Cartel Era

by John Cartel

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released December 25, 2016

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John Cartel Akron, Ohio

As a solo musician and multi-instrumentalist, John Cartel works by a simple philosophy: to duplicate hip-hop’s reign over the music world by bringing a more authentic street sound back to rock n’ roll.

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Track Name: For Better or Worse (I Can't Be Played With)
You entered the club like a cat
I was alone and it was a trap (you took hold of my heart)
You said to me “what’s your name” (respecting the game)
I told you, “Cartel, and I won’t be played”

Take me from this love affair
Before I change my mind
Fridays for cocaine
Saturdays... for wine
And I try and I try and I try and I try just to
Find my way back in
But its clear to me your heart is breakin’
‘Cause girl I can’t be played with

She walked in the room like a cat (girl don’t play with my heart)
The things that I do that I do ain’t so bad (Don’t ask me to stop)
The streets that we own, they ‘bout to bleed (You can’t...forget about me)
We’re guilty of drugs and guilty of dreams (oh forgive me)

Take me from this love affair
Before I change my mind
Saturdays for cocaine
Sunday... is for wine
And I try and I try and I try and I...
Did it better... for better for better or worse
But it’s clear to me your heart is breakin’
Cause girl I can’t be played with

Take me from this love affair
Before I change my mind
Saturdays for cocaine
Sunday is for wine
And I try and I try and I try and I try and I try just ta just ta get back in
But its clear to me your heart is breakin’
Cause girl I can’t be played with
Track Name: Big City Nights
Since I was a baby
I wanted to be in a band
All my favorite people signed they deals with a red right hand

Not the son of Segunda
I’m the son of Sam
2000 hits and I beat Prince God fucking damn

Chorus

Big city nights
Big city lights
Make me feel like I’m home again

Verse

I came up from the coffin
And I made a CD
I burned down the houses of the people trying to be like me

Big city nights
Big city lights
Make me feel like I’m home again

They make me feel like I'm home

(Bridge)

Chorus

Big city nights
Big city lights
Make me feel like I'm home again
Track Name: The Last Days of Cocaine
sell smack like its vietnam
I sell bags to your children
If they feel right well then it cant be wrong
Just get this bitch out of the bathroom
Hey now baby mom
Just put it in your arm
Till you can feel no pain
And take off all your clothes

These are the last days of cocaine
And cocaines lonely
And needs your looooove
Tell it to the fuckin skies above
Cocaine aint even a drug..no more

The year is 1980 no its 2016
This is the last time we can triple beam dream
This china white it aint no cokey cocaine blues
When you on that elephant you can dance too

These are the last days of cocaine
cocaines lonely
needs your looooove
Tell it to the fuckin skies above
Cocaine aint even a drug..no more
Track Name: One Foot in the Coffin
I remember back in high school
When we first fell in love
We were doing mathematics
We were doing drugs

Then that September
You got married and left
I couldn’t stop drinking
I couldn’t catch my, I couldn’t catch my breath

(breAK)

And now its been so long
And baby you got old
There’s a cloud over you baby
yOU CAN’T MAKE IT BETTER...There’s a cancer in your soul

And since the time we met I know
We’ve made some big mistakes
Now you’ve got one foot in the coffin
I’ve got both in my grave

And since we’ve been apart I can tell you I
I’ve been feeling unchained
Now you’ve got one foot in the coffin
I’ve got both in my grave

Meet me by the river
Where we don’t go anymore
You bring wine and roses
I’ll bring the old...the old 44

I didn’t mind the way
You always put me down
I can forgive, but baby
You never came around, you never came around again

And since the time we met I know
I’ve made some big mistakes
I put my baby in the coffin
And I’ll put you in the grave

Time is wasting
Won’t u please die my baby
The signs are saying you ain’t
Down, call me crazy
Down, down, you won’t come around no more
Track Name: Renegade
Verse

My baby was born in twenty ought three
And in 20 ought 4 she was taken from me

And I wept and drank myself to death
And I felt that I had lost my breath

When I was alone I had no purpose in my days
Sitting drinking like some kind of renegade
And I watched you grow just like a wave
And you’ve become so much better than me

Chorus

Though I’ve lived past my time
I can say that she was mine mine mine
And when I see my girl I say
God I found my renegade
Hey hey hey hey

Verse

When I took you in you know you know you had no use for school
All the things I knew were nothing were the things being taught to you
And I watched you fail and fight like you was made
And I knew that you’d grow into a fucking renegade

Chorus

Though I’ve lived past my time
I could always say that she was mine mine mine
I never guessed that I’d say
God I found my renegade
Hey hey hey hey

Verse

I dreamt that I die when I turn 48
In the house that we’ve built there my body will lay
And I feel that she’ll speak on my grave
And read out the words of some things that I’ve said

Do as I say and never ever what I do
All the times we’ve been apart I was looking after you
Now I’m sorry that I left you and couldn’t keep you safe
But there’s worse things in this world than one little renegade

Chorus

Though I’ve lived past my time
I could always say that she was mine mine mine
And when I see my girl I say
God I found my renegade
Hey hey hey hey
Track Name: Prosper
I told  the preacher’s daughter I was going to move to LA
For better for better for better its better than Bethlehem
she wanted to jump in the car, I said, no one rides for free
you better just lose all those clothes if you wanna ride with me

yeah

I told her...

