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Low Cut Connie – Me N Annie Lyrics

We’re all excited just to paint the town
Tear the whole thing down
Throw it all in the fireplace
Throw it all in the fire
Me and Annie on a Persian rug
We don’t need no drugs
Throw it all in the fireplace
Throw it all in the fire
We’re living like bums
Sucking on our thumbs
I’m only emphasizing
She came into the world
A hundred percent girl
And I can feel it rising
She starts messing with my head again
She’s trying to be my girlfriend
Throw it all in the fireplace
Throw it all in the fire
Hey, we’re cheek to cheek
We got our sneaky shoes on
We’re gonna mess it up till dawn
Throw it all in the fireplace
Throw it all in the fire
We’re living like bums
Sucking on our thumbs
I’m only emphasizing
She came into the world
A hundred percent girl
And I can feel it rising
You’re talking about money
You’re talking about success
I’m talking about happiness
Throw it all in the fireplace
Throw it all in the fire
We’re living like bums
Sucking on our thumbs
I’m only emphasizing
She came into the world
A hundred percent girl
And I can feel it rising

Deradoorian – Grow Lyrics

How do we reach truth? [Verse 1]
Guide me, walk on my sides
Show the secrets of what lies
Beyond me, beyond you
Where do we meet? [Verse 2]
Give me knowledge unseen
Without the burden of reality
Beyond you, beyond me
How do we learn so we can all teach? [Verse 3]
Guide me, give me the right
And be the bridge and unite
To help me, to help you
I’ll be the smoke, if you give your too
[Chorus]
Love
Grow, grow
Grow, grow
Love
Slow, grow
Grow, grow
Grow
Grow
[Verse 4]
The thoughts of spring
They enlighten me
I see the sense, oh-oh
I am one declaring my love
You only get higher when you dream of
Embracing the show
[Chorus]
Grow
Grow
Grow
Grow, grow, grow, grow, grow
Grow, grow, grow, grow, grow
Grow, grow, grow, grow, grow…

Rombai – Besarte Lyrics

[Letra de “Besarte”]
No me tientes
Ro-Ro
Ro-Ro
Rombai
Besarte toda por la espalda
Esta noche no va a olvidarla
Nunca más
Es que muy bien voy a tratarla
Cerra los ojos
Que vibraremos
Mas allá
Parte por parte te quiero besar
Quiero que olvides todo lo demás
Acércate un poco más
Y solo dime lo que quieres
Que está permitido
Dímelo al oído
Como lo prefieres
Es que ando buscando
Algo divertido
Pasar un buen rato
Piel a piel contigo
No no no no no no
No me tientes
Ay ay ay ay ay ay
Que me quema
No no no no no no
No me tientes
Vamos hacerlo una vez más
Besarte toda por la espalda
Esta noche no va a olvidarla
Nunca más
Es que muy bien voy a tratarla
Cerra los ojos
Que vibraremos
Mas allá
Tu quieres así
Pues que sea así
Libera tu cuerpo
Que ahí ahí
Tu quieres así
Pues que sea así
Libera tu cuerpo
Que ahí ahí
Tu y yo seremos amantes
(Amantes)
Esta noche en adelante
(En adelante)
Tengo derecho a besarte
(Besarte)
Dime si quieres o no
(Quieres o no)
Quiero que me bailes
Pero lentamente
No quiero tímido
Nada aburrido
Es todo lo que yo te pido
No no no no no no
No me tientes
Ay ay ay ay ay ay
Que me quema
No no no no no no
No me tientes
Vamos hacerlo una vez más
Besarte toda por la espalda
Esta noche no va a olvidarla
Nunca más
Es que muy bien voy a tratarla
Cerra los ojos
Que vibraremos
Mas allá
(Por la espalda)
No va a olvidarla
(Nunca más)
Cerra los ojos
Que vibraremos
Mas allá
Ahhh
Ahhh
Rombai
Ahhh
Ahhh

Noah – Love & Hate Lyrics

I almost lost my mind
Lost in a struggle
Lost a few friends
Never lost my hustle
I’m too subtle
I cried tears of joy and left a puddle
I got a heart full of hope
A mind full of faith
But a soul full of trouble
I almost made a deal with the devil
For a couple of shining cars
And a crib out the ghetto
Plan me like Geppetto
Pull on my strings
Giving me things I dreamed of since I was 14
Sure thing, temptations poison my body
p*ssy, power and drugs, the evils inside me
f*ck that, I’m battlin’ back
Fighting the addictions of fast living
Cheating on good women
Know I’m a good Christian
On the conditions I know I made f*cked up decisions
So what the f*ck am I kidding
I know my future’s already written
And my sins are unforgiving
To tell the truth, shit we all sinning
So who are you to judge how I’m living
Now everybody is a critic
Tell you how do it
But they never did it
Now everybody is a critic
Tell you how to do it
But they ain’t never did it
Love hate, yeah

Woyza – Nunca Es Demasiado Tarde Lyrics

Nunca es demasiado tarde
No, Nunca es demasiado tarde
Eh, Nunca es demasiado
Oh, Nunca es demasiado…
[Outro]
Oh oh…
Para amarse bien
Mmm… Para amarse (Nunca es demasiado tarde)
Para amarse bien (Nunca es demasiado tarde)
[Post-Coro]
¡Oh! Para amarse (Nunca es demasiado tarde)
Para amarse bien (Nunca es demasiado tarde)
[Verso 2]
Me está distrayendo esta confusión
Estalla en mi cara la incomprensión
Está destruyendo mi corazón
No atiende, no entiende, no da razón
Contigo la vida es pura ilusión
Dos ilusos que crean escenas con marionetas
Entrando en el bucle de la discusión
El amor es un trato, no un trapo ni una servilleta
Brotan lágrimas envenenadas
De mis ojos a tu almohada
Todo no se arregla en la cama
Ni con besos ni con balas
No insistas en cortar mis alas
Ni a las buenas ni a las malas
Amor es respeto, tiene que ser mutuo
No entiende de celos, nada aquí es tuyo
[Coro]
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Si te ama, sabrá esperar (nunca)
Nunca es demasiado tarde (no)
Nunca es demasiado tarde (nunca)
Nunca es demasiado tarde
No la agarres, déjala volar
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Tú no decides, ella lo decide
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Si te ama, sabrá esperar
Nunca es demasiado tarde
¡Oh! [Letra de “Nunca es demasiado tarde”]
[Coro]
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Si te ama, sabrá esperar
Nunca es demasiado tarde, nunca es demasiado tarde
Nunca   es   demasiado tarde
No la   agarres, déjala volar
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Tú   no decides, ella lo decide
[Verso 1]
Un día me quieres y al otro no
¿A qué estás jugando conmigo, amor? Se está convirtiendo en una obsesión
A veces olvidas que somos dos
Presión y control no es la solución
El amor no es dolor, el amor nos eleva y sube
Mi vida no es solo una relación
Compartir y soñar, no pretendas que esté en las nubes
Te encuentras el vacío cuando caes
Sacándole provecho a tus males
Planes sin efectos especiales
Lo romántico reside en los detalles
Peleas en los baños de los bares
Ellos no son tus rivales
No necesito a un soldado, ni a un rey
Ni a nadie que imponga su ley
[Coro]
Nunca es demasiado tarde
Si te ama, sabrá esperar
Nunca es demasiado tarde, nunca es demasiado tarde
¡Oh! Por mí decido, yo lo decido
¡Oh!

