HeartBeat

by Alyssa Marie

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HeartBeat is the first original record by hip hop recording artist Alyssa Marie. This album is free to download, but hardcopies are available for purchase through donations with a minimum of $10 through PayPal using e-mail address alyssamarieheartbeat@gmail.com. With donations of $3 or more, you will receive an e-mail with a folder of previously unreleased bonus songs.

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released 31 May 2012
Engineered by BeatBlocked Productions, written and performed by Alyssa Marie.

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Track Name: Close
I'm so close, I can see solid ground
Nowhere I won't go, not a feat out of bounds
Nothing to lose, I lost it all,
Nothing to prove, nowhere to fall

So here we are, the first step of the stairway
I'm already caught up in what's next and I'm scared straight
'cause in a weird way, I still expected a fair play
Despite all my opinions I've collected from hear-say
A cleared slate, let's start to fill it up
Drop the chalk and picking up a permanent marker, an artist in the rough
Dusting off the dirt, show the rawness building up
When they see the blood it pumps, they'll see my heart is real enough
But I won't die to be appreciated, I wanna be alive to see their faces
The day that I finally reach a nation
Take the time to breathe the day in
Building castles inside of the desert sand while tryna find my green oasis
Take the reigns and write my story in ink
Open eyes if life is over and done before we can blink
We sit on the brink of glory, a lot more than we think
Just gotta make priorities sync

I'm so close, I can see solid ground
Nowhere I won't go, not a feat out of bounds
Nothing to lose, I lost it all,
Nothing to prove, nowhere to fall

Grand scheming, standing between the land and the sea
Thinking "neither captain nor driver's the destiny planned for me
I'm a pilot" sampled a piece of the sky's ambient freedom
and knew the second I landed I'm finished planting my feet
Never bite the hand that feeds me, I got low tolerance for pain
Never realized all of the dirt that was washing off the rain
When I prayed for the sun, thankful it's done but happy it happened
The day's gonna come that I'll say the same for the chapter passing
So I'll wait, as I'm mastering the art of picking battles
I learn the difference between taking shade and living in shadows
I traveled along the barrier, finally ready to cross
They'll throw confetti when the stones get too heavy to toss
Through the loss, I gained more, was afraid of them waging war
But if they're gonna do it then what the hell are they waiting for?
I'm here, in the same place as before, all that changed
Is I got nothing lose but all to gain

I'm so close, I can see solid ground
Nowhere I won't go, not a feat out of bounds
Nothing to lose, I lost it all,
Nothing to prove, nowhere to fall

I'm so close, I can see solid ground
Nowhere I won't go, not a feat out of bounds
Nothing to lose, I lost it all,
Nothing to prove, nowhere to fall
Track Name: Train of Thought
I just feel like going off, spit it raw, no particular concept
a littered mindset that when it's split from the context
can seem a little sick, a little different at times
Until I find that middle bridge between their thinking and mind
it's quick witted, stick with it and find, yes, I'm insane
I was driven there by the same train of thought that obsession reigned
as conductor; guessing games and phases that obstruct the
Duration of a lesson that's a race for the instructors
Who can take these balls of clay and make 'em carbon copies faster
Then label masterpieces of art across 'em, their stature
is not to capture their heart, but to trap it, trick it to catch it
and take it as ransom, latching the hatch on it's gate and standing
in wait, patient until the phase of plan is in action
a trade of fate for reaction, to face a fatal attraction
a date to dance with the devil, but I'm taking the lead
Name on the deed, paid my dues and this time, saved the receipt

(it's nothing new) I've said it all before, but that's fine
(it's all the same) They still haven't absorbed half the time
(I'd make the move)
(but it never changes) no (it never changes) no (they never do)
What will you say, what will you do
what will you do, when it stops being me and starts being you?

What's this even about? I'll figure out
til then there's bigger fish to drown, while I down a dose of medicinal bitterness, sipping doubt
With it, given'll either drive me to win, or drive me insane
They're prescribed by the same surgeons who's digging inside my brain
to rewire my thinking and to stitch my open heart shut
Glue my open mind closed, and twist my vocal chords up
in order to keep me from speaking 'em both
So I don't plant any seeds from either they don't want people to grow
but neither my heart or mind's where I keep 'em, I hold 'em deep
in my soul, where their biggest scalpel won't even get close to reaching
Seems that most are overreaching and underachieving
None of 'em know how to leave in peace while there's something to leave with
Not til their humble achievements crumble to pieces do they evacuate
and as they trip and stumble to leave, they grab what their back can take
to carry any fraction of dignity left they see
and leave the rest in debris

