People Rise

by Jeremy Roske

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In 2005, I co-organized and spearheaded the Voice of Youth Tour. Traveling to India and New Zealand, my band Rapsody performed concerts and gave workshops focused on youth empowerment through creative expression. This album was a product of that tour and collaboration of artists and supporters.

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released June 27, 2005

Jeremy Roske: Lyrics, vocals & rhythm guitar
Suryan: Vocals & lead guitar
Hagan Cadwell: Bass
Sal: Drums
Jonathan Davis: Percussion, trumpet, back-up vocals
Jasmine Roske-Jones: Back-up vocals
Sloppy joe: Violin

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Jeremy Roske Bommayapalayam, India

Jeremy’s life work and passion is to use performing arts to serve personal and collective awakening. As a poet, singer/songwriter, actor and youth leader Jeremy has traveled the world for over two decades, igniting the fire of inspiration and expression in the hearts of thousands. His musical style fuses funk, hip-hop, rock and reggae weaving together conscious lyrics and soulful melodies. ... more

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Track Name: Live Life Free
To all the lost souls and those in high roles
Beware when I come near for fear
Forms In the minds of the unclear
And those with lost cause
Like the wizard of Oz
Its all-mad front spark up the blunt and get faded
Driving in the pimp car intoxicated
Were all slated to be frustrated all eyes jaded
Worldwide demonstrated

The foggy mirror ain’t getting no clearer
What’s the cost for all the souls we’ve lost
It’s the price we’ve paid to be slaved and engraved
With subliminal messages of hate and rage
Sometimes I feel like the words on a page
Of a book that was never written

If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly
Do few things, but do them well
Heart felt works grow purely

We’re doing to much, y’all we’re loosing touch

Free, free, free your mind
Untangle from the mass consumption twine
Shop tell you drop and the whole nine
Tommy hill figure and Calvin Klein
Just a few who dine on the youth in there prime
I’ve spent a lot cash on my design
For a little bit of face warn out with time
Time,time, check this rhyme...
Now why is it all about your image and how you look
Not about the visions and the path you took
Or your dreams and values lost in a book
Shook from a dream caught by Captain Hook
When will the shell crack when shell we break free
When will we melt the chins of this slavery?

If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly
Do few things, but do them well
Heart felt works grow purely

If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly
Say few things, but say them well
Heart felt words grow purely

One step at a time, one breath at a time
With you in my heart I know I will survive
One step at a time, one breath at a time
With you by my side I know I will survive
One step at a time, one breath at a time
With you as my guide I know I will survive

If you want to live life free…

To much ya’ll we’re loosing touch…
Loosing touch, ya’ll we’re losing touch
Track Name: Life For Your Money
Money, Mula, cashola, denaro the green
What ever the name It represents the same thing
Troubles for those who have, and more for those who have not
All caught in a tugga-war of struggle that’s none stop
When the sun rises I wonder
Why this game called survival keeps me under
I'd rather stay hidden in deep slumber
Then face a world in which I'm a number…

Your life for your money, your money for your life…

Your life or your money
Your money for your life

I’ve been paid minimum wage
Equations where my true value was never wade
Daily I slaved and every penny made was just enough
To keep this rawhide tough-completely occupied
No time to dive into my creative side…
Disqualify me from this rat race
Cause the more I essence I waste
The longer and harder the chase
I sit and question, contemplate the state of my affairs
Am I really a victim Is the perpetrator the system…

Your life or your money
Your money for your life

What purpose's fill your waking hours
passion, pleasure, or dreams of power
What runs your life, fear or survival
Love or trust that all will be provided
I look outside and see a world that’s divided
Rich, poor, good,bad right or wrong
At the end of the day we'll all be singing the same song
Returning to the earth where we’re from…
A memory Hummed by an angle…a poem written on gods palm X2

With the same breath I can curse what I've lost
Or give thanks for what's left
When death comes knocking, what will I take with me
My material things will fall away like my body -
What will remains are memories that live eternally
Of love given and received, children playing, long moon lit walks
Whispering Sweet nothings… living for something bigger then self, sacrificing for someone else, living and loving, loving and living... and nothing else
Track Name: Reason
I’ll live my life living and die trying to find a reason
Leaving my past behind me facing a future that’s hard to see
In a world that’s forgotten me
I'll die trying heart broken and soul crying
When life seems like I'm swimming up stream
A lost one drifting further from my dreams
Through the cold nights and hard times
When the world's pressures are closing in
I'll find a reason to live and learn
Give and receive love in return
Even when the fire burns me I will not give up
To a world screaming I'm not enough