Show Me The Body – Six Fingers Thick Lyrics

Cause he just showed up
We been here for mad years
That’s an uppercut a
White t blood gush
New tenents -tryna-bust-a-nut
I always head tuck, go nuts
I bum rush a Bedford apartment
Eyes are weary are full of lead
I need some place to rest my head
Can I stay your prison state? Velocro. Prison state, prison state
City creeps I see you on my aerial
Solo and sterile back pack
Contents garenteed make ya
Feral. I shut my mouth up the f*ck
Behind a two barrel I was filming you filming us
What the f*ck is TARU
Whatchin you if like to snap and
Pose bodies don’t decompose
In the city soil
Ten fold, dolo in the dark I was throwin elbows
I drop. Never
Been well like a shot in the shell
Leather boot smell stories
I never tell. I smile in the sun
For the back of a steel
Severed from the Earth
Is how I feel. All rope no bones
I go deep down a well. Prison state, prison state
Prison state these homes I should have never know
Face to face with race in a catacomb Toe to toe I never sold
Big rush down to get a home they
Disrobe and cut a chord
While Homey’s tryna get grown
What’s lost seen it all
Before, lost and off course
Used to cross a single home I’d
Cop a 20 loosi bone but I lost
My upside-down cross when I got sauced
I f*ck a stop
Calculate the cost I number hard, I swell a
Deep rot, climbing out the well
I been shocked and shelled
I accost the void in which I dwell
All the depths I fell
Eyes are weary are full of lead
I need some place to rest my head
Can I stay your prison state? I think about
My lost ones before my meals
How we gunna raise their sons
How we gunna deal, tethered
To my pain I stress and I seal
I keel – body on the ground-
Death sounds kneel under no man’s
Short hand a sword or a shield
My primal word’ real, I burn
Spears for New York its all work and
No fear he think he listen
Never hear. f*ck up mega
No show.

Brothers Of Brazil – Never Let You Go Lyrics

No longer backwards
Or last in line
Sit on a plane
Won’t be left behind
Good friend of mine said
You’ve got to be kind
Twenty-first century
It’s our time naturally
The laws that once were
No longer apply
C’mon everybody
C’mon let’s go
C’mon everybody
And I’ll never let you go
I’ll never let you go
C’mon everybody
C’mon let’s go
C’mon everybody
And I’ll never let you go
I’ll never let you go
We work together
Strive equally
Share the rewards
Make yourself free
Don’t wait for someone
To tell you how to be
No longer backwards
Or last in line
Sit on a plane
Won’t be left behind
Good friend of mine said
You’ve got to be kind
C’mon everybody
C’mon let’s go
C’mon everybody
And I’ll never let you go
I’ll never let you go
C’mon everybody
C’mon let’s go
C’mon everybody
And I’ll never let you go
I’ll never let you go

Gianmaria Testa – Sottosopra Lyrics

Much more than the ground beneath my feet
Here I miss voices and the city
And I miss you, because I haven’t seen you
Since I’ve been here
We went up before the shift ended
To the factory roof to see
Whether from up there we could finally see
The one who got us fired
The first day he took off almost hurriedly
With us above and the others arguing below
But whose faces are those above the roof
And what do they have to look at? Then the patrol car came tearing in
And a little boy waved from a window
Before night fell
The television crew set up shop
But no, I’m not coming down
Not even the television
Can make me come down
No, I’m not coming down
You go ahead
And go on television
Like passers-by during a sudden downpour
Crammed into a doorway’s only shelter
The people downstairs crushed themselves
Around the eye of the broadcast
‘A relative of mine was up there on the roof.’
‘outsourcing’s to blame as far as I’m concerned’
Everyone wanted the microphone
To say something on television
And while darkness sank into the streets
And onto the gates and railings of Turin
And the light had gone out on the balcony
Where that little boy was
I thought for an instant that I saw you
Among the others showing solidarity down there
But it wasn’t you and I stayed up
On the roof camping out
Days and nights have gone by since that day
And there’s traffic in the streets again
Only rarely is there someone who lifts their gaze
And watches me watching
My comrades have gone, too, and I understand them
It isn’t so easy to stay
If there’s someone waiting for you
If you have someone you can tell things to
And so, all alone now, I keep watch on my own
And I no longer care about getting down or going back
Or even about knowing
Who got us fired
Unchanging days go by and I don’t count them
Let them take away the breath of those who follow them closely
I’ll stay here and, for now, make do
With a little boy’s wave

Linoskiii – Hiatus Lyrics (feat. Madd Mary & Crude Cognitive)

[Verse 1: Linoskiii]
They seem to ask me why I don’t release quite often
Why take forever to put out a single project? And if I did, you probably won’t buy it
Cos you think that ten bucks is too much for something I put time in
Work on your albums for a course of a couple years
And people think it’s not worth your blood, sweat, and tears
It doesn’t phase me, I let these people be
That’s why i make this motherf-f EP for free
Cos I don’t think that you should pay if you don’t think it’s worth it
Plus, I always have to break bread with people that are worthless
Which I don’t mind, but in the end, nobody’s profiting
Just hoping that you people share my music for marketing
Cos I ain’t got a big-ass fan base like some do
And if you stuck around this long, just know that Lino loves you
Sorry for lagging on the music, hope you understand
I’m busy with my life right now, trying to be a man
[Verse 2: Madd Mary]
Peace to my lawyers, listeners, chiefs, supporters
Those that stayed in my corner I lay it for ya
I disappeared for a hot minute, cos like you I gotta pay the mortgage
Just know that I’m not ignoring ya
Believe me, it’s not as easy as it seems
Trying to put food on the table while chasing dreams
An emcee, and ever since I was a tween, so I hustle
Stay laced in these sixteens
But in the back of my mind, I know that everybody wants something for free
But if you digging the music, would it kill you to buy a CD? Cos you don’t seem to have a problem putting a G down on a brand new TV
So don’t ask me why I cancelled all my visuals like a Sinio
I’m at the top of my voice, but y’all don’t hear me, though
But I still write this right aside what’s a [?]
Before my demise
[Verse 3: Crude Cognitive]
Not a hiatus, I just needed time to reconnect
Lucky I got fans that stuck when other people left
Just understand I hold standards to every single breathe
I’m always making sure I lay these beats to rest
People will pay if they love it, that’s what I’m hoping now
Been trying to find a way to find a promise, so I hold it down
Plus I try to scribble until y’all feel what I’ve been through

