Born To Die

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Born To Die

Born To Die
by Kid Kikit (Taurus M. James)
Poetry Rap Spoken Word

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Genre(s):Hip-Hop, Gospel Rap

Mood(s): Cinematic, Dramatic, Reflective, Sad, Romantic, Impassioned

Tempo: Slow 84 BPM

Other Tags: piano, Gospel Rap

I wrote the lyrics for this track in the Fall of 1994 when I was going through some hard times. It wasn't until 2001 that I was able to lay my own track to make the song complete. Now, I can say this song is completely mine. ITNOJ

I wrote the lyrics to this song during a time when I was severely depressed and suicidal. The story I tell is about how I observed my life at the age of 23 years old. It's ironic how at 23 I felt like I knew my whole life would end up in disappointment, pain, sadness and emptiness.

1994 was a tragic year for me - a year when I considered life to be too much to handle. In the darkness of my "abyss" I penned the words to this song. Even then, I knew the concept of the final song and that I would have to do all of the components - performing, production, arrangement, engineering, and distribution - before the song would be complete.

I would listen to my home-made demo of my lyrical performance done over various instrumentals. Over time, I wondered if it would become my "self-fulfilling prophecy" of sorts. Now I know it is a song that captures the turning point of my life with all of what I was thinking and feeling.

"This is the story of my life before knowing Jesus Christ/
This is how I saw things (We're All Born To Die)/
But I'm so glad that right now I know I was born to LIVE and not just die/
Thank you Lord for Your mercy and showing me LOVE/
'In The Name Of Jesus' is how we do it"

In the original lyrics, I used the "Riddle of the Sphinx" at the beginning as the basic framework in order to shape this story as more of a human tragedy. The Sphinx in Greek mythology was a unique demon of destruction and bad luck and would ask all passersby history's most famous riddle: "Which creature in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?" She strangled anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle: man � he crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age.

This track contains language, which may be considered offensive to some listeners. More specifically, I use the words "Hell" and "Damned" in a manner to express my thoughts.

vs 1 - "What in the Hell do we rejoice for?/"
With all of the apparent doom and gloom that surrounds this child in this life, it seems like it is "Hell on Earth."

vs 3 - "Damned, he looked around and there ain't no on he can turn to/"
In this context, I use the word "Damned" to mean "Condemned" in the literal sense.


A baby is born into a tragic situation/
No nation to call his own/
Nothin' but trouble's all he will be facin'/
But family and friends/
Have nothin' but smiles and grins/
But this little baby doesn't know the kind of mess he's in/
All he knows is what he sees/
He can't comprehend/
His birth as the beginning/
His death as the end/
Of a journey/
Far from peaceful/
With different people/
Tryin' to stomp him out/
Because they don't feel he is equal/
Plus the fact he is a Black male/
Which gives him more than a 50/50 chance of endin' up in jail/
So what in the hell do we rejoice for/
Because this life don't get no easier/
It intensifies as it goes..."bye"/
So why ask "Why?" when someone dies/
And why do so many people cry/
It's all because they fail to realize/
We're all Born To Die/
We all gotta die.

Time passed/
He dodged the blasts that took his homies out/
Still mad/
Over a father/
He never even knew about/
He's 23/
You better believe he's had the time to see/
Just how difficult the stresses of this life can be/
No longer considered "cute"/
He's just a "brute"/
Just a Black man/
Out tryin'/
To get some honest loot/
Wearin' suits and ties/
And always tries/
His best/
To make it day by day/
Minimizin' all the stress/
He contemplates death/
Because he feels there's nothing left/
But his woman/
Always urges him to keep on takin' steps/
But he forgets/
And in his mind/
He starts to digress/
Only sees the negative/
Completely blind to all the progress/
He's made/
Taming the rage/
Inside of him is all he knows/
He doesn't seem to have much farther/
Before he loses all control/
He folds and cries/
But then he stops/
Because he realized/
We're all Born To Die/
We all gotta die.

An "old" man of 65/
It's a wonder that he's still alive/
Left with broken promises/
The pain he tries to hide/
His bride/
Of 40 years/
Passed away and left him lonely/
"Thanatos" was working overtime/
And also took his homies/
The past is all he has/
He's havin' trouble keepin' that/
His vision is all but gone/
His body barely can react/
In fact/
His "third leg" is now a cane out of his homeland/
It's funny/
When he was young/
He couldn't wait to be a grown man/
He looks around and there ain't no one he can turn to/
No love inside of him/
Because the hatred all but burned through/
His heart/
It's cold as ice/
Still tryin' to give him life/
But the closer he gets to Death/
It's lookin' kinda nice/
He thought twice/
About havin' kids/
He thinks his choice was wise/
Looks back and sees/
That he was never fully satisfied/
Death comes/
The old man greets Him with a sigh/
No tears drop his eyes/
Because he realized/
We're all Born To Die!

Lyrics, copyright � 1994 Taurus M. James. All Rights Reserved.


vocal, instrumental, remix, a capella, minimal, sample flip

MUSIC Use Suggestions

exercise, fitness, running, dancing, party, background, commercial, advertisement, ads, road trip


94bpm (Medium 81bpm - 110bpm)

MUSIC Themes

world, international, wild west, nature, horror, relation, shopping, fashion, party, sports, 1920s, american history, tropical, kids, sci-fi, technology, 1960s, biker, punks, high class, , religious, holidays, farm, rural, fantasy, movies, christmas, entertainment, showbix, 1950s, places, 1970s, education, action, mystery, crime, las vegas, 1980s, martial arts, runnung, fitness, driving, road trips


abstract, repetitive, robotic, mechanical, scientific, futuristic, sparse, atmospheric, ambient, dreamy, elegant, graceful, ethereal, heavenly, hypnotic, lush, magical, panoramic, pastoral, shimmering, swirling, trippy, builds, grows, busy, catchy, dramatic, adventurous, angry, dangerous, dark, eerie, haunting, evil, sinister, fearful, mean, tough, mysterious, ominous, paranoid, scary, stealthy, strange, weird, suspenseful, uneasy, earthy, organic, emotional, anticipation, anxious, childlike, demure, disappointed, heartwarming, introspective, lonely, nostalgic, reflective, poignant, sentimental, thoughtful, energetic, aggressive, driving, lively, hi-energy, rowdy, urgent, wild, frantic, erotic, naughty, raunchy, sexy, fun, comical, humorous, drunken, whimsical, insistent, Positive, optimistic, bright, carefree, happy, joyful, inspirational, uplifting, satisfied, contented, upbeat, punchy, quirky, relaxed, laid back, lazy, peaceful, calm, romantic, passionate, sensual, tender, sad, depressing, melanchoiy, melodramatic, strong, anthemic, bold, confident, determined, epic, majestic, noble, dignified, patriotic, powerful, sophisticated, victorious


brass, bugle, french horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba, horn section, big bamd, brass band, drumline, marching band, rock band, symphonic band, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, world guitar, lute, dulcimer, keyboard, harpsichord, organ, piano, orchestra, hits, stabs, reeds, woods, wooswinds, accordion, bassoon, clarinet, english horn, flute, oboe, piccolo, recorder, saxophone, badpipes, didgeridoo, duduk, strings, cello, celtic harp, fiddle, harp, pissicato, viola, violin, upright bass, string section, synth, synthisizer, vocal, a capella, beat box, chikd, chanting, choir, gregorian chant, opera, scat, male, female, vocoder, whispering

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Lovers Soul


This is Moody instruMental Music from the Heartwashed collection. Heartwashed is also known as Heartwashed: Exodus to Genesis. This collection of Moody instruMental Music contains my attempts at making avant-garde music. (That sounds cool - avant-garde...oooooh.) Avant-garde is defined as:

"new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them."

Hey, I'm just making music as it comes to me. This stuff tends to be more "in-your-face" and rough, but the emotions are heavy and a bit raw. The instruments attack hard, but the music allows the feelings to run deep. I think I have some good mood changes in this collection.

About my notes: It's always funny writing out notes to myself about this Moody instruMental Music that I make. It's even funnier when I read what I write years later. These notes aren't meant to make a whole lot of sense. I'm just trying to capture something about the music at the time that I create it.

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End Of Innocence

"End Of Innocence" experimental piano cover music - Moody instruMental Music by Taurus M. James 

End Of Innocence is an experimental piano cover

This is another piano beat,

Made for Dreamer Moody instruMental Music Collection

Dreamer | Piano Music | Moody instruMental Music

My remake of the Don Henley track featuring Bruce Hornsby.

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How We Do It

Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Gospel Rap

Mood(s): Aggressive/Driving, Angry, Impassioned, Intense, Urgent

Tempo: Mid-Tempo 96 BPM

Other Tags: Piano, Strings, Horns (Trumpets), listen, workout

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Just Been Schooled

Genre(s):Gospel Rap

Mood(s): Cinematic, Dramatic, Aggressive, Angry, Romantic, Urgent/Impassioned, Intense/Foreboding

Tempo: Mid-Tempo 92 BPM

Other Tags: piano, Gospel Rap, listen

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Jesus Christ 4 Life

This is an old one, but I still like it. It's me rappin' over P. Diddy's "Bad Boy For Life" track. I had fun changing up my voice to make it seem like I had other people on the track with me.

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What People Are Saying

shan - us

Taurus you are so talented. You can really tell that there is emotion behind your music and that it's is not just some notes put together. I appreciate your art. Its a beautiful picture.

Zulu Kain (ZK) - na

Word up Man of God, Your flow is hot man, I listened to the sample of ya "To All the Soldiers" Track and I felt ya immediately. Aye Imma hit you up for a colab sometime, but until then. Keep reppin Christ, and live life to change lives. Peace, ZK

Maluson - Belgium

Hey Taurus, i told u i would listen to ur beats, man, they're bangin, so funky.
Keep doin what u do, u do it well, no doubt.
I hope we could have the opportunity to work together. As soon as my new 'sounds' are online i'll hit u up with it.
Much appreciation for your listening on my page.

Rosalind McDaniel - USA

Continue to bless others with the gifts God has blessed you with!

Judy &Curtis Price - USA

We are so proud of you and all that you do. It is good to know that God gets the Glory in all you do.
We are looking forward to the day that we will be able to do something.
I am working on a couple of things.
One being 'The woman, The Baby, The Word' It is deep.
Looking forward to hearing great things
from you.
Love to the family
Momma Judy & Curt

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