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Song Concept: A look into the lives of three individuals as they tell a story of perseverance in the face of personal loss. All three accounts are true occurrences in the lives of the lyricists.


Say goodbye to yesterday
Say goodbye, with a smile, to yesterday

(in tandem) I’m here tomorrow, but I’m gone today

Verse 1:
I laid in wonder for hours with a certain stare
Couldn’t sleep, Henry fuckin’ like we wasn’t there
He was pulling hair and I was minding mine
The reverend preacher Sunday morning Power 105
One of the reasons I decided I should give shorty just another try
Her rejection injected a shot to my left
Side by side with a crush from 2005
And it was just a kiss
Maybe more than that
Like crack, it felt good
I kept coming back
Maybe not exact
But it was something close
And now it’s something closed
No regrets
Plus she opened up the eyes of certain live who never gave a fuck
What am I to do
What I got to lose
I ask as I sit with half of my Nine Leaves crew
A year and a goddaughter later
Yo, I’m out to prove


Verse 2:
Before my final farewell’s a bid
Let’s take one last spin in last year’s whip
Just to get excited for next year’s ride
For a sec I reflect on all of my lows and highs
Like Hov and Nas I made amends with some friends
And some friends have come to an end
So when I stopped at bus stops some couldn’t get in
Hey it is what it is and we couldn’t pretend
I have three beautiful mothers
Two beautiful kids
And one beautiful crib where I live
Man God’s been good to me
Birthday, a beach and the breeze
Every Oleg day was a sight to be seen
A lot of goals weren’t achieved
I won’t grieve ‘cuz every day I’ve been blessed to breathe
As for me and the Leaves
Last year dropped our own CD
Blood I wish you were here to see
Dad, I miss you
And you know how your sons love you
I’m seeing myself in the places where I once saw you
So I struggle at times not to be ourselves
I see your signs from heaven when we need help
So I bail for that new wheel shine and chromed out
My resolve for new prob’s and plans to drive out
At the square they’re counting down but don’t count me out
Because that’s what life’s about


Verse 3:
December 22 is the day I tell ‘em
About an angel by the name of Helen
And how her life served as my perfect guide
Much like her sweet kind soul inside
Seems to lift up my awareness high
To a point not far behind
365 rewind
A new chapter begins
Laughter’s not wearing thin
And on and on the weeks go by
Stress on the rise
Collapse now well disguised
Meanwhile three days out the week
Blood is cleaned and leaves her very drained and week
And when you work 14 hour days
Or right through the night till the next morning says “hey”
And on through the next workday
Life begins to feel like it’s across the way
But when a memory fills you with hope and smile
Then it’s from a good life
And despite the trials and tribulations
These were days when
Her soft heart would change men
No imitation
I’ve been blessed by your patience
Touched by your strength when you became faced with
A fate no one would soon take
But if given the chance
Would damn sure have booked, straight left it vacant
Now, your time on this plane was sacred
And the last years of your stay a gift
If I could just say I wish you well
I wish you well


from Peace In Death, released August 19, 2008
(I. Pineda, H. Stang, Z. Hemsey)

Rhyming: Isaac, Stang, Zack Hemsey
Vocals: Heather Bolan
Production: Zack Hemsey


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