A​.​M. Feat. Kui & Gabriela - Requiem For A Thawra (Album Version)

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I wrote this song with a friend right before the Syrian revolution began and after the Egyptian revolution concluded (which I witnessed first-hand). The world is changing and this is my record of it.

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Requiem For A Thawra

(Intro)
As I Dream of life...death...God...freedom...I wonder...
Is it really a dream? Or a nightmare?

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to God my soul to keep
And if I die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take

(Verse 1)
Caught between bad dreams and screams for so long
I need a requiem for my mind because it's gone
Fabricated a nightmare-my reality is fake
Dissatisfied and disgusted with everything I make
And when I sleep I can only dream of my mistakes
It seems that in my dreams is the only place I'm safe
Dreaming to be great-I don't know what road to take
It ain't easy to relate because I'm dreaming to escape!
I need an easy way and I'm sleeping through the day
At night I dream of change-get on my knees and pray
It ain't easy 'cause I'm full of too much doubt to talk
So conflicted I have doubts on whether I doubt God
And to make it much worse-I question whether he's fair
Just look at Gaza and all the death happenin' there
Feel like I know too much-it's just the cross I bare
But I can't tell if my life is a dream or a nightmare

(Chorus)
I scream all the time but no one hears my cries
I don’t know what’s right and I’m sick of all the lies
I feel like I hate life and I’m getting so tired
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

I dream all the time but I don’t sleep at night
Tyrants all fall down but the people will rise
People scream out there so I scream inside
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

(Verse 2)
As I wake up a new day, new struggle
Lost from reality I’m gone from my troubles
I'm tryna balance life and my heart’s in this rap game
But I'm unsure if I can handle all the mass fame
And a man is measured by the strain of his pains
In the face of catastrophe I’ve managed to maintain
But that ain’t enough I gotta help my brothers
I look at Somalia and I weep for the mothers
And now Gaddafi’s gone but Libya’s still the same
The rebels celebrate but has anything really changed?
Palestine and Syria are still in so much trouble
I gotta stand up and support their struggle
As I go through life I’m havin’ trouble doin’ right
So the older I grow the less I sleep at night
Cos I’m haunted by countless terrible scenes
I try to close my eyes and reach out for my dreams
The moments of peace are few and far between
I try to close my eyes and reach out for my dreams

(Chorus)
I scream all the time but no one hears my cries
I don’t know what’s right and I’m sick of all the lies
I feel like I hate life and I’m getting so tired
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

I dream all the time but I don’t sleep at night
Tyrants all fall down but the people will rise
People scream out there so I scream inside
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

(Outro)
Thawra, the arabic word for Revolution
The only outcome of the people’s prolonged misery
That which changes all future depictions of history
Thawra, the one and only inevitable solution
We are surrounded by turmoil,
To my left, to my right, behind me, under me and above me
We’re all surrounded by turmoil-the turmoil of our country
The inner turmoil within ourselves,
within which our screams do dwell
However we inevitably reach a certain point where we must rise up and fight a war
A point of no return where we can stand no more, no more
And it is at that point that we learn the true meaning of Thawra
It is at that point that we cease to dream and we solidify our aspirations
It is at that point that our submissive slumber is over
It is at that point that true change may come,
through Thawra

(Chorus)
I scream all the time but no one hears my cries
I don’t know what’s right and I’m sick of all the lies
I feel like I hate life and I’m getting so tired
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

I dream all the time but I don’t sleep at night
Tyrants all fall down but the people will rise
People scream out there so I scream inside
I only feel relieved when I close my eyes

credits

from The Exorcism of A​.​M., track released March 1, 2012
Written by Aden Mendelsohn
Performed by Aden Mendelsohn
Background Vocals by Kui Mwai and Gabriela Gross
Produced by Sandozen

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I'm 16 years old and I rap and make music.

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