The Rhymer​/​Educator EP

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1.
The Fire 04:04
Verse One Awakened from a dream Her hands, they shook me with a whisper A terrified scream reduced into a whimper Cuz’ something was awry She urged me to come with her When my feet hit the floor We explored, all I remember is the light switch Which revealed, the smoke billowing above me Sight hitched, even-keeled Until my mind went, silent Time stood still My fight-or-flight went, “Fight!” then iPhone sent me to that 9-1-uno You know, we’re trained for this But when the moment when it’s real exists The shock amplifies each minute and it hangs Suspense So many questions cloud a head, it makes it hard for you to act instead Without a plan we took the kids from their beds Informed the neighbor, said a prayer, took some valuables out of our lair Hopped in the Escape and waited patiently, Sirens a blare Why is this happening? Father it’s not fair Chorus When life goes up in flames (fire, fire) It’s slow motion Tomorrow’s a new day (fire, fire) But you feel broken And everything could change (fire, fire) Here’s to hopin’ That everything’s okay (fire, fire) When you arrive on the other side of the fire Verse Two I told my daughter she was safe, and Jensen, now we’re in the clear son They sat in the rear seat Thankful that I’m not Jack Pearson The trucks arrived, the end is near Somebody tried to tell me there was nothing to fear But since our physical bodies were safe I thought of several ways, that I could be afraid like What does it cost be saved? It’s almost 1a Until the next day No insurance company Could answer the, “How we gon’ pay?” questions Which meant no assurance, I need a blessing Beyond, “at least we’re all alive.” How does my family thrive? When all belongings, everything we’ve acquired in life Are subject to be cloaked in smoke, what’s the damage inside? I saw them open the side door and from the basement More haze rose, unphased they made their way in To the stairwell Take care, well The smell, seems dangerous to inhale My home’s a literal hell (man) Chorus When life goes up in flames (fire, fire) It’s slow motion Tomorrow’s a new day (fire, fire) But you feel broken And everything could change (fire, fire) Here’s to hopin’ That everything’s okay (fire, fire) When you arrive on the other side of the fire Verse Three Looked like the spirit of the Devil of himself Was being exercised I’m not an exorcist but seen it with my own eyes As the black was extracted with fans Just feet beneath The very surface where my family stands And sleeps nightly The thought rightly Implored fright, seeing the fight stemmed a helpless, question inducing plight within Did it ignite, and when Would everything be regulated to the point where we could move back in? We’re in a frenzy Laiden with doubt I played it over in my head time and time again Faded it out I prayed about it, I’ll get what’s mine Till then We made it out Guess that’s my focus, I’ll see that as a win I took a walk through it yesterday I guess the smell of decay Is damp brick meets freshly burned plastic Nuff’ to turn spastic, feeling fully defeated Wasn’t it a fire that burned? Feels like my freedom
2.
Change 03:18
Verse One When I’m an old man, white head Feet in the bed Ready to sleep, I’ll make a documentary of memories that’ll creep Into my mental vault Catapult me into the now What will I make those memories be about? Should it be effortless, a job that anybody could get? Or should I work hard, dream big, and make a career? Out of my passion the masses travel in packs Find an attachment to souls who remain in the cracks Will it outlast, like a fast when it’s finally through After the hunger, sacrifice and endless wishing subdue I’ll make a colony of men and women ready to use Communication as a way to limit negative news No longer sentence domesticity coupled with abuse A healthy family could ultimately stop what we knew There is so candidly so much damage we have to undo But in the long run you can change the world simply changin you (I can feel it) Chorus Change, is inevitable Change, is inevitable (ible, ible, ible, ible) Verse Two Within development, we revel in a new day and age But like the olden days, a category labels the phase The children learning, teen rebellin’, turnin’ into their friends Can never tell where one of them begins, the other one ends Then comes a time when all concern is to discover yourself The new addiction, form opinions without somebody’s help Might even come a day when you refuse to open your ears Because the falsities are plenty, facts are commonly scarce Following this you get the setup for the rest of your years Seeking the knowledge anywhere, determining who you care to agree with The company you keep, you’ve gotta ask will I leave with A new perspective, fresh air to breathe with See this Imagine losing youth Having the knowledge that you Haven’t accomplished anything Change has come to rescue, you We all develop And everything is set up So if you feel me planet earth we need to get up Chorus Change, is inevitable Change, is inevitable (ible, ible, ible, ible) Bridge Do you want a change? (Yes! You know we want a change!) Do we need a change? (Yes! We really need a change!) Do we need a change? (Yes! We really need a change!) Can we be the change? (Yes! We can be the change!)
3.
Inspire Me 04:07
