Tales Of Vanity

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FayBN is an Alternative Hip-Hop artist/prod. Singing infectious hooks, and rapping transparent lyrics over innovative and original beats is his specialty. FayBN's music serves as an open journal in which his listeners journey with him through his life story of struggles, victories, and his faith in Christ. Whether introvert or extrovert FayBN's musical adventure can resonate with you. ... more

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Track Name: Tales Of Vanity
Oooh! I've been chasing the wind in a circle for way too long./
Been comparing my life to the legends and to the stars./
But I've learned not to buy the hype, It ain't what it seems./
These stained glass windows are selling us lies and tales of vanity./

This American Dream ain't appealing and ain't as blessed as a America seems/
And I'm starting with me.
I've been played and decieved/
into thinking that it's the standard we gotta believe/
You know, get an education. Grow up and go to college,/
graduate with honors, then get a job to fill your wallet./
Get married, raise a family, have your kids do it too/
Then when you get old and retire, whatchya gon' do? (Wooh!)/
It's all in vain, all in vain said the TEACHER!/
I would rather change a life like a preacher/
but my desires start to get mixed up with envy/
when I go on social media and start to see the blessings/
of my peers.
Who knows what they're hiding through the years/
Ain't nobody posting pictures of their doubts and their fears/ So
Jesus help me! I want to be the difference/
I don't want to be another vanity victim!/

Oooh! I've been chasing the wind in a circle for way too long./
Been comparing my life to the legends and to the stars./
But I've learned not to buy the hype, It ain't what it seems./
These stained glass windows are selling us lies and tales of vanity./

These stained glass windows are selling us lies and tales of vanity. (x4)
Track Name: 9 - 5 (Slavin')
SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW

SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
SAME CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW

MAAAAN!... I THINK I’M GOING CRAZY!
DIDN’T THINK THIS WOULD BE MY LIFE WHEN I WAS JUST A BABY!
LAZY, AINT IT? THAT I JUST SETTLED FOR THIS?
SHOULD'VE A BETTER MAJOR THAN JUST DOING MUSIC BIZ
SEE IN COLLEGE I HAD DREAMS.
THEY WERE BURSTING OUT THE SEAMS
NOW IT SEEMS ALL MY DREAMS ARE NOW LIMITED TO GREEN –
GRASS, THAT IM CUTTING IN THIS PARK PATH
JUST TO MAKE A FEW DOLLARS JUST TO FILL MY TANK WITH GAS
NOW I DON’T WANT TO SOUND TO WHINY
BUT I’D BE DARNED IF I GREW UP
JUST TO WORK FOR THE COUNTY
“BUT THE BENEFITS ARE REALLY DARN GOOD!
YOU CAN GET ON FOOD STAMPS
WHILE YOU’RE LIVING IN THE HOOD!”
REALLY!? IS THAT WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO BE FULFILLING?
I’M NO PROSPERITY PREACHER
BUT I KNOW THIS AINT THE CEILING
OF MY ENDS MEAT, BUT FRIENDS BE, TELLING ME THAT ENVY
ONLY ROBS YOU OF YOUR PEACE.
I’M PRAYING JESUS WILL HELP ME WHILE I’M HERE…

SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW

SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
SAME CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW

I CLOCK IN, THEN I CLOCK OUT. GET HOME, THEN I ROCK OUT
ON MY KEY BOARD, TO MAKE BEATS FOR,
THOSE WHO NEED MORE OF THAT RAW STYLE
NO COOKIN’ HERE. LET’S MAKE IT CLEAR.
I DO THIS FOR THE ONES THAT NEED TO HEAR
THAT GOOD NEWS,
BUT WHO AM I KIDDING?
EVERY BODY HERE JUST WANNA
BAAAALL!!!
HARD LIVIN’ GOT US LIVID
WHILE PEOPLE ON THE TOP WHO PLAY HARD ARE HARD SIPPIN’
ON THAT –
WINE AND CHAMPAGNE LIKE THEY JUST WON A CAMPAIGN
FORGET PRESIDENTIAL STATUS.
I KNOW THE KING OF ALL THINGS
(WOAH!)
I’M AN HEIR TO THE MOST HIGH
(WOAH!)
CLEAR THE AIR FOR THE LOW GUYS
(WOAH!)
I’M NOT HATING ON THE RICHES.
I’M JUST WARNING YOU BE CAREFUL
‘CAUSE EVEN KING MIDAS WISHES -
FOR THE WRONG THINGS! WHERE’S YOUR TREASURE STAY?
UP IN HEAVEN OR ON EARTH WHERE IT WILL BURN AWAY?
I GOT MY SAVINGS FOR MY DEEDS UP IN ETERNITY
ALL THE STRUGGLE DOWN HERE’S WORTH IT
EVEN IF I'M SLAVING AWAY
SO, 9 – 5 YEAH THAT’S FINE. AINT A PROBLEM
I GOT DISCIPLE SWAG ON. I’M NOT RICH BUT I FOLLOW
THE KING OF ALL GLORY. SHARE HIS STORY TO THE LOST
‘CAUSE ONE DAY, IT’LL ALL BE WORTH THE COST
LORD!

