Cultivated Rhetoric

by By All Means

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released October 27, 2017

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Track Name: Stiletto Stares
Stiletto Stares

A spectacle, they stare right at you
Probably picking apart every fault
Probably analyzing your worth
Forgettable, in and out of plane sight
What will make us make an impression?

So I dig not very far down from within… it’s...

Easy to find the heart, the will, the drive
Believe it’s there, it’s always been inside
Take for granted all the cringed and rolling eyes
In this meantime, we hold our heads up
Resisting regret, learn to cherish sacrifice

A circus act, they point and laugh at you
Most likely assuming that you’re just trite
Most likely taunting behind your back
Dispensable, in and out of your head
What will stain us? Make an impression

So I dig not very far down from within… it’s…

Easy to find the heart, the will, the drive
Believe it’s there, it’s always been inside
Take for granted all the cringed and rolling eyes
In this meantime, we hold our heads up
Resisting regret, learn to cherish sacrifice

Dispose of me, I’m not exactly what you thought I’d be
Consider me lucky cause really it’s nothing… it’s…

Easy to find the heart, the will, the drive
Believe it’s there, it’s always been inside
Take for granted all the cringed and rolling eyes
In this meantime, we hold our heads up
Resisting regret, learn to cherish sacrifice
Track Name: No Longer Yours
No Longer Yours


This empty room’s a hollow place
You don’t change your depth perception
When you’re stuck in one direction
My beating chest, my flooded face
Are my proof of imperfection
They speak on terms of my discretion

You thought the power was in your hands
But that was when my door was open
But I’ve taken me back

A minor glitch, suddenly strange
The brain says just forget me
Now the heart yells come and get me
Forgive me if I sound a bit lost but I’m considering…
Not holding on

You thought the power was in your hands
But that was when my door was open
But I’ve taken me back

Nail biting stress, familiar pain
I’m content with what annoys me
But I know it won’t destroy me
A disconnect, we wrack our brains
Confused and slightly stable
You know I’m willing and able

You think the future’s still in your hands
So many words that I have spoken
But I’ve taken them back
Track Name: At The Bottom Of My Glass
There’s a place in my mind
It’s a memory of you and I
And there’s a place I want to go
It’s a memory of our first show

And we drank the bottle til the night was gone
We had to say so long
And the memories, they’re all that I have
Your voice is at the bottom of my glass, the bottom of my glass

There’s a place deep inside
It’s a memory of our first time
There’s a love that’s come and gone
And there’s a memory, I heard in my own song

And we drank the bottle til the night was gone
We had to say so long
And the memories, they’re all that I have
Your voice is at the bottom of my glass, the bottom of my glass
Track Name: Childish
Childish


Apologies and an open mouth
Overlooked and empty so I just can’t
Explain myself or is it you won’t let me?
You understand now, or so you’ve said
Words bring excuses and ego bruises
A common ground we still have not found
It chips away at me on the surface
Do I lash out and reciprocate?

I’m an amused child
Too safe and scared all at once
And my innocence is ignorance and a clouded bliss
All arranged and spread into little pieces

I won’t pretend I’m in a bitter state
And learn from so many of my mistakes
Someday I’ll let go of this selfish, lingered,
Stubborn center that’s commonplace
The pointless hounding, my face turned down
A position I’m accustomed to now
To speak and be the only one that listens
A sound hard to ever forget

I’m an abused child
So lost with no say
Bored with a dumb smile
I’m a confused child
Angry with heartache
Filled with a deep rage
Faced with a choice to accept a lesser evil
And rebuild a base from these little pieces

Let’s shut this shit down
And scream like we’re piss drunk
We won’t let this child fall now
And shatter to the floor, reminding of the nights when we were young

I’m an accused child
Hungry for no shame
This might be inside
And likely won’t end, is this a positive?
I’ll control the spread of these little pieces
Track Name: Crime Is Punishment
Crime Is Punishment

The ones who know don’t care anymore
And the ones who care don’t know
Conveniently behind the cold mass of steel
Shoot to live… don’t we?