(Verse One) It’s puzzling, I’ve got a way with words I write so many songs But when it comes to you We’ve been together long enough that every noun and every verb Probably sounds, like something you’ve already heard And if the pen is mightier like they say than the sword Then you can see through all my instruments of war It makes me speak a little less And write about so many subjects I guess that you begin to suspect That I want something more Than (Chorus) But I just need you to know That even as we grow, old You still inspire me And if I’m honest, truth-be-told I want to impress you the most And that terrifies me (Verse Two) I wonder why the stories closest to me are the hardest to tell What does that say about me? That I could write about a stranger all day And write a character into a play Hey, guess I prefer that way Cuz when I lay your name down, on the page Suddenly feels like there’s just too much at stake Because with me you’ve lived it all And you remember better than I scrawl So what am I to write you won’t recall? Go on shake that magic eight ball (I bet it’ll say) (Chorus) That I need you to know That even as we grow, old You still inspire me And if I’m honest, I might say It’s not that my affections changed It’s simply that you’re my everything (Verse Three - Rap Verse) Boo, you are the feather in my quill The motion in my still The “U” in my vocabulary, will, every song I write address it plainly? I know they haven’t lately But even when these lyrics turn 80 You’ll be hidden faintly in the cracks Cuz you’re my foundation Even when it lacks in presentation Your name’s somewhere in my interpretation And I know when the mic drops, time stops You’re the one I’m coming home to Stability is what I have with you And knowing that my home is safe I’m able To conquer more than just a pad of paper I can take the world and make it greater I guess that that makes you a world changer (Chorus) And I need you to know That even as we grow, old You still inspire me And when our children have all but grown And moved out on their own, oh You’ll still inspire me And when our lives are written on a stone And Heaven is our home You’ll still inspire me And when you doubt it Think about this song Remember all along How you’ve inspired me
4.
Honeymoon 03:49
(toast to the groom, toast to the bride 4x) (Verse One) She walked into the room White dress, elegant, fair skin Complimented the affair we’re paired in Everybody in the room stood to stare then Get a first look, at a woman I mistook for an angel stranger things never came to the bowtied mayne at the top of his game Tryin to entertain, or rather calculate, how a first date led to this I’m so fortunate But I guess i’m just a man in love, that’s a man in luck, and my life’s in flux, we gon’ rock that tux We gon’ close it down, we done made them vows, and I’m currently engrossed with her style, my currency depleted for now, but I’m married to this WOW of a woman, I’m gonna have a child with this woman, we gonna ride or die (but first we’ll have a party) (Chorus) Honeymoon, We going on a honeymoon Tomorrow we’ll be seaside, tropical island But first we electric slidin’ honeymoon, but we can’t leave too soon we gotta fill the floor and grab somebody it’s a celebration get it started (toast to the groom, toast to the bride 4x) (Verse Two) We started with mimosas Lifted with laughs like wingardium leviosa then we took photographs in a circle that we danced away and did the DJ takes requests from the family He sho did Now we Cha Cha and we Shufflin Threw that JuJu on that beat, so we danced again had to take my uncle’s keys cuz he had a gin My granny had a take a seat, but she managin’ tomorrow i’ll be in the heat, tryin’ to take a swim later we’ll be fast asleep, probably after 10 we had to separate Denise from attackin’ Kim they had me beggin’ please (we’re here to party) (Chorus) Honeymoon, We going on a honeymoon Tomorrow we’ll be seaside, tropical island But first we electric slidin’ honeymoon, but we can’t leave too soon we gotta fill the floor and grab somebody it’s a celebration get it started (Toast to the groom, toast to the bride 4x) (Verse Three) Now all the ladies in the house brought they sandals out cuz it’s too real for heels in here, and our whereabouts are like a sauna as we rock-a-way we tryna shed our last visit to that stocked buffet and it’s fun and someone tried to crash, I said let’em the wife said “how we gonna pay for’em?” I said, “get’em” my cousin took’em to the back door Never met’em I guess Phil said he said he was mad, but had, left with some pals in a Jetta and we never saw him again I know tomorrow coming soon but we still steppin’ that Journey tune had us Believin’ and we ain’t stoppin Wishin’ this night would never end (we love this party)
5.
(Verse One) When I hear you shout a word Obscenities and tones I own them then I throw them back We’re left feeling all alone Forced to deal with ourselves and all the things we lack Said some things we didn’t mean to say We know it now, we’ve got it on replay Didn’t mean to wake up mean today But push became a shove now we’re left layin’ (hey) Just one moment set a course And you know coarse words become them hoarse vocal chords And the sound of slamming doors The silence left behind in an old house with no remorse But eventually that fades away We realize we’re just two broken people Who don’t intend to damage But find it hard to manage In moments when it’s frantic We shed the pretty packagin’ (Chorus) And BOOM Even though we know That it hurts to blow, up It turns into a chain reaction And I don't want a chain reaction (BOOM) If we choose to grow We pull together slow, ly Forgiveness is a chain reaction Then we can have a chain reaction (Verse Two) When the days that follow lift We find the courage to speak and shed a little armor It’s like a toe in the water here We check the temp and hope it’s warm enough to swim (yeah) Yeah what we