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My name is a thing you might do to a tune
Or a thing you might find in a hot air balloon

Gravity first makes me hold on quite tight
I follow a street to find action at night

See me you may, in the streets of L.A.,
Embroiled in a blood-feud to this very day

If I spot a pedestrian following me
I show off just how toned my pecs and abs be

It seems that whenever I drink tea at all
That afterward I tend to stumble and fall

I followed a lead Democrat I adore
Til he said I was just a conservative bore

One final request I have for you, my friend
I'm planning ahead — all our days, some day, end
If they lay me to rest in a grave with a stone
On that marker I want one word, one word alone
Just my name on the stone to remember me by
And as epitaph to how I hope I shall lie

What is my name?

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    $\begingroup$ Why are you leaving us? ;_; $\endgroup$ – n_plum Jun 2 '17 at 0:52
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You are

RIP


My name is a thing you might do to a tune

RIP is slang for copying music.

Or a thing you might find in a hot air balloon

Balloons can have RIPS in them.

Gravity first makes me hold on quite tight

GRIP means to hold on tight.

I follow a street to find action at night

STRIP refers to a commercially developed area with lots of nightlife.

See me you may, in the streets of L.A.,
Embroiled in a blood-feud to this very day

CRIPS are a violent street gang who feud with the Bloods (Thanks, Alconja).

If I spot a pedestrian following me
I show off just how toned my pecs and abs be

RIPPED means having toned muscles.

It seems that whenever I drink tea at all
That afterward I tend to stumble and fall

TRIP means stumble.

I followed a lead Democrat I adore
Til he said I was just a conservative bore

DRIP means a bore.

One final request I have for you, my friend
I'm planning ahead — all our days, some day, end
If they lay me to rest in a grave with a stone
On that marker I want one word, one word alone
Just my name on the stone to remember me by
And as epitaph to how I hope I shall lie

RIP means Rest In Peace.

The title,

like the final stanza, refers to someone passing away.

There is also a pun on tear, meaning RIP (I missed this, but Rubio pointed it out in The Sphinx's Lair).

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    $\begingroup$ I think the blood-feud in the streets of LA is referring to the crips ("C" + me you may...). $\endgroup$ – Alconja Jun 2 '17 at 1:12

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