I Just want some things to believe in
Some reason for living, for breathing, for being

So many things try to keep my light locked inside
Squash my pride and circumcise my soul
Leave me naked in a world filled with hatred
Innocence tainted my heart torn open by hands
To stiff to understand
The same hands that rape the land
Pollute the skies and dehumanize the reasons to be alive
Rob me of my eyes cause the things I've seen
Plague me with bad dreams, piercing silent screams
From the lips of the unseen children wondering
What happen to them, forgotten when
Where, when, why, how did this all begin
Some say it started with original sin
And we've been falling ever since
Progressing in ways that never make sense

I just want something to believe in
Some reason for living, for breathing, for being X2

I just want something to believe in
A future brighter then the one that I'm seeing
I'm feeling lost, life's loosing meaning
Crying out what's the reason


I just want something to believe in some reason
For living, for breathing, for being X2

Where searching for answers what's the reason for being
Deep inside knowing we are the ones we are the reason
And we will not hide from those who try to smother our light
Shinning is our birthright
If nothing else is clear this is the one thing
Even if it’s the last note we sing, or smile we bring
Track Name: Lifetimes
Violence has affected us all
From our ancestors first step
On the evolutionary crawl
To the current over populated urban sprawl
We've clinched our fists to brawl
Instinctual a matter of survival
Fist, club, sword, to pistol
Rising like the sun to destroy any rival
Gang, tribe or clan, wild beast or fellow man

Thousands trained in war games
Calvary, gun’s, tank’s, bombs and air planes
The results the same, what ever the name
Mass slaughter and harsh pain
It’s clear, plan and simple
We’ve forgotten how to respect our temple
What kind of example is this for the young ones?
Funds for bombs, but no funds for education
Billions for guns, but no funds for Gods Creation –

Chorus:
For Life times we’ve walked a thin line
Between the connection and destruction of all kind
At the end of the day I seem to find
To change the world, I’m starting on the inside

Hate lurks in dark places
Military bases built to destroy
Entire human races
Inhabited spaces, labeled as market places
Rage roaming rapists, suck of the sacred
Leaving it lifeless, spiting what’s left in our faces
Will these types of people replace us?
Misplace us and manipulate us
Into believing we have no power to face this
No hope to change this
The truth is, we’re of the same blood
Formed by the same mud, breathed by the same air
All connected to the Earth here,
And when we kill one another
We’re killing the mother, our sister and brother

Chorus…

The power of truth, communication and co-creation
Will be the salvation, forgiveness melts fears wall of separation
Within the light destruction births revelation
As citizens of the earth peace is our vocation
And it's time, that all human kind, stand strong in the balance
Of body, heart and mind…

Chorus…
Track Name: Rainbow
Lay your soul before the loving master
The river she flows faster and faster
Live in your heart so she can find you
Trust in your heart so she can guide you

And when time seems to bring only pain
I look for the rainbow
cause the sun also dances with the rain X2 

Follow your dreams and reach for the stars
Keep shining your light we know who you are
Caress the beauty of your flowering soul
Taste the sweet nectar of the fruits that grow

And when time seems to bring only pain
I look for the rainbow
cause the sun also dances with the rain X2 

Lay your soul before the loving master
The river she flows faster and faster
Lay your soul before the loving master
Learn to let go of thoughts disaster 

Come rain, come shine
the weather will not hinder   
my ability to sever the demons 
that sliver into rivers and seas 
that consume me 
until they wait for the ripe time 
and emerge and deliver me 
Transform my pain into to beauty,

Transform my pain into beauty...

And when time seems to bring only pain
I look for the rainbow
cause the sun also dances with the rain X2 

Live in your heart so she can find you
Trust in your heart so she can guide you...
Track Name: Here Now
Someone once told me a story
About a little girl and her plan
She was a seed of hope for the future
To bring peace to her waring clan

Someone once told me a story
About a little boy with a dream
He had the sight of the ages
With a prayer on his lips
That truth may be seen

Chorus:

Do you ever feel like you’ve been here before
Your life played in Deja Vu
Different faces, different places now
But there’s one thing that remains true

One bright morning she woke up
With a burning ache in her heart
Thoughts confused by a thousand changing views
The faith in her plan now began to fall apart

One long day when the leaves had blown away
He walked amidst the sleeping trees
With so many words spoken
The trust he had was broken
In his dream that he swore to achieve

Do you ever feel like you’ve been here before
Your life played in Deja Vu
Different faces, different places now
But there’s one thing that remains true

That were here, now, forever and always
Looking for love, searching to love X 2

For years she gazed through jaded eyes
Absent to the glory of each sun rise
Deep within she knew something was wrong
Cause she could not feel what it was to belong

On a crowded street he stood
Suite drenched by the rain
His image cast on a window pane
The face he saw he didn’t recognize anymore
With the weight of his worldly success
He asked what’s it all for...

