D​.​O​.​R​.​K.

by Alpha Riff

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The first mixtape from Alpha Riff. A collection of tracks about superheroes, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, religion versus science, and gamer girls. Listen to this bouncy, fun mix tape to brighten up your day.

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released 04 January 2013

Alpha Riff
Superhero Swag features Brie Crain

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Track Name: The Introduction
Skateboarding down at Washington Square
Wait, that's a Gambino song, not my life
First memories from the land of Japan
Anime, noodles, Voltron, three years old
The setup was kinda tight
Airforce brat, baby sis born out the U.S.
Had to leave when my mom's got a straight up disease
Didn't understand it, so we set foot in San Antoni
Oh for those who don't know, that is driest heat I have ever seen
Rewind it back

Let me take you back to the early 80s
I was just a baby, born in Biloxi, Mississippi
Don't remember much, Dad was an Air Force man
And my mom's was working on that multi-PHD plan
Fam bounced around for a bit: LA, Detroit, Minot, South Dakota
I think we hold the
Quota for number of trips without CO, Boulder
I'm serious, I think we got kinda delirious
Because soon we were overseas
And that's when most my memories
Start
Like the part where I got lost in an arcade
Seeing my first video games, robots, and other fantastic things
Just a kid in a candyland
Growing up in Japan
But like I said, we had to leave
To the deserts and the driest heat
It wasn't all bad
That's when I had my first real friend
Spent time collecting snakes, playing NES, getting in trouble and…
First real kiss, not something you can miss, but part 2 is coming quick

Skateboarding down at Washington Square
Wait, that's a Gambino song, not my life
First memories from the land of Japan
Anime, noodles, Voltron, three years old
The setup was kinda tight
Airforce brat, baby sis born out the U.S.
Had to leave when my mom's got a straight up disease
Didn't understand it, so we set foot in San Antoni
Oh to the I O coming next in the story
All right, part two

Moved to Cincinnati in the early 90s
Nerdy black kid with an NES and computer
Wearing that dork crown nicely
Sat at tables comparing the SNES and Genesis
There were Zelda maps, lots of master swords, and tons of brags about our conquests
Went to the comic shop on weekends
Grabbed the latest X-Men, maybe X-Factor but that depends
Just like a true geek, got the internet before all of my friends and
Sat in Nintendo chat rooms talking RPGs from Japan
Started writing novels, screenplays, developing games
Taught myself C++ before my high school offered the same
Got a partial paid scholarship
To Devry Technical Institute
Lasted about a year and a half
And depression gave me the boot
Well, Money down the drain, but what can I say lesson learned
Eventually paid off the student loans so no one got burned
Spent the next decade running around doing interesting things
Joined a band, made movies, and discovered my being

Skateboarding down at Washington Square
Wait, that's a Gambino song, not my life
First memories from the land of Japan
Anime, noodles, Voltron, three years old
The setup was kinda tight
Airforce brat, baby sis born out the U.S.
Had to leave when my mom's got a straight up disease
Didn't understand it, so we set foot in San Antoni
Oh where am I off to next? Not even I know.
Track Name: Superhero Swag featuring Brie Crain
Verse 1

Got that superhero swag back in the day
Hit my local comic shop Fair reads, fair play
Eye patch, black trench, got the stache on point
Ready to assemble blow the roof off this joint
Oh what's that, Avengers about to hit the deck well heck
Just call me Fury
If you ever cur-rious about the crew so bet
We shield the world from some heinous shit
World's greatest in this
Like the brother of a god, who puts shame to Zod
Oh shit, I might be crossing the streams
That's cool, makes no difference, Marvel/ DC
I know some people got that Batman disease
Vigilante justice acting mild mannered see
Famous utili-belt, sidekick bird themed
Parents bit it hard, he's letting off some steam
Good in the movies, best actor hay themed


Hook:

Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Justice League
A little X-Men thrown up your sleeve
What would it be like if we could be?
Sung: A Superhero.
Superhero swag, superhero swag, c'mon

Verse 2

As kid, Man of Steel was abandoned
Draws strength from the sun
Luthor can't stand it
Got some diabolic plans
Red cape won't have it
Seemed the only way to stop him
Is a creature from his planet
Doesn't matter, in the end he gets a rebirth
Come back again, get the girl, save planet Earth
Saying goes great power has responsibility
And all that power in a man named Spidey
Web-slinging with the best of the best
Got a love for MJ, don't need a THC test
Guy's a photog, seems pretty narcissistic
Takes photos of himself, publish in the Gazette
My bad, that's the Bugle
Lemme write you a check
For the times, Pete Park straight published some pics
Guy never really liking his suit
Red, blue, black, white, it's still cool
Symbiote on his back, let venom through
Track Name: Dice Roll Your Heart
Yo, even nerds need love. But we do it in a special kind of way: dice and cards, baby.
Now, you might call us corny, but you're going to like my saving throws.
I got the best campaigns. Let me show you.

