Blue Book Tapes Vol. 1

by Fricktion

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This EP was conceived as an independent project for my last semester at Indiana University. A couple of the songs have been in the works for the better part of a year, while others came about in the last couple of months. The title refers to the type of small blue notebook, generally used for written exams, in which I wrote the lyrics for these songs.

This project is dedicated to everyone who has helped, put up with, or encouraged me along the way.

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released May 4, 2012

Except where noted, this EP was written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Fricktion.

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Fricktion Bloomington, Indiana

Fricktion is an MC/Producer based in Bloomington, Indiana. While hip-hop serves as the greatest common denominator in his songs, numerous influences, from punk rock to electronic, have helped to shape his style.

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Track Name: We
This is a dedication to those who won’t abandon me,
To my best friends, my lover, and my family
When every dream I follow feels like I’m gambling,
With understanding you walk hand in hand with me

It’s hard to explain how much you all mean,
Tryna plant magic beans ever since I was a teen
Grown man now, found doin’ the same thing,
But if I got you in my corner there’s no need to leave the ring

So for all those times I had my headphones on for half the day,
You saw the outside of my door more than you saw my face
It was nothin’ against you, it was no kind of spite,
Sometimes it doesn’t feel like a choice when I gotta write

So for all the nights I said I’d rather hang out by myself,
And all those days I left every last book sittin’ on the shelf,
Every misanthropic moment, every flash of inspiration,
Every time I lost my patience to a software complication

Each day I wasn’t on time, thinkin’ of a bassline,
Knowin’ if I stepped outside I’d let it slip out of my mind
I apologize if I ever did or do come off wrong
May I be washed in a sea of words comin’ from every lost song

Rest in peace to lecture notes that got surpassed,
Head up in my notebook, jottin’ rhymes in class
Never meant to disrespect you, I intended no offenses,
But this tree right here’s got sturdy roots growin’ deeper than my debt is

‘Cause ever since I lost so many thoughts out a broken window,
I’ve been on a mission not to let that sucka win, so
I’m givin’ it my all, defeat – never acceptin’ it
Blood, sweat, and tears for your ears, here’s what’s left of it

This is where I’ve been, where I’ve been pourin’ my time,
Puttin’ heart, soul, and mind into every last line
Whether on a roll or truly feelin’ the toll,
If it means anything to y’all then I already met my goal
Track Name: Meticulous Machinery Feat. Corey Banet
Verse 1, Fricktion:
Inside these crowded streets,
Nothin’ in my mind but the sound of beats
With the rhythm mimickin’ the poundin’ feet
I feel adrift in the sea, but still I drown in sheets

You see I’m free it seems to roll with my dreams
When I climb these beams to the highest of trees
While I’m up there, I find I’m always on some next shit
But I find my scope narrowed while I’m hunchin’ over breakfast

I come from cornfields, call the exurbs home
The land of diesel truck fumes, dip spit, and chrome,
Cheap herb, long drives, small minds, and clones,
Where glue poured outta orange bottles holds together homes

So I had to find my own to hold together my dome,
Didn’t come with a prescription, it came with rhythms and flows,
Beats bangin’ out here where we call ‘em roads, not streets
Learned to get my mind free underneath the pine trees

Chorus, Corey Banet:
Attracting black holes
I know you can handle it
You’ve lived your life in a box
Now stand up and step out of it

Bridge, Fricktion:
No traction, slow backspin
Kinetic action splintered into fractions
Abstractions all that I can fathom
Thoughts swingin’ like a hammer with the speed of a MAC-10

Silent as a still life, is this still life?
I’ve been there and this isn’t what it feels like
A waking fantasy, banishing reality
A welcome sanctuary to escape from life’s banality

Verse 2, Fricktion:
It starts to take shape deep in the subconscious,
Bobbin’ in a sea of darkness only escaped by the strongest
Risin’ and fallin’, rollin’ like a tide,
Pulsin’ through the membrane between the conscious mind and the sublime

Long before a rhyme, a quick flash movin’ down the line,
A flash, a spark, a flame, a conflagration blazin’ in my mind
Meticulous machinery chuggin’ on in time
With a helpful heap of elbow grease keepin’ the pump primed

It’s days like these that keep my pistons firing
Few sparks left, vagabonds in my wiring
Horizons as my walls, bulbs beat out by the sun,
Runnin’ on just enough fumes to be mistaken for fun

