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Not a hardship, but a blessing: Back-to-basics Ramadan

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“Between all of us, we are full – thank God.”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. “If we have extra chickpeas, we share with our neighbors; others distribute dates, others share their olive oil,” says Fadi, a driver, via phone from his home near Gabès in southern Tunisia. No paywall.
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“We are making these permissible acts also forbidden – and for many this is another lesson in self-control and reflection.”“By and large, Muslim scholars are encouraging Muslim communities to recognize that even in times of trial, there are opportunities to deepen the spiritual life.”Meanwhile, restrictions that have meant the temporary loss of the mosque for communities have put prayer squarely back in the home.Amid lockdowns and night curfews, many households are praying together regularly at home for the first time.Muslims believe Ramadan is when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad; Quranic verses and sayings attributed to Muhammad urge Muslims to use the holy month as a chance to focus on scripture and its meaning.Says Ms. Everything this year is from the home,” says Ali al-Sultan, a marketing officer from Riyadh. The pandemic has stripped that away. Masri, the Nablus nurse: “Instead of discovering a new TV series, we are rediscovering our holy text.”Food revolutionThen there is the food.In recent years, many Arab families were expected to whip up or order in an Instagram-able feast each night: stuffed roasted lamb, sushi, chow mein, custard tarts.Large iftars featuring multiple main dishes, sides, appetizers, and salads – a far cry from the dates and yogurt that the prophet Muhammad and his companions would rely on to break their fast – would lead to an estimated 25% to 30% food waste in Arab countries.“You would have huge, massive buffet-style iftars; nobody can eat all that, so people threw away a lot of this food – which obviously is not in keeping with the spirit of Ramadan in the slightest,” Dr. No paywall. In its place, spirituality is refilling the void in a back-to-basics Ramadan.“We don’t need extravagance for Ramadan,” says Mohammed, a retired clerk in Amman as he shops for pita. “This pandemic has been a reminder that outward appearances aren’t important. This is a blessing.”In Amman, Um Aamar has gone from cooking international dishes such as chicken curry or Iraqi fish to carefully measuring ingredients and relying on what is saved up in her pantry.“Last night we just cooked leftover fava beans, scrambled eggs, and put olives, hummus, and labneh on the table for iftar,” she says. “We just thank God for our health, a home, and food to eat.”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. Local markets have shortages, and economies from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon are in crisis.“My salary has been cut in half; we don’t have savings to change the decor – and besides, no one is coming over,” says Murad Seif, a Jordanian plumber who last year purchased a new sofa and chairs prior to the holy month. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpIndeed, the pandemic’s restrictions are stripping away a consumerist culture that recently had built up around an austere holiday of fasting and, with it, the social pressure to host and impress.In their place, spirituality is refilling the void: The core tenets of prayer, reflection, patience, and charity are again the focus of a back-to-basics Ramadan.From feast to frugalOne of the places where this shift is most visible is the home itself.On Instagram and Facebook, in lifestyle magazines and on Youtube channels, pressure had intensified on Muslim families to serve elaborate fast-breaking sunset iftar meals with a perfect decor that would put Martha Stewart to shame. In some Muslim communities, in order to “keep up with the neighbors” and impress waves of guests during the holy month, families would give rooms an entire makeover: new cushions, drapes, light fixtures, a fresh coat of paint, holiday-themed plateware, a new television. Now Abu Aamar, whose insurance office has been shuttered since mid-March, spends his afternoons and evenings reading “stories of the prophets” to his children and reciting with them the Quran.“This Ramadan has given me a chance to slow down and talk to my children about the Quran and what questions they had,” he says. Loading… In some Arab countries, estimates of food waste during Ramadan reached 25% to 30%.But this year, no guests are walking through the door. It is your faith and your heart that matters.”

AMMAN, Jordan
Traversing a downtown Amman market, Mohammed breezes right by what were once must stops for Ramadan: decor shops, sweets, colorful lights, tailors.He is here only for the basics: bread.With Muslims dealing with both social distancing and the growing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, many like Mohammed have a new perspective on the holy month.“We don’t need extravagance for Ramadan,” the retired clerk says as he enters a bakery for a 75-cent-bag of pita. Hellyer says.“Now instead, you are seeing more people cooking just enough to eat. He has only been back at work since last week, having had no income since March.“Instead of wasting what little savings we have this month on something we don’t need, we will donate it as zakat to someone who can’t meet their basic needs,” he says.Trips to the hair salon, manicures and pedicures, and new “Ramadan fashion” suddenly seem redundant and excessive.“There is no need to go to a salon or dress up every night from home,” says Rana Masri, a nurse and mother from Nablus, in the West Bank. May 19, 2020

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Deep Read ( 5 Min. “We never felt so full or satisfied. There is a lot less waste happening, and people are spending less.”Even in Saudi Arabia, where oil wealth fueled a mass-consumerist culture that spread throughout the region, frugality is in vogue.“Restaurants are open, but we are not ordering or purchasing expensive sweets. Hellyer, the Arab world scholar and writer, says from Cairo.“It should not normally be forbidden to leave the house, to congregate with loved ones, or go to a restaurant, but that is exactly what is happening now,” he says. Indeed, the coronavirus pandemic’s restrictions are stripping away a consumerist culture that recently had built up around an austere holiday of fasting. “This pandemic has been a reminder that outward appearances aren’t important. Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters

