Autumn's End [and Orphaned Friends]

by Cold Comfort

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released October 31, 2014

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Track Name: 13
Little Jermaine Doe, born on the fourth of July
Terror to the suburbs by way of bed stuy
Daddy was a preacher and Momma was a dentist
Kept a tool packed under the sorcerer’s apprentice
6 in the van keeping it authentic
Black rat pack with back packs we all in it
Sack taps and backwards hats we all winning
Lads mags and skinemax we all sinning
And blending in
Nod along to a song “everybody’s heard”
Certain it’s curtains if you’ve never heard a single word
Try to be chameleon
But there’s no concealing
Exotic to chicks, bourgeoisie
That’s a black ceiling feeling
Desperate to be like the ones you momma warned you from
But calling yourself a hard r ain’t never made you one

Who taught your fingers to twist round little brown boy who taught you?
Who taught you the words? Did you find them on your own?

Jermaine fell into the wrong crew
South side of 919 how the gangs do
Black man from a good fam Just tryna fit in
With a culture that preys on misfits
That won’t benefit
I heard dogs throw it up and then go back to it
They called us dogs but we throw it up too ain’t that stupid?
Truth is its Ruthless How they try screw us
Unfair, pegged as squares this culture that never knew us
Tryna funnel us all into the same classes
To live on their own dime, like addicts
Here’s the condition description ignorance and ambition minus contrition
No contradiction between license and inhibition
Bombs blastin, who’s asking? Police captain Purse snatching, bill stashing? Feud caskets,
flag flashing, gas ashes
Jermaine never even broke free First round KO, bloated in the heat

Who taught your fingers to twist round little brown boy who taught you?
Who taught you the words? Did you find them on your own?
It seems our African American community suffers from a strange malady, a tragedy even… to glorify the same things that put them underground
Death, violence, drugs, sex
Track Name: Black Enough
My father raised me to never consider it
But to the rules of the game I was ignorant/ innocent
Took the event to see the benefit the struggle the puzzle existence in my own skin
I’m hearing click at the stop light squares is nervous
Girl with equal sign only give lip service
Rainbow flag ain’t never held even black
Guess these the only stripes slavery never held back
Allies? I’m certain
But I can’t complain can I?
Or I’m just ungrateful am I?
Black enough to fit any description
I know Jet and Ebony but my magazines? No subscription
Statistically significant ignorance is still ignorance
Indignant interventions of good intentions plus indifference…
Pray to our father he’ll deliver like UPS
What can brown do for you?
Die in the street
God bless

I’m black enough
I’m black enough
I’m black enough
Am I still a threat?

Hands up
Hands up
Hands up
Hands up
YEAH
There is no second verse

I’m black enough
I’m black enough
I’m black enough
Am I still a threat?
Hands up
Hands up
Hands up
Hands up
YEAH
Hey Hey
Ho Ho
LEO’s and
GO PRO’s
Track Name: No Country For Old Men
This is the picture as true as scripture
We’ve watered the weeds and the bad blood is thicker
Sick morn like cheap liquor
I surveyed the catastrophe from the academy
Poor strategy to combat my apathy
So I decided to walk the streets,
I see Capital Hill filled with pigs that only look like men
Put us all out to pasture to serve them
Take money to gain office
Use office to gain profits
Use profits to line pockets in office
Makes me nauseous
And it’s the revolving Lobby door
Same empty suits just different shoes to scuff the eagle on the floors
Obey your masters behind the nameplate
Same template for 50 states, same innate red tape
The vision of the chosen and the holy anointed, atheists believing in divine appointment,
The view of the cocksure, the insulated secure behind their high gates and blue states estates they were born to rule
Wisdom of the ages, finds few places when attention rages from sensation to sensation it’s
Outrageous!
Are we drones? They kick down the anti hill and we rebuild it?
Nah it’s animal farm let the pigs till it

And I’m tired of just going along but I don’t know where to start
How did we let it all fall apart?

Nobody is happy but everybody is rich
Some things verboten, unspoken some celebrated but who picks
I contemplate concepts of conscience in congress
The context of congressional conference
On drones overhead
Simply said it’s the complex
The Walls have ears
But Justice is blind
Lynch mobs and heartthrobs are two of the same kind
Soak the rich because the poor are thirsty
Indict me because your mind is dirty
Can’t eat from my neighbors labor
I got two rounds in the upper chamber for anybody only Sharron Angles
Such a tease, can’t read the tea leaves if you only read Cowboy poetry Reid
Appropriate cheek bones and get off scot free
No puppet masters behind the scenes, no need for unwarranted beliefs
That world’s Orwell, this is Huxley
Lulled to sleep together by the opiate of pleasure
The middle class splinters fast
Now it’s the have less and the still haves
No bailout because the families too big to fail and there’s no photo ops to beh ad
No punchline just true facts
Now watch the gap, it widens
Who minds it til its violence and crisis
priceless


Chorus? And I’m tired of just going along but I don’t know where to start
How did we all let it all fall apart?
Is it my fault? Is it my fault?
I did as I was taught


I pledge allegiance to the fad
And to myself the only true religion I ever had
To float in unison downstream
Without question, no matter where the current affairs leads

One nation under the mob
Grasping the hashