The Fundamental Elements of Southtown Album

Artist(s): P.O.D.

Cover Art

P.O.D. The Fundamental Elements of Southtown Cover Art

Tracklist

Greetings

length: 1:31

Greeting brethrens and sisterens the P.O.D. comin at ya with the fundamental
elements of this little place we call the south town. We come to ya with
authority we bring wisdom in the power we bring strength and might. So if you
have eyes to see and you have ears to hear I抣l tell you this you will
understand these truths. So jah peoples right on. Jah people right on. For this
is our reality

Hollywood

length: 5:24
All american boy with big dreams of glamour life bright lights and boogie nights the hype "everything could be yours if the price is right" grab your nothing and hold it tight the first chance you get you're heading out to the west this decision is one you won't regret move to the place where everybody knows ya like Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Chorus
So you wannna be a superstar welcome to Hollywood quick money, fly women, fast cars welcome to Hollywood so you wannna be a superstar welcome to Hollywood high times, big dreams, living large welcome to Hollywood

One way ticket then you'll live this life of a superstar caught up in this business God as my witness you will never change only been here a day already in the game you changed your name you don't even look the same now your on top of the world money, power and fame picture perfect just like you planned no longer him 'cause you the man

[Chorus]
(Break)Welcome to Hollywood
You'll never get the best of me

The time ticks away you've had your play sold your soul for the roll now you gots to pay forfeit integrity, overnight celebrity settle for selfish gain rather than dignity another sucka why did you trust a player like me fool eternal hustler I'm taking everything and now you know I hate to tell you but I told you so

[Chorus]
High times big dreams there you are a victim of Hollywood

Southtown

length: 4:09
composer: Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels, Sonny Sandoval
Welcome to hard times, back again like its never been
For the first time it seem to mess with my head
When I realize what it takes, can I relate
With whatever, but never will it drive me to hate
Could be the next guy that you take before I wake
Now I lay me down to sleep, eyes tight when I pray
This her is real life, circumstances make you think
Should I be counting my blessings, the next second my eyes blink
chorus:
Here in the Southtown you know that kid don't play
Put it down it the streets, will I see another day
If I make it back this time, gots to hold what is mine
And thank God that I made it alive

One love it's easier said than done
Can I rise above anything that gets in my way?
Like words you say, you let your tongue get loose
And when push comes to shove, I'm not used to walking away
I keep on looking up, because these times are getting tough
Tomorrow's gone and it's the same o' song
Father fill my cup, give me strength to power up
A life to shine, you're the diamond in this rough

It ain't got to be like this

Don't wanna throw up my fist, Don't wanna be like this
Don't wanna throw up my fist, I must resist

chorus

Checkin' Levels

length: 1:07
Hey Bobby, dude, should I, uh, should I tighten' up my snare or somethin'?
No, no, no, no, nah, the drums is cool.
Aight.
No, they fine, they fine. You need more guitar in your headphones?
Yup.
Well I need y'all to rock something so I can get them headphones together for
me one time, aight?
(Aww, yeah, cool man.)
Yeah, just one more time, just like that.
Yo, Sonny. Ya, Sonny, Yeah. You gotta give me a little bit, to get the level
together. Yeah.
Oh yeah, that's tight, that's tight.
Yo, you need more effect?
Word, emme check these levels.
Okay, it should be cool now.
Turn it up. Um, check it out, check it out, here we go. Wit this.
Okay, go ahead Bobby.

Freestyle fantastic,
Flippin' like acrobatics,
Microphone mathematics,
Add it, then subtract it,
And there you have it,
Automatic,
With the fanatic,
Gattic,
And if it was in your fingers you couldn't grab it,
Tragic,
Stealin' my style just like a bandit,
But me and this here mic stick tight, just like a magnet,
Static,
Supersonic,
Just how we does,
Just because we slammin' like onyx feel the rush,
Dust to dust,
Beat to beat, ridiculous,
Everything we bust, It's a must, in God we trust,
So slam, da da da

Rock the Party (Off the Hook)

