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13. Next Door

by Mars Ill


(Verse #1)
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the mouth is the door/
Where the pieces exit freely way beyond your control/
And theyíre not yours anymore. Walk tall in bent stride/
And propaganda lies on the gentle side of genocide/
Words are used, broken, twisted and misquoted/
The gossip was probably true the first time somebody told it/
And slanderís just a well-intentioned public exposition/
That should have been handled man to man as something different/
The bum decisions are done and repeated like that/
Bite my tongue in half as an example of how to fight back/
Write raps and raise a family. Build with the like-minded/
Honor hides itself in strange faces. Iím always glad to find it/
Iím reminded of the wonder of this world in which we live/
How we kill ourselves to have but find freedom when we give/
Climb reason and forgive in a quest for all that is/
Iím standing right beside you Ďcause this is where I live/

Iím the voice in the distance, the image in the foreground/
Donít have much, but whatís mine is yours now/
Canít put your finger on it, but youíve seen me around/
Wherever youíre at, Iím just a couple doors down/

(Verse #2)
Itís like 4 in the morning and Iím still here/
Wasnít Ďtil 3:45 that I started thinking clear/
Concern, anger, sadness, and now my heart is blinking tears/
Take these necessary steps to my art can reach my peers/
Iíve abused my voice so much that itís hard to sing this year/
And my own songs canít echo in my set of ringing ears/
Pages filled top to bottom with confidence and stinging fear/
That no one understands what I speak and they canít hear/
So Iíll say it twice as loud and Iíll mean every word/
Canít keep it in my mouth until their peace is disturbed/
From the least to the first, we can see where you hurt/
And we dedicate this now, every beat, every verse/
Every breath, every thought, every prayer, every stage/
Every show, every moment, every night, every day/
Everything that we say and everything that we do/
Itís dedicated to you. Itís dedicated to youÖ


(Verse #3)
The moments that Iím walking through affect the way I talk to you/
And this is what Iím called to do. Itís almost like Iím stalking you/
Youíre tired of falling through the cracks from all the broken promises/
And itís tough to hear the voice of reason through these busted monitors/
And as honest as I am, I canít hide behind the faÁade/
I just wanna bring my people a little closer to God/
If Iím martyred on MARTA, it was probably my time/
But weíre here now, hands on, transforming your mind/
So if I ask you how youíre doing, donít smile and say, ďFine.Ē/
ĎCause itís written all over your face honey, and I ainít blind/
Me and mine, we spill our guts, Ďcause without it, weíd go nuts/
The music is therapeutic, so just let it pick you up/
And hold you tight. Move a little closer to the light/
Be careful when you listen Ďcause it might just change your life/
And when you see me in the supermarket, just smile and say, ďHello.Ē/
And add me to the list of all the people that you knowÖ





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