Iraqi family members eat their evening iftar meal to break the fast during Ramadan in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, April 27, 2020. “We always took for granted that going to Friday prayers together each week was enough.”The pandemic is also emphasizing patience, a critical trait for Muslims, particularly during Ramadan.“In Ramadan, you are making forbidden to yourself what is usually allowed, with the point of drawing yourself closer to the consciousness of God,” H.A. Our children said, ‘Let’s do this every Ramadan.’”In Tunisia, where many have been hit by the loss of tourism, some families have been pooling their resources. Salaries have been slashed, jobs furloughed; for some, there has been no income at all. Salaries have been slashed, jobs furloughed. )

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In recent years, many Arab families were expected to whip up or order an Instagram-able feast to break the fast each night of Ramadan. To “keep up with the neighbors” and impress waves of guests, families would give rooms an entire makeover: new cushions, drapes, light fixtures.   Expenditures in Arab households would rise 30% to 50% during Ramadan, according to various estimates.But this year, no guests are walking through the door. Like many Saudis, he has become anxious over an oil price plunge and an economic crisis in his country.“We are using local ingredients like wheat and yogurt and going back to the simple recipes of our grandparents from before there was wealth or restaurants,” he says. It is your faith and your heart that matters.”Refocusing on prayerIn recent years there was no shortage of distractions for Abu Aamar’s family or for many others in the evenings following the iftar.Nights, prime viewing time for Ramadan TV specials, were also filled with visits to shopping malls, amusement parks, cafes buzzing with live music, cinemas, street markets, friends and relatives, with some families splitting up to go their separate ways after clearing their plates. But for many in recent years, it’s also become a time of conspicuous consumption and competition. “We just thank God for our health, a home, and food to eat.”“There is no need to go to a salon or dress up every night from home,” says Rana Masri, a nurse and mother in the West Bank. A new television. “This is not a hardship. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Before the pandemic, and during: Residents of Ezbet Hamada in the Mataria district gather to eat the sunset iftar meal during Ramadan in Cairo, May 20, 2019; the same area on May 1, 2020, as mass iftars were canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Not a hardship, but a blessing: Back-to-basics Ramadan

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By design, Ramadan is a soulful time of fasting, reflection, and charity.

Trump praises malaria drug and India ups its production

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But there is evidence against using the drug for COVID-19. Kalantri said. From the U.S. Bharath Kumar, whose team has proposed a trial.Meanwhile, evidence against using hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus is growing.A U.S. Trump threatened “retaliation.” At the same time, India’s government ordered manufacturers to ramp up production from 1.2 million to 3 million pills a month – causing company shares to skyrocket. Tatyarao P. Trump praises malaria drug and India ups its production

President Donald Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine to fight the coronavirus catalyzed a tremendous shift in India to make much more of it and prescribe it for frontline health workers. A task force noted that while HCQ was readily available, the strength of scientific evidence for the mechanism of action was fairly low.With more than 101,000 cases and 3,163 deaths, the coronavirus hasn’t yet overwhelmed India’s limited health care system. Trump tweeted in March that the drug, used together with an antibiotic, could be “game changers” in the fight against the pandemic. His statements are not relevant to the field,” Mr. Amar Jesani, a medical ethics expert.The Mumbai proposal was ultimately shelved amid questions of the ethics of administering the malaria drug without first subjecting it to clinical trials. Lahane said protocols set by India’s government were being followed and declined to answer further questions.Dr. Trump said on Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a measure of protection against the virus. Trump’s announcement shouldn’t carry any weight in India.”He’s not a pharmacist. Rafiq Maqbool/AP

A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in Mumbai, India, May 19, 2020. Jesani said.India initially banned hydroxychloroquine exports, but lifted the ban after Mr. The U.S. But that’s starting to change in some hot spots as a stringent weeks-long nationwide lockdown begins to ease, allowing for greater mobility of the country’s 1.3 billion people.Nowhere is this clearer than in Maharashtra, the coastal state in central India bearing a third of India’s virus caseload. Still, the Indian government has recommended more and more people use it, contravening 2017 rules for emergency use of untested drugs, Mr. I think that is the right way to come to answer on this question. The state’s medical education and research agency has been administering hydroxychloroquine to patients in public hospitals and clinics, according to court records.Agency chief Dr. Loading… Quinine can also be made synthetically.The Indian government itself purchased 100 million hydroxychloroquine pills, according to government data, to distribute to states and donate to countries including Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic.India is the world’s largest producer of generic drugs, a fast-growing industry that has brought down pharmaceutical prices globally. There has been a sudden surge in demand for the drug after President Donald Trump touted its use against the coronavirus – without evidence of its effect. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpStill, India’s policy on the decades-old drug, used to prevent malaria, drastically changed after Mr. Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine catalyzed a tremendous shift in the South Asian country, spurring the world’s largest producer of the drug to make much more of it, prescribe it for frontline health workers treating the virus and deploy it as a diplomatic tool, despite mounting evidence against using the drug for COVID-19.Mr. Shriprakash Kalantri of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Maharashtra said the government was recommending hydroxychloroquine for “off label,” or unapproved use, meaning that patients must be told that “there is a small but significant risk that it might harm you.””If there is no evidence backed by solid clinical trials, then why are the scientific bodies pushing this drug and giving an impression to the public that this is a magic bullet and this is your last hope?” Mr. During the HIV/AIDS crisis, India played a similar role as in the coronavirus pandemic, boosting global supplies of life-saving drugs.The problem this time, experts say, is that the hydroxychloroquine hype is based on a flimsy study, with little to no evidence that it prevents or treats COVID-19.India’s hurried guidance has also impeded scientific trials that could determine whether the benefits of taking hydroxychloroquine outweigh the risks.”We should do a trial. But the [government] made our job harder,” said Dr. May 19, 2020

