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Bitter Sweet

from Nine Leaves by Nine Leaves

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Song Concept: A man sets out to commit murder in order to seek retribution for his brother's unintentional death at the hands of a drug dealer.


Verse 1:

A life lost to the flow of the streets
Swallowed by the barrel in the path of a beast
Rosaries hanging down from my palms to my knees
I’m actually believing the reason he had to leave is
Maybe he’s free
With a tight squeeze I breath
Look towards the cross
Except my sins before I storm through these doors
With so many questions and no one to ask
I’m putting myself together
But I’m shattered like glass
It’s a fine day anyway
It’s been a week but I know where the shooter stay
He make his run out of state Philly where he lay
My source was brotherly love from the Jack Of Trades
So walk with me as I go through the story line
I’m trying to find my mind for this painful rhyme
In time you people would see what this did to me
Your breath and death is my life on this casualty

Verse 2:

Come close
What he got he hides
How I come to find this powder of a precious kind
How he gonna go and steal from a violent mind
Consider a loaded clip inside
Though a life of crime has given me sights
What a sight to describe what’s it’s like
What a fight
As the bullet exits right through flesh
Headed for rest just left of a different man’s chest
Another price met
But I guess better him than me
A life lost in an unintended casualty

Verse 3:

Quarter to three
I’m creeping up his stoop
The cops making their rounds
With two bullets to shoot
The first is for the pain
To suffer before the rain
The second is left engraved with my brother’s name
Excuse me miss
Get the fuck out my way
I’m looking for Jay Jay
He pulls out the gauge
He’s driven to draw first
But too late
I aimed

Verse 4:

One shot
One wound
One spot
Almost took all I got
But I still got it cocked
And this man’s gonna drop
As soon as a I let it rock
As soon as the bullet zooms
Through gloom and his certain doom
I’m consumed
Confused as my hesitation looms
Couldn’t move
Couldn’t choose
Could it be it was the moon
But, gotta make decisions soon
As I bleed
As the sheen from my gun provides a scene
I can see the look in his eyes
I’d do it if mine
I feel what he feels
Something real in the anger from his steal
Yet, never let the heart persuade is what I always said
Loosen up, turn around
Walk away and now I’m…


from Nine Leaves, released January 31, 2006
(I. Pineda, Z. Hemsey)

Rhyming: Isaac, Zack Hemsey
Production: Zack Hemsey


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