FALLING ON DEAF EARS

by A. Y. Lee

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This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Falling on Deaf Ears part 1 is about coming to grips with what's going on in your life and trying to move forward. But before you can move forward, you first must address your issues.

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released July 1, 2016

All Songs Produced by Bionik & Mixed by Melvin 'King James II' Jacobs

Unda Pressha: Written by S. Wiley and N. Green, Bass by Stephen Edgerton, Drums by J. C. Justice III
Torture: Guitars by Tooch Bagge
Long Way From Home: Guitars by Tooch Bagge, Bass by Antwone Timmons
Why Am I Here: Bass by Stephen Edgerton, Drums by Lamon Lawhorn, Trumpet by Al Strong
Angels: Lead Vocals by Charles Caldwell, Bass by Antwone Timmons

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Track Name: Back to Business
Wake up wake up wake up
this your boy A. Y. lee, and we gonna start this album out like
I got some things to get off my chest, and once I let it go, imma let it go
so here we go

Messed up relationships made me who I am,
got me in a state of mind where I don't really give a damn
I ask for help, but folk don't hear me tho (what's that all about)
And musically it feels like I’ve hit a plateau
But ain’t no escaping cus I’m in too deep
And I refuse to be another sheep no
I’ve got work to do, I ain’t finished
Disappointment’s behind me and I’m back to business

It’s back to business (4xs)

I refuse to let the pain drive me insane
I try to focus on the positives and don’t complain
I may have less likes, less views, less tales but more sales
You may have done as ton of free shows,
but I got more songs and I make more dough
perception ain’t reality, no I ain’t finished
I’m staying on my grind, and now it’s back to business

It’s back to business (4xs)
Track Name: Unda Presha
My eyes open at the top of the morning
And the bs starts before I get to yawnin
I gotta make a grand before the end of the week
Otherwise all my shhhh will be out in the streets
I got 6 days to make it happen
I’m just a musician I don’t know nothing bout trappin
Now I gotta be on a debt collectin mission
There’s cats out here that owe for beats and mixin
I got put in this position by a n--- I known 20 years that wouldn’t mention
when I invested money he made some bad decisions
Now there’s nothing but tension
f--- that man, and f--- an intervention

seems whatever’s going on
it all goes wrong
sometimes I feel as if I don’t belong
I’m bout to go crazy strap me to a stretcher
Cuz I’m at my breaking point
I’m unda pressha (2x’s)

If a man don’t work then a man can’t eat
And if that man is broke then he need not speak
Bout what I got going on and my situations
Offering advice and explanations
While he does nothing I’m chasing expectations
And just lookin at your smug face is causing irritation
Doin alotta talkin but you ain’t about no action
You outta line so say one more word and I’m blastin off

seems whatever’s going on
it all goes wrong
sometimes I feel as if I don’t belong
I’m bout to go crazy strap me to a stretcher
Cuz I’m at my breaking point
I’m unda pressha (2x’s)

I don’t know what I’m doing says you and you and you only
Actin like you’re the holiest of holy
You’re a phony and everybody knows it but it’s on me
To put you in you place you should see your face
When I reality check ya looks like your life left your body specter
Now I can’t respect ya
Cuz you can’t admit that you was wrong in the first place
You just walk away and say whatever man, what a shame
Track Name: Torture
It was on a street so evil
So bad that even hell disowned it
Every single step was trouble
For the fool who stumbled on it
Eyes within the dark were watchin'
I felt the sudden chill of danger
Something told me keep on walkin'
Told me I should not have gone there

Baby, 'cause you cut me like a knife
Without your love in my life
Alone I walk in the night
'Cause I just can't stop this feeling
It's torture
It's torture
It's torture

She was up a stair to nowhere
A room forever I'll remember
She stared as though I should have known her
Tell me what's your pain or pleasure
Every little thing you find here
Is simply for the thrill you're after
Loneliness or hearts on fire
I am here to serve all masters

She said, 'Reality is a knife
When there's no love in your life
Unmerciful is the night
When you just can't stop this feeling'
It's torture
It's torture
It's torture

And I still can't find the meaning, no
No, no, of the face I keep on seeing
Was she real or am I dreaming
Did the sound of your name
Turn a wheel
Start a flame in me

Baby, 'cause you cut me like a knife
Without your love in my life
Alone I walk in the night
And I just can't stop this feeling
It's torture
It's torture
It's torture
Track Name: Long Way from Home
Tick Tock, the clock keeps tickin
Tick Tock, the clock keeps tickin
Tick Tock, the clock keeps tickin
Tick Tock, the clock keeps tickin

I took a short path to a long road
And was sure my destination was around the bend
But after a few miles and the darkness starts to set in
I realize there’s no path and I’m out here all alone

If I took 2 steps up and 2 steps back
I still won’t be where I started at,
I’m so lost oh I’m so lost
And if I walked a path bread crumbs in hand
I still won’t make it back to where I began
I’m so lost oh I’m so lost

How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home
How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home

I want my life back my old life back
(8x’s)

No one to blame, it’s just me
The silence rings, I’m listening
The thoughts that I had that once seemed so clear
But yet 1 wrong turn has brought me here.

