in another atmosphere
I’m just floating, in a stain steel sphere
I bet you have questions, like where did I come from
I know,I come from that planet that hit Tiamat
Years ago (4x)
I do my flows and then I get so lost
Light just take my sphere to go (4x)
To the top of the pyramid let’s save the world like this
Conversing with light bodies,but really they’re all apart of me
Let’s get the whip and go,cuz I’m tired of this solar ring

[Hook]

It’s really out of my control
How you feel is not my problem
I do not want you to go,but I don’t know how to stop you

[Verse 2]

Whatever, whatever I guess whatever
I don’t care, get dressed whatever
I don’t feel like talking, whatever

[Hook]

Cuz it’s really out of my control
How you feel is not my problem
I really don’t want you to go, but I do not want to stop you

[Verse 3]

Cuz you gone do what you got to do
And what I do is not your problem
Just let me let me love you
Stop trying to make it complicated

[Hook]

Really out of my control
What I do is not your problem
I really want to go
But please, please don’t stop me

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

HIGH BY THE BEACH by Lana Del Rey

[Verse 1]
Boy, look at you, looking at me
I know you know how I feel
Loving you is hard, being here is harder
You take the wheel
I don’t wanna do this anymore, it’s so surreal
I can’t survive if this is all that’s real

[Chorus]
All I wanna do is get high by the beach
Get high by the beach, get high
All I wanna do is get by by the beach
Get by baby, baby, bye bye
The truth is I never bought into your bullshit
When you would pay tribute to me cause I know that
All I wanted to do was get high by the beach
Get high baby, baby, bye bye

[Verse 2]
Boy, look at you, looking at me
I know you don’t understand
You could be a bad motherfucker
But that don’t make you a man
Now you’re just another one of my problems
Because you got out of hand
We won’t survive, we’re sinking into the sand

[Chorus]
All I wanna do is get high by the beach
Get high by the beach, get high
All I wanna do is get by by the beach
Get by baby, baby, bye bye
The truth is I never bought into your bullshit
When you would pay tribute to me cause I know that
All I wanted to do was get high by the beach
Get high baby, baby, bye bye

[Bridge]
Lights, camera, acción
I’ll do it on my own
Don’t need your money, money
To get me what I want
Lights, camera, acción
I’ll do it on my own
Don’t need your money, money
To get me what I want

[Chorus]
All I wanna do is get high by the beach
Get high by the beach, get high
All I wanna do is get by by the beach
Get by baby, baby, bye bye
The truth is I never bought into your bullshit
When you would pay tribute to me cause I know that
All I wanted to do was get high by the beach
Get high baby, baby, bye bye

[Interlude]
High-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
High-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
High-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
High-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh

[Outro: Spoken]
Anyone can start again
Not through love but through revenge
Through the fire, we’re born again
Peace by vengeance, brings the end

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

CANTAMILLA by Tranquility Bass

IMMORTAL by Kid Cudi

[Sample]
I am the smartest man alive!

[Intro]
I tried to tell all my friends when I was a kid that I had powers
And nobody wanted to believe me
All right

[Verse 1]
Spent the last month feeling bad ’bout myself
I couldn’t speak anything of real hope
And the day came when it hit me like lightning through my veins
A sudden change in my groove, in my walk
I got my lion heart and electric flowing through my brain
Shocking waves make me feel I can float
It’s like the city is mine and the dark is my cape
I can’t explain this sudden peace in my walk, I sure hope

[Hook]
I’m living my life as if I got powers
And tonight I feel immortal
I said tonight I feel immortal
Tonight I feel immortal

[Verse 2]
Bet you want to see me weak
Not sort of my thing you see
I’m too damn cool, my mojo too dope
It’s the same old thing getting lost Day N’ Nite, young and lost in the pain
So many times I’ve broke this vicious cycle
I got my lion heart and electric flowing through my brain
Shocking waves make me feel I can float
Surely I’mma do what I want, ain’t got no one to blame
I can’t explain this sudden peace in my walk, I sure hope

