Atmosphere – Camera Thief

I’ve always enjoyed listening to good lyricists no matter what genre. Atmosphere is one. Just check out a his latest tune Camera Thief from the record (people still record “records” you know) Southsiders. I realize I already wrote a post on Atmosphere’s great lyrics – it’s here and about the song called Yesterday.

Camera Thief
Atmosphere

[Verse 1]
Camera thief
Take pictures
Run like the parallel stitches
Attach my feet to the path I beat
Teach myself to keep the answers brief
Gnash my teeth like the last to feast
Imagine me on that abandoned beach
Sand and sea as if the jazz was free
I’m Ice cream mixed with gasoline
Direct attention to the craftsmanship
Neglect to mention that the past will stick
Like initials carved in the concrete
Like the tattoo that hides on your mommy
I still kick it with angels
The difference is instead of the bar, I’m at my kitchen table
The starlight shines through the glass
But you feel safe underneath that mask

[Verse 2]
Ferris Wheel, give rides
The scars healed in time to get high
Lock the doors and hide the keys
Let’s go describe how to climb a tree
Don’t sign the lease just cop a corner
For you to curl up and try to sleep
Those cheap police won’t find my wings
I keep my dreams inside my dreams
And If I had a time machine
I’d probably use it like a vacuum and try to clean
It kind a seems, quite more than a handful of these regrets have been circumstantial
Now give me all the cash out the drawer
Touch that mustache down on the floor
And I’ll be in court holding a pitchfork
‘Fore I let the contest outlast the sport

[Verse 3]
Pocket watch, impatient
Find a mate then make the migration
Break the rules, but first break the rulers
And keep it moving like a rumor
I don’t need to defend my defensiveness
I keep to myself, my family, and friendships
I’ve got enough people I could disappoint
If you disagree I think you missed the point
Now go ahead and grab a chair
Let me tell you about the last few years
Pulled out a sack full of Samson’s hair
And put it on the dash like a dancin’ bear
I wrote you a horoscope
It won’t fit on this post-it note
But if I had to sum it up into a shorter quote
It goes fuck it, you might as well row that boat

Atmosphere – Yesterday

Let me present another great hip-hop lyricist in Atmosphere and the beautiful song “Yesterday”.

I thought I saw you yesterday
But I didn’t stop cause you was walking the opposite way
I guess I could have shouted out your name
But even if it was you I don’t what I would say
We can sit and reminisce about the old school
Maybe share a cigarette because we both fools
Chop it up and compare perspectives
Life, Love, Stress, and Set backs
Yes
You could tell me how hard you had it
And you could show me all the scars to back it
And we can analyze each complaint
Break it down and explain these mistakes I make
I like to tangle up the strings of the puppetry
But you knew me back when I was a younger me
You’ve seen Sean in all types of light
And I’ve been meaning to ask you if I’m doing alright

(Chorus)
Yesterday, was that you?
Looked just like you
Strange things my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we’ve been through
Or am I just going crazy cause I miss you?

Yesterday, was that you?
Looked just like you
Strange things my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we’ve been through
Or am I just going crazy cause I miss you?

I’m Shook
I know
I pushed when I should have pulled
Took it all back if I could, I put that on my soul
And I would make a top notch good listener
If you could block off a little time out to give it here
Since we went our separate paths
I’ve hit a couple of snags
That remind me of the past
I cant front I’m having a blast
But damned if I ain’t afraid of how long its gonna last
Sitting here wishing we could kick it
Give me your opinions I do miss the criticisms
I didn’t mean to be distant
Make a visit
I’ll wait up and keep the coffee brewing in the kitchen

But who am I jokin’ with?
Theres no way that you and I will ever get to re-open it

It doesn’t matter this is more than love
And maybe if I’m lucky, get to see you out the corner of yesterday

was that you?
Looked just like you
Strange things my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we’ve been through
Or am I just going crazy cause I miss you?

Yesterday was that you?
Looked just like you
Strange things my imagination might do
Take a breath, reflect on what we’ve been through
Or am I just going crazy cause I miss you.

And when you left I didn’t see it coming
I guess I slept it ain’t like you was running
You crept out the front door slow
And I was so self-absorbed I didn’t even know
And by the the time I looked up, it was booked up
You put it all behind you, the bad and the good stuff
A whole house full of dreams and steps
I think you’d be impressed with the pieces I kept
You disappeared but the history is still here
Thats why I try not to cry over spilt beer
I can’t even get mad that your gone
Leaving me was probably the best thing you ever taught me
I’m sorry, it’s official
I was a fistful
I didn’t keep it simple
Chip on the shoulder, anger in my veins
Had so much hatred now it brings me shame
Never thought about the world with out you
And I promise that I’ll never say another bad word about you
I thought I saw you yesterday,
But I know it wasn’t you, cause you passed away dad

Looked just like you
Strange things my imagination might do
Take a breath reflect on what we’ve been through
Or am I just going crazy cause I miss you?