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1. First things first
Taking the easy way out
May be the best lesson yet
Some things you’re better without
Don’t bother wasting the sweat

Spend some more time on yourself
Something we all ought to do
Don’t think of anyone else
Who don’t give a damn about you

First things first
First things first

Sometimes, I think
It can be so hard to tell
Right from wrong
So I’ll just do what I wanted to do

Talk to myself
I’m sure that nobody
else understands
least now I’m sure
That I’m hearing the truth

Wheel turns completely around
All things shall be as must be
One must be lost to be found
One must know chains to be free

Just get a grip on yourself
No one can do it for you
From the first day he is born
Man does what he has to do
2. Strange Life
I am a schizophrenic
Yes I am two but one
I spend my daytime working
my evenings having fun

a life of contradictions
Apart and never shared
My lives are separated
So I am never scared

It’s a tough job
Someone’s gotta do it
It’s a strange life
But I feel it just the same
It’s a hard road
But I gotta walk it
I know I’ll never be quite sane

Compromising situations
I always find myself
There’s no procrastination
cant put things on the shelf

Red hot and cold is my life
I balance on the ledge
a tricky situation
I always walk the edge

It’s a tough job
Someone’s gotta do it
It’s a strange life
But I feel it just the same
It’s a hard road
But I gotta walk it
I know I’ll never be quite sane

I feel the pressure building
Just doing what I can
Im in a world of shadows
But I am just one man

My life is complicated
I always live a lie
I try to justify it
I’m not that kinda guy

It’s a tough job
Someone’s gotta do it
It’s a strange life
But I feel it just the same
It’s a hard road
But I gotta walk it
I know I’ll never be quite sane
3. Cogs
The sun’s not up
The lights come on
It’s time to start another day
Inside the carpet box
I sit before the screen
and type away

I cant imagine life would be like this
I always had the vision grand
I used to dream of fame and fantasy
Sometimes things don’t go as planned….


I wish I were a cartoon character
Gulp myself and disappear
I’d vanish for awhile
And pop back home a smiling ear to ear

We are all cogs
Amongst the cogs
Just like ten million other cogs in the machine
Inside ten million
Carpet boxes
We all sit before our screen

We’re all servants of the system
Every day is much the same
I’ll be sitting at my keyboard
When the reaper calls my name
4 . Today is yesterday
I don’t know what time it is
And I don’t care
Whats the difference anyway?
When the moments gone
Before you know its there
What will happen
Who can say?

Time is money
Time to fly
Time is nothing
Life goes on
When you die

I am living for today
Because tomorrow
Today is Yesterday

If my watch should stop
My batteries run dry
Would the world refuse to turn ?
Or would life go on , and simply pass me by ?
Thinking I've got time to burn

Time is money
Time to fly
Time is nothing
Life goes on
When you die

I am living for today
Because tomorrow
Today is Yesterday

When you’ve lost yourself
In living day to day
No more time for chasing dreams
Now you spend your time
Just tryin to earn your pay
Time is everything, it seems

Time is money
Time to fly
Time is nothing
Life goes on
When you die

I am living for today
Because tomorrow
Today is Yesterday
5. A perfect world
In a world where they advance
Upon the backs of others
Doesn’t matter who or what
Their cold ambition smothers
I was all alone and empty
Wondering if I would survive

In a perfect world
There is always someone
Right behind you
When you lose your way
You count on someone
to remind you
Now you're always there
so I can look ahead
And not behind

I cant imagine me
Being without you
I wouldn’t want to be
Dreaming, wake up alone
In the life in which I lived before

What are the chances
That bring us together
Oceans of distance
Will vanish to seek your soul
As we’re searching for the one who helps
To make a perfect world.

I have travelled long and far
To get where I am going
It has taken all this time
To know what now I'm knowing
If I lived a thousand years
I'd never find another you

I cant imagine me
Being without you
I wouldn’t want to be
Dreaming, wake up alone
In the life in which I lived before
6. Way too cool
Im sure you wont believe this,
Nobody ever does
Im sticking to my story
Cause that’s the way it was

I aint your average joker
You’d say Ive been around
Ive seen a lot of strange things
That answers cant be found
In the heat of the moment
Or a loss of control
Am I over the edge or
Am I way too cool

Don’t have much use for people
They’ve always let me down
Say that they’ll be behind you
Just don’t turn around

Ive kinda been a loner
I know things no one knows
Im fully self sufficient
Cause that’s the way it goes

Im the king of the mountain
I aint nobody’s fool
Am I over the edge or
Am I way too cool

