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The grass is green on the other side, but you cut it up and so the snakes will show/
I got a one way ticket out this town, wait, never really knew I would go/
But for my damn sake, I ain’t gonna sit, wait, this is my time and I know/
That I ain’t ‘bouta waste another damn year, sittin’ here, thinkin’ if I’m gonna make it and blow/
It go Circa ‘91, as we follow the trajectory/
So check the text that I left for me, I do this ‘til the death of me/
But I’m fruitless in my victory, if losin’ myself and my history/
‘Cuz all of these systems depicting me, they buildin’ us up then eventually/
We wear it like jeans are American denim, we act like our genes have American in ‘em/
We fearin these mirrors, so how we be livin’, when given reflection no merit within ‘em/
So tell me how much you wanna be like them? Eat like them, wanna be breathe like them/
Change my speech till my teeth like them, teach myself I got a reach like them/
‘Til you realize then, that you're denied when, you'll never be like them,
I got a free mind when I’m stayin.../

Way up, way up (make ‘em understand me that I’m) x4

Way up! I'm goin’ way up!/
Deuces to haters ‘cuz my fingers raised up, they goin’ way up/
Forever, will never, I never, gave up, I'm goin’ way up/
All of them bringin’ me down, but I’m way up - I'm goin way up!/

They say some stories need to wait to be told, but I need a way to unfold/
All of the weight of the people before me who never got chances to speak from they soul/
That’s why when I’m speakin’ it: cold, mamas “degrees” ain’t valid here so/
We never agree to be lesser than gold, cuz in our most basic of element know/
We shine - just like the sun gets, remind me that I need to run less/
From my insecurities holdin me back and that’s makin’ me feelin I’m one breath/
Away from saying I’m calling it quits, when both of my feet feelin’ heavy, it gets/
To thinkin’ that I got the weight of the world, on both of my shoulders or will it unfurl?/
You see, I’m flawed as they come, huh? It’s odd to forget where you from, huh/
I’m asking myself: Ruby, when did you change? Was it when you believed that they won, huh?/
but I’m goin’ up in the sky, high, I'm tired of livin’ that 9-5/
I’m aimin’ for higher, I’ll never retire, I’m givin’ a riot, no closed eyes/
when the cards down, I will never back down/
Put us on the map, it’s a wrap when I’m back now/



from CIRCA91, released October 3, 2017
Produced by MTK


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Ruby Ibarra is a rapper, spoken word artist, and producer from the Bay Area, CA.

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