Blood On The Sidewalk

from The Devils You Know by The Impossebulls

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Marcus J: Doc had a story he wanted to tell and then asked me to write my verse from the man in his story’s perspective. So I did. It wasn’t at all what he was expecting, and that’s the beauty of artistic collaboration. That’s the beauty of The Bulls.

C-Doc: I can't remember what came first, the beat or the idea. But it was just a story that came into my head. I'm not big on writing story rhymes, but something about being an observer to the aftermath of a violent domestic abuse situation was interesting to me. What I really love about this song is that Marcus and I agreed on his approach to the verse but then he gave it a sympathetic bent that I had never even thought of. That's why Marcus is one of my favorite emcees: he continually subverts my expectations and brings fresh ideas to the music, even when I have an idea as to what he's gonna do. Shawn Franklin wrote the chorus for Anime Oscen who's haunting, lyrical harmonies
perfectly compliment the tone of the song.

lyrics

C-Doc: Blood on the sidewalk a knife in the kitchen
The details tell the story if you listen....
Spectators gathered around they all talkin- it's
Gossip- I look away and keep walkin...
Things fall apart but rarely back together- and
Things get worse before they ever get better- did
Someone talk when they should've kept silent? And
All the wrong words erupted into violence? Or
Maybe it was us that shouldn't have kept quiet- and
Maybe some things aren't meant to be private- the
Scary little secret that everyone knows'll spill
Out onto the street in front of everyone's homes
Right where they standin now to bear witness
Too late to help- too late for us admit this
Could've been avoided if we would've said somethin
Instead of turnin eyes to the left to see nothin
Kinda glad he's a goner, no
Longer have to listen to his rants at the bar on the corner- a
Bully is a bully that's what I've heard... And a
Bully's gonna get what a Bully deserves... But
Who's gonna get hurt along the way? As it
All decays and the trusts betrayed... It's
Runnin through my head as I hear them say how they
Waitin for the rain to wash it away...

Anime (Chorus): We close our eyes
Pain goes away
Nothing to see each day
We wonder why
Things go this way
Nothing to hear today

Marcus J: No I’m not innocent but who truly is
I didn’t do half of those things they think I did
The other half yea there’s some truth to that
But I never started it, I only fought back
No excuses though I was wrong and I know it
Though I felt pain I lack the scars that would show it
But that’s all done please leave me alone
I’m just looking for the peace I can’t find at home
And all I really want is to enjoy my drink
Let my mind rest, let my heart think
Stand up, stagger, then grab my coat
Step into the rain fresh air burns my throat
Dark and still something shines in the shadows
I’m motionless and cold like my soul was froze
And I stop, knowing that I shoulda seen it coming
Fall to the sidewalk blood forever running

Chorus

credits

from The Devils You Know, released July 26, 2016
Blood On The Sidewalk
(DC Snyder, M. Ankeney, S. Franklin)
Concept by C-Doc
Vocals by C-Doc, Marcus J, Anime Oscen
Additional Vocal Arrangement by Eric Papky

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DefBeat Posse Productions, ID! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Collective of emcees founded by Public Enemy's Chuck D. Spearheaded by producer / emcee C-Doc, The Impossebulls were nicknamed "the world's first virtual rap squad" as they would collaborate virtually with anyone at anytime. They recorded their self titled debut in 2001 and are set to celebrate their 20th year in 2021. ... more

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