Death Is Silent

by Kno



released October 12, 2010

All Tracks Produced by Kno for Knolan Ryan Productions (ASCAP)


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Track Name: Death Is Silent
[Kno - V1]

Death is silent
It hides high in the night's confinement
Vile and violent
Minding a time to try us
And remind us
That we cry when time is denied us
To incite this
Fear of death inside us

Death is spineless
It will find men that you confide in
and confine them in asylum
Make those that you dine with and reside with
the same lives that you will pine for in silence

Death is mindless
Nevermind the genotype or phylum
It's designed to find and defile us
From afar, Senegal to Riker's Island
Deaths not confined to latitude lines or mileage

Death is timeless
Theres no sense to fight with
The violent nihilist
Binding the eyes of the lifeless
But such that life is aligned with
Death's assignment
Don't let it define you, you define it
Track Name: If You Cry f. Natti
[Natti - V1]

Tear ducts seem such a useless tool
To a man’s feelings forged in the arts of cool
Solidarity’s king and the heart’s the fool
The jester only in jest can be left to rule
Men of steel ain’t allowed to feel
Hardened exteriors aren’t allowed to peel
Emotional blows taken aren’t allowed to heal
Head tells the chest it’s too proud to kneel
Before any sign or symbol of sentimental
Deep pains displayed 'bout the depth of a thimble
Emotions are a potion meant to poison the temples
Streaks down the cheeks are for the weak and the simple
Society’s asylum for the evil that men do
Inside you cry, outside you Hindu
When my nigga died, wet eyes no tissues
Ex-cons and killers finding shoulders to cling to

[Verse 2: Kno]

Tear ducts seem such a waste of flesh
On a body that’s eventually defaced by death
Solidarity reigns and curse your breath
Inhale your emotions 'til it hurts your chest
No heart on your sleeve tough guy in-vest
Bank on the sins that you earned in flesh
Eyes are inflamed you get burned for less
Your vanity’s a wound that your tears infect
A fool is the food that our fears ingest
So the cool is the fuel that our peers inject
Emotions are a token of the heart’s intent
But the streaks on your cheek makes your heart resent
A man made of stone has nothing to say
When he can’t keep The Nothing at bay
When my Grandfather died, dry eyes no tissues
But damn I miss you
Track Name: Loneliness f. Nemo Achida & Deacon The Villain
[Kno - V1]

Damsel in distress, her mind tied to that one track
Urged to do dirt, I just twirl on my moustache
When she spurns her curves on herbs that bust fast
All that does is just earn her a bus pass
Uh, And now she close to graduating
But her imagination makes it hard for her to fake it
Misused, her issues are periodical
Flips through the pictures and ignores the articles
Nothing matters, she ignores her particles
To better barter with grown folks prone to arguments
The best economists admonish her investment
Thoughts are consumed while her dreams are digested
So her heart of gold keep it in mine/mind
Her folks are coked up but she keep 'em in line
Her hopes are yolked up but she’ll free 'em in time
Let’s hope she grows up, freedom of mind
from loneliness

[Deacon the Villain - Hook]

Close your eyes, try to dream
She done seen ‘bout everything
Though she tries, so it seems
She done seen ‘bout everything
Seen some highs, know the lows
She done see ‘bout everything
But when she goes, don’t you know
She’ll be free from everything

[Nemo Achida - V2]

With a mind that’s as dark as her flesh
More weight than just the dreads that’s on top of her head
Ice cold eyes hide behind that scarf
And you think it’s a style until she unveils in front of the crowd
And they all scream “Perish Marie!?”
And she looked at me
And the power knocked me down to her feet
How could it be?
A peasant staring dead at a king
It must be the weed, she start to take the shape of a Queen
I’m like, “Who are you and what are you capable of?"
She said, “You were patiently waiting, your unbreakable love
Now embrace it with hugs and kisses, desserts and and riches
Give thanks -- you’ve married your competition”
I’m like, “I see no ring” but that’s not how she legalize
Instead she made me take the prize between her thighs
And in her thirty minute reign she made my kingdom rise
She screamed “Kingdom Come!”
until the morning sun
Wake up world
Track Name: La Petite Mort (Come Die With Me)
[Kno - V1]

I am ten toes down
To leave you ten toes up
In a hearse with the windows up
Belly up off that cheap wine
Kick the bucket seats back
Recline while we decline
You have the hand of Antigone
I can see it in your jeans (genes)
You have suicidal tendencies
And this might be the end of me
Cus its a rough route watching you get rubbed out
Til’ the suns out
But damnit
If I have a hand in it can it still pass for abstinence?
Passive masochist, pushin your faith aside
As I take your thighs on a ride to the great divide
Face the sky innocent sinner
While I guide your Little Man in the Boat
across the Styx River
Your body quivers beautifully
As Jodeci sings the eulogy

