SpinTunes 16 Round 3

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It's easy to be a hater than to find something to praise The roads to sadness and anger have always been the shortest ways That's the world we live in for some reason it's just what we do But there's another way and I'm here to say it starts with me and you People gotta be kind to each other Hate will suck us down just like quicksand People gotta be kind to your brother Got to help him understand that all of us Are the same underneath our skins Give your brothers and sisters a hand up, because It's too easy to just give in Suffering and madness, it's everywhere we see Unless we stick together we'll never be truly free Our greatest fear has always been the fear of what we don't know Instead of hate, communicate You might find out what you didn't know People gotta be kind to each other Hate will suck us down just like quicksand People gotta be kind to your brother Got to help him understand that all of us Are the same underneath our skins Give your brothers and sisters a hand up, because It's too easy to just give in
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school’s done and with every textbook you returned forgot the info you had learned and summer’s just begun school’s done but there’s no such thing as summer break your happy graduation makes you shift to bigger stakes buck up and take heart this end is just a brand new start though it’s not clear where we go from here let's just have fun tonight ‘cause you wouldn't have made it this far if you weren’t doing something right school’s out i don’t care what alice cooper said his misdirected anger led to petulance and dread school’s out that diploma makes you hireable, employable, desirable your future’s just ahead buck up and take heart this end is just a brand new start though it’s not clear where we go from here we don't care tonight ‘cause you wouldn't have made it this far if you weren’t doing something right though it’s not clear where you go from here enjoy yourself tonight ‘cause you wouldn't have made it this far if you weren’t doing something wouldn't have made it this far if you weren’t doing something wouldn't have made it this far if you weren’t doing something right
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Unbreakable 03:57
Lyrics: a life of struggle engineered to hold you down "luck just doesnt come around" this cant be freedom by circumstance we're bound no compromise we'll end the crown dont believe what youve been told it doesnt have to be this way raise your voice dont fight your righteous anger have your say on we will fight for the power to live free! the rank and file rising up to make our dream become alive! together we unite! stoke the flames of change now raging, burning bright! together we're unbreakable in the darkness know that you are not alone with your brothers find your home stronger together arm in arm we will dethrone fists of steel crush hearts of stone dont believe what youve been told it doesnt have to be this way raise your voice dont fight your righteous anger have your say on we will fight for the power to live free! the rank and file rising up to make our dream become alive! together we unite! stoke the flames of change now raging, burning bright! together we're unbreakable
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Well you’re standing on the edge Don’t know which way to lean Everything looks scary When you’re caught in between Where you’ve been and where you’re going But it’s time to make the leap Time to forge ahead Not time to worry Bout what have could have been instead Cuz there’s no way of knowing So just follow your heart Follow your dream You can be anyone, you could be anything When you’re stuck in your head And don’t know where to start Follow your dream Follow your heart So there you go Off into the world Steely-eyed determination Majesty unfurled They’re not prepared, for what they’re getting There’ll be good days and bad Friends will come and go Hold your head up high Never let go You’re moving forward, not forgetting So just follow your heart Follow your dream You can be anyone, you could be anything When you’re stuck in your head And don’t know where to start Follow your dream Follow your heart They tell you that the world is hard out there That may be true but I don’t care Cause I know you’ll make its through If you’ll just be who you are And follow your heart Follow your dream You can be anyone, you could be anything When you’re stuck in your head And don’t know where to start Follow your dream Follow your heart