By Emily Schmall and Aniruddha Ghosal
Associated Press

New Delhi
President Donald Trump’s declaration that he was taking a malaria drug of dubious effectiveness to help fend off the coronavirus will likely be welcomed in India.Mr. Food and Drug Administration, however, has cautioned against using it outside of hospitals because of the risk of serious heart problems.Suhhil Gupta, a pharmacist in New Delhi, said on Tuesday that Mr. Gupta said. study of 368 patients in veterans’ hospitals, the largest study yet examining the malaria drug’s value as a coronavirus antidote, found no benefits and even more deaths among those given the drug.The Indian government’s own assessment of 19 drugs found that hydroxychloroquine wasn’t the most promising. to Australia, sales jumped.Officials have even said that Indian plantations could increase the growing capacity of cinchona trees, whose bark contains the compound quinine, which has been used to treat malaria since the 1860s. India’s health ministry quickly approved it as a prophylactic for health care workers and others at high risk of infection, and as a treatment for critically ill patients.Officials in Mumbai even drew up a plan to administer hydroxychloroquine to thousands of slum dwellers as a preventive measure against the virus.Indian health officials have declined repeated requests for comment, limiting communications to daily health briefings, the last of which occurred May 11.The rules say that drugs such as hydroxychloroquine be used only after a rigorous scientific and ethical review, continued oversight by an ethics committee, and ensuring informed consent – none of which happened with hydroxychloroquine, according to Dr.

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AP writers Biswajeet Banerjee in Lucknow, India, contributed to this report.Editor’s note: As a public service, the Monitor has removed the paywall for all our coronavirus coverage. It’s free. This story was reported by The Associated Press.

Why Iranian stocks are up 225% this year

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“The office was crowded with people like me.”The exchange lists a half-million active traders out of some 12 million people who registered to buy and sell stocks.”An everyday 5% percent is very sexy,” said Abdollah Rahmani, a retired bank employee who trades stocks. On Saturday, the market closed at 987,475 points, down some 60,300 points compared to last Monday, when it reached a record high of over 1 million points.But some, like Mr. May 19, 2020

By Nasser Karmi
Associated Press

Tehran, Iran
Even as U.S. And its daily 5% gains haven’t gone unnoticed by ordinary Iranians.”I visited the related office for several days to receive my Sejam code to get able to trade,” said Mohammad Reza Mansouri, who makes deliveries using his personal van. “What other market makes such a profit?”Even President Hassan Rouhani, beleaguered since U.S. This change is causing the rise in the index.”Squeezed by U.S. Mansouri, the stock-trading deliveryman, say those fears don’t bother them.”I do not care about the analysis as long as I profit day by day,” he said. Ahmadinejad’s efforts at privatization also saw firms sold off to the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard and its allies, further empowering the hard-line force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Vahid Salemi/AP

Stockbrokers work at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Iran on May 10, 2020. sanctions, Mr. Some firms that moved into private ownership have seen the businesses stripped and later collapse, leaving workers without pensions and fueling sporadic protests.Lower returns in other investments also are sending people to the stock market.”The rise in liquidity in Iran’s financial market has made people expect high inflation in future,” said Reza Khanaki, a Tehran-based financial analyst and manager. Encouraged by a government eager to privatize state-owned firms, the exchange has seen gains of 225% in the past year as average people now have access to the market and can trade shares. The stock market became one way to accomplish this, with former hard-line populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad giving out so-called “Justice Shares” in firms to the poor. It is clear that it is a bubble.”
For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpGlobal stock markets have seen rapid swings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Founded in 1967, the market lists some 1,000 companies, including major firms like car manufacturer Iran Khodro. The bourse now has a market cap of more than $200 billion. A loss of confidence in the market could lead to a destabilizing crash.”Iranian political analyst Akbar Mokhtari warns it could be even worse, comparing the “Justice Shares” to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s so-called “White Revolution” in the 1960s that broke up the control of feudal land barons and saw the poor rush into cities.Those poor became the backbone of the protests that later drove him from power.”The other side of this very important economic development can be the impatience of shareholders about possible crashes that can cause instability in the government,” he was quoted as saying by Rahbord, an Iranian political review channel on Telegram.Already, the exchange has seen some stumbles. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from his 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, has pointed to the market as a rare bright spot for the country. sanctions. dollar, as opposed to the 35,000 to $1 in 2015.”As Iran’s bourse has developed, [our enemies] become nervous and asked why the market is developing while markets in the world are in chaos,” Mr. Some 50 million Iranians now hold those shares.But Mr. But many see a financial bubble waiting to burst. This rise “is because of efforts by all companies, business people, and fortunately offering shares of big companies to the stock market.”The stock market rise in part takes root in how Iran’s economy has changed in the decades since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.Immediately after taking power, Iran’s Shiite theocracy seized large private industries, putting them in large trusts, or bonyads. Iran’s rial currency has fallen to 160,000 to 1 against the U.S. Rouhani’s government hopes to raise money through selling assets on the exchange. Why Iranian stocks are up 225% this year

