burnt lotus

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Tristan Cunningham A good twist on modern hip hop, and melodic poetry. Favorite track: happy-go-lucky ∞ saib..
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Track Name: paths ∞ zeytah
i woke up feeling happier, no longer sappy or sad because
i'm stuck doing stuff I don't wanna, and that's because
we all follow paths that we believe is gonna
lead to success, but we don't know nothing

struggling, motherf- accustomed to suffering
working most the day, still hustling to get enough in
function as a cog in the machine, forced to follow the regime
given ends, no time to ponder on the means

go to college for degrees, marry model on the beach
or just the best that I can get as long she's flowering my seed
jeez, a sinking debt a big, lovely house
a picket fence kids'll run around

that's dream, ain't it? check the scene, frame it
well, this shit is not for me, scotty, get the beam, aim it
and up I go, see this what I know
two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and this the one I chose
Track Name: who r u ✕ Crosby ∞ Bao.
who's me i don't know now
they say roam free, but i don't know how
shackles clank the ground when i wander
got pounds on my conscious, we lifting but can't even get the bar up

mara's temptation, i've been breaking his stare
game isn't fair, musically taking these chairs
in silence, i hear my name in the air
distracted, turn around, see a mirror

and my face isn't there, shape shifts to its environment
and i am in a different state of mind, hiding in
whatever condition suits me best, do confess
that i mask myself a lot, the costume is flesh

undress, soul hasn't seen the sun in years
most happens when we run with peers
me and the homies, we all some phonies
tryna figure out who got it locked but no one does on the lowkey

who are you? you don't know, huh?
who are you? you don't know, huh?
ha, not a clue, ah, you so stumped
when i ask who are you? you don't know, huh?

crosby doesn't know who he is either
Track Name: blinded ∞ henace.
the jazz reminds me of my late gramps
cigarette, beer in hand, rocking ray-bans
my father's looking more and more like him
i'm looking more like my father, it's quite frightening

i'm getting too old for fucking around and all that
thinking maybe it's time to fall back on some other plan
brotherman i've been studying for my 4 year uni
but most times i feel my degree isn't dear to me

copy choreography, dancing with the devil
while we strive for mediocrity, tracing with a stencil
never was i good at coloring in the lines
used think outside the box now i'm feel like i'm confined

tryna breakout, hey now, t back to your seat you go
when you talk, speak it low, we can't let the people know
that aliens do exist here, at least i feel like one
it's funny how if you stare at it for too long you can't see the sun

i am blinded, blinded, blinded
blinded, blinded, blinded
i am blinded, blinded, blinded
blinded, blinded, blinded

shut are my eyelid, eyelid, eyelids
open only i can, i can, i can
for now i am blinded, blinded, blinded
hope, i can find it soon

i tied my shoes as a toddler, still tripping
need to be a role model for my brother
we not children anymore, kid's about to be 13
i'm worried; it was the worst year for me

but he's much tougher than i was
probably bust chumps in fights, i'd take it and hide the bruises, i'm alright mum
cry inside my room blasting music so they couldn't hear me
morning go to school, just another student here

i'm tryna show my brother the importance
report card grades, the sports ya play, extracurriculars
it makes a difference, but i'm feeling hypocritical
i was never involved, i just slid along the middle route

a A/B average, C in some classes
but i forgot most of what i learned, feeling like a dumbass
it's habitual with time and i can't stop
following the same plot as my grandpops
Track Name: love song from 2013 ∞ Mark Sama
i hate this song now i dont miss you
Track Name: coastin' ∞ JamOnIt
kicking it back, my feet up, bringing it back when we could
spit it like asthma breathers, lord, the pastor preacher
type of rapping features, man you have to hear the humbleness
funk with us, junk to munch, we all that and bag of Cheetos

you got flow, but can’t open like an Aquafina
im unknown but will roam when I pack arenas
have em like jazz clubs, uh, snapping fingers
first class, but a pack a peanuts what I have for dinner

simple life living, I’m thinking of kite drifting
next to this flight gripping the mic as a hang glider
i’ll take you higher, bem alto
my benz car go flying in dreams with stars, SOL