Verse 1:

I got dice for days and the cards to play any master coming my way
Magic I'm gathering they call me the man D&D DM campaign plan
Any combination of dice you need, come prepared twenty, 13, six up my sleeve
Go ahead and pull out your character sheet, sit back, relax, and let me spin a story
We got Birthright, Blackmoor, Castlemourn, Exodus, Kara-Tur, Eberron
Take your pick for a setting, I come equipped, handle rogues, dwarves, wizards without a script
I ain't strictly steampunk or fantasy based, I like a little sci-fi when it's interlaced
Whatever leads to the tavern with you, roll these dice, spend a night or two.
You have the Dragonlance to my heart, a Council of Wyrms couldn't keep us apart. In the world of Faerun, they Neverwinter Nighted me;
Don't care about that will you spend the night with me?
I know I'm being a tad bit forward, you just joined as a human sorceror
Cause I left all the saving throws for you, I guess that's why I'm getting the eye from my crew

Pre-Chorus:

Dice roll me…
Dice roll me with your heart…

Chorus:

It's like a +3 enchant of the heart
Nothing you do can tear me away from you
Baby, we're here from beginning to end
Take my hand, start this campaign again
I can take us anywhere we want to go
(Launch your magic missiles)
T ake the dice and give them a roll
(Into my heart)
Me and you facing hordes and mobs
Double teaming, doing a helluva job
With our love we can't be stopped
On the charts, we're always on top

Verse 2:

Now what they told me was that this was Arabian
Nights like a story, Legends in The Dark
Going back to the Homelands
Swamps to plains, like Mirages
Not much to gain
You're the queen, I play the king
That's our thing, insta-spell tapping
Sorcery, I guess that's the key
Abilities, a little planes walking
Might be hexproof, read the reminder text, boo
You know me, artifacts in the mix
So much mana got that Black Lotus fix
I could sit here and talk sets for days
But let's be honest you were already amazed
My starter came with a TimeWalk or two
So I'll use them to go back in time for you, c'mon
Track Name: Class Act
Hah, baby boo. You're a class act, you know that? That's why this one's for you.

What's up gamer girl, frag and brag tatted on that arm for real
Gamer score on a six digit record pace
Adding accolades to that gaming space
Shit talking dweebs think all they face is
A newbie sitting in their tweens when they really facing the queen
Rage-a-holic when you wanna, got a chance to pull a stunna
Crushing skulls like a premium gunna (Shit)
You made the Locus your bitch
Like a cure for the itch of zombies or head crabs trying to leave you for dead
On an island, it's like a postcard motherfucker, he screamed from the balcony
Shared over rum and teas and comic movies and stumbling things
Nose ring, blondy, barely five foot three, wearing skater tees
And in that moment we see eye to eye, gotta go co-oping all night
And Covenant stand no chance when we're on that high
A little reaching for the sky, plasma fire goes by
And you're my gamer girl
What a night
What a night

A class act, look at how well you stack
Can't nobody touch you
When we're back to back
Back to back
Back to back
You and me, gamer girl
You and me, gamer girl

A class act, look at how well you stack
Can't nobody touch you
When we're back to back
Back to back
Back to back
You're a class act
You're a class act

I mean this is about those long nights of gaming, you know, when we're sitting there just sharing a moment. I wouldn't want anyone else slaying these fools with me. That's real.

Doesn't matter the game, just pick up and play
Grab controllers from new to old
It ain't bold if you know what you're doing, ain't busy fooling
Too busy schooling, cooling fools who don't know what they're doing
Sitting in their drool and stool-ing
It's like a heart attack watching you do your business
Ain't no damsel in distress, keep pace with everyone else
Out doing half these dumbwit dipshits on the internet
Yet somehow barely garnering half the respect
I would trust you with my life no matter the situation
Pitter patter in my chest is the latest sensation
And you can trust me no matter the campaign
I'll take the aim, be your back up man, be your wings again so you can achieve gain and believe again

A class act, look at how well you stack
Can't nobody touch you
When we're back to back
Back to back
Back to back
You and me, gamer girl
You and me, gamer girl