[Kno - V2]

An eye for an eye so we’re bound the same
The candle’s lit and now you’re going down in flames
To rise like a Phoenix, the sound remains
And rigor mortis sets in
Now I’m your best friend
My destiny’s with Persephone
So its only right you get the best of me
Or whats left of me
Rest in peace to the lifeless
Closed casket, You don’t want your fam to see you like this
Your body fights in a desperate act of self-preservation
Gettin off at your Final Destination
Respiration is strained, take your last breath
As we exchange these Faces of Death
Come on.
Track Name: Rhythm Of The Rain f. Thee Tom Hardy & Tunji
[Thee Tom Hardy - V1]

Let’s blaze, what a way to escape
What’s a way for you to waste away your days of mistakes?
Eyes glossy, glazed-over like, donuts and cakes
You’re happy with somebody so you wish and hope that it’s fate
But what if it’s fake? Hell of a scam, the whole time
All for the pie, you know, key lime
If it all ended today, at least you tried
It was a nice ride, time to go inside
Yourself and take a look at the person and how it’s hurtin’
like how could somebody love you for years and then desert ya
What’s the whole purpose? Experience of learnin?
Exterior is strong but inside you’re certainly burnin’
Take two of these that’s the remedy for anything
You could be happy or else, at least pretend to be
Own biggest enemy, killin’ self slow
They tell you hold on loose but never let go

[Tunji - V2]

I still remember the first time I realized that life wasn’t picture perfect
My father packing up his things to leave his kids deserted
The rain reflecting off the windows as it hit the surface
I wonder if he thinks the shit was worth it
As I sit here and write another one
Puffin on another blunt
Zonin til’ my buzz is done
Proud to be my mother’s son
See, she taught me to always be calm and pensive
And live my life without ever regrettin mistakes and consequences
My strongest lessons as a young fella
You see I’ve done hella runnin through the rain with no umbrella
But no complainin it just forced us to become better
Wintertime – one sweater
Dinnertime – crumbs fed us
I sit and think about the wisdom that I’ve gained
Reminiscin as I listen to the rhythm of the rain
I’m driven and persistent with my vision and my aim
If I did it all again I would live this all the same

[Kno - V3]

I’m storm chasin
And she’s an F-5 with a sex drive that’ll leave me tied to her bedside
Hurricane hips, stoppin all progression
Serotonin levels drop, tropical depression
She is my professor and I’ve been taught a lesson
That in the eye of the storm the pressures barometric
She knows I’m wary of her gameplan
But when she gambles she can count on me
I’m her Rain Man
Damn shame man, the fly stewardess
Mental turbulence, head off in the cumulus
Blamin the weather or whatever for her moodiness
My main star but I’m barely on her radar
And so my heart sinks – or the pain floats
I’m in a shitstorm, shoulda wore a raincoat
The clouds break and I can tell its over
Cus she’s my sunshine but I’m catchin melanoma.
Track Name: Spread Your Wings f. Deacon The Villain
[Deacon The Villain - V1]

I claim to be a man of faith, I told her from the start
a shame to say she has my heart and still I won't depart
my art, it got me 'tween a rock and a brick wall
and my journey to her's feelin like a game of Pitfall
and all she wanna do is study english, law and history
and I'm a mystery, a life with me's like a gypsy
but I ain't Nipsey, I can't Hussle in the West
cause the South is in my chest, and I don't wanna fly it's nest
Lord, I'm young, gifted and black
thanks for that, but help me sift through the facts, please
with her on my team I'm feelin like a King
findin' comfort in her Heat and we just want a couple rings
but the thing? the throne's in my old Kentucky home and
it need me more than us, I can feel it in our tone
we ain't ready for the leap, maybe one day we'll be grown
and step outside our comfort zone

[Kno - V2]

You the apple of my eye before the seed was planted
Proceed to vanish before I could even see the damage
Beneath a sea of Zanax
She provide the X, I provide the Y
But why did she concede to panic?
The plea that she demanded
To her it seemed so even-handed
I seen no advantage and so I'm screamin damnit
Wish you could see Atlanta
Wish you could see your Nana
Wish you could see that I believed that we should be together
But I did not protect you
Cus I did not correct her
I learned a lesson that I guess I didn't earn your presence
Concern was ever-present
If I could turn back the hands of time I'd return to find her on the 11th
The day she seen the premise
That if she left the clinic premises without your essence
She'd relieve her stresses
See we agreed that it's a woman's preference
But if she loved me she'd have second-guessed it
And now I keep sayin
Track Name: Graveyard f. Sheisty Khrist
[Kno - V1]