[Hook]x2

[Outro]
Dont Fuck with me. Fuck with me. Don’t, don’t fuck with me. Fuck with me

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

REFLECTIONS ON A BROKEN MIRROR by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Big gun powder and the Glasgow girl
Our lady of the highway with a string of pearls
Well I ain’t no modern masterpiece
A new surrealist movement in the key of G

Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh

Well, my baby loves me like an autoharp
Well, she plucks my mind and she strums my heart
Yeah, but we’re both victims of gravity
She shall never fly away from me

Well you can tell by looking I’m not like the rest
Sometimes a broken mirror reflects back the best

So won’t you look inside my Chinese box
Where you hold the key to every lock
It’s made of old chestnut and a lacquer top
Yeah, but once you start you can never stop

Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh

Well you can tell by looking I’m not like the rest
Sometimes a broken mirror reflects back the best

A vagabond child has come back home
A walk through the clouds in a sky the color of stone

Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh

Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooh

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

THIS WORLD by Selah Sue

I fear real danger
This world ain’t simple
But I’m strong, I know how to get out
And I’ll find my way cause
Cause it’s love, real simple
And that’s how it works

So won’t you just give it up cause you don’t understand
Big it up but you don’t understand
And it’s really nice, but you don’t understand
So big it up, cause you don’t understand
Cause you don’t understand baby

I feel it’s fallin’ down, I know I’ll catch it
You crazy world, crazy world, yeah
I feel real passionate
You feel the sun comes down
I’ll make it shine, yeah
You crazy world, crazy world yeah

I can see your fear cause
This world ain’t simple
But I’m strong, I know how to stay out
And I’ll find my way cause
Cause it’s love, it’s love, it’s love, it’s love, it’s loving yeah

So won’t you just give it up
Cause you don’t understand
Big it up, but you don’t understand
And it’s really nice, but you don’t understand
So big it up, cause you don’t understand
Cause you don’t understand baby

I feel it’s fallin’ down, I know I’ll catch it
You crazy world, crazy world, yeah
I feel real passionate
You feel the sun comes down
I’ll make it shine, yeah
You crazy world, crazy world yeah

I feel it’s fallin’ down, I know I’ll catch it
You crazy world, crazy world, yeah
I feel real passionate
You feel the sun comes down
I’ll make it shine, yeah
You crazy world, crazy world yeah
Crazy world, crazy world yeah
Crazy world, crazy world yeah

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

ALREADY HOME by Jay-Z featuring Kid Cudi

[Intro x3: Jay-Z]
You either love me or leave me alone

[Hook: Kid Cudi]
Oh, they want me to fall (fall)
Fall from the top (top)
They want me to drop (drop)
They want me to stop (stop)
They want me to go (go)
I’m already gone (already)
The shit that I’m on (hey)
I’m already home

[Bridge: Jay Z]
Hey, I’m already home
Now one more ‘gin

[Hook]

[Verse 1]
These niggas want me to go, don’t they know that I’m gone
They know I’m space shuttle level, they need oxyg-g-g-gen
Don’t they know that they boring? Don’t they know that I yawn?
Only time they exciting is when they mentioning Shawn
Seen Single White Female when she dyed her hair blonde?
Sometimes I look at these rappers, the movie remind me of them
Somebody turn these boys off, don’t they know that I’m on
Can’t they see that it’s foolish to try and kill me with songs
What the fuck are they Lauryn, they killing me softly
You talk me to death, only thing you can do to him
I open the door for them, what else can I do
These niggas want me to walk for them
Somebody talk to them before I go off on them

[Hook]

