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Rapazzi – Rapazzi

About this album

With gut wrenching, poetic lyrics in the vein of Leonard Cohen and a vocalist with the rugged sincerity of Johnny Cash, Rapazzi is the brainchild of a gifted Brazilian composer/producer, an American lyricist and seasoned vocalists living in Mexico. The result of their collaboration are retro Mexi-Cali infused beat generation exhortations on the meaning of life in the early 21st Century.

Lyrics

Vignette One

I been dreaming centuries B.C.
Red soaked visions torn in ecstasy
Coliseums standing proud and tall
Hero fighters answering to the call

Got No Soul

With a briefcase full of promise and a suitcase full of dreams
She came wandering through the vineyard tasting other star machines
Got the talent of a tigress with a flytrap mind for law
She’s a goddess in the bedroom but never shows her flaws

(chorus)
Little momma meister’s hand controls the gun (got no soul)
Little brother meister shoots the holy one (got no one)
Never meant to kill him street cred was the goal (got no soul)
Little momma meister lives without a soul (repeat)

Leave me wanting leave me haunting leave me drowning in despair
Let me catch up let me fess up act as if you couldn’t care
Help me borrow more tomorrows cause I've found mine are worn out
And the fabric of the magic makes my blisters scream and shout

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
There seems to be a tear inside the fabric of the muse
When the holler of the caller is the one who lights the fuse

(repeat chorus)

Vignette Two

Back when men lived by the sword
A time and place of its own reward
Battles fought to the life and death
Victory to those who still draw breath

Feeding Frenzy

They always call me first
That's how the meeting starts
They got to hear the details
Of what's inside my heart
They got to probe real deep
They're way beyond their youth
They got their feelers out
They're yearning for some truth
(chorus)
It's a feeding frenzy
Like a nursery rhyme
Noshing on my energy
Munching all the time
Finding inspiration
A way to feel just fine
Feeding off my energy
They do it every time
It's such an odd assortment
Felonious with crime
Hanging by a thread
Before they do their time
Such a strange arrangement
Dark and bittersweet
Sitting round the campfire
Then back up on their feet
(repeat Chorus)
(bridge)
Member of the group
Leader of the pack
Each of us has got
One another's back
(repeat chorus)

Vignette Three

Modern warriors tearing up the field
Sunday solid in formation yield
Combatants now using human shields
Dreams fulfilled sometimes unconcealed

Well Fed Lies

What size this wound, this mortal wound, this wound that will not die?
Compared too soon to its own doom, to feelings it defies
And as this day turns into night the cycle starts again
What size this wound, this lonely wound, this wound that’s now my friend?
(chorus)
Promises are well-fed lies feeding on the lamb
Questioning identity screaming here I am
Praying their betrayal will restore those once held dear
Promises just well fed lies scared beyond their years
What night is this, this moonless night, this night of howling winds?
Hiding as it does so well from truths that always sin
Crawling deep inside itself the victor on its throne
What night, this night, this 7th night tearing skin from bone
(repeat chorus)
(bridge)
Summoned, summoned in the night
Summoned to my fright
Bleeding, bleeding wistfully
Bleeding without sight
(repeat chorus)

Vignette Four

I been dreaming of the times today
Not much changed in a worldly way
Still fighting wars in the names of gods
Worship profits as its own reward

Tarred & Feathered

Wild West town with muddy roads
Eighteen ninety two
Shady undertaker vows
To get the best of you
Tricking mourners, scamming families
This will never do
Wild West town with muddy roads
Eighteen ninety two
(chorus)
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed
Torn and weathered, shattered tethered
Feeling miniscule
Run from town a beaten clown
His mournful fate askew
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed
Got no sheriff, got no order
Way too dangerous here
Gunslingers and lawlessness
Living is a scare
Brave new world where men are men
And treachery held dear
Got no sheriff, got no order
Way too dangerous here
(chorus)
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed
Torn and weathered, shattered tethered
Feeling miniscule
Run from town a beaten clown
His mournful fate askew
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed
(bridge)
Wild West town with muddy roads
Eighteen ninety two
(chorus)
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed
Torn and weathered shattered tethered
Feeling miniscule
Run from town a beaten clown
His mournful fate askew
Tarred and feathered, shackled severed
Scorned and ridiculed