A female condom's what you should be throwin in
You need protection, I'm sick and I'm going in
I'm sick when I flow with pens
The shit like some old Depends
The pick of the chosen men
I flip...hold up
I'm the Talcum Malcolm, the Emo Primo
Got no need for beef, got a Vegan ego
I'll squeeze three freaks in a El Camino
Arizona Charlie's East Casino
A stack on Blackjack, 3 on Keno
So much cream that they screen my C-Notes
Stains on my jeans, breath reeks of Cheetos
These girls on my team, breast meat and deep throat
She don't swallow? That claim's preposterous
Lets just say she has a populous esophogus
She prolly wanna crash, but no Bandicootin
And yes we're going Dutch, but no Vanderslootin
Cus I don't hit women, but I'll annoy a bitch
Wiretap your phone, Rod Blagojevich
I Vincent Van Gogh hard in the paint (ay!)
What gave you the impression that I can't? (ay!)
Many have tried, most of them failed
Trap or Die, Oregon Trail
You won't prevail if you push me
I'm that dude, Todd Palin
I get dumb...pussy

[Sheisty Khrist - Hook]

There's a gem found in every heap beneath when you're six feet deep
A ledger that points to treasure
Pots of immeasurable gold
That are six feet deep
The Grim Reaper reaps the souls of those
Who walk in their sleep, we're all six feet deep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep though I'm walking in heat
It's like I'm six feet deep
Track Name: I Wish I Was Dead f. Tonedeff
[Kno - Hook]

There's a cloud hanging over me
What's in my head
I can't see

[Tonedeff - V1]

It seems I’m captive in a carnival
The main attraction
People stand in line for hours, stoked
They pay to laugh
and see me sabotage my charted goal to escape this trap
while reading transcripts of my horoscopes
Then it fades to black
Repeat the pattern till my heart of gold
is stained and cracked
Decreased in value
if I pawned it whole
would I make it back?
The things that matter seem so hard to hold, so I’ll face the facts
And leave this planet how I found it
And embrace the casket
Feel so damaged, that I can hardly cope in a savage world, where the scars reopen at random
If you don’t wanna choke, put a bandage over your parted throat
I’m man that’s on his own and I can’t get over these obstacles
And it adds a sting that the common folks are this adamant to think god’s a hoax
And I’m outta hope
Though I’m strong I don’t wanna live with the strain
No positive notes, no prospect glowing to give me the strength
I simply revisit the day that misery came
And, I wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, until it hits me
That it was a train

[Kno - V2]

I can feel my blood circulate the whole of my body
Cause there’s holes in my body, like a blow from a shotty
I’m assuming it probably, cause the hospitals got me
I get up off the gurney and I am certainly wobbly
But it doesn’t concern me that I am fervently nauseous
I’m not overly cautious, I just don’t know what caused it
So I’m talking to doctors, asking where is my family
Or who was it that brought me, or who was it that shot me
Cause I’m hurt pretty badly, but my memory’s shoddy
And nobody will help me, so I’m wobbling oddly
To the front of the lobby so maybe someone will spot me
But my face is in pieces maybe they don’t recognize me
Now I’m just realizing, as I open my pocket
That my phone is inside it, so I’m frantically dialing
Trying to call my fiancé, maybe she’s trying to find me
But I hear ringing behind me, and it strikes me as odd
I turn around as she walks up to finish the job

[Tonedeff - Bridge]
I’m wishing for dead.
The world is a weight around my neck. Oh, oh. oh.
I’m wishing for dead.
If today’s like tomorrow, let this end.
Track Name: They Told Me f. Deacon The Villain
[Kno - V1]
(they told me) it might take my whole life
to absorb what was right
or ignore it to fight
for these whores in these tights
or these boardroom types telling me that I might
need to pour my whole life
into chores I dislike
for the right to recite
how much money that I got
How much money that I'm not
gonna make
if I take
leap of faith
Will I make
decent wage?
Prolly not
but I'm not
gonna stop
Gonna do it for my pops
til they choke me off with a knot
and pop me off in a box
And drop me off at a plot
And top me off with a rock
My body is gonna rot

(they told me) that I'll soon see the light
if I like it or not
Thats the icing on top of the birthday cake that is baked
For a tot
so he's taught
to count the days til he drops

