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Open​-​Concept (Prod. Man Mantis)

from Distance by Search Engine Optimization

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first take liquid pure-eyed open spirits
seal in glass with air and syrup
stack in flats and pressurize, oh
then shake until their guts are roiled and fizzing
bursting out apocalyptic
like they’re running out of time

(oh they told me)
you’re the only uplit snowflake for bold things
take the loan, unlock the vault to your gold dreams
(so they pulled me in)
like a hungry catfish suckered by coin on a string
now seize up, jello bones when the phone rings
(no one told me)
how deep long elapsing old feels the toll teeth
clawing carrion my back like a soul weed
(now they tell me)
emptor caveat, should have known
gullible teens gobble one free lunch
then pay out until they’re cold meat

i signed the dots
so i could follow their schematics
and build wings
once they release me
from their open-concept prison
i’ll fly free

i sprayed, i drained my heart for art in music
turning youth to debt to prove it
until one night i stood outside after moving day
and beheld the home my dayjob purchased
while my bleeding art sat worthless
scales scattered from my eyes

(oh they told me)
you’re an astronaut orgone pinnacle peak
build a song and launch your soul so the globe sings
(so they pulled me in)
like a lonely captain drawn to the song of the deep
washing out, palindrome to the old me
(no one told me)
how deep slow erosion cuts in the crow’s feet
giving up tumult for the compass of small things
(now they tell me)
penny for your life
tail is long, chase some more streams
it will wag as long as you feed it some more dreams

some mistakes chase your shadow until you die
just don’t make them the next time you’re alive


from Distance, released October 27, 2020


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