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chorus: I'm not built for a 9 to 5
I can't work that hard when I'm not alive
Back in college
Some fool dropped knowledge
Because he couldn't handle the handoff
So he wanted me to backoff
He made fun of me
For my pizza delivery
He didn't understand that we
Had something in common
He couldn't handle the bet, so he folded, instead of going all in
Instead of accepting me
He wanted to slander distantly
And stay anonymous
He wanted to be gone in bliss
Staying ignorant
Because he was afraid to be intimate
Hiding his vulnerabilities
Shaded by imaginary nobility
Perception is reality
And all I see
Is the dream in front of me
And the scenes I want to see

chorus:

I'm not built to wake up to an alarm
When sleeping in holds so many charms
I wonder how much harm has been done
By losing myself to some
Job that returns nothing but a paycheck
Distorting my perception and changing the way sex
Affects
My stress
Or is affected by the stresses
I'd rather live my life with reckless
Loving out loud
And hugging the crowd
With my words as I bow
I could keep working my job and hope for a raise
Take satisfaction in the praise
That my boss' lips serve
But it does nothing for this nerve
Because that part of me cannot feel
And nothing about that job is real
I'm not built for a 9 to 5
Working real hard just to stay alive
Praying for my health to stay strong
Because I have to wait long
For my employer to get insurance
So I could continue to walk around nervous
That my family history could surface
And make all the years of work be worthless
Because I'll never earn enough to burn chips
I'm already in debt
I haven't climbed out yet
And right now I'm still single
I have a hard enough time trying to iron out the wrinkles
When I get sick and miss a day in the office
And if I make more money I still can't stop this
Cycle of dependency on cash
So I don't think my decision to quit is rash
Staying the course
Is worse than getting a divorce
I won't be married to this lifestyle
I'll fight while
I have the strength
Instead of crawling that impossible length
I'm choosing a different direction
I have no fear of rejection
Because it's my life and my love
I will take flight amongst the doves

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When I'm ready to have kids I want them to respect what I did
And the choices I've made and the life that I've lived
And be proud of my decisions
And more importantly I want them to gain wisdom
I want them to watch the mistakes that I make
And see what it takes
To live through love
And give true love
They won't feel like an expense
Listed 3rd and 4th right after the rent
And before the electric
They'll never get neglected
Because love isn't earned by earning my life away
Not knowing the difference between night and day
Just hoping that I might one day
Earn that promotion
And still have emotion
I could grow my skills a little bit bigger
Earn a salary in the six figures
Climb the corporate ladder and turn that to seven
Take the corporate jet straight up to heaven
Only to run out of gas
And crash
Straight to hell
That's not what I see as living my life well
I won't let it be the life that my mic tells

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