[Verse 2]
I taught ’em ’bout fish scale, they want me to fish for them
They want me to catch clean then cook up a dish for them
All of this just for them or they got a diss for him
They want me to disappear like it’s gon shift for them
They say that I’m in the way, they want me to sit for them
But what they admitting is they ain’t got shit for him
And really the fact is, we not in the same bracket
Not in the same league, don’t shoot at the same baskets
Don’t pay the same taxes, hang with the same bitches
So how am I in the way, what is it I’m missing?
Nigga I been missing, nigga I been gone
The shit that you just witnessing I been on
And as for the critics, tell me I don’t get it
Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it
Now these niggas is mad, oh, they call me a Camel
But I mastered the drought, what the fuck I’m an animal
Half man half mammal, my sign is a Sadge
This is just what I planned to do, oh, don’t be mad

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
I’m in The Hall already, on the wall already
I’m a work of art, I’m a Warhol already
On another level, on another plane already
H-O-V, I got my own lane already
I done cooked up the rock already
So why the fuck can’t ya’ll get hot already
Put your name in the pot already
Niggas compare me to Biggie and Pac (already)
Like I’m gone already
And I am nigga I’m already home already (already)
If ya’ll can’t already see
I ain’t worried about ya’ll cause I’m already me (already)
Do you already, enough with the complaining, boo-hoo’s already
Eat food already ain’t nothing given you gotta claim your shoes already

[Bridge]
Yeah so in summation I don’t know who you racing
I’m already at the finish line with the flag waving
Come on

[Hook] x2

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

JUST WHAT I AM by Kid Cudi featuring King Chip

[Verse 1: King Chip]
I’m just what you made God – not many I trust
I’mma go my own way, God, take my fate to wherever you want
I’m out here, on my son, won’t stop ’til I get me some
Club-hoppin’, tryin’ to get me some, bad bitches wanna get me sprung
Early in the morning, I’m wakin’ bakin’, drinkin’, contemplatin’
Ain’t no such thing as Satan, evil is what you make it
Thank the Lord for that burning bush, that big body Benz I was born to push
On my way I’m burning kush, nigga don’t be worried ’bout us
Neighbors knockin’ on the door, asking can we turn it down
I say, “Ain’t no music on” she said, “Naw, that weed is loud”
Nigga, we ballin’, straight swaggin’, lost Hawk, but I’m maintainin’
I’ve been told that I’m amazing, make sure keep that fire blazin’, we livin’

[Hook: Kid Cudi]
I need smoke
I need to smoke
Who gon’ hold me down now
I wanna get high y’all
I wanna get high y’all
Need it need it to get by y’all
Can you get me high y’all?
I wanna get high y’all
I wanna get high y’all
Need it need it to get by y’all
Can you get me high y’all?
I’m just what you made God, just what you made God (Nee-need it)
I’m just what you made God, I’m just what you made
(Nee-need it) I’m just what you made God
I’m just what you made God, I’m just what you made God

[Verse 2: Kid Cudi]
Let me tell you ‘bout my month y’all, endless shopping, I had a ball
I had to ball for therapy, my shrink don’t think that helps at all
Whatever, that man ain’t wearing these leather pants
I diagnose my damn self, these damn pills ain’t working fam
In my spare time, punching walls, fucking up my hand
I know that shit sound super cray but if you had my life you’d understand
But, I can’t fold, some poor soul got it way worse
We’re all troubled, in a world of trouble
It’s scary to have a kid walk this Earth
I’m what you made God, fuck yes I’m so odd
Thinking ’bout all my old friends who weren’t my friends all along
Hm, when it rains it pours, whiskey bottles on the sinks and floors
Everyday to find sane’s a chore, amidst a dream with no exit doors

[Hook]

[Outro]
Need it to get by, ya
Willy

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

SOUR TIMES (ROSELAND NYC LIVE) by Portishead

[Verse 1]
To pretend no one can find
The fallacies of morning rose
Forbidden fruit, hidden eyes
Courtesies that I despise in me
Take a ride, take a shot now

[Chorus]
Cause nobody loves me, it’s true
Not like you do

[Verse 2]
Covered by the blind belief
That fantasies of sinful screens
Bear the facts, assume the dye
End the vows, no need to lie, enjoy
Take a ride, take a shot now