(Yeah... Do not let your job, your career, your 9 to 5, your income or your education define who you are. You are beautifully and wonderfully made by a Creator with a purpose. You are special. Believe it.)

SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW

SLAVIN’… 9 – 5
CLOCK IN… DO YOUR TIME
CLOCK OUT… GO HOME
SAME CYCLE REPEATS AGAIN TOMORROW
Track Name: American Peer Pressure
American peer pressure/
Will make a young man in America feel lesser/
If he don't have at least about 4 girls upon his resume/
by the time he's in his final semester of 12th grade/
Now see... Little Johnny grew up in church/
Trying to make his mom and dad proud but what could be worse?/
Giving into sin? Or being a prude who never fits in?/
He hears all of the bragging at lunch time from a few friends./
They're shuffling through picture of girls, up on their smart phones/
When one says "I samshed this girl when we was at my home."/
Another one says, "Bruh, I had this chick all alone"/
They turn to little Johnny and ask, "Man whatchu be on?"/
Little Johnny tenses up. He doesn't know what to say/
Then he replies, "Man, I had this girl on the first date."/
They all release a little chuckle then they proceed/
While little Johnny thinks, "Man I never did a dang thing...
How long will it..."

Take for all of you to see/
I'm so close to losing all me/
But no one knows me but myself/
So this may be my cry for help as I hold on before you start to see/
(I'm giving into peer pressure!)

Few years later Jonny's in college/
Trying to keep his grades up while he's focused on knowledge/
However that focus leaves him when he see's people watching/
Like, "Why has Johnny never had a girl?" The people start talking./
So what's wrong with little Johnny? Are we sure he's ok?/
Is he depressed? Is he on drugs? Is he straight? Is he gay?/
Even his parents have some slick jokes that they would say./
They mean well but they don't realize they're affecting his faith./
Now little Johnny thinks to himself while taking a shower/
"What if everybody is right? Maybe I am a coward.../
I'mma prove em all wrong. I'mma make my parents proud/
I'mma get the finest girl I can find up in this town."/
And yet he let's his standards down, He meets a pretty dame/
She thinks little Johnny's cute, plus she remembers his name/
But what he doesn't realize is that this chick is insane/
But he falls in love with her out of desperation/
How long will it...

Take for all of you to see/
I'm so close to losing all me/
But no one knows me but myself/
So this may be my cry for help as I hold on before you start to see/
(I'm giving into peer pressure!)

Every good kid has an expiration date, and little Johnny got tired of being told to wait/
So they keep dating and he takes her to this fancy place/
They're talking after dinner as she's blowing smoke back in his face/
"I get a little high from time to time, and drink a little much./
Its not that big a deal Johnny, you should start to loosen up."/
He chuckles nervously and says, "Sorry ain't my scene."/
But he tried to over look it like it ain't a thing/
So he won't admit he's dancing with the devil/
Electric sliding down a slope, compromise will get ya/
Eventually Johnny... Now don't be another David/
God forgives us of our sins but consequences still awaiting/
So later as he's sitting on his bed staring at the wall/
He feels conviction so he thinks of ways to break it off/
He's tired of feeling like he's turned his face away from God/
So he picks up his phone and he tries to make a call/
Track Name: X Girlfriend
Have you ever been in love with a heathen?/
Man, her looks alone will leave you barely breathin'/
But while you're sleepin' she be creepin'/
Behind the curtains you've been flirtin' with a demon/
She'll put a curse upon your soul with Santeria/
Make you drink out of the cup of her poisonous sangria./
Got you in daze, lost in her maze/
She'll make you idol worship her when you got idle days/
I got no idle time when I'm with her, 'cause she's always taking it all /
And at night when I want to pray to the Lord that's when she always would call/
Talking, "Baby, how's it going? Whatchya doing at this time?"/
"Babe its 3 am... "
"It doesn't matter, you've been on my mind"/
That's when she uses her sweet words to lure me into her trap/
Tell her, "Daddy didn't raise no fool! I' aint gon' fall for that!"/
"Baby why are you resisting is there any problem?/
And don't tell me you're leaving or I'll PUT YOU IN A COFFIN"/

