Let the Feast Begin

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released May 1, 2010

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BloodThirsty Vegans is a musical family that makes music (sweet, sweet music) about peace, love and understanding to unite the human family, foster respect for the interconnected web of life, and remind the tribes how liberating it was to dance the dances of freedom. ... more

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Track Name: lovestream
01. Lovestream

I like sand castle palaces,
flaming chalices,
birds, bees,
butterflies, trees,
music, families,
tribes,
lovers, listeners and vibes (vibes),
action, relaxation, rejuvination,
sensations, patience, love communication,
sun rays, moon beams, the abundance of green,
the beauty the light brings,
the beauty the night brings,
that's just a couple of my favorite things,
And the sound of the scratch of the guitar strings

Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream Yeahyeah

I like smiles on baby faces, fun new places,
rejecting rat races, cats in most cases,
embraces, filled with sincerity, clarity,
certain connotations of charity,
sudden opportunity, helpin a stranger,
courage in the face of danger,
an outlet for your anger,
like grabbin a mic
like doin it right,
I like birdsong at first light
and love at first sight
your sexy summer walk,
fall days with street chalk,
warmin up winter with passion & pillow talk
kissing your cold nose,
or peelin off wet clothes,
or anything I'm doin with you I suppose
a rip roaring fire it grows
from an ember see
your smile's eternally etched in my memory... Lovestream

Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream Yeahyeah

I like love, trust
truth, lust
lickin lips lined with nerve endings
ending pretending starting time spending
sending telepathic care
learning to share, showing up, being there (being there)
yeah clean air raging waters
sons daughters failing trying harder
havin a good attitude at any latitude
my rap name is Alex peace, love, gratitude (gratitude)

Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream
Lovestream Yeahyeah
Track Name: Rough
Rough


This song is called Rough. It's a song about pullin yourself up
up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up

I been waitin here waitin for too damn long
And I'm searchin for the answers cause somethin seems wrong
And not even knowing that I had it all along
and it's hard through my weakness to see this as strong
Tearin down my poems cause one line doesn't fit
I been neglecting myself, makes me feel like ****
hey man, you know that I hate to say it
but I'm sayin life now is just so hard to grip
onto reality and into the dirt
but I'm holding together through oh so much hurt
I've been growin' a lot in one great big spurt
and I'm barely scrapin by and holding on to my shirt
I'm still tryin to smile to make it alright
It's just hard that when I know that when I lay down at night
No one to hold me to make it alright
I miss so much love that's just out of my sight, so much love just out of my sight
Feelin hot, feelin cold, feelin young and feelin old
and I'm tryin my best to live life bold
but there are so many plans laid up on hold
no time for that, don't stop, let's go!
Cause there are so many angles to what I do
I turn it around and make old into new
and I try hard to rise up from the depths oh so blue
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough

How did I become an emcee? Beats me?
Not what folks usually decide to be at 33
And how shy was I? I was petrified.
The thought of public speakin? Don't EVEN! coulda never been a Vegan
I was white knuckle panicked with intestinal doom
just from one foot on the stage, half a page to an empty room
I recall voice quakin, paper shakin, anticipatin
rejection, quick corrections, imperfections
gotta get beyond, dust it off, soldier on
can I be my own man now that mamma's boy's mamma is gone?
grew strong and I learned how to carry on
thanks to the nurture of my network mentioned earlier on in the song
So supreme gratitude for every pebble on the path
everyone that made me laugh, let's exchange autographs
your love is lifting me higher than anything I ever knew
but it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
it's been rough

I'm kickin sweet rhymes to brighten my day
connecting the phrases to mean what I say
I'm not sure of a God but didn't say I don't pray
And it's not my religion that brought me here today
It's some type of force, some sweet energy
that's holding together some of you and some of me
and it's givin us love you only get for free
and we all could receive it but some can not see
they can't hold in the sight that freedom for free
see it this way so spiritually
interconnected it's you unto me
it's the same as all others it's like fish in the sea
it's the same as all others it's like fish in the sea
it's the same as all others it's like fish in the sea
cause we're the same

