cruza sur

by Guthrie Galileo

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cruza sur, the crux - spanish translation: southern cross, or a system of stars always visible amongst the vast southern hemisphere, an equivalent to our northern star. a symbol, consistently recognized in the present as well as throughout historical accounts, of guidance. i decided to use this title because it resonated strongly with my travels in south america, and times in which I thought (and in fact, appeared to be) lost and in the sort of trouble i wasn't prepared for physically or mentally, or culturally fashioned to handle, and had only to look into the skies for reassurance.

this project is a personal memoir of the past year and a half, as told through the experiences, whether general or more specific, that i had and the invaluable lessons I was able to synthesize from these experiences. the people i met, the places i saw, the ways i interacted with them, the feelings of great excitement and intense fear, the mind shifting ideas, the foods i tasted - grotesque or gourmet, the literature and film i filled my interest with: one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcía márquez, 21 grams by alejandro gonzález iñárritu, etc. chances are if you knew me or know me during this period, you are somehow reflected in this work, and thats no fucking joke...

needless to say, any listener will find me - the player, a narrator as well as a character, a changed thing from the beginning to the end. welcome.

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released 19 August 2013
all tracks produced and performed by guthrie galileo, recorded with care in various sweaty bedrooms. cover artwork designed by guthrie galileo. thanks to friends, family; the memories make this thing worth living and keep this vessel from falling out of the sky. love always.

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Guthrie Galileo San Francisco, California

I make music as an expression of personal experience. You can hear the people I offend, the sunsets I stare at, even the gourmet shit I eat.

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Track Name: fool's gold ft. avery lavalley
blow my brains out on some potent strains
call it kurt cobain loud, reach nirvana on a strange route
burning rubber on the way south
to arizona then fuck around with something amazonian
and then I'm home again
the king conquers then he gets back on the throne again
lifts the crown high up in his bony hands
catches his reflection in the gold and sees his only friend
it was lonely then
the royal pen soaked blood red
as we holding onto rosaries supposably blessed
after we wrote a history over evoking revenge
pizarro frozen at the edge of the known world
looking through a telescoped view of boneyard
tombstone - now which one going for the fools gold?

this pile is bright enough to blind
and buy back the eyesight aligned with a new pair of eyes

this pile is bright enough to blind
they said build it high enough to remind of a paradise

and i say off the top but rhymes still drop
to the bottom of your soul - go deeper than black holes
set fires no petroleum, diesel and we rolling em
homies out here fold whole o's in only one
session, whole world is a smoking section
so pass it to your man instead of blastin him with weapons
unless you clear cutting in the congo
i'd probably tear your home down to teach you a lesson
like extinction ain't evidence
intentions stinking and you think your getting recompense
i have a vision maybe prison is my consequence
for nonviolence, and it was in self-defense
new age, but all mistakes is historic
for belief - i wouldn't kill but i'd die for it
tombstone
now which one going for the fool's gold

but what if it falls?
to the ground
and everyone around selling out to the *clink clink * of a golden sound
and everyone arounds bowing down to a fool with a broken crown
Track Name: pandemonium & poetry
do what the fuck you feel, fuck a deal
i'm the only one who can write the raps
if they gonna be real
run the trap just like tread mill
cuz i deal weed to compete with bills
chiefin tree to relieve the chills
treat street cred like mean head
we good as hell and getting better still

is this a dream, i'm just not sure
tried to breathe but lost my nerve
made a promise, then broke my word
found the truth then forgot everything i learned
cuz the world didn't deserve it, turned
the world upside down, shook it around
until the urchins surfaced
the sovereign became the servant
let the fire be fanned by the verse
pandemonium and poetry go so perfect
together
virgin words unearthed from pursed lips
curves in the spine of life perspective, life is hectic
but wake the fuck up cuz you can't reverse it
find some kind of purpose

find some kind of purpose
no matter how long the search is
may i remind you, mind you, the mind you have ain't worthless

find some kind of purpose
aside from designer purchase
may i remind you, mind you, the mind you have ain't worthless

find some kind of purpose
may i remind you, mind you, until you cross the line
that bind you, the people may hear but
they ain't heard shit
pandemonium and poetry go so perfect
Track Name: skeletons colleque
i keep forgetting if i've slept
if only for a second i have felt an emptiness
any memory has left the body with my sweat
but i know your having sweet dreams of me getting you wet

cuz the photos sent from your iphone
of your chest, so picturesque
keep your body like a secret
and let me taste the rest

cuz the way you making me feel
and the things you got me thinking, ooh just cant wait to reveal
sometimes i have a dream in which i swear were back together
and then wake up and realize that none of it was real
but i don't mind
yeah dreams ain't half as good but i can dream a thousand times
hot energy hums through my body like some power lines
maybe thats just how i prefer it
cuz separation is like torture but that lets me know you're worth it

