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Different Dream

After a hard day at work I come home
Hear my boy rapping the words to his headphones
Every bleep comes another bleep
As he keeps dancing to the beat
Come upstairs and barge through the door
Say to him, "Boy whatcha listenin' to that for?"
As I rip it out of his ears
Turn around and look in the mirror
Get ya head outta the gutter son
You talk to ya mother with that tongue?
Ought'a lean you down and wash your mouth soap
Teach you a lesson and just barely make you choke

Dad, you don't understand
This is me, this is who I am!

Boy, you freeze it right there
Just so I know we're good and square
I'm your father, sit down when I say so
This is home, this is where the green grass grows
Can't be the one to follow you where you go
Can't take you as is and just tie a little bow
Around it and be happy
You ain't what I expected you'd be
After all this hard work to bring home the bacon
Just to come home to see the fuss you making!?

Imma be big and travel the world,
Be famous and get hooked with any girl
I'm tired of this rice 'n' beans, I wanna taste some of that green!

Stop it child, you making a scene, a mockery of ya ma and me
Do yourself a favor and dream a different dream

 The strings are for those with charm
And fame are for those holding cards
Your inner core will just burst at the seams
They say play it safe
And dream a different dream
Billionaires are cowards in disguise
Their careers built upon money and lies
Your inner core will just burst at the seams
They say play it safe
And dream a different dream

I remember when you was little
Your mind was like some twisted riddle
Rapping the lyrics
To your idols, Snoop Dog and Jay-Z
Acting like you knew what they meant
But boy, you could barely read
Spittin' rhymes don't put a roof over ya head
Or clean the dirty sheets in your bed
All those fancy clothes don't give ya fame
just brings your family to shame
Look at you playing life like it's a game
Joining all those gangs just to bleed
Gettin' high and smokin' weed

Dad, it ain't like that
I'm not some filthy rat
Planting my seed wherever
Imma stay true forever
Build myself upon lyrical tether
Striving to be as authentic as leather
Come on dad, can't we get it together?

Your grandpa was born and raised in the meadows
No Internet, no microwave, just planting corn rows
But right now the grass is as green as it's gonna get
And if you ain't got that through ya head yet
As your pops I'm really quite upset

 Take these words right from my mouth
And give 'em wings to fly south
Or I will run from this house like the ratatouille mouse
Tired of this cheese I want something more
The birds and the bees aren't what I'm looking for
I don't wanna die like everybody else
Just put in a hole and call it a grave
I don't wanna die with nothing to my name
If I'm not looking up I'm going south
You can scream and cuss at me with ya sailor's mouth
I'm still leaving and I'm taking the dangerous route

The strings are for those with charm
And fame are for those holding cards
Your inner core will just burst at the seams
They say play it safe
And dream a different dream
Billionaires are cowards in disguise
Their careers built upon money and lies
Your inner core will just burst at the seams
They say play it safe
And dream a different dream

Here I am, standing in this trailer
In your eyes I'm a failure
For wanting to travel the world like a sailor
From Beverly Hills to New York City
At this point I don't even care if you're with me
I may have augmented my hopes a bit too high
But I was tired of looking through telescopes, that habit can die
But dad look at me now
No longer in a small town
Can't be modest I have to boast
I'm traveling the world from coast to coast
In everybody's head is my riffs
And I wish you were here to see this
Swallow your pride long enough to shed a tear
Remember what you used to say, "Turn around, look in the mirror"...?
I wasn't no golden child and you weren't the perfect dad
But come on now, that's a thing of the past
You can ditch your bacon, eggs and Jimmy Dean
Live in luxury in your fields of green
Come on dad, won't you dream this different dream
with me?



NOTE: Words in italics are from the son's perspective, words in normal font are from the father's perspective, and words in bold is the chorus line.

I'm not sure where the idea came from. I was on a camping trip, heading back home, and all the sudden this whole elaborate story came to me and I started writing it all down on a notepad (back then I didn't have my Kindle Fire).

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  1. Date: 6/12/2013 9:33:00 AM
    This was AMAZING! Sometimes kids do't go the way the parents think they will, and they never accept it. It's so sad how we grow apart because of different thinking and beliefs. I loved the perspectives from both of them. Gave a look into how they each felt. Powerfully done! Not a rap fan at ALL, but I'm thinking poetry is pretty much rap..just more... "gangsta" ? lol

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/12/2013 11:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haha... you're not too far from the truth! I can understand when people can't stand rap when they base it off the modern day stuff. Back then people DID actually try to have stories and messages in their lyrics... just told in rhythm and rhyme. Glad you liked, despite your "un-rap-like" preferences!
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 5:54:00 PM
    Nor am I rap fan but I enjoyed the story in this, maybe reading it is better than listening to it just ramble on and on lol. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/8/2013 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I like rap music, but I'm extremely picky about it. I'd say 99% of it is just vulgar gibberish... but if you dig deep enough you'll find some pretty enlightening stuff. Glad you enjoyed!
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 9:02:00 AM
    This is tremendous Tim, for some reason it made me think of M&M and the movie 8mile. I am not a Rap fan but I actualy like his music and he is a pretty articulate intelligent guy. I really like this one Tim, well done.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/8/2013 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I have a lot of respect for Eminem in that sense. Some of his songs verge on being really profane, but he's one of the few rappers that actually try to tell a worthwhile story in his lyrics... it's funny you should mention that because that's sorta the vibe I was going for!