[Chorus]
Cause nobody loves me, it’s true
Not like you do

[Break]
Who am I, what and why?
Cause all I have left is my memories of yesterday
Oh these sour times

[Chorus]
Cause nobody loves me, it’s true
Not like you do

[Verse 3]
After time the bitter taste
Of innocence, descent or race
Scattered seeds, buried lives
Mysteries of our disguise revolve
Circumstance will decide

[Chorus]
Cause nobody loves me, it’s true
Not like you
Nobody loves me, it’s true
Not like you do

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

SPACE ODDITY by David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
And put your helmet on(10) Ground Control (9) to Major Tom (8)
(7, 6) Commencing (5) countdown
Engines on (4, 3, 2)
Check ignition (1)
And may God’s love(Liftoff)be with youThis is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dareThis is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different todayFor here am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do[Guitar Solo]

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you….

Here am I floating ’round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

RIP David Bowie

IT COULD BE SWEET by Portishead

I don’t want to hurt you
For no reason have I but fear
And I ain’t guilty of the crimes you accuse me of
But I’m guilty of fear

I’m sorry to remind
You but I’m scared of what we’re creating
This life ain’t fair
You don’t get something for nothing, turn now
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

It could be sweet
Like a long forgotten dream
And we don’t need them to cast the fate we have
Love don’t always shine thru

Cos I don’t wanna lose
What we had last time your leaving this life ain’t fair
You don’t get something for nothing, turn now
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

It could be sweet

But the thoughts we try to deny
Take a toll upon our lives
We struggle on in depths of pride
Tangled up in single minds

Cos I don’t wanna lose
What we had last time your leaving this life ain’t fair
You don’t get something for nothing, turn back
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

Cos I don’t wanna lose
What we had last time your leaving this life ain’t fair
You don’t get something for nothing, turn back
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

It could be sweet

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

ANGER by Marvin Gaye

Up and down my back, my spine, in my brain
It injures me, babe….
Anger, can make you old, yes it can
I said anger, can make you sick, children… oh Jesus
Anger destroys your soul
Rage, there’s no room for rage in there
There’s no room for rage in here
Line up some place to go to be mad
It’s a sin to treat your body bad
When anger really gets the best of us
We’ve really lost our heads
We often say a lof of things, oh darlin’
Wish we’d never said
Oh, reason is beyond control
And the things we do spite
Makes me ashamed
And I mean this, baby, makes me want to the things right
Someday soon I hope and pray like Jesus
I’ll reach that wiser age
Hope I will learn I really never never profit
From things I do in rage
One more time-anger, more ager
When it’s flaming hot
Anger burns to the bitter end
Know what I’m talkin’ ’bout
When it cools I find out too late
I have lost at love, love, love, dear friend
I said, anger will make you sick
Children, oh Jesus
Anger destroys your soul
I ain’t gonna let you get the best of me, babe
I’m gonna go somewhere and cool
This is not the way my head’s supposed to be, babe
You’ve got me feelin’ like some silly fool
But I know a real nice place where I can go
And feel the way I’m supposed to feel
I don’t want to be mad at nobody
I don’t want to be feelin’ bad
Up and down my back, my spine, in my brain
It injures me, babe
Anger, can make you old, yes it can
I said anger will make you sick, children, oh Jesus
Anger destroys your soul
Anger
Anger

 

CREATOR by Santigold

[Verse 1]
Got no need for the fancy things
All the attention that it brings
Tell me no, I say yes, I was chosen
And I will deliver the explosion

Can’t say it’s gonna get me far
Do no good to say what you are
I run the streets and I break up houses
River runs deep and the flame devours it

[Hook:x2]
Me, I’m a Creator
Thrill is to make it up
The rules I break got me a place
Up on the radar
Me, I’m a Taker
Know what the stakes are
Can’t roll it back, it’s understood
Got to play our cards