Noxious Emotion – Indefinite & Unspecified Lyrics

Indefinite & Unspecified
I’m in a dark room in a dark place
No light ever shines in here
Is this the way it should be
I hate this dark room i hate your dark
Face
No smile ever grows in you grace
I think i hate what you are
Draining my blood emotional flood
I wanna know why are you shouting at me
Cut with a knife brought back to life
Still i ask why are you shouting at me
Stop shouting at me
You know my weak spots and all my dark
Thoughts
No faith ever possessed my mind
I think it’s how it should be
There is a dark blight and there is no
Light
This place is just where i exist
The sky is falling down
Please please please stop shouting at
Me
Back in this dark room back in this
Dark place
No light ever shines in here
This is the way it should be
I love this dark room i love your dark
Face
No smile ever grows in your grace
I know i love what you are
Love is life life is pain

Deradoorian – Expanding Flower Planet Lyrics

Unaware, and they [?] their own
And they [?] their own
Can I have it
Conquer all
[Pre-Chorus]
And grasp them out
Release control
Drag no more
Drag no more
[Chorus]
Expanding flower planet
‘Cause we all make sure
We all know much more than we really think we know
[Hook]
This a lie or the truth told? Unaware, and they [?] their own
And they [?] their own
Can I have it
Conquer all
Conquer all
Conquer all
[Chorus]
Expanding flower planet
‘Cause we all make sure
We all know much more than we really think we know
And if the sea is something, how can we grow? We must know much more than what we seem to know [Verse]
Voices into the metaphor
Hell inside the catacomb
The catacomb
Is not to be reached
[Hook]
This a lie or the truth told? We must know much more than what we seem to know
[Chorus]
Expanding flower planet
‘Cause we all make sure
We all know much more than we really think we know
And if the sea is something, how can we grow?

Normal life is returning to South Korea, but is it too soon?

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Lee said the government now has to think about whether it can tolerate small outbreaks and let the economy operate smoothly, or if it should restore strict social distancing rules.Meanwhile, daily life – of a sort – has resumed.Long-delayed baseball and soccer seasons began without fans in the stands. “But I can’t predict with authority what will happen here from now on.”South Korea once had the world’s largest number of coronavirus cases outside mainland China, but its daily caseload has since dropped to around 10-30 and occasionally has hit single digits in recent weeks. Public parks, museums, and outdoor leisure facilities have reopened. Already, a mini-outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul has tested South Korea’s widely praised method for dealing with the disease – essentially a combination of rapid tracing, testing, and treatment, along with stringent social distancing practices.“Other countries must be wondering whether our nation will continue to make good progress,” said Jin Yong Kim, a doctor at Incheon Medical Center near Seoul who confirmed South Korea’s first patient on Jan. Italy’s testing increased much more slowly. They all noticed their first cases in late January.South Korea launched widespread testing fairly early, and in early February it had open public testing, which was available to asymptomatic people, and pursued contact tracing for all confirmed patients. Testing in the U.S. Loading… May 27, 2020

By Hyung-Jin Kim
Associated Press

Seoul, South Korea
The baseball league is on. South Korea has recorded a total of 11,265 cases with 269 deaths.Jaehun Jung, a professor at Gachon University College of Medicine, said lifting restrictions in the U.S., U.K., and Italy will likely cause a second wave of COVID-19 that he said could be “much bigger and more severe.”In South Korea, officials said the reopening of schools will likely be a major yardstick for whether authorities can maintain the relaxed restrictions. 20 and has since treated more than 100 others. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpIt’s unclear how things will play out, but so far the outbreak hasn’t grown, unlike what happened in late February and early March when hundreds of new patients were reported each day, many of them tied to a controversial church gathering in the country’s southeast.The tried and tested methods of aggressive tracing, testing, and treatment and the widespread public use of masks again played a major role in preventing the outbreak in Itaewon from exploding, said Hyukmin Lee, a professor at Yonsei University of College of Medicine in Seoul.South Korean officials previously said their nation was approaching its economic and social limits. and Italy have more than 230,000 cases respectively. “If we consider our high population density … Since the first patient was associated with the nightclubs on May 6 – the same day social distancing policy was officially eased – South Korea has confirmed more than 250 related cases. A mini outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul has raised concerns about lifting lockdowns. Normal life is returning to South Korea, but is it too soon? tops the list with about 1.6 million while both the U.K. At night, in a park in western Seoul, it’s easy to find young couples strolling without masks.South Korea’s quarantine campaign is often compared with that of the United States, U.K., and Italy, some of the hardest-hit countries. The French government said last week that about 70 virus cases had been linked to schools, one week after a third of French schoolchildren went back to school in an easing of the coronavirus lockdown.There is a sense that South Korea’s hard-won gains could be reversed without vigilance.“South Korea will face a second virus wave, too. South Korea on Wednesday still reported 40 new cases, its biggest daily jump in about 50 days.The recent uptick in fresh infections linked to nightclubs in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district has raised fears of another big outbreak. High school seniors returned to class last week, and younger students will do the same in phases by June 8.These days, during lunch time, restaurants in downtown Seoul are crowded with office workers, and many have stopped working from home. began in earnest in mid-March, according to a recent analysis in Our World in Data, a nonprofit online scientific publication based at the University of Oxford.Of the 5.6 million people infected worldwide, the U.S. But Mr. As COVID-19 cases in South Korea wane, the world watches to see whether relaxed social distancing rules will bring progress or vulnerability to a second wave of the virus. Students have begun returning to school. In the case of the U.K., despite its early head start on testing, there were signs that it wasn’t able to keep up with the outbreak. Kim, the doctor at Incheon Medical Center. we are rather more vulnerable to the virus than [even the U.S.].”This story was reported by The Associated Press. Ahn Young-joon/AP

People walk along the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea on May 22, 2020. And people are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks.As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is paying close attention to whether it can return to something that resembles normal – or face a virus resurgence. During evening rush hours, subways are packed with commuters wearing masks. Whether there are outbreaks that are 10 times bigger than what happened in Itaewon or smaller ones, we’ll continue to see them,” said Mr. The country’s coronavirus caseload dropped to single digits in recent weeks, prompting the government to relax social distancing measures.
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South Africa’s COVID-19 alcohol ban saves lives but brews debate