have is such a gift But a gift is easy to forget when the recipient Isn’t present for the present We sour like a lemon and our words become so venomous Even though we’re grown We can’t articulate the things we want And we ain’t got the tools to stay afloat And so we cover up the hurt again That mask is off as soon as we need oxygen So how do we make peace when We’re both left in pieces? We realize we’re two broken people Who don’t intend to damage But find it hard to manage In moments when it’s frantic We just shed that pretty packagin’ (Chorus) And BOOM Even though we know That it hurts to blow, up It turns into a chain reaction And I don't want a chain reaction (BOOM) If we choose to grow We pull together slow, ly Forgiveness is a chain reaction Then we can have a chain reaction (Bridge) Am I responsible for happiness in you? While acknowledging that I don’t know what happy is to me With every birthday card and every anniversary I want you as my partner not my adversary As this walk of life we go down Sometimes becomes a showdown My decisions, your decisions, we point fingers and we know now That it’s not that hard of a riddle And the truth’s somewhere in the middle You can throw that baking sheet on the ground we’re like that peanut Brittle We begin to feel so little (Chorus 2x) And BOOM Even though we know That it hurts to blow, up It turns into a chain reaction And I don't want a chain reaction (BOOM) If we choose to grow We pull together slow, ly Forgiveness is a chain reaction Then we can have a chain reaction
6.
Verse One Maybe I’m a teacher but, I’m a student first I’m a student first I’m a student of humanity, birthed in commonality Worth a life of happiness and family Handedly just a man seeking peace and understanding But candidly We’re living in a state without neutrality Polarizing mentalities Undeniably challenging Extreme news cycles perpetuate it so casually Eminent casualties If we don’t decided to handle these works See my objective is to make us alert We’ve got to be active in action We’ve got to choose acts of compassion We’ve got to blessings to masses We’ve got to be civil and noble Let’s feed every person that’s hungry Put our communities over I want to be decent and soulful We ought to be neighbors and saviors Project a legacy of love and never give life to enslavers Show people that somebody cares And though it sounds easy on paper Know that it takes sacrifice, prayer, and people to work through the layers We need to (hold the light) Chorus We can hold the light We can be the light Verse Two The thing that I’ve learned about words, is words matter Throughout history words have caused blood splatter Started wars and protests, caused people to gather We march for civil rights and peace, and yet the latter’s not accomplished but We cannot give up We persist so that the hatred won’t conquer us We aspire to speak, like men and women before Who when times were bleak, showed love an open door And inspired us to change our ways We admire their conviction and ideas are praised With an eye on you and me a question has been raised Will we be leaders of the truth, or just part of the parade A part of the facade, but facades fade away So to truth give a nod and let God show the way I beg you to be leaders, lovers healers, through everything Be the reason, believe that you can save the day Chorus We can hold the light We can be the light Bridge I want to take a moment to say thank you Thank you to my friends, family and community It just so happened that the making of this record coincided with one of the hardest seasons that my family could’ve imagined And yet thanks to all of you Who showed my family love and support I maintain a stronger conviction that we could be We could be the reason they smile And be the reason they eat Be the reason they laugh Maybe the reason they breathe Be the reason they have The confidence to be seen Especially up in the moments when they want to retreat Embrace the people around you Take my advice Choose a positive vibe Be a good person inside Be a good person, ignite Teach’em love cuz it’s right Let that love shine bright Teach’em to love and goodnight

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The Rhymer/Educator EP consists of the six songs from the upcoming Rhymer/Educator Project.

Joe Ruiz, aka Rhymer/Educator is an Educator by Day, Hip-Hop Philanthropist by night.

When you buy The Rhymer/Educator EP half of all proceeds will go to completing the upcoming, full length studio album, while the other half will serve as a direct donation to The PAX Center in La Porte, IN, for their upcoming Brighton Street Green Space Project.

The PAX Center, in case you are not familiar, is an organization aimed at combating food poverty in La Porte. They hold weekly community meals, distribute groceries/hygiene products to La Porte residents in need, and serve as a resource center for those seeking employment, with needs like filling out job applications, etc.

For more information on The PAX Center, please visit thepaxcenter.com

credits

released April 27, 2018

All Songs Written and Performed By: Joe Ruiz (Rhymer/Educator)

Songs Registered/Published via BMI Music Publishing

All Songs Recorded/Produced by Sam Henderson at Always Be Genius Recording Studios in Crown Point, IN

Special Thanks to American Licorice, Qubit Networks, General Insurance Services, and Friedman and Associates for their contributions to this recording

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Rhymer/Educator. Love. Conversation. Music. Quentin Quarantino: A COVID-19 Story, May 2020.

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