NERD Redux

by Alpha Riff

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NERD Redux is a remaster and rerecording of select tracks from the first three Alpha Riff releases: D. O. R. K.; G. E. E. K.; and N. E. R. D. In NERD Redux, some of the original endings to songs are left in, some have been re-recorded, but all have been cleaned up so that the quality meets the same standards set by later releases such as Digital Champions: Migdal Bavel.

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released 30 June 2015

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Alpha Riff New Orleans, Louisiana

Hip-hop artist with a penchant for waxing philosophically about video games, dungeons and dragons, love, and the universe.

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Track Name: We Are The Heroes feat. TheFifthSister
Intro:
Heroes, that's what we are
Every single one of us
Never doubt yourself
Here we go

Chorus:
Mario, Link, Fox, Luigi
MLK Jr, Malcolm X, Dali, Ghandi (Heroes, Heroes)
Each different in their own way but share a commonality
They're all heroes with different things to teach
Face the same obstacles: oppression, slavery, hatred
They broke through, so it means you can do more than preach (Heroes, Heroes)
Take down the barriers, take a stand against the tyranny
They call us zeroes but inside's a hero breaking free
Alpha: We are the Heroes, yeah, we are the heroes, that's us
Singing: This is the call of the heroes
Come on now

Verse 1:
As a kid, I was told I was worthless
Not by family, friends but society at large
Everything I did didn't have a greater purpose
What contribution would I ever give the world?
Well, uh, Link gave me perseverance
Never give up no matter how it seem
Everything has a combo and a weak spot
Just be the one to find it and exploit everything
Whether it's math, science, the latest dungeon
There's no way I'm running, no way I'm not gunning
For the top and along the way stop and help up
The ones who fell on their missions cause we're all heroes in our own small ways
Every single day we determine the plays
On a cosmic scale we don't change everything
But in that nano state we're always setting the pace (Yes we are)
There were men who had dreams, million man marched to undo the seams
Of society that didn't want them in it, a foundation that exists because they had built it
You think I will fail in anything I do especially when I've got examples like this to look to?
Come on now, it's obvious as hell you're trippin' take look at my catalog and failin' ain't never been an option

Chorus:
Mario, Link, Fox, Luigi
MLK Jr, Malcolm X, Dali, Ghandi (Heroes, Heroes)
Each different in their own way but share a commonality
They're all heroes with different things to teach
Face the same obstacles: oppression, slavery, hatred
They broke through, so it means you can do more than preach (Heroes, Heroes)
Take down the barriers, take a stand against the tyranny
They call us zeroes but inside's a hero breaking free
Alpha: We are the Heroes, yeah, we are the heroes, that's us
Singing: This is the call of the heroes
Come on now

Verse 2:
Well if a simple plumber can do it, make it his business and get straight through it
Then let me grab my overalls, hammer and nails and build homes for y'all
Do it for the greater good, for those who have nothing at all
Wear the mantle of the hero, stand up and stand tall
Strongest measure of a man is belief he will not fall
Coming to this conclusion with the past that won't appall, pause
Whether you're talking about sit ins
Fasting for days so the oppressors won't win
Pushed out of your country for nefarious ends
Or won't get out of your seat on that bus where you were sitting
You are a hero
Remember this line all of the time and the things that he wrote
When the obstacles seem impossible or insurmountable
When you have nothing left to give and they aren't accountable
Pull that inner strength to the forefront
Wear it like a shield with the master sword
This moment's is what you've been fighting for
And when you look back you'll be glad you faced that and overcame all of it
Decided not to call it quits
It's born in all of us, take it out, wear it proud, and say it aloud
Resolve to end the world's woes just to show that you know
You created it, gave it merit, and were the hero we needed

Chorus:
Mario, Link, Fox, Luigi
MLK Jr, Malcolm X, Dali, Ghandi (Heroes, Heroes)
Each different in their own way but share a commonality
They're all heroes with different things to teach
Face the same obstacles: oppression, slavery, hatred
They broke through, so it means you can do more than preach (Heroes, Heroes)
Take down the barriers, take a stand against the tyranny
They call us zeroes but inside's a hero breaking free
Alpha: We are the Heroes, yeah, we are the heroes, that's us
Singing: This is the call of the heroes
Come on now
Track Name: Love is an Achilles Heel
If I were given superpowers
I would want the power to rewind
Bend time backwards, take it back to early life
Undo all of my wrongs
Just stops me in my tracks, far gone
(Did you even learn from these lessons?)
(Yeah, I did)
Give myself a few do overs
To cover the the lack of closure
Show you that I understand
And am in your corner forever and always, once again
I'll step up from a boy to a man
Act the way someone does when they say they're your best friend