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So we are feeling the pain.” The virus has spread relatively slowly across Africa, whose 54 countries with a population of 1.3 billion have reported a total of over 115,000 cases.More than 230,000 South Africans have been arrested for breaking the lockdown regulations, including the bans on alcohol and tobacco sales, said national police minister Bheki Cele.”We have also observed an increase in smuggling of contraband [liquor and tobacco] between South Africa’s land borders with Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, as well as the sale of these products in the black market,” Mr. All those disagreements have gone down because there’s less alcohol. The country’s revenue service told lawmakers recently that it had lost more than $86 million in tax revenue from the sale of cigarettes and alcohol since the lockdown started in March.In Cape Town, the Woodstock Brewery has adapted to the ban by using its large vats to cook meals for the city’s poor.The Disoufeng Pub, once a popular Soweto watering hole, has not sold any liquor for nearly eight weeks.”It’s really sad to be feeling the pain,” said owner Tobogo Phiri, who reopened its kitchen two weeks ago to sell takeaway food.Some of his high-roller customers have tried to get him to break the regulations by selling them liquor, promising to spend the equivalent of more than $500.”You couldn’t even entertain it,” said Mr. Loading… Nardus Engelbrecht/AP

The Woodstock Brewery in Cape Town, South Africa, uses its vats to prepare soup for the homeless on May 15, 2020. Supporters of the ban on cigarette sales say smoking weakens the respiratory system, which is attacked by the virus.South Africa has the continent’s highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases with over 24,000. May 27, 2020

By Andrew Meldrum and Noobile Ntshangase
Associated Press

Johannesburg
A soccer mom in one of Cape Town’s posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. During the virus lockdown, South Africa has banned the sale of alcohol and tobacco. One has surreptitiously sold the other a pack of cigarettes, now considered a contraband.A bootlegging culture has sprung up across South Africa in response to the government’s nearly 8-week-old ban on the sale of tobacco and alcohol, part of its strict lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.Critics describe the prohibitions imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as puritanical, hypocritical, and unrealistic. “So it’s been very, very, very hard. So I see it as a good thing.”South African government officials say the number of admissions to hospital emergency rooms from alcohol-related crimes and vehicle accidents have been reduced significantly. Around the world, only Panama and Sri Lanka are reported to be prohibiting the sale of liquor during the pandemic, while India and Thailand temporarily banned it.But other South Africans say they favor the restrictions. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of Trump”Without alcohol, serious crime has gone down,” said Mphumelelo Mdunge, a Soweto resident. “And in the hospitals, there are less people injured from drunken driving and from people beating their wives and arguments. South Africa’s COVID-19 alcohol ban saves lives but brews debate

South Africa banned the sale of alcohol and tobacco as a preventive health measure during the pandemic. South Africa has long had a problem of criminal gangs illegally selling cigarettes, estimated to be in the millions of dollars.Critics of the bans say the government is losing sales tax revenue for cigarettes and alcohol. Phiri, adding he would not break the law. That restriction was lifted May 1 but the winemakers are still being hurt on lost domestic sales.That will improve June 1, when South Africa further eases its lockdown by allowing the sale of alcohol for home consumption on limited days per week. But one had to be disciplined and just decline every sale. Inside the box are several bottles of banned red wine.In Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. Cele said on May 22, adding that officials seized alcohol and cigarettes worth about $148,000 in March and April.At first, South African vineyards were prohibited from transporting or exporting their wine, causing a loss in international sales. Pubs and bars will remain closed, prompting criticism that they also should be allowed to sell for home consumption.The sale of cigarettes will remain banned. While the ban has led to bootlegging and fierce debate, hospital emergency room admissions from alcohol-related crimes and vehicle accidents have dropped. An illegal trade in cigarettes is thriving, even though the price of a contraband pack can be the equivalent of $6, nearly three times what it cost before the ban.

How Berlin is trying to avoid becoming another San Francisco for renters

Having given renters a breather, she says, the city is well aware the next step is to “strengthen the building sector” and increase housing supply.Though controversial, rent control has been the go-to measure in most large cities across North America and Europe, and policies encompass everything from how initial rents are set to rates of increase during tenancies to enforcement measures for wayward landlords.San Francisco provides a cautionary tale; it tried a rent freeze in the early 1990s, only to watch real estate become a buyer’s market that favored people with money. “It’s an apartment that you would never give up,” says Mr. “Sellers were trying to realize profits by offloading properties, because they could no longer profit from rents,” says the economist Mr. “Art is what’s made Berlin so big over the last 25 years” says Mr. “States must prevent the predatory practices of institutional investors,” she cautioned in a press release.Indeed, “gone for profit” is how Mr. But conservative politicians are contesting the policy’s constitutionality in court, and say rent freezes might actually prevent developers from expanding the housing supply. Advocates for affordable housing globally are watching what could be a milestone move.“Berlin is sort of leading the way,” says Hanna Wheatley, a housing economist at the London-based social justice think tank New Economics Foundation. A similar situation allowed investors to take over the real estate landscape after the 2008 global financial crisis, says Ms. Citny.On the open market, Mr. Citny, who dodged East German guards to paint the Berlin Wall before 1989. “We don’t want to reach that here.” Homeless numbers have skyrocketed in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities. It puts some private investors in financial dire straits, while disincentivizing developers to build new housing stock. The law isn’t permanent, points out Christoph Albrecht, an attorney who advises Mieterschutzbund Berlin, the tenant protection association. Citny’s landlord is a private party who bought decades ago, and doesn’t face the profit pressure of newer investors. Citny would have found rental rates unaffordable. If renters can be mobilized and activated as a pressure group, they might have real impacts on what the rental market looks like.”No longer affordableFor two decades, Mr. Wheatley. Freezes made gentrification “even more possible, because simple teachers were driven out of the area,” Mr. Citny’s situation had already been helped by the rent cap law; his landlord had planned to sell the unit last year, only to change his mind because of the pending policy. “We don’t want to reach that here.”

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When Kiddy Citny, an artist whose murals appeared on the original Berlin Wall, returned from a trip to Hong Kong a few months ago, he found a Europe transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. )

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Though a famously cheap city to live in not long ago, Berlin has seen its rental market explode in the last few years, threatening the hip urban culture that has grown up here. So how do you stop the transformation of cities like Berlin, which once was known for its cheap rents, into places that only the truly wealthy can afford? Sagner. People aren’t buying houses to live in.”Housing and art in the time of COVIDDuring a pandemic, adequate housing – with proper services – becomes even more critical. Loading… Rent is affordable. That paved the way for high-paid Silicon Valley types to jump in. May 27, 2020

