Ten Thousand Hours

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Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis (born March 25, 1988) is an American music producer, musician, video director, photographer, graphic designer and DJ currently based in Seattle. He is best known for his collaboration with American rapper Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) producing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- The VS. EP (2009… more »

Uh, I hope that God decides to talk through him
That the people decide to walk with him
 Regardless of Pitchfork cosigns I've jumped 
Make sure the soundman doesn't cock block the drums 
Let the snare knock the air right out of your lungs 
And those words be the oxygen 
Just breathe 
Hey man, regardless I'ma say it
Felt like I got signed the day that I got an agent 
Got an iTunes check, shit man I'm paying rent
 About damn time that I got out of my basement  About damn time I got around the country and I hit these stages
I was made to slay them
Ten thousand hours I'm so damn close I can taste it
On some Malcolm Gladwell, David Bowie meets Kanye shit
This is dedication 
A life lived for art is never a life wasted 
Ten thousand 

Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand ants
Ten thousand ants, they carry me
Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand ants
Ten thousand ants, they carry me

Now, now, now
This is my world, this is my arena 
The TV told me something different I didn't believe it
I stand here in front of you today all because of an idea
I could be who I wanted if I could see my potential 
And I know that one day I'ma be him
Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego
Everyone's greatest obstacle, I beat him, celebrate that achievement 
Got some attachments, some baggage I'm actually working on leaving 
See, I observed Escher, I love Basquiat 
I watched Keith Harring, you see I study art
The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint
The greats were great 'cause they paint a lot
I will not be a statistic, just let me be
No child left behind, that's the American scheme
I make my living off of words 
And do what I love for work
And got around 980 on my SATs
Take that system, what did you expect?
 Generation of kids choosing love over a desk
Put those hours in and look at what you get
 Nothing that you can hold, but everything that it is
Ten thousand 

Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand ants
Ten thousand ants, they carry me
Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand ants
Ten thousand ants, they carry me

Same shit, different day, same struggle 
Slow motion as time slips through my knuckles  Nothing beautiful about it, no light at the tunnel 
For the people that put the passion before them being comfortable
Raw, unmedicated heart no substitute  Banging on table tops, no subs to toot
I'm feeling better than ever man, what is up with you?
 Scraping my knuckles, I'm battling with some drug abuse 
I lost another friend, got another call from a sister 
And I speak for the people that share that struggle too
Like they got something bruised
My only rehabilitation was the sweat, tears and blood when up in the booth 

It's the part of the show where it all fades away
When the lights go to black and the band leaves the stage 
And you wanted an encore but there's no encore today
'Cause the moment is now, can't get it back from the grave 

Part of the show it all fades away
 Lights go to black band leaves the stage 
You wanted an encore but there's no encore today
'Cause the moment is now, can't get it back from the grave 

 Welcome to the Heist  Welcome to the Heist  Welcome to the Heist  Welcome to the Heist  Welcome to the Heist  Welcome to the Heist

Written by: BEN HAGGERTY, CHRIS MANSFIELD, RYAN LEWIS

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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