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where are you going? intrepid young stranger the path that you go down is covered in mud the journey is long and despite all the danger the thrill of adventure it burns in your blood I come seeking answers to questions I've pondered My mind it is filled up with shadows of doubt the riddles of ages the paths that we've wandered the end of the rainbow the easy way out ohh got a long way to go the answers you're needing can never be bartered the lessons we're given can only be learned and though long have i lived and oft have i faltered i never would undo the pages i've turned ohh got a long way to go and as you move onward toward your destination you will not discover the meaning of life you musn't surrender to fear and frustration you cannot lose hope to the perilous strife ohh got a long way to go
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Here's what school is good for Learning to do things the way someone else wants them Learning that there's a single right answer Solving for X when someone hands you a problem What do they expect When they throw you in the water and you don't know how to swim? You can't solve for X If nobody's taught you how to even ask a question It's time to step out into the light You might fall to earth or fly It doesn't matter as long as you're trying It's time to find a path to take And I know you'll be OK Can't wait to see you grow and change On Graduation Day It's Graduation Day Grades K through 6 are mixed Could be awesome, could be bad But nobody likes junior high Except for sycophants and psychopaths The older you get The more they want to tell you who they think you are Don't listen to them, baby Unless they tell you you're a shining star It's time to step out into the light You might fall to earth or fly It doesn't matter as long as you're trying It's time to find a path to take And I know you'll be OK Can't wait to see you grow and change I won't lie to you, it's going to hurt sometimes But no matter how hard it gets Remember there's someone out there who loves you And you haven't met everyone who will love you yet It's time to step out into the light You might fall to earth or fly It doesn't matter as long as you're trying It's time to find a path to take And I know you'll be OK Can't wait to see you grow and change On Graduation Day It's Graduation Day It's Graduation Day
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The Matter Doesn't Matter Verse 1 I'm going to a place without pain I don't see how I can come back again Someday I know you'll come see me Take your time, no need to hurry Pre-Chorus-1 I could've imparted wisdom But I chose to save my breath Go with whatever fits in Until the traffic light turns red Chorus All we were is what took place Tiny bits in a pattern The bits decay, but we save face Because the matter doesn't matter Verse 2 Hell for company, heaven for weather Spain to get those boots of leather Cough and laugh and fall apart Paste together dust of stars Pre-Chorus-2 On the other side of the schism There’s room for the sublime Free parking and baby kittens I’ve finally found the time Chorus Pre-Chorus-1 Chorus Chorus
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Bride 03:10
As you lay to rest We will dwell on the lights from the past Surrounded by those Laying wreaths on the mark that you left But I'm the only one who knows that you'll return We'll spark eternal flame with blackest magic Quia ego hac nocte somnum mea videbo vos (Sleep tonight my love for I will see you tomorrow) You will be my undying bride Walk down the aisle in my afterlife And we will dance the night blessed in the devil's eyes tonight I summon thee and bond your soul to me I'm hiding my smile As they lower you into the ground This is not farewell Au revoir my love, I'll see you around But I'm the only one who knows that you'll return We'll spark eternal flame with blackest magic Quia ego hac nocte somnum mea videbo vos You will be my undying bride Walk down the aisle in my afterlife And we will dance the night blessed in the devil's eyes tonight I summon thee and bond your soul to me
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When you came, was a sign. Burning bright, stars align. Underground, Roots entwine, undergrowth, entangled like vines. Turn the page, and you'll find what that growth can build overtime How two seedlings can eventually combine into something so strong It will never unbind And You can face this tried tradition No hesitation whatsoever Knowing whatever happens, You'll have each other forever. But forever isn't long enough, to share this treasured tether. And maybe no-one is perfect, But you're perfect together. With these rings, you will tie both your lives By and by You will laugh You will cry You will shine in each others eyes If you should lose your way Just think back to this day, When you swore You'd be true and they swore the same thing to you And You can face this tried tradition No hesitation whatsoever Knowing whatever happens, You'll have each other forever. But forever isn't long enough to share this treasured tether. And maybe no-one is perfect, But you're perfect together.