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Polls indicate that Westerners increasingly view housing as a basic right. Lisbon experienced a similar dynamic.In New York, London, and Amsterdam, housing has become an asset that people buy for investment, rather than for shelter, explains the London economist Ms. Citny has lived in a two-room apartment in the city-center neighborhood of Schöneberg. “We’re entering uncharted territory,” Secretary Lompscher writes in an email. Light streams in from both sides. Therein lies the problem with the rent cap strategy, says Berlin-based housing economist Pekka Sagner. “Because what if the tenant doesn’t have more money [in five years]?”Because the law’s future is uncertain, renters’ unions are counseling tenants to keep any rental refunds in a rainy day fund, in case they need to give it back.The “Berlin experiment”Sky-high housing prices aren’t unique to Berlin, but the feeling is that it’s still early enough in Germany’s capital city that there’s a fighting chance, while the ship has largely sailed in other places.“Look at London and Paris, how expensive it is for really small living space,” says Mr. Those with shelter aren’t necessarily less anxious, since watching rents jump around them creates housing insecurity, the economists say.Solving this dilemma is key to maintaining vibrant societies, say affordable housing advocates. Worldwide, about 1.8 billion homeless and inadequately-housed people are particularly vulnerable to contracting the illness, she says.And, as governments try not only to stop COVID-19 but lessen economic fallout, they’re lowering interest rates. Jeff Leung/Courtesy of Kiddy Citny

Berlin artist Kiddy Citny stands in front of the "Hong Kong Unconquered" mural he painted in Hong Kong in early 2020. “It’s massive that controls are getting pushed through, because it’s been grassroots led. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpMr. Albrecht says. That amounts to a doubling of rents over the last decade, in a city where the average Berlin household pulls in only €2,000   ($2,200) a month after tax, and where four of five residents are renters.A scarce 1% of vacancies are affordable for a single person per Berlin standards, according to a 2019 study underwritten by the federal government. Albrecht, the attorney. Advocates for affordable housing globally are watching what could be a milestone move.Sky-high housing prices aren’t unique to Berlin, but the feeling is that it’s still early enough in Germany’s capital city that there’s a fighting chance, while the ship has largely sailed in other places.“Look at London and Paris, how expensive it is for really small living space,” says Christoph Albrecht, an attorney who advises a Berlin tenant protection association. “The law prevented the apartment from being sold out from underneath my feet,” says Mr. That amounts to a doubling of rents over the last decade, in a city where four of five residents are renters.Earlier this year, the city-state capped the rents of 1.5 million units for the next five years, as advocates hope Berlin can avoid becoming a London or San Francisco of unaffordability. “There’s a lot of unhealthy demand. Indeed, property values have skyrocketed over the last decade; in 2017 the city nabbed the honor of experiencing the world’s largest year-over-year property price increases at 21%, according the Knight Frank Global Index Report. “And that’s ultimately the issue – we need more housing.”Another problem? Sagner says. In 2017 the city nabbed the honor of experiencing the world’s largest year-over-year property price increases at 21%. Citny, the artist, characterizes what’s happened to his city, even as he’s hopeful the new law will have some positive effect on affordability. “Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation,” says Leilani Farha, United Nations special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. Most Americans and Europeans already view housing as a human right, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.The question is how to ensure affordable and accessible housing. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/FIle

People walk and cycle through a residential neighborhood, on March 3, 2017, in Berlin. Citny. Farha. But while the art world went into hibernation in the crisis, he found new purpose as an advocate of affordable housing, just as Berlin passed a historic rent freeze into law.Though a famously cheap city to live in not long ago, Berlin has seen its rental market explode in the last few years, threatening the hip urban culture that has grown up here. “But few artists can really afford to have a studio anymore – everything Berlin has stood for is essentially disappearing.”The city-state capped the rents of 1.5 million units for the next five years in a freeze that took effect in February, as advocates hope Berlin can avoid becoming a London or San Francisco of unaffordability.

With the coronavirus requiring social distancing and “no one buying art,” Mr. Citny is thankful he had the good timing to downsize his studio before the pandemic hit. Citny. Artistry is the highest form of community.” He’s been biking between his apartment and his smaller studio, thinking about how to work the feeling of “empathy” into upcoming projects.“This rent freeze is a really important law,” says Mr. “It helps preserve Berlin’s calling card.
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Art in the forbidden zone: Inside the Saudi cultural awakening

In another, a father encourages his two young daughters at the piano.The institute is the creation of local artists and Ayman Tayseer, former dean of the University of Jordan School of Arts and Design, who saw an opportunity in Saudi Arabia’s new embrace of culture. Officials here say the sweeping changes are designed to bring the kingdom into the 21st century and are a response to the demands of hundreds of thousands of Saudis who have studied in the West. Local extremists seized the Grand Mosque of Mecca, taking hostages and accusing the House of Saud of straying from its Islamic roots by inviting in Western culture. “Music can enhance the way of thinking, communicating, and innovating,” Ms. He steps closer to the painting and motions with his hand to his veiled wife, now lingering over a photo on the opposite wall. Young women take videos of a live reenactment of a masked Banksy spray-painting on a street wall. Due to the decades-old music ban, there are no Saudi music teachers, and the government will be hard-pressed to build a cadre of qualified people in a few short years to serve 30,000 schools spread out across a country six times the size of Germany.But the top priority is to introduce music and the arts at an early age to boost creative thinking. It began with local crowds of a few dozen. Each region and town had its own folk songs with particular beats, instruments, and scales. – Lionel Richie, the American R&B star of the 1970s and ‘80s (center left) during a performance in Saudi Arabia in late February, summing up changes sweeping the kingdom

While the new openness has been temporarily slowed by COVID-19, analysts expect it to pick up again as soon as social distancing eases and schools reopen. Taylor Luck