[Verse 2]
Sit tight I know what you are
Mad bright but you ain’t no star
Polish up till you make it gleam
Your M.O, I know what you mean
Tail ridin’ and I know it’s true
While they screamin’ “I love you!”
Down deep you know there ain’t no flow
A soul decay, was D.O.A
I know what you here for now
Words out you’re an idea whore though
Now don’t you crush on me
I’ll see you in your pipe dreams
Whether or not you know it’s true
You’re who they dictate to
That shit must hurt real bad
Fakin’ what you wish you had

[Hook:x2]

[Verse 3]
Here all the folks come ask about me
Band wagon, know they used to doubt me
Blind side tend to hit real hard
You should heed the warning, get a body guard
Steady friction in this bitch
Creepin’ in just like an itch
So far I got the last laugh
Still the rich rise up, still I live fast
Wouldn’t know it face to face
Got no soul and got no taste
Moving in speed up the pace
I got it locked though, what a waste
All the talk is standard fare
Walk the walk if it gets you there
On the grind till the gig is up
I’m ‘a smash ’em down
Put a muzzle on them like “what!”

[Hook:x3]

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

BANG BANG BANG by Mark Ronson and The Business Int’l

[Intro]
Un, deux, trios
(turn it up a little bit more)
Bang, bang, bang

Feathers, I’m plucking feathers
One by one, by one
No more skylarking, around my head
Your information
But there’s no hiding, behind moulting feathers

[Verse: Q-Tip]
On the plane, on my brain, ’bout to do the sho’
40k contract, take it out the do’
Dice, symbolise my life, roll ’em on the flo’
From your grubby hands, as you hand the grand stand
You live a shitty life, we live a bon, bon vie
Hotter than the book, while we watch the tv
Think you got us fooled, ooh never again
First time, shame on me, second time, your time will end

No way, bang you’re dead dead, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete
Bang you’re dead dead, alouette, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete

No way, no, (the clock) it’s ticking forward
No way, (it’s just) a cruel, cruel world

Cruel world is fittin’, they got us all hittin’
With late night divisions, and lab app decisions
But based with decisions, to fight a fricasse
And you’ve clearly decided, on how to handle me
Difficile, immbocile, is it fake, is it real
Are we dying on our feet, are we trying in our sleep
There’s a rumour goin’ ’round, ’bout the suits runnin’ town
If you look into the sky, them birds fly high, high, high

Numbers, you got that number
You’re larking outwards, and don’t see the big picture
Over your shoulder, you’ll get no last words
Because it’s too late, you’ve clipped your own wings (your own wings)

No way, bang you’re dead dead, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete
Bang you’re dead dead, alouette, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete

We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’
We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’
We’re never gonna, believe in, the stories, that you’re weavin’
We’re believin’ in the proof, we’re believin’ in the truth
We’re believin’ in each other, not you, you, you

Stories (you with the tall tales), how many stories (so many tall tales)
We climb the structure (you scale the ladder)
You build it higher (you make us madder)
We take our aim (so now we’re bearin’ off)
You perch above your nest ( gotcha in your charms)
The stories in your head (it’s a crazy bald head)
That’s what got you dead

No way, bang you’re dead dead, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete
Bang you’re dead dead, alouette, here’s your silhouette
Je te plumerai la, tete
Je te plumerai la, tete

Un, deux, trois
No one ever does it like that anymore
Bang, bang, bang
When feathers fly, you deny everything (alouette)
Un, deux, trois
No one ever does it like that anymore
Bang, bang, bang (alouette)
When feathers fly, you deny everything yo

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

PRETTY GIRL (REMIX) by Spyke Vicious

(Intro)

Pretty girl hope you find your way

Pretty girl hope you find your way (out the hood)

Pretty girl hope you find your way out the hood living good, feel good, so free

(Verse 1)