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Congratulations, you've done it! You've got through, and you've won it! I'm proud of each and everyone I wish I could call you all my daughters and sons If this was a moment of relaxation, then i say " dont have hesitation " go take the world! take all its pearls, take all its worth so be ready and be steady you've got the tools at your side and if I'm honest really honest you're the best I've ever seen, guys Chorus Congratulations, you've done it! You've got through, and you've won it! I'm proud of each and everyone I wish I could call you all my daughters and sons You've done all that you can and more I have so much to implore you to achieve so follow your dreams, follow your dreams Bridge you can do anything you want you can do anything, yeah, anything that you want oooo Chorus Congratulations, you've done it! You've got through, and you've won it! I'm proud of each and everyone I wish I could call you all my daughters and sons You've done all that you can and more I have so much to implore you to achieve so follow your dreams, follow your dreams (x3)
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It’s the first verse Of the long song We couldn’t do this without you Never would have got that call They know us at the Crossroads They sing along Down in Westport Riot Room, recordBar We've given it all, the dues we've paid Been grinding for years just so I can say "Hello Kansas City…. you really showed up" Our record’s on the shelf We wrote every goddamn note ourselves Midwestern angst and fears We won’t be pawns or gears The van is loaded Spent our advance We’ve got an in-store tomorrow Tell me what is the chance We've given it all, the dues we've paid Been grinding for years just so I can say "Hello Kansas City…. you really showed up" No use for a day job, babe I think we've finally got it made Hello kansas city The Pitch picked us up I’ll ride this feeling, I’ll ride this feeling I’ll ride this feeling, I’ll ride this feeling to the moon I’ll ride this feeling, I’ll ride this feeling I can’t believe it, I’ll ride this feeling to the moon I’ll ride this feeling to the moon I can’t believe it I’ll ride this feeling to the moon I never dared to dream it We've given it all, the dues we've paid Been grinding for years just so I can say "Hello Kansas City…. you really showed up" No use for a day job, babe I think we've finally got it made Hello Kansas City The Pitch picked us up (I-35, I-70, I don’t know where they’re taking me Got hearts to break, got lives to save Secret codes over airwaves) (you really showed up) Good night, Kansas City hope that we see you real soon (you really showed up)
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Wedding Day 03:14
You might believe that other people Tend to get on one another’s nerves But I maintain that that impression’s Just a silly story that you’ve heard There’s probably lots of couples who find Their love only gets more perfect with time And everybody here agrees that you’re gonna turn out fine... Wedding Day They totally won’t divorce you Wedding Day You certainly won’t destroy each other’s lives A person who’s there to smell when you fart Awaking at night to hear when you snore It's everybody's choice And what else is forever for? You might believe that some engage In small deception hiding all their flaws But those who seek will never find An imperfection; There are none of yours Impermanence is a feature of lesser beings than you And your partner have been Where others may have lost There’s no route out for you but win Wedding Day They totally won’t divorce you Wedding Day You certainly won’t destroy each other’s lives And these things just happen at the perfectly optimal time No one regrets letting love shine Wedding Day They totally won’t divorce you Wedding Day You certainly won’t destroy each other’s lives The absolute way you feel right now without any loss is how it shall be Forever and a day It likely won’t go away Forever and a day Love probably Almost certainly Won’t go away
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I changed my name There is no shame Took me so long I feel so strong Now say my name I'm not the same There's nothing wrong Come sing my song Well, Goobus, today's the big day. Just gonna run this down to the courthouse real quick. Then everyone will know me, I'm Jocko! I changed my name There is no shame Took me so long I feel so strong Now say my name I'm not the same There's nothing wrong Come sing my song Oh, last night was incredible, Goobus! We must have been out til three am. The DJ stopped everyone on the floor and said, "This one's for Jocko!" I changed my name There is no shame Took me so long I feel so strong Now say my name I'm not the same There's nothing wrong Come sing my song
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Every step you’ve taken in your life Has led you to this time and to this place Every choice you made Every chance you tried Everyone you’ve helped along the way All of them have brought you here today About to cross the bridge To enter in the gate Time for the final step It’s time to meet your fate About to cross the bridge To enter in the gate Time for the final step It’s time to meet your fate What will it be? I can’t tell Might be heaven- might be hell But no matter where you wind up, I wish you well! It’s time to go It’s time to go About to cross the bridge To enter in the gate Time for the final step It’s time to meet your fate About to cross the bridge To enter in the gate Time for the final step It’s time to meet your fate What will it be? I can’t tell Might be heaven- might be hell But no matter where you wind up, I wish you well! It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go