A Concise Passage, an installation made from shipping materials, symbolizes the importance of Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, as an ancient trade route. They whisper to each other as they splinter off to look at different exhibits – photos of refugees, a 1,000-year-old gold-gilded Quran, a display about humanity’s reliance on mobile phones.Here at the King Abdulaziz World Center for World Culture, an institution funded by oil giant ARAMCO in eastern Saudi Arabia has emerged as an anchor in the kingdom’s cultural renaissance. The feared mutawa, or vice police, patrolled the streets and arrested people for not being in the mosque during prayers, for being in mixed groups of men and women, and for improper dress. Al-Shawaf has come full circle – from fugitive musician to state guest of honor, invited to perform at state-organized festivals. Such an exhibit, held without Banksy’s consent, may seem tame to museumgoers in Europe or the U.S. Painters and sculptors who have flourished for years in cultural exile abroad are flocking home.“If an artist in Europe becomes noticed within five to six years, that is considered rapid recognition,” says Candida Pestana, curator of contemporary art at Ithra. Al Saud nods. He has a thin frame and a mild-mannered demeanor that betrays the manic energy and full-throated growls he brought to the stage for years in defiance of the religious police. Then, in 2005, the band produced its first CD and performed a live concert in neighboring Bahrain. Music nights were even held in Mecca and Medina.Everything changed in 1979. One such institute is the Music Home School of Art, which opened in a tower in central Riyadh late last year. Others chalk up the change to economic concerns. Music can be heard in the streets.Heavy metalFew have experienced this rapid transformation more profoundly than Fawaz Al-Shawaf, the frontman for the underground Saudi heavy metal band Creative Waste – underground, that is, until 2019.Mr. Women who wear the full-face niqab want to sing but refuse to lift the veil that muffles their voices. Mr. Al-Shawaf and Creative Waste to play abroad, touring in the U.S. “Here in Saudi, that would happen in a single year.”Meanwhile, international exhibitions are coming to Saudi cities, displaying works from surrealists to the more contemporary, and surprisingly, political. al-Khaldi was appointed chief executive officer of the Music Commission, one of 12 bodies formed by the Ministry of Culture to regulate and promote everything cultural.“Under the Ministry of Culture, we are planning to have music for all,” Ms. He stops every few minutes and looks over his shoulder; he still can’t shake that feeling of someone lurking.“If you were going to play at a friend’s house, you would have to wrap your oud in a blanket and hide it in the trunk of your car. The two peer at the caption.“Mashallah, my God, isn’t that interesting?” he says to his wife. Abdulrahim, like many Saudi men and women who grew up between 1980 and 2010, learned to play the oud, an instrument common in Gulf folk music, quietly through friends. In the mid-2000s, Mr. Al-Shawaf says. But today the religious police are gone. Quiet criticism emerges in some such pockets of society that reject the changes on cultural and religious grounds.“There shouldn’t be songs and live music,” says Abu Mohammed, a resident of Al Ula, home of the Winter at Tantora festival. Behind the drive is the desire to produce a generation of Saudis who are well rounded and can think outside the box, not just be comfortable in government-backed jobs, as the country eventually transitions to a post-oil society. Sensing a sudden shift toward Islamicism and a potent mix of pulpit and politics, the Saudi royal family decided to shift to the right, pushing its own ultraconservative school of Wahhabi Islam to compete with Iran’s fiery, revolutionary interpretation of the faith.Culture and art at home were the first sacrifices. Al Saud nods silently, impressed. Mr. Abdulrahim is carrying his oud, a pear-shaped lutelike instrument, up the stairs to a friend’s office in a Riyadh tower for a lunch-break music session. “By ‘music for all,’ I mean we will introduce a music education platform for everyone, at all ages.”The nascent commission is working with the Ministry of Education and Saudi universities to develop music education courses for children, secondary schools, and universities. In 2004, Creative Waste was born.“We had no teacher, we had no YouTube, we didn’t even know how to tune a guitar,” Mr. At the base of a sleek glass building in the heart of Riyadh’s financial district, dozens of Saudis mill through an exhibition of replicas of the last artist one would expect to see in the country: Banksy, a British graffiti artist. The last hurdle in Saudi Arabia’s embrace of arts and music may be from within: the fear of being judged for having a good time.Resistance to changeYet there is still plenty of criticism of the kingdom’s cultural opening, both at home and abroad. Al Saud asks a volunteer.“No, it is about migrants,” interrupts a Saudi woman. “Steve Jobs is of Syrian origin. Women would sing on TV, and music was common at weddings and festivals. and Europe.Now in 2020, Mr. al-Khaldi says via a videoconference call. “Each graffiti has a larger message.”Ms. Taylor Luck

Saudi visitors mill around the social protest works of Banksy, an anonymous British graffiti artist, at an exhibition in Riyadh that not long ago would have been scandalous – even dangerous – to stage in the religiously conservative country. The ensuing crackdown on the underground heavy metal scene forced Mr. They scan Arabic and English explainers of the anonymous painter’s protest works on social inequality, mass consumerism, and injustice. When it solicited works from local artists in 2019, Ithra received more than 600 submissions and is now grooming several contemporary artists, from painters to sculptors. On a Thursday night in early March, a young woman practices guitar chords with her instructor in one room. Al-Shawaf developed a love for heavy metal while living in the United States for two years with his father, who was working in Virginia. In futuristic curved buildings rising from the sands of Dhahran, the center, also known as Ithra, is working to introduce Saudi audiences to the performing arts and cinema, grooming a generation of domestic artists and inventors along the way.Opened in 2017, it includes the first museum, cinema, theater, and art gallery of its kind in the country. Al Saud stops at a re-creation of Banksy’s 2015 work “Son of a Migrant From Syria,” featuring Steve Jobs carrying a sack over his left shoulder and an Apple IIe in his right hand, which was originally painted in the Calais migrant encampment in France.“What is this trying to say, that Steve Jobs and businessmen are thieves?” Mr. “This is why music is important, not just for society in Saudi Arabia, but for all human beings.”Even though COVID-19 has forced the closure of the kingdom’s schools, the Music Commission is pushing ahead to develop an intensive one-year course for education majors, music advocacy campaigns for wider Saudi society, and an academy and conservatory to nurture local talent.Making up for lost timeMany Saudis are already flocking to several private music academies that have popped up over the past year. The group was setting a trend: The Eastern Province quickly became home to a burgeoning heavy metal scene.But in 2009, the movement ran into a religious wall. Success soon followed, though. “We accept tourism, we accept the arts, but Western concerts come with drinking, mixing of men and women, and promiscuity. In a few short months, he and instructors from Tunisia, Egypt, and Ukraine have taught hundreds of Riyadh residents ranging from would-be rappers to older Saudis who missed out on music lessons when they were young.“You see a veiled mother in her 50s come in to enroll her daughter for classes, but really she is coming to take oud lessons herself!” Mr.   Art has gone from taboo to trendy, suddenly in demand by princes, the government, and corporations, many of which are rushing to commission Saudi artists to produce works for their marble-floored offices. It was contraband, like a drug,” he says.It may be hard to imagine today, but Saudi Arabia was once rife with music and local artists. “I didn’t know art could be political.”Musical infrastructureYet the question lingers: How do you bring arts and music to a nation that for decades has been told they are immoral?That task falls in part to former concert violinist Gehad al-Khaldi. Observers say there is no better place to be an artist right now – commercially, at least – than in Saudi Arabia. al-Khaldi says. “At first, it was horrible.”

