Good Side of Bad: Vol. 3 - Summer in Nuclear Winter

by Alexipharmic

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released 20 October 2010

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Nuclear, G’Day, Romeo, Rapunzel, Charlie - Produced by Abstrakt
Mwanafunzi, Troubadour, Dawn – Produced by MGI
Ambition – Produced by DJ Figure
Cleopatra – Produced by The Synthesis
All words by Alexipharmic (ASCAP), Except Cleopatra by Alexipharmic & Intellect Slang
Recorded and Mixed at The Elephant Room
Produced by Elephant Memories
Alexipharmic Thanks: You.
© 2010 Elephant Memories, LLC

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Alexipharmic Fort Collins, Colorado

Alexipharmic no longer exists. He makes music under the name Bodi. But here's his old bio:

Born and raised in Port Angeles, WA, before moving to Los Angeles, Alexipharmic immersed himself in the world of hip hop via YO! MTV Raps and cassettes of 2Pac, Nas, and Biggie, before picking up the pen at 13 and working to forge his own path. That journey has led him around the US multiple times.
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Track Name: Nuclear
 If a nuclear bomb dropped on my front lawn
At dawn and tomorrow was gone
And my…words traveled on the wings of song
To spread wings for freedom’s spawn, then
I’d be fine, cause I’d live in the headphones
Kids waging candlelight riots alone
To show they aint, cause no distance too great
For intertwined faith and compassion to escape
You wanna know why I write? Well all right
There’s too much wrong so I work to make it all right
And fight like my only choice
Til I’m three inches deeper than Royce five nine
The light lime don’t shine through the soil
Darker than a barrel right before the recoil
No matter what we make from our toil
Life is gonna cut us down to size like a Mohle
True - we all just pass through
And real superheroes never wear a mask, dude
Make summer cause there’s too much winter
When miss fortune treats you badly, forgive her
She’s just lookin for the company of misery
So sometime you’re kickin it with mystery
As long as you aint dead like chivalry
Give your lonely island man the boot like Italy
And I feel like life speed at light speed
Someday I’ll say it speed without the middle e
So I’m livin like the present tense a gift to me
To see my history without a view of sympathy
And life we choose turns the life we chose
Until the day shows when the window to our souls
Close forever. And ties are severed
And never turns now and then we’re remembered, but…
We just gotta cherish what we have
There’s always some good inside of the bad…
I said we gotta cherish what we have
There’s always some good inside of the bad…
Track Name: G'Day
The sunshine just woke me up
And my lady’s walkin with a new pair of dunks on
And that’s it, so you gotta understand
That’ll get the sheets off without using hands
Wearing nothing but an ear-to-ear smirk
So she picks up the phone and calls in to work
We can get it on, and get each other off
One, two, three times, then I got soft
Hot shower, none of it cold
Hop out into warm freshly dried clothes
Stroll to the living room, morning cartoons
She’s got the cereal and my favorite spoon
No genocide buried in the news
Sailing all smooth like a Caribbean cruise
The weather says eighty, all blue
So it’s all gravy, life, thank you

Good day, today
It’s a good day today
Don’t go away
Please don’t go away
Good day, today
It’s a good day today
Don’t go away
Please don’t go away

No red lights, all of em green
Windows down just to hear the birds sing
Cruising down main, to my side is a hooptie
And the ride bumps American Beauty, now
Deep breathing, no smog in the air
The pound calls says they’ve got a bulldog there
They’re gonna put down, so I go and pick her up
And we strut downtown, seeing love and nothing but
Food bank full so the homeless all fed
Not one kid on the corner with the meth pushers
Get a text I inspect like a gumshoe
“So you know you’re my man and I love you”
Now it’s two, rendezvous at a barbeque
Me and fifty close friends all scarf food
M’s vs. Yanks, watch the Yanks lose
If life is but a dream then I’m gonna hit the snooze