Pretty girl hope you find your way

Out the hood, living good, feel good, so free, out the door like the breeze

Getting everything you want, getting everything you need don’t forget about me

Fucking shine until you blind

I can see it all the time when I dream, movie scenes, you and me

Under stars, no clubs, no bars, just a park, music soft out the car, found your heart

One spark and we high

Watch the night roll by

I can see it in her eyes, recognize that I’m fly

So she gotta be too

Be two, making moves, covered in jewels

Everyone represent

Every place that she been, riding for him

Got it tatted like it matter

Bond never shatter

Like the past don’t matter

Like the past don’t matter

(Chorus)

Be my punk rock princess

Dreams gonna live it

Let’s do it, we can get it

You can be my punk rock princess

Dreams gonna live it

Let’s do it, you the only one that get it

(2x’s)

(Verse 2)

Pretty girl hope you find your way

Always say, living good, feel good, so free, think of me

Uncaressed from the best of your memories

Gave you everything you want

Gave you everything you need

Can’t forget ab0ut me

And we shine and we blind

I can see it all the time when I dream

Movie scenes of you and me

Under stars, no clubs, no bars, just a park, music soft out the car, found your heart

Still getting high

Watch the night roll by

I can see it in your eyes, can’t leave me behind

The boul too fly so she gotta be too

Be two, making moves, hustle hard

Angel with a devil on her arm

Can’t forget the day we met

The angel I protect got it tatted like my name is respect

Like its respect

Chorus 3x’s

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STEPPIN UP by MIA

Steppin’ up in the club all tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub, rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub
[Repeat 4x]

I light up like a genie and I blow up on this song
(Rub-a-dub-a-dub-dub, rub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub)
Aladdin; no kiddin’, boy I need a rub
(Rub-a-dub-a-dub-dub, rub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub)
Me and my speakers speak in sub, sub, sub
(Suba-suba-sub-sub suba-suba-suba-sub)
You know who I am, I run this fuckin’ club
(Club-a-dub-dub-dub, club-a-dub-a-club-a-lub)

Bass-lines and ass, anything fast
Humpin’ on my leg, yo mind my fucking glass
Making money last, hide it in the back
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

Bass-lines and cars, anything fast
You know who I am, I run this fuckin’ club
Speaker speak in sub, throwin’ fire like a mob
Flash, bang, thunder, demolition job

(M.I.A) you know who I am
(M.I.A) you know who I am

Bass-lines and ass, anything fast
Humpin’ on my leg, yo mind my fucking glass
Making money last, hide it in the back
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

I can nail a sound and that shit will make you jump
(Jump jump jump)
I can smash a beat so that track will make you run
(Run run run run run run run run)
I’m tooled up to the tee, I tie up just for fun
(Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun)
Get ready for the steady stream of weights by the ton
(Ton ton ton ton ton ton ton ton)

Bass-lines and ass, anything fast
Humpin’ on my leg, yo mind my fucking glass
Making money last, hide it in the back
Sound of a bomb blast throw it in the bag

(M-I-A)[repeat 3x]
(M.I.A) you know who I am
(M.I.A) you know who I am
(M.I.A)

Steppin’ up in the club all tooled up like a thug
Rub-a-dub-dub, rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub
[Repeat 2x]

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

 

SHOVE IT by Santigold

[Verse 1]
Brooklyn we go hard
We on the look for the advantage, we work hard
And if we seem to rough it up a bit
We broke but we rich at heart
Pull ourselves up now we won’t choke
It’s our time, put the lights on us

War tactics they make me sick
Reel your heart in run away with it
Smile in your face, undermine your back
Got guns for the strength they lack
So if you know another way
You can’t look the other way
If you know another way
Tell them so right to their face

[Hook]
We think you’re a joke
Shove your hope where it don’t shine
We think you’re a joke
Shove your hope where it don’t shine
We think you’re a joke
Shove your hope where it don’t shine
We think you’re a joke
Shove your hope where it don’t shine

[Verse 2]
I pay for what’s called
Eccentricity and my wish to evolve
I hear them all say
That I got heart
But not everything that it takes

