Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 2

by The Bad Tenants

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dedicated to the loving memory of Todd Damon Faulkner

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released 24 September 2013

mixed and mastered by IG88 and Jesus Chris Willis

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Track Name: Paint By Numbers feat. Courtney Crooks
[Intro: Casey G and Good Matters]
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
Brace yourself child, we only just begun. (First step, second step, third step, run.)

[Verse 1: Casey G]
I've ridden this same wave before
It was a mistake last time, I must be crazy to have expected more
Test my own floor lookin for loop holes
But loose boards aside I think I'm in this for the long haul
What's wrong with me? Are we supposed to pray?
This normal to wake up a decade older than me yesterday?
I never meant to be a smoker or a hypocrite
But then again, I never realized what knowing women meant
Speaking of which, what the fuck have I accomplished yet?
Except get flagged as a crook in a room full of accomplices
You ever looked in the mirror and felt like you were being lied to?
Recognize the paint, but not the painter in side you?
Side view. Enjoy the profile of my landscape
Got this rhythm from my God for a dime bag and a handshake
The most happily strange person you'll ever meet
Are those your expressions in my pocket or you just happy to see me?
Oh I see. So now we playing coy huh?
My second favorite bait to lure me out of these doldrums
Her face say no duh, but these games she play so faux pas
So what? This is my mistake to repeat y'all

[Chorus]
You say you got conviction
You say you play the game
If you wanna get that money honey
It's time for you to act your age
(Repeat)

[Verse 2: Good Matters]
I've been counting up my good deeds, for a karma withdrawl
As if these Lead Belly blues songs had me swarming with calls
Instead they'll probably tell me that the cadence is wrong
And my girl is on the phone yelling, "Fuck ain't you home?!"
Is it normal that my brain doesn't know where to begin?
And is it possible that polished gold is probably tin?
I'm eight dollars with of lyrics and a quarter of sin
And I'll approach with social phobia and hide behind friends
I'm a weirdo, heard it by the earful
Had me feeling tearful, forever feeling fearful
Because I'm always nervous, I suffer from the anxious
Ain't no way to curb this. Life is feeling thankless
Cuz I'm a lone wolf howling at the moon with a mouthful
Only call me for the slick vocals on the outro
Heard me hiding in the cave, but never call me out though
Thing that scares me more than sun is fools letting their mouth go
Stand tall. Don't slouch though. Ass off the couch bro
To wait for the moment is to look like an asshole
Eat right. Stay straight. Yeah that's nice. Hey thanks
Start on that tomorrow, which I'm sure will be a great day


[Scratch break: DJ Idlhnds]

[Chorus]
You say you got conviction
You say you play the game
If you wanna get that money honey
It's time for you to act your age
(Repeat)

[Outro: Casey G & Good Matters]
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
First step, second step, third step, run. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
Brace yourself child, we only just begun. (First step, second step, third step, run.)
Track Name: Not Quite Perfec
[Chorus 1: Good Matters]
Me and you
Excuse me boo, you and I
Go together like the dark and all the stars do
We could run forever like the Energizer claim to
I'm just a man, looking for a girl
Search the world for something worth it
They say it don't exist and we all got luggage
But this is close to perfect

[Verse 1: Casey G]
I saw her walking home from dance class, I drove past twice
But can you blame me? That's a nice ass in tights
My game was off, but she not one to play
She knows what she wants, I really can't complain
She dealing feelings like some kind of "love me" coupon
Her boots on, but I'd like to take them off upon my futon
We'll get to know each other, slowly get our groove on
Tell these people, "Sorry." But it's time for them to move on
She wears a sundress in the winter. She's cool like that
Likes that Kool G Rap. She old school like
She's even sexy when she wakes up. No makeup
She looks so picturesque, I think photography I'll take up

[Scratch break: DJ Idlhnds]

[Chorus 1: Good Matters]
Me and you
Excuse me boo, you and I
Go together like the dark and all the stars do
We could run forever like the Energizer claim to
I'm just a man, looking for a girl
Search the world for something worth it
They say it don't exist and we all got luggage
But this is close to perfect

[Bridge: Good Matters]
She got me tossing and turning and thinking of her all day. (She got me thinking about her. She got me thinking about her.)
I can't focus, you'll notice, I can't even think straight. (She got me thinking about her. C'mon!)

