"Let the Drummer Kick" as written by and Clarence Greenwood....
Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that

Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that

Relations
Creation
Incarceration
Determination
Equation
Humiliation
Reincarnation
Situation
Elation
Identification
Retaliation
Education
Inspiration
No substitution
Solution
Conclusion

Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that

Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that

Relations (Apollo had to break 'em)
Creation (A gift, a blessing)
Incarceration (What keeps you down)
Determination (What gets you out)
Equation (When they said you could make it)
Humiliation (What you feel when they say it)
Reincarnation (N-A-V)
Situation (Why we've got to sing)
Elation (Let the drummer kick, so many in need)
Identification (Gives you the right to shoot)
Retaliation (What would it do)
Education (Gives you the right to choose)
Inspiration (Is what pulls you through)
No substitution (No substitute)
Non-inclusion (You've got to bust through)
Drug infusion (For the chosen few)
Mass confusion (When they say that they died for you)
Solution (It can take a hold of you)
Conclusion
Inspiration (Is what pulls you through)

Let the drummer kick (Inspiration)
Let the drummer kick that (Inspiration)

Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that

You don't even have to wait
You don't even have to wait

Let the drummer kick
Let the drummer kick that


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"Let the Drummer Kick" as written by Clarence Greenwood

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  • +3
    General CommentI've loved this song for a long time and I was listening to it and all of the sudden I was overcome by this feeling. This understanding. And I had to see what Greenwood meant and while all that you have each said is right, it is much simpler than that.


    It is about a life that is full of passion. It is about a life that is worth living.
    rockarton January 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs you can here in the beginning of the song, and says before playing the song in concert, this song is about never giving up. I think it's easy to go through see how the words relate. I just don't know what he means but Let the Drummer Kick that...maybe to always keep the beat going, heart beat...never give up...?
    dickersonb1on December 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell im not big on this type of music, but my friend told me I had to hear it, he said it is my theme song. lol . I've been a drummer for 6 years and this song makes me feel sad, because it meens alot to me. It might meen something else, but to me it is all the emotions of being a musician, and wanting to do your thing, even if people don't agree.
    jbay21182on July 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how Greenwood combnes different styles in the song. You can hear hip-hop, jazz, and light rock all fused together. And his voice has a fell of country and reggae mixed together.

    I also like the different format of this song from most. Just using the one word lines is different.

    To me it describes the different situations a person who is not privileged will go through in their life. And you just have to find inspiration to get you through those difficult (and easy) times.
    newCHIkid01on April 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought they were saying "Let the drama kid die" and repeats... but it's a great song i heard from COACH CARTER!!!
    eikichidon February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought that he was saying "let the drama kid die too. I think if he had been saying that the mood of the song and the way it was used in the movie "coach carter" would have reflected the way the basketball team was determined to honor their contracts and the song would have moved me in a different way.

    Who composed the words in the parenthesis?

    Those are not the true meanings of the words or the street meanings of the words to my knowledge.

    The words are all noun forms of a state of mind. This is a song that describes the emotional enlightenment that one experiences during the trials (Journey) of life.

    I think that the order of the soing is very important as it describes the 12 stages of the Journey.


    1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
    2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
    3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
    4. are encouraged by a MENTOR to
    5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
    6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
    7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold
    8. where they endure the ORDEAL.
    9. They take possession of their REWARD and
    10. are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
    11.They cross the third threshold, experience a RESURRECTION, and are transformed by the experience.
    12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.

    For more info. on the archatypal journey go to:
    divineparadox.com/Arts/…
    secorbuston May 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is to me a master piece. it is simple and deep. intro instrumental brings you in. the verse's lines are conprised of words that convey feelings and emotions it . then the hook let the drummer kick. get the visual of walking through life. kinda like when you're walkining down the street thinking about your probs and how you can fix them.after there verse repeats in same order but for each word it has the clerification of the word. So you know what it is and there for can more easily over come it. this song is abou clarity and move past problems, it's about life.
    tuchesuavaeon July 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe way I understand it is that it's about an ex-con trying to straighten his life out and finds inspiration in music, at the end of the song he's saying that you don't have to wait til you f up your life to try and find inspiration (whether it's music, art, a muse, etc.).

    Here's my run down of the lyrics:

    Relations (he meets bad influences)
    Creation (they create a volitile situation for themselves)
    Incarceration (he ends up in prison)
    Equation (prison equates to humiliation)
    Humiliation
    Reincarnation (he is reborn a good citizen)
    Situation (his relations and creations provide good outcomes)
    Elation (he is elated to be out of prison and on the right track)
    Identification (he is identified by police as and ex-con and is harrassed)
    Retaliation (he seeks retaliation against police harrassment)
    Inspiration (he seeks inspiration do deal with hardships but finds a substitution)
    Substitution
    Non-Inclusion (his make shift inspiration is a drug habit that seperates him from his friends & family)
    Drug Infusion
    Mass Confusion (his world is upside down from drugs)
    Delusion
    Solution (the solution and conclusion is inspiration...Let the drummer kick, music, art, literature, etc)
    Conclusion
    Inspiration

    Imthedudemanon July 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the guy above me, his interpretation sounds very close to the meaning + story of the song meant to inspire change in people. And whether the song is saying 'expiration' or 'inspiration' at the end of the song, death is what inspires and determines creation of all beings. Death is what drives and changes, re-shapes all things. Re-creation.

    So I think the most important message of the song is to say to all, that whatever is holding you back from your fate, your volition to create, you must overcome to transcend the hardships. So when he says 'let the drummer kick that' he's saying 'find a passion and a purpose to surpass your shortcomings and embrace a destiny of your choosing'. Let the beat of life, the drummer, your heart, the will to live, kick the poison of sin and convulsion.

    If he's saying 'let the drummer kid die', then to those who hear it, he's saying leave those childish distractions and vices behind and grasp a better life. Not necessarily better, but more appropriate to your desires to fulfill your place on earth as a human being.
    PandorasKeyon July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought the one-word lines were cool and random, but I gave meaning to them just for fun

    Relation
    Creation (When we relate with one another, we create a bond)

    Incarceration
    Determination (When we're incarcerated, we're determined to break free)

    Equation
    Humiliation
    Reincarnation (Equation as in equality; humility allows us to treat each other as equal; humility allows us to be broken down and be born again)

    Situation
    Elation (When we are more aware of our surroundings, we can be elated with what we have)

    Identification
    Retaliation (When we identify our problems, we retaliate)

    Education
    Inspiration
    No substitution (It is good to be both educated and inspired, but there is no substitution for the other)

    Solution
    Conclusion (When we have the solution, it's time to conclude)
    ajay2140on July 29, 2009   Link

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