FAr-gone, refer to ME as REI with the bars DO
musical theory, we moving as slow as escargot
retardo, popping like it's staccato, smoother than a legato
composition better listen up when Thiag flow

coastin' from the east to west
with that wu tang style where the cream is fresh
we let them know that we seek the best
most want to dive in the coasts, but they scared to let they feet get wet, we just

coastin' from the east to west
sounding like Digable Planets when we complete the set
we let them know that we seek the best
most want to dive in the coasts, but they scared to let they feet get wet

we just coastin'
holding a lotus like padma
choosing my own path, not doing what others ask to
blindly, simpler things are more divine to me
coffee on the coast like ivory

i want to die lively
want to see things not normal eyes can see
part the sea, turn it to a winery
from 95 to wherever i may be later
don't play me hater
i catch you jocking like ac slater

i been lazy, whatever, they better pay me greater
before i put em on blast like space invaders
but i never been one for war, more of a ace of spaders
and if we ain't got a table, pass me nes or sega

what i am trying to say is, we always got options
and the best situation's when you got none
cus that's when you improv, adapt to the gift god
gave you, the present enables us to forever be

coastin' from the east to west
with that wu tang style where the cream is fresh
we let them know that we seek the best
most want to dive in the coasts, but they scared to let they feet get wet, we just

coastin' from the east to west
sounding like Digable Planets when we complete the set
we let them know that we seek the best
most want to dive in the coasts, but they scared to let they feet get wet

we just coastin
Track Name: happy-go-lucky ∞ saib.
hey this for you
the one's who say what I do
who want control over me
i'll have you know that I'm free
and any problems you have
you'll have to solve them yourself
remember life isn't fair
and right now I do not care

this is my day off like Ferris, now how many times have you heard that exact line? embarassed
rappers recycle more go than green clubs
but that's not the topic today, I'm getting my feet rubbed
for free cus after it's done, I'm running so just keep up

nah don't condone stealing, I float my boat freely
from coast to coast breezing, I feel connected
from pacific to atlantic, kind of spiritual in practice
feel the physical reaction, Earth spinning on its axis

i'm relaxing, be back in a couple months
and as much as I appreciate you tryna keep in touch, don't
i'm a nice guy but you're making me kind of cutthroat
turn off wi-fi and I'm pushing myself to shut phone off

no talk, got no drama
no boss, no fuss, got no problems
no cause to go off on anybody
so calm, and so long, I'm so gone but

hey this for you
the one's who say what I do
who want control over me
i'll have you know that I'm free
and any problems you have
you'll have to solve them yourself
remember life isn't fair
and right now I do not care

this my two week notice, I'm quitting everything, school, team, working
up at the movie theatre for minimum wage, should get a raise
ive been here for three years and still get what $7.25
collecting pennies on the side to deposit them in the Coinstar

at Harris Teeter, your boy's hard comparing cheap stuff
on Amazon, but how does shipping cost more than what I have on
my cart is hardly never Mario, Double Dash
i come up fast like humping a bubble ass, what's up with that, Thiago?

if that's too graphic for you then just get out
imagination, bad bitch photographing for the penthouse
i'll X out expectations, replace them with my goals
if they don't correlate with yo's then yo! just deal with it

you feeling it? I've been killing it, you learn to live with it
the kid's legitimate now, Brazilian, U.S. citizen
the great U.S. of A today and hey I'm blessed to say
if I don't feel like doing shit, I have the right to rest away, I guess that

hey this for you
the one's who say what I do
who want control over me
i'll have you know that I'm free
and any problems you have
you'll have to solve them yourself
remember life isn't fair
and right now I do not care

i'm just happy-go-lucky, I'm napping, don't bug me
on saturday, sunday, or any day of the week, it don't matter, I'm done being part of this
honest to you, I promise your comments have no effect
be smart to give it a rest, regardless, you give the cents, two

rent's due, eff it dude, I'll pay it off tomorrow after
test two, copy off the smarty in the front row, got a
rendevouz at 7, just remembered that my car broke
if she wants to go out still then we're gonna have to walk ho

she backed out, but I ain't sad now, because that's how I spent the
whole day watching Dragon Ball Z up on my couch
what I'm lazy? that is so rude and I'm not trying to hear it mom
cus right now I'm helping Goku charge up the spirit bomb

hands up if you just don't give a fuck
man, what? I'm just trying to live it up
life's short, why waste it doing stuff
you don't wanna, it's a problem, looking back and it all sucks

