The Rain

by Tom Kwan

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Debut EP from Tom Kwan

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released August 21, 2015

Special thanks to: Daily, Decktektive, Pat, Abasin, Paddy, Deano, Max, Stay Nice, Bizz, Julez, Manix, Vicki, My song writing crew: Aurora, Anna Leisa, Dan, Michelle, Huw, Kerry and Loz, Anthony, Eliza, Mum, Dad, all the CIKI crew, Chillie Bean, Elf, Jacky T, Dwolf, Luka Simm, Pablo, Tomcat, Tumi, Hugo, Morganics, Teeb, Able8 and everyone else who has been such an amazing support, Mega Love to you all!!

Lyrics on all tracks written by Tom Kwan,
except for "The Rain"
written by Tom Kwan and Lauren Glezer

"Sweet Fire" and "Free Life" Produced by Kojido.
"Have to live" produced by Able8.
"Turn Around" and "Make Believe" produced by Mixla
"The Rain" produced by Rugged Beats.
"I am Here" produced by Neckclippa.

All tracks mixed by Julez.
Mastered by Crystal Mastering.
Artwork by Pablo Tochez

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Tom Kwan Melbourne, Australia

Tom Kwan is a Melbourne based lyricist, who has a unique style that’s characterized by silky laid-back flows containing elegantly woven syllable patterns. He has recently completed his debut EP The Rain which will be released on the 21st of August 2015. Be sure to get down to Tom’s EP launch at 303s in Northcote on September 4th ... more

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Track Name: I am Here
Verse 1

No sorry please thank you apologies needed
Coz I’m here and I’m breathing till the moment that I’m leaving
No question, flow open in the session
Got the flood gates channelling an unknown expression

With permission to open up the doors of my vocal cords
Speak the sound out with focus when I know my course,
Only walk with my words on this path
When I’m dam sure they’re marching as a servant to the art,

Cracked lips still thirsting for my part
I’m linking footprints it’s hard work in this craft
Burning a path/ down through the surface with a spark
I hold it close as a flame while I journey in the dark,

Keep it shining bright/ I’ll be grinding
while I’m gripping the on iron of this 16 bar cage,
Sweat dripping on the words written on my last page
Bars break when I hear my heart say...

Chorus
I'm Here,
I am here,
Till the minute that I disappear
Listen to the truth through the middle of the noise let it whisper in my ear
I am Here
I am Here right here
I am here
Till the minute that I exit stage left take a breath in my chest and every day say yes I am here!

I am here

Verse 2


Now I'm thinking where I've been man
still I'm holding up this weight above any given place where my feet stand
I take this chance to express
as I'm dropping off another dam bag of regrets yep

I've seen best friends come and gone,
and where the love is lost
left with a hole in my life
try ta fill it while I'm holding the mic for another song

it's all equal and opposite
fuck oath I know the cost of it
it's written on the docket shit
I'm talking 29 rhymes book and 10 years
plus blood sweat and hell fucken yes tears

just to get here/ throw down my two cents
and bang it on the track with the truth till the loop ends
for what it's worth and shit, and is it worth this shit?,
ahh trust me I questioned that question just as far as the question goes,
then I took a step
and let it go, as I turned with a shoulder
that was colder than the metal on my 3rd eye telescope,
as I focus on the future called the never known
forever know I give it all I am or you'll never know

Chorus

I'm Here,
I am here,
Till the minute that I disappear
Listen to the truth through the middle of the noise let it whisper in my ear
I am Here
I am Here right here
I am here
Till the minute that I exit stage left take a breath in my chest and every day say yes I am here!

Verse 3

tense in my shoulders plus knots in my neck,
the future did warn me with the promise of regret
so I'm shaking on the hands of my fears with a firm grip
and now my words hit
with wisdom in the quotes that'll linger on my lips like the feeling of a first kiss …

I'm submerged in the search with
a glimmer of a hint where my soul lies
give my whole life
grinding down underneath the surface like a fault line

from the first statement, ta get the verse
earth quaking right through the surface of the culture when the tunes explode
light it up with blueish glow
so I can find a way ta follow where my music roams
ride through this globe

I hold a run way vision
of a one way ticket

and my chance to get my hand on mics
desperate for this life like a leper for the hand of christ so

Chorus
I'm Here!
I am here,
Till the minute that I disappear
Listen to the truth through the middle of the noise let it whisper in my ear
I am Here
I am Here right here
I am here
Till the minute that I exit stage left take a breath in my chest and every day say yes I am here!

I am here
Track Name: The Rain feat. Lauren Glezer
Verse 1

her wind wraps whistling
she moved from torrential to drizzle
in the night with the brake lights glistening,
her cold whisper from a breath, hits me like a kiss on the neck and I'm shivering

when her traffic lights pulse cars roll to a halt
as her street lights hum in her inner city cusp
a man takes a puff and flicks off his ciggy butt


doesn't give a fuck,
so normal of course
no thought for it all
just left on her skin just to sink then falls through her pores,

my waterlogged sneakers are squeaking
the rhythm of her lost beat
broken glass on her concrete
styrafoam cups they keep floating down her long streets
like runaway trains

drifting down her gutters till they plugging up her drains
and up above, here it comes it's
The rain

Chorus Lauren Glezer:

She needs the rain,
(who ahh who ahh)
She needs the rain
everyone clear some space here it comes here it comes
She needs the rain