It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough all along through every phase that I grew
It's been rough
Track Name: All Winners
Who told you people with pimples ain't appealin? (yeah?)
or skinny blonde girls don't have feelins? (yeah?)
who told you you were too big to be sexy?
or that your quiet voice is not worth respecting?
Who says a magazine cover's what you're spozed to be? (Nah!)
just as you are you look beautiful to me.
You're not too short, too fat, too black or too tall
I see nothing wrong with you at all
As soon as we get your wings unfurled
Your gifts are going to change the whole world

I wanted to know love I had to do this first
see the truth of the beauty of the women of the Earth
the children of the Earth, the men of the Earth
the beauty of myself, you know, my self worth
the truth and the beauty of the people in between
in the whole web of life if you know what I mean
Heather K, gotta say "gratitude to the end"
For what you added to my life, helped me find all my friends
and the interconnections upon which life depends
maybe some day we find a way make amends

And we're all winners here
fighting to be free from fear
we're all winners here
to me that's just crystal clear

Who says there's insufficient love for us to overcome our fears? (yeah?)
we ain't tryin' to hear that. They been sayin' that for years
And why they work so hard on tryin' to divide us?
Could it be that they're afraid of what's inside us?
Birds gotta sing, wolves gotta eat
we gotta rock to the beat, try to get you out your seat
You ain't weak or asleep or a creep or alone
So when I say REVOLUTION, c'mon let's get it on
As soon as we get our wings unfurled
Our gifts are going to change the whole world

What if we turned off the tv
and I touched you, and you touched me
and what if we just giggled for fun
and run out into the sun where we all just fall into one
communicate and relate demonstrate without anger
flirtin' with danger, talkin' to a stranger
we could play a game. Everyone could win it
we could eat a meal with no animals in it
go out and get our grove on and dance until the dawn an'
remember it all in the mornin' (in the mornin)
in the mornin (mornin)
on and on and on and on and on and

We're all winners here
fighting to be free from fear
we're all winners here
to me that's just crystal clear

Who's the one that said that it was wrong to hug the trees (yeah?)
Or that we shouldn't just dangle in the breeze
And who says that a woman that likes sex is bad
That kind of thing just makes me mad
Who says a man is not a man if he's not strong
And who says there's such a thing as do not belong
You ain't wrong, so come on, come along, sing a song
Time to recognize you been strong all along
As soon as we get our wings unfurled
Our gifts are going to change the whole world

There's no self-made men, we're all made by our moms
gratitude to every mom and we all shine on
like the moon and the stars and the sun and the one
everything, freedom rings once we all can have fun
We stand together... we overcome
one human family no matter where you're from
and now the world don't move to the beat of one drum
but gratitude because there's enough drums for everyone

there's enough of everything when we live within our means
give your love and your touch and your rice and your beans
and your smile is free, give it away, give it away
it might bounce around the world and save your life some day

We're all winners here
fighting to be free from fear
we're all winners here
to me that's just crystal clear
Track Name: Do You Even Know?
04. Do You Even Know?

[Laugh]

Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Oh-Oh!
No I don't believe I do!!
Well I was trying to make myself a sandwich.
and Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Oh-Oh!
Hey, anybody got some hot sauce?

Hey, hey, what is goin on, on, nothin, nothin oh!
I don't know, know. I don't know, know. I don't know, know. No. No. I don't.
Every time I ask you what is up, man, you don't never know.
I don't know, know. I don't know, know. I don't know, know. No. No. No!
No. I never do. Ho ho ho haw haw.

but Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Oh-oh.
Leave me alone, gosh!
and Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Oh-oh.

Hey, hey, who, who, who, who, lost the remote control?
I don't know, know. I don't know, know. I don't know, know. Where did it go?
Mmmm not me. I totally didn't do that!
Who, who, who had it last. Baby I don't know.
I don't know, know. I don't know, know. I don't know, know. No. No. No!
Did you check the couch cushions?
Did I do that?? Maybe your mom ate it.

Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Woa-Oh!
No, definitively and without question I do not, and I'll beg you to stop asking me!
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Woa-Oh!

Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
No. I don't know.
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Woa-Oh!
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin to do?
I don't
Woa-Oh!

Why you spending more on your tv than you spendin on your children yo?
I don't know, know. I don't know, know. I don't know but that's messed up!!
Do you really need to watch that Judge Joe Brown high def and in stereo?
No. no. no. No. no. no. No. no. no. no. no. no.
His judgments are crystal clear, I think his face should be too!

Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Oh-Oh!
I had it written down, but I don't know where I put it.
You need to get organized!
and Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Oh-Oh!

