Why Keep Tryin’

These next lyrics were for the character of Jay-B who was in the musical I wrote called Nobody’s Idol.   The premise of the show was that it was down to final 4 contestants on a surreal singing competition vying for a lifetime supply of fame.  The competition was hosted by the God of Fame or in subsequent rewrites the Goddess of Fame.  Anyway, spotlight on Jay-B – he was a rapper who wanted to be a legend like his idols and who died young and their albums went on to sell millions.

I’ve always loved rap because I love lyrics and words.  But I don’t necessarily listen to it a lot – so to write this I definitely did a lot of research.  Cramming decades worth of hip-hop music listening into a couple weeks – I also watched some documentaries and lots of interviews where rappers spoke about the craft of rap.   The original song title was: ‘Die Tryin’ but I think in subsequent rewrites I might try to find a way to change to chorus to Why Keep Tryin’ – just so the song can be a little hopeful.  Anyway here is the first verse.

I GO FROM NOBODY TO SOMEBODY

TO SOMETHING TO DIE FOR KICK IN THE DOOR,

HERE COMES THE PREDATOR, YOU HEARD ME ROAR,

IT’S THE LION WANTING MORE OF AN ENCORE, ENCORE

SOMEONE’S GOTTA DIE ON THE ROAD TO RICHES

OR DIE TRYIN’ IN AMERICAN STITCHES

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, WILL ERUPT

DEATH AROUND THE CORNER THE CROWD WILL BE THE MOURNER

I REPORT I’M HYPNOTIZED, DESENSITIZED

CAUSE I TAKE BREATH AFTER BREATH

UNTIL I REALIZE THAT LIFE AFTER DEATH IS LIKE

LATE REGISTRATION FOR ADMIRATION FROM A NATION

OF COLLEGE DROP-OUTS WITH NO DIRECTION

BUT MY DEBT TO SOCIETY IS PAID IN FULL

IN A GREATEST HITS COLLECTION,

MY COMMON RESURRECTION

LIKE GLORIA GAYNOR IT WILL SURVIVE

BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

I’M READY TO DIE YEAH I’M GONNA DIE

About Alex Lean

I am just another dreamer trying to wake up
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