Thanks to privatization, Iran’s stock market has resisted the economic pressures of falling oil prices, the coronavirus, and U.S. The bloody 1980s war with Iraq saw Iran further nationalize its economy.In the 1990s, Iran began a privatization effort. Loading… “Their bank deposits are yielding profits less than the inflation rate, and so they are shifting their investments to the stock market. Benchmark Brent crude prices, trading over $70 a barrel a year ago, now hovers just over $20 a barrel as demand collapses amid an oversupplied market.But that hasn’t slowed in the Tehran Stock Exchange. His government in January also allowed firms to recalculate their values, something critics warn masks the true worth of their production by instead inflating the price of land they own, for instance.”The Iranian financial press as well as foreign economists have raised concerns that the meteoric rise of the market is detached from the underlying value of the assets traded there and that bubbles have formed,” said Henry Rome, an analyst at the Eurasia Group.”The government’s decision to focus privatization attention on the market has elevated these risks. “As all markets have fallen, crude prices have fallen sharply, but in our market, the situation is upside-down. unemployment surging to 14.7%, a level last seen during the Great Depression. Rouhani said at a Cabinet meeting last month. The crisis has sent U.S. sanctions, unemployment, inflation, and low oil prices batter the Iranian economy, there seems to be at least one refuge for investors.The Tehran Stock Exchange has seen gains of 225% in the last year, with sharp increases even as the country struggled with one of the first serious coronavirus outbreaks outside of China.Encouraged by a government eager to privatize state-owned firms, average people now have access to the market and can trade shares, earning returns they’d never see in a savings account or a certificate of deposit.But these rapid gains increasingly have analysts and experts worried about a growing stock market bubble, one that could be particularly dire and wipe away the earnings of the average people flooding into the market.”We have witnessed a very strange incident,” said Hossein Tousi, a member of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce , speaking to 90eghtesadi.com, an Iranian economic review website.

This story was reported by The Associated Press. It’s free. Mehdi Fattahi in Tehran, Iran, and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed.Editor’s note: As a public service, the Monitor has removed the paywall for all our coronavirus coverage.

Scissorfight – 86 Sucker Lyrics

You must be crazy
Trying to take what is mine
You wanted hostile
Well then you’ve arrived
Yell “hello kevlar!”
There’s no place you can hide
It’s on this foot that dead men take their last ride
Backstabber
I’ll make you be what you are
Madre de chinga
It ain’t good for your health
To play the sucker eighty-sixing yourself
It’s with this fist that your face will collide
It’s on this foot that dead men take their last ride
No idle threat man
I can promise you that
You stab our backs
And we’ll be kicking your ass

Rupert Holmes – The O’Brien Girl Lyrics

It’s all very strange
I want to take her to higher ground
I want to hold her in open fields
And keep her there where the only sound
Is her talking to me
But they keep talking ’bout her
Oh, the O’Brien girl
All I hear is you
You deep inside the night
And I dream till day you stay
To see it through
Oh, the O’Brien girl …
When you walk, I see all I would ever need
What they say you’ve done is done
We’re born to be She first showed up on the third of May
And, by all rights, this is not her school
She lives a couple of towns away
And it’s all pretty strange
We don’t know why they have sent her here
She floats around like a mystery
But in this smoke, there is one thing clear:
She has gotten to me
She has gotten to me
Oh, the O’Brien girl …
When she walks, I see all I would ever need
What they say she’s done is done
We’re born to be
She looks away when you look at her
Her voice is soft when she speaks at all
And no one knows just what did occur..

Kenny Chesney – Guys Named Captain Lyrics

Guys named Captain are, always characters
Livin’ by the water, somewhere in the Americas
South or Central, or some Virgin Island
Barefoot and sun-kissed, always smilin’
Guys named Captain aren’t haters, they’re lovers
Livin’ life large, but largely undercover
Dive bars and cocktails, waitresses and totems
Chasin’ the sun, run aground a fossil like
Captain Outrageous, and Captain Tony
I paint around a sailor, hope he was cronys
Floatin’ on the breeze, the salt of the sea
Henry, tattooed and laughin’
Guys named Captain
Casanovas and entrepreneurs
Full of bravado, that’s half the allure
The wink of the eye, a shadow we past
Lifelines from blowin’ smoke up your glass
Like Captain Bligh, Captain Kidd
Mutiny on the bounty, loose cannons in the wind
Buccaneers, with nothing to fear
Who go down with the ship, last man standin’
Guys named Captain
Guys named Captain have, sons and daughters
Flesh and blood, like my father
Captain Vick, who played the mandolin
And when they’re gone, man you miss them
Guys named Captain
Guys named Captain

