Smilin' (Don't Let Me Stop)

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I loved B.o.B's track "Don't Let Me Fall". It spoke to me to the point that i wanted to channel the vibe to add that level of poignancy to this song, even before the music to back the lyrics up found me. At the point of writing this song, I felt like I was beginning to lose myself to my own struggles.

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Refrain
Don't let me stop
Don't let me don't let me don't let me let me stop
D-don't let me
Don't don't don't
Don't let me let me stop
Don't let me
Let let let let let me let me stop
D-don't let me stop

One two three four
One two three four
One two three four

I.
I'm barely able to make ends meet
Cuz even tho rent's cheap
Father time remains unfriendly
And sometimes downright condescending
I borrow at his mercy while he hounds for payment by next week
However don't let me stop smiling
It's all I have left when fear starts compiling
I recall childhood there was a time when
Overthinking was not how all my time spent
Now I think of when the vibes sent was vibrant
How did I screw up and ruin that process?
Thumbs down squarely on me
Just being honest
If winning is the topic that remains constant
It don't apply here, the concept is nonsense
Especially when the account balance reads 9 cents
Tears ducts in a drought no sense in crying

All in all don't let me stop smiling
Cuz if I lose that, why am I even trying?

Don't let me stop
Don't let me don't let me don't let me let me stop
D-don't let me
Don't don't don't
Don't let me let me stop
Don't let me
Let let let let let me let me stop
D-don't let me stop

Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro
Uno dos tres cuatro

II
He looks to me as the source of positivity
Without the gap tooth flashing, you couldn't picture me
The sweet saccharine zing of caramel drizzling
Makes sweat sizzle and keeps his thistles whistling
If romance is afforded I pray it never forfeits
Like one-eight-seven, do nothing but bring Kaution
If I ever stop smiling could be misfortune
So don't let it stop I am begging the sorceress
The Almighty One putting him in my path
Cosmic blessings feel close within my grasp
I'm bout to go in, Caesarean section
It is unknown what that'll give birth to
The season's vernal
The high is herbal
Standing at attention is that my Colonel?
Real communication is nonverbal
I'm jumping hurtles and the touch is internal
For some reason I can't stop smiling
Even if my heart my just get burgled

Gotta keep it jazzy, Ella Fitzgerald
Gotta keep that positivity eternal

Let's get it!

Don't let me stop
D-don't let me stop

Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü
Aba biama ürüa gadrü

Please! Don't let me stop smiling
Because I just don't have anything else to offer
It's just like that ancient proverb
Smile at the world, the world smiles back in concert
Past malefactors have attempted to kill my mood
Military impositions kept me filled with gloom
Social obligations tried to seal the tomb
Smiling was the main thing that helped heal the wounds
Three strikes against me
I always feel consumed
Gay Black HIV positive, who's feeling doomed?
But I'm claiming the power to make millions move
So I can't stop smiling but I'm a be real to you
Words still can bruise
Not much a pill can do
To cure the self-hate whenever you feel confused
It's the will to prove
Whatever you're willing to
One day at a time, let faith fill your room
Witnessed it firsthand, I used to chill with dude
On the verge of suicide, voice filled with blue
Endless rivers of tears but, resilience brewed
Even mourning his mother's death
Still the truth remained
Insecurities to be clearing through
He walked away from a past that held him back
People that kept him trapped
He just knelt and asked
For forgiveness and strength to make his health come back
Couldn't help but smile seeing how far he came
I won't stop till the angels call my name
Even then I'll keep smiling down, shining down
Hope these words guide you as much as your time allows

Yeah
hunkE....gimme blues
Gimme blues!
I need it
Executive Realness, you know how I do!

Don't let me...
Don't let me..
Don't let me...
Don't let me stop!

credits

from Executive Realness: Suite Independence, released November 11, 2013
Written By: Kenny “I.K.P.” Alvarez
Produced By: Marcus Hunke
Additional Arrangement By: Kenny “I.K.P.” Alvarez
Recorded At: Jamaica YMCA (Queens, NY)
Recorded By: Kenny "I.K.P." Alvarez
Mixed By: Kenny “I.K.P.” Alvarez and Swanny River
Mastered By: Swanny River
Mastered At: SRMG Factory (Brooklyn, NY)
Publishing: I.K.P. Affiliates Music (BMI)

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I.K.P. New York, New York

Born in East New York, BK...raised in Norfolk, VA. Veteran of the U.S. Marines. College Graduate with a Bachelor's in Music Business from Full Sail University. Single from upcoming album Ignoring the Known Protocol features the OutMusic Award-Nominated single "Let It B. Known". ... more

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