Some day soon​.​.​.

by jason chu

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Chinese kid from Delaware, no combination of who I am is supposed to be here on top of these snares But one step after another, I keep climbin these stairs, turnin up my face to heaven like I’m supposed to be there It’s been tumultuous years if we’re really keepin it real Pastor Karen assures me that’s the first step to be healed (God bless) The Fungs brought me out to LA, I wasn’t really ready, same book different pages situation got messy, and if I’m really confessing, I have to clear my chest to the ex who also fulfilled the role of best friend Went bad, my bad, repent, that’s it, but still, we don’t talk, oh well, same ---- (same, ----.) The Same Old Story S.O.S., no reply, I’m so sorry Sometimes ashamed that I still get on the stage and share my life thru all these pages without reconciliating but YOU know how much I’ve let down my closest ones, broke with them, still it brings you JOY when you hear me share my broken songs so I’m up 5 AM, laptop out, Chris’s house, YouTube on, battle raps, iPhone 5, reading Psalms No Elton John but I see the circling of life, even if you miss it once, it still can come round on you twice Either I’m on shrooms or I picked one up, extra life, now I’m on my second wind, second life (Jesus Christ!) I remember at Marco’s graduation, talkin at length with Jason bout my resignation, did YOU know that I was this close to never writing this verse, never shooting Red Lines, just quittn and finding work? Word was my words wasn’t, enough to get it buzzin, YouTube views suffrin, anxiety causin me to make moves that I knew were untrue, now I can see clearly like that reggae song in Cool Running Every twelve steps I take, thank the higher power I am not defined by my mistakes I’m no saint, I’m no gimmick, I’m not great, no entertainer, I’m just making music so my people make it through the day (ok?) We break up, have bad luck, stuck in jobs we don’t want, our dream jobs don’t want us, lose our faith, lose our moms, lose our face, lose our calm, lose our case, lose our car, but we can’t shake the love. (can’t shake the love.) x2
2.
VERSE 1 Jen In life and love, they say the victor signs his name on the paycheck She went on TV in the hopes of, finding fame and singing her song for the world, singing the song that she had been singing since she was a little girl, the song that she heard ring in her childhood dreams, it was the song that SHE sang best She was her mother’s darling angel (and?) she was daddy’s little princess But she discovered that the camera adds five to fifteen pounds plus flesh don’t look as good as plastic under the lights on that sound stage, plus her singing voice was too honest, so they labeled her “unpolished”, they were the type of men to take a perfectly good rose and give it two thick coats of varnish The judges’ comments were harsh, she fled their remarks, the cameras back stage recorded the tears from her honest heart and just as it seemed that she’d fallen apart she said Bridge It’s not over when it’s over, when it’s over, it begins and It’s not over when it’s over, the end is just the beginning It’s not over when it’s over, when it’s over, it begins and It’s not over when it’s over, the end is just the beginning VERSE 2 Jose In love and life, he waited patiently for his break Workin hard at the restaurant, he made his own way, from minimum wage he ground it out til he made management grade Bad habits he managed to shake, cannabis and cocaine, OK. They were nothing at all next to the alcohol he would drink, but then he got saved and Jesus Christ showed him grace, and the liquor he used to partake was poured out all in that grave, sober for the first time since fifth grade. Cold turkey maintained, Jose lived the life of a saint. Amen. But then SHE came in, introduced by his friend, unphased by religion she flirted with him, his wheels they started to spin, his eyes they were blackened, tequila it beckoned, his job disrespected they let him go he let go illegal vehicle no control he wrecked it rejected she left him he went in the system cement and dejected prayed to God prayed to God prayed to God prayed to God and he said Bridge It’s not over when it’s over, when it’s over, it begins and It’s not over when it’s over, the end is just the beginning CHORUS VERSE 3 In love and life, they say the victor writes the rules Twenty four long years she had waited, twenty four long cruel years she had waited as she saw her friends couple up and get engaged and she never even had a single date But she waited cuz she knew the next page would be a prince and then her storybook romance could finally start to begin Her future felt grim, but good things are worth the waiting, and when God authors your fate, there’s no room for negotiating; Then he rode in, on a motorbike with room to fit another A soft-spoken man, but an undercover leader; his quirks were like her own, plus he understood her needs - he’d been single