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An Emirati artist created a sculpture of a rockfall, called Falling Stones Garden, at an exhibition earlier this year in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. Women, and some men, shout “no photos, everyone!” before they walk onstage, to protect against images showing up on the internet. Tayseer says. It means refugees and migrants can contribute and excel, just like Jobs.”Mr. Al-Shawaf says. Many drop out after struggling to learn how to read sheet music.“There is a large amount of hunger and talent,” Mr. In October 2019, Creative Waste did what many thought was impossible: play a public gig at a cafe.“My mother had never seen us perform live,” Mr. Some believe Crown Prince Mohammed is simply focusing on social liberalization to placate demands for opening from the West rather than tackling true political reform in the tightly ruled kingdom.“Keeping the public busy with concerts and festivals is not the answer,” says Oraib Rantawi, geopolitical analyst and director of the Amman-based Al Quds Center for Political Studies. A deadly two-week siege and battle at Islam’s holiest site shook the nation, occurring months after Shiite clerics led a revolution in Iran. They claim as the drop in oil revenues and a costly war in Yemen force the Saudi government to end cradle-to-grave welfare and impose taxes, it is looking for a distraction – less bread and more circus.No matter what the motivations, many Saudis say these dramatic cultural changes are real and undeniable – with implications for society for generations to come.A musical pastFor four decades, live music in Saudi Arabia was not just banned; it was policed. They would shut down private concerts, raid music lessons, and confiscate keyboards and speakers.“If the police saw you carrying an oud or guitar, they would snatch it and could smash it right in front of you,” says Khaled Abdulrahim, a musician and head of the Riyadh Lounge of Art, a music club that promotes Saudi musical heritage.Mr. In February, Ms. Dozens of young Saudis gather at the institute’s airy studio, with a view of the Riyadh skyline, for a chance to strum their latest song on the oud or just belt out Beyoncé.“Before, music was something we kept to ourselves. Women sit toward the back of the room to avoid being seen by others as they sway to the beat. That just isn’t our culture.”One reason there hasn’t been more pushback from conservatives is the sheer speed with which the changes are taking place. MBS and the Saudis are simply buying time,” he says of the crown prince.While liberal social reforms may seem low-risk with the ruling family’s iron grip on power, they do alienate a conservative establishment and segments of society in cities and rural areas whose identities are intertwined with traditional practices. The authorities made music their business. Al-Shawaf and Creative Waste performed at private gatherings and foreign-worker compounds in the oil-rich Eastern Province, away from the mutawa’s reach.Mr. A few bold promoters decided to replicate Creative Waste’s success with heavy metal music at a compound in the more conservative Riyadh – the heart of the religious establishment.It ended in disaster: a police raid, a media smear campaign accusing the bands of devil worship, arrests, a deportation, and jail time. Music, cinema, and gender mixing were banned. “After seeing us live for the first time, she ‘got’ our music.”From taboo to trendyDozens of Saudi schoolgirls draped in black abayas wander through a cavernous copper entrance. “Sidelining the religious establishment and cultural openings are small, positive steps, but the major reform needs are the social contract itself and true political representation. But it is an edgy – even dangerous – choice for a kingdom where the leadership has locked up human rights activists and lashed bloggers, and censors the media.“Where is the art he did for the Palestinians?” asks Mohammed Al Saud as he enters the exhibition with his wife, Nour.A volunteer points him to a photo of Banksy’s “hole in the wall,” a porthole revealing a Bahamas-blue ocean and an idyllic island painted on the gray concrete separation barrier rising on the West Bank. The challenges are steep. Tayseer says with a laugh.Saudi music lovers face concerns few would consider. Al-Shawaf is sitting in a cafe in Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Critics remain skeptical, claiming that the polarizing Crown Prince Mohammed is attempting to whitewash his image, tainted by the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi abroad and the jailing of human rights activists at home. Now all of a sudden it is everywhere,” says Abdullah Mohammed, a self-taught cellist warming up on the side. He decided to form a heavy metal band with friends in his garage after he returned to Saudi Arabia. “It is as if we are catching up on decades of lost time in a single year.”More than just a creative outlet, music is offering a sense of community in a society that has long been governed by “thou shalt not” in a conservative city where houses are fenced in by high concrete walls.But even amid the camaraderie, a lingering self-consciousness exists, ingrained by decades of intimidation. “But many have never even seen a live music performance before, so this is all very new.”The highlight tonight is the open mic.
While these high-profile acts in a glitzy mirrored concert hall in the desert may capture headlines and Instagram feeds, they are just one small part of sweeping changes underway in Saudi Arabia as the leadership reverses a decades-old ban on cultural outlets and attempts to open up the kingdom to art, music, cinema, and theater.The move bumps up against the religious clerics, whose ultra-Orthodox interpretation of Islam prohibits live music, theater, and movies as “anti-Islamic” and whose dominance over Saudi society was undisputed for decades.But over the past two years, these clerics have been marginalized and intimidated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, as part of his ambitious plan to transform the country and its economy, seeks to create an entertainment industry, introduce art and music in schools, and nurture homegrown talent. Music and arts probably lie at the bottom of the list, if they make it at all.Over the past year, however, Saudi Arabia has been trying to change this perception as the leadership reverses a decades-old ban on cultural outlets and attempts to open up the kingdom to art, music, cinema, and theater.The move bumps up against religious clerics whose dominance over Saudi society was undisputed for decades. )

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When Westerners hear “Saudi Arabia,” many may think of conservative Islam, oil, and more recently, the reckless politics of its crown prince. Go ahead and move. “You see a veiled mother in her 50s come in to enroll her daughter for classes, but really she is coming to take oud lessons herself!” he says. She runs down the steps of the venue, right up to the orchestra pit by the stage, both arms raised in the air. At the Music Home School of Art, imported instructors have taught hundreds of Riyadh residents, from would-be rappers to older Saudis who missed out on music lessons when they were young.Ayman Tayseer is co-founder of the school. Courtesy of The Royal Commission for Al-Ula

“Things here will never be the same again.” A second woman quickly follows. Richie, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli. Two friends rush from their seats in the wings. No one will judge you. Richie waves, points, claps, stomps, howls, and jokes – abruptly stopping several times during performing his 1980s funk songs to coach his audience how to … groove. Richie gets to “Brick House,” a hit from his time with the Commodores in the 1970s, a third of the audience is up by the stage, twisting, turning, gyrating, singing in unison “She’s a brick house!” “She is mighty-mighty!”  
For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpInhibitions gone, social norms jettisoned, Saudis are letting loose, as if four decades of restrictions and foreboding have just been broken. It wants the next generation to be more innovative as the country transitions to a post-oil society. Do something.On the fourth song, one woman takes the plunge. Hundreds of robed men and women timidly sway side to side in their plush white leather chairs. Like a sequined maestro desperately trying to wrench notes from a somnolent orchestra, Mr. A few clap to the beat. Loading… Art in the forbidden zone: Inside the Saudi cultural awakening

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Behind the Saudi government’s encouragement of arts and culture that have long been taboo is the desire to create a more well-rounded citizenry. But they have been marginalized by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, as part of his plan to transform the country and its economy, seeks to create an entertainment industry, introduce art and music in schools, and nurture homegrown talent.Many Saudis are already flocking to several private music academies. Taylor Luck

The work titled “Sorry/I Forgive You,” created by Libyan Canadian artist Arwa Aboun. At the end of his headlining performance at the Winter at Tantora festival in late February in the Saudi desert, Mr. Five others join in.By the time Mr. Richie, drenched in sweat and wearing a satisfied grin, sums up the night in a single sentence: “Things here will never be the same again.”   When Westerners hear “Saudi Arabia,” many may think of conservative Islam, oil, and more recently, the reckless politics of its crown prince. AL ULA AND RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
“I said, I want some pandemonium!”Lionel Richie is yelling as he stalks up and down the stage deep in the Saudi desert. May 27, 2020

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Our heads are still spinning.”   Still, even if a backlash were to develop, analysts believe the new arts movement is now established enough to remain for the foreseeable future. al-Khaldi, the Music Commission CEO, puts it: “Life without music is a mistake.” As Ms. Before you can react to the concerts, women can drive and go to sporting events,” says Abdulrahman Ali, a Riyadh engineer. “You never have time to keep up, let alone organize popular objection to it. “Before you have time to react to cinemas being built, there are concerts.