There's better there's better ways to make money in this fucking town
Just kidnap and Stockholm the daughters
And ransom the sons

Chorus


Sometimes a change of pace can turn to tragedy
We can get famous ...if we follow the Hollywood way
You make the headlines
When you die in LA

Sing a song
Godfather
Die young
Prosper!

Verse

Dear momma was dating an actress but I don't think she’ll be mine
She drowned from the dope
Cause she swam too much at one time

They asked me to speak at her funeral
'Twas a bitter cold september
She said I was good looking
That’s the only thing I remember

Chorus

Sometimes a change of pace can turn to tragedy
We can get famous ...if we follow the Hollywood way
You make the headlines
When you die in LA
Sing a song
Godfather
Die young
Prosper!
Track Name: Baby, Independent Lady
Baby,            
  been tryin to find you honey
Feeling the ground when you’re runnin
worryin bout where youve been

Woman, if you come from the farm or the city
It aint hard to go missin
When nobody hearda your name

When I go to sleep and i close my eyes and i start to dream of the many nights that I was callin you baby

And when I think of thee improperly oh my majesty I swear I miss my independent lady

Baby
What is your religion?
Aint it time you lose it
Come back and kick it with me

Woman
When are going to kill him
Dance around in his skin
Doing whatever you feel

When I go to sleep and i close my eyes and i start to dream of the many nights that I was callin you baby

And if I think of thee improperly oh my majesty I swear I miss my independent lady


Baby,
What youve done is amazing
I dont want to be alone
But i think you do fine by yourself
Track Name: Roman Gods
all this is breaking please turn around and say that you’re sorry
you’re heaven
and your heart beats for me

Asked you what’s wrong and you acted like I should’ve know it
well I know it
without knowin’

Damn it all, I know we said it all but nothing is changin’
She’s unhappy
And I’m fading

Bm D A Em (G)
Chorus

Girl don’t take it, take it the wrong way but our good love has gone insane
And Im holding
These broken hearts

Baby I die and I tried and II tried suicide but our love is a tragedy
Like the pharoahs
Like a pair of Roman gods

verse

laid it down, said it all, drank it all, threw it to the devil
she’s a legend
And  I love her

Break it down take it down say it now tell me that you love me
Im unhappy
And I’m turning godly

Chorus
Girl don’t take it, take it the wrong way but our good love has gone insane
And Im holding
These broken hearts

Baby I die and I tried and II tried suicide but our love is a tragedy
Like the pharoahs
Like a pair of Roman gods




Bridge
no lyrics

(Hmmmmm part)

Chorus

Baby its been a while since we talked bout me
Why dont you stop me
Baby if you can

And I tried and I tried to get to know you
Just To Pour your soul from a glass
And suddenly it made no sense

Girl you, dont you, dont you know that its almost..its almost at an end
You blame me, when we play these roman gods.
Track Name: Hey Little Darlin'
hey little darling what have you done
hold up your hands and turn over your guns
hey little darling I’ve failed you again
but that’s what you’d get from a legion of men

(goes higher)
hey little darling don’t ever you lie
hold up your head as you hold up our lives
sweet little darling, our house is on fire
but gardens can grow from the ashes of time

guitar/instrument solo
Hey little darling, come back to bed
there’s much more to love than the hotels and head
Hey little darling you’re forever free
don’t waste with assassins don’t follow those dreams

Hey little darlin’ don’t ever come home
if all that you want is some space of your own
Always out lovin’ but never in love
let go of your dreams ‘cause your dreams aren’t enough
Track Name: This American Life
Verse

This American life
Ain’t all wrong….but it ain't right
Work all day till you get tired
And then you work at night
And you still can’t pay
Watching your life just pass away

In this american life
It sings like an angel
And shes singing goodbye
To Jesus Christ we say goodnight
To the virgins in our eyes
And the police say
Who can we
Who can we kill today

Chorus

Hold on, hold on
To this American life
It soothes like a bandage
But it cuts like a knife

Hold on, hold on
To the great American gun
If you smile when we kill a child babe
Then you’re not the only one

Verse

In this American life
He’s got mace in his left and a gun in the right
You know that God controls the day
But the pigs control the night
You better watch what you say
Unless you wanna, unless you wanna die today

American Life
Thank the lord I’m rich and white
I thank him again my health is tight
And that I can still get high
But we won’t be satisfied
'Till all of them, all of them die

Chorus

Hold on, hold on
To this American life
It soothes like a bandage
But it cuts like a knife

Hold on, hold on
To the great American gun
If you smile when we kill a child babe
Then you’re not the only one

Bridge

Ooh yeah
Yeah uh huh

Its been one helluva year
Its time to embrace fear
When you can’t sleep another night
And millions of people have died
It’s the empire’s time to end
Because the children deserve their revenge
You know that we deserve to die
For this American life

Verse

This american life
It’s all wrong and it doesn’t seem right
Wake up late and you’re still tired
There’s no one left to fight
Just go back to sleep
Just close your little vicious eyes

American life
It cuts like a razor... no it cuts like a knife
You know how many times we’ve said goodbye
To the babies in our arms
I don’t wanna be…
American any more

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