A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions Lyrics

Produced By: A Tribe Called Quest
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[Verse 1: Q-Tip]
Back in the days when I was a teenager
Before I had status and before I had a pager
You could find the Abstract listening to hip hop
My pops used to say, it reminded him of Bebop
I said, well daddy don't you know that things go in cycles
Way that Bobby Brown is just amping like Michael

Its all expected, things are for the looking
If you got the money, Quest is for the booking
Come on everybody, let's get with the fly mode
Still got room on the truckload of black boom
Listen to the rhymes, then get a mental picture
Of this black man, and black woman fixture

Why do I say that, cos I gotta speak the truth, man
Doing what we feel for the music is the proof and

Planted on the ground, the act is so together
Bona fide strong, you need leverage to sever
The unit, yes the unit, yes the unit called the jazz is
Delivering each year an LP filled with street goods
You can find it on your rack in your record store
If you get the record, say your thoughts are adored
And appreciated, cos we're ever so glad we made it
We work hard, so we gotta thank God

Dishing out the plastic, do the dance till you're spastic
If you dis... it gets drastic
Listen to the rhyme, cos it's time to make gravy
If it moves your booty, then shake, shake it baby
All the way to Africa aka The Motherland

Stick out the left, then I'll ask for the other hand
That's the right hand, Black Man
Only if you are noted as my man

If I get the credit, then I think I deserve it
If you fake moves, don't fix your mouth to word it

Get in the zone of positivity, not negativity
Cos we gotta strive for longevity

If you botch up, what's in that [ass]
A pair of Nikes size ten-and-a-half


[Hook] (x4)
We gotta make moves
Never, ever, ever could we fake moves (Come on, come on)


[Interlude]
Time, time is a ship on a merciless sea
Drifting toward an average of nothingness

Until it can be retarded for its own destiny
Time is an inanimate object

Praying and praying and praying with no justification for relief
Time is dancing, boogalooing away all memories of past..


[Verse 2: Q-Tip]
We gotta be a winner all the time
Can't fall prey to a hip hop crime

With the dope raps and dope tracks we move blocks
From the fly girlies to the hardest of the rocks

Musically the Quest, is on the rise
We on these excursions so you must realize

That continually, I pop my Zulu [shit]
If you don't like it, get off the Zulu tip

So what can you do in the times which exist
You can't fake moves on your brother or your sis
But if your sis is a [bitch], brother is a jerk
Leave 'em both alone and continue with your work

Whatever it may be in today's society
Everything is fair, least that's how it seems to me
You must be honest and true to the next
Don't be phony and expect one not to flex

Especially if you rhyme, you have to live by the pen
Your man is your man, then treat him like your friend
All it is, is the code of the streets
So listen to the knowledge being dropped over beats

Beats that are hard, beats that are funky
They could get you hooked like a crackhead junkie

What you gotta do is know the Tribe is in the sphere
The Abstract Poet, prominent like Shakespeare
(Or Edgar Allan Poe or Langston Hughes)

[Hook] (x4)

[Outro]
Time is running out on black power advocates in the day
And white thigh supporters at night
Every time you see them they're chasing some white woman
With their tongue hanging out
Time is running and passing, passing and running
Running and passing, passing and running...

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