[Chorus 2: Good Matters]
I need a moment. She give me lovin' at four in the morning
She got me taking it day by day
As long as you know me, you'll never be lonely
So come put it on
I need a moment. She give me lovin' at four in the morning
She got me taking it day by day
As long as you know me, you'll never be lonely
So come put it on me babe

[Verse 2: Casey G]
She got me feeling like a million bucks
But she say don't focus on the money, cuz she know it don't mean much
She make me laugh. I make me blush. We like to rap. We like to (uh!)
And after that we walk a block and talk about this love

[Chorus 2: Good Matters]
I need a moment. She give me lovin' at four in the morning
She got me takin it day by day
As long as you know me, you'll never be lonely
So come put it on
I need a moment. She give me lovin' at four in the morning
She got me takin it day by day
As long as you know me, you'll never be lonely
So come put it on me babe
Track Name: On the Rocks feat. Grynch
[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
How many questions can one mind hold?
And how many times can mine unfold?
As I slowly descend. I'm just trying to blend
Little pieces of me, without making a mess
(repeat)

[Verse 1: Casey G]
You remember the phase? The earlier grades
When popular girls always writing your name?
Well if that was your life guy, then it must've been nice right?
To find you that limelight at an early age. (True fucking story.)
If only life could be as simple as getting a peak at 10 years down the way
But there's a certain sense of urgency that's lurking, when you searching for your purpose
Got your work cut out each round that you play
Or maybe that's just me. Feel me though
I ain't been sleeping much. I'm deep in thought, alone a lot
And some would say I'm growing up, but I can't tell if I'm old enough
And truth be told, I'm slowing up and I don't mean backward Forrest Gump
I just been trying to think things through. C'mon let's roll one up
I'm thinking if money's only paper, then why is that shit worth so much?
And if a heart don't actually break, then how does that shit hurt so much?
Yo, I'm working through some things but ain't we all, that's half the fun of it
Alive at 27. Welcome. Join us

[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
How many questions can one mind hold?
And how many times can mine unfold?
As I slowly descend. I'm just trying to blend
Little pieces of me, without making a mess
(repeat)

[Verse 2: Grynch]
Look: See every now and then, my mind wanders, I get to thinking
Trying to stay afloat up in this life. It's like this ship is sinking
And so I get to drinking, tryna drown these problems quick
Wishing I could find a more stable path to follow it
And if you got a problem, then it's best that you acknowledge it
But pride can be a bitch, it's like you choking if you swallow it. Damn
I swear at times, happiness it can be hard to find
Ain't feeling like myself, got hella negative shit on my mind
In this rat race, it's wild, how quickly you can fall behind
They say the biggest nemesis of man, yeah it's always time
Trying to make the most. For real. Y'all it's next to broke
Feeling like I'm just a joke. It's whack, because my shit is dope
Though I'm blessed, sometimes I'm straight up depressed
Sick and tired of acquiring the days full of stress
But life's a process, yeah they say it's a test
I'm taking it yes. Hope I pass without making a mess. Yes


[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
How many questions can one mind hold?
And how many times can mine unfold?
As I slowly descend. I'm just trying to blend
Little pieces of me, without making a mess
(repeat)