[Deacon The Villain - V2]
(they told me) not to fear living for eternity
but, not even Heaven seemed pleasant it was burning me
raised with peasants in the crescents we were shadows
when reality television was watching adults
and, throughout the comedy was drama and alot of pain
and that sentence it would run on 'til the comma came
until the eulogy and usually my mama sang
about the pheasants and presence we no longer claim
(they told me) that Heaven is forever
but at times I'd find myself thinkin' I'd rather never
lived, I mean, my life was like a dream
I had everything I wanted but, that ain't all it seems
for... all the time in the world
live eternal in inferno or in Eden with the squirrels
no brainer, it's that, I was feeling like Lestat,
and the thought of forevermore was feeling like a trap
all it brought, was more of the same, people in flames
a reality television channel that never changes
lost in the confusion of 7 billion strangers
scared to hope Heaven won't have a touch of the same
Track Name: When I Was Young f. Natti & Substantial
[Natti - V1]

Father figured he didn't wanna be a figure no more
But mama made sure as a kid I'd never knew we was poor
No worries about the bills and all the rigmarole
The food stamps were paper and they spent in the store
If the Kool-Aid was sweet then so was my life
And the life my friends lived was of a similar type
But as Mike Jack's face changed so did my needs
Let the Osh Kosh be gone now I needed some Lees
And when I fucked em' up she ironed patches on knees
And if it didn't bother her it wasn't bothering me
I thought cartoons came through the TV for free
But now that I'm grown I know every fee
And think back to how strong she had to be
Cus I was into everything like vitamin C
And I thought it was unlikely to come back to bite me
Til the Lord blessed me with a son just like me

[Kno - V2]

Those holes in my clothes, didnt think nothin of it
Huh, fuck ya'll we was broke and I loved it
Nothing but hopes and dreams off in the cupboard
Fresh baked humble pie, throw it in the oven
Income been much lower than the others
Grandmas boy cus I didn't know my mother
Didn't know my father, at least not sober
Forgive and forget though, now that its over
And now that I'm older, I look at the past like
Rich folks look at dashboard cams on a Rover
Tryina back up like data on ya Motorola
While I'm dialin up the past
Living in the present like a puppy in a box
The Best I Ever Had was my stomach tied in knots
Hopin that my pops copped me some folded socks
And brand new draws, thanks Santa Claus, aw

[Substantial - V3]

First it was all about Anime, Kung Fu, Hide & Go Get It
Anything's possible the sky's no limit
Plan to be an MC athlete and architect
So you could see a player in the building cold rockin' it
See me copping shit like comics & cards
Long before I rocked watches times was hard
Before I had to find a job or been places
I was 11 pounds 10 ounces, Glenn Davis
'Fore I saw pops being put in a grave
I had broken heart before I murmured a phrase
Had my first fight
Grabbed my first mic
Before my man Ti said "Dag that verse tight!"
Like LL I grew to be bigger and deffer
No frontin' I'm Ben Button I only get better
Made hand me down sweaters look sharp as cheddar
A shame that them days didn't last forever!
Track Name: Not At The End f. Tunji
[Tunji - V1]
I'm sick and tired of dwellin' in the past, so I'm tellin' 'em the facts
See, I started on my journey and I'm settled on the path
My songs are from the soul although I'm sellin' em for cash
Dedicated to my homeys and my relatives that passed
....let's take a moment for their lost souls
If life's a road then I'm just swervin' through the potholes
If death is silent, then I'm livin' in surround sound
Speakers blastin' while maneuverin' through downtown
Feelin' like this is exactly what I live for
I wanna take less, I wanna give more
We came a long way from hand-me-downs and thrift stores
And it's like no matter what, success is what we drift towards
I wanna write my name across the night sky
'Cause I saw my future in the stars and let the lights guide
Sittin' back and countin' money as the price rise
Said I couldn't do it, but I always saw the bright side

[Kno/Tunji - Hook]
So even when I feel down, down
I keep looking ahead because I'm here now, now

[Kno - V2]
I'm here now
Theres nothin to fear now
One day you will die
So I am killin it year round
Fuck a bucket list
I have had enough of it
Stuck off in a rut cus Lady Luck is such a summabitch
But that slut can suck a dick
For sustenence
Ima fuck it up a bit
Chuck me the rock Ima tuck and run with it
Plus I'm havin fun with it
In a zone passin all the tests
And now I'm playin bones and I'm gamblin with death
The best
2 out of 3, 3 out of 5, 4 out of 7
A Bogus Journey until you going to Heaven
I always know where I'm headin
Cus I know where I been
Tell Mother Nature she can blow in the wind
And choke on my kids
Middle finger to Father Time while I'm holdin my dick
I'm takin life slowly homey and I'm soakin it in
Middle finger to Father Time while I'm holdin my dick
I'm takin life slowly homie cus I'm nowhere near the end

[Kno/Tunji - Hook]
So even when I feel down, down
I keep looking ahead because I'm here now, now

[Kno - Hook]
So even when I feel down, down
I keep looking ahead because I'm here now, now

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