But a wordsmith’s work can never be done,
Always two more come from every one,
But clever enough and you can make one greater,
From the pencil and the pad to the knob and the fader
Track Name: Before You Sped Off
Sometimes it seems the cycle’s never gonna stop
The coppers hate the people so the people hate the cops
A red kills a blue so a blue kills a red
And there’s never any shortage of youth to end up dead

Turn to crime ‘cause there aren’t any jobs to be had
Now the jobs won’t hire ‘cause your record’s lookin’ bad
No job, no money, no food up in your tummy
And when people get desperate, that’s when things get bloody

When conditions get rough, it’s easy to look down
Especially when it isn’t happenin’ in your hometown
And if you want to make a change, where you gonna get the funds?
The government’s too busy funding new prisons and guns

So we leave ‘em disenfranchised – Fuckin’ walkin’ landmines
Eye for an eye in a drive-by state of mind
And how the hell can any of ‘em claim the blame
When these products of the game just came up in this skewed frame?

As the world keeps turnin’, the mess gets thicker
While people sit and bicker, this shit just gets sicker
‘Nother place to buy liquor, ‘nother sherm stick dipper
‘Nother finger on another American made trigger

So it spins and it spins without a stop to get off
Every night another set of shots is gettin’ let off
If everybody stopped and took all of their blue and red off
How would you know who you were gunnin’ at before you sped off?
Track Name: Change
Verse 1:
Once upon a time I lathered myself with neglectful thoughts
Built myself an exoskeleton, impenetrable box
Thought I’d be secure the only one who had the key to my locks
But me and my doubts ate each other alive and what’s outside began to knock

One defining moment in this presently short life of mine
Internal revelation with no persuasion from the divine
To realize if I lie, stuck in the past
I won’t define who I can be, but who I was last

Chorus:
I already lost it, so it’s only up from here
It’s far too caustic, so no more livin’ in fear
I know I won’t get far lookin’ in the rear view mirror
Sometimes it takes a downpour before it gets more clear

So I woke up and I’m not goin’ back to sleep
Keep my eyes wide open, feet beatin’ concrete
With admiration for the strong and compassion for the weak
Through rain, snow, or sleet, won’t stop until I reach my peak

Verse 2:
There’s a certain something that’s terrifyingly beautiful
‘Bout knowing nothing’s set in stone – the whole world’s mutable
Pass right through it like a drip through a membrane
Whether goin’ up in a blaze of glory or goin’ down in flames

Prints in the sand, each fading after the last
So each action in our life is relegated to the past
But takin’ every step like one stitch in a suture
You can keep it movin’ til you find what suits ya

They say a penny saved is a penny earned
I say a minute spent waitin’, debatin’ is a minute burned
And a life that’s lived without purpose
Is a life that’s quickly made worthless

It took a couple decades to realize I’m not impervious
The type of realization that can make a person nervous
But ‘til they close the curtain I’m on track, no swervin’
‘Cause this is one of the only things in life ‘bout which I’m certain

Chorus:
I already lost it, so it’s only up from here
It’s far too caustic, so no more livin’ in fear
I know I won’t get far lookin’ in the rear view mirror
Sometimes it takes a downpour before it gets more clear

So I woke up and I’m not goin’ back to sleep
Keep my eyes wide open, feet beatin’ concrete
With admiration for the strong and compassion for the weak
Through rain, snow, or sleet, won’t stop until I reach my peak

Verse 3:
Got my eyes to the sky
‘Cause the prize is too far away to devise in my mind
But I’m redefinin’ my grind and I’m on it
‘Cause failure’s harder to swallow than hot scotch and comet

Gotta get this shit out like a colonic
So when I step into the booth I only promise to be honest
Here I stand, hands shakin’ like a man taken with Tourette’s
As I raise one up to wave my farewell to regrets

Whatever holds me back, I’m buryin’ it
No longer let it pull my strings like a marionette
I’m still becoming a man despite the hair on my chest
And I’m stressed, it’s damn hard not to be scared of what’s next

My goal has never been to be compared to the best
Only wanna pull my own weight and be prepared for the rest
‘Til I reside in the land, bones barren of flesh
I’ma spend my life in this lab like I was marryin’ meth

Chorus:
I already lost it, so it’s only up from here
It’s far too caustic, so no more livin’ in fear
I know I won’t get far lookin’ in the rear view mirror
Sometimes it takes a downpour before it gets more clear

So I woke up and I’m not goin’ back to sleep
Keep my eyes wide open, feet beatin’ concrete
With admiration for the strong and compassion for the weak
Through rain, snow, or sleet, won’t stop until I reach my peak