Chorus

It’s a good life, it only took like
25 years til the beauty in the night
Time stops. I’m not lost in my thoughts
Which means I’ve found now which means I’ve found god
And I got me a goddess in the castle
Ready to suit up any day to do battle
I’d roam a thousand barefoot miles
If it meant one second more seein her smile
Today I don’t got to, tank on F
Car makes it home, so easy I rest
But wheezy on breath cause it’s time for round four
Bed to the shower to the couch to the floor
Fall asleep to a light summer breeze
Wind makes chimes out the leaves of the trees
What else can I say? Life’s a beautiful movie
Today was a good day, Ice Cube can sue me

Chorus
Track Name: Romeo
I've been writing since I was in Oshkosh
LA gears on the day Kris Kross was
New maybe yesterday to you
But didn't learn til 92 how to tie my shoes
And I was like six then, a late bloomer.
No sooner did I trust than my parents split up
And this happens to half of us
But love seemed fickle so I went after lust
Hanging on the jungle gym, try to look cool
Four Square, won't lie, I kind of did rule
All for the ladies, I was a fool
Cause they were twice my size in elementary school
To distract from my fragile features
I would have the maxed out trapper keepers
Ed Vedder and Pac were my teachers
Writing while watching kickball from the bleachers

Back in junior high I was more prolific
In my writing than a Shakespeare, to get more specific.
I replaced the lyrics with the love letters scripted
Undelivered, just a product of the past hieroglyphics
Too timid under five foot only and
Didn't care enough to have a complex Napoleon
I scored just as much as a goalie and
Rediscovered basslines to keep me from lonely, and
Puff was saying nobody could hold me
While I was growing slowly other kids were puffin stogies
A bad boy I wasn't, little old me
Eyes in a state of misery, show me
I can be something if I put my mind to it
Put down the books and turned up the music
And the truest form of self I managed
Was written down when the words hit the canvas

You know the dude in high school with the letterman’s
And a bastion of girls that’d neverend?
That wasn't me, its never been
That’s probably why I had the chance to pick this pen
Up and put down thoughts for rememberin
Rocked EL-Ps by Aesop and Weathermen
Didn’t know better than to try my hand at it
Dive face first and see where I landed
No studio, no microphone
But had to take a chance or I’d die at home
33 – broke, bald, crazy
Lampin at high school parties (“sup ladies?”)
Slim chance though fame maybe Shady
I’ve got enough faith to see where this takes me
So I guess you could say this art saved me
You do the same every time that you play me
Track Name: Mwanafunzi
Slug already covered all I’d ever write on women
And Sage flipped a middle finger to the system
Zion I’s vision was a world True and Livin
Pac made a mission of changing our condition
Def Jux and Anticon mastered the abstract
Aesop metaphored poetic labeled backpack
Black Thought took it back to its Roots, and
Ali brought the Undisputed Truth
OneBeLo’s got the smoothest flow
And every word Treach ever spit I grew to know
Beneath the surface, GZA was a genius
The other eight let us all know what cream is
Queen Latifah picked the name beautiful
Genelec and Memphis Reigns crafted the unusual
Congress called lyrics the cause of bad, it wasn’t
And Chuck D made that enemy public…

Chorus
One for the mic, two for the graff
Three for the DJ’s throwin down the scratch and
Four for the b-boys and girls on the floor
And five to you for keeping hip hop alive
(2x)

From beginning to the end Murs will always be a legend
Em never changed a line to make it copasetic
Ra never said a word unless he really meant it
Big never touched a mic that he didn’t bless it’s
Distribution lack left the Prophets Unknown
Cleveland made it big through the Thuggish Ruggish Bone
Benefit proved havin studios is secondary
KRS changed the game By any means necessary
Eyedea served kids cause of his Abilities
L saw the big picture, so he had enemies
Sweatshop crossed over the border
Before the exit, K-Os returned rap to order
In hip hop 101, these are the teachers
For the student in the back lookin at an angel’s features
Respect for every one of them, it’s humblin
To study them and do my best from Run until I’m done and then it’s…