(it's nothing new) I've said it all before, but that's fine
(it's all the same) They still haven't absorbed half the time
(I'd make the move)
(but it never changes) no (it never changes) no (they never do)
What will you say, what will you do
what will you do, when it stops being me and starts being you?
Track Name: Sweet Dream
In a deep sleep, sweet dream with open eyes
and I feel so serene, I never felt so alive
I touch the sky, use my wings, and fly away
I'm lucid dreaming, while wide awake
I'm in a deep sleep

No time to waste, got a line to erase
Won't wait til they finally face
What I've been tryna say since day one
til when they come to acquire the taste
for themselves, let em wait on the shelf
let 'em take what they're dealt and use it
I'ma make 'the dealer reshuffle that deck,
I was blessed and I've been through your hell to prove it
Self inducing a high, to the rest of the world I'm losing my mind
but little do they know really I'm just gaining it for the first time, and it's beautiful, climbed
to a new height, an enlightened state so
High with a view so wide but they choose to stay low
Given time living in the lines, any fool's gonna find a way though
but til that day, what do they know? they're gonna make waves til we're floating in the same boat
Their mind frame holds an undeveloped mental picture in the center, but it's really just a blank roll
Safe in the same old same of the mundane mind state, while I'm on the highway
to edified thinking with a one way ticket to the clouds in a place where untrained eye may
Look at as break down, really it's a break through
I can make time wait, I can make fate lose
I can change any written rule in the game
I can take any ending and extend it to a phase two
and it all started when I learned I could fly, and I used my wings
When I realized real life's an illusion, the nightmare became a lucid dream

In a deep sleep, sweet dream with open eyes
and I feel so serene, I never felt so alive
I touch the sky, use my wings, and fly away
I'm lucid dreaming, while wide awake
in a deep sleep
a sweet dream
I'm in a deep sleep
a sweet dream

Life is a trip, and I'm falling up, down every single ounce all at once
Far above take reality hits from the strongest blunt
of the hardest drug: life, one puff from the pipe dream, and I feel nice
What they said was my one vice ended up being my means when I scaled life
at a height so high, with no way back down..and it makes sense, why go back to the ground
to the prison of the gravity and clipped wings wound, after living with no limits where the shackles unbounded
Surrounded with ease, serenity, awareness, and peace
I was scared when I entered too deep in the conscious conscience until I broke free from the hostage hold on my mental esteem
and let it it run free, said I'd OD on a dose so high, but what they don't see
is I feel so alive, living in a sweet dream without closing my eyes, enter in a deep sleep
With an open mind, so row your boat through this deep stream of consciousness
'cause life is but a lucid dream, and I'm losing sleep to process it

In a deep sleep, sweet dream with open eyes
and I feel so serene, I never felt so alive
I touch the sky, use my wings, and fly away
I'm lucid dreaming, while wide awake
in a deep sleep
a sweet dream
I'm in a deep sleep
a sweet dream
Track Name: Break Out
I've been gone, I've been away, I been locked in a cage tryna figure an escape
and I know, though they try, they'll never keep me inside the box, give it time
and I'll break out
the walls that I break down

They try to tell me pick a style, choose a lane and stop maneuvering
'cause if it's hard to fit me in a smaller box I'm losing 'em
but wrong or not, they second I stop confusing them's
the second I sever the knot, dissemble, surrender the plot, get ready to watch the loser win
'cause lose or win, I'm doing this knowing no one can truly get
the genius scheme infused in the ludicrous, soak the roots in this fluid
Potent with nutrients, musical notes I use
to insult the cultures IQ while they're too stupid to notice
So from the airwaves to the underground, all of them want a part of us
some - they're telling me dumb it down, well, I'm telling them smarten up
and if that isn't hard enough, the pseudo critics
who view opinions they have as fact when they fact is that music isn't
but in rap, any bitter fan with the internet's now a critic
with anonymous comments the cowards are power tripping
and that's fine, that's how they're living, they found their niche in projection
they mold their living off spite, I just chose a different direction

I've been gone, I've been away, I been locked in a cage tryna figure an escape
and I know, though they try, they'll never keep me inside the box, give it time
and I'll break out
the walls that I break down

Look I'm still weaving between the scenic and short cut
Still no reason to choose or leave any door shut
When they're border up, my mind's skeleton key
and you're in luck, I use it generously and I set 'em free
but when they reach the outside of their cage and they're safe and sound
That's when they turn around to push me inside it, but shake the ground
When they try taking me down from behind, but I seen them coming
'cause I spend more time looking back at what's over my shoulder than at what's in front of me
so it seems my paranoia's justified
I was shoved inside this category before they read passed my story's cover line
and you still wonder why I try to lead the way
Try forming opinion instead of recycling all these boxes that other people made
and sticking us all inside the first one that we barely fit into
the tradition's habitual, rap comparisons misconstrued
but I'm down to fix em, I'm meant to end as martyr so
what's their two cents really worth appraised to heart of gold?

