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Youth Under Construction

Listen! Wanna tell you a story, ’bout a vision of glory
A young group of students had
turned their lives around when things went bad
Sick and tired of the way things were
Didn’t know how but they knew for sure
Certain words they would make up were bound to cause a major shakeup

We know the difference between right and wrong, this is our story- this is our song

Youth under construction, youth in development
It’s an introduction to the young and intelligent
caught in the storm trying to function, wonderin where the umbrella went
youth under construction, youth in development

Tired of messed-up shady rhymes, We’ve got fresh and Fertile Minds
well aware that we deserve a better rap
Writing lyrics with a positive view, They’re seeds of peace for me & you
Just when we felt a break was overdue- Turned around to see- the garden grew!

We know the difference between right and wrong, this is our story- this is our song

Youth under construction, youth in development
It’s an introduction to the young and intelligent
caught in the storm trying to function, wonderin where our umbrella went
youth under construction, youth in development

This is our story, we’ve got a vision. Building a better way, making right decisions.

(repeat above chorus, then:)
Youth under construction, youth in development, Youth under construction, youth in development
Youth under construction, youth in development, Youth under construction, youth in development
Youth under construction, youth in development, Youth under construction, youth in development
Youth under construction, youth in development, Youth under construction, youth in development
(ad lib out)

Opinions (I’ve Got Mine)

People tell me that I’m this or that, they say that I’m too skinny, they say I’m too fat
but still, I’m gonna let my light shine, see, they can have their own opinions and I’ve got mine

I’m not hurting anybody, in any way, always careful with whatever I say
`cuz I know it will come back to me in time well they can have their own opinions and I’ve got mine

We’ve got a right to be different sure as I stand before you now
We’re all the same on the inside, it doesn’t matter anyhow

Just because I’m wearing glasses- doesn’t mean I can’t see (and if you think)
I’m too short, don’t mean there’s less of me you should know that anything you think is fine (better keep it to yourself)
yes you can have your own opinions and I’ve got mine

We’ve got a right to be different sure as I stand before you now
We’re all the same on the inside, it doesn’t matter anyhow

If you don’t judge me, I won’t judge you,
Give me constructive feedback from a positive view
I believe you know when not to cross the line (let’s just have a good time)
Well you can have your own opinions and I’ve got mine

Becomes a Part of You

Do, do, do- what you wanna do. Do, do, do- not here to preach to you
Do, do, do, yeah, do what you wanna do, just remember, you’re gonna pay a price for what get’s into you
Just like everything you eat becomes a part of you, everything you listen to- becomes a part of you
Everything your watching- becomes a part of you, stored up in your memory, yes, in the very heart of you
Do what you wanna do- what chu wanna do?

Now Mary heard a little jam, it’s message was dark and scary
Friends and family soon observed a very big change in Mary
What happened to this gentle soul, who’s never been the same?
Yo! The lyrics moved in and took up shop in the basement of Mary’s brain!

Once again, now: everything you eat- becomes a part of you
Everything you listen to- becomes a part of you
Everything your watching- becomes a part of you
Stored up in your memory in the very heart of you

Do, do, do- what you wanna do. Do, do, do- not here to preach to you
Do, do, do, yeah, do what you wanna do, and remember, you’re gonna pay a price for what get’s into you

Your sub-conscious mind is like a tape recorder
Tracking down the life you live, so get your thoughts in order
As you feel the beat and your checking out the melody
The lyrics in the mix are imbedded in your memory!

Everything you thinking- becomes a part of you, everything you’re feeling- becomes a part of you
Everything you say and everything you do
Becomes a part of you and you and you and you and you and you and you and you

Everything you eat- becomes a part of you And everything you listen to- becomes a part of you
Everything your watching- becomes a part of you Stored up in your memory in the very heart of you

Now, Detroit, let me hear you, Becomes a part of you. New York, kick it back y’all, Becomes a part of you.
Uh LA, well, let me hear you say, Becomes a part of you. Atlanta, can’t hear ya, Becomes a part of you.
Hey Indianapolis, tell Columbus, Becomes a part of you. C’mon Houston, we’re here to have fun, Becomes a part of you.
`sup, Nashville, don’t cha stand stilll, Becomes a part of you. Now, Pheonix I need ya in the mix, Becomes a part of you.
Go Portland, yo, Cleveland, Becomes a part of you. From Chicago to Key Largo, Becomes a part of you.
And there’s Boston down to Austin, Becomes a part of you. Kansas City, Milwaukee, Becomes a part of you.
If I left you out, let me hear you shout, Becomes a part of you. Yeah, that remote control can’t heal your soul, Becomes a part of you. Yes and only you can take control, Becomes a part of you. I said only you can take control, Becomes a part of you.

