Cascadence

by Adam Selene

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A song I wrote with New York guitarist Khail about coping with stress and trauma and the ways they sometimes do define us.

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flags don’t have wings, you gotta bare em with your own arm strength
or keep them tucked away at honesty’s expense
build a fence around the places where the lightning strikes
more than twice bitten and a bit prone to be thunder shy

but the rainfall is so alive and rinses out the sky’s true colors
whether in between the lines or otherwise
I smudge em, not on purpose, but by practical design
I mean, sorry but not sorry, only trying to be courteous

heteroflexible man hating pansexual
we all know what labels do, I’m just trying to reach the best in you
leave a message if you can’t get through
sometimes it’s only empty space that separates, and that’ll do.

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far from shatter proof, doesn’t take too much
like when my morning after lover had no time for me by lunch
a single tear and such, but no ledger book was found
I’m not a creature of entitlement, just feeling things out loud

when the ground shook beneath and the clouds cried on top of me
the wind whispered “run” but my legs responded awkwardly
these boots weren’t made for walking, but I definitely showed them how
two fists against a sea of those just trying not to drown too

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but the rainfall is so alive, mind the thirst you lack
we have deserts built on purpose within oceans to remind you that
a flame inside extinguished by the flood of setbacks’ hurts
but the torrent brought abrasion reveals diamonds in the dirt

the lines drawn are curved, crooked, razor sharp and venom laced
while the pencil geeks behind them will remind you how a curb can taste
but please don’t let these self appointed gum shoes make you face
a reality that doesn’t even exist in the first place

I’d trade all of my birthdays to close this distance
to suture my self interest with fine precision instruments
my access seems limited but I’m sure it’s just my mindset
think happy thoughts or something and be grateful for the time spent

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see we all tried dancing through the storm one time
too many sand drawn lines were washed away by lies
falsified day by night light, we kept the rain outside
but still can’t manage to stay dry

we were all dragged under by the friendliest tides
and were reminded of murkier waters where teeth lie
falsified land by sea craft, we kept the waves outside
but still can’t manage to stay dry

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but the rainfall is so alive, why can’t you see it clearly?
now I’m fearing blurring lines that I can’t report to leadership
this little eye of mine spies for enemies that don’t exist
I argue over which is which and hope nobody notices

my throat was made for closing, except opposite I swear
just every breath I still expect salt water in the air
and I’m prepared for the drought now but still not the rain
not complaining but there’s better ways to long for sunny days

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now what’s wrong with you?
why can’t you see it clearly?

(that one sore tooth in the furthest corner of my mouth is of prime interest as my more comfortable side gently tongues it but tomorrow my left knee may ache and my right hand just might save its life)

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flags don’t have wings, you gotta bare em with your own arm strength
or keep them tucked away at honesty’s expense
build a fence around the places where the lightning strikes
more than twice bitten and a bit prone to be thunder shy

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released February 24, 2017
Lyrics and vocals by Adam Selene
Instruments by Khail
Remix and master by Humjunkie humjunkie.bandcamp.com

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Adam Selene is a Baltimore born, Denver based rapper of raps that raps at rap time.

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