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Begging For Your Life (a capella)

Begging For Your Life (add your flavor/remix this tune)
Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson

This is a song about courage and trying. For music, I was thinking something Bruce Springsteen-ish. The vocals are quite raw with no effects. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding some music (or better vocals) to the mix, you can download the raw a capellas here at ccMixter (just click on the word "download" under the word "stream"). When you are done, you can email me any mp3s here.
All contributions will be considered Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0.
Your time and talent is greatly appreciated.

Lyrics:
Juan was just one in a long line of peasants – knew the bond between flesh and soil
proud of the knowledge passed down generations, but tired of the bosses wanting more
so when the time come, he took his place, and organized for a little respect
but soon came the muscle, and soon came the law, and he knew what was coming next
Maria kept a straight face as she opened the door, when the guns showed up that day
still they pulled him from a false bottom under the floor crushed his ankle then drug him away
Juan sobbed in vain at the boot of the captain – let me say goodbye to my wife
ain't it hell in a world where holding onto your soul leaves you begging for your life

and boy, they'll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don't feel ashamed
if you're scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

Malene was an old soul with a fire in her belly and an afro as big as her heart
made a choice when she saw what they did to her daddy, she wasn't never gonna play their part
so she fought the man and the man fought back and she learned how the world goes round
threw up her fist one too many times then had to go underground
but underground ain't like no movie, and before long she was ready to take
broke down in a fix trying to forget all the memories she'd never make
with a picture of her daddy and a gun in her hand, the tears fell heavy that night
ain't it hell in a world where holding onto your soul leaves you begging for your life

and girl, they'll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don't feel ashamed
if you're scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one
 
and yeah they got money
and money can buy you force
but they ain't got the courage
or the will to make that choice
and that's why we're gonna win
that's why we're gonna win
but until then
 
yeah they'll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don't feel ashamed
if you're scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one
 
so hold your head high
when they see your face
there's more coming behind you
coming to take your place
and you can be proud that
you're human when it's done
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

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