Humanist – Amor De Conserva Lyrics

Porque o nosso amor
É um amor de conserva
Que nós temos de reserva
Prós dias que hão-de vir
Porque o nosso amor
Entrou naquela rotina
A cumprir aquela sina
Que o fez começar
Porque o nosso amor
O nosso amor
Conserva
O nosso amor
Porque o nosso amor
É uma voz que desafina
Que sabe que nunca atina
Mas que não se quer calar
Porque o nosso amor
É um amor de conserva
Que nós temos de reserva
Prós dias que hão-de vir
Porque o nosso amor
O nosso amor
Conserva
O nosso amor
É um amor de conserva

Jehry Robinson – Backburner Lyrics

I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
I’m falling
I’m falling into place It’s out of hand
I got a better plan, no one try’na listen
Take depression and divide it by persistence
Took my vision and I made a f*cking business
It’s on me since beginning, I was built to go the distance
So insistent on providing my assistance
Bitch I’m different than these motherf*ckers
Then I hit ’em with some uppercuts
Never giving love, I’m just try’na give it back though
Backstage on the bus feeling mad low
Way late, I can’t even pay the landlord
Whole life ain’t shit, I been mad poor
Lately I been round the world, every airport
f*ck a sad story, I’ma skip the bad parts
2020 in the vision, we gon’ blast off
[Chorus]
Who am I? I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
Said you gon’ have to kill me when I’m done
And if Jesus come down to save us you’ll understand what we’ve done
(Go, go, go, go!)
Who am I? [Intro]
Falling
Falling
It’s falling into place
[Verse 1]
They try to put me on a backburner
Yeah, back in school I   was   a bad learner
Yeah,   ’til they put me in the   lab, murdered everything they had
Man I’m way to assertive with   all   the   wording on this   pad
They can never   deter me, just have me swerving off the path
Never occurred to nobody I was in the bad way
Staring at a gun with a blunt in the ash tray
Put it to my head, swear to God that this my last day
Can’t pray, I feel like God is mad
I just saw my Aunt, had to tell me that my cousin noddin’ out again
How many times we gon’ do this, man? I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
Said you gon’ have to kill me when I’m done
And if Jesus come down to save us you’ll understand what we’ve done
(Go, go, go, go!)
Who am I? I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
I’m falling
I’m falling into place
[Verse 2]
See the older I grow they get more on my dick
Holding that shit like I’m taking a piss
It’s moments like this that make us who we is
Try’na make a better life for our kids
Forgive me for flashing this thing on my wrist
It feels so good when you came up with shit
My mother and father thought I was a dick
Cause I had no car and no place I could live
But now I been chilling just repping my team
My efforts allowed me a second to breath
You don’t know my story, you don’t know my life
You don’t know what it’s like to go to the bank
And not have a dollar for all of these hours
So now that I got ’em I’m calling them out
And I’m letting them know that we’re here
Excuse me sir, you’re in my chair
I’m head of the table, butter my bagel
Cinnamon Raisin and I drink Hazel-
Nut coffee, don’t f*ck up my order or
You’re fired, you’re fired
Said riding around, they know me in the hood
Cause I know I’ve done everything I could
That’s why my whole team, we all eating good
I am the focus of what we all could
Become if we unite together as one
Don’t think that my work will ever be done
Someone will have to come sever my tongue
Cause every morning I’m up with the sun
Been sharpening blades, I been loading my gun
Waiting for someone to say something dumb
[Chorus]
Who am I? I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
I’m falling
I’m falling into place
[Verse 3]
Wait hold up, stop the show
I’m not high, but I’m not so low
I’m not defined by the things I know
It’s just too close, man, I can’t let go
Yeah, drift away with me now
Sit back with an eighth of some loud
Wish I could be who I say to the crowd
I’m a superhero now, I need a cape and a crown
I’m an ape, made a sound in the middle of New York
Took around the nation, got a little bit of love
No filter, yeah, I’m bitter with the plug
Too busy judging to consider what it was
Steady hating like they did it out of love
Trav came and pulled a motherf*cker out the mud
I had a little bit of fight left, a little bit of buzz
Just a little bit of life left, whole lot of blood
Now I’m boutta make a milli off t-shirts
Was up late doing my research
Had to swan dive in this bitch feet first
No high fives, running until my feet hurt
I tell you one thing, we ain’t getting weaker
Whole team taken care of over features
I ain’t gotta break the bank just so I can eat bro
Little bit of weed and my mama living decent
(Peace fam)
[Chorus]
Who am I? I live with my head under a gun
Keep my head down and try to hustle
Get scared but I never run
f*ck the suicide
Said you gon’ have to kill me when I’m done
And if Jesus come down to save us you’ll understand what we’ve won
(Go, go, go, go!)
Who am I?

