Street & Flower : Summer X TIME

by Fabe Gryphin

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This debut album is a big step forward for Fabe Gryphin who, willing to give his songs a new dimension, puts production aside to surround himself with pro musicians, going from a solo act to an actual live band.

True to his style, Fabe keeps blending genres on this record by mixing alternative hip hop and pop together with soul and indie rock influences, while the band brings a sweet touch of jazz to the table.

Inspired equally by Kendrick Lamar’s transcending hip hop and by Bon Iver’s emotive Indie folk, there is a sincerity and real introspection that emanates from these songs, which seek to touch the listeners and make them vibe at the same time.

“Street & Flower : Summer X TIME” could be described as the soundtrack of a man’s journey to find his purpose and his path to unleash the artist within.

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released April 1, 2016

All songs written by Fabe Gryphin
Arranged by Street & Flower
Vocals – Fabe Gryphin
Drums – Francis Stoessel
Keys – Adriano Koch
Guitar – Erwan Valazza
Trombone – William Jacquemet
Recorded by Antoine Estoppey & Ben Tixhon at Blend Studio, Lutry
Mixed by Antoine Estoppey
Mastered by Lad Agabekov at Caduceus Mastering, Geneva
Photos by Anne Gerzat
Artwork by Fabe Gryphin & Guillaume Brack

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Track Name: Intro
What’s the purpose of having wings if you never try to fly ?
What does it mean to have dreams if they’re never realized ?
Summer X Time
Grow, Fly Away
I was walking down the street, saw a flower on the ground
I was only seventeen and here’s my story now
Summer X Time
Grow, Fly Away
Track Name: WCAB / One Smile
I wish some day I could live off my art
But for this day to come it’s gonna be hard
Should I give it all up and take the risk
Of having nothing at all but My Music

7 am, ring the alarm
Put an end to your dreams, they were not made to be real
But here I am, still in the arms
Of Morpheus and it feels just like I’m on some Morphine
I need some more sleep so I hit the snooze button
But 15 minutes go by just like a second
So I hit it a second time as if the alarm
Clock full of compassion said « Pay me no mind
Take your time, it’s gonna be fine, you just need to relax
Close your eyes, your lids are heavy, just let ‘em drop »
But as it goes off, this snake knows that if I now go back
To sleep I’ll never make it on TIME
Just like everyday I gotta leave in a rush
No time to shave or I’d miss the bus
Just a quick shower, put on a shirt and trousers
Breakfast is for losers, I’m on my way to work

Picture getting paid for doing what I do best
Writing a song and then cashing a check
Being careless how much rest I’m gonna get
Making music all night, I’m not working on the next
Day or week or month or year
Going on tour like it’s a career
I’m not looking to be a millionaire
Just a rockstar, a nr 1 billboardaire
But I need more air let me out of this office
Tell my bosses I had to get out of this non sense
Bring me to a studio, let me rec an album
Play it on the radio, have it going platinum
My lyrics on a booklet, no longer on a post-it
My cd in the stores I executive produced it
But whatever you do, please don’t wake me up
I’m having a dream, don’t you break it up
Track Name: Summer
It’s getting lonely and cold in this corner
It’s raining cats, raining dogs and the wind blows
I’m no curser but I rehearse all my mother…
People look at me like I’m some kind of mental
Everything keeps on falling like snow in winter
It’s gonna get better soon‘s what I’ve been told
Accumulating to a massive count of meters
I need some action, satisfaction, I can get no

To sum up, Summer, you’re the one I want
Dear Summer, you’re the center of my universe
To a certain point I can’t even front
You’re gonna kill me first, yeah you’re gonna kill me first

I need some Summer, I need some Summer to breathe
Why don’t you come up? Why don’t you come up to me?
Let the sun up, let the sun up to bleed its ray of lights on us

To sum up, Summer, you’re the one I want
Dear Summer, you’re the center of my universe
To a certain point I can’t even front
You’re gonna kill me first

To sum up, Summer, you’re the one I want
Dear Summer, you’re the center of my universe
To a certain point I can’t even front
You’re gonna kill me first, yeah you’re gonna kill me first