i keep forgetting if i've slept
if only for a moment i have felt an emptiness
any memory has left the body through my sweat
but i know you're having sweet dreams of me getting you wet

until i finally fly home
and this fiction exists in the flesh
keep your body like a secret
and let me taste the rest

i keep forgetting if i've slept
if only for a moment i have felt an emptiness
counting down the deep breaths, the skeletons collect
in the dark there are secrets but never a regret

i keep forgetting if i've slept
if only for a moment i have felt an emptiness
even though were now alone i wouldn't say that we've regressed
cuz i have learned a fortune off the secrets that we kept
Track Name: headlights ft. konsept
(guthrie galileo)
headlights don't do shit in a snow storm
so while you hide from your troubles i just fight through em
at times i might not know what i'm doing
but i'll learn soon enough thats what you call evolution
swear to god i'm forever on some new shit
i just never tell nobody else just to prove it
so even if my music proves to be useless
my excuse is that i only do it for the passion
acting like i ain't trying to make it rapping
but i've been working so hard that it's is liable to happen
this is ambition in action
the games stuck but my flow gonna pay the ransom
i really think that my flow gonna change the future
lack of effort is the only thing that ever make you a loser
and the rest is up to you, are you a begger or a chooser
you either gotta make your move or people gonna move you

should i stand up or steer clear to the right - like a deer in the headlights
i think that i might slow down

I'm a roots rapper, who began a new chapter
passion has me grasping everything that i be after
mastered that math they don't even have a class for
take my mask off know exactly who to clap for
so toast your glass as the 'gnac pour
blow the cash how long will it last for
we float over a capital trapdoor
pacwon rally up the mans for a class war
and i don't give up, i just gas on em
and put another stamp on my passport
cuz dudes who she laughed at the past
now the man shawty give up the ass for
fast forward: gasping and scratching my back
screaming faster, ill answer if thats what she ask for

(konsept)
i wrote this this morning, performed it tonight
half work, half rap i rock the 50/50 grind
best before the deadline, don't need any help
cuz all i ever needed was a mic to belt
and just ears that can hear it
they feeling that spirit
its that rhythm, that fight
they can get em' - that mike
he's emitting that light
so put your guard out of sight
like ideas fighting back at the bright headlights in the night

there's something in the air tonight
feels wrong but i know its right
can't see it with these broken headlights
so put your hands if you're feeling the vibe

should i stand up or steer clear to the right - like a deer in the headlights
i think that i might slow down
Track Name: fireworks
by the time i get to arizona sunset
one hit will get you high
so purple light the sky on fire and fly
so live though heavenly, readily ride
with the spiritual guide known as psilocybin
to an island suspended in time
where colors collide and come to rest at horizons
the portal to the world is wide
open your third eye and be swirled inside
don't fear it
lyrics rock your body when you hear it
break the lock on your body and free your spirit
to live in peace with the universe
though we know life is really both a gift and curse
but live it to the fullest and just hope it works
flap your wings like a bird till your shoulders hurt

flap your wings like a bird till your shoulders hurt
we about to burn it down like a firework
shining like the sky on july the 4th
getting high as i let the night ride its course
a bit bumpy, the beats been slumping
so hard that everybody on the floor been jumping
tiger blood pumping like funky percussion
can't feel my feet but my heart beats rushing
Track Name: flight anxiety
oh the sleeping positions attempted while on a jet plane
when flights extended the circumstances are insane
sleep deprivation sends the brain into a dream state
id put it all into perspective, i can't see straight
now tell me how i'm supposed to reach my destination man
mama never tell me how to be a patient man
see its crazy when - the native people are trying to escape
the same place i'm bout to take a fucking vacation in
this is destiny in the flesh, a one way ticket to success
i'm just trying to meet my connect, but should i hold my breath
now they telling me my plane never left
oh the sleeping positions attempted while on a jet plane
when flights extended the circumstances are insane
i searched these dirty streets in need of clean slate
tried to find myself then realized i need to create

sleeping positions attempted while on a jet place
when flights extended the circumstances: insane
i walked these dirty streets in search of a clean slate
tried to find myself then realized i need to create
so now i'm putting my life in the hands of fate
if you aint never take a chance then you can't relate
they say good things come to those who wait
but better things come to those who chase
face it, take a trip and begin to think differently
an incan princess sings to the missionary
really were just memoirs in this memory
try and make the characters your friends and not your enemies
i traveled far - without thought that i was lost
following not a northern star but a southern cross
to a place made popular by escobar and rick ross
where people live entire lives off what their fucking cars cost

