Escala


Ordinary Lives
Rayneman
Producer: KMG
2018

Verse 1:

It begins

Enter the two-bit crook

Whose time is counted by the rice pouring from his hand

Blood spilled for a refill

Never knowing how long the crime life is gonna last

Nor any idea when this all began

It was like this ever since

No past, no future

Just the present of his children forged with every sin

Every cellphone snatched is tuition

Every gram of drug is nutrition

Every scrape with Death a repetition

Heavy conscience honed his intuition

But ain't much difference between the needy and greedy in the laws that are bound

Run like the wind when the hogs come around

They'll run you to the ground and gun you down, another body count

They say everybody see the devil on an empty stomach

Then they see God when their end is coming

And he knows damn well ain't no running from it, but...

At least 'til his kids make it out of this hell, gotta stay alive

Too far downhill for a better life

Not saying he ain't praying for it every night

Then his answer came, on a fated chase through the maze-like alleyways

It was there that he saw God's face...

...right behind a .38 aimed at his way

"But I'm still needed by my family"

So he drew his own weapon frantically

Time stood still as they both stared down

The barrel of a gun and their mortality

 

Hook:

Who is right, who is wrong

Does it even matter?

When only winners get another chapter

But even then you're getting played

This is not Lady Justice's scales

Just the strings of a puppet master

As the world keeps spinning

And your money keeps thinning

And humanity is slipping

Into fear, need, greed

Desperation, rage, and pride

The problems keep pressing

Now let's hear the other side of the story

 

Verse 2:

Enter the young police

Whose career was built with every dime from his mom and dad

Studied hard so he can make 'em proud at last

He was gonna be the one to take 'em out of that

Lifestyle of debt and decay

That he knew growing up in this rough place

Not one to accept how "it just is"

He vowed to bring order and justice

But it wasn't quite like he first thought

Corruption rooted down to the bedrock

Salary wasn't enough for the risk brought

Some'd rather trade honor for a quick buck

As he got pulled in to a world of sin

He had lost his dreams and his flames were killed

And his badge's glimmer grew dimmer with every moral descent

Now his only saving grace was his bloodless hands

Couldn't take the life of another man

But it wasn't for long, now he understands

As he stands in front of God

In this confrontation with a man on the run

Deep in the alley, no backup to come

Shaking hands firmly grasping that gun

They stared eye to eye

And the only thing they saw was a swine and a man of crime

Neither one will ever get to know

Their similarities and burdens held up inside

No chance for redemption

When in just another millisecond, you're about to die

Shots rung loud in the sky

As the two lost souls pulled the trigger at the same time

 

Hook:

Who was right, who was wrong?

Does it even matter

When only winners get another chapter

But even then you're getting played

This is not Lady Justice's scales

Just the strings of a puppet master

As the world keeps spinning

And your money keeps thinning

And humanity is slipping

Into fear, need, greed

Desperation, rage, and pride

The problems keep pressing us

Further down the slide

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