Do you ever feel like you’ve been here before
Your life played in Deja Vu
Different faces, different places now
But there’s one thing that remains true

Reminiscing on when she was young
She touch on that place where our peace comes from
Then and there all her fears were gone
Because she knew what it was to be held and belong to the only one

He gazed into the eyes of the great mystery
With a chance to step into the unknown
He knew to well the world of lies and greed
And he saw the path to lead him home

Do you ever feel like you’ve been here before
Your life played in Deja Vu
Different faces, different places now
But theres one thing that remains true

That were here, now, forever and always
Looking for love, searching to love X 4
Track Name: People Rise
I awaken to gunshots
There's a war going on, when will it stop
So many lost not realizing the cost
Of all who are slain in freedoms name
Denial rains down intoxicating our soil
Seeding hate into the children
And who’s to blame, point a finger at someone
Three point back at me the same
Projected pain, projected bullets aflame
Fired from to many guns,
To many innocents fall victim to our shadows hit man
Pendulum swinging from us to them
All fighting a war no one can win
Walking a fine line razor thin
One slip it’s like Russian roulette one bullet left in the clip
Point it to the sky cause no more humans need to die,
no more children need to die, no more, this I cry

People rise… rise, rise, rise people rise… rise, rise, rise
People stand for what you believe
Cause the truth will set us free X
I look outside and see a world that doesn't make sense
People running around like chickens headless
Hoarding rubbish in excess,
Feeding the global mess
So many problems confront us its overwhelming to address
With the state the worlds in salvation seams hopeless
Bombarded every minute with intensity, pictures of a reality
Most wish to flee, numbed 101 ways, the greater sum
In Hell the realm where suffering escapes no one
You can run but you can't hide, lost in the mind fearing
What you might find - is this pain yours or mine
All time completely occupied in a nine to five - just to stay alive

People rise… rise, rise, rise people rise… rise, rise, rise
People stand for what you believe
Cause the truth will set us free X2

No more rising just for surviving
All my people we got to be thriving X3

Together we must rise
All realize there's more to life then meets the eyes
Up ahead there's a fork in the road
And the story of what's to come is still left untold
There are two sides to this coin
One continue down a path of separation
Or two, rise to the occasion and join forces
Sing out - let the world hear our voices
Start making different choice
Look deep inside to find higher purpose
And compassion for the suffering,
Stand together to survive
In this deathly whirlwind shelter lies in dialogue
Befriending our fears
Coming to know what we don’t understand
Love will heal every man and woman
Humble the enflamed EGO
Flatten existing structures that dominate and control
People rise claim inner power that's indestructible
Stand and be responsible cause love will prevail
Track Name: Troubadours
You look to the left
You look to the right
Everywhere you look
There’s a fight in sight
A fight to get by, a fight to servive
Sometimes it’s a fight just to stay alive
And you wonder who can thrive
In a world so confused
Where half the people living have been battered and abused
Where the rich take all
And the poor get none
Life in general don’t seem much fun
When it’s all been done the good and the bad
Some people get ahead, some people get had

Were troubadours traveling
With open hearts unraveling
The mystery of life and where we’ve been
Learning how to love again

The mind is like soil
Your got to plant a seed
Then water it with faith
Don’t water it with greed
Your dream is like a garden
You know you got to weed it
And the flower is the knowing
That faith will feed
And the power of the truth
If we can only heed it
Is knowing that we get what we need
When we need it...
Say power of the truth
Give a listen to the youth, give a listen to the youth
And we can all do better then just get by
Cause there’s more to this life then meets the eye

Sometimes life can make you faint
To be sharp like a knife or soft like a saint
Or a master piece of rainbow paint
To find life like it is or life like it ain’t
On the other side no where to hide
When you stand on the hand of the great divide
With a body of light or earthen clay
With nothing to think or something to say
With your future bright like the dawn of day
Or done like the night when the suns gone away
You can breath in life, or you can breath in death
But a life without a dream is a waste of breath...