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Nadia Reid – Ruby Lyrics

After does he rub your back and sing you slow? Take you to highest high and lowest low
Oh Ruby, I don’t think so
James was a well-known man around town
He sold houses to the masses
In the state of Burley Down
And I saw leaving slowly
With a young man at his hip I met Ruby on a bus from state to state
She was tired, I was timid, it was late
She was to marry her southland sweetheart
Bittersweet, I am when it comes to young love
James was a well-known man around town
He sold houses to the masses
In the state of Burley Down
And I saw him leaving slowly
With a young man at his hip
Where did my love go? He was the sailor of my ship
Jimmy was the best she ever had
When you think you cannot breathe
And you know you’d rather die instead
That’s when you know you have to go
And he knew he had to leave
So in the state of where you are
Roll up the windows and drive an old blue car
Ruby, does he hold you like he held me so?

Yung Bans – Jurassic Lyrics

[Intro]
Icey, I’m so sick of you
[Chorus]
Ha, ha, ha, ha, laughin’ at these niggas, hmm
Put that fire on his ass, dragon to these niggas, yeah
It’s a pool party, diamonds splashin’ on these niggas, ayy
Niggas tryna bite the swag, Jurassic Gang, nigga
[Verse]
Nut on a bitch face, huh, she got good taste
Walk around with that Glock-40 on my f*ckin’ waist
Y’all niggas right behind me, ayy
It can get super slimy
He switched, he’s no salami
Why that f*ck nigga had to try me? Yeah
We some rockstars, nigga, yeah
I ain’t no pop star nigga, huh
Diamonds on me flashin’ like a cop car, nigga, ayy
Niggas talkin’ shit, I’m like f*ck y’all niggas
All it take is one call, I can touch y’all niggas, ayy
Flexin’ all that chicken, I’ma pluck y’all niggas (Yeah)
[Chorus]
Ha, ha, ha, ha, laughin’ at these niggas, hmm
Put that fire on his ass, dragon to these niggas, yeah
It’s a pool party, diamonds splashin’ on these niggas, ayy
Niggas tryna bite the swag, Jurassic Gang, nigga
Ha, ha, ha, ha, laughin’ at these niggas, hmm
Put that fire on his ass, dragon to these niggas, yeah
It’s a pool party, diamonds splashin’ on these niggas, ayy
Niggas tryna bite the swag, Jurassic Gang, nigga

Ella Henderson – Friends Lyrics

Oh, so don’t you forgot, we’re not close to broken yet
(We’re not close to broken yet) You watched me go through my first break up
We ate enough ice cream to never want more
When I need a pick me up, you pick me up
When I want to cry when my heart is stuck
Your the first one at my door
And the boyfriends they change
And so will our second names
But the one thing stays the same is us
We’ll make dumb mistakes, ’cause we ain’t to blame
‘Cause they bring out the best in us
Friends, with you to the end
Fix you, help you bend, when it gets tough
And when you’re scared, they’ll be right there
So hold onto your friends, friends
I was right there when you struggled with Ryan
And you were right here when my dad went away
But all the weekends we stayed out
All the hangovers laid on the couch
Yeah, the times we don’t talk about
And the boyfriends they change
And so will our second names
But the one thing stays the same is us
We’ll make dumb mistakes, we ain’t to blame
‘Cause they bring out the best in us
Friends, with you to the end
Fix you, help you bend, when it gets tough
And when you’re scared, they’ll be right there
So hold onto your friends, friends
They’ll be good times and bad times
They’ll be trouble ahead
They’ll be tears in mascara
And we’ll all look a mess
What’s a life without a drama?

James Bambu – Runaway Lyrics

He galloped along
He galloped along
He galloped along
There’s a vision of a boy up on his   throne
It   carried him far
Anywhere   he needed to go he had   his own
When he knew
What he had
He took all his shit   and   packed   his bags
They never   saw him no   more
He galloped along
There’s a vision of a boy up on his throne
It carried him far
Anywhere he needed to go he had his own
When he knew
What he had
He took all his shit and packed his bags
They never saw him no more

Estelle – Karma Lyrics (feat. Hoodcelebrityy)

I swear that Karma, walks with a skirt
Word to my momma, you gon’ get what you deserve, yeah
Yeah, yeah
I’m all outta love, it’s time that you leave, yeah
You gave up on us, now what’s left is me, yeah
It’s been way too long, don’t put up a fight
Like a broken song
Calling it a night, I been living in my fears
I can be alone
Now you are never here
Now you are always gone, gone
Now how can you be so rude, so rude
You talking like you treat me like your damn fool
But f*ck I need a change ya, yeah
I thought that I could save ya,
But why oh why, oh, oh
Why you treat me bad
Why oh why, oh, oh
You trying to make me bad
Time fi run, run, run, run
Run to your car
Don’t turn around, grab your shit
And hit the door
Run, mi say run, mi say run, mi say run
Run to your car
Run, run.run
Move along
I swear that Karma, walks with a skirt, yeah
Word to my momma, you gon’ get what you deserve, yeah
[HoodCelebrityy:]
Hoodcelebrity! And why you treat me like a dirt hmmm
You doing all your dirt you
Told me no one else will ever love you
Those words you used are hurtful
Still I never tried to hurt ya’
So why oh why, oh, oh
Why you treat me bad
Why oh why, oh, oh
You trying to make me bad
Time fi run, run, run, run
Run to your car
Don’t turn around, grab your shit
And hit the door
Run, mi say run, mi say run, mi say run
Run to your car
Run, run.run
Move along
Mi say run, run, run, run
Run to your car
Don’t turn around, grab your shit
And hit the door
Run, mi say run, mi say run, mi say run
Run to your car
Run, run.run
Move along
I swear that Karma, walks with a skirt, yeah
And that’s on my momma, you gon’ get what you deserve, yeah
Mi say run, run, run, run
Run to your car
Don’t turn around, grab your shit
And hit the door
Run, mi say run, mi say run, mi say run
Run to your car
Run, run.run
Move along
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah, yeah You say you love me but you searchin’
Cut my heart open like a surgeon
Why you go so far you hurt me, hurt me
All my friends them say you no deserve me
Gave you one heart, two heart,
Broke me heart, you have no heart
Loved you from the start
Now we fell apart, oh Lord
Oh God,
Why you do me like that, yeah
Yeah why you do me like that?