10th Grade Dropout

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[Verse 1: Casey G]
Selfish girl had a son, child became a mom
She called her baby Bentley, because she thought things could be different
Now what's a kid supposed to do with a baby?
Ben grew up with no parental supervision necessary
He lost himself in anything, trying to find himself in
Everything, felt like a part of someone else's dream
But around 16, three months before he'd meet his first lover
He discovered his mistress in music
She was his muse it's not so strange to admit
It was the first intimate addiction he'd experienced
So super serious, life had found a purpose
No one could convince him anything was ever worth it except for her
He dropped out of school. Trying to do this full time
Quickly realized maybe not the smartest move
What's a boy to do? Parents not an option
Mom had gone to Hollywood without him and now he's just a 10th grade dropout

[Chorus: Good Matters]
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be

[Scratch interlude: DJ Idlhnds]

[Verse 2: Casey G]
Now Benny was a smart kid. He knew how to get by
He had always been determined not to be the child left behind
Growing up with parents who were careless, just embarrassed him
Didn't make excuses or cry about the comparisons
The others had it better? Maybe according to you
But you should see what music do when your soul sings the blues
He'd found hope. That fucking kid had found the notes. (yes, yes he had)
His favorite medicine was dope. And he knew it. And he'd used it
And he'd been able to grow up and find himself within the music
That's important, because he'd finally found this lady and he loved her
And they'd recently been told they'd made a person with each other
Yo, that was that. He going grown up part two
He'd be the first one to admit he had his doubts. What can you do?
How can you parent when you never had a parent at all?
But it's apparent that he's scared to let him have what he saw
He thought his story lacked a climax, but he knew it was real
And he only had what music taught him, but he'd learned how to feel
He'd found love, was taught conviction, learned the point of perseverance
And he'd sing his lessons proud, he'd teach his child to be fearless

[Chorus: Good Matters]
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
This is how we grow up. And how we learn. How we learn how it always will be
(repeat)

[Scratch interlude: DJ Idlhnds]

[Outro: Good Matters]
The way this life can you change you
This lonely road can go for miles
If innocence your stranger
Then blessed be the child

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from Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 2, released September 24, 2013
mixed and mastered by IG88 and Jesus Chris Willis

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The Bad Tenants Seattle, Washington

The Bad Tenants are three guys who write dope raps and play instruments and sing blues and spin vinyl and combine it all for a sound that’s soulful and unique.
The live show is memorable. See it for yourself and you’ll understand.
Seattle, by way of Bellingham, Wa.
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