[Verse 3: Good Matters]
I don't recall the last time that I felt rested
Missing answers made so easy I could have probably guessed it
I remember in my youth I always felt blessed
But the blessings lacking faith, became uninterested
I thought my life would be an odyssey
They'd have me down in books where they would misinterpret me
They'd talk about the things I'd done and all that I had seen
But really all I'd done was just be I, myself and me. Tough to say really
If today was gonna be good, bad, sad, fun
Judging by it so far, I'll be surely glad I had one
But just one, the allotment here sucks
By the time you get it right, you've already had enough of
Two faces, inner rage wasted at the placement on the pavement
In the rat races. Am I racing?
I don't know. Feels like I'm standing by
Just waving at the racers like dreams into the night

[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
How many questions can one mind hold?
And how many times can mine unfold?
As I slowly descend. I'm just trying to blend
Little pieces of me, without making a mess
(repeat)
Track Name: 10th Grade Dropout
[Verse 1: Casey G]
Selfish girl had a son, child became a mom
She called her baby Bentley, because she thought things could be different
Now what's a kid supposed to do with a baby?
Ben grew up with no parental supervision necessary
He lost himself in anything, trying to find himself in
Everything, felt like a part of someone else's dream
But around 16, three months before he'd meet his first lover
He discovered his mistress in music
She was his muse it's not so strange to admit
It was the first intimate addiction he'd experienced
So super serious, life had found a purpose
No one could convince him anything was ever worth it except for her
He dropped out of school. Trying to do this full time
Quickly realized maybe not the smartest move
What's a boy to do? Parents not an option
Mom had gone to Hollywood without him and now he's just a 10th grade dropout

[Chorus: Good Matters]
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be

[Scratch interlude: DJ Idlhnds]

[Verse 2: Casey G]
Now Benny was a smart kid. He knew how to get by
He had always been determined not to be the child left behind
Growing up with parents who were careless, just embarrassed him
Didn't make excuses or cry about the comparisons
The others had it better? Maybe according to you
But you should see what music do when your soul sings the blues
He'd found hope. That fucking kid had found the notes. (yes, yes he had)
His favorite medicine was dope. And he knew it. And he'd used it
And he'd been able to grow up and find himself within the music
That's important, because he'd finally found this lady and he loved her
And they'd recently been told they'd made a person with each other
Yo, that was that. He going grown up part two
He'd be the first one to admit he had his doubts. What can you do?
How can you parent when you never had a parent at all?
But it's apparent that he's scared to let him have what he saw
He thought his story lacked a climax, but he knew it was real
And he only had what music taught him, but he'd learned how to feel
He'd found love, was taught conviction, learned the point of perseverance
And he'd sing his lessons proud, he'd teach his child to be fearless

[Chorus: Good Matters]
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
(repeat)

[Scratch interlude: DJ Idlhnds]

[Outro: Good Matters]
The way this life can you change you
This lonely road can go for miles
If innocence your stranger
Then blessed be the child
Track Name: KTGFR
[Scratch Intro: DJ Idlhnds]

[Pre Chorus: The Bad Tenants]
We stay grounded till we turn into stars
We out here K-T-G-F-R
We like the 19th amendment how we close down bars

[Chorus: The Bad Tenants]
We out here K-T-G-F-R
K-T-G-F-R, I said K-T-G-F-R
Killing The Game For Real
K-T-G-F-R, I said K-T-G-F-R
Killing The Game For Real

[Verse 1: DJ Idlhnds]
Square one. First dice roll
First enlightenment and I'm getting an eye full
We sped out the gate (with no rearview!)
So much determination though (Not fearful!)
Now the game's underway until The Tennies say we're finished
No canned veg got a bag of fresh spinach
And we possess an obligation to ourselves
To do what the fuck we love, regardless of the sales
Expect change, amendments to the rule book
Even lames commend us with a cool look
A slight head nod and a half grin
The ball bounces our way because we gave it some backspin
In a space that was incredibly blessed
I got a fat paycheck from the community chest (I'm Rich!)
Third roll was a three and six
Move a couple squares get it live in this bitch

[Scratch break: DJ Idlhnds.]

