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released 22 October 2013

The Beast is
Pierce Freelon, vox; Eric Hirsh, piano; Peter Kimosh, bass; Stephen Coffman, drums

the BIG BAND is
Al Strong, trumpet; Aaron Hill, alto sax/tenor sax/clarinet; Tim Smith, tenor sax/flute; Andy Kleindienst, trombone; Karen Galvin, violin; Jenavieve Varga, violin; Leah Gibson, cello; Keith Ganz, guitar; Brevan Hampden, percussion

All music written by Pierce Freelon, Eric Hirsh, Peter Kimosh, Stephen Coffman (BMI)
All lyrics written by Pierce Freelon
Orchestrations by Eric Hirsh

Produced by The Beast
Recorded by Jason Richmond at Sound Pure Studios
Mixed by Peter Kimosh and Eric Hirsh
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen
Cover art by Gabe Eng-Goetz porkfriedart.com

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Track Name: Sleeping In My Bed
Verse 1
when I woke up the other day
I thought I saw a stranger sleeping next to me and I got scared
isn't this where you're supposed lay?
but when I opened up my eyes to my surprise you were not there
no, you gotta let him go
I don't wanna hear your lame excuses the same I heard before
I said no, you gotta let him go
how can we be together when I know

Hook
somebody's sleeping in my bed
sleeping in my bed x 8

Verse 2
I thought you're supposed to be asleep
but then I saw you crawling all up out the bed when it got dark
weren't we all just counting sheep?
I think you let another shepherd crawl his way into your heart
no, you gotta let him go
I don't wanna hear your lame excuses the same I heard before
I said no, please let him go
and I'm a tell you why

Bridge
girl you can't deny we used to hold each other tight
lalalala - lalalalalala
kissing, squeezing, touching all late into the night
lalalala - lalalalalala
lalalala - lalalalalala x4

Verse 3
oh, you gotta let him go
I don't wanna hear your lame excuses the same I heard before
I said no, you got to let him go
how can we get together when I know

Hook
somebody's sleeping in my bed
sleeping in my bed x 16 (with a "get the hell up out my bed" in there somewhere)
Track Name: My People (ft. Median)
Verse 1 (Pierce)
this is for my people
the creators of The Blues
let the pain be their muse to express their views
long before songs were chopped and screwed
thumbs were screwed and arms were chopped and bruised
but my people
somehow we had the pride and the strength to provide
my grandma always told me to lift as you climb
to pull those behind you can rise like the moon pulls the tides
yeah - this is for her
Queen Mother - she existed on a mythical earth
where her grandchildren didn't have a typical birth
every achievement was magnificent
nothing was to little for her
when segregation was law
she found the flaw and hit the streets
until her knuckles was raw
this is for my people who want to take it to a whole 'nother level
that they ain't never been to before

Hook 1 (Pierce)
I said this is for my people who
held me on their backs for so long
ignorance is lethal to my people
so we keeping you strong

Verse 2 (Median)
close to my heart, pitter pitter
so strong though they gone no I won't forget ‘em
unsung heroes soul sacrificial
too many to rename though the flame’s rekindled
the sequel the symbol is my people
we're the kindred of the vision where it leads to
ends to the means future
yesterday's tomorrow is now
we're the proof - the dream's proven
new struggle we the theme music
the oppressor, the shepard and the sheep too
truth - it gets deep, dig deeper through it
how opposition regroups to deceive a movement
systemic mulling the weak because they need tool
the prison's a cell keeping machines moving
complex, yes, but industry is booming
privatized and coming to a scene near you

Hook 2 (Pierce and Median)
this is for my people who
held me on their backs for so long
and ignorance is lethal to my people
so we keeping you strong
I said this is for my people who
held me on their backs for so long
everything I do is for my people
let's celebrate the beauty of our people
and ignorance is lethal to my people
so we keeping you strong
that's why I stay strong for my people
until I'm dead and gone for my people
my people

Bridge (Pierce and Median)
keep it moving, stay strong x 8
listen all my people can you hear?
we just tryna send you a little prayer
we tryna let you know that we care
I said we trying let you know that we here (yo)
this goes out to all my people recognize
y'all I know that we just trying to survive (yeah)
my people we just tryna get by (uh)
come together together we thrive, we thrive (yo)

Verse 3 (Pierce)
I adore my people
open up a door for my people
like I lion I will roar for my people
cause the more of my people
listen when I speak
will take the vision
'til the mission complete
ancestors - I consider you investors
seeds that you planted in me have manifested
we're The Beast
four young progressives
connected to the block like Tetris