now i bet you think theres something i should be giving you
sorry girl i left my heart in bolivia
and its got me thinking back like
damn did it all happen in a past life
Track Name: birthplace of the sun
how long a lifestyle gon last, last night i burnt up that cash
alongside a path, i passed and kids asked for candy
looking for handouts outta lack of a plan b
scraps to bring back to the family
hunger hovers in this household like a banshee
and casts shadows all over the shanty
how easy it is to look past what you can't see
i realize what i'd done
on a boat ride to the birthplace of the sun
where time stopped meanwhile time begun
history repeats itself and the white man come
we take the culture, rape the same culture that we take it from

some men are driven to the death by the fear of it
yet still, death is the greatest act of power
spirit flight, an ecstatic state
its a journey beyond death
to learn how to die is to learn how to really live
for you are claimed by life but can never be claimed by death
in a sense, a person of power spends a whole life learning how to die
and when they do they become nothingness
and it is then… that they can become anything

the mind is naturally uncontrolled
and sees beyond what eyes behold
so keep your head high and your spirit bold
until the heart is thumping slow
i can still hear his soul drumming though
guns n roses got a homie knocking up on heavens door
heavens close if you keep it on your dome
throw away your brochure, find out on your own
think like picarón, wherever you may roam
accompanied by memories you'll never be alone
theres lightning over the amazon, thunder back home
until the treasures lost, you can hardly call it gold
Track Name: at night
at night, i try and sleep but find no meditation
close my eyes but open mind to million thoughts awaiting
ruminate away the hours till the day
caught somewhere between a maniac and genius in the making
caught somewhere inside a maze with a treasure for the taking
the descartes of this day and age
and my middle name is galileo, i'm trying to break out of this cage
after self observation became a mental slave trade
now i haven't slept in a least three days
the only time im satisfied is when i'm faded
still trying to change these ways
a little drank, a little drug - thats my safety blanket
and ive seen a thought take over the man who made it
thoughts from a mind i been trying to change it
a juggling ball for fate to play with
but my word is my thought lets see how far i take it

at night, im wide awake
so many things to do but not enough time a day
a crying shame, time we arrange for someone else
replace the time we make to take advantage of the self, micro manage life for wealth
blind to the damage that is dealt, its a world war
what a world to explore
lifes short and too many end premature
friends lost in the allure
cuz we wanna do it all and more
the universe is heliocentric
so we dream of being stars at the center of attention
like the sun, shining buncha money to fold
but in doing so, throw all our beliefs into suspension
mid-air, dead space met with dead stares
past hopes turn to black holes, been there
you don't need a telescope to see just what's at risk here
the planet and the mad humanity that live there
Track Name: club complex ft. ∆yggee
it aint a problem we got contraband on deck
we be getting gone a lot dont know where thats gone yet
getting gone a lot got my conscience in check
got a lotta regrets so this could get messy

it aint a problem we got contraband on deck
we be getting gone a lot dont know where thats gone yet
getting gone a lot call it club complex
got a lotta regrets so this could get messy

i fuck with the west, fuck with the east coast
cuz at thirty thousand feet i can see both
at the beach or the ski slope
either way at night im right back underneath strobe
lights, mixed with pills and pains, still fixated
ill be going hard my whole life
get my fill till im faded, but im straight
cuz it never weighing heavy on my goals, aight

(∆yggee)
i wake up, water is my first thought
trying to find my head, its asleep in its own loft
we go opposite of so soft
hardwood floors, make it hard just to dose off
so fuck it i grab my keys
hear the birds chirping they telling me to sleep
but i get up, follow the sunrise
it's a new day - tonight its on right

always forget my watch in odd places
realized that i don't give a fuck about time
-- or i do, I'm just too far gone off that dot dot dot…
to even mind
vodka shots
glass was looking half empty so i topped it off
pop a bottle could probably wash the losses off
spark a joint and it would probably have me sleeping softly
till the morning when i wake coughing
swallow my problems with an omelette, a pot of coffee
strong, along with all of lifes constant oddities
i ponder but never talk about
cuz dudes would probably scoff at me
and other names in scatterbrained philosophy
who were first percieved as comedy
never occured to me to do the common thing
even at my darkest stage, thoughts remain promising

shades on, crazy gone
thinkin could i get laid to this jay z song
thats playin while everything is wavy
and she say we could bang with no safety on
so call me john wayne
she was a pretty young thang
know i mean well when i say the wrong thang
dont trip bout shit cuz its on me

