LONG DARK NIGHT (explicit version)

                       

Persistence

06:00
Bonez

Lyrics

- INTRO -
"Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong."
("the universal greeting" sample from the 1986 'Transformers' movie)

- VERSE -
It's all about getting beat down and left for dead/
and going strong all alone when the rest have fled/
it's about never backing down and taking the hits/
about keeping it together like a braid and a twist/
it's all about jottin' the words & playing the riffs/
recording, mixing the ingredients & making a hit
and getting on point like a fadeaway when it swish/
whether you sober, getting crunk or inhaling the piff/
it's all about catching the vibe and spreading the feeling/
cuz you know they gotta have it like sexual healing/
it's about discovering yourself, projetcing, revealing,/
and pushing the product like you're a veteran dealing/
it's about looking at a hater straight in the face/
and not letting him phase you, let 'em say what he say/
it's about knowing your strengths and knowing your weaknesses/
and to yourself, being the dopest emcee there is!/
it's all about having versatility/
manipulating words like a surgeon lyrically/
tweaking the music until you're sure you feel the beat/
until you feel them shaking with that nervous energy/
it's all about understanding your craft/
and knowing how to pull a rabbit out the magical hat/
hacking Orcs to pieces with your battling axe/
or getting pyrotechnical and having a blast/
it's all about showing love to your crew/
but understanding that nobody better come before you/
and that the next man's hustle's got nothing to do/
with the moves you gotta make so don't get stuck like a fool/
running round and round in circles chasing your tails/
and not taking any risks cuz you're afraid that you'll fail/
go and catch you a big fish, turn a page in your tale/
like Captain Ahab baiting a whale/

- HOOK -
I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/
y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/
dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/
twenty four seven open up the shop for business/

- VERSE -
It's about looking in the mirror everyday/
and not caring that you're pushing thirty, getting the grays/
not letting these trivial number get in the way?
just like it's never too late for you to get into shape/
it's all about never letting anybody define you/
they talk behind your back bcuz they're riding behind you/
that means you two steps ahead, drive by 'em like I do/
you're hating's too weak to be dividing up my crew/
it's all about loyalty to the fam/
the ones you know that you could trust with a key to the pad/
having them for the ride, never leaving 'em back/
let's have a party at my crib for peepin' the tracks/
it's all about having no regrets/
having peace in your soul when you go to rest/
man, I've made a few omelets and broke some eggs/
but I've got both hands and both my legs/
for this long road to walk holding wifey's hand/
it might be a beach and it might be sand/
it might be a dark night, we might be damned/
but as long as she's with me, I ain't frightened, man/
it's all about saying "F it!" sometimes, know what I mean?/
say whatever you wanna but you ain't slowing the dream/
every word out your mouth, straight baloney to me/
I'm-a walk like the big macaroni with cheese/
it's all about just believing in self/
and serving y'all the sweetness like Keebler the elf/
go ahead and curse my album to never leaving the shelf/
but if I'm-a be damned, bet I'm-a see you in hell/
it's all about never being all about just one thing/
keeping your listeners guessing, keeping 'em wondering/
too many done thuggish and too many have done "bling"/
too many of y'all need a hug you ugly ducklings/

- HOOK -
I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/
y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/
dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/
twenty four seven open up the shop for business/

- BRIDGE -
Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/
C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/

- VERSE -
it's about facing odds, saying "I have to beat this!"/
like the prince of Zamunda chasing after Lisa/
sharpening your saw so you can hack a deep cut/
you can have a real woman, or keep tappin' cheap sluts/
digging in your pants for your platinum visa/
you can freestyle, or you can write a master thesis/
you can take bad advice from ass backwards people/
or learn from your own mistakes, man you need to/
it's all about having no shame in your game/
don't be that one that take their dignity and trade it for fame/
get to chillaxin' every now and then and lay in the shade/
and when you're ready to get pumped like an inflatable/
dame put the pedal to the metal and remember to breathe/
and when you get an instrumental, be the better emcee/
every letter that you're penning better definitely/
be incredible, you get to represent for the beat/
so make it bang hardcore like a conjugal visit/
cuz the game's all yours if you're on top of your business/
a little rainfall pouring shouldn't bother your picnic/
remain y'all's course and stay strong to the finish/
it's all about persistence, duke it out to round seventy/
stomp a Shelbyville-an by the hometown lemon tree?
even if you come out of the win missing eleven teeth/
live to see your first born born some November week/
live to see your childhood homie getting married/
get together, act a fool like you're Moe, Curly and Larry/
get to loookin' pimpin', pay a visit to the hair cutter/
and if he don't do you right, he don't get a nair nuddah/
live to see the family pet, Coco Bear - waddup/
I make it obvious to y'all like a scared stutter/
it's B-O-N to the EZ, your long haired brother/
from another mother, F-er U-cker, playa shut up and just.../

- BRIDGE -
Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/
C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/


- HOOK -
I hock and spit bcuz I got persistence/
y'all workhorses can't trot the distance/
dropping hot shit so you can stop and sniff it/
twenty four seven open up the shop for business/


- BRIDGE -
Listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/
C'mon and listen to the beating of the drums through your system/
sounding like the boss' army marching on their victim/
lighting the beacons and calling for assistance/
never back down, they got persistence/


- ENDING -
it's about dreaming and believing/
persist, succeed and never settle, keep it moving/
never doubt what has happened and when/
no pain equals the end, there's wisdom in conquering/
every challenge you meet,/
never accept defeat/
you keep on fighting, be it for yourself or your family/
live so long as you breathe,/
never seek sympathy/
you live, you learn 'til it's your turn to go persistence is key/

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