length: 3:25
writer: P.O.D.
Babylon breathe babylon
I see you people babel on and on on graven images
Golden idols and false iconsss
I'm seeking wisdom like Solomon
But My antenna keeps on pickin up evil transmission
At headquaters I receive my mission blow up the ruler of the air
Like nuclear fission
So I analyze my weapons
Laser guided rifles that shoot spiritual wisdom
I think I see enemy warriors fragile heathens tryin' to run stuff like mayors
So with brotha's that snuff punks
I set up time bombs to destroy the strongholds of babylon
Babylon breathe Babylon
We be tribes under grace
A righteous minority decadent culture make you forget you spiritual
Priority back down by the movement
Soldiers who will serve ya open to be used by god
Destroy you like medo-persia jewel of all kingdoms
Like evil, purified hurrahhh take you down
Don't look back over thrown you
Like sodoom and Gomorrah strong arm of the law
Guilty of all crimes I be like the great prophet
Isalah predict yout fall over 150 times
Got rhymes that you could never use for the purpose you be using
I'll dance over your fields
Present day Iraq still lies in ruins lies, schemes
Backstab persuasions bum-rushed
Get crushed by us
This rescue invasion look to the sky
Heed the warning the shadow is coming
The shadow is coming
The plagues are coming
The plagues are coming
I feel the breathe of the death beast
Mised bureaucracy
Full of hypocrisy
I gotta steel pulse
Looking for a true democracy destruction
Now your walls have fallen
Just sitting here waiting for the train to zion
Sit down is 47:1
The city has fallen
She has fallen golden images of it's gods
Lie shattered on the ground

Lie Down

length: 5:09
producer: Howard Benson
writer: Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, Sonny Sandoval, Traa Daniels, Marcos Curiel
I lie down, I sleep, when I wake, sustain me

Outkast blast through deception, the tension, your mind collapse
Relapse, the stress of matter, when I shatter like glass
The never seen, the never heard style we bring forth Can't ignore the Four,
rippin straight when I take your Title, self, X it out like homicidal
it''s vital, to make my flesh be suicidal
We tribal, sing with the Saints, let our spirits fly
Hold down the strong with the power Jah has given I
Break back the chains, release the squeeze off my veins
Empty box, hollow rocks, I knock you out your frame
Shallow grave marks the date, Oh'' Babylon the Great
Evil virus, be like Cyrus, trample down your gates
We''re the ones, the chosen sons
Come out of dark into light, rather fight than run
We came to die for the reasons you put us down
Don''t know when, could have then, what''s the time, the time is now

I lie down, I sleep, when I wake, sustain me

Ready, attack, bout'' to break you down fast like collision
Religion, take you from vision to flashback
In an instant, calculate precise precision
It''s vivid, turn your intimidation to timid
I''m in it, count down to self-destruction
That''s word to my mother when you suffer the repercussions
Clear the path, it''s the wrath coming through
You ain''t got what it takes to make me break
Because I''m harder than you
I''m harder than you
You ain''t got what it takes

Set Your Eyes to Zion

length: 4:07
Back in the day when man he paved the way
Fell in temptation, sin spread through the nation
Lead me salvation, and pierce the palms of holy hands
Who is the son of man? take me to the promised land
Where I and I free, Jah set my mind at ease
I stay cool in the shade even at 96?
You must believe and plant this seed of wisdom
Stick to the track and don't be trapped by Babylon
chorus
Set your eyes to Zion
Jah Jah people ride on

Forgive them Lord, for they not know
That what they do, people blame it on you
Can't understand why dem so mad
Dem heart get cold, empty with no soul
I've begun to search of One
Giver of life, I and I recognize
To be with you, forever I'll be with you
In paradise, Zion I set my eyes

chorus

Tell me Mr. Deadman?
Do you have the answer?
How do you get to Heaven?
Do you have the answer?
Hey Mr. Deadman
I'll tell you if you want to know,
How you can get to Heaven?
Believe in I Jah Jah son

chorus


Lo Siento

length: 0:34
Instrumental

Bullet the Blue Sky

length: 5:19
composer: Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., The Edge, Bono
lyricist: Bono
In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails
Into the souls on the tree of pain
From the firefly, a red orange glow
See the face of fear running scared in the valley below

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue
Bullet the blue

In the locust wind comes a rattle and hum
Jacob wrestled the angel and the angel was overcome
You plant a demon seed; You raise a flower of fire
You see them burning crosses
You see the flames higher and higher

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue
Bullet the blue

This guy comes up to me
His face red like a rose on a thorn bush
Like all the colors of a royal flush
And he's peeling off those dollar bills
Slapping them down
One hundred, two hundred
And I can see those fighter planes
And I can see those fighter planes
Across the mud huts where the children sleep
Through the alleys of a quiet city street
You take the staircase to the first floor
Turn the key and slowly unlock the door
As a man breathes into a saxophone
And through the walls you hear the city groan
Outside is America
Outside is America

Across the field you see the sky ripped open
See the rain through a gaping wound
Pounding on the women and children
Who run
Into the arms
Of America

Psalm 150

length: 0:56
Praise God in his heavenly dwelling;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the trumpet;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!!