Taint my mind but not my soul
Tell you I got fire
I won’t sell it for no payroll
Let ’em hold me down
I know if I know another way
I can’t look the other way
I know another way
I’ll tell them so right to their face

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Spank Rock]
Entirely, totally
Bring it all together, I want everything
If it’s in the spills they had gossip that meant
We can’t be poor folks waiting on a trickle with your hands out

I got a life that you can call a luck because it was a duty
You don’t mean I ain’t payin’ dues, you stupid fuck
I’m more of a mind for reaching things that you can’t
Just know I’m doing something you ain’t
Simple and plain

[Hook] (x2)

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY by The Verve

[Verse 1]
Cause it’s a bitter sweet symphony, that’s life
Trying to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the place
Where all the veins meet, yeah

[Chorus]
No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mould
I am here in my mould
But I’m a million different people
From one day to the next
I can’t change my mould
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

[Verse 2]
Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airwaves are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

[Chorus]

[Verse 1]

[Chorus]

[Outro]
I can’t change my mould, no, no, no
I can’t change my mould, no, no, no
It’s just sex and violence, melody and silence
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

RIVER by Ibeyi

[Chorus]
Come to you river
I will come to your river
I will come to you river
Come to you river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul again)[Verse 1]
Carry away my dead leaves
Let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters
Sink my pains and complains
Let the river take them, river drown them
My ego and my blame
Let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters
Those old means, so ashamed
Let the river take them, river drown them[Chorus]
Come to you river
I will come to your river
I will come to you river
Come to you river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul again)[Verse 1]
Carry away my dead leaves
Let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters
Sink my pains and complains
Let the river take them, river drown them
My ego and my blame
Let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters
Those old means, so ashamed
Let the river take them, river drown them[Chorus]
Come to you river
I will come to your river
I will come to you river
Come to you river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul)
I will come to your river
(Wash my soul again)

[Yoruban Outro]:
Wemile Oshun
Oshun dede
Alawede Wemile Oshun
Moolowo beleru yalode moyewede

DISPARATE YOUTH by Santigold

Don’t look ahead, there’s stormy weather
Another roadblock in our way
But if we go, we go together
Our hands are tied here if we stayOh, we set our dreams to carry us
If they don’t fly we will run
Now we push right past to find out
On how to win what they have lost[Hook]
Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting forSo let them say we can’t do better
Lay out the rules that we can’t break
They wanna sit and watch you wither
Their legacy’s too hard to takeOh, we set our dreams to carry us
In the middle where we were one
Now we push right past to find out
On how to win what they have lost

[Hook]

In their heads, hedging their bets
In their eyes it shows
When the beacon breaks for them
You ask and they don’t know
Oh tell me then
I turn my back while the odds all stand beneath me
And they all said I was misled
But now the odds all stand beneath me

[Hook]

Oh, we set our dreams to carry us
If they dont fly we will run
Now we push right past to find out
On how to win what they have lost

[Hook]

You were wrong, let me here what you say
Now here we come, can’t stop, nothing in the way
You were wrong, let me here what you say
Now here we come, can’t stop, nothing in the way

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

HALFTIME by Amy Winehouse

[Verse 1]
Simple, sweet guitar
Humbled by the bass
So when the beat kicks in
Everything falls into place
And it overpowers me
I can’t help but dance
You can try to stop me now
But you won’t get the chance

[Chorus]
Halftime, time to think it through
Consider the change
Seek it from a different view
Halftime, time to think it through
Consider the change

[Verse 2]
Rhythm floods my heart
The melody it feeds my soul
The tune tears me apart
And I swallow it whole
You should thank your lucky star
Cause the music is a gift
And it’s stronger than all else
Provides me with the bliss

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
My lyrics revealing
Some natural vibe
It’s a kind of laid back feeling
Oh just let it ride
And when Frank Sinatra sings
It’s too much to take, yeah
So I sing the standard shit
It pacifies my ache

