Manna Zen

Manna Zen

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Two cups of rock, a cup of hip-hop, a half cup of funk. Toss in a dash of crowd participation, a handful of energy and bit of free-style to taste.

Biography

Manna Zen is a bit different from what you usually see on stage at a local show. Its definately alternative, a little hip hop and a bit of funk. Hayden has the ability to throw down rapid fire lyrics. Donny brings a strong classic guitar message through the music, while D-Money throws in some funky "something out of the 70's" riffs. Mikey brings the depth to the music with the bass lines and Mike drives a bolt of energy into the show with his bad ass drum beats.

Lyrics

Benign/Calling You Out

Written By: Hayden Vega

And you are my...
Yes you are my...
And you are my GOD...
Can't understand
What you're saying
All your words
Separate me
The life you lead
Is so frustrating
Contemplating
What's to be
I'm disillusioned
By your example
Left to make out
What you ramble
A masochist to
What's not answered
Why in you
Did I have so much belief?
That you are my god
That you are the nature
Of everything that makes me
Fall apart inside
And you are this guilt
And you are this anger
Lay your hands upon me
I feel
Empty and benign
When I'm by your side
Your side
When I'm by your side
Can't understand the games you're playing
And all of this pain it seems you're faking
I'm sick and tired of compensating
Ignored prayers in return
For my belief
That you are my god
That you are the nature
Of everything that makes me
Fall apart inside
And you are this guilt
And you are this anger
Lay your hands upon me
I feel
Empty and benign
When I'm by your side
Your side
When I'm by your side
This vicious cycle
That consumes me
You are my god but
Can you save me
From what I do to myself
That you are my god
And you are my savior
You're everything that makes me
Feel like shit inside
And you are this guilt
And you are this anger
Lay your hands upon me
I feel
Empty and benign
When I'm by your side
Your side
When I'm by your side
I shout my hate
Hold you to blame
I am the Able to my own Cain
I cast aside
And curse your name
You are the Rome
To which I put flame
Stop asking why things go their
way
Because it's just me
I've questioned always
You are my god
(my god)
But I'm to blame
(to blame)
You are my god
(my god)
But I'm to blame

(Benign/Calling You Out)
Born patiently impatient
I'm stuck here and complacent
My progress is long gone
Like everything I've ever known
Like everyone who's ever shown
Hope
For me
A touch of rush to
Keep these inner demons at hush
I'm calling you out
Because you have nothing to offer
me
Except this head of doubt
I'm calling you out
Because you have nothing to offer
me
Except this head of doubt
Gone now
Passed
Over the horizon
Tapped the well
But no longer flying
Over the rainbow
Because I've been told
Hope is gone
Yeah hope is gone from here
And I'm calling you out
Because you have nothing to offer
me
Except this heart of doubt
I'm calling you out
Because you have nothing to offer me
Except these nights when I
Cannot sleep
Cannot
Close my eyes
But more than a
Few minutes time
In my mind
I can't
Keep you away
It's been a while
Since I smiled
When I
Said your name
I see
Smoke but no fire
So who put out the flame
Can it be this shit
That you can't
Put away
Or how my past wrongs for you
Can't stay that way
This bit of guilt
Mixed with wrath
You seem to slide my way
But this time you're gonna hear me Say that...I'm...
Calling you out
'Cause you have nothing to offer me
Except this life of ....
(I'm calling you out)
This life of doubt
For me
Because you
Have nothing to offer me
But this life of
Love and pain
I see you think they mean the same
If it's not that
Then it's all the shit you blame
A hypochondriac
With your world at flames
If this is all your offering me
Fuck you
I'll go my way
I'm calling you out
I'm calling you
I'm calling you out
I’m calling you
Yes I'm calling you out
I'm calling you...
Out

Struggle

Written By: Hayden Vega

Never seen the upside

But always cruisin'

On the downside of life

Think I just wanna swallow my pride

Let it go

Let it just slide

Send it down the chute pipe

I've taken enough

I'm throwing it back

I find

That I's had it

Up to here

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

So I struggle

I struggle

Never got it quite right

Always had

A thousand "but if?"'s and "why?"'s

Fucked up inside

With a cynical view of life

Let it go

Let it just slide

Send it down the chute pipe

I've taken enough

I'm throwing it back

I find

That I's had it

Up to here

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

So I struggle

I struggle

I struggle...