I've been gone, I've been away, I been locked in a cage tryna figure an escape
and I know, though they try, they'll never keep me inside the box, give it time
and I'll break out
the walls that I break down
Track Name: Drown feat. Jason Chen
They say to let it go, I push it harder on the pedal
I should settle but instead I try to barter with the devil
when there's nothing I can offer; blame it on the author
of the story of my life, I never played into the part
that I was given. It's written as a tragedy, but half of me
Just views it as a comedy, I'm laughing though it's sad to watch it happen
So I guess that it's both
I think you're tryna teach me something but the lesson is slow
I'll never know until it's over with, hoping that I notice it
at times I see the sign, but never read it, as I grow a little older
it's slow getting harder as I'm closing what I opened
and this road is getting lonelier with no one I can mold it with
so I sit, picturing you sitting too
Listening, apologizing for the shit you didn't do
it's vivid too, it's like you're really talking to me
but with this water getting deeper it gets hard to believe

You let me drown, I need to breathe
I'm sinking deeper
You let me drown, I can't breathe
You stay far away
and let me drown, I need to breathe
(as I travel down this road, and I see that I'm alone)
You see me falling
and let me drown, I can't..I can't breathe
You said you'd save me
You let me drown

No matter what I write, you're somewhere in the lyrics
I question what I'm hearing as I listen, everyone is interfering
But I'm standing in the mirror, talking to myself again
Remembering irrelevant remarks and every element
in talked I had with everyone else
They said that I should have some faith in you, but where were you whenever I fell?
Everything felt like it was toppling on top of what I tried to build
My mind was filled with every "how could you?" and "why?" but still
I was feeling like maybe it was me
I wasn't patient, but I see that I was wasting what had seemed
to be the faith that I was placing where it should've been
I should've had it in myself, but either way it's like I couldn't win
'cause now I'm blaming me for where my life has gone
Telling me that life goes on, you said I'd see the light of dawn
But this night is longer than you said it'd be
That when I need you you'd be next to me, so why are you letting me

You let me drown, I need to breathe
I'm sinking deeper
You let me drown, I can't breathe
You stay far away
and let me drown, I need to breathe
(as I travel down this road, and I see that I'm alone)
You see me falling
and let me drown, I can't..I can't breathe
You said you'd save me
You let me drown

I remember every night, I'd tell you things I never told to no one else
Looking back, you never really listened, but I showed myself
to you. I guess that I was talking to myself
It's my fault, I really thought that you would help
But in my heart, I guess I felt it, the entire time I knew
the missing piece in me I tried to find in you
Ignoring signs, I was fine being blind to proof
and to find any peace of mind I would lie and deny the truth
That was staring in my eyes, it's hard to believe
But even harder when I don't when every part of me needs
Someone to turn to - something to believe in
Someone to save me when I'm jumping in the deep end
But you let me drown, watching as I try to swim
But still never diving in to save me, and no matter how much I pretend
Despite it that you really care, the truth is finally clear
if you're there, you really don't, so it's my final prayer
Amen.
Track Name: Introlude
Not gonna say no introduction needed, when it's not true
Not gonna say the money's coming easy or that my pocket's full
When the profit coming out's less than I'm putting into it
I been through shit but not gonna say I'm better just 'cause I lived through it
Or that that struggle means I'm more entitled
Like my hand is on the bible when that mic's recording, sworn to truth, a born disciple
Of the rhythm, beat, and melody
So if I said I'm selling stacks of records that'd be blasphemy
and that's a well as deep as hell that I can choose to drink of fall into
With every line we either dig a grave or pave a road to bring us farther through
the margin to the goal, so I'll never say I'm big enough
to make a living until I am, or swear that I don't give a fuck
When thats all I do - never brag about my follow through
Or tell 'em I've never bought into or swallowed that same hollow truth
I preach against, even when it seems I've reached an end
I'll never say I gave it all I had while I'm still breathing
and my Heart's Beating.

(Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is) as deep as most people venture
(Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is) one you'll learn to remember
(Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is) shit with no one to endorse it
(Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is) really not that important
yet
Track Name: Trigger Finger feat. Lady Essence
Essence:
I been waiting on sucess, there nothing that feels stranger-
Then to see it all reflect and feelin like your a stranger-
The person in the mirror, I fear her, I feel her anger-
That person coming nearer, wave clearer I need ya anchor-
(Its like Im) lookin for a reason to swim or even drown slow-
Dont push someone whos eager to win right in there downslope-
Cause I will go Ether and go in on all these clown folk-
Then make you repeat it again on every download-
But listen, I am diciplined- only will start a fire if-
you missin where my missle is, look for somethin to fire with-
That means you steady missing the point of where my fire went-
you pourin water over my joint right when its firing-
So how could you get higher when you dont hear the enviroment-
You never hear the voices of reason sayin you fire yet-
that 9-5 talkin, its talkin and gettin louder-
Clock keeps watchin, watchinlike every hour-
Every coward, got a reason- retreating thinking a leaving-
leadin these people Im eager but feelin I need my freedom-
The picture- is much bigger than competition could ever be-
Alyssa- pull the trigger, they rather you be my enemy
see I dont understand if I failed- or if I struck fate-
If money give us time to prevail- then Im a buck late-
How we sposed to follow the trail, where there is such hate-
The box being hammered with nails and I cant escape-
ha, and im bettin you could re-late

Alyssa Marie:
Still tryna figure out the signs, picture getting bigger in my mind
Finger twitching on the trigger, tried sitting to the side
but it's times like this minute, fine lines in the sky's limit
That remind it's the prime time for reviving it
Thrive in the middle of when and just surviving
and it's time to pick a side cause the river it's getting wider
and the shore is getting further to either, I read the finer print
While looking at the size of picture inside a wider lens
it's the struggle of wondering what'll come of the trouble
of putting double the effort with every muscle
Connecting the puzzle, ruffling feathers to get a couple of
Subtle if any steps I could stumble or misdirect
and I can feel the people waiting to take it as opportunity
Truthfully,though it's sad it don't seem as bad as used to be
ain't stressin like I usually do, I'm used to scrutiny
Tell me they're down for life, and they're ready writing my eulogy
Proof reading it scheming a way they can take the lead
When the only way to escape a defeat is to not compete
and instead begin to assemble together, but I can see
I'll either eat at the bottom or starve for what's out of reach
Try to leap, when the place that I'm aiming ain't in my vision yet
Or stay where I know I'mma be safe and accept the limits set
I guess, I can settle for less or risk the whole pot
and either leave with all or nothing when this show stops
Track Name: Wake Up
today's the day I'm gonna lose nothing
and change the world, I'm gonna do something..huge..just give me 5 more minutes, I hit the snooze button
the alarm again, feel like I barely blinked
but the clock says different, guess I didn't hear it ring
'cause two hours passed by in reality
while I was busy dreaming in the only place they haven't breached
guess I'm half asleep, talking nonsense
drag my feet across the hall, hardly conscious
washing off the residue of "anything is possible"
back into the "get a clue, everything ain't optional
crash..down from cloud 9 to earth
(gotta move) I'ma get some down time in first
turn the news up on the television...too depressing
flip on something lighter, shit, this tom and jerry, it's got me reminiscing
I'll sit a second, but I really gotta go
a whole world's still depends on me to fill the pot to grow
I know, and I will. just one more episode
one turned 4, if I don't get up now, I'll never go
picking up my keys, in pursuit of my vision
but I Just realize I ain't eat and there's no food in the kitchen
left it's cool though, I'll hit a drive through when en route so
it saves me time and money 'cause with both my budget's too low
I'm in the car heading over to dunkin donuts
windows open, music bumpin, I feel the summer approaching
I know must be close to 80, the whole city's alive
the vibe is beautiful, the people are smiling sitting outside
on their porches, the kids of course paying mind to no one that passes
to them the street's their court and I'm blocking their only basket
so I wait until they pause, then I pass with a wave and smile
thinking, today's too perfect to waste, and there's still awhile
until it's too late to make a difference, the world can wait, there's still all day to fix it
but this sun'll set soon, and I'd hate to miss it
when it may be weeks before this weather comes around again
that's southern new england's early spring, bound to end
as quick as it began, so I can't take it for granted
call to see who's around, who's down to hit naragansett?
I know there's plenty beaches closer by
where we can watch the sun set and see the whole horizon
and even though the time's getting late, and I still got things to do
there's not a place as close to perfect for this April interlude
between these cold fronts, so we decide it's worth the trip
the traffic's slow but, the Weather said 7:36
that's an hour til the sun set, we make it in less than half of that
turn on the exit, pull in the lot at a quarter passed, and as
we're gazing at the aftermath today has left behind
a painted sky fades to black, the crashing waves against the side
wishing I could wrestle time to press rewind and loop this day again
the warm wind against my skin, the music nature sings
the scent of ocean air, the cold sand my feet are buried in
present in the moment, no regards, forgetting everything
I stand up and start to run
pass the shore and keep on going, reach the ocean and dive into the water, numb
from the freezing cold, a rush, so unbeatable
then I hear 'em screaming for me from the beach" come on we need to go"
I swim in, we get in the car and leave
I doze off in the back seat, wake up to us on my street
say peace. get out of the car and they drive away
finagle my keys, walk in the house at the light of day
rush to shower, change and brush my teeth,
get underneath the covers, turn the TV up to watch til I'm asleep
thinking back, reflecting on the time that passed
feeling like it's missing something, can't be nothing big to slip my mind that fast
roll over, eyes heavy, feel 'em shutting
still can't help but feel like I'm forgetting something
Track Name: For the Record
They're in way too deep, but the root of the issue is superficial
Every diss they do is using a pistol to shoot a missile
You official? Well I make the moves that don't miss you
How you walk to the talk wearing shoes that don't fit you?
They missed you, passed 'em over, going back acting bolder
Now we're older and they're talking faster but I'm laughing slower
They're happy sober 'cause they're high on life
but fail to mention what a bad trip that high's been like
it's kind of nice, this looking in perspective
from outside the box I witness at a distance with a crooked grin, reflective of what could've been
With such a satisfying pity
Pretty sad, but that's the shitty side I've had to hide within me
Well I'm sick of being red flagged, finished flying half mast
All this shit they said one day that I'd look back and laugh at
Yeah, I'm still waiting for the humor in it
I'm still sitting at my ending, patient for that new beginning

