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When I was young

I was on my own

Wild as the wind

Lost like vagrant breeze

I felt their expectations but they

Held no power over me


I did as I pleased and

It took all that I had

Staying alive, fighting to be me

Hard to kill, or too stubborn to die

I’m here now different as can be

But the same old me.


Later on I took their test

Gave it my best

To be like the rest

To fit in the squared circle of  life

On the side of the law

Or at least not far from

But it did not feel free to me


They can threaten me with death

But that’s already been tried

Take away my job?

Well no need to lie

From 9 to 9 and 5 to 5

Well, I work for myself

And do what I can

For all the rest


Pull me from a pedestal

Drag me through the dirt and ground?

Don’t even bother

Looking for me

I’m already back in the underground.


If you don’t like me

Then best leave me be

I’m going my way

The best way I can see


The girls are rough trade now

But some woman might still want me

It works out or it don’t

But together or apart

I got to be free

I got to be free



I can’t smoke your dope

Too harsh for me

I’ll roll my own in what is supposed to be

The land of the free

I’m doing all this living and dying

Do what’s right for you

I’ll do for me


The top dogs now

Are who the bottom dogs used to be

But it’s all the same

Bow wow whoopee doo da dee

Gnashing in from the left or the right

Fangs stink as they sink to the bone

But I won’t be around

For you to gnaw on

I’m heading underground


Heading underground

Is what’s right for me

To stay alive

I’ve gotta be free

Don’t even bother looking for me

I’m already gone

Back to the underground






Author: Edgardo

Born in Houston, Texas and moved to Raymondvile, Texas in 1969. Family bought a radio station and helped with the family business until it was sold in 1997. Since then started an agency and mostly writes about experiences in Deep South Texas. Writers of the Rio Grande founder, editor and contributing author.


One Response to Back To The Underground

  1. …a feel of rap; I like it!

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