Zachary James - The Message

If you want to truly FEEL alive
At some point in your life, you are going to have to start living
And I'm not talking about landing your dream job, or taking an adventure, or even falling in love
Those are all great things... But what I'm talking about is a decision
A choice you need to make between where you're at right now, and where you know you deserve to be
Where is that place
Well, that's up to you

Let's talk about your goals
What is your response
You better have a bigger dream than just a good job
Out here gettin' money but forgot to get a vision
Free time bein' wasted on some meaningless decisions
I was standin' in your shoes livin' what I called a life
Tough to confess when you're unsure of the crime
I guess you could call it robbery
Theft of the mind
Pay attention, I'll explain it to you this one time
We get caught up in the hustle, losin' track of what's important
By the time we turn 18 it seems reality's distorted
We're a product of the system and our dreams have been aborted
These are things that they won't tell you, it's completely unreported
I've discovered that the recipe for success is this
Every moment you're alive, do more than just exist
Natural instinct is a notion to resist
But people always give in
Ambition is dismissed

Oh maaan, did they hear that
One tiiime, can you tell 'em that
Not givin' up to give in
Ima help you learn this lesson
And I'm hopin' that by hearin' this
You start to get the message
Oh maaan, do ya feel that
One chaaance, can't replace it
Not givin' up to give in
Ima help you learn this lesson
And I'm hopin' that by hearin' this
You start to get the message

Just stop
Think for a second
If I'm not movin' forward, what's with all the steps I'm takin
How'm I gonna reach the top if I'm always second guessin
How I look
How I feel
All the people I'm impressin'
That's the truth, if you don't believe fine
Keep your hard head to protect that weak mind
Missin' all the signs that point to redesign
Yeah, I swear I've been there too
How you think I wrote these lines


You wouldn't expect me to give you a moment in the middle of a song
To digest what I'm sayin' but I just
I don't know
I thought you needed it
I'm always trying to build up to something bigger, you know
Kinda like you need to start doing in your life
Loving harder, thinking smarter
Haha
Some of 'em will get that
Let's go

Alright look, I'm not tellin' you to change
Picture this more like a status upgrade
Add together all these awesome things you can display
Courage
Wisdom
Focus
New achievements everyday
Sound like a deal? Why don't you start tonight
But wait real quick, make sure I heard you right
You're totally committing to a brand new life
Fresh new outlook and a future so bright

If you're smart enough to realize that you fit into this song
Understand me when I say that feeling isn't wrong
What I want for your life, I want it for myself
And I think we both can get there with a little bit of help
The real wealth, it lives within those books up on the shelf
And knowledge is power, it can change the cards we're dealt
You don't have to believe me, you always have that choice
But as long as you're listening, this is how I'll use my voice
To empower you, to inform you, to change the way you think
To help you find the answers, and fill in all your blanks
It might not make sense right now, but just give it some time
I started out with thoughts, then they became these rhymes

Oh maaan, did they hear that
One tiiime, can you tell 'em that
Not givin' up to give in
Ima help you learn this lesson
And I'm hopin' that by hearin' this
You start to get the message
Oh maaan, do ya feel that
One chaaance, can't replace it
Not givin' up to give in
Ima help you learn this lesson
And I'm hopin' that by hearin' this
You start to get the message

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