I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run
I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run

Let the record show: I know it's not a simple "yes" or "no"
They wrote a letter saying "let it go" and signed it x and o.
Bless the soul that hasn't sold it yet
the one that's getting no respect but holds onto their morals with a slow success
if it all, yes, I know the shit I talk
Never one to soften when externalizing inner thoughts
but listen, I'm giving yall the vision I wish had then
Back when I stood before a path that wasn't past tense
but that's then, this is now, all I gotta figure out
is what fuck that's supposed to mean, I think I'm fit to vouch
and tell my story, though it's short it's gotta lot of lessons
Beginnings and endings and blending of curse and blessing
That together form experience, enough to relate to
For anyone, create the need to follow where I take you
Shift the love to hate then watch it cycle back, light to black
Every type of past uniting through the slightest crack
in wishing they could travel back and fix it
Before that crack was shifted to a crumbled wall of fallen stacks of bricks it's
the same shit, different but synonymous and parallel
the fact stress is carried well's a win and lose 'cause half the hell
You're living through is overlooked, that's why I laugh
Step back look at life like a joke I finally grasp
Hoping while I pass through existence, I can turn a passion to a living
Without asking for assistance

I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run
I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run

I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run
I don't think that I'm the one
I don't feel like I'm above 'em, I don't know what I'll become
But what I do know, is when it's said and done
It's more about the chase than the run
Track Name: Family
To my family
From my blood to my peers
My friends to my fans
Through the blood sweat and tears
You were there for me
and without you I wouldn't be
That's why I see you when I look at me
[repeat]


First and foremost, my blood family
For understanding me for causing most of my sanity and insanity
can't even start describing the canopy you provided
I stand beneath to withstand and survive the damage and find
an advantage in a fight I'm told I can't defeat
You grant me the strength when I'm branded weak and you taught me to use my hands and feet
Instead of handed me what I needed, when my feet couldn't stand
Instead of a crutch, you're the trampoline set beneath them
Not leading, but guiding, you helped turn my fantasy to a dream
Then my dream into a goal I can land when I got a team
That I can pass to, to always have my back through it all
it ain't perfect but getting it through all the proof that we are
at least as a dynamic, when we find we can manage it
Stand together providing a peace in times of panic
and I know there's good and bad, we all come with our issues but
in the worst conditions I know the loves unconditional