Cover the image that burns through
Climb up the fear that holds to you
(You will bleed deceit and spoil)
I’m holding my breath to suffocate you

We share this space until it runs out
So aim your sights at me
Hoard the want, sustain the supply of need
Live to kill?... not me

Cover the image that burns through
Climb up the fear that holds to you
(When it shoots, it stings, it soils)
I’m holding my breath to suffocate you

Partners in death, brothers in arms
Weaklings in defense, actions in haste
Strangers and culprits, armored like guards
Bosses of vacancy urgent to waste
You’ve become what I always knew you could be, Murderer
Track Name: Wont Go Away
Won’t go away

Look, watch your back
feel the gears shift their place
cause you know you’re changing
fear what attacks
catch a glimpse of your face
and the time it’s taken
we can all learn a thing about trusting someone
when they’re not who they say and the tables have turned

take a rest, take a heap of the bullshit you feed
take a second to see, this is you it’s not me
now it’s pointed at you, could you ever have dreamed
that you’re not worth the weight of your mendacity?
take some film of the scene, write a book we can read
speak your scripted remarks and your forged honesty
there is something to say for the damage you’ve done
Cause you can’t take it back and it won’t go away

You’ve got a way
With the words that you say
And they’re always changing
Live what you preach
And imagine to be
This you’ve instigated
I have never been cool with trusting someone
When they’re not who they say and the tables have turned

Take a step, take a leap of the faith that’s fading
Take a dive in the wave, now you’re soaked and drowning
Sort of awkward to see you in pain and worried
But you’re not worth the time and I don’t feel sorry
You should beg, you should plea, you should cry on your knees
Say your closing remarks and bow out gracefully
There is nothing to prove cause it’s already done
And you can’t take it back cause it won’t go away

You looking back
Overwhelmed with regret
But for me I’m changing

take disgrace, take defeat, fill the room with deceit
take good care of the life you’ve pretended to lead
we have all learned a thing about trusting someone
and you’re not who you say, now the tables have turned
what a mess, what a deed, like a horror story
when you cover the wound then it’s exposed to breath
is this what you meant when you showed it to me?
well you can’t take it back and it won’t go away
Track Name: Your Welcome Mat Is Saying Goodbye
Your Welcome Mat Is Saying Goodbye


You are the enemy
This is me defending me and my pride
You’re on the other side

Opening a gaping wound
A bandage that’s been removed
Meant to not be shut
Out flows memories that breathe but quickly die

Unfortunate for everyone
You gave in so I give up this time
It really gets to me

Opening a gaping wound
A bandage that’s been removed
Meant to not be shut
Out flows memories that breathe but quickly die

You grow strong and I get weak
It’s such a 180 for both of us

You are the enemy
This is me defending me and my pride
You’re on the other side

Opening a gaping wound
A bandage that’s been removed
Meant to not be shut
Out flows memories that breathe but quickly die
Track Name: Start To Burn
Start To Burn



You’re so negative, but what can you do?
Sufficed in a fit a rage to see the week through
You are seen the way you want to be
You are the center of the quake of me
Give me a second to breathe

I look through the window and you’re there to blind me
I chew through the dirt you lay down on me
You’re looking at me like, ‘When is it my turn?’
I wish you’d not chill me when I start to burn

We’re just empty now, so hollow and clear
Content with a little pain and feeling the end’s near
This is not the way it has to be
This is just the truth protecting me
Giving me such clarity

I look through the window and you’re there to blind me
I chew through the dirt you lay down on me
You’re looking at me like, ‘When is it my turn?’
I wish you’d not chill me when I start to burn

I look through the window and you’re there to blind me
I chew through the dirt you lay down on me
You’re looking at me like, ‘When is it my turn?’