hands up if you just don't give a fuck
man, what? I'm just trying to live it up
life's short, why waste it doing stuff
you don't wanna, it's a problem, looking back and it all sucks so

hey this for you
the one's who say what I do
who want control over me
i'll have you know that I'm free
and any problems you have
you'll have to solve them yourself
remember life isn't fair
and right now I do not care

i just do not care
i'm out bitches
peace
Track Name: burnt lotus ∞ The Deli
welcome back, welcome back
take off your jacket and your hat
kick back, relax, and yo, are you feeling it
do you feel it? check

cus i feel it like we are one
it's the language of our life, lemme speak our tongues
ayo deli beat ya drums, meat with crumbs
what we munching on, but we don't need no funds

i got love for my people, love for my people
nobody is below, above, we all equal
make moves, finish one then start sequels
don't dwell on the past, regrets cause evil

and darling we don't need that, need that
get too close, you get some feedback, no feedback
need to relax, you growing a tree in your garden
but where yo seeds at? girl where yo seeds at?

water em ya are ya feeling it? are you feeling it?
you don't need ____, just your mind and a will for it
open your eyes, see life, what it really is
loads of lotuses, fields and fields of them

they burning, they all burning away
we all burning, our rebirth is today
we all learning, we all learning the way
of the burnt lotus, burnt lotus
watch them as they

burning, they all burning away
we all burning, our rebirth is today
we all learning, we all learning the way
of the burnt lotus, burnt lotus

listen we are

limitless, picket fence, man, i burn it
herd us like we're cattle, but i battle for my purpose
don't rattle with these serpents, camo like i'm lurking
on the prey, better pray i don't catch you being worthless

scatter-brained, i'm nervous, haven't scratched surface
of my potential, mentor, don't ask me if certain
fact, you pass the word that i'm challenge every bird
this a no-fly zone, you a pine cone versus hyperion

from here and on, no man be fearing god
cus you can't fear and love something at the same time
religion has its wisdom and i plan to make mine
but i can't practice one that makes me have to take sides

so if we think alike, that's a sign of great minds
but i never pick a fight if someone wants to change eyes
cus if we saw similar, issues stay hidden
my brain itching, thoughts like a train engine

it's burning, they all burning away
we all burning, our rebirth is today
we all learning, we all learning the way
of the burnt lotus, burnt lotus
watch them as they

burning, they all burning away
we all burning, our rebirth is today
we all learning, we all learning the way
of the burnt lotus, burnt lotus
focus

welcome back, welcome back
take off your jacket and your hat
kick back, relax, and yo, are you feeling it
do you feel it? good
Track Name: downhill ∞ purpan.
then it all goes downhill
it all goes

the night turns as my eyes burn
staring at a screen, tryna type words
you might've heard of me
the ill-equipped author, sip coffee
still coughing regardless the pills popping

i'm bill cosby circa 1990
might seem kindly, probably find me
giving fatherly advices to the youngin's
in the same room that i just piped your mother in
when my hair's white, she'll use this to get her money with

funny chick, you know i like my girls sarcastic
humor's always slapstick
she runs my mind so much could do laps with
turn a park into my world like jurassic
bite your head off

the mic is dead raw, short-circuited
dead battery running 8-figure circuits, breaking limbs with endurance hits
i've been a nervous kid learning i couldn't trust none
these demons aren't the only ones i run from, angels too

like holy shit show me what that halo do
still stuck in 2004, playing Halo 2
damaging players like my name's Jeru
i'll pay my dues after saving you another game i lose

well, i got to used to the winning streak
tripped, now there aren't shoes that'll fit my feet
pitiful like mister t
air's cold, she's passing me a swisher sweet

but i don't smoke honey honey, na na
keep it clear, i don't smoke nothing
pass
Track Name: cuppa joe ∞ jasperino
one black and one cappuccino, me and little jasperino
bag of fritos, winning chips at mad casinos
had to be those kids flipping samples we go
scratching egos, but yo don't drag the needle

i'm tarantino in his early days
hitting on a chica with a purty face
got the curly braids, nerdy ways, then i heard her say
thiag's a dog, it's part of my reservoir
you broaden my repertoire, dracula make your neck get raw

mega-evolve into megatron, you transformin?
dag gonnit, since last warning, he's trash
i'm back on it, relax, darling in fact we're past
the stage, jasper's half the age of these lo-fi guys