I need some Summer, I need some Summer to breathe
Why don’t you come up? Why don’t you come up to me?
Let the sun up, let the sun up to bleed its ray of lights on us

I need some Summer, I need some Summer to breathe
Why don’t you come up? Why don’t you come up to me?
Let the sun up, let the sun up to bleed its ray of lights on us
Track Name: X ( Crossroadz)
I'm into dark, I be looking for light, I see
Nothing but black like dark knight, lacking the
ability to find a way out of this mockery
I'm laughing hard like the limelight was reaching me
but still there is nothing to be found but darkness around me, pitch black no sound to be heard, not 1 fly not 1 bird, I'm trying to reach out
My mind be playing tricks on me like I'm fixed on D, need a Detox
Voices in my head speak the language of the dead like a ghost was trying to beatbox
Is it a mirage? I mean I feel the heat rising to 100 Farenheit
up to 136 degrees Sahara like
I'm all alone in a state of seclusion, illusion, desert like
Might be my last but if life’s a meal, gotta find out what's the dessert like
Yeah, what is it like, Is there a light at the end of the tunnel
What is it people see when they walk in darkness
Is their life flashing before their eyes with a feeling of love in abundance
before they dwell in the land of the shadow of death

I'm at a crossroads, don't know which way to go
Is it left, is it right, is it I don't know
Somewhere nice, somewhere dark, somehow terrible / beautiful
Somewhere hotter, somewhere colder, above or below

On your mark, get set, go! They try to tell you to set goals
I guess they never crossed the roads I am crossing now
I’m into dark, my red rose turned into black, I let go
There is no spark to start me back, I am out of town
But still a part of me is here holding on to the last bit of fear I’ve got
Breaking mirrors, Reflection’s blurry, Holy Mary, I’m buried alive!
Carry the night, marry the blind, heavenly divine, a hell of a ride
I screamed and shouted my lungs out, strung out, I’m gone now, nobody replied
Looking for my way back but is it too late now, the night is dark the sun won’t rise
Destiny decided, tried to fight it, the choice wasn’t mine
My demise in my eyes, I realize this is the end
My friend, I beg for your forgiveness, will you hold my hand
Yeah, please hold it tight, is there a light at the end of the tunnel
What is it people see when they walk in darkness
Is their life flashing before their eyes with a feeling of love in abundance
Before they dwell in the land of the shadow of death

I'm at a crossroads, don't know which way to go
Is it left, is it right, is it I don't know
Somewhere nice, somewhere dark, somehow terrible / beautiful
Somewhere hotter, somewhere colder, above or below

Life is nothing but a game
Winners, losers, leaders, viewers, those that roll the dice and those that let them dices rolling
How can a sane man go insane?
Tarot cards, Venus/Mars, illusions take over, my mind is gone, I hear a door slamming
Is there a ghost in my house?
I hear ‘em say they’re not afraid and mumble I should be ashamed
Ashamed of what?
Paranoia, flip a coin, Heads I’m alive, Tails I won’t see the morrow
Track Name: T.I.M.E.
Who am I? I am Time, I’m just flying by
I run your life men, like I put your life on the line
I make your life end, and then I just leave you behind
I got you asking for more but no I’m sorry it’s TIME

I got your life in my hands
Making you move like a dance
It’s so easy for me to tease you, seize me like a man
The enemy or the friend, something you don’t understand
Or no longer perceive, believe I got you losing your strength
I got your patience exhausted, you’re forced to follow my rules
Sometimes, your mind, you just lost it and needed me to be cool
Try to ignore me, your life be wasted like out of date food
Try to use me to your advantage like a winning tool
Yeah you could be winning too but are you willing to?
Singing issues, never solving ‘em, involving me when I’m revolving around you like I’m a revolver pointing on you
Point of no return, I got you burning inside

Who am I? I am Time, I’m just flying by
I run your life men, like I put your life on the line
I make your life end, and then I just leave you behind
I got you asking for more but no I’m sorry it’s TIME