I wish you’d not chill me when I start to burn
Track Name: Election Daze
ELECTION DAZE

It’s hilarious the absurdity
Such conviction but obscure to me
Inept brilliance, separate wavelengths
Follow quickly where the wave takes
New adjustments, guard the namesake
Pledge means nothing just a phase

Mix it in, let it settle
Sip it slowly, faint and fall
Into a let down
Drink it up, hard to swallow
Where’s it going? I’m enthralled
With another let down

Open minded but still sturdy
Your sales pitch is way too wordy
Your neck tie hollers “trust me”
So I glare with bulging eyes
Still I don’t drink what you’re serving
All your speeches like a sermon
I feel drunk off your words
I won’t listen, just observe

Mix it in, let it settle
Sip it slowly, faint and fall
Into a let down
Drink it up, hard to swallow
Where’s it going? I’m enthralled
With another let down

Solid in a place that has no bearing anymore
It appears to me you’re just inadequate and worthless
Track Name: The Everyday Condition
The Everyday Condition

A sigh of relief is my getaway
From the harsh sounds of the simulated peace in our 50 states
We forge ahead until we feel complete
A pipe bomb blows inside your priceless vacant pride
And lands on me
I feel nothing from the neck up, so mentally paralyzed
I know your aim’s misleading and blind

It’s in the way you stop us in our tracks
We turn to face you, we’ll soon replace you
A November will get the monkey off our back
A future more gracious and less contagious

A mentored mind on the killing vine
Just another blackballed intellect deceased from the same disease
So we clash more and never stitch the seam
Millions of brainwashed lives are taught to stay inside reluctantly
I’m thinking that it’s time to step up
Somehow, Somewhere, Someone’s…

Gotta find a way to stop you in your tracks
Don’t want to face us, just tap and trace us
New press release to let the people cut you slack
We’re losing patience and it’s contagious
Gotta find a way to stop you in your tracks
Don’t want to face us, just tap and trace us
In poverty while you sort your cash in stacks
We’re losing patience and it’s contagious

Do you feel sick? Cause I do… Look at the ones around you

Your casting call will leave you witness
What you see is what you get if you look behind the scenes, believe me
I won’t laugh it off or soften my fist
My angst still dwells inside and it is justified in its routine
I choose the way in which I stand up
It will bring victory, for you, for us, for me
Track Name: Old Friend
Old Friend


In the corner of my bedroom sits
A gift you once gave me
In the back on my mind’s where your laugh always saves me

Whether it gets rough, tough
I won’t get sad about it
Cause you won’t let me, will you?
Before I get where this life takes me
Before the world knows my name, you knew me

If I promise to always remember
Will you watch over me?
Cause you were the part of my life that would never leave me

Whether it gets rough, tough
No I won’t get sad about it
Cause you won’t let me, will you?
Before you get where this life takes you
Before the world knows your name, I knew you

I did not know we’d stop this way
How can you not be here today?
I never got the chance to say…

You placed your mark on my world
A feeling I wouldn’t change
You left a sting in my eye
A tear that I’ll wipe away
Track Name: Ending Notice
Ending Notice


Racing to the next one
I can see and feel the distance grow
I can hear the silence telling me that you don’t know
Now I’ll have to wait, the process…the strain
Can’t just sleep this away and wake up the same
To hope it’s okay

My cry for help was denied
You swore that you would make it in time
An empty promise, a lie
No deep depression and no surprise
So I have to say, make your mistakes
Can’t just live your life plain and keep it the same
And think it will change

But how can I hide how can I make it on my own
Meet me in the middle… I’m already there
Will you come to me?, I’m waiting please, help me
Ride this one out or
Ride this one out or let go

You planned this for so long
So it seemed you were prepared
Now glancing at mirrors makes you scared

Different than the last time
The reflection’s just not the same
I escape and survive
Separate myself from your sick game
Choose to live without
A choice I made and will stick to
And now with nothing left, I don’t regret
Upset? No way… You?

But how can I hide how can I make it on my own
Meet me in the middle… I’m already there
Will you come to me?, I’m waiting please, help me
Ride this one out
Ride this one out
(This is for you, this is your ending notice)

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