Cultivated Rhetoric

by By All Means

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1.
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
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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
3.
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
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Childish 03:09
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
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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
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Wont Go Away 02:38
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
7.
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
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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
9.
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
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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
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Old Friend 03:09
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
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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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released October 27, 2017

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