Stop Cryin', Yo!

by Satnam

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    - To Write Love On Her Arms: twloha.com
    - Kristin Brooks Hope Center: hopeline.com
    - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org
    - Suicide Prevention International: spiorg.org
    - The Trevor Project: thetrevorproject.org
    - It Gets Better Project: itgetsbetter.org
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about

In 2001, someone very near and dear to me died by suicide. 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of their death and of a time period where I was at my lowest point of vulnerability.

As someone who struggled with depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide as a teen and young adult, the suicides of LGBT youth in the Fall of 2010 impacted me significantly.

I'm in a much better place now, so I felt compelled to pen something to inspire and give hope to the suffering and to provide some insight to those on the outside looking in, who haven't "walked a mile in our shoes" so to speak.

I will be donating every cent from "Stop Cryin', Yo!" to the following organizations:

- To Write Love On Her Arms: twloha.com
- Kristin Brooks Hope Center: hopeline.com
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org
- Suicide Prevention International: spiorg.org
- The Trevor Project: thetrevorproject.org

If you wish to donate directly to these organizations, please do.

Please share, retweet and help spread the word.

ALSO: Dedicated to Jenny S., who died by suicide on September 7th, 2011 during National Suicide Prevention Week. You are missed, but you will not be forgotten. <3

lyrics

[Chorus]
Now is the time to get off your back
Now is the time to get on your feet
Now is the time to get off your back
First breath, first step, because you are free

[Chorus x2]

[Verse]
A disease that plagues and takes millions of lives
Each year, they fear, they can no longer survive
(Through) Life's struggles, Welcome to the Jungle
We see Guns N' Roses at the end of the tunnel
Paradise City's found in another dimension
Slit wrist, swift miss; cries for attention
Ignored by the ignorant, deliberate
Belief that the tears we shed are far from legitimate
If you've never had to live it, how could you be a cynic?
Depression is real, it's not something to diminish
Oppression is real, it's not some type of gimmick
Compassion is real, it's time to end this division
Stop the harassment of those who are different
We are all brothers and sisters, Gays and Christians
Cut from the same cloth, we live, love and die
Matt (Fox) said, "My blood is fire and I bleed life"
Your blood is fire, and you bleed life
My blood is fire, and I bleed life
Your blood is fire, and you bleed life
Well our blood is fire, and we bleed life

[Chorus 2x]

Put a finger in the air, if you don't really care
Two fingers in the air, if you've known despair
Put a hand on your chest,
If you know someone who's left
This earth too soon

One finger in the air, if you don't really care
Two fingers in the air, if you've known despair
Put a hand on your chest,
If you know someone who's left
This earth too soon

[Outro - Tablas and Bansuri]

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released September 10, 2011
Beat by Blockhead
Tablas and Bansuri arrangement by Neelamjit Dhillon
Vocals Recorded at Darker Earth Studios (Eric Palma)
Mixed and Mastered by Chance Random (Kinda Like Us)

Inspired by Matthew Fox and Shai Hulud's "When One Bests Defeat" - satna.ms/wobd

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Satnam California

Satnam is a poet, writer, geek and music aficionado from Los Angeles, CA. He's been writing poetry since the age of 13, and making hip-hop music since he was 16. He put out his first mixtape EP, "The 18th Letter Diaries" in 2010. His follow-up debut release, "Heart of a Lion" will be released on his birthday on April 17th, 2012. ... more

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