If I took 2 steps up and 2 steps back
I still won’t be where I started at,
I’m so lost oh I’m so lost
And if I walked a path bread crumbs in hand
I still won’t make it back to where I began
I’m so lost oh I’m so lost

How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home
How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home

I want my life back my old life back
(8x’s)

How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home
How did I even get here, I’m such a long long long long way from home

The clock keeps tickin
The clock keeps tickin
Track Name: Why Am I Here (feat. Al Strong)
I’m full of frustration but I can’t shed a tear
Why am I here
When everything I say falls on deaf ears
I gotta ask Why am I here

Sometimes I say a prayer at night
Lord please don’t wake me up
I’m tired of barely getting by
I’m tired of fightin but to stubborn to give up
Some say it’s time for me to make a change
But everyone I make it seems the results are still the same
Running round in circles and it’s making me a square
But it’s getting to the point where I don’t’ care

I’m full of frustration but I can’t shed a tear
Why am I here
When everything I say falls on deaf ears
I gotta ask Why am I here

Another day, another dolla, another cry, another holla
My back’s up against the wall, I just sit it on down so I don’t fall
Not enough juice to make it thru the day
My water’s cut off so I stay thirsty
Cupboards empty so I’m still hungry
And a week left till I get paid.
I ask myself is this where I belong
Am I cursed, what did I do wrong
Folk tellin me I need to stay strong
The race is almost over, but I don’t’ see where the line is drawn.

I’m full of frustration but I can’t shed a tear
Why am I here
When everything I say falls on deaf ears
I gotta ask Why am I here
Track Name: Angels (feat. Gym E. Dean & Charles Caldwell)
What if I wasn’t meant to succeed
What if my heart was meant to bleed
Maybe I was meant to be a lapdog, a servant if that’s the case
Is all this dreaming really worth it?
Seems like others are passing me in the blink of an eye
They say the first shall be last but I’m falling further behind
There’s no one else in sight, maybe cuz there’s no light
Am I losing the battle my head is bloody from the fight
I look to the sky and see dark clouds pass over
My knees start to buckle from the weight that’s on my shoulders
Walkin hot coals, while I’m toting boulders
I’m ready for this to all be over
And just as I’m ready to give in to death, I receive a fresh breath
A renewed mind and a stronger back bone I lift my head to look around
And see I’m no longer along cus…

God send his angels to surround me and protect me (2x’s)

They say the sun comes out tomorrow seems tomorrow never comes
Remember you’re not the only one and you shall overcome
Adversity’s a great teacher if you heed its instruction
Ignore it and pay dearly and suffer repercussions
The easy button nah never heard of that
Friends in high places well you can say I’ve got the ultimate
And friends in low they can put you back on track
don’t look down on em or burn bridges, keep it all intact.
You can’t let pain postpone your plan
patience plus equals a prize in the palm of your hand
you got to understand there’s strength in experience
that’s why our elders had so much confidence
so now I’m happy thru all the strife, can’t get rid of my smile
under the trappings of life my head is bloody but unbowed
I know no other way, my spirit is so joyous
I’m filled with God’s love you can hear it in the chorus

God send his angels to surround me and protect me (2x’s)

Everyone falls from time to time but that don’t mean you fall behind
Just keep on pressing on (2x’s)

God send his angels to surround me and protect me (2x’s)
Track Name: Message
this is my message
for you that's listening
I wanna thank you
thank you for tuning in
I also wanna thank those
that went told a friend
to grab one of my albums
so I can add another fan.
what more can I say
that you don't already know
you've heard all this issues
I’ve had to undergo
nah nothing tragic
but I still feel weighed down
and when you’re going thru
seems like those you helped ain't around
not trying to be sound profound
but I get up off the ground
and scrap and pound
trying to rebound.
so what you're hearing now
is my sincere appreciation
and if you're still confused
here's my explanation

this is my message
for you that's listening
I wanna thank you
thank you for tuning in
I also wanna thank those
that went told a friend
to grab one of my albums
so I can add another fan.