The 4 Track Sessions: Volume 1

by GOAT & three6t | JackRabbit & Elle

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The first of a multi-volume collaboration series.

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released February 28, 2009

All Songs Recorded, Engineered, & Mixed by: GOAT & three6t

All Songs Mastered by: GOAT

Graphic Design by: Copasetic Studios, LLC

Album Cover Photography by: Serena Ho
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Published 2009

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Track Name: I Know
I KNOW

VERSE I
lost in thought, searchin’, fightin’ for a plot
never knowin’ what I’ve got, ‘til it’s hidden in the fog
smogged out, yesir, ain’t nothin’, but smoke
attemptin’ to drown my sorrow in the next round of Coke,
but there’s Crown involved, so I move along
and until the hangover, problems are resolved
then it’s back to square one, pacin’, I can’t run
I’d front, but I’m too real to give a what
so I step to the stage – set this thang a blaze
start a new page – a beast out the cage
GOAT and J-Rabb – the animals of the crew
plus Elle and three6t – get ready for the truth
shoot…haha…that’s just how we do
with Gerald on the keys – bring the jazz and the blues
clues, kids, get your notepads out
without a doubt, we about to rebirth the South

CHORUS
I love you people, but I hate you the same
with a smile on my face, I’m bringin’ the pain
and yall can talk around…and keep hatin’ on me,
but in my heart, I know, I’m free…

POST CHORUS
you can hate all you want on me
gotta move, let your soul go free
don't have time to be playin' games
not fighting for you, fighting for me

VERSE II
I'm so fly, I need a space-suit
you can talk your squawk, I'll bring the pain and erase fools
so peep this dub dude, cause as I make tunes
I've got to thank you for how I love and hate you
I'm not a rapper, this is my nature
I may be your neighbor, but I swing my bird with flavor
only if I'm pushed though, so please don't push those
buttons and keep hatin' for nothin', you'll end up stumblin'
and bein' knocked stupid by Elle's thunderous music and GOAT's fluid
it's so simple how we do this, we free with music
defeatin' beats to death with each breath, so get to movin'
you're on our time now, we ain't wastin' nathan
yall failed us, that's why we kept you waitin'
so pull your paws out your pockets and let's see palms
and sit there and hate, secretly diggin' our songs

CHORUS
I love you people, but I hate you the same
with a smile on my face, I’m bringin’ the pain
and yall can talk around…and keep hatin’ on me,
but in my heart, I know, I’m free…

POST CHORUS
you can hate all you want on me
gotta move, let your soul go free
don't have time to be playin' games
not fighting for you, fighting for me
Track Name: Her Name Was...
HER NAME WAS…

VERSE I
in silence...I hear him
calling to my heart
his presence...I feel it
tearing me apart
this magnetism is too much bare, I'm scared
when two lives are entwined in one and some
will never have the chance to share this kind of love
the knot that's been tied will never be undone

CHORUS
it’s a shame when 2 people are singin’ the same song,
but they can’t harmonize – it makes it feel all wrong
the rhythm’ll come when the timing is right
gotta keep the beat movin’ ‘til the future is hindsight

she timidly said her name was freedom
he replied it was a pleasure to meet her
it seemed that they met each other in a past life,
but they parted ways immediately after their last fight

VERSE II
I apologize for the things I said
I'd rather be free than a slave to this
you showed me the truth of an angel's kiss
and frankly, I'm scared of your angles miss
I hope some day, we can both laugh at
the time long ago, memories of a flashback
past life where you saved my pride
and fix the skip of my heartbeat and
my heart bleedin' pride is what caught your eye
it's what thought arrives, as I depart goodbye
for now I'm gone and this love got cold
I shoulda tried harder, but it just got old
so go now...be free and fly, keep our dream alive
and keep movin' the beat for life

CHORUS
it’s a shame when 2 people are singin’ the same song,
but they can’t harmonize – it makes it feel all wrong
the rhythm’ll come when the timing is right
gotta keep the beat movin’ ‘til the future is hindsight

she timidly said her name was freedom
he replied it was a pleasure to meet her
it seemed that they met each other in a past life,
but they parted ways immediately after their last fight
Track Name: Dear Father
DEAR FATHER

VERSE I
I’d love to be much more a part of your life,
but our contrasts…bring differences to light
that’s a fact and I can’t get away
try to turn my back – it still lingers in my brain
constant complaints, wanna repress, but I can’t
when it’s all said and done, the stain of absence will remain
tears act as rain, to clear cloudy days
fear’s a factor with the storm – in comes the purple haze
gotta confront the situation, instill a bit of patience
inject you and I with the problems we’re faced with
insecurities turn to weakness – and weakness kills uniqueness
I refuse to let this go, then again, it leaves me speechless
don’t wanna step on toes – I’m verbally clumsy at times
I tiptoe around our issues, faith’s fate resigns
I love you, I respect you, for everything you do
you’re an incredible role model, hope to speak with you soon