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Rainbow Bridge Hey Buddy! Do you want to go out with me? Chase a squirrel around a tree Roll around in the grass While ignoring the neighbor’s cats? Then we can play with your squeaky ball Playing fetch till the shadows fall Sit ting close to me We will always be Happy together forever Right here you see Seems that forever only lasted sixteen years Now I’ve got to let you cross the bridge In spite of all my tears I just can’t let you live in all this pain But remember- you’re a good boy And you’ll see me again And then you can go out with me Chase a squirrel around a tree Roll around in the grass While ignoring the angel’s cats Then we can play with your squeaky ball Playing fetch till the shadows fall Sitting close to me We will always be Happy together forever Right there you see
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Through the water You were made A babe so pure and beautiful Unique in every way Through the fire You were led Old enough to question What the other people said And now you stand alone So strong and bright and grown You are bound You are free Bound for high adventure On uneasy seas You are loved Limitlessly Made in love and bound for love, you see? You are free. There is much to explore There may be times when you reject the known And thirst for something more You will seek and you will strive It will be hard to keep the candle lit Through storms you will survive But all your journeys through It stays right here with you You are bound You are free Free to find your path On roads that wind unendingly You are loved Limitlessly Made in love and bound for love, you see? You are free You have the great commission And you know what you must do And you will find there’s others there Who will rely on you Don’t give up the struggle Even when you think it’s lost You are not your own And darling contemplate the cost But you are free You are bound You are free Because with freedom Comes responsibility You are loved Limitlessly Free to find your path On roads that wind unendingly You are bound You are free Bound for high adventure On uneasy seas You are loved Limitlessly Made in love and bound for love, you see? You are free.
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When you’re feeling lost and you’ve run so far Grasping really hard for your shining star Take a look around at others and you will see How much harder your life could be Life gets you down from time to time So many questions, no answers, rhythm, or rhyme No matter where you are start a new path today While the road ahead might not seem clear And the road behind, you run from fear Cast away the dark souls from which you feed Be your shining star and follow your own lead Life gets you down from time to time So many questions, no answers, rhythm, or rhyme No matter where you are start a new path today When you look at the road map of your life You will see that through all your strife You are the shining star that lights your way Life gets you down from time to time So many questions, no answers, rhythm, or rhyme No matter where you are start a new path today When you look at the road map of your life You will see that through all your strife You are the shining star that lights your way When you look at the road map of your life You will see that through all your strife You are the shining star that lights your way When you look at the road map of your life You will see that through all your strife You are the shining star that lights your way
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You took the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare You passed Expectations at the very start You rode out the doldrums very thoughtfully You watched your words and served your sentences You heard of a problem and you came to help You brought quite some courage to the table You ventured to change the way you looked at things You saw things from someone else’s Point of View You saw past Illusions to Reality You brought forth the dawn in vivid symphony You fought for the silenced with your voice You jumped to conclusions and worked back again You carefully thought about which path to take You took the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare You mastered the magic you can count upon You looked past the average towards infinity You forged an agreement from the strife You conquered distractions of the trivial You vanquished the demons with perceptiveness Your thoughts shook the shoulders of a giant You kept all your senses and went bravely on You found what you searched for at last You thought your blunders were a waste of time You thought your skill was all pretending You brought back harmony with Reason and Rhyme Your learning will be neverending You made the impossible journey You went to the castle in the air It was an impossible journey You had every Reason to dare

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Songs of Wisdom: Write an uplifting song to sing for a Graduation, Dedication, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Funeral, Baptism, or similar event.

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released March 2, 2020

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