So can you tell me the tale

Of two cities

Two lovers

Two families

Too many tragedies

Stirred in our fable cauldrons

Two mules and a nun

Two prisoners on the run

Too many knuckleheads

Blazing a gun just for fun

Two eyes

Two ears

Two legs

Two arms

Too much

Human enmity

When we're all the same life form

These lies that you say

These games that you play

It's all a struggle

When it's all in vain

So I just...

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

Struggle

It's all I ever knew

Let go

Would be easier just to do

Don't know

What more there is to use

For this state I'm in

So I struggle

I struggle

I struggle

I struggle

The Last Time

Written By: Hayden Vega

There she stands

Stone-faced

Cold

No emotion shows

And she taps her foot

On the concrete floor

Past this door that he's opened for her

And he can't sleep tonight

Can't embrace this dark around him

But he knows she cannot pretend

That his defense was not well spoken

But in spite of this this question is

Is this all worth it

These lies that we deal

This pain that we feel

Spent on

Choking on words of hate

That this is the last time

We will see us through

Then this must be the last time

To make this wrong right

'Cause we're not alright

A shot in the dark

That this world will not hear

But it's candid and clear

The sound of reality crashing in

That this is the last time

We will see us through

Then this must be the last time

To make this wrong right

'Cause we're not alright

This poison let it be quick

These veins are thin

But this heart is thick

A veil of wool

Over these eyes

That hide the wolf

That tears inside of me

A masquerade of truth and lies

Inept to deal with my own pride

Cannot escape

Can't shut away

All the things that I've said tonight

But we all know things said out of anger

Are never meant

Are never meant

That this is the last time

We will see us through

Then this must be the last time

To make this wrong right

To make this wrong right

To make this wrong right

Make this wrong right with you

And let you go

Make this wrong right

And let you go

Make this wrong right

And let you go

Make this wrong right

And let you go

If you love them then

Set them free

Star

Written By: Hayden Vega

Caution signs abound

Everywhere I look

Someone somewhere frowns upon me

Get a grip on a perspective

That's not quite what I see

Not quite what I can agree too

Fathom me an answer

To a question

Of something

I don't know

Conversation is hard with you

When you're talking in my ear

God damn

You drive me crazy

Thin line like the thin ice of all the thin lies that you call promises

Distance myself if only to get a piece of mind just a little rest then I'll keep bleeding

But I won't let this inner child

Wither away

No I won't

I get confused

In this in between

in the industry that keeps telling me to give it a rest

why do they keep telling me to

give it a rest

now

But what I know

Doesn't change

How I feel

And what I know (I know)

Doesn't change

How I feel

How I feel

How I feel son

So pull your pants up

Bounce Bounce

Just roll them bones boy

And what I know

Doesn't change

How I feel

And what I know (I know)

Doesn't change

How I feel

How I feel

I'm not a star but I'm a rock

I'm not a star but I'm a rock

Model CitiZEN

Written By: Hayden Vega

I've seen concrete and steel tumble like blocks

The news a year later

Talk about shock and awe

I claw at my eyes

To make me blind

To not see

All this

Inhumanity

It makes much sense to me

How all this religion

How this opposition

That they've been wishing to get rid of us all

Cause I wanna be

A model citizen

Better shut my eyes

Can't see no more

The blood that's spilled

Is it worth this war

But now

I march away

So sign my name on the dotted line

I'll pay no mind

To what I'm feeling

Living but just not breathing

A freedom of opion that's mine

A freedom of opinion that's yours

Since birth

But now you've signed it away

It makes much sense to me

How all this religion

How this opposition

That they've been wishing to get rid of us all

Cause I wanna be

A model citizen

Better shut my mouth

Can't say no more

The blood that's spilled

Is it worth this war

But now

I watch the sky

As it rolls by

Like these days

These days of my life

It's been a long time since i've felt at home

If I even know what home is

Anymore

A model citizen

A model

Give me gun

And march

Left right left

Cause I wanna be

A model citizen

Oh a model

Citizen

A model

Citizen

A model citizen

Set List

Manna Zen writes, creates, composes, tweaks, fluffs, puffs and criticizes their own music. Most songs average between two to three minutes, give or take a few moments of a solo performance by any given band member. The set list usually includes:

*Struggle
*The Last Time
*Kemet
*Model Citizen
*July
*Benign
*Calling You Out
*Ayuda (Help)
*Spit