I scream, so you can hear me, Father,
forgive this man for all that I've done wrong
I speak to you clearly
I'm payin' back my debt that I've owed for so long
now I stand before you whole, but owe you half of me
using music, as a way to push my memories
life's flashin', an addict for lavish
a mic can make magic, helped power me to grab it, dear Father

CHORUS I
dear Father…I owe you half of me
please help…I’ll attempt to tame the beast
I will only breathe and will not speak…

CHORUS II
standing in the light
a different side perceived
a broken child restored
a troubled heart relieved
I only know in part,
but you have helped me see
I stand before you whole,
but owe you half of me

VERSE II
so many years have passed, still when I look back
it's clear...days equal pain and my cup was overrun with tears
my past made a rage that I hid from you
I coped with drugs as an outspoken youth
spent the last ten years actin' like I know it all, wrong
I know a lot, but still gotta lot to learn
earn my worth with my pride
realize you walked beside this guy, got my back for life
Father, watcher, teacher, preacher
you believed in me, helped this man kill the creature
mentor of truth, watched this kid act out
grown man now, still got the smile of a lost child
now I walk with you hand-in-hand
through the sand, I look and see one set of footprints
nowadays I carry you with me
here to claim my soul, in your name, I tamed the beast

the least I could do is thank you,
but in the past, I’ve had the blues and refused to try
thought that I could prove, disprove, or lose the lies
now we stuck cruisin’ by with bruised goodbyes
through the drugs and alcohol – nothin’s been resolved
and through it all, I always knew who I could call
so for now…instead of tamin’ the beast,
2 choices – be released or pronounced deceased

CHORUS
dear Father…I owe you half of me
please help…I’ll attempt to tame the beast
I will only breathe and will not speak…

CHORUS II
standing in the light
a different side perceived
a broken child restored
a troubled heart relieved
I only know in part,
but you have helped me see
I stand before you whole,
but owe you half of me

BRIDGE
for now I see...in a mirror dimly,
but then...face to face
now I know in part,
but then I shall know fully
even as I have been fully known

CHORUS
dear Father…I owe you half of me
please help…I’ll attempt to tame the beast
I will only breathe and will not speak…

CHORUS II
standing in the light
a different side perceived
a broken child restored
a troubled heart relieved
I only know in part,
but you have helped me see
I stand before you whole,
but owe you half of me
Track Name: Pieces of my Soul
PIECES OF MY SOUL

VERSE I
another piece of my soul that I spit like blood
a punch in the face, another well-known cut
why push, if they don't listen
can't cry over spilled Jack, just laugh, and keep kickin'

we give, you take away
for nothing in return
say all our hearts can say
maybe you need me, but I don't need you

for well over half of my life, I’ve been spillin’ my guts
over compositions, I used to think it was a crutch
cause I couldn’t function without touchin’ my pen
my addiction escalated – put the ink on my skin

CHORUS
imagination exhausted, creativity runnin’ low
feel like I’ve been givin’ away pieces of my soul
and for what in return, main, I’ll probably never know
just a hint of inspiration and the faintest little glimpse of hope

VERSE II
it gets complicated when you put your life on display
cause you highlight your flaws and predators come your way
when you release a CD – feelings become immortal
live on through past songs and create a portal

we give, you take away
for nothing in return
say all our hearts can say
maybe you need me, but I don't need you

no need to stop now
ride the curb and never drop out
feel the pressure point, lock down
these songs are diaries of lessons learned
hold tight to the good and the rest gets burned

CHORUS
imagination exhausted, creativity runnin’ low
feel like I’ve been givin’ away pieces of my soul
and for what in return, main, I’ll probably never know
just a hint of inspiration and the faintest little glimpse of hope

VERSE III
is it possible to tell between a fan and a friend?
well a fan comes and goes, but a friend is your fam
so what’s the point of it all? you wanna become a star?
naw, just live comfortably – eat, not starve
when you wanna do that? workin’ towards it right now
feet pound the ground while we promotin’ 2 crowds
so when and where’s it goin’ down? gotta scream so loud
got the spot locked, how? Dallas Got Right Now!
so why you care so much when the game’s so rough?
cause I’ve spilled so much on everything I’ve touched
and this gift I love – it is in my blood
I can’t ignore the lust when I feel that rush
of the lights on my face and that feelin’ on stage
when the quotes I wrote jump up off that page
so if yall still sleepin’ when the curtains close,
just remember I’m a vessel that the music chose

CHORUS
imagination exhausted, creativity runnin’ low
feel like I’ve been givin’ away pieces of my soul
and for what in return, main, I’ll probably never know
just a hint of inspiration and the faintest little glimpse of hope