Begging For Your Life


Begging For Your Life (Admiral Bob rEMIX)
Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist Admiral Bob
Comment: This version does not include the bridge or end chorus (see lyrics below).

(other remixes below)

This is a song about courage and trying. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) to the mix, you can go to http://ccmixter.org/files/projectquestion/30757. When you’re done, you can email the mp3 to info (at) lonnierayatkinson (dot) com.

All contributions will be considered Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0.

Your time and talent is greatly appreciated.

 


Lyrics:
Juan was just one in a long line of peasants – knew the bond between flesh and soil
proud of the knowledge passed down generations, but tired of the bosses wanting more
so when the time come, he took his place, and organized for a little respect
but soon came the muscle, and soon came the law, and he knew what was coming next
Maria kept a straight face as she opened the door, when the guns showed up that day
still they pulled him from a false bottom under the floor crushed his ankle then drug him away
Juan sobbed in vain at the boot of the captain – let me say goodbye to my wife
ain’t it hell in a world where holding onto your soul leaves you begging for your life

and boy, they’ll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don’t feel ashamed
if you’re scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

Malene was an old soul with a fire in her belly and an afro as big as her heart
made a choice when she saw what they did to her daddy, she wasn’t never gonna play their part
so she fought the man and the man fought back and she learned how the world goes round
threw up her fist one too many times then had to go underground
but underground ain’t like no movie, and before long she was ready to take
broke down in a fix trying to forget all the memories she’d never make
with a picture of her daddy and a gun in her hand, the tears fell heavy that night
ain’t it hell in a world where holding onto your soul leaves you begging for your life

and girl, they’ll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don’t feel ashamed
if you’re scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

and yeah they got money
and money can buy you force
but they ain’t got the courage
or the will to make that choice
and that’s why we’re gonna win
that’s why we’re gonna win
but until then

yeah they’ll hunt you
but you knew that from the start
and oh, when they find you
you know you did your part
don’t feel ashamed
if you’re scared of what may come
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

so hold your head high
when they see your face
there’s more coming behind you
coming to take your place
and you can be proud that
you’re human when it’s done
you only got two choices
and you made the right one

 


Begging For Your Life (timberman rEMIX)
Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist timberman (http://ccmixter.org/files/Per/30915)

 

“Begging For Your Life” by Lonnie Ray Atkinson is licensed under a Creative Commons License