I got you feeling frustrated, It’s about me that you make it
They say I’m the equivalent to money
I say money’s overrated, It’s nothing funny
But you should use the fun me, yeah you should use the best of me to make them memories
The good old me and tell on me to your good homies
With a bag of weed, a pack of beers
A glass of your favorite scotch and play that beat loud
Yeah turn it up a notch and beat me now, stop comparing me to God
You fear me like it’s the end of me
I know you call me your best enemy
Your worst friend, The Inevitable Master of Everything
Blame it all on me, who do you think I am?
TiIME! You’re just flying by, you run my life man like you put my life on the line
You make my life end and then just leave me behind
I’m here asking for more, begging for more… TIME
But the clock keeps ticking…
Track Name: Oooh
Woke up this morning, I got the feeling nothing can stop me now
Got out of bed feeling good in my head, I’m great without a doubt
Yesterday I was dead now I’m born again, never felt so alive
Alive and well, no words can tell how good it feels, something like
Oooh
This life wasn’t mine but I kept on lying, might as well have locked me up
But now I’m free from my chains, I got a second chance, I’m finally gonna try my luck
It doesn’t matter if I fall when trying to reach my goal ‘cause a dream is a dream unless I go make it real
I hope you’re with me now ‘cause it feels something like
Oooh
Come hell or high water, I’m well like no other, don’t bother trying to take me down
No black cats or ladders, mirrors or umbrellas are gonna make it turn around
No matter the weather, it’s gonna keep getting better, in a happy place forever
You can’t take me out of ‘cause it feels something like
Oooh
Fell asleep tonight with the biggest smile ‘cause I got you by my side
I went to hell and back a couple of times but you’re the wings on my back
So I can fly higher now, way above the clouds, they say sky’s the limit, there’s no limit to the sky
I know you’re with me now and it feels something like
Oooh
They say what goes around comes around
So if I can make one happy tonight I’m down
With the idea of saying adios to bulshitism
Like it’s a bad religion
Personally I found my freedom through the words and rhythm
It’s literally brilliant, the cure to deadly venom
You’ll find your own way, your own ride to peace, just get on and ride on
Ignorance is bliss but I’m no idiot
It’s like a mantis trying to stop a chariot
Take the hatchet and bury it
Replace it with love and then marry it
I’m dead serious though, you know
I just think we need to smile a little more
So show me them teeth if you want an encore

Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling the vibe
Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling alright
Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling alive
Put your hands to the ceiling if you got that feeling
That you need to get on and move on to something more appealing
Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling the vibe
Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling alright
Put your hands to the sky if you’re feeling alive
Wave ‘em from side to side
Track Name: Will you?
So here’s the deal baby I truly hope you’ll understand
I left my job, I had to try and be a music man
I know it must sound crazy, immature and insane
But I need to do this just as I need you it’s just, losing you isn’t part of the plan

‘cause I know it’s not gonna be that easy, I’m no Yeezy, Dre or Jay-Z
But they all started broke with nothing but hope and I’m no lazy bum I’ll make it work believe me

And you know the saying, you can do anything
If you put your heart into it, my heart belongs to you babe
So what am I to do then ?
I need both my loves, what if I can’t afford it
All I need to know is:
Will you still love me when I’m broke ?

So here’s the thing baby I’m really sorry don’t be mad
But I’ll be out on the road for a couple of months and a couple more could add
I know you’re gonna miss me and I’ll miss you the same
But I need to do this just as I need you it’s just, losing you isn’t part of the plan

‘cause I know it’s not gonna be that easy, I’m no Yeezy, Dre or Jay-Z
Not that many groupies, you’re my one and only so don’t you worry honey we’ll make it work believe me

And you know the saying you can do anything
If you put your heart into it, my heart belongs to music
So what am I to do then ?
I need both my loves, what if I can’t afford it
All I need to know is:
Will you still love me when I’m gone?

And you know the saying you can do anything
If you put your heart into it, my heart belongs to you babe
So what am I to do then ?
I need both my loves
What if I can’t afford it
All I need to know is
Will you marry me when I’m home?
Track Name: Do you!
Saw the light through the clouds ‘though it’s about to rain
Jaw dropping, It will never be the same
It’s alright, go fast, jump in trains
What’s going to outlast me, is the child the offspring ?