Vignette Five

Magic mysteries shine your light tonight
Plant your reason while you’re burning bright
Climb inside and talk to moral man
Help us find the special way we can

A Final Wave

My son, my son, what’s wrong with you?
I just don’t understand
Isolated gone away
To such a far off land
You don’t respond you don’t reach out
What’s floating through your mind?
My son, my son, what’s wrong with you
Where are the ties that bind?

(chorus)
Will you attend my funeral?
When I’m put in my grave
C’mon I think you should be here
Stand up, try to be brave
When death has taken your old man
And I’m placed in my grave
Will you attend my funeral?
To give a final wave?

What’s wrong, what’s wrong, my precious son
The one who wanders far
You can’t escape the blood that flows
Inside came from you Pa
Half your spirit came from me
The rest comes from Mama
What’s wrong, what’s wrong, my precious son
So close and yet so far

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Don’t say goodbye my precious son
My love for you won’t die
I’ll always be right here for you
Oh me, oh may, oh my!

(repeat chorus)

Vignette Six

I been dreaming bout where this song lives
Tried it on few time just see how it fits
Fits like a glove warms like hot chocolate
Whipped cream cherry on top if it

Do Not Be Afraid

And when the heavens open sky reveals its shining birth
Mother Nature’s safety net stifles the painful curse
For in the night the holy dreams connect within our souls
Swimming through the sea of knowledge battling earth’s foes

(chorus)
Do not be afraid my son, do not be afraid
Courage lives inside of you, soon all fear will fade
May thirst for knowledge comfort you in your holy night
Do not be afraid my son, blessed be your sight

We testify we cannot lie we hold each other’s hands
Naked in our honesty woman, child and man
For what is life, why are we here, where did we all come from?
Where do we go when we move on what is it we become?

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
The universe wraps around showing us the light
Spinning visions infinite everything’s all right
The wonder of humanity is merging all it’s got
Inside this human festival we’ve got beginner’s luck

(repeat chorus)

Vignette Seven

I been shaving heads off mystery queens
Living fantasy of switching teams
Crusty champions dressing to the nines
Running rickshaws dancing pantomime

Testify

I’m spilling my guts
I’m screaming my list
This madness must stop
We’re better than this

(verse 1)
I see mothers sons, their hearts ripped in two with so much regret for what they can’t do
I see fathers who’ve failed and misplaced their hope and children so lost resorting to dope
Grandparents with nothing but love in their hearts grandchildren surviving through fits and false starts
I see love so strong while ceasing to wait, righting the wrongs and melting the hate

I see truth so real it burns in my eyes and flushes out memories deceptions and lies
It’s this hurt and this pain that devours us whole and keeps us downtrodden diverting our goals
I see families uprooted and lost all they got, they chase just those dreams endangered to rot
I see brothers and sisters blank stares in their eyes as they beg forlorn heroes to tell them no lies

(chorus)
This is not the way
This is not the why
Now is the day
That I testify
I stand before God
I stand before man
We’ll fix these things
I know that we can
I’m up on my feet
My fists waving high
I’ve found enough courage
Now I testify

(verse 2)
I see prophets and poets pointing at signs and gasping for breath as our futures unwind
I see hatred so fierce with its venomous face while the interests rule on with inhuman disgrace
I’ve seen things so wrong that they spark my unrest as they give me the strength to pound on my chest
With a wind so cold that it builds inner strength as it tightens it hold now held at arms length

Under a sky so dark with its thundering sounds as we’re told to believe in madmen and clowns
I see earth so scorched and smoke so thick from humanity’s torch that it makes me feel sick
With jails so full of innocent lives injustice is served over lambs mesmerized
Us regular folks seeing death come so near must summon our strength to overcome fear

(repeat chorus)