Im not too sorry
For what I have done
I got no excuses
It was all in fun
Hey don’t mind me
Breakin all the rules
Ill get by somehow
Cause Im way too cool
7. What ya gotta do
I looked at the sun and didn’t go blind
It went thru my skull and into my mind
Then I saw the light that’s all I could see
It gave me the strength I gotta be me

I walk on the street I do every day
I do everything a different way
I feel out of place wherever I go
Not sure why that is Im sure I don’t know

But ya gotta do what ya gotta do
Gotta be who you are
It’s a cold world and you wont get a break
When youre trying to be a star
And ya gotta be who youre gonna be
Nothing else that you can do
Youre gonna be who you wanna be
Cause nothing else works for you

I look at the stars and wonder whats there
I think about life I know its not fair
I try to be good I do what is right
I stand by myself
On a lonely night

Im stuck in a place I don’t wanna live
I give to the world all that I can give
I live with my pain and keep it inside
Im wearing a smile
My suffering to hide

But ya gotta do what ya gotta do
Gotta be who you are
It’s a cold world and you wont get a break
When youre trying to be a star
And ya gotta be who youre gonna be
Nothing else that you can do
Youre gonna be who you wanna be
Cause nothing else works for you
8. Gotta txt
I got a text
And it told me what to do
I could use some good advice
After all I been through
Don’t know from where
Came up number unknown
But I gettem all the time
Cause Im bad to the bone
I am redeemed
Cause I got me a plan
Gonna reach out to the people
Who will make me the man
I don’t care
If its right or its wrong
No one else does now because
I been mistaken all along
Im on a roll
I don’t wanna hear no more
If youre gonna give me trouble
Youll be laid out on the floor
It’s a whole new gig
It’s a brand new yesterday
Cause I really know my biz
Okay ?

So Im telling you the story
Cause its really needin told
Gotta get it out before it gets old
And it will not be repeated
So you better listen well
Cause I gotta new agenda to sell

Don’t get me wrong
Im not in love with myself
I have put it all behind me
And its here on the shelf
But I am sure
If you listen to me
Theres a lotta information
That can help set you free
You gotta live
Cause you only live once
If you waste your life away
You are really a dunce
So look ahead
That is surely the way
Gotta keep a moving forward
and that’s all I will say

You should listen to my story
I assure you that its true
It can help to keep the demons from you
And you really shouldn’t worry
If you start to feeling down
If you try hard
You can turn your life around

So listen up
That’s the way that it be
I have been around a while
And you should take it from me
I gotta plan
And its gonna be okay
If you try to make an effort
Each and every day
Just don’t give up
Though it feels like a chore
Youll be much mo better off
That just doing the snore
That’s all I got
You can take it as truth
You can try to get a handle
Or keep wastin your youth

You should listen to my story
I assure you that its true
It can help to keep the demons from you
And you really shouldn’t worry
If you start to feeling down
If you try hard
You can turn your life around
10. The call
Prove to me that Ive been wrong
Been mistaken all along
All the signs that I have seen
Nothing but an awful dream
Human nature’s what it is
Lies and broken promises
So I choose to stand alone
Living life all on my own

Everybody’s in it for themselves
Hollow people living in their empty shells
I’ve been searching for someone like you
You’ve been searching for somebody like me too

Tell me truth or not at all
I’ve been waiting for the call
To escape the common life
Filled with endless pain and strife
Every day I struggle through
Tell me you don’t feel it too
Give me liberty or death
I’ll resist with every breath

It’s a rat race that we’re stuck inside
For our common needs we struggle to provide
I grow weary living life this way
I revolt against this feeling every day

Live a life devoid of dreams
Like not living so it seems
Need something to hold on to
Just existing will not do
How can I be satisfied ?
Time and time again I’ve tried
Normal life just isn’t me
Life’s not what it used to be

Everybody’s in it for themselves
Hollow people living in their empty shells
I’ve been searching for someone like you
You’ve been searching for somebody like me too
11. This is the life
give me a morning in April with sunshine
the flavor of spring in the air
girl with her eyes grey as clear Kansas skies
give me a reason to care
I wanna be eighteen forever
theres no reason to ever grow old
to revel in life
enjoying myself
until in the ground Im cold
until in the ground Im cold


no rhyme and no reason
no foolin around
living the life
of rockin and roll
its always the season
for making the sound
it really makes me whole
it really makes me whole

this is the life
I love whats become of me
This is the life
the fabric of fantasy

this is the life
the fabric of fantasy
this is the life
Im so happy cant you see
this is the life
I love whats become of me
this is the life
Im just who I want to be