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things to throw off a cliff

by charlie otto

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down 02:52
He’s down He’s staying down for the count He’s down until the time is right For getting on with the fight He’s stuck He’s fallen down on his luck And our man Is stunned, that every time he swings, nothing meets, his glove I see success through a store window I’m looking skeptically in the mirror “why don’t they like me? What would I have to be?” They bring me down So I’m holing up downtown Hiding from the next defeat that patiently waits for me You’re down But you’re getting up off the ground Cuz you’re down, for all the rights and lefts, the hits and jabs you’ll take You’re down So you’ll find your own way around And you’ll wear them out, as only one who fails so very well, Could last the bells, to knock them out You’re down
you're hiding from something but it's already found you either way you turn, it can stay right behind you in fear dressed as hope, you hold your breath, and count to ten and by then you'll forget, and go hiding with your money yes you do it's an uneven world out there, so many holes to fall into so many different people, each with their own way to ignore you so ration your gold, collect your tolls, and make it stretch see how far you can get, if you go hiding with your money yes you do holding your breath can suffocate you digging a hole with your own weight holding your breath will suffocate you and you're digging a hole, while you wait to move
mom says "don't leave the bed for anything else" but sometimes i can't sleep at all what did i do wrong when i'm alone i don't need anyone and i'm allowed to have fun when i'm alone and i don't have to go to bed til the second i get tired and until then i'll be alright
you and me 03:37
2 degrees this morning you and me'd walk the wrong way if that's where the sun hit bundle up for spring we make a to-do list you and me'd spend the whole day and only add new things on erase it start again if i scheduled a time you'd make me late you and i, we're on our way, like spring orange and pink this evening you and me spin round and round like sleeping open up like springtime i could make up some rules and you could break em me and you, we're always changing and if i scheduled a time you'd make me late for it you and i, we're on our way, like spring
help 04:50
Help juggling things that are up in the air Help with the times that I’m sure I don’t care Help cuz the second I stopped, the things that would drop, could land anywhere So I caught one I only handle what matters I held one, and I let all the other things fall Cuz they’ll get done, help this one first Help with the work so my family can eat Help keep the money which much prefers leaving Help us to fight a way forward when it’s looking more and more like retreat Help them with pain that I can’t take away Help cuz it comes when they don’t have the strength Help cuz the second one ends, the next phase begins in which the pain gets more intense So I stepped back We always handle what matters We held back To let each other fall Break out Now you don’t gotta be handled Cuz you came up Every time you took another fall And you helped me Cuz to let all the other things fall Helps as the space round my head starts to clear Helps give the answers some time to appear Helps cuz to focus on one makes the need to be done less severe Helped watch the ones I love suffer through pain Helped fight the urge to just help them instead Cuz help that can take away the pain, is the same type that takes away the chance, to build strength But the same applies to me So things are how they need to be Thanks anyways


released December 8, 2018


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charlie otto Chicago, Illinois


chicago electronic music


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