So look, c'mon let's be honest
It's obvious, I wouldn't have started
(The passion)
The way this trip came about
(The blood)
Was cause you were roundabout
Most important
Series of events to restart, rebirth
This man's dwindling life, dwindling worth
Something had to die for a greater chance at Earth
And rest in peace, cast off heavy bonds chaining me
Cause I'll embrace these arms uplifting me
Remember the source of your happiness
Don't take it for granted, for lack of bliss
Can ruin community and unintentionally
Push the people you love the most
Away for good, as simple as it seems
You were my early muse
You may never have had a clue
That I would come this far
And in the process have done so much harm
(Shit, I'm sorry)

If I were given superpowers
I would want the power to rewind
Bend time backwards, take it back to early life
Undo all of my wrongs
Just stops me in my tracks, far gone
(Did you even learn from these lessons?)
(Yeah, I did)
Give myself a few do overs
To cover the the lack of closure
Show you that I understand
And am in your corner forever and always, once again
I'll step up from a boy to a man
Act the way someone does when they say they're your best friend

This is a passive-aggressive state
Indirectly affecting emotions across this tile hardened slate
The directness of this slightness was never made
To say that worth was measured between placing my heart on tape
Or where you stand in its place
The results of all of this could blow up in my face
And when the towers come crumbling down who will catch my fall from grace?
It's you, but more
I implore you to listen
Forgive me for missing
The words that were said to me in those vulnerable moments
Atoning for ignoring stresses for glorified fulfillments
Egocentric
Narcissistic
Letting it go to my head
Without people like you in my life
I'm honestly better off dead

If I were given superpowers
I would want the power to rewind
Bend time backwards, take it back to early life
Undo all of my wrongs
Just stops me in my tracks, far gone
(Did you even learn from these lessons?)
(Yeah, I did)
Give myself a few do overs
To cover the the lack of closure
Show you that I understand
And am in your corner forever and always, once again
I'll step up from a boy to a man
Act the way someone does when they say they're your best friend

Now, on verse three
I won't plead or explain my misdeeds
The fault is all mine for what happened between
Hope is all I have for acknowledging things
My achilles heel is holding these feelings
To close to the vest like I couldn't stand dealing
When reality is better than fiction
In every decision and not to mention
Love's an affliction, carve it out
But I'm passed all of that
I just want my friend back
There are no similes or methapors
I pepper this song for
Cutting to the chase
Is where I'm at
Foundation basics
Cut out the sick and twisted
Mix it, dismiss it, delisted
Get a grip, fix it

Life is the cruelest of all jokes
But it's a joke worth laughing at with the best friend anyone could have
And tonight, I'm going to think about that.

If I were given superpowers
I would want the power to rewind
Bend time backwards, take it back to early life
Undo all of my wrongs
Just stops me in my tracks, far gone
(Did you even learn from these lessons?)
(Yeah, I did)
Give myself a few do overs
To cover the the lack of closure
Show you that I understand
And am in your corner forever and always, once again
I'll step up from a boy to a man
Act the way someone does when they say they're your best friend
Track Name: Infinite Star
Pre-Verse:
Little boy, wide eyed, staring with the telescope his granddad gave to the sky
Well, twilight, through the dust and constellations someone stares back through the night

Verse 1:
We are amazing, we know no limits
And with a thought and a plan we achieve them in minutes
A birth to rebirth of his purpose and worth, that boy became a man
Touch down on Earth, know mirth, smell surf, gave birth
To possible impossibilities that ignite the seas

Hook:
The stars align in his eyes cause he's got his gazed locked firmly on that prize
Hold eternity in the palm of his hand like a great big neutron bomb, that's the plan
(Big Bang) to create his reality
(Big Bang) to restore the Earth and sea
(Big Bang) If you could see what he can see
Let the ether of his dreams wash over, let him be

Pre-Verse:
Little boy, wide eyed in the field
Staring up at the sky

Verse 2:
Lights in the sky, he's infinite in his battle lines
Matter's never destroyed, it just changes forms
Unless it's matter of fact, chance, or designs
Stemming from the failure to gather evidence
Stagger the behemoth in the way of your brilliance
There's a solitary moment in the wake of life
But stare into the sky and the stars are alive
Infinite and blinding, ride the lightning
Fear is tightening, but let it breathe from you
The hunter consumes you, the universe is you
A birth to rebirth of your purpose and worth, you became you
Touch down on Earth, know mirth, smell surf, gave birth
To possible impossibilities that ignite the seas

Hook:
The stars align in his eyes cause he's got his gazed locked firmly on that prize
Hold eternity in the palm of his hand like a great big neutron bomb, that's the plan
(Big Bang) to create his reality
(Big Bang) to restore the Earth and sea
(Big Bang) If you could see what he can see
Let the ether of his dreams wash over, let him be

