The American Dream (feat. John Piper)

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[Verse 1]
So you want to be successful, the top of your class / all them Ivy League schools, you strive to be at / you know if you don't make it in, how them guys'll react / gotta keep working harder 'cause it's hard to please dad / and besides, you don't want to end up living in the streets / so you chasing dollar bills, yeah, you getting all that green / be successful, a businessman, a doctor, or a lawyer / get a villa, a coupe, and an education ready for your / kids, so when they retire, they can give you / and your wife nice living conditions for your finish / but I'm asking you, man, what would you have done? / you might've helped people here, but what about after? / when you step into eternity, you'll fall at your feet / at the throne of the judge, you'll be bawling on your knees / 'cause you wasted your life / chasing the lies / of Satan / it was vain, and you're crying / 'cause you’re paying the price

[Verse 2]
The American Dream in its essence is deception / don’t buy that lie, you’ll regret it when you exit / look, you got good grades? In eighty years it won’t matter / ever wonder why the most successful people grow sadder / as the years pass, and they realize the end is coming? / everybody's saying, “YOLO!” / so they’re going, “Live it up!” yeah / but they don’t know / what living is like 'cause they're living without Christ / stop living for dough / there's an infinite price / to pay for spending your life / living it nice / tell me, will you profit gaining physical treasures / and losing your soul and ending miserable forever? / nah - I pray you'd see that's foolish / promoted by the world in them films and the music / yes, they're lying to you / the king of this world is Lucifer / he’s got all his ideas celebrated and he’s using your / appetite, befriending it so you can chase wealth / but he’ll never tell you that your end in chasing gain’s hell

[Verse 3]
I’m writing this song to plead with you, man, don’ t waste your life / a lot of people hear this message and say they can take their time / but tomorrow ain't promised to you / keep on putting it off, you gon' miss the mess you've gotten into / all you're doing's chasing fabricated dreams / if your heart still ain't changed, then you haven't gained a thing / what's the point of getting cash with a heart of sorrow? / and what's the point of going to Cornell if your heart is carnal? / I'm telling you man, it ain’t worth it—Christ is / after you get all that money, tell me what your life is / the solution to your void ain’t none of that / the emptiness might go for a while, but it’s coming back / look, you were made for the enjoyment of God / only he could ever come and fill your void and it stops / so instead of working for success, trust in what Christ said / all the laboring and weary, come to him and find rest

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from Seasoned Vol. 1, released March 19, 2013
Written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Kaptivated.
Sermon delivered by John Piper.
Produced by Kanye West.

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