Battle Scars (ft. Kevin Lien)

from by jason chu

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I heard that new Lupe Fiasco album, and I knew Kevin could rip this hook. So I texted him and we made this for you <3


Intro (0:08-0:18)
Wounds heal but this never does
That's cause you're at war with, love
You're at war with, love, yeah

Hook (0:18-0:30)
These battle scars, don't look like they're fading
Don't look like they're ever going away
They ain't never gonna change
These battle...

Verse 1 (0:30-1:05)
Ah, you used to be so bright-eyed
Sincere with your interests and your insights
I used to see the light pouring out of you
Now it's like it's getting late and there's a different point of view
Can't even keep your head up, but you ain't dead - wait
I know it seems like the world is dead weight
Pressing down on you to stamp you out, and this is not the Clone Wars
But you're fighting your, self
Every time you gave your love, it didn't come back
And I know it hurt you bad, like a Heart Attack
But life ain't Trey Songz, or even Marvin Gaye songs
And hope doesn't only walk in Gotham with a cape on

Bridge (1:05 - 1:25)
I wish I never looked, I wish I never touched
I wish that I could stop loving you so much
Cause I'm the only one that's trying to keep us together
When all of the signs say that I should do better
I wish you weren't the best, the best I ever had
I wish that the good outweighed the bad
Cause it'll never be over, until you tell me it's over

Hook (1:26 - 1:50)

Verse 2 (1:50 - 2:25)
Ah, I heard about it in the rumor mill
They said that beauty is dead, and someone had her killed
They replaced her with fake implants
A publicist, speech coach, and blue contact lenses
Her name was cynicism, you could call her sin
Her sarcastic tone of voice made the boys all grin
But behind her back, the boys and the girls all cringed
Because her scars still showed when her makeup wore, thin
So we missed the love we once had
Her face on the side of milk cartons in lunch bags
Saying have you seen me? I was taken away
There's a reward if you call in and find me today

Hook (2:25 - 2:49)

Bridge 2 (2:50 - 3:23)
Cause you've set me on fire
I've never felt so alive, yeah
You hope the wound heals, but it never does
That's cause you're at war with, love

And I'm at the point of breaking
And it's impossible to shake it

You hoped the wound would heal, but it never does
That's cause you're at war with, love
Hope it heals, but it never does
That's cause you're at war with, love!
you're at war with, love!
you're at war with, love!

Verse 3 (3:23)
You looked for love in all the wrong places
Went from exclamation marks to all lower cases
Shell casings scattered in your location
You used to make love, now you settle for masturbation
You once thought that you were strong enough
but you don't have be strong to love
I mean, you have to be strong enough
But when you fail and you fall that's EXACTLY when love CAN lift you up
Thank God you're still breathing - you still survive
Cuz you were lost without your maps like the iPhone 5

Now you can get back up and give it one more try
Its hard to heal - but even dead men can rise

Hook (3:50 - 4:08)


from Much Love., released November 30, 2012
Original song by Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian

Written by jason chu and Kevin Lien

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Lien




jason chu Los Angeles, California

Speaking hope, healing, and justice in a broken world.


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