When you show up you better be ready to dance at the BloodThirsty Vegans show
Yeah yeah yeah, Yeah yeah yeah, you betta' be shakin' that tail!
Gotta take that love, take it out, pass it around, because love is what makes it go
Go go go. Go go go. Go go go Inspector Gadget!
Go go gadget rrrrrrrrumpshaker!
No.
I'm trying to use the phone
Awwe, man!!
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Do You Even Know What You're Tryin' to do?
Oh-Oh!
There is no try. Do or do not.

[Scream]

Oi Oi Oi!
Oi Oi Oi!
Oi Oi Oi!
Oi Oi Oi!
Oi Oi Oi!
Track Name: Master Mistress
I am the master mistress of the ceremonies, aw jeezy please it seems easy like cheese,
my rhymes at times are just meant to please, or maybe shed the light on a social disease.
aw jeez, not a sneeze or a wheeze but a full-blown cough, I'd quit right now but you haven't got enough
of this stuff that I say flyin' straight off the cuff about what it is like livin' in the ruff Buff, it's tough,
no jobs that pay enough to get by, let alone a little extra to go and get high,
'cause seven bucks an hour ain't makin' the cut, so I bust out rappin', sayin' anything but
what happens to be goin' on at the moment, words pour out so fast I don't think I can hold it
but when I type it on paper, print it out and fold it, I can tell you again precisely how I first told it!

'Cause freestyle, jeez child, what's the big deal?
As long as you are speakin' what you really feel
and you ain't bowin' down on some shady deal,
I'm MC Vendetta, I keep keepin' it real!

So no, my flow don't come out freestyle, I think it all through and mull it over for awhile,
'cause an unplanned rhyme is like an unplanned child, like you just weren't thinking and your
mind just went wild, you went and said some shit that you didn't really mean
and now you've gotta deal with it until it turns 18! So scream if you feel me, if you know what I mean,
'cause I hate to say some stupid shit that I don't really mean, so what you hear on the stage
was first on my page and I practiced it right and now I know what to say,
and maybe I'll reach a new honky today, 'cause when old crackers like rap, they'll say that I paved the way!
I open my mouth I pull up the gate, I open my mouth and people relate, but wait!
That happens to be on the path that I'm goin', slam a new jam, off my tongue this shit's flowin',
'cause you know in your heart you don't gotta be black to rap out your life on a hot new track, jack,
an attack on the calm little lives we all lead, 'cause if you cut up our skin the same blood we still bleed,
we all work the same to get what we need, some of us just get lost in the labyrinth of greed.

-Chorus-

I'm V-E-N-D-E-T-T-A and I'm up here to teach you a lesson today and we are not all as different as you all say
but we are all different in our own little way, okay? 'Cause we are more than one but we are less than two and as a
humanity I tell you to take a long look, and take a deep breath and we've all got a heart, it's beatin' deep in our chests,
and it's the best to know the best way to reach out, sing to emotion, not just to shout out about all the ways that
this shit is wack but to show people the way to hop on your track, at my back is the crowd where I am allowed to make my voice heard and to make my beats loud, you can all follow me if you let me be me, the first lady of rap, that's me, MC V
to the E to the N, D-E-T-T-A, and if you're feelin' this then lemme here you say hey, hey hey hey! Wooooo!

-Chorus-
Track Name: Class War
06. Class War

Me? I started a class war? C'mon. You gotta be kiddin.
It was goin on before I was born. It ain't even all that hidden
It might be forbiddin. On your corporate controlled nightly network news
But I'm about to bring a few reviews to make Ol Mr. Buffet sing the blues
Cause I can't really start a class war no matter what I do
But MAYBE... the one stirring up a class war was YOU!

*Cause when you forced serfs to work your plantations (plantations)- That's what started your class war!
*Disney's Sweatshops full of Hatians (Workin for the mouse!)- That's what started your class war!
*Bernie Ebbers' billions in Worldcom Fraud - Yeah that's what started your class war
*Unleashing Fire Hoses and Dogs (and Tazers!) - That's what started your class war

There was class war in 1215, class war in 1492
And when they put the Irish in those work houses that was class war too
Draggin Africans overseas, whipping them till they bleed
Took too many to feed and Oh, a few of em got disease
So hey let's throw em in the sea, What the hell, they're property
And you still wanna say the one stirrin up a class war is ME?