extinct, so bye bye, i sold my time
to hold nine lives of these putty tats
goody bag party favors
rock the show and they hardly pay us
locked and loaded, shot the owner with the odd behaviors

yup i'll call ya later when i'm outchea
my mouth tears up like the joker when i get like this
priceless, collecting fortune cookie advices
cus listening to them's like getting noogies from isis

righteous, there's no such thing as a golden rule
uh, you are your own king, you know what to do
or you are your own queen, all the hunnies too
sleep, shit, eat, it's been while since my stomach's full

that's why i'm eating beets from the root up
while reading this Neruda, get your mind food up
being mindful like the Buddha
you're breathing high fumes through medulla

homie i keep it natural like specialmoons
check the shoes, might be too tight
i don't pretend to foo fight, intend to learn to fly
whose kite is this? i ask, before i cut the string
cus if you wanna grow you know you have to let go of things

i know a thing or two bout this, that, the other
jack ripper of trades, 88 in tracks brother
act humble, but show skill, and no skills
involved in these critics, talk about it while i live it

uh check the method man, he measure with the second hand
don't test me, your assessment can get shredded in freddie's chainsaw
rainfall or sunshine still will i run mine
one time 4 your mind punchlines

drinking
one black and one cappuccino, me and little jasperino
bag of fritos, winning chips at mad casinos
had to be those kids flipping samples we go
scratching egos, but yo don't drag the needle

that shit'll wreck the record
that shit'll wreck the record
that shit'll wreck the record
Track Name: moonlight ∞ .CIAИO
new jam from your mans
toco toucans on the flag
cian and thiag will advance with the plan
but alone on the road travelers ask if he can

and honestly i been holding up well
needed more time to be just growing myself
every love that will fail, there's a lesson behind it
and every lust that prevails will eventually prosper

but might not live long, the tendency to be wrong
it lives on inside me i don't hide it up in these songs
i respawn without the weapon that i picked up, uh
i keep on, my heart begging me to give up, yeah

i've been a player lately, no memory card
i was hoping that the game would save me, don't let it be hard
when i let you go, you ain't my baby, promised i wouldn't get attached again
it's happening, lets keep on dancing

until the moonlight hit
until the moonlight hit
i got some space in my life and you might fit
so lets find out what happens if we move like this

until the moonlight hit
until the moonlight hit
reserve a place in my life that you might fit
so lets find out what happens when we groove like this

new jam from your mans
toco toucans on the flag
cian and thiag will advance with the plan
but alone on the road travelers ask if he can

and honestly i'm still cold as all hell
i need more time to breathe, just focus myself
every love that will fail, never was it my fault
and every lust that prevails, i just give her a call, what's up

it's only one night, she make my pipe sneeze
and then she bless me like gesundheit, this just might be
nothing more and isn't, she isn't like me
frequencies of our souls are different

but she's so persistent, wanting to force what just isn't there
what do you want from me? 'course this shit isn't fair
she asked if i ever cared, promised she wouldn't get attached again
it's happening, lets keep on dancing

until the moonlight hit
until the moonlight hit
i got some space in my life and you might fit
so lets find out what happens if we move like this

until the moonlight hit
until the moonlight hit
reserve a place in my life that you might fit
so lets find out what happens when we groove like this

new jam from your mans
toco toucans on the flag
cian and thiag will advance with the plan
but alone on the road travelers ask if he can

new jam from your mans
toco toucans on the flag
cian and thiag will advance with the plan
but alone on the road...i can't
Track Name: it is nice to hear you're doing well ∞ emune
Counting my fingers, checking if they’re still there
Occurred to me none of my furbies ever had real hair
I keep in touch with old friends to show that I still care
But more often than not; one-sided conversations

See, most of my time spent contemplating
On how different things would be if had ounces more of patience
Anger’s contagious, I don’t want to get sick
So I’m taking my leave, I know I won’t be missed

You don’t have to rub it in with all your constant updates
Born day was last week, I hope you got your cupcakes
Fuck’s sake I’d’ve forgotten if our robots didn’t let me know
Notification popped up during my episode on Netflix

But it’s nice to hear you're doing well
And it’s nice to hear you're doing well
It is nice to hear you're doing well
Yep, congratulations

