Dirt - WoodBurnsFire (H​.​E​.​A​.​T​.​)

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Artist(s): Dirt and 7Lock
Song: WoodBurnsFire (H.E.A.T)
Word Count: 400
Producer: Fingaz
Recorded: Abbot Sounds
Album: Plague (Rescue rec. 1999)

Dirts favorite Line(s): ‘evil grasshoppers made a move on us’, ‘lets put a squeeze on them bugs like 2 hands and accordian’


This song became the epitomy of Dirt writing something too deep for anyone to pick up on. There are a couple ideas so interwoven into this track that I guess not many picked up on them.
The main one is that it’s a song about a gun. Which most peeps understood. I actually concepted this track after what happened from the ‘Operation E’ song. I was tired of bullets in our culture!
My uncle Merle told me about a scene in a Ray Bradbury book called ‘Farenheit 45’. I still haven’t read it but its something about a guy who see’s these crazy visions of war but in reverse. So the bullets are actually flying out of people and back into the guns. I thought that was dope!
If you pay attention to the second verse of this track I go through the story of a gun in the same way. Normally we dig the ores out of the ground, melt them down to metals, fashion the metal to guns and bullets, shoot them into people, and doctors have to pull them out. But I go in reverse:
-‘capsules of metal with evil intention/ were placed within my body with delayed explosion’
-‘this one had a handheld device…he pulled the trigger twice’ (he had a gun which he used to suck the bullets out of me)
-‘heat the oven up…we melted the bullets down’
-‘we took the secret of the gun and buried it deep within the earth’
The second idea was the acronym for the word heat in the song. I thought it was cool but alotta kids didn’t get it. HEAT stood for: Holyspirit Embodied As Teacher. And in the chorus I am saying that emcee’s can be dope as heck but if they aren’t led by God then they are still wack. People started calling the song ‘heat’ instead of ‘WoodBurnsFire’ (which was derived from the backwards gun idea).
People didn’t grasp onto the ideas as much as I wished they would have. Even so this was a popular request at shows. I would usually not do the second verse though, replacing it with a lot of crowd interaction. I would usually end a show (especially on my tours with P.O.D) with ‘Heat’ and then ‘Chant’.
In the song I liked how 7Lock backed up the track too. It ended up sounding real nice. Fingaz rocked the ill scratch of a Jeru song at the end. And if you listen in headphones you can hear the first time I used my now infamous ‘whisper’ backups.
This track was recorded in Hollywood and remixed a few times in L.A. and San Diego before the final version

lyrics

H.E.A.T
(Holyspirit.Emodied.As.Teacher)

THEY TRIED TO DIS THE LOCUST FIST
CLIMBIN SIDEWAYS THROUGH THE WINDOW, BUT THE SECOND ONE GOT DISSED
SATELLITE CONNECTION-CONNECT ME TO MY NUMBER ONE
INSECT REINFORCEMENT MEET AT THE JOINT LIKE SKELETON
EVIL GRASSHOPPERS MADE A MOVE ON US
CREATED A NEW WEAPON CALLED CRANIUM RUCUS-OR GUN
RECEIVE THE PERIMETERS OF MY MISSION
LETS PUT THE SQUEEZE ON THEM BUGS LIKE TWO HANDS AND ACCORDION
SOLAR WIND FASHION
PLANT EXPLOSIVES-N-RUN
I WANNA GET HOME QUICK SO I CAN SEE MY CINNAMON
AND CHILDREN-LETS BLOW THE WICKED OUT THE LAND
MOBILIZE-AND SYNCHRONIZE WATCHES AT MY COMMAND
POSITIVELY CHARGED-RADIUS IS LARGE
SECRET UNDERGROUND AGENTS LIKE MASONIC LODGE
BEFORE WE DISMISS-AND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS
RAISE YOUR ANTENNAE AND SING THE ANTHEM OF THE LOCUST.........
-EMCEES AIN'T NOTHIN IF THEY DON'T GOT H.E.A.T.
DON'T WEAR THE ARMOR-GET CRUSHED LIKE WHEAT
YOUR GHETTO SOUNDS ARE SWEET MELODIES
BUT THEY DON'T GOT NOTHIN IF THEY DON'T GOT H.E.A.T.


V.2
A CLOUDED MIND SEES NOTHIN'
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER THEY SAID THEY SAW AN ARMY COMIN,
SOME WERE ON HORSES-THE OTHER ONES WERE RUNNIN-
IN THE HANDS OF THE WICKED MEN THEY SAW THE WEAPON
RUNNIN PLOTS TO MAKE US BOW LIKE CELLO OR VIOLIN
WICKED INSECTS SNUFFIN THE SPIRIT OF MARANATHA
LETS BREAK UP THEIR PLANS LIKE BIRTHDAY KIDS AND PINATA
----SPYIN ME WIT DEM BAD EYE---------
I CALLED BACK-UP TO THE SPOT-LETS STRIKE WHILE THE IRONS HOT

BUT THE ENEMY JUMPED BACK QUICK AND MY SHIRT WAS CAUGHT
CAPSULES OF METAL WITH EVIL INTENTION
WERE PLACED WITHIN MY BODY WITH DELAYED EXPLOSION
I SCREAMED BLOOD, MURDER STYLE-BUT NOBODY HEARD ME
THE NEXT DAY I AWOKE WITH VISIONS OF CEMETERY ACTIONS-STRONG LIGHTS WERE BLAZIN ON ME
WHEN I CAME TO, I RECOGNIZED DOCTORS AROUND ME
THIS ONE HAD THIS HANDHELD DEVICE
TOUCHED MY SKIN COLD AS ICE-HE PULLED THE TRIGGER TWICE
I LET OUT-AS THE BULLETS WERE SUCKED FROM MY CAVITY
MY ANATOMY NEEDED TWO WEEKS OF RECOVERY
NOW LETS FIND THE MYSTERY OF THE WEAPON
HEAT THE OVEN UP FIFTY-ONE HUNDRED DEGREES LIKE DRAGON
FLAME-WE MELTED THE BULLETS DOWN
I SEEN THE SECRET COMPOUND
INSTILL MY PEOPLE WITH FEAR AND MAKE THEM LIE DOWN
WE CAN'T LET THIS INFORMATION GET AROUND.............
I SEARCHED MY HEAD FOR AN ANSWER BUT ONLY ONE COULD BE FOUND
THE DEVILS WORMS ARE AT WORK
WE TOOK THE SECRET OF THE GUN AND BURIED IT DEEP WITHIN THE EARTH............

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from Plague, released October 15, 1997

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Jeremiah Dirt (Shadow of the Locust) Hesperia, California

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Beginning a career in 1999 with the acclaimed album, Plague, after years of touring with, then, labelmates POD, Dirt has kept and keeps his fans loaded up with his unique blend of creative, emotional, revealing lyrical ferocity and love for pure Hiphop.
Founding Father of 'Shadow of the Locust' - he's proven to be an emcee NOT to sleep on.
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