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Want To Be

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Verse One
There's this feeling that, I've been chasing/ & I've got leads on, its location/
it changes form every time I face it/
only appreciated when it's gone/
taken for granted like it’s etched in stone/
liberty ain't strong any wrong break it/
placed in, my arms my controls in cages/
tween a rock & hard place & they say move on/
That's what I'm trying to do, a miracle to perform/
but you can't make that without an eyebrow raising/ people want your magic for their own ovation/
when you're in full bloom is when the beehive swarms/ The time I've wasted, trying to fit in norms/
people like me more when I pretend I'm basic/ but what do I do want, I practiced patience/
& right then & there it dawned/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/ I just want to me/ (Repeated)
Verse Two
What in the world are you looking for/
can't a young man get money on tour/
live Brooklyn buildings pre-war/
with a name that don't make you think of C4/ high ceiling apartments/
no ceiling on my living I ain't giving up options/ love without a limit is the mission accomplished/ don't expect to get it without wetting the armpits/ I sweat these pores/
In this American scheme a picket sign to a fence/
They want to kick me out the country as a line of defense/
See me, I'm from the country & I'm proud of my ends/
& even though you try to shun me you ain't shrouding intent/
I’m just a man with a vision in a tunnel with hitmen/
trying to shoot my lightbulb because they thought I was twitching/ got a few ideas, wrote them down in list/
Let me say them now before I forget them/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/
I just want to me/
(Repeated)
Verse Three
I don't believe in a promise/
unless it's one I made to myself/
cause there is no denying the facts/
if I'm the only accomplice/
& rarely have I courted for help/
I ain't trying to monstrous/
I just want month's rent/
a little something extra I ain't hoarding the wealth/
cause 99 percent of us is trying to get success/
that 99 percent of us was already dealt/
no trophy on the mantle but I got a mantle/
when mama couldn't pay the power I would grab the candles/ I'm just thankful I can channel that to block tangle/
steering straight & I don't hesitate to park an angle/
I'm just trying to turn a smirk to a smile/
restricted to allow/
all while keeping my distance from distance from the crowd/ & that may change along the road I pave/
But today right here & now/
Chorus
I just want to be happy/
I just want to be free/
I just want to be left alone/ I just want to me/ (Repeated)

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from The Iceberg, released February 24, 2017

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