Lean On

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And Lean On...

This was our "just rhyme" track for the album. Nothing too complicated - just a consistent groove with three verses and a few different sections. Nod your head to this one. Not too much else to it.

Lean On is about taking it back. I think this track can connect with everyone. Special thanks to Tom Gamble for rockin' the session with me.

lyrics

Verse 1:

From East Franklin to 9th street…then to capital B
Clock watchin I-40 just my people and me would be on the road
Life with nothing to lose…fellowship was after school…Pete Rockin to the CL smooth
Just doing nothing but we had to get out yo
Never coming home until we made it to the nearest cook out though
My family…true…we epitomize insanity
Just a couple branches but I love our little family tree
And I remember where the principal lives
Beloved neighbor I remember every moment as kids
And so well…we’d tag along for groceries I
Would over sample everything our parents still won't buy
My life…I know it wouldn’t be the same at all
I'd ruin anybody tryna be the change in yall
And so If I never get to say it again…
I'm lovin' each and every one of you right up to the end…
My stories telling me that…

Chorus:

I can’t avoid the needing
For the things that
We stopped believing
And I can only
Leave for tomorrow
All the things that
We failed to follow
And lean on
I’m at a loss and needing
For a chance to
Restart believing
Listen to me
Friends of tomorrow
Don’t forget what
We failed to follow
And lean on

Verse 2:

And I remember days when all we needed was a juice box
Just an open space a couple blankets for the fort top
My cousin was a short stop…never got a scholarship
Rarely on the field but always target shooting hollow tips
And now my sister's almost one of the girls
My mama cooking for the party grandma stringing her pearls for graduation
Siblings getting married away
Propose a toast my homey’s sober 6 years today
And I remember fighting way too many tears to pray
Regarding things I'm still a little bit afraid to say
I love you papa I’ll remember how you paved the way
And how my neighbors always let me when I tried to stay
Man I’d give anything to live it like we used to
I know I'm young but growing up is not something for getting used to
Just let me choose to…show em the love
And my regrets for being ghost this is my sympathy hug im sayin’

Verse 3:

Son ill explain it when you get a little older
And my jacket starts to fit a little tighter on your shoulder
My pop…would share his coffee and correct my auntie's resume
Not a people person but we put it on there anyway
It's funny looking back right now
Verifying all the prophecies reviewing all my old Talib qualities
Re-living the pain that helped me stay the way I gotta be and
Granting new forgiveness when my team would take a shot at me
But ask if your confused by what im talking about
Don’t understand the situation, what im doin’ or how…but recall
I'm sayin' sorry for my 50…
Percent and I would love you to accept to put it simply
Just so we could reminisce and burn another couple blacks by the wayside
Wave to the blue moon…welcome in the daylight
Me and my people gotta stay right here's to the bloodline
Lets everybody sing it one time

credits

from Pilot Season [LP], released April 1, 2010
Allen Mask - Vocals, Production

Written and composed by Allen Mask for Playhouse Records and Thinkoption, LLC

Engineered by Saul Johnson at Underground Sound - Greensboro, NC
Mixed and Mastered by Jerry Albritton of Xfakturmuzik - Greensboro, NC

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Allen Mask San Francisco, California

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20something recording artist whose compositions and productions are suggestive of musically innovative yet universally accepted hip hop.

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