*Nah, when you put people in chains (in chains) - That's what started your class war
*Deliberately destroying their brains (For science!) - That's what started your class war
*Warrantless inspections? - That's what started your class war
*How about syphilis injections! (remember Tuskegee?) - That's what started your class war

Remember United Fruit using U.S. troops on the Guatemalan poor?
Remember Ronald Reagan's boy Ollie North in Nicaragua & El Salvador?
Remember CIA assassinations in Chile, Panama, Ecuador?
Destroying those duly elected democracies you lying hypocrites are always claiming to be for
Yeah I'll tell you right where you can STICK your starting class war
Your PR firm can help you spin it. Don't knock it till you're finished.

*Cause IMF funds & World Bank Loans (Loans) - That's what started your class war
*Who, who jailed Mother Jones? (You know who!) - That's what started your class war
*Who's tellin lies to your vision (television!) - That's what started your class war
*Who's closing schools but building prisons? (That's where the money is!) - That's who started your class war
That's who started your class war
That's who started your class war
That's who started your class war

Not me. You know. It's just a simple case of what you reap still being what you sew.
That's why you look around these days and you see so many revolutionary cats
because when you have a whole society built on rat race, you got winners...
but they're rats
Track Name: Silence
07. Silence

We do not speak up in this land anymore,
seal our sun-burnt lips,
fill our lungs with smog
pretend that this silence is a side-effect of pain.

Should know by now that the hushed dialogues
in living rooms and the tiny blips on
the broadminded radar
are all the objections our fears will allow.

too scared to raise our radio voices with folk songs
to march in the streets without masks—without danger
no time to protest, don’t you know?
American Idol’s on at eight.

Where rehearsed voices will copy other styles
and rich hosts will kneel in the dirt
in a disadvantaged land, pull real tears from
fake eyes as they see the surface of real oppression.

Then the sad-eyed children in the ads for Christian Children’s Fund
give you the feeling that being American is not so bad
and then we sit silently watching Swiffer and Chevy and L’Oreal
make our statements for us, telling us what we want, what we need.

We keep watching our tvs— reality embarrassment money-hungry
power-driven ridiculous control of the populous that it has become
leads us to sit quietly and rest our eyes on a life that is not our own,
trying to live the American dream and missing the American reality.

We medicate ourselves into numb comfort
not speaking because we cannot think,
about how the weight of being a citizen
takes our breath away.

In the silence created by cowards—
too comfortable themselves
or just not uncomfortable enough
our real lack of freedom stings in my ears.

The freedom to feel like you can make a difference
by saying those things that we’ve been told to be afraid of
voicing that beauty that we were founded with
to make this democracy live up to its name.

Inside the dialogues you will have with the world
there are lessons masked as songs
you must find them and sing them as loud as you can
the only time you can do this is now.
Track Name: Commit
10. Commit

I'm gonna walk the streets and greet whoever I meet and say hi (and say hi)
I'm gonna touch those that don't object too much till I die (till I die)
I'm gonna join every last community, I can be even more good neighborly
I'm gonna love like my life depends on me because it DOES
I'm gonna love to free you from all of it
I commit, I commit, I commit
I'm gonna love like my life depends on it because it DOES

My tv hasn't worked in four years and I don't care (No I don't care)
I've done a lot more walkin and talking and living out there
I done filled up my mind with some damn fine books I done filled up my mind with whatever it took
It helped me fight like my life was on the hook because it WAS
I'm gonna fight to free you from all of it
I commit, I commit, I commit
I'm gonna love like my life depends on it because it DOES

I'm gonna fight through whatever they do to me, for you (for you)
I'm gonna fight through whatever they do to me, for me too (for me too)
I'm gonna fight it with everything I got left, I will love with my last breath
I'm gonna love like the love it just transcends death because it DOES
I'm gonna love to free you from all of it
I commit, I commit, I commit
I'm gonna love like my life depends on it because it DOES
I'm gonna love like my life depends on it because it DOES
I love like my life depends on it because it DOES
Track Name: Rise Above
11. Rise Above

When you feel life come and knock you down, tripped and flipped you to a puddle and you almost drowned
and you're crawlin' like a baby all around on the ground, here's a tip on the script of how to block the sound
of defeat, ringin' singin' stingin' in ya' ear, fillin' your lovin' oven with a batch full of fear, cloudin' your world
and makin' it unclear, Ms. V's got the answer and I've got it right here! (Right Here)
Think about the times you tried and you succeeded and about all the places where you found what you needed
and about the flowers that have grown because you seeded a dried up garden bed that you thought was depleted.
These are the tricks that bring your soul up again, the little things in life that remind you of a friend,
tragedy is only sad when you stop at the end (true), keep on keepin' on, there's some sun around the bend!