Bridge:
We are the infinite stars
We are the infinite stars
We are infinite
We are infinite
We are infinite
A birth to rebirth of our purpose and worth, we became us
Touch down on Earth, know mirth, smell surf, gave birth
To possible impossibilities we ignite the seas

Hook:
The stars align in his eyes cause he's got his gazed locked firmly on that prize
Hold eternity in the palm of his hand like a great big neutron bomb, that's the plan
(Big Bang) to create his reality
(Big Bang) to restore the Earth and sea
(Big Bang) If you could see what he can see
Let the ether of his dreams wash over, let him be
Track Name: Lift Off
Lift off
We're headed for the stars (the stars)
Lift off
Apollo, Earth to Venus, Mars (and Mars)
Lift off
Spin a galaxy around your heart (your heart)
Lift off
In the end, we'll never be apart

Lift off cause we're what the world needs
Alive, ready, willing to breath
Unsheathed from past obligations
Move on from dark temptations, summations
Speed through the solar system
And trust 'em (but why?)
They won't lead you astray
One hundred thousand light years away
In the bulge of Sagitarrius A
Radio sources pervade, are made, and bade
Us to watch the skies, don't watch the throne
It's time for us to leave our home
Go boldly beyond this safety zone
Connected to the cosmos through atoms and isotones
Or isotopes, discover where we come from
Galaxies in the shape of fruits, pears, and plums
Cells made from stuff that gave them form um
Seems to make us a much better sum
Of parts than what we were individually
We lift off as one great big family
It's amazing what clear eyes and hearts, well, they can see
The universe holds much mystery
Nebulas awaiting discovery
Blackholes that defy category
Stars that nova prematurely
And we'll lift off surely
Track Name: Misconceptions
Intro:
See, this song isn't about a single person…
It's not even about a group of people…
It's about how I approach the world.
How I envision myself.
And then how the world approaches me.
So take it for what it is.
Here we go.

Verse:
Traveling down the darkest path I've ever known
A stone's throw from the land of dead
Listening to your words and the beat of my soul
I'm welcomed to the breaking heart of a classic 808 track head (Kanye)
Cracked chest open, fear binding me to the streets
My feet are heavy and the knives keep on poking me
There's a throb to the throb to the throb
And someone wants to cut my heart from its loft
Fuck
Who am I to put up a fight, conspire to inspire on those lonely nights
When you didn't feel like you could make it and I sat and told you why you were worth it (you are)
Because you were and still are, it's just that you found it with missing parts
Like a robot locating its hard drive and the reason why it wants to be alive

Chorus:
In the storm of misconceptions
We're losing all of our convictions
Lying and fucking and fighting
For a piece of what we think we're owed
Lamed out in the worst possible way
Stood you up on your fucking birthday
Wouldn't address our underlying issues
And now we're breaking apart at the seams

Bridge:
Well, if part one was yo u, then I guess part two is me (shit)
Fuck, here we go

Verse:
They tell me that I'm being walked on, the most altruistic of them all
Used, abused, destroyed by the acts of trust that I lobby all the time
But I was told that if you give your heart, then you'll find the world holds no walls
You can go and be anything you want to be, achieve all your dreams, all in your prime
Stand up for yourself, she said, and don't let them take you from me
But it's easier said than done when even those who are close always seem so far

Outro:
So I guess this is the part where I'm supposed to tell you that I learned something
That I'm jaded now
That I'm going to walk away from all of this
I can't
I love you guys too much.
So I'll let this happen again and again… for you.
That's what love is.
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
Track Name: The Return of the Glass Heart
Intro:
(Wind)(Walking)(Heavy breathing)
There it is. Just like he said. I think this is a bad idea. I think this was a really bad idea.

I stand at the rim of his cave
Enslaved, powerless, but brave
Facing the beast all alone
With only a staff and some stones
To recover what I own
The glass heart that he stole

Chorus:
It's solitary
This battle that I carry
When it reaches into your chest
And plucks your life from its nest
I couldn't ask anyone to help me
Divin' deep into places the sun doesn't reach
Empathic, no fighting skill, a shattered will
And there he stands, flaming nostrils
Red eyes and solid armor
A chanced dishonor
Just to take him I would have to be smarter
But I'm healer, impossible to be a killer
And in just a moment I'll feel
My life bleed as I drop to my knees in defeat

Amanda: You're not alone. We'll face it for you. You be our healer and we'll be your steel.
Brie: Because you've healed our hearts, it's only right that we get yours back for you.