[Chorus]

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius.com

HIIIPOWER by Kendrick Lamar

[Intro]
Everybody put three fingers in the air
The sky is falling, the wind is calling
Stand for something or die in the morning
Section 80, HiiiPower

[Verse 1]
Visions of Martin Luther staring at me
Malcolm X put a hex on my future, someone catch me
I’m falling victim to a revolutionary song, the Serengeti’s clone
Back to put you backstabbers back on your spinal bone
You slipped your disc when I slid you my disc
You wanted to diss but jumped on my dick
Grown men never should bite their tongue
Unless you eating pussy that smell like it’s a stale plum
I got my finger on the mothafuckin’ pistol
Aiming it at a pig, Charlotte’s web is going to miss you
My issue isn’t televised, and you ain’t gotta tell the wise
How to stay on beat, because our life’s an instrumental
This is physical and mental, I won’t sugar coat it
You’d die from diabetes if these other niggas wrote it
And everything on TV just a figment of imagination
I don’t want plastic nation, dread that like a Haitian
While you mothafuckas waiting, I be off the slave ship
Building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs

[Hook]
Just call the shit HiiiPower
Nigga nothing less than HiiiPower
Five-star dishes, food for thought bitches
I mean the shit is, Huey Newton going stupid
You can’t resist his HiiiPower
Throw your hands up for HiiiPower

[Verse 2]
Visions of Martin Luther staring at me
If I see it how he seen it, that would make my parents happy
Sorry mama, I can’t turn the other cheek
They wanna knock me off the edge like a fucking widow’s peak, uhh
And she always told me pray for the weak, uhh
Them demons got me, I ain’t prayed in some weeks, uhh
Dear Lord come save me, the devil’s working hard
He probly clocking double shifts on all of his jobs
Frightening, so fucking frightening
Enough to drive a man insane, I need a license to kill
I’m standing on the field full of land mines
Doing the moonwalk, hoping I blow up in time
Cause 2012 might not be a fucking legend
Tryna be a fucking legend, the man of mankind
Who said a black man in the Illuminati?
Last time I checked, that was the biggest racist party
So get up off that slave ship
Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs

[Hook]
Just call the shit HiiiPower
Nigga nothing less than HiiiPower
Five-star dishes, food for thought bitches
I mean the shit is, Bobby Seale making meals
You can’t resist his HiiiPower
Throw your hands up for HiiiPower

[Bridge: Alori Joh]
Every day we fight the system just to make our way
We been down for too long, but that’s alright
We was built to be strong, cause it’s our life, na-na-na
Every day we fight the system, we fight the system
We fight the system (Never like the system)
We been down for too long but that’s alright, na-na-na

[Verse 3]
Who said a black man in the Illuminati?
Last time I checked, that was the biggest racist party
Last time I checked, we was racing with Marcus Garvey
On the freeway to Africa ’til I wreck my Audi
And I want everybody to view my autopsy
So you can see exactly where the government had shot me
No conspiracy, my fate is inevitable
They play musical chairs once I’m on that pedestal
Frightening, so fucking frightening
Enough to drive a man insane, a woman insane
The reason Lauryn Hill don’t sing, or Kurt Cobain
Loaded that clip and then said bang, the drama it bring is crazy
Product of the late 80’s
Tryna stay above water, that’s why we shun the navy
Pull your guns and play me, let’s set it off
Cause a riot, throw a Molotov, somebody told me them pirates had got lost
Cause we been off them slave ships
Got our own pyramids, write our own hieroglyphs

[Hook]
Just call the shit HiiiPower
Yeah nothing less than HiiiPower
Five-star dishes, food for thought bitches
I mean the shit is, Fred Hampton on your campus
You can’t resist his HiiiPower
Throw your hands up for HiiiPower

[Outro]
Thug Life! THUG LIFE!

Link Courtesy of Genius.com

 

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