Chorus

I used to love her, that’s Common Sense
Before it decided to go and Harvey Dent
Downfall’s televised, revolution went
When Dilla and Jam Jay far too early left
So what’s left is a scene of the mainstream
Underground slowly turning to the same thing
Money rules everything, and to keep it brief
It’s hard to make music if you can’t afford to eat
That being said, this kid’s final test
Is to write what I do until the day of my death
Stay true to words that drip from my chest
Thank you for saving me by letting this connect
To your head, through your ears, in your brain, to your heart
So a spark lights the dark from the start we depart
And prove Nas wrong, for as long as we’re breathin
It’s up to us if hip hop’s stayin or leavin
Track Name: Troubadour
Any man that lays a hand on a woman aint a man
And they don't got a spine to stand, understand?
If one more attempt at justification
For that bullshit’s given, I'll adjust my vocation
To traveling the nation and taking on guys
Who idolize cutting em down before they fly, cause
There's no excuses for any abuse and
Truth is if you weren't clueless you would've already knew this
So let it be known that my rule of thumb
Is a man who beats his wife get 25 to life
Til he's done - I don't want my generation of sons
To be told that it's cool or ok to hit girls
You aint a man just because you got a penis
It takes real virtue, homie, believe this
If you can't see this or disagree with what I say
The dick measuring contest is that way

Dear woman - the world is yours
Even if ther’s needledicks that may call you whores
Those pricks are a dozen a dime
So when they come around to knock you down, pay them no mind
They just hate themselves and disrespect you
No matter what, none of that reflects you
That’s unless you continue the trend
Of keeping bastards as lovers and nice guys as friends
Spend your whole life trying to change
Coal to a diamond, let me explain
He’ll remain the same shit stain
Pimp cane wishin, insane vision
Of himself as a player in a major league
Make believe king with a heart on his sleeve
So please don’t leave those poor excuses
For dudes with you, or you’re equally clueless

A gentleman, that's what you are when you're raised,
By a single mom and saw her get played
By schmuck after chump that looked to her as a way
To place the blame - I aint gonna turn out that way
I'm the most awkward guy that you’ll meet
So if-we-meet-I-promise-I-ain’t-gonna sweep your feet
And discrete aint the word I would choose to describe
All the actions that I take to find my future wife
And rappers always write about how they use women
As a way to cover up their insecure livin
Make songs of how big their dick is
And haven’t got a clue where the clit is
Slow the roll of quarters, no one cares
About the pillow talk or venereal affairs
The woman you are with is a goddess, not a bitch
Look in the mirror to see which is which, you prick
Track Name: Cleopatra ft. Intellect Slang
Dear woman that I met for five minutes at Starbucks
And gave me 45 minutes of lust
Teeth white as snow and the words seemed to flow
Out your heaven made lip gloss, you even know
How beautiful you are? I bet you do
Dudes try to talk but they aint got a clue
What to do in the presence of an angel like you
You’re the reason god painted skies of blue
And I hate coffeshops, I came for the bathroom
Then I saw your hair soaked Vidal Sassoon
Bubblegum tongue, tats on your shoulder
They made you cover while taking yuppies orders
Mocha brown eyes, macchiato complexion
I’m not religious, but you make my confession
You make Cleopatra look like chump change
You’ll be the cause of my nocturnal cum-stains
I’m just being honest
Lovely goddess when I see you that it’s hard to change the topic
But I promise that I will not ever treat you like an object
Cause that nonsense don’t bring progress to the conscience if we’ve lost it
All down, anyway, back to this day
Try to get the courage for a few words to say
What I think, I blink, heart skips a beat on action
You get this letter on the bottom of a napkin
Track Name: Rapunzel
Do you have any castles that you want to have filled?
You got any dragons that you want to have killed?
Cause I’d do it without any armor
No second thought of dying as a martyr
I’m saying, if Rapunzel got a barber
The climb would be harder but I’d still make it up
And I don’t harbor any feelings of lust
This is just doing what I feel that I must (and nothing more)
Plus I’d rather burn out than rust
A mayfly dying just to feel your touch
And brush greatness, and I’m fine on a waitlist
Longer than a doctor 90210 facelift
Dream awake with grace that fate stitch
- Getting by with a tapestry makeshift
Break it down like the walls we all hide behind
Some I’ll build, some are worthy of the climb