My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/
(Yeah)
My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/

And I got tired, sick and tired of drama/
This aint the type of girl that you would bring home to your momma/
That's why when we dated we did it all in secrecy/
I didn't want anybody knowing she was with me/
I felt conviction, cause' I knew that I was all wrong/
And I heard God in his mercy telling me to take it all off/
All the lust, all the pride, bitterness, and the condemnation/
I'm tired of leaving room in my soul for satan to play with, So -/
Oh! I just want to be alone!/
I'mma even take your number off my mobile phone!/
Block that thing, ignore that ring,/
Cause' I know what you're really scheming when that hot line bling/
That only means one thing/
This lady wants me in sin,/
Cause' she knows at the end of it all Jesus will win/
"IF YOU DARE WALK OUT YOU DIE TONIGHT!"/
"Go ahead try to kill me girl! I'm leaving you behind!"/

My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/
(Yeah)
My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/

Oh! I just want to be alone!/
I'mma even take your number off my mobile phone!/

(She's a witch, she's a murder like Jezebel)
(Get your freedom from the curse. Break the jail cell)

Oh! I just want to be alone!/
I don't want your ball and chain of misery no more!/

(She's a witch, she's a murder like Jezebel)
(Get your freedom from the curse. Break the jail cell)

She's a witch, yet she's a lady/
She's got black cats, and Mercedes/
As she smokes slim cigarettes/
She'll lock her shackles on your wrists/
All you brothers stay away/
She will lock upon her prey/
And bring meaning to "She took his breath away"/

My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/
(Yeah)
My ex-girlfriend try to put a hex on me/
She told me, "Baby don't you leave me/
Or you gon' die this very evening"/

(She's a witch, she's a murder like Jezebel)
(Get your freedom from the curse. Break the jail cell)
(Break the jail cell, Break the jail cell)
(Break the - Break the - Break the)
(JESUS - Break the jail cell)

(She's a witch, she's a murder like Jezebel)
(Get your freedom from the curse. Break the jail cell)
(Break the jail cell, Break the jail cell)
(Break the - Break the - Break the)
(JESUS - Break the jail cell)
Track Name: The Runaway
Lately I've been planning my runaway
But the root of the problem is inside my brain/
So where does one go to escape from themselves?/
I am tired of struggling I think I need help!/ oh no no...
If I told this to God this is what he'd say.../
Child!

You want to be someone, so you can hide your shame/
'Cause when you're all alone you want to run away/
But you won't last for long out in a world so crazed/
Don't have to prove yourself by trying to run away./
Don't run away - stay, stay x2

I KNOW this life ain't my own/
But I'm in love with my flesh and my soul/
I'm an addict for staying in control/
So I need to know -
Oh, where does one go to escape from themselves?/ How did I become this man that I can not help? Oh no no/ As I prayed last night I could hear God say/
Child!

You want to be someone, so you can hide your shame/
'Cause when you're all alone you want to run away/
But you won't last for long out in a world so crazed/
Don't have to prove yourself by trying to run away./
Don't run away - stay, stay x2

Sometimes I feel like I just want to give up on myself!
But I KNOW something so beautiful is in the making!
Don't tell me I'm a lost cause. I know exactly where I came from/
They want - to see my down fall/
Or maybe paranoia's got me in a choke hold/ oh...
Bible told me, condemnation,/ don't befall on people who have got the Savior/ instead I keep on hearing Jesus say!.../

You want to be someone, so you can hide your shame/
'Cause when you're all alone you want to run away/
But you won't last for long out in a world so crazed/
Don't have to prove yourself by trying to run away./
Don't run away - stay, stay x2
Track Name: Back Home (Feat. Grace Torres)
And I can't run away, And I can't run away, and I can't run away, and I can't run a -