-Chorus-
Keep on keepin on, keep on keepin on, keep on keepin on, there's some sun around the bend
Rise above, rise above, rise above I can see the silver sky!

Me and Sisyphus were rolling a rock up a hill
It seemed futile for a while till I spied Jack & Jill
Who were happy to help as they had time to kill
But this made Mount Olympus mad and they rained rocks at will (Who's Will?)
Woulda been defeated... coulda sat and pouted
But we had each others backs so we decided to be about it
We shouted, put our war paint on, expunged our doubts
and I decided it was time to break the Bunny signal out (pshhhhhah!),
I ducked out, and snucked out, en route to Janna's house,
but something seemed so strange, cause see all the lights were out
why are all of the lights out at Casa de Vendetta
(the blackness, the darkness, forever)
Hush now homegirl don't you cry
We all know you keep it real on the dark side (Oh yeah!)
And I am still gon smile because I am not left handed (Hey!)
Though I know time to get there grows short for Smokey & the Bandit
but I feel we surely shall overcome any haggle, hustle or hassle
and STILL will rise above & STILL will have fun stormin the castle

-Chorus-
Still we'll rise above, still we'll rise above, still we'll rise above and have fun stormin the castle
Rise above, rise above, rise above now I can see the silver sky!

I got plenty of ammo if we had a sadness battle but I can't find a lasso to corral my hate like cattle
and I don't see a reason not to get back in my saddle, gotta bounce back, a ping pong ball hit by a paddle! (toc)
These 27 years haven't all been the best, and many many things have happened that have put me to the test,
sometimes the world gets heavy, gotta get it off my chest, and I cry out just enough of these here tears to mop the mess (wah wah),
stand up, wipe my eyes, take a breath and blow my nose, walk on the stage and pour my heart out at the shows,
art is necessary like the wind and rain that blows, and you never know what might happen, that's just how it goes,
life's a crazy roller coaster 'cause you can't get off the track, you can't turn around, that's not fiction, friend, it's fact,
you always have your past chuggin' along at your back, keep on lookin' forward, you'll find that freedom that you lack!

-Chorus-
Keep lookin forward, keep lookin forward, keep lookin forward you'll find that freedom that you lack
Rise above, rise above, rise above now I can see the silver sky!
Track Name: Be Peace
If we could be Peace
the quality of life could increase
feed the belly of the beast and his wars might cease
BE PEACE... like warm grass and bare feet
BE PEACE... like no iron bars and concrete
BE PEACE... like a nap beneath the shade tree
BE PEACE... like me and the BTVs

BE PEACE and every day could be hugs kittens and apple juice
Israel and Palestine could call a truce
And we could love the Muslims and the Jews
and report it on the news that you no longer have to choose
one or another of our brothers
not a hater of the haters I'm a lover of the lovers
there's plenty more to life to discover
like every good boy does deserve a loving mother

If we could be Peace
women could be safe on the streets
and no bombs would drop from 30,000 feet
and all children could have plenty to eat
BE PEACE... won't you be peace with me
BE PEACE... and maybe we could all hug the trees
And the birds and the bees could be top priorities
and the superstars could be the ones who cure disease
BE PEACE... won't you be peace please

and the band rocked on

This organization stops globalization,
civilization needs interrelation,
by my observation, across this fair nation,
I see that we're run by some big corporation,
we're supposed to be equal, supposed to be free
but America's chained to this box called TV,
we think it's so chic to be so unique
but the media tells you that your beauty is Clinique,
but beauty is free unlike that TV,
we can't be called some land of the free
when we're speeding along with our cell phones,
who cares about death when you've got your clone?
And this nation's relations with big corporations
are downsizing life with mass exploitations
and apathy is spreading like a wildfire flame
and every voice in here's got another to blame,
and man this country was built upon shame
but we had good ideas behind that great big name,
but the BTV, that's OUR name!!