Fairytales end very well and they’re all true
But there’s more to pass on from me to you
I try to love like God above exists
There’s not a lot I can trust, so many lies it’s tough but I do

Now be the loudest one, be the brightest one, you’re what matters now, do you !
Allow yourself finer times, grow like flowers now, be the artist now, do you !

Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !
Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !

Now be the loudest one, be the brightest one, you’re what matters now, do you !
Allow yourself finer times, grow like flowers now, be the artist now, do you !
Now be the loudest one, be the brightest one, you’re what matters now, do you !
Allow yourself finer times, grow like flowers now, be the artist now, do you !

Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !
Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !

Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !
Wo oh wo oh oh
Wo oh wo oh oh
Do you !
Track Name: Gone Wrong
He was calling out for help but it seems nobody heard
At least not the ones who could have helped him to emerge
He was looking for answers but the wrong ones were given
He was only a kid but ruined it all in a minute

He had it wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong
He had it wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong

He commited a crime one could never forgive
Even if forgeviness would’ve allowed him to live
A life between walls, a life without daylight
He wasn’t asking for freedom, only more time to pay back

But now he’s gone, gone, gone
Gone, gone, gone
But now he’s gone, gone, gone
Gone, gone, gone

All he did was try to help with the time he was given
Just trying to repent, praying for people to listen
Grew into an adult in a federal state prison
Trying to build up a bridge over an uncrossable river
They say only God can judge, I guess only God can forgive
If this man had what he deserved, then I truly hope he did
It seems Justice on this earth is not equally perceived
When men feel they have a right to kill more than they have a right to live

He’s gone wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong
He’s gone wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong
He’s gone wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong
He’s gone wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong, wrong
Track Name: Sweet & Sour
In the first place, stars seemed to be aligned
You wish you could take a trip back in time

You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here
You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here

It’s hard to understand where and when you crossed the line
It was all fun and games now you just keep on faking smiles

You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here
You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here

Don’t recognize yourself when looking in the mirror
So you break it with your fist and leave to where it’s better

You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here
You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here

Blacked out and woke up somewhere unknown
Still it’s the closest thing to what you can call home

You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here
You don’t know, you don’t know how you got here
Track Name: We call it LIFE
The joys of love, we call it LIFE
The love of God, we call it LIFE
The pain it causes, when men involve
Themselves in wars, We call it LIFE
The Sky is blue, we call it LIFE
The Sea is too, we call it LIFE
The grass is green but when it’s greener,
We get greedier and call it LIFE
A hot Summer, we call it LIFE
A cold Winter, we call it LIFE
Mother Nature still holds the cards
Til we no longer call it LIFE
An ill mother, We call it LIFE
A gone father, We call it LIFE
Let’s get together to love each other
And bring another being to LIFE

No matter what they teach in tales
You’ll only learn from your mistakes
School is cool and parents rule
Your own learning’s more powerful
What you go through, they’ve been there too
A million stories don’t make ‘em true
The only one that knows is you
‘til you screw up, feel like a fool
Fool me once, don’t fool me twice
Commit a crime, get away with that
How can the wrong thing feel so right
‘til you get caught and pay the price
Your future was looking so bright
Now it’s so dark you can’t see the light
You close your eyes but can’t sleep at night
A million sheep won’t change the facts
A million dollars won’t buy you health
But neither will minimum wage
What’s a dollar in the end
A piece of paper when the world melts
A piece of life, a tree that’s dead
‘cause at the time it did make sense
A faster car, a slower dance
Stuck in traffic, hit the brakes
There’s no magic, make no mistake
Only illusion of something great
Only air we sell and breathe
They’re not the same only one’s unique
It’s a thin line actually
Between vintage and obsolete
Words to live by, words to keep
‘til there’s flowers down the street

Have you ever heard about the rose that grew from concrete?
Well I want flowers to grow all over the streets
I want to tell kids feeling hopeless keep your head up and don’t quit
Live for the moment ‘cause these moments will be gone quick
Make your memories the best there is and let them trees grow
Tell your enemies, get on your knees and let there be hope
Let me be who I was intended to become
Play a melody, grab a pencil, write a song