A Song for Steve

from The Frosty the Flow Man EP by MC Lars

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"A Song for Steve"
lyrics by MC Lars / beat by K-Murdock

"Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path... and that will make all the difference." - Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

A visionary passed away,
In Silicon Valley where the orchards sway
An adopted kid with a curious mind,
Sticking bobby pins in every single outlet he could find
He burned his hands but somehow survived
Drank ant poison but stayed alive
Moved to Mountain View at the age of three
Met Steve Wozniak when he was just fourteen
They understood each other, went phone phreakin'
Blue box hacking, sold them every weekend
Fell in love with a girl, and dropped mad acid
Processed the pain, 'cause he felt so abandoned
By his birth parents, so he played guitar
Wrote poems in a cabin that was tucked away far
In the mountains, way above Cupertino
Went to Reed college, but never finished we know
That a trip to India would teach him much more,
Hiked the Himalayas with no remorse
Built a new computer in his mom's garage
Named from an Apple farm that Steve Jobs saw
When he came back home, born to be inventive
Emulate Atari, that was his incentive
Affordable computers on every desk
'Cause power to the people would bring success
And when the Apple II had run its course
He looked to Xerox as the desktop source
Hijacked the mouse, but Steve was fired
In a corporate clash, so he soon he conspired
To build the NeXT machine, with $20 million
From Ross Perot, but it hit a ceiling
It was too expensive, though well designed
Meanwhile Bill Gates stole Windows 95
From the Mas OS, Gates made a killing
So Jobs bought Pixar and made more than a billion
With a groundbreaking film, Toy Story was a hit
And Disney had his back to help market it
Meanwhile, financially Apple was in trouble
So they asked Steve back to come burst the bubble
And the iMac? It was a huge success
They focused on content to relieve the stress
When iTunes debuted we said, "Oh my God"
Putting music and movies, on our new iPods
Now iPhones and iPads are everywhere
"Life happens in a flash" Steve once declared
He fused corporate culture, with the 60s dream
And taught the whole world to think differently
He died at 56 on October 5th in 2011 at home with his wife and kids
And I want to thank you Steve for the inspiration
And everything you did for the iGeneration
'Cause I still see your spirit in the eyes of youth
In everything we do, we remember you
The visionary that passed away,
In Silicon Valley where the orchards sway
An adopted kid with a curious mind
In a world that he saw that he re-defined

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." - Steve Jobs

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from The Frosty the Flow Man EP, released December 20, 2011

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