Track 5 on Together/Apart

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June 21st, 2011

Tragic Lyrics

Ft: Brother Ali
Produced By: Budo & Grieves

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[Verse 1: Grieves]
They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same spot when it's landed
You ought to see the thundercloud I'm trapped in

Head down looking for a tactic
Trying to find a way up out the gravity around me I'm attached to stuck
Floating on luck like a river raft was
Spitting up love like it's ipecac
If in fact there's a quicker path to diminish that
I'm gonna get a first class ticket just to finish last
Often, who's watching
Chip another crooked ass tooth on my options
The blues never had a use for its caution
And cut right through me like a razor bladed harsh wind

I guess I'm living off habit
And digging up graves just to reseal the casket
Bold-faced, marching to the middle of the havoc
Just so I can sing a song about it all—Tragic


[Hook: Grieves]
You act like this can save me, (hey hey hey)
You act like I don't know, (you don't know)
I act like I've gone crazy, and all of this can save me, but I don't really know

[Verse 2: Brother Ali]
I don't know no more my brother, me and my blue sensitivities
Look at all that this music has given me
Intimately in tune with my misery
I can spin bad news to a symphony

I ain't a boy in a bubble
I'm a man in touch with my joy and my trouble
Got a fighting chance at love in this ugliness
I think hope deserves to know what she's up against
Blues and 12s I write 24s
Life's twice as hard, fighting with the cards

Those chosen the moment we were born
Highs and lows, joys and woes, they're yours
Chase the blues and one day you're gonna catch them
Sing em all you want, you gonna wish you never met them
Humming the ballad of the paper-thin jacket
Trapped in the rain again—Tragic

[Hook: Grieves]
You act like this can save me (hey hey hey)
You act like I don't know, (you don't know)
I act like I've gone crazy, and all of this can save me, but I don't really know

[Verse 3: Grieves]
I don't know what the deal is, but lately I've been looking through a thick glass
Squinting just to see the smidgen of the kickbacks
My little ticker only flickers with a mishap
And lashes out at me every time that I admit that
Look at what I did with the ashes
Smoking in the boy's room, ditching out of classes
Hands full of shattered stained glass with a grasp
Tight around it just enough to make a couple wounds last
As scars, medals, rose pedals
Scattered on the path like it's Hansel and Gretel

Burn from the water I splash from the kettle
In efforts to make a documentation of what I went through—Hell
I guess I'm playing from the attic
Pulling up the floorboards, digging up the hatchet
Firm footed, standing in the middle of the static
Just so I can sing a song about it all—Tragic


[Hook: Grieves]
You act like this can save me (hey hey hey)
You act like I don't know (you don't know)
I act like I've gone crazy, and all of this can save me, but I don't really know

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