Counting my blessings, checking if I’m still here
I would meet more people if I didn’t feel weird
You know what? I’m sick of root, someone get me real beer
It’s more likely that they will like me if we cannot see clear

Loving strangers for a night, I’m reciting my prayers
Duck from danger of a fight, I didn’t try to make tears
Please don’t tell me that you’re fine, we share similar ideas
And being left behind has been my biggest of fears

So don’t go
Track Name: i'm dying ∞ •INO•
hello world, i'm stuck inside you
and i can't find a place to run and hide to
slept in until high noon
the sun and moon say i'ma die soon
i'm alright with that

i

always preferred to say less
why waste words? save breaths
half the things we say, we regret later
the other half just doesn't make sense

over the years, i learned you can't isolate a feeling
there is always room for others, might just break the ceiling
do you ever stop and wonder why
usually there is pain with healing? excruciating

and you complaining bout the little things again
but who is really winnin' in the end?
i got little sense of self and even a littler list of friends
i can be real with you or we can play pretend

well i'm a fire-breathing dragon in the tallest tower
quite ashamed am i to say i spent my longest hours
wanting to break the chain, not thinking to budge
oblivious it's connected to a stick in the mud

yo now i'm itching for some new wings
tripping on my shoestrings, listenin' to my whistlin as i'm pissing in the loo
wind's always against me, i never flew
when will i pull strings? soon

they tell me not to worry bout matters you don't control
but the fact is that we actually have nothing in our holds
aiming to lose my ego, unattach it from my soul
we're actors playing roles, my character got killed off

so

hello world, i'm stuck inside you
and i can't find a place to run and hide to
slept in until high noon
the sun and moon say i'ma die soon
i'm alright with that

i'm alright with that
Track Name: therapy session ∞ tate
gun to my head, cold, scared to shoot it
i do this music cus it's therapeutic
barely knew myself, i'm still a careless student
and as humans, we wonder where the crew is

our two cents given as tips, regular customers
greet, mention how the weather is, well, it's been better, miss
look, i don't want to rain on anyone's parade
but if it was a sunny day, i'd be standing under the shade
the light hurts my eyes
i find comfort in the dark
and i'm surprised

cus i used run the stairs after turning off the light
and now i hang back, the monster and i are tight
a lot of traits we share, things that we dislike
see, we're on the same track, the same train of thought

i've been loco with my motives but repress the pain a lot
it's funny how a few words can say it all
you can bruise me, stab me, kill me, but please don't get my brain involved
nah, and leave my heart out

i've always been a smart mouth in the dumbest ways
mostly that's because i rarely know what to say
emotion's an ocean, happiness comes in waves
the water's been still lately

i'm still waiting on the day that i'm not still hating my reflection
gun to my head, the barrel's never ending
just another therapy session
Track Name: water under the bridge ∞ RoomSound
trip, trap, trip, trap, trip
it's all water under the bridge now
waves in my mind, they determine what i think bout
i just watch them flow

sip tea as i watch them go
but always leave them be, i never stop and hold on
to anything, cus from attachment comes suffering
and happiness is something if you latch to, it's nothing

i plant seeds of em in my field
reaping what i sow, see what crops they will yield
flowers bloom brightly, petals getting bigger
the next day they die, wasn't expecting them to wither

i had not considered death of all things
lost gratitude for the breath that god brings
my brethren all kings, next to fall, spring
comes the sum of cold winters, melt the ice we feel

trip, trap, trip, trap, trip
it's all water under the bridge now
drip, drop, drip, drop, drip
it's all water under the bridge now

same water that i'm drowning in
i'm still getting older, there's no youth in this fountain
no use for accounting whether you spent your time well
cus one man's heaven is another man's hell

and i lived all life in purgatory
save my breath, bet you heard my story
most men waste away as they search for glory
but first and foremost, you gotta find yourself, hear the purpose calling

leaves fall on deaf ears
like yeah great idea, maybe i'll start that next year
all ready to work, even got your desk cleared
but i don't feel like it today

driving on the road to hell, well i'm the reason that it's paved
and with these demons on my back, i don't believe that i'll be saved
the troll under the bridge, stays creaking till it breaks
then you fall into the river while it bleeds into the lake

goodbye

trip, trap, trip, trap, trip
it's all water under the bridge now
drip, drop, drip, drop, drip
it's all water under the bridge now

goodbye