Azizi Gibson – D.I.D Lyrics

(Yeah, nope nope nope)
Are you niggas really in the majors? [Intro]
Oh my god, did you just like, call Azizi? I think not
You
I’m waiting until your shit drop
Until you
You can’t compete with me if you work a 9 to 5
I know you think you sly
And came with different guys
Make your bitch smile
When she wake up
If she got pipes
I’ma put it on ’cause it’s ’bout me (Aye, this song is ’bout me, shut the f*ck up)
Yeah that’s me, Big T with the big ass D
Big chief in a big ass blunt
With your bitch
[Chorus]
Ow, okay, this shit ain’t even feelin’ real
Anything my niggas want I got (Wake me up)
Ow, okay, this shit ain’t even feelin’ real (Ain’t even feelin’ real)
Anything my bitch want I got
[Outro]
Uh, yeah yeah yeah
Uh, yeah yeah yeah
I f*ck with you if I don’t [?] you, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah
This shit ain’t even feelin’ real
Anything my niggas want I got (Er) Holy
The f*ck are you doin’ that   nigga   is gonna think   you tryna give him some p*ssy
[?]
[Verse 1]
Nigga’s   can’t compete with me if they work a 9 to   5
Just   hope   that they all   die, I’m the   first to smell a lie
Tell my bitch bye, just to tell my old hi (Hey)
All my niggas ride, otherwise you hearin’ lies
She must be god if I hit the jump right
Give my ex a call when I been on my hart (Hello)
But that ain’t gon’ happen ’cause she know I’m such a dog
I’ma sign a photo, Bumble, see what’s going on
Damn, You swear that you the man (I am)
You on her only fans, I look at her through my van
God damn
[Chorus]
Ow, okay, this shit ain’t even feelin’ real (No,no)
Anything my niggas want I got (Haha)
Ow, okay, this shit ain’t even feelin’ real
Anything my bitch wants I got
[Verse 2]
Okay, are you niggas really gettin’ paper?

Scissorfight – The Dredge Lyrics

Strange sights never seen before
Rise up
Show them what the sky is for
One eye on the distant shore
Dive down
Drag across the ocean floor
With the engine running
Haul back
And if you can’t get no…
No fathom deep
Overlook that action
Of Blackfish creek
Now we’re hauling back

Rupert Holmes – You’ll Love Me Again Lyrics

She said, “I’m leaving.”
I said, “You’re leaving.”
She said, “Somehow I thought you knew.”
She said, “I’ll phone ya.”
I said, “No, I’11 see you—
And don’t believe this means we’re through.”
“You loved me once, you’ll love me again
I truly believe that
You’ll stay away awhile
But even then
You’ll wake one night
And you’ll need me again
You’re not really leaving
Believing this will get me through to then
You loved me once
And you’ll love me again.”
She said, “You think so?”
I said, “I know so
I know so much about you now.”
She said, “Well maybe.”
I said, “There’s no maybe—
It makes no difference anyhow.”
“You loved me once, you’ll love me again
I truly believe that
You’ll stay away awhile
But even then
One stormy night
You’ll call me again
And I will be waiting
The only question now is how and when
You loved me once
You loved me more than once
You loved me once and you’ll love me again.”

Kenny Chesney – We Do Lyrics

Yeah, we laugh and we love
And we can’t get enough
As loud as we’re livin’, man
We still turn it up
We’re amplified, come alive
Side by side
No matter where it goes
You know we’re here for the ride
Who gets to roll like we do? We gather tonight for a celebration
Under the flag of a no-shoes nation
Speakin’ our gospel, seekin’ our truth
Brothers in arms, and sisters in cowboy boots
(Who gets to live like we do?)
Raisin’ the roof
(Who gets to live like we do?)
We come down from the mountains, come up from the coast
We’re all comin’ out of some kinda comatose
Fill up our cups with a little bit of freedom
Come on, hold ’em up, everybody, let me see ’em
Yeah, we laugh and we love
And we can’t get enough
As loud as we’re livin’, man
We still turn it up
We’re amplified, come alive
Side by side
No matter where it goes
You know we’re here for the ride
Who gets to roll like we do? (we do)
Yeah, who wants to rock like we do? (we do)
Yeah, who ain’t gonna stop, man, no matter what? (we do)
Yeah, who wants to rock like we do? Who touched like we do? (we do) (we do)
Yeah, who wants to rock like we do? Who gets to live like we do? Who gets to live like we do? (we do)
Not really sure who’s liftin’ up who
You came to see us
We came to see you, too
Yeah, it’s true
And who gets as high as we do? (we do)
Yeah, who ain’t gonna stop, man, no matter what? (we do)
We drag this circus from town to town
Full of jesters, and jokers, and vibe room clowns
To your parkin’ lot parties full of pirates like us
And we all come together when the curtain comes up
Yeah, we laugh and we love
And we can’t get enough
As loud as we’re livin’, man
We still turn it up
We’re amplified, come alive
Side by side
No matter where it goes
You know we’re here for the ride
Who gets to roll like we do? Who gets to live like we do? (we do)
Yeah, who ain’t gonna stop, man, no matter what?

Humanist – Adeus Que Me Vou Embora Lyrics

Adeus que me vou embora
Adeus que me vou embora
Adeus que me embora vou
Adeus que me embora vou
Vou daqui para a minha terra
Vou daqui para a minha terra
Que eu desta terra não sou
Que eu desta terra não sou
Tenho minha mãe à espera
Tenho minha mãe à espera
Cansada de me esperar
Cansada de me esperar
Naquela encosta da serra
Naquela encosta da serra
Vamos ser dois a chorar
Vamos ser dois a chorar
À espera tenho o meu pai
À espera tenho o meu pai
Aos anos que não vejo
Aos anos que não vejo
O tempo que vai durar
O tempo que vai durar
O meu abraço, o meu beijo
O meu abraço, o meu beijo
Vim solteiro e vou solteiro
Vim solteiro e vou solteiro
Vou livre de corações
Vou livre de corações
Se alguém me quiser prender
Se alguém me quiser prender
Ja não vou dizer que não
Ja não vou dizer que não
Adeus que me vou embora
Adeus que me vou embora
Adeus que me embora vou
Adeus que me embora vou