VERSE 2


yo My headphones are soaked and acting like they're broken,
dam you must be joking, fuck it I'll pen bars
to the sound of the city and the smell of her wet grass

I forgot my watch so I'm tryna stop a woman walking by
but she's a little too scared to even look me in the eye
ahh that's fine
I guess in the age bracket of an shifty guy
you know the one 18 to sixty five

Can hardly blame her
I'm just a stranger,
not to mention today's newspaper
that story on the front page,
it's probably burning in her brain since the time that she saw it on her lunch break

what the fuck mate?
this dude just shouldered me
when he walked past then turned around and told me he'd
roll me and kick in my arse
how rude, dam it must be true about
the rain

Chorus Lauren Glezer:

She needs the rain,
(who ahh who ahh)
She needs the rain
everyone clear some space here it comes here it comes
She needs the rain


Verse 3


I listen to the trickle in her gutters
it's a whimper as she utters
out half her secrets
and half of me can hardly believe how they scarred her deep with
leaving beer bottles in her parks and beaches
goose bumps on my arms I'm freezing


I seek shelter like a spash of relief
outside 7 eleven where the parasites feed
amongst
broken down packaging from maccas debris

it's a sight for these over tired eyes to see coz,
time is cheap but convenience is so much cheaper
I've see her legs run weaker
as the treadmill she's trotting on does become steeper

heavy heart she used to breathe so deep
now she's coughing up blood gotta wheeze when she speaks
salt water rain down grief on her cheeks
it leaks from above and it comes with a flood
it's the rain


Chorus Lauren Glezer:

She needs the rain,
(who ahh who ahh)
She needs the rain
everyone clear some space here it comes here it comes
She needs the rain

Rain
Track Name: Have to Live
Have To Live

Verse 1

I arrive on the mic like high noon,
shine down from the bright blue sky
with the rhymes on the right tune,
coz my time's due
and goddamit I could die soon,
revolve this thought around my mind like it's one of my five moons

they all shine and the only reason why
they decide to
a little something for this white tooth ta bite through and eat
alive on this beat

as I reach my potential like I had inspector gadget arms
rip the gloves off grab the stars,
throw my hat down and back these bars
when I'm lacking in the heart I think back into the start man

I bin passionate, for this rapping shit
since way before I had the dam knack for it,
what does it take to be advancing quick?
stay awake like a slap in the face when the stanza's hit
All I want is one crack at this…
Punching out lines on the track like I had a double dragon fist,
gotta fight for the freedom in my mind when I'm speaking
it's my time and I believe it coz I have ta live,

Chorus

Get em up if you have to just live
Step it up if you have to just live
c'mon man give that tap another twist
if you thirst so hard that you have to just live

Get em up if you have to just live
Step it up if you have to just live
c'mon man give that tap another twist
if you thirst so hard that you have to just live

Verse 2

I can't be sitting on the side lines
living a disguise life
having them chats about whether or not that this rap thing is really even probable
nah man, a bunch a mind made obstacles

nothing truly beautiful has stacked up the odds for you,
you gotta wanna chew, goddam you gotta dude
fuck what they say is or is not possible,
the type of poison that I can't ever swallow through

I'd rather marinate my food for thought
using truth as the sauce,
let it juice in some more
till I serve it with a verse in it's due course
kicking down doors of perception with brute force!

Chorus

Get em up if you have to just live
Step it up if you have to just live
c'mon man give that tap another twist
if you thirst so hard that you have to just live

Get em up if you have to just live
Step it up if you have to just live
c'mon man give that tap another twist
if you thirst so hard that you have to just live
Track Name: Make Believe
Make Believe

Verse 1

I think it's time to get a move with this music
far too sick of my very own excuses
I pen bars with a spark to get a fuse lit
I mean explosions in the back of my soul like

metal shrapnel ash stains and coal just
whatever it takes to un-strangle the hold
and have no control on what really has to be told

coz writing rhymes can be easy as shit
and I don't believe writers block even exists
fuck punching at the bricks while I bleed from my fist nah,

grab the block and seize it real quick
to hold it, I am chizzeling till I am
sculpting something that is strictly brilliant
marble art
carve it in my palms till it's sitting in it's very position on the mantle piece
all I need is some paper and a sampled beat

Chorus

let's play a game called make believe
maybe I could make it be,
coz fuck what all the voices what they say to me
one day oh it may just be,

let's play a game called make believe
and maybe I could make it be,
coz fuck what all the voices say to me
one day oh it may just be,

Verse 2

yeah I can do it
yeah I do believe in this thing
coz this planet doesn't ask for a reason to spin
so I don't need a reason, to ever be a beast and just win
plus I got a miniture muse
with the cheekiest grin ,she whispers in my ear,
then points to the brush and says dip this thing in here
then shows me to the picture where the lyrics will appear
before she screams, this is what they really need to hear,

I believe it don't need to really do nothing,
just swing back the doors and let another tune come in,
Let's play the game like I can't really lose nothing
before my calling does ring out,

get me on a flyer man get me on a gig now
get me on an elevated stage with a big sound
big arse speakers with a kick drum that kicks out
and not a single person there wants to sit down

Chorus

let's play a game called make believe
maybe I could make it be,
coz fuck what all the voices what they say to me
one day oh it may just be,

let's play a game called make believe
and maybe I could make it be,
coz fuck what all the voices say to me
one day oh it may just be,