all this time just like she. Their romance was a whirlwind - the waiting was worth it because all the waiting had led to him! Her heart was finally openin to the first man since her dad who had taken her by the hand But the winter came to an end, his doubts came in between them, they grounded her future and left her alone where she landed, now she’s back where she started, she’s falling apart but her heart will not harden, it beats with new blood and her love is not lost it just needs to restart though the going is harder it never will bother her she knows the hope is a part of her always inside of her no matter what’s going on all around of her speaking to her with the voice of a father that’s always been proud of her (and it says) Bridge It’s not over when it’s over, when it’s over, it begins and It’s not over when it’s over, the end is just the beginning It’s not over when it’s over, when it’s over, it begins and It’s not over when it’s over, the end is just the beginning CHORUS 3
3.
CHORUS (Ruth Cho) You work everything together, everything for good Even when I do not understand, always you move There is nothing that could separate me from your love Neither height, nor depth, nor anything below or above VERSE 3 (jason chu) The silence more deadly than any viruses A bio weapon infectin my environment But your words healed me and did damage at the very same time like a paladin I was a coward then, ashamed to show my dreams, I left them hidden Now my heart is painting pictures that I’m placing on the easel that I wheel in your cathedral, and I leave them right there as an offering Until these words bleed I haven't done enough Every time I hear the beat I get another rush So until I OD or become a OG or get strung from both feet I haven’t sung enough Oh Lord you spoke through the music showed me my future and told me to do it I might never make a salary but every time I’m scared I just envision where I’m bout to be!
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(Chorus) Girl, wont tell you I love you (I love you) Oh, my words get me in trouble (In trouble) (yeah) So I’m not sayin I love you (I love you) No, my words get me in trouble (I love you) (yeah) VERSE 1 Always rushin to fall in I got addicted to the rush Not out of lust, out of what I could see in the future for us Prophecyin’, I’m Isaiah plus Nostradamus Drain my cups when I see you I’ll be drunk in love But drunk drivers crash, I was fifteen, got smashed I turned 16, she bounced, she was my fo’ty ounce, new leaf turned over, sobered up and I would not relapse Then seventeen, I met Anne, and it happened all again, Now I’m back on the juice, my lips were loose, let it slip and swam in a ocean, emotion, thinkin’ rings with no coasters Devotion, it cost us, broke up, both heartbroken The pattern I’m caught in from spells that I’ve spoken, yea I tend to speak before I really think I tend to think before I’m ready to So I’m not tryin’ anything wit you But I’m here to grow, if you’re willing to let me, new (Chorus) VERSE 2 It’s a birthday party, in a karaoke bar, don’t know your name or your sign but I see you shining like a star Now who you are? The only one dancing in the room, girl (girl) unashamed to show your moves, girl, ah You dance for you, never mind the attention, not the type to need to get your validation from affection, plenty men pointed in your direction but you are guardin your space (haha) I mean you cut down the scrubs in your face (garden) First stairwell conversation, walkin’ you to your car but got a different destination in mind, I’ll take time to let it build then a couple months later you’re all in my phone billin, but still we’re just chillin I’m out on tour, you’re stayin up late so that we could talk tho Only Chinese girl I’ve spotted in Roscoe’s chicken and waffles And when you rock that DOPE snapback that I had bought you I caught myself, I almost said it, girl, said I, I, I (Chorus) VERSE 3 I see the possibilities; you and me could really be If you’re down to join the team, the two of us could run the league But I thought that before, it turned out untrue, I jumped the gun and left bodies to boot Played robbers and cops with emotional loot, left the vault messy ran off in the coupe, so I’m not gonna shoot, you’re not a target to me But I see what you’re doin with that cut off Stussy tee Some swag in your whole persona plus your momma raised you well relationship good with your father so no issues I can tell, can I be real? I’m not searchin for my next ex. I’m lookin for my first last. And you’re first class, I mean you fly extra, I mean you’re extra fly, so can I holla atcha?
