I've Got To Earn (FF 89)

from Freestyle Friday Vol. 1 by Philo Reitzel



Issues can rise up right outta the blue
Can’t nobody tell you how to be you with any accuracy
Dealing with feelings from times I thought were in back of me
Stretching my mental faculties testing my simple strategies
The obvious lesson is I still have a lot to learn
Still ouchea blessin em I’ve got to earn word up
Show up first to the course and I’ve been training of course
Monday to Sunday with force they lookin Hyundai I’m Porsche
Been all bent up and out of sorts getting wrecked
Over events that seem trivial once seen in retrospect
And on the other side of that I must confess
I had some major things that happened I simply didn’t address
It’s all perspective when avoiding altercations
And maintaining a propensity to take in information
These are simple iterations of my thoughts
No contractual obligations all gratis never bought
Strive to be worth my salt
And have humility to take responsibility at fault
Don’t take it too heavy if I slip in the process
After all my life’s an imperfect work in progress


from Freestyle Friday Vol. 1, released December 16, 2020


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Philo Reitzel Asheville, North Carolina

Philo Reitzel raps, makes beats, videos, and illustrations. He currently splits his time between southern Mexico & the woods outside of Asheville, NC. For a time he lived in The Tenderloin, San Francisco, pre-tech-bro boom, performing at such venues as Club 6, The Fillmore, and Elbo Room. He drops a new song & video each week for his Freestyle Friday series on IG/YouTube/fb. ... more

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