it aint a problem we got contraband on deck
we be getting gone a lot dont know where thats gone yet
getting gone a lot call it club complex
got a lotta regrets so this could get messy
Track Name: nannaz säng
i used to be obsessed with images, now i find beauty in the blemishes
decipher messages out your freckles, your intelligence
every little detail is relevant
still can't decide what type of chocolate your complexion is
affectionate, miles couldn't measure this connection
every second is precious so i try to make the best of
guess i'm just a perfectionist
caught up in perfecting every gesture with which i let you know
although, i've never been exceptional at expressing shit
i'm at a precipice, i just gotta let it go
if lovin is a mango tree, we gotta let it grow
take it slow, but let my hands tip toe up your dress a bit
fingertips show i'm curious about the rest of it
a fit of restless words that i try to be respectful with
to let you know the flow of energy that i'm wrestlin with
and oh, you're so elegant
that even if we had hot sex it'd be hard to make a mess of it
this my emotional confession, can you get with it?

we've got nothing to hide
secret paradise lies in your eyes
and if you feel how i feel
irresolute and wild
tired of being shy
tired of lying solo, oh so lonely for the night
if you feel how i feel
find that paradise and see inside
Track Name: like it happened 2 u
i am my brothers keeper
but we cant keep the brothers peace because they need a leader
the kids need a teacher, the streets need a school
and the school could be cheaper
complete with a cafeteria they eat in
and a lady named eva heating up the frozen pizza
maybe they need the preacher
still it seems the preacher equally need believers
teaching faith in jesus while he don't believe it neither
what do we need then
fuck it, none of the above
its up to only you to show and prove or give it up
with introspection or fisticuffs
really whats a father that can't even show his children love
so they learn to solve problems sticking up
without a fingerprint, hand fit inside the glove
provided for em
the lifestyle is built on instinct
so when he has a child - they'll probably do the same thing

if i waited all my life
just to give up everything
really what was the meaning all along?

teacher aint spared when the cannon spatters randomly
we'll be there in the morning just to tear apart your family
pastor ain't spared when the cannon spatters randomly
and this gon hit you like it happened to you

i am my brother's keeper
but would you keep the brothers peace if you didn't know who they were
they were wandering the streets another nameless stranger
you were the same --in that second, just someone to blame for their aimless anger
'wrong time of day' situation
plus you only roll this way home on occasion
you looked him in the face just to give a friendly gesture
bust the lid on a kid who couldn't take the pressure
all it took it was seconds
couldn't even build the breath for conversation
never even grazed the surface of a hesitation
we turn friends into enemies with our imagination
over blow and base, a faceless mans product placement
to me - what makes a taken life so sad
you take away all the things they may have never had
oh well - the lifestyle is built on instinct
spend our whole lives learning to forget to think

if you waited all your life
just to lose it tonight
would you do it again
through a different sight
everything

teacher aint spared when the cannon spatters randomly
we'll be there in the morning just to tear apart your family
pastor ain't spared when the cannon spatters randomly
and this gon hit you like it happened to you
Track Name: hummingbird breath
i am my brothers keeper
but we cant keep the brothers peace because they need a leader
the kids need a teacher, the streets need a school
and the school could be cheaper
complete with a cafeteria they eat in
and a lady named eva heating up the frozen pizza
maybe they need the preacher
still it seems the preacher equally need believers
teaching faith in jesus while he don't believe it neither
what do we need then
fuck it, none of the above
its up to only you to show and prove or give it up
with introspection or fisticuffs
really whats a father that can't even show his children love
so they learn to solve problems sticking up
without a fingerprint, hand fit inside the glove
provided for em
the lifestyle is built on instinct
so when he has a child - they'll probably do the same thing

if i waited all my life
just to give up everything
really what was the meaning all along?

teacher aint spared when the cannon spatters randomly
we'll be there in the morning just to tear apart your family
pastor ain't spared when the cannon spatters randomly
and this gon hit you like it happened to you

i am my brother's keeper
but would you keep the brothers peace if you didn't know who they were
they were wandering the streets another nameless stranger
you were the same --in that second, just someone to blame for their aimless anger
'wrong time of day' situation
plus you only roll this way home on occasion
you looked him in the face just to give a friendly gesture
bust the lid on a kid who couldn't take the pressure
all it took it was seconds
couldn't even build the breath for conversation
never even grazed the surface of a hesitation
we turn friends into enemies with our imagination
over blow and base, a faceless mans product placement
to me - what makes a taken life so sad
you take away all the things they may have never had
oh well - the lifestyle is built on instinct
spend our whole lives learning to forget to think

if you waited all your life
just to lose it tonight
would you do it again
through a different sight
everything

teacher aint spared when the cannon spatters randomly
we'll be there in the morning just to tear apart your family
pastor ain't spared when the cannon spatters randomly
and this gon hit you like it happened to you