Figure it Out

Creativity is good for me and Positivity will set me free (3 times)

Everybody sez “oh, my, something’s wrong!”, Well, change the station on that stupid song!
Rappers rappin bout killin and cussin in rhyme For sure they waste your time and mine- With an attitude that’s rude and crude- Ha! They think they’re so clever when they’re rappin’ lewd. Sure, they’re ruff and tough, but have they got the right stuff to fight a battle with their wits, `cause enough is enough!

So let them laugh, let ‘em walk away! They’ll figure it out in the end, until then,
We got eachotha, were like sisters and brothers, So good to call you my friend

Sometimes I hear people laughin at me when I tell ‘em who I’m gonna be, yeah!
They think I’m crazy, they think it’s strange, that I would wake up and welcome a change

Creativity has it’s place But don’t put hostility in my face!
And Positivity will set me free From the chains of a life full of misery
Creativity is good for me and Positivity will set me free
Creativity is good for me and Positivity will set me free

So let them laugh, let ‘em walk away! They’ll figure it out in the end, until then,
We got eachotha, were like sisters and brothers, So good to call you my friend

Well Who am I, who are you, who are we without eachother? Sooner or later, we all need one another

it doesn’t add up, so much division, if you take away the pain of your worst decisions
What remains are the parts of your greatest lessons, more than equal to the sum of your total possessions
Creativity is good for me and Positivity will set me free Creativity is good for me and Positivity will set me free

So let them laugh, let ‘em walk away! They’ll figure it out in the end, until then,
We got eachotha, were like sisters and brothers, So good to call you my friend
(repeat chorus 3 times)

Good Thingz

Now is the time- we’ve got to be strong! Sometimes we feel like it’s taking too long.
Try as hard as we might, if things should go wrong- remember the message, right here in this song.

Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things! Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things!

It shouldn’t be too long- good things! Gonna come to you and me!
It shouldn’t be too long- good things! Gonna come to you and me!
Soon we’ll be laughing loud, that’s just the way, it’s got to be
It shouldn’t be too long- good things! Gonna come to you and me!

The sun is out yeah, the worst is in the past, Thingz are comin our way now
We’re gonna make this feeling last,
Now we’re jammin’, all right! Dance away your blues, Get to the beach, mon, kick off your shoes

Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things! Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things!

It shouldn’t be too long, before, good things come to you and me!
It shouldn’t be too long, before, good things come to you and me!
Soon we’ll be laughing loud, that’s just the way, it’s got to be
It shouldn’t be too long, before, good things come to you and me!

Keep on dancing, all night! The groove make ya move ya feet Mama’s little baby loves the rasta beat
Keep on dancing, all night! The groove make ya move ya feet Mama’s little baby loves the rasta beat

Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things! Mmmm, mmm, all good things, all good things!

Keep on dancing, all night- take it one step at a time
I believe in myself and I believe in Good Thingz!

Who am I ? (The Starfish Song)

Is anybody listening? Does anybody care? Who am I, anyway?

Who am I to think that I can change a thing,
Why should I think I make a difference at all?
When I hear someone’s on the verge of breaking down
I wish I could reach out and catch their fall

Who am I to think someone will understand,
Why should anyone care, anyway?
I might be asking more than just a bit too much
To expect some respect for this role I play

Who am I to think that something can be done
I can’t imagine where to start, I guess
instead of acting on the first thought in my head
I’ll listen for answers next to the beat here in my heart, yeah

I recall a story of a boy that saved the starfish
Thousands washed ashore, dying in the sun
When he was challenged for what difference that he made
He tossed one back and he said, “I made a difference to that one!”

As he saved another life! (made a difference to that one)
Yes, he saved another life! (made a difference to that one)
As he saved another life! (made a difference to that one)
Yes, he saved another life! (made a difference to that one)

Much Betta

Disrespect me, reject me,
I won’t let your comments misdirect me
You can’t treat me like a doormat
I’m Much Betta than that, I’m much better than that!

Useless put downs don’t mean nuttin’
Ain’t gonna let `em push my button
Tell you like it is, right off the bat
I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!

RAP: You’ve got the power to make a change for real so don’t be held back by the way you feel
Put your pride aside and open wide and walk on thru the doors to the other/ betta side

Oooh yeah, People fighting, people fussin
They’ve got problems, by the dozens
Nasty attitudes just leave me flat,
I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that (yes I am)!

Betta in the way I keep my cool, yes I refuse to be your fool
Betta in the way I’m not ashamed, yes I refuse to play that game
`Cuz I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!

RAP: So if you wanna be real, well, here’s the deal Yeah, words have the power to make you feel
And here’s a word of advice for a betta livin’- Words only have the power that YOU give `em!

Neglect me, don’t select me
either way it won’t affect me
Self-destruction is not where it’s at,
I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!

People hater, see ya later
Me, I’ll reach for something greater
Don’t have time for toxic chat
I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!