So if men are from Mars, women are from Venus
And my Earth mission’s have you screamin Lord Jesus
In the sheets is where I’ll preach this sermon of completeness
Deep into the outer spaces of your inner reaches
This aint a race darlin, no Preakness
We can slow it down for the love thing sweetest
We can wait on what furthers our species
And often time makes the chain love letter weakest
No elitist no perfection pleaded
All that’s needed is trust and a friendship
Understanding and a little bit of patience
And support on this journey almost famous
Pursuin individual endeavors
I don’t wanna feel like I’m tied down to tethers
In this together, but we leave it alone
In the meantime, in your eyes I see home

Miss Rapunzel, let down your hair
So I may climb that long golden stair
Way to heaven maybe not, but the air up here’s
Thin enough to make me feel I’ve burned through the stratosphere
On the world, stars as my peers
Face reflectin sunlight, ocean my mirror
They say you got to recognize your fears
And after meeting you it’s pretty clear I don’t got one
Left – cause usually I fear what’s
Next – so I don’t get a moments
Rest – til I sleep with the barracuda
Shark infested waters that I’ve learned to maneuver
And, you don’t look the type to cock back a luger
And I aint one to worry bout trackin down the shooter
There’s a kingdom to build, so let’s make it
World in our hands, so lady lets shape it
Track Name: Ambition
All he wanted was a little bit of happiness
He thought it came from the game played on mattresses
The fame gained from the record alchemists
The life lessons earned to learn what true magic is
Still about a mil from framed records
So that’s enough for him to go and reframe perspectives
On what the true definition for success is
Looks to the rest like this is how the best live
So the stress getting heavy
Eye on the storm in the fifth ward’s levy
Children in Uganda in wars turn deadly
He feels guilty for every single ending
That aint fairy tale, which is almost every spawn
That’s in this world, including those gone
Does what he can, not enough to write wrongs
So he sits down and writes these songs (come on)
Back to the lab again, back to the pad and pen
Do the math and subtract off the has from been
Cause he’s yet to be, so aint past tense
Glad since last breath means the dreams cast went
Back out the grasp of the ambitious starfighter
Reaching through the fire while he’s preaching to the choir
On a quest to fight desire place the next behind, see
The path draw backward til the shadows blinding
Cause he just wanna flow like him
Rock a show packed to the door like them
Wonder why he wasn’t even though he spend
Half his life sitting in the waiting room, then
It’s time to wake up, but hard when envy
Keep him in it’s vice grip, trying for the ending
Worried that he might slip down every rung
Of the ladder that we climb before the journey runs done
Breath, step, right, left
Nose to the grind and shoulder to the wheel
Digging in the heels on the slippery slope acrobat
Avoid tying noose from the tight rope

Eyes on the prize to find blue skies
And scribe sunshine to burn what he despise
Eyes on the prize to find the blue skies
And scribe sunshine…scribe sunshine…

He’s only livin cause he wants to make it better
And the mission he envisions could make him live forever
It’s now or never whether he wants to believe it
He’s succeeded if the world’s a little better when he leaves it
Twenty-four years from the fetus to the present
He aint ever spoke a word unless he really meant it
Never had a fear of being copacetic
Life on the fly, with no time for an edit
Never let it take away his 20/10 vision
Livin with a plan no blind ambition
Decisions made riskin his ability for wishin
If he never catch a break then he’ll still go fishin
Opportunity’s no door-to-door salesman
If it never knocks he won’t let that fail him
Sailin on the winds of change his only constant
That remains, he aint pick his only option

Eyes on the prize to find blue skies
And scribe sunshine to burn what he despise
Eyes on the prize to find the blue skies
And scribe sunshine…scribe sunshine…