Reflections – Marionette Lyrics

The things that hurt the most
Are what we show the least
Just expose the surface
Always out   of   reach
Complete disconnection
Broken from   the rejection
Blinded by misconception
Torn in two   by my perception
The world underneath my feet
Is a prison to me
Of which I can’t break free
Captive by my own thoughts
I ripped out my heart
Just to watch it rot
They may hate me
Truth is there’s a purpose
I tried my best not to wrong a soul
Who didn’t f*cking deserve it
You are a dog
All bark no bite
On shoulders of giants
Comparing height
It isn’t hard to see you
Behind the curtain
Pretending to be a
Perfect f*cking person
God hides its face
Because it’s ashamed
Of the world that its made
God hides its face
Because it’s ashamed
Of the world that its made
Mindless puppet
You’d follow anything
You are a slave to
The god of nothing
Mindless puppet
You’d follow anything
You are a slave to
The god of nothing

Karg – Grabcholerik Lyrics

Wonn ois guad geht vielleicht no bis ins nexte   Joa,   owa   ewig weit sicha   nimma
A föhg’loateta Moistrom   aus Zeit, treibt uns an entgegeng’setzte Orte
Wei de Entfremdung de is bliem, und lebt mi jetz laa, voroim vo innen
Wos san scho de Erinnerungen an domois, warum imma auf Vagongenes besinna? Se wernd doch a boid nur wia Graupel zwischen unsre miaden Finga zarinna
Drum frog mi nie wieda noch de oiden Tåg
Frog mi nie wieda noch de oiden G’schichten
I woas du heast as bis heite imma wieda gern
Owa I ko dagegen scho long auf se vazichten
Wia homs eh scho an weit aus’z longen Weg trogn
Voroim füa des das uns eh stets nua mit Gram bedocht hom
Wei I bin ma am End heit oafoch nimma sicher Ob wia nur üwa de G’schichten, oda se vor oim üwa uns g’locht hom
Oda obs imma no lochn
Wei oi de losgelösten und lustigen Zeiten
Wernd einfoch ned mehr desto öta dasd wirst
Oi de sinnwidrigen leeren Phrasen zwingan di nieda
Und bringan di Tåg für Tåg näha an dei eig’nes Gråb
Wei oans lernst ois Erwåchsener a recht schnö
Es sterbn imma de wosd das am wenigstn erwoatst ois erschts
Und tragische Verluste vadrängan in Frohsinn, wieda moi hod uns es Lebn teischt
Wir hom wieda moi glaubt es gib no mehr ois des wos ma eh scho g’riagt hom
Und iangwonn wia ma no Kinda woan
Sama wie an jedem Tag aussi zum spün
Und hom erst Joara spada vastonden
Dass es letzte Moi gleichzeitig es Begräbnis unsra Kindheit woa
Wei wonn de what kumd und nie wieda geht
Homma d’losgelöste Zeit üwawunden und jeda dea alloa I’m Leben steht
Der woas, de oiden Zeiten san scho längst vorbei
Und dewegn gibs heit nur mehr d’finstan G’schichten drüwa Da grobe Sand da Zeit fliast bedächtig aus zabrochne Stundenglasl
Pulsiert rauh und unnochgiebig, zwischen unsre   zaschundenen   Finga
Wia weit wiad   uns unsa Sehnsucht no trogn, de   nostalgievazerrtn Summa?!

Limbo – Know Better Lyrics

[Verse]
Yeah, I don’t want to be oh so lonely
Maybe we could [?] up but I   don’t   wanna wake up
And   all our memories I hold so   close to me
Maybe we should [?] up but I don’t wanna wake up
[Chorus]
I told you I’d be back for you, you should know better
I told you I’d be back for you,   you should know better
I told you I’d be back for you,   you should know better
I told you I’d be back for you,   you should know better
[Verse]
Yeah, I don’t want to be oh so lonely
Maybe we could [?] up but I don’t wanna wake up
And all our memories I hold so close to me
Maybe we should [?] up but I don’t wanna wake up
[Chorus]
I told you I’d be back for you, you should know better
I told you I’d be back for you,   you should know better
You should know better
I told you I’d be back for you
I told you I’d be back for you
I told you I’d be back for you
You should know better
I told you I’d be back for you
I told you I’d be back for you
I told you I’d be back for you
You should know better
You should know better
You should know better