Verse 1:
I look up at a shining warrior
Clad in the finest armors
A friend, a champion, mother
Sister, and then
In a semi-circle around me are the rest of them:
wizards, paladins, rogues, bards, druids, on a whim
And they move before me to face the beast within
To do battle so that I will win
A man weak willed, big heart taken from him
A Kinman stood before me as they began and said
I'll be the last line of defense, he won't get past this
And then the warrior A Miller
She, the Black Knight, and Willis (It's mighty Willis tanking time) took turns with each strike
Attacking exposed flesh and blood types
That Ash Bomb and Roxie had pried from tight scale lights
And for each swipe, I healed, took all pain in sight (I'll always be here for you)
I stand here, beaten, battered but not alone
It may be my heart, but look around, they've shown
That these warriors, regardless of the make up
Would do anything to protect including the very take up

Chorus:
It's solitary (Taunt it away from Alpha)
This battle that I carry
When it reaches into your chest
And plucks your life from its nest
I couldn't ask anyone to help me (Yo, stand back, Alph. I got this)
Divin' deep into places the sun doesn't reach
Empathic, no fighting skill, a shattered will

Verse 2:
And then the wizards, Mr M, Merlin, B Up
Conjure flames of distraction, a magnificent three up
The Bubbly, LD Neaves, and Alex from Chi-city
Dole out potions to protect, rejuvenate, keep it roasting, looking pretty
But where we would be if not for the inspiring
Sounds of the bards Shar-Shar and the lovely BNC
B Ward and J Dal, lifting spirits, keep standing tall
As long as I'm healing, draw the pain in, I won't let you fall
Not at all
That's when she appeared and came near
Out of the darkness, clothed in white, up to my ear
And with a soft voice, this is what she said
You don't have to do this alone until you're dead
I'll split the pain with you
We can heal together, too
Share misery, break through it, make everybody happy, happy, happy
(We're gonna take the bastard down! For Alpha!)

Bridge:
In the final moments of the battle
Andre and D Neaves expose the dragon's weak knees
And as one, the warriors fell upon it
And slew the beast together, restoring my honor

Chorus:
It's solitary
This battle that I carry
When it reaches into your chest
And plucks your life from its nest
I couldn't ask anyone to help me
Divin' deep into places the sun doesn't reach
Empathic, no fighting skill, a shattered will

Outro:
The beast is dead and I walk forward
I retrieve my glass heart off its pedestal
Open my chest and place it back where it belongs
And when I turn around, they all smile at me, nod, and disappear

Yo, this may have been a fabrication of the truth
But everybody mentioned has stuck with me through and through
They've protected my glass heart with everything that they knew
And I love and respect them with everything that I do
So I hope that one day in the future I can love myself as much say you guys love me
Because you're everything… I mean that
Track Name: I Am Home
I am… home…
I am… home…

The life support beeps, beeps, beeps
To the sound of my sleep, sleep, sleep
And the dreams of yesterday and yesteryear
A hundred different memories swirl my dear
And they gather round like moths to a flame
Holding hands, looking on in pain
But I hold it no more

And I am home
The sweet smell of mom's cooking
And I am home
Dad working in the garage on something
And I am home
Brother and sister and their incessant teasing
But I wouldn't have it any other way
I love them. I love my family

There are tubes and there are rules
And moments that may confuse what we have to do
And even if you can't see or know that I know you're with me
Hold your soul close, the deed is a test of humanity
Failing faster than a dying star
And the first thing that will give out is my heart
Not from love or the need to hold you close
Or know you most or holy ghost
Please don't abandon your post
Let's raise a toast to the life and times of this man
And the simplicity I had planned
And mom, remember, that one time at dinner
When I put the mashed potatoes all over my sister
Or dad that time in the shed when I went for the nail head
But managed to get your hand instead
I do

And I am home
That summer we went to the beach, do you remember?
And I am home
When mom came to school to substitute teach, that was nice
And I am home
And everything you've ever said
You were always there, always in my corner, always cared
Against angels, you will always compare

Regret is a word best left unsaid
We can't unwind and untread the paths that led
To this moment, the broken glass, the metal, the rubble
The rebel and black sheep whispers his last peep
For we are who are we are
A single star in the sky
I didn't mean to lie
I should have been by your side
Now it's my side that you're by
To you, mom, be forever beautiful
Like when I watched you brush your hair and truthfully
Dad is a lucky man for you could have had any that you wanted, any you planned
And dad, I won't leave you out in this
Because those times we fished in lake peacefulness
Were some of the best I could have ever wished
For my brother and my sister… you know...

And I float away to the sky
In a moment that is mine
Borne on that breath that gave life to us
And return to the great essence that comforts us
I'll wait for you…