MARS ILL - Lump Sum

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Dear Dad, the class began, hands were held and arms were open

Moments stolen from the globe and life's blood was always spoken

One was chosen for another. Broke my will against your wisdom

Pushed my face towards the light so I could cultivate the vision

Made decisions for the unit. Hard times, you moved us through it

By each word and every movement, you're the one who showed me what truth is

Thanks for the blueprint passed down. I'll grip it by the cover

Plus you showed me how to love my wife by the way you treat my mother

And Mom, you sacrificed your body, scarred beneath the weight

To usher my soul into the universe, human contact, you were first

Through the worst I had to offer, caught his mercy in your stare

You were there. Patched my wounds an protected me with your prayers

Gave me food when I was hungry. Gave me love when I was empty

Gave me a look of knowing solitude when I said where God would send me

Thanks for the days and the nights, the laughter and the fights

Teaching me wrong from right, Mom, the first woman in my life

To my brother, thanks for the beatdowns and the harassment

In you I learned to express my views with heated passion

Followed your footsteps good or bad, so please get the facts straight

My big brother introduced me to this and gave me my first rap tape

I watched you grow up, thrive, prosper and self destruct

Find the jewel in circumstances that sucked but still you stuck

A husband and a father, a brother and a son

Kevin, I'm so proud of the man that you've become

Pam, Jeff, Billy, Cliff, Paine, David, Terry, Chris, Ricky

The names stick with me, the names stick with me

Jason Lee, Ben Heaton, Josh Cleveland, Eric Sartain

Trent Gibson saw the best and the worst I've ever given

Sintax, I'd bend back the sky and shift the balance

I thank you for your strong mind, your friendship and your talent

Your example to all that witness 'cause there's no "I" in crew

You inspire me brother 'cause I can see Christ in you

Dust, where to start? The art's answer to my question

Blessed from lessons together that's always led to progression

This profession needs your genius to show cats what it's about

You keep making the music and I'll keep running my mouth

Playdough, Harry Krum, enough heart for every alias

Thanks for helping me carry the torch as we take these kids

Listener, Illtripp, Fred B, Recon

Rabbi, Manuel, Sev Statik and Sivion

It's on until we change the face and finish what we started

I'm thankful that you're all a part of this

Yeah it's on until we change expression, finish what we started

Deepspace5, it's never stopping

Mary, I don't have the words to get across my feelings

I breathe a purer form of oxygen when I'm staring at your face

I can rise above my limits and break through this vaulted ceiling

I'm a better man today because you occupy my space

I hit the road, you hold it down and shun the glory

I'll be the mouthpiece for your heart and I'll tell the world our story

Thanks for bearing our children. Thanks for sharing your life

Thanks for saying, "Yes," May. Thanks for being my wife

To my daughters and all unborn and future seeds

I look at the world through your eyes and you always help me see

Inspiration in your innocence and the future in your face

I write these songs so I can make your world a better place

And that's all to say that all that I am is a collection of souls

That God has used to touch me. Changed a reflection

Made a man from a simple stick-figure

And if I've ever met you, then you helped him paint the picture..


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