Beltaine’s Fire: Bard, Poet, Rapper, Scribe | Live at KVMR Celtic Festival

A song about life, music, hip hop, and how a pasty white celt in a kilt ended up as a rapper. Recorded live at the 2008 KVMR Celtic Festival You can purchase our albums at

Bard, Poet, Rapper, Scribe
an original tune by Beltaine’s Fire

I get asked all the time why’d I want to rap
fools assume i’m a thug, or that I think that I’m black
forget that – I ain’t never been no one but me
‘n writin’ rhymes is the only time I really feel free
it’s like therapy to help me sort my thoughts out
helps me keep on pushin when I want to drop out
I remember Tupac & Biggie used to sing to me
had me feelin like a rapper was the thing to be
a way to tell my stories, express myself,
let out my rage and my pain and even ask for help
and now I’m in the limelight, cuz I rhyme tight
15 minutes as a star, so i’d better shine bright
tryna do what’s right, not just what’s easy
but it’s hard to be righteous in a world this sleazy
so I’ve got nothin but love for my folks in the struggle
whether playin the game or caught in the hustle

I’m a bard, poet, rapper, scribe,
just an ordinary man, glad to be alive
passionate, pushin’ it, makein’ moves
steppin up my game and keepin it smooth

if you’re hustlin to live, go on and get that gouda
if you need ya medicine, go on and smoke that buddha
it’s not my thing, but I can’t hate
too busy tryna organize to smash the state (ha!)
and I just can’t front and write rhymes about rims
like I can’t afford to wrap my toes in tims
instead I’m kickin these rhymes in my combat boots
so I feel ya when ya say that ya need that loot
I drive an old beat up pickup truck
the cab is cramped, the mileage sucks
but at least it gets me from A to B
‘sides I bought it to drive, not for ya’ll to see
like Ice Cube said – don’t be material
the fact I’m breathin’ at all is a miracle
mad folks in in this struggle get killed but still
as long as I’m alive, I’ve gotta keep it real

reppin for my clan & all my kinfolk,
everybody comin up cuz fa’real – we’ve been broke
far too long, so we gotta stay strong
scots, irish, welsh, manx, cornish, bretons, and on
for all my bards and poets, rappers and scribes
no matter where you come from, it’s time to thrive
so let’s do the damn thang, like snare, kick, swing
this is beltaine’s fire, check the style we bring
celtic soul, hip hop beats,
riot folk for my folks to get ya on your feat
fusion is the future, and the future’s now
all I really want is freedom, the question’s how
head full of ideas, gotta let them out
so I’ll keep on rappin, and there ain’t no doubt
I love music, love life, love my family and friends
it all comes full circle back to where it began

Posted on October 1, 2008 by A.J. Drew
Shared by: A.J. Drew

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