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A Penny for You

A penny for your thoughts
has gotta go a long way
Regardless what the song say
'Cause every time it rains it pains
pennies hit me in the crain’
And the brain is strained
and I stopped making sense
and stopped making ends-
meet, me in the middle
always present like a tense
But what happens when the work dried up
And the grass is never greener
With the dirt side up
The underbelly of the dream
Where the words light up
On the hill side
The chase will get absurd right up
To the point when we’re all
About to call it quits
I got the big dreams
That will give my wallet fits
So I’ll admit
I got a tendency to be penny wise and pound foolish
I’m not the only one
cuz plenty guys will sound clueless
I do wish you love like Joe Bataan or Nat Cole
King like the slow jam soul

Maybe we ought to see
How they live on the other side
Pinch that coin, then me
It’s all a dream I realize
Then you find out that flip
Is it heads or tails this time?
Best two outta three
is how it’s gotta be
Take a stroll to Park Place
It’s all monopoly

If I had a penny
For all the times they tell me
That I couldn’t
Do that, true dat, screw that
And if I had a dollar
For all the times they hollered
That I shouldn’t
Do that, true dat, screw that
There wouldn’t be much more in the bank
Cuz the fees much more than
You’d think


People telling me
You gotta pick one way to go
These hustlers selling me
On only what their data shows
But if they found out just how
I can flip this coin and still
Take a penny invest
In the many interests
That I’ve got with plenty skills
(And I use’ em)

It’s on my mind with all these rhymes
Convoluted and it’s rooted
In the life that i rebooted
And that’s just fine if I rewind
Turning pennies into sense
When you’re lacking confidence
And don’t waste time on their co-sign
Turn it up to eleven
Watch the pennies fall from heaven
Its by design I guess this time
I call an audible
every time they throwing me
An obstacle

Spinning like Payton with the sweetness-
Underrating my supremeness
I’m stating with the deepness
Pass it out the pocket
I’ll complete this-
And tell you why I need this
Music man I bleed this
Go on ahead and put your two cents in-
And when you try to gain some interest
You make em pay attention
Payback in full I’m indebted to the circuit
Electric with my flow
Either way I want to work it


If I had a penny
For all the times they tell me
That I couldn’t
Do that, true dat, screw that
And if I had a dollar
For all the times they hollered
That I shouldn’t
Do that, true dat, screw that
There wouldn’t be much more in the bank
Cuz the fees much more than
You’d think

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from So Ends the Honeymoon, released December 2, 2022
Produced, arranged, and composed by
Steven E. Mallorca

All instruments and vocals performed by
Steven E. Mallorca

Scratches by
DJ Mas aka Masaki Yamagata

Recorded & mixed at Slow Jam King Studios by Steven E. Mallorca
Mastered at Total Sonic Media by Steve Berson

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Sulu and Excelsior New York, New York

SULU AND EXCELSIOR is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist/rapper/singer Steven E. Mallorca, aka Sulu, who plays all the instruments and vocal performances with influences that span 40s and 50s jazz, 60s and 70s soul, and 80s and 90s hip-hop.

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