Image

length: 3:33
Breathe
This is the knowledge that I bring,
Universal worldwide culture
Inhale, exhale
I takes it all in
No second guessing
Truth brings forth a new passion
No second guessing
Push aside this fate for the ransom
Stands among, gold seven and lox'd up
White wool; fire eyes, glowing in red
Water of rush, planet hold, in double edge
Falling down dead, last first, it's one life
Life source, in resurrection, these bloodstains
Shining face, this morning stars reflections
Embracing light, the clearness of sunrise
Tower strong, in this refuge, my fortress

Breathe
This is the knowledge that I bring,
Universal worldwide culture
Inhale, exhale

I takes it all in
No second guessing
Truth brings froth a new passion
No second guessing
Push aside this fate for the ransom

Shouts

length: 0:56
Check Check 1, 2,
I dream massive,
Spread Love to the Nation,
Jah people all over the world,
Since 1992,
Spreadin' Love,
Givin' Shouts,
To all of our Jah Jah Warriors out there,
We got you,
Comin' live & direct,
All over the world,
Come again one time..

Tribal

length: 4:27
CHORUS:
Tribal warriors!
Where do you stand in this battle cry tribal soldier?
Represent I and I Jah Jah warriors!
REPEAT 4x

The reconstruction commences.
The soldiers equip for the lessons.
My life, a sacrifice is made new through these confessions.
Manifested, this joy is my desire.
Light this fire to flames.
Praise the name Jehovah Jireh.
Is my provider the truth that lives inside this fighter?
Take me higher, Master, Sire makes me a good rider.
I'm gonna ride on down 'til I break through the front lines,
And ain't going home until I gets mines.

CHORUS:
Tribal warriors!
Where do you stand in this battle cry tribal soldier?
Represent I and I Jah Jah warriors!
REPEAT 4x

I grab ahold of my second chance.
This time I'm gonna make it last.
Left the world, came back an outcast.
To lay among the remains,
Through the trials and the pains.
Run for cover, make shelter, uncharted terrains.
Bloodstains light the paths to the ways of living breath.
My soul is put to the test.
Blessed with a mic in my hand.
Jah make straight my steps.
Then I hooked up with Payable On Death.
We flow in unity.
Stand in One while the foolish be,
Lost in this hour.
With power we have authority,
To overcome while these cowards just pick up and run.
Well we ain't done 'til this battle has been fought and won.
This vitory, how sweet it be, is already ours.
Holding the stars, is the man that carries my scars.
Always the same, wear His name with no shame.
Here in this battle cry, we will never die.
We will never die tribal warriors
We will never die
We will never die tribal warriors
We will never die
We will never die
We will never die
I want to know!
CHORUS:
Where do you stand in this battle cry tribal soldier?
Represent I and I Jah Jah warriors!
REPEAT 4x

Freestyle

length: 3:58
Kids coming up from the alleys not like the valleys
Southtown San Diego rats out here in Cali
So Cal with the crew to show'em how
You like me now, with the sound straight underground
Putt'n it down, lift up this jewel that I have found
And pass it around, flowing against the crowd
Hip-hop hardknox rhym'n soon as the tune drops
Negative small talks, homie star kick'n rocks
and thake it all down the blocks where it belongs
A demo of songs but they wouldn't put me on
Thought I was gone, too late, but who's to say
My pockets are empty and I got dues to pay
(B section)
To the tic tock you don't stop
To the tic tock you don't quit, hit it

chorus
Freestyle, freak with the flava it's the sure shot
Floss up the Ave, when the spot gets hot
Still pay'n dues and knock'em out the box

That's how it is homie like it or not
It's bad enough late bills keep stacking up
No one ever told me that it would cost this much
So buckle up and come along for the ride
Catching the vibes and staying true to my tribe
I got mad love for the ones that still around
Knew you'd be down from the get-go here and now
You make me proud from the diapers to the grave
No masqurade, stayed the same like in the day
On day when we all get saved
We're gonna change the world no matter what they say
And stay real playing what we feel
I'll keep praying for you while you shoot to thrill

(B Section)

chorus

It's been a long time
It's been a long time com'n
Hated by many and loved by less
Hold the thresh, resurrected here in the West
Clinch the fist; dismiss the stereotype myths
Loose lips sing ships, then plead the fifth
You hated this, no reason you hated this
If you only know you'd be the first one to enlist
We come in love cause its just how we does
Fit the frame staying the same as it ever was

(B Section)

chorus

Follow Me

length: 3:44
[Chorus]
Reign, Most High
Almighty Reign, Most High
Almighty I, Most High

What good is for a man to gain the whole world
Yet lose of forfeit his very self?
He must deny himself and
Take up his cross daily and follow me
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words,
Then I will be ashamed of him
When the time comes, in his glory, we will rise

[Chorus]

I tell you the truth, some of you who are standing here
Will not taste death before they see jah
Creation come with his power
What can a man give in exchange for his own
Soul he cannot save?
When the time comes, in his Glory, we will rise

[Chorus]

When the time comes, in his Glory, we will rise

Outkast / [untitled]

length: 9:34