[Pre Chorus: The Bad Tenants]
We stay grounded till we turn into stars
We out here K-T-G-F-R
We like the 19th amendment how we close down bars

[Verse 2: Casey G]
Front lawn lounging like I'm king of the block
I got a scotch with ice sweating in a plastic cup
Got these fake Rays sporting like a million bucks
I got a big mouth but I got the flow to back shit up
I'm like Vesuvius, cool as shit, then suddenly blow
I'm like a student is, prudent, then I lose control
I'm your dream date with more swagger
Seemed safe, you know better
My scene-scape serene these things find me alluring
No mistake I kill games, I meet dames forget names
These homies for sure, should know, not to test me
STOP. Yo, I think I'm seeing red
Got this heavy fucking flow, by all accounts I'm undead
I'm the fox up in the coop, making mischief my plan
Because I'm sick of all these chickens acting like they went H.A.M
Whole squad ill-themed. Seems the time is at hand
Go nuts, fuck it up, wile out and tell them what we do

[Verse 3: Good Matters]
I'm rap Hell's Kitchen. Top Chef. What up birds?
Cook a hot flow, even Ramsey's flustered
Spicing up the flavor like Chinese mustard
The sounds taste so good, lean back, well fuck sir!
It's all in the ingredients list, not only plead, but insist
I need a quarter-inch to XLR and drink in my fist
Don't like repeating this ish and I'll be needing it quick
I got a show to rock and here you are impeding my shit
Well I'm sorry, didn't mean to get cross
I get a little out of sorts when it's about to set off
It's too hot in the kitchen, you need to get lost
We the line chefs quick and flippin the burgs at the bar
We the servers, the ferver is taking the crowd
Quick learners, you heard, now you singing it loud
It's a hook so catchy sung behind the bar
Say it with me now K-T-G-F-R

[Chorus: The Bad Tenants]
We out here K-T-G-F-R
K-T-G-F-R, I said K-T-G-F-R
Killing The Game For Real
K-T-G-F-R, I said K-T-G-F-R
Killing The Game For Real

[Scratch Outro: DJ Idlhnds]
Track Name: Mmhmmm
[Intro: Casey G]
Why you sittin' wishin' on a shining star? Hissing like you got it hard
Tsk'ing on celebrities, because you always thought you'd be a prodigy
Instead you on the outside looking in
Rookie mistake, and what you take me for?
A dollar sixty-three to my name
I love life though. I do

[Verse 1: Good Matters]
Have you ever, ever found yourself at a
Train station, waiting for someone?
Waiting on a train that don't come
Waiting for the clouds to break and pour on some
But the rain ain't waiting, and the train is delayed
And you workin on a dollar-fifty, till you get paid
This pocket change is never enough
And it's low. Couldn't travel any lower
Cold. Needing someone to hug you
Bottom line is I ain't going nowhere, I ain't going nowhere
And try to hold on to those that love you
On a big blue ball underneath these grey covers
I am waiting for that sun to shine
And I'ma get mine

[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
Go on get it y'all. Go, go on and get y'all
Come on and get it now. Come, come on and get it now
(repeat 4x)

[Scratch break: DJ Idlhnds]

[Verse 2: Casey G]
And have you ever found yourself
Locked inside your own head?
Feeling like you're drowning, like the water getting thick to tread
Ship is quickly sinking and you think you heard the captain said
"Y'all ain't got no leg to stand."
And I'd prefer a hundred bad days, to what this bitch been throwing at me
Playing make believe so I can tell my people I'm ok
One, for my broken down whip
Got two months of past due rent
Singing three for the drama from the opposite sex
They just another bad habit that I never can quit
My addiction list, seems three scrolls long
I feel like hiding from my life, singing these same old songs
But I'm waiting for that sun to shine
Because I'ma get mine

[Chorus: Casey G & Good Matters]
Go on get it y'all. Go, go on and get y'all
Come on and get it now. Come, come on and get it now
(repeat 6x)