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4The Word Up Project: Level BlueUnit 1 - The Great Escape1A IntroductionWe’ve all wanted to get away at one time or another. The narrator in this song faces a pretty tough life on his block, but he finds ways to escape.1B Song LyricsHey yo, Trajik.What’s up, B?I’ve got to make the great escape.Word?It’s 7 o’clock and it’s time to embark,And set off on my travels though it’s still dark.It’s just me in the house ‘cause my dad’s not around,And my mom’s got to work at the hospital now.But that’s OK I fendfor myself,Protect myself, my health, and my friends.And vice versa,they’ve got my back too,Stay close like skin stays to a tattoo.I move fast on the map like a cat, dodging trouble,Through broken buildings and all that rubble.With more rats than that movie Ratatouille, The streets teemwith rats, you hearing that?And while they vieand fight for some forgotten cheese,The biggest rat of all was eyeing me.I ran off to school, it’s a great escape,And cut through the gangs like a razor-blade.At home I can’t even get the time of day,But my friends are excited, they’re never blasé.They smile and greet me, it’s quite a reception,Call me creamy ranch, ‘cause I’m fresh with the dressing.HookSometimes late at night, I can’t even sleep, ‘Cause people argue and wranglein the streets.Usually, my street is desolate,There’s no people around, they won’t mess with it.Most families have moved away for better schoolsTo increase and augmenttheir safety too.But it’s not all disorder and anarchy,There’s a man selling gum in a stand for me.And there is one tractof land, that’s so attractive man,Every time I see it I want to rap again.4
And from my roof you get a wide view, a panorama,It’s true; we can’t afford a camera.But that’s cool, because I’ve got the image in my mind,I wouldn’t forget the image even if I went blind.I’ve made an intense, ardentpromiseTo always stay bright in the face of darkness.So I’m on this, like lazy kids on couches.I’m on this, like roofs on houses.I’m on this, and I’ll always stay true.Make waves, so make way dude, I break through.1C Words DefinedBelow you’ll find each vocabulary word that was used in the song. Each word is followed by the part of speech, a simple definition and a meaningful sentence. Some words will also have synonyms, antonyms and other forms of the word listed.1. anarchy(noun)a state of lawlessness, confusion or disorder The crowd erupted into a state of anarchyduring the concert.Synonyms: chaos, disorder, turmoilOther forms: The anarchist(noun) lit the garbage heap on fire and soon the whole street was ablaze.2. ardent(adj)passionate, enthusiastic and fieryQuincy was an ardentfan of any sports related books or authors.

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