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(Spoken intro) VERSE 1 What’s up J? How you doin? I know your schedule’s packed - I’m glad I was included It’s been a minute since I seen you, I came up Got some info that could help you step your game up Deodorant - Learn how 2 use some. Floss your teeth, or you’re gonna lose one! Gatorade is a drink for when you exercise… not on the couch all weekend watchin X-Files! Friends: value the ones you have and your anime parties with computer LANs I know you wonder bout the drinkin that you’re missiiin But that’s not any more fun than u already have (yea) So love your life a lot Dont ever think that it’s not enough Success is not about how much you were given… It’s what you make with the life you got CHORUS Are mom and dad still healthy? (Don’t even worry) How’s my SAT grades? (It’ll be OK) What’s the meaning of life? (Don’t even worry) How’s that new X-Men movie? (It’ll be OK) Will I get a good college? (Don’t even worry) I’m under so much pressure (It’ll be OK) Sara cheated on me last week (Don’t even worry) Will I ever find another? (It’ll be OK) (Jae Jin) Every dish has the sour and the sweet Every life has the lavish and the cheap Success is not about how much you were given It’s what u make with the life you got VERSE 2 I know the struggles you been havin man Sometimes you feel like you don’t have a dad But he’s tryin his best: cut him slack, at least he’s workin hard to bring the bread home The best moments aren’t scheduled Don’t overthink or try to plan those You’re smart and you can talk - but no diagram’ll help you understand the heart You worry more about girls than you should You talk to fewer girls than you could She’ll hurt you, but no more than she needs to - you gotta learn that no woman will complete you You’re still much less than what you want You’re also much more than what you’re not Success is not about how much you were given It’s what u make with the life you got CHORUS 2 Will I ever leave this town? (Don’t even worry) What’s my first kiss like? (It’ll be OK) Does Harry Potter die? (Don’t even worry) I don’t have friends on Myspace! (It’ll be OK) Who will I take to prom? (Don’t even worry) What’s it like to grow up? (It’ll be OK) Will I get my own car? (Don’t even worry) Will I have a boring job? (It’ll be OK) (Jae Jin) Your future has highs and lows Some dreams die, some grow Success is not about the life you were given It’s what u give with the life you got VERSE 3 You’re gonna roam a world that u never seen Do some things that u never dreamed People u don’t know are gonna stream, download, and even listen to the songs u sing So be less angry, find a little peace Switch from baggy khakis into slimmer jeans. And don’t worry bout the life that u were given Go ahead, and take your best shot JAE JIN - outro
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CHORUS When the light in your eyes fade and the night stars have turned grey holdin on, holdin on When the last friend you had flies And there's no sight of sunrise holdin on, holdin on Listen: Out in LA, losing touch with friends Missed Damini’s wedding, known him since we was ten Spent the day with memories of our past selves Summer sleepovers, stayin up past twelve "See you the next time you’re in town”… No, we don’t say that any more now Because words come cheap. But even when we don’t speak, you know I'm still - me. So hold on… we’re still young. Just hold on, I'll come find you whenever I'm done. (Chorus) Listen: In '83, my mom had a miscarriage Three years later, they planted a family. The first seed was me - then my sister, right after my dad’s degree. Uprooted from the motherlaand - transplanted to another laand. From Chicago we moved to Californ-i-a, and did it all agaain They made mistakes Well, everybody does I used to hate them for that - you were supposed to be my role models and didn't know how to raise a son! But Tori calls me after therapy She says she's learning how to move past I don't know if I can do that But mom and dad, thanks for holding on (Chorus) This is my hope: I'm not loved, because I rap good Act good, speak nice - or anything like that. And I might fail to accomplish everything I set out to do in this life But you can still love me even when I am my worst parts And all the things I’m ashamed of won't ever come between the two of us, huh So I'm here holdin on I think this song might outlive me But it didn't start with me So even death isn’t the ending. Listen.

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Six rap songs that we made for you.

To think about Hope.

Some day soon... we will be Heroes.

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released November 21, 2014

All tracks except III mixed by Chris "Claudeo" Changchien.
All tracks mastered by Chris "Claudeo" Changchien.
III mixed by Charles "Chucky" Kim, www.chuckykim.com

Thanks to The Team: Chris, Rachel, Laura, the real David Kim, ElyonBeats, Coulter, Diego, Andy YoonTae Kim, Chase, GlobalGent.
Thanks to all the homies who built something special: Chucky, J. Han, GOWE, Ruth Cho, Alfa, Priscilla Liang, David Kim, Jae Jin, Jenn Chou, JPoon, JPierce & Paolo.
Shout outs to The Great Company #ingreatcompany.
Much love to Ephesians House, Alex Leigh Franklin, Jon Moy & the Hooliganz, and GBS for holding me down.
I see you, Nuo.

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