All he ever wanted was a princess to live with
He looked for it in the eyes of a mistress
Love to lust in the quest for a quick fix
Walk around town like he thinks he’s mister big shit
He aint got enough left to give this
Revolution power so he hold up a split fist
One supports and one’s on the wish list
He hopes turn reality before his feet stick
Through the earthworms and the rose blooms
He aint found how the butterfly cocoons
When everything’s got a spot in the waiting room
Consumed by his shadow in the light of the moon
He tries to leave it all when it’s high noon
And free from the bandits on horizons that loom, cause
Before he knows it he’ll be in his tomb
Riding out of Dodge cause there aint enough room
Track Name: Charlie
Froze. What do you say?
When you're told you've only got a couple months
Til today fades away, and tomorrow won't wait
The fate we all face leaves no way to escape
Faith tested. But grace is what's left with one another
The best gift to be blessed with
The end is taken care of, you can focus on the present
Live a life called to action
Manifest love as we all go passin
I went in for a physical
And didn't think too much of the ritual
And spring was taking over for winter
That's when I got the news about that tumor in my liver, now
Some things happen, no reason
And none of us know when we're leavin
But I believe in this fragile vulnterability's
Responsible for giving us the beauty of freedom, now
I don't know the meaning of this journey
But I feel that the joy is in the learning
And asking the questions and taking the steps
To work before rest
Peace and love and respect in breaths
Life left, but it's time to move on
I've truly been blessed by every new dawn
The best testament to those who've gone
Take their best message and add it to a new song

Chorus
Lift your voice to the rafters
Make magic from the moment we capture
Leave beauty in the sweet hereafter
It goes and it goes and it goes and it goes on…
(2x)

Smile. What can you do?
But give thanks and praise divine time that is
Given to you and make the most as it flies
And we learn how to live when we learn how to die
In a world imperfect, but that's not the final verdict
We can plant a seed and see it bloom if we work it
And even though we can't fix it all
We can move to improve, and change no matter how small
Is still change. It's still progress.
And sometimes it'll feel like nonsense
But keep your chin up regardless, you're making a difference
And life is your witness.
I'm so humbled to be given
The chance to go in peace serving everyone livin
Grateful for this life since beginnin
Even though it didn't go exactly as envisioned
The trial's all part of the magic
Can never be perfect, for we don't get practice
But we're all sewn together in this fabric
Cut from the same cloth, infinity spanned it
And my life was a stitch on the whole
And here we go to my time to let go
It's about us, not me
Your love set this song...free...

Chrous
Track Name: Dawn
Just be a good person, that’s my request
Til the day you’re buried in your Sunday best
Cause one day the next day will someday rest
Some say that one way we’re some way blessed
But don’t see it or believe it if we don’t get what we dream
And it’s convenient it’s harder just to hold it than concede it
In between this death and fetus we’re succeeded or defeated
Cause we’re leavin it all behind – but only needed
To find that through time in the grand design
Doesn’t define the heights we can climb
Fate isn’t left up for others to decide
It’s by setting sight high that we won’t be denied
Cause try though you may sometimes you’re bound to fall
I’ll be damned if you’re done given it your all
Cause there aint a thing wrong with some cuts and scars
Yesterday’s gone, today you’re gonna be large

Chorus
Hold on, this aint the end
Fight on til the day that you’re dead
There’s light if you open your eyes
So smile homie, everything will be all right
This aint the end
Fight on til the day that you’re dead
There’s light if you open your eyes
So smile homie, everything will be all right


So they say sticks and stones are only thrown at those
Who’ve got strength to survive the blows
And I don’t know if that’s true, but if you keep movin
You’re provin that you’re doin what you can to skip losin
If life is an angry woman, loving her is fully worth it
So it goes it’s far from perfect but it’s closer if you work it
If you don’t you don’t deserve it
Make the most and find your purpose
Playing ghost will make it worthless
Go for broke though you’ll get hurt it’s
All that you can do, but I won’t promise you
It’ll turn out even if you follow through
So do what you do and let others do the same
It’s hard enough as it is just to maintain
In a world where the odds are against you from the start
Everybody’s trying hard just to make their mark
So they make their mark someone who’s got it in em
To succeed no matter and take you along with em
-Within a system that’s built to take us all down
Even if we’re wishing to be tall now
Taught division’s what gets us off the ground
But buying in the ethics of the lifeboat we all drown
What I’ve found, wrong I may be
Is the light shines brighter when I find it in me
When I get there I’ll bring you along
In the meantime sing this song, it goes…

Chorus