Hook 3 (Pierce and Median)
I said this is for my people who
held me on their backs for so long
everything I do is for my people
let's celebrate the beauty of our people
I said ignorance is lethal to my people
so we keeping you strong
that's why I stay strong for my people
until I'm dead and gone for my people
stay strong
Track Name: Cost of Living
Verse 1
college tuition
my intuition is this institution got to be bull shitting me
get your hands out my pockets!
my education
wasn't meant to my my execution
but this student loan it feels just like a guillotine
get your hands out my pockets!
I'm living in debt
along with the nation
no job or vocation
whose dreams are we chasing?
get your hands out my pockets!
cause life is expensive
but don't you resent it
money, material can't take it with you
but we gon keep rocking until we eventually fly
lookey here
might not make it through another year
I can see the ending coming near
make a little money from a check
pay the bills - what's left?
barely got enough to cover rent
paper chase - get paid
live in debt - every day
wonder why I feel like slave
laid off - ever since
no job - benefits
work like a dog
ain't that a bitch?

Hook 1
cause there is no telling where we will go
the beautiful end is in sight, you should know
that we going to make it through
yes we going to make it through
said we going to make it through
gonna to make it through
gonna to make it through

Verse 2
college tuition
my intuition is this institution got to be bull shitting me
get your hands out my pockets!
cause life is expensive
but don't you resent it
spend time with family
go on adventures
cause life is too short before we all eventually die
listen here
saying what they don't what you to hear
seeing when they don't what you to peer
things are often not what they appear
coughing up smoke and gawking in mirror
let your boy Pierce through your ear
unemployment - through the roof
CEOs - bullet proof
floating in a golden parachute
can you tell the lies from the truth?
can you hear the cries from the youth?
coming to you here live from the booth

Hook 2
but there is no telling where we will go
the beautiful end is in sight, you should know
that we going to make it through
yes we going to make it through
said we going to make it through
going to make it through
going to make it through
I said there is no telling where we will go
the beautiful end is in sight, you should know
that we we know what you going through
yeah we know what you going through
said we know what you going through
gonna make it through what you going through

Closing
get your hands out my pockets
out my pockets
I said get your hands out my pockets
get your hands out my pockets
Track Name: Brooklyn
Verse 1
your lips like red clay
your smile looks moon lit
damn girl, you're so thick
growing up with Carolina barbecue pits
get you hot, get you wet now you humid (ahh)
I'm going deep like the blue ridge
but I took a trip to the projects
met Marcy a prospect - p
could this be fate?
kiss the concrete lips of miss BK
skin like a brownstone up in Brownsville
hips like a earthquake what a groundswell
bags packed at the Amtrak
on a journey didn't know where it will end at
but I gotta see
this is kinda hard for me to say- hey

Hook 1
I'm going to Brooklyn
I'm going to Brooklyn
one day I'll do right by you
and one day I'll take flight with you
but I'm going to Brooklyn

Verse 2
I think a lot about your cooking
where my corn bread, catfish and collard greens at
I can't find that in Brookyln
from Bojangles to bodegas I'm so anguished
can you explain why nobody looks me in the eye?
Flatbush to Bed Stuy
mad people push by but they never speak
they seem stressed in the city like they never sleep
our the relationship was hella deep
because I grew up in your heart - piedmont
always thought we'd never depart
but eventually - I felt trapped in NC
in Brooklyn I'm incredibly free
I lose myself when I'm with her
she's an identity thief
I wouldn't have it any other way
this is kinda hard for me to say - hey

Hook 2
I'm going to Brooklyn
I'm going to Brooklyn
one day I'll do right by you
and one day I'll take flight with you
but I'm going to Brooklyn
said I'm going
I'm going to Brooklyn
one day I'll do right by you
and one day I'll take flight with you
but I'm going

Bridge
girl, but every time I try
Carolina's on my mind
all the time
Carolina's on my mind
girl, when we're apart
Carolina's on my heart
girl, when we're apart
Carolina's on my heart

Verse 3
took a stroll through the park
stayed out til it was real dark
we caught fireflies in a jar
poked holes in the top
watched it glow like a lantern
on and off like a strobe light
smell the pollen in the summer breeze
I look into your face and I don't wanna leave
yeah I don't want to leave
smell the pollen in the summer breeze
I realized I don't wanna leave
Carolina blue skies and the hurricanes
real talk through it all girl you remind
kitty hawk we flyer than we ever been
bags packed at the Amtrak
on a journey I didn't know where it would end at
but I'm here to stay
this is kinda hard for me to say - hey