Meryl – Ah Lala Lyrics

[Refrain]
La roue tourne, ton bâton il va s’casser
Je surveille mes arrières, j’fais même pas mes lacets
Je soupire, ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera d’brasser
Tout près d’tes tympans, j’arrive comme Yamakasi
Jesus et Papi Ochoa même eux, ils ont du trépasser
T’es un super héros hein, tu viens menacer
Je soupire ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera de brasser
C’est chaud comme chez moi, ça brûle comme bidon d’acide
[Couplet 1]
J’ai connu des hauts et des bas, la chatte à la pute
Qui suce dans l’ascenseur, qui suce dans l’ascenseur
La conseillère d’orientation fait du bon boulot
Mais la vie n’a pas d’sens, mais la vie n’a pas d’sens
Je n’ai pas eu les mots pour leur dire mes doléances
En même temps, les mots ne veulent rien dire s’il n’y a pas d’action
On finira qu’avec tout ce qu’on aura mérité
C’est pour ça qu’entre eux et moi, y’aura jamais d’équité
[Pré-refrain]
Woooh, woooh, woooh
C’est les jours avant le caviar
Woooh, woooh, woooh
C’est les jours avant le caviar
[Refrain]
La roue tourne, ton bâton il va s’casser
Je surveille mes arrières, j’fais même pas mes lacets
Je soupire, ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera d’brasser
Tout près d’tes tympans, j’arrive comme Yamakasi
Jesus et Papi Ochoa même eux, ils ont du trépasser
T’es un super héros hein, tu viens menacer
Je soupire ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera de brasser
C’est chaud comme chez moi, ça brûle comme bidon d’acide
[Couplet 2]
Monter sur Paname, zéro euro, ils m’ont dit: "Non mais non"
J’pensais qu’il m’connaissait mieux que ça mais non mais non mais non
Sensible à la gâchette Ze Pequeno, pimpon pimpon
Pas d’alibi vu que je s’rai partout, bah ouais bah ouais
Fille à papa bien sûr que j’saurai niquer leur mère
Fille à papa bien sûr que j’saurai niquer leur mère
Oh les seules fois qu’ils nous ouvre les portes, c’est pour nous foutre dehors
Alors si j’défonce tout, ne me this pas: "Mais non mais non"
[Pré-refrain]
Woooh, woooh, woooh
C’est les jours avant le caviar
Woooh, woooh, woooh
C’est les jours avant le caviar
[Refrain]
La roue tourne, ton bâton il va s’casser
Je surveille mes arrières, j’fais même pas mes lacets
Je soupire, ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera d’brasser
Tout près d’tes tympans, j’arrive comme Yamakasi
Jesus et Papi Ochoa même eux, ils ont du trépasser
T’es un super héros hein, tu viens menacer
Je soupire ça fait "ah la la", this-moi qui m’empêchera de brasser
C’est chaud comme chez moi, ça brûle comme bidon d’acide

Hulvey – Cold Water Lyrics

[Intro]
Ayeyoungjordan
Welcome to paradise
[Chorus]
I can feel the cold water
I can finally hear You calling
I think I   see   the morning, yeah
Done   running from the moment, yeah
I’m coming   out of cold water
[Verse 1]
Time and time, and time again
I know that I saw my sins, you don’t see my sins, no more
Got ’em casted down, You cast them down to the floor
I’m done with the flesh, I let the spirit take control
Standing in the waves, though this ain’t a show
You don’t run away, You been right here, You so close
Yeah I’m down deep, in the ocean below
And You never gon’ let me go-oh-oh
[Pre-Chorus]
Beautiful silence, spirit inside me
Peace for the broken, glad you found me
This is our moment, I’m not drowin’
Baptized with You love all around me
[Chorus]
I can feel the cold water
I can finally hear You calling
I think I see the morning, yeah
Done running from the moment, yeah
I’m coming out of cold water
[Post-Chorus]
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart
[Verse 2]
Tears in my eyes
Came up out that water I can feel that peace inside
God, You showed me who I am
I’m done listening to lies
I wanna be me, realize that I’m free
I ain’t never goin’ back, now I’m off of my leash
Gave Christ my burdens, there ain’t nothing else to keep
I’m done living in defeat, woke me up from my sleep, yeah
[Pre-Chorus]
Beautiful silence, spirit inside me
Peace for the broken, glad you found me
This is our moment, I’m not drowin’
Baptized with You love all around me
[Chorus]
I can feel the cold water
I can finally hear You calling
I think I see the morning, yeah
Done running from the moment, yeah
I’m coming out of cold water
[Post-Chorus]
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart
Cold water for my broken heart

Slowly Slowly – 19 Lyrics

Hate me don’t you dare stop, I’m just a lie
Fumble when my heart drops
I’ll try to justify
We just felt so right
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
I want to die in this car
I’m in love, I’m not your friend
We were in a taxi, drunk and 19
I can feel the whole world looking at me now
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
I want to die in this car
I’m in love, I’m not your friend
I don’t like to say it’s over
‘Cause in my head it never ended
I’m not gonna say it’s over
It’s my truth and I can bend it
We were in the backseat, drunk at 19
I still get the feeling that you’re thinking of me now
I’m never gonna say it’s over
You’re still leaning on my shoulder
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
I want to die in this car
I’m in love, I’m not your friend
We were in a taxi, drunk and 19
I can feel the whole world looking at me now
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again I was in a backseat, dead at 19
You were on your front foot ready to   comfort   me
Both so naïve
Heaving   at the pitstop, brushing your side
Could   you feel my heart drop
In the dashboard light
When everything felt right
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
I want to die in this car
I’m in love, I’m not your friend
We were in a taxi, drunk and 19
I can feel the whole world looking at me now
Just stay right where you are
I won’t fall for that again
I was such a deadbeat under those sheets
Wrapped you like a blanket how did you handle me? My self-esteem?

Runemagick – Monolithic Death Lyrics

Years of Chaos
Years of Darkness
Monolithic Death
Aeon of Doom