RAP: Don’t get caught up in yesterday- Just remember there’s dues you’ve got to pay
If you think you can do betta, take it up a notch Before you even know it, you’re the one to watch

Betta in the way I keep my cool, yes I refuse to be your fool
Betta in the way I’m not ashamed, yes I refuse to play that game
`Cuz I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!
I’m much better than that, I’m Much Betta than that!

If you think you can do better, take it up a notch Before you even know it, you’re the one to watch

Keep Peace in the Hood!

Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!

verse: Don’t bring a message with a gun, Nobody’s ever made a friend with one.
Need something for your head? Well, try some music instead!
if yer feeling stressed out, well stop and think before you shout!
And it would be so nice, if you stopped to think twice! (That’s right!)

chorus: Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!

Words of hate and hurt can cut like a knife-
Set you up for one short misarable life!
Yo, music can sooth the savage beast-
So stand up and shout this anthem for peace!

chorus: Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!
Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! Do your neighbor some good!
Build it up now! [BRIDGE]/ INSTRUMENTAL

Instead of bam! bam! bam!, How bout a `Stay cool, man!’
Instead of boom! boom! boom!, How `bout some laughin in the room
Instead of pow! pow! pow!, Let’s see some loving right now!
`Stead of a kick and a punch, Let’s talk it over lunch! (Let’s go!)

chorus: Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!
Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! Do your neighbor some good!
Build it up now! [BRIDGE]/ INSTRUMENTAL (like verse)

Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!
Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood! Keep peace in the hood! In the neighborhood!
Keep peace in the hood!

You Stand Out !

We have a winner!

People running `round in circles, so confused, they’re searching for peace, but they have no clues
If they only knew, the answer’s in their hand. If they searched themselves, then they would find
The key to genuine peace is peace of mind. By your actions, you show just where you stand

CHORUS:

And YOU STAND OUT! When you rise above the tension
YOU STAND OUT! You capture everyone’s attention
YOU STAND OUT! And I won’t forget to mention
YOU STAND OUT! We’re grateful for your intervention
BRIDGE ([same as intro] x2, then in 2nd half:)
verse 2

People runnin’ `round in circles, so confused, can’t tell the top of their heads from the soles of their shoes
The truth be told, there’s a better way! If we want the rewards that the good life brings
then we must focus our minds on the positive things, make the choice to make a better day
CHORUS:

And YOU STAND OUT! When you rise above the tension
YOU STAND OUT! You capture everyone’s attention
YOU STAND OUT! And I won’t forget to mention
YOU STAND OUT! We’re grateful for your intervention
8 bar BRIDGE, then:

Hear me talking to you- after all you’ve been through
You can’t deny it’s always worth a try
Spending your days outstanding in your ways
You’ve got it made, you’ve more than made the grade

And YOU STAND OUT! When you rise above the tension
YOU STAND OUT! You capture everyone’s attention
YOU STAND OUT! And I won’t forget to mention
YOU STAND OUT! We’re grateful for your intervention
YOU STAND OUT!

Let’s Start Something

Start your engines!
Jump to your feet, and move to the beat. Start something, yeah!
Have you heard the news? (listen up!) It’s out on the street, we’re saying, “Let’s start something!”
To do it right, you’ve got to set yourself a goal. Start something, yeah!
There’s a rock that wants to roll (let it roll), it’s in your soul. Let’s start something!

Let’s start something! How hard can it be? Let’s start something, just turn the key! Hey, hey!
Everybody, everywhere! Start Something!
Throw your hands up in the air (throw them up) let’s start something!
No holding back, no time to delay, start something, yeah!
Put the wheels in motion (let’s go!), right here, right away, let’s start something!
Let’s start something! How hard can it be? Let’s start something, just turn the key! Hey, hey!

Don’t settle for less than, start something, start something!
Don’t settle for the wrong thing, get up you all- start something

Hustle up now! Get it going you all! Step it up now! Keep moving forward!
Work it out! Build it up now! You got it! Get started!

Don’t settle for less than, start something, start something!
Don’t settle for the wrong thing, get up you all, start something!

If you want to win the prize you’ve got to open your eyes, start something!
Take a new attitude and try it on for size (looks good!), let’s start something!
So jump to your feet, and move to the beat, start something, yeah!
“M. D. Y. U. C.” is the word on the street, we’re saying, “Let’s start something!”
Let’s start something! How hard can it be? Let’s start something, just turn the key! Come on!
Whoa, ooooh!
Build it up, move forward, hustle up now, look right, get it going, you all, let’s go, step it up now, move to the beat, keep moving, work it out, build it up now, hit the floor, you got it, let’s go, (hey, hey!), bring it home!

Start something (start something)! Get it started (get started)! Start something (start something, let’s go)!
Hey, hey! Hey, hey!

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