To my family
From my blood to my peers
My friends to my fans
Through the blood sweat and tears
You were there for me
and without you I wouldn't be
That's why I see you when I look at me
[repeat]

Where to start.. I know I'm hard to be depended on
but I'm lucky that friends like y'all respect the struggle that comes with coming up independent, long
Nights recording, and days writing til the ink is gone
the true addiction I'm used to living to spend each minute on
and when the song's are finished, the business side is beginning
Outside the shows and studios, music defines the living
of an artist still, giving up a lot, because it's hard to fill this cup
When the water's given in drops with more that's spilling than not
Not to say I don't overdo it, I know I do,
the truth is though, I probably always will, it's road I choose
Just hope that you don't misunderstand it
With every plan that I miss it's not because I don't miss kicking it, you're like family
Granted, I know that lately I haven't acted as such
but that's the thing, you still all had my back in the clutch
and that's love, so I hope this better explains
You're still the realest friends I've had to this day, that never changed

To my family
From my blood to my peers
My friends to my fans
Through the blood sweat and tears
You were there for me
and without you I wouldn't be
That's why I see you when I look at me
[repeat]

Now to you: I'm sorry I'm late, I ain't told you yet
but here it goes, hope you know this is straight from my open chest
To the person my voice is reaching
the reason I'm keeping it real when speaking like there's no choice between it
the people that hear this noise and call it art
that say I keep 'em together, do they know that without 'em I'd fall apart?
No..they probably don't know that even though with most of 'em
Our roads won't ever meet, something deeper's keeping us close though
So, here's to you if this applies
To anyone that ever told me my music affects their lives
and every time you said I served as inspiration it's mutual
Place worth on my pain when you take what I say and use it
Relating; it makes it easier knowing it's not in vain
I can face it by keeping faith that it may be your way to freedom
and my chains seem to loosen up
You give my struggle purpose and knowing I'm not alone keeps me music for us

To my family
From my blood to my peers
My friends to my fans
Through the blood sweat and tears
You were there for me
and without you I wouldn't be
That's why I see you when I look at me
[repeat]
Track Name: Hold on Tight
Never seemed to find bliss inside ignorance
Time stole the innocence, I noticed how we're living by our differences
Separate, instead taking how we're all the same
Use the common bonds and together break the ball and chain
'cause we're all still residents of square one
Unaware of what our struggles we share and how far we've really come
Still no where near done, still got a lot the race that we've gotta face
They don't care about where you're from
They don't ask who started last, they're just worried who finished first
They don't factor who had it worst when they pick the winner, no curve
in the system; the further in that I get the clearer the image appears
and it turns simplest step to set of infinite stairs
Wware of the vail of perception worn
But it's either take the umbrella they hold, or weather the storm
in the cold alone on my own, and I know it's wrong
but was over tryna hold on to the hope when the rope is gone
I was stuck in traffic on the road going to Nowhere
but that's when I noticed that I'm not alone here
So when the wind blows, instead of falling down
I spread my wings, think of you, and let it take me off the ground

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

Felt like I was existing in a world that really isn't mine, walked the thinnest line
Between light and shadow where it's shattering a brittle mind
that battles to a finish line that's nothing but an ending
with a sugar coated title and wonder, is this depending
or supporting? are we fixing or distorting?
Sort as risk or reward when the thrill itself is awarding?
The more that it's reinforcing a difference, the more it's assuring with it
This isn't the same predicament all of us forced to live in
That we're not in it together, that we fight it alone
But looking close we're more alike than we know
Holding on to the same hope as we climb that in time it'll all be worth it
Find peace of mind one peace at a time beyond the surface
Digging further and reaching deeper, believe we're on the verge
of the peak and see you'll find it right when you're no longer searching
a journey to see it all, climbing the tallest tree
The problems that seemed so big on the ground I can hardly see
They get smaller with every branch that I pass, watching how far
to the top I still gotta climb or the bottom if I would fall
While we're all climing in the same direction working separately
How much less would the effort be merging our strength together
to lesson the weight we carry alone?
Holding on tight to each other as we get blown by the wind and gravity's hold
On us pulls, we'll push to top of the tree together
Move the leaves aside to see it better and say

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

[voice clip]

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

So this is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I'll throw a rope down, bring 'em up, and sit beside them

Sitting at the bottom
Thinking I forget them
Hit the very top, I'll throw a rope down, and sit beside them

This is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I'll throw a rope down

This is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I'll throw a rope down, bring 'em up, and sit beside them and say

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me