A class act, look at how well you stack
Can't nobody touch you
When we're back to back
Back to back
Back to back
You're a class act
You're a class act
Track Name: The Holy
You sit here arguing about science, race, creed
Need to take a step back and ask why give a fuck what I believe?
Got a spouse, friends, kids, everything else you need
Yet you spending all your time worried about me
Or the shit someone half a world away says
It's like you got all this time covering the bases
But let's face it
You're confused, insecure, pointedly baseless and fucking tasteless

(Let's spin it)

Wicca taught me a love of the planet
Take care of the temple and you'll find your plan in it
Christianity showed the noblest sacrifice
For a man carried his death to give his own life
I might not believe he's the son of a God
But that don't mean I can't give my man J a nod
Or take the lessons that he laid out for everyone
Some of y'all would do good to go back and read up on em.
Atheism taught me I should question everything
For without these million questions I won't know anything
Buddha taught me honestly nirvana's the self
Find peace and contentment cause that's all that really sells
I don't need a thousand trappings telling me who I should be
I can look in my heart and find me staring at me
At the end of the day, that is all that really matters
If you got a fucking problem, I suggest you just scatter

I don't know who you are, but I'm so glad you exist
Cause without you, there's no reason for me to be here
I touched down on this planet as a thought, an idea
What if people were honest and no longer cared
Took the individual, embraced them as one
Were no longer alone, connected solar suns
Like Martin Luth with that infinite dream
It's a real thing

(Let's spin it)

Wicca taught me a love of the planet
Take care of the temple and you'll find your plan in it
Christianity showed the noblest sacrifice
For a man carried his death to give his own life
I might not believe he's the son of a God
But that don't mean I can't give my man J a nod
Or take the lessons that he laid out for everyone
Some of y'all would do good to go back and read up on em.
Atheism taught me I should question everything
For without these million questions I won't know anything
Buddha taught me honestly nirvana's the self
Find peace and contentment cause that's all that really sells
I don't need a thousand trappings telling me who I should be
I can look in my heart and find me staring at me
At the end of the day, that is all that really matters
If you got a fucking problem, I suggest you just scatter

(Let's spin it)

Wicca taught me a love of the planet
Take care of the temple and you'll find your plan in it
Christianity showed the noblest sacrifice
For a man carried his death to give his own life
I may not believe he's the son of a God
But that don't mean I can't give my man J a nod
Or take the lessons that he laid out for everyone
Some of y'all would do good to go back and read up on em.
Track Name: Echoes
Yo. So, everybody has a story to tell. (Ok)
This is mine. (All right then)
Here we go.

A man who knows sacrifice feels the price of his own life
For everything he touches will be golden, beholden to the moment that he owns it
But what happens when the gavel falls
And he falls to his knees in that gravel crawl
Doing battle with hidden demons, dog
Left paralyzed, alone, and in a fog
One moment lost
In the cemetery where his father was buried
Happy life and childhood but always unmarried
Told him once "Don't worry about these evils
They're only people"
They can't destroy the steeple of your mind, your body, and your soul
Where you go when you're cold and alone
Let the emotion flow (don't be scared)
And for a minute, he believed he could really, really win it
An impossible task for a man who can't see it
The it being the failure to proceed or succeed depending on the deed
But all he needs is just one hand, one friend, a belief in the end
Shit, he needs you.
And what do you get? All of this? All of this. It surrounds us.
Carl Sagan pointed out pale blue dots and all you need is to feel like you're not worthless
You're worth this with every single breath that you take, beat of your heart, where do we start
At the beginning, everybody knows where you end, but until then you can shine again and again
Canis Major is a billion light year dream
Floating in space chilling on that cosmic stream
A blackhole spinning, pulsar grinning, white dwarf getting, hyper nova with a bit of a condition
But just cause we're small to it's gigantic proportions we're still as important in the universe's story
This is what he learned as he faded from glory
A footnote in history now everybody's sorry
A blip in the play that life puts on page, maybe not center stage but needed all the same
A thread in that curtain that weaves us all in frame, each one of us represents the same thing
That each of us is bigger than our baser selves can be
And none of us should feel we're alone at sea
Because we're all swimming in that same inky ocean
Though some of us seem to have found that magic potion
Yet when that time comes, and it will
We'll never be alone, better still
We'll be wrapped up like warm, soft blankets in each other
To fade away and experience one another
It's not sad, it's just the cycle
It's not bad, it's just my life, though
And those are the echoes