Matches w/ deM atlaS (prod. Rube)

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Guante:
The reason that I’m not a nihilist
is someday, I want to live like in Star Trek
And I know that we’ll never build starships
until we tackle poverty, war and hardship, so we fight
Overnight or over lifetimes, organize for that warp drive
and of course I realize
that we’re a long way from it
But what better reason to start runnin’?
‘Cause if you’re going to do the work, then it’s got to be honest
because the best of us have all already been forgotten
And if you’re in it for the recognition
I hate to disappoint, but if you do it right you’ll never get it
Yo, we don’t remember the farmer, we remember the fruit
We don’t remember the inventor, we remember the boom
The impact through the eons
So I know what side of history I want to be on
I got a lot of ancestors on my side
I got an ancestor took an arrow to the chest and survived
I got an ancestor who cheated and lied
I got an ancestor who taught her children how to fight
Right? So much spirit in my corner,
can’t help but color outside every border
To every ancestor who kept my song alive
I swear on your unmarked graves: I will sing it ‘til I die

No friction: no flame
No struggle: no progress, no sweat
How many times do we have to win
before you realize we have not lost yet?
No friction: no flame
No struggle: no progress, no sweat
How many times do we have to win
before you realize we are not lost yet?

deM atlaS:
What is it? What is it?
If it ain’t something, then it’s the other thing
that’s botherin’ me
Hagar the Horrible, most rhetorical lesson ever received
Was there was no need
for no money, no greed, only prophecy
shit, I’m inspired by this openness, and nothing matters;
scream at the wall, and hope it shatters
into a thousand pieces, enemy of the state
is what I became, wearin’ Patti Smith’s musty shoes
Rock and roll nigga I became, become
Why am I the only one who looks different?
Paint me as the new eccentric; if I had it my way
Minneapolis would be Piss Christ
suspended in air above the lakes
no one even knows the names of, and if you do,
you have too much time on your fuckin’ hands
that’s you pace about the room tryin’ not to give a damn
Yeah, I’m kickin’ down the door like I did inside the womb;
pause ‘til the interlude; there’s something funky to you
Forget whatever you thought you knew
‘cause none of that bullshit will serve you
I’ll be there in due time; until then…

No friction: no flame
No struggle: no progress, no sweat
How many times do we have to win
before you realize we have not lost yet?
No friction: no flame
No struggle: no progress, no sweat
How many times do we have to win
before you realize we are not lost yet?

Guante:
There are no stories told in a vacuum
There is no prophecy lighting our way
There is just a lot of darkness to be afraid of,
so it’s a good thing we are not afraid
There is no superman in that phone booth
There is no rewarding our faith
There is no one who can save us,
so it’s a good thing we don’t need to be saved
There are no starships in low earth orbit
No aliens to save us from ourselves
There is no voice willing to speak for us,
so it's a good thing we know how to yell
There is no chosen one, no destiny, no fate
There's no such thing as magic
There is no light at the end of this tunnel,
so it’s a good thing we brought matches

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from A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry, released January 1, 2015

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