I was so gone in the last year/
Drowning in depression and my own fears/
That I would never amount to anything/
But a flunky musician with a pocket full of dreams/
I grew bitter as I tried to blame God./
But He's been patient through it all/
I Don't know how he dealt with me/
I tried to flee, when I couldn't find my peace but -
Out there in the world so cold/
They don't know you like the people that love you/
I've learned that on my own /
Failure was the only way to trust You/
And I'm still learning day to day to seek your face and that you're the only way/
To get back to my home, back in the zone/
Jesus brought me back to the place I belong!/

And I can't run away, And I can't run away, and I can't run away -
'Cause I know everybody I love is back home!
(Back home x4)
They love me back home
(Back home x4)
I'm coming back home
(Back home x4)
'Cause I know everybody I love is back -

What goes up, must come down/
Every prodigal knee's gonna' hit the ground/
What is lost will be found/
Every child of God gon' come around/
Why would I trade love for the riches though?/
Even if I gain the world I would lose my soul/
No vanity could buy me peace/
I find relief in knowing that I'm off the streets/
I'm back home!/
Take a minute thank the people that prayed on the low!/
I'm feeling better than ever I'm
in my zone!/
Reminisce on the times we had, I can't wait to get back to that/
with no turning back!/
I'm giving back to y'all and that's a fact!

And I can't run away, And I can't run away, and I can't run away -
'Cause I know everybody I love is back home!
(Back home x4)
They love me back home
(Back home x4)
I'm coming back home
(Back home x4)
'Cause I know everybody I love is back -


I've been out here looking for the answers/
But failed to realize I had the whole truth/
Now I'm looking back to where I came from/
Rehearsing what I'll say the day I see you!/
I'm sorry for leaving. You were my best friend/
I'll trade the whole world, just to have you back./
Nothing compares to the love that we once had./
I've got my bags packed... I'M COMING BACK HOME!

(Back home x4)
They love me back home
(Back home x4)
I'm coming back home
(Back home x4)
'Cause I know everybody I love is back -
(Back home x4)
They love me back home
(Back home x4)
I'm coming back home
(Back home x4)
'Cause I know everybody I love is back -

And I can't run away, And I can't run away, and I can't run away, and I can't run away
Track Name: Beautiful People
I caught her one night at a show./ She was this chick that I dated a couple of years ago./
Now I don't want to boast, but in fact she was a model/
And has an acting career that she's pursuing full throttle./
With her foot upon the gas, she lives her life fast/
Always in relationships she knows ain't never gon' last./
Then she tells me, “You were the last guy to make me feel something./
Other men just date me wanting sex and that don't mean nothing./
I just want to encounter a genuine love ‘cause right now I never know who to trust.”/
And I must confess that I could see her brokenness from the gaze in her eyes/
Yet I kindly cut it short. On that night, I realized that…/

Beautiful people have more problems/
The higher they’re lifted, the lower they’re falling/
To the cold floor. Pain grows. Yet no one knows/
The grass ain’t greener on the other side/

I met him one night at a party/ Type of dude to make you jealous, has the money, and the body/
But, um... If you walked up to him and had a talk/
You would realize he's just like you; struggles with fronts/
That he puts up, so his reputation never falls down./
He tells me, "I'm the most eligible bachelor back in my town."/
And I just nod my head, take a sip out my glass and then reply,/
"Man I wish I had your life." He looks away and then he sighs. /
"How would you feel if everyone you knew wanted your money,/
‘til you don't know who your true friends are. Now ain't it funny - /
that you want to be just like me? I want to be just like you! /
Have peace of mind and love. I respect that! man just stay true, / 'cause...”

Beautiful people have more problems/
The higher they’re lifted, the lower they’re falling/
To the cold floor. Pain grows. Yet no one knows/
The grass ain’t greener on the other side/
Yeah! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/
Oooh! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/
Yeah! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/

(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
Imma’ learn to be grateful for all in my life/
(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
‘Cause there’s nothing more beautiful than you and I/
(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
I await the day to be free from all the vanity/
Where people could see the real beauty within you and me/
I’m praying Jesus come soon won’t you set us free! /

Beautiful people have more problems/
The higher they’re lifted, the lower they’re falling/
To the cold floor. Pain grows. Yet no one knows/
The grass ain’t greener on the other side/
(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
Yeah! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/
(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
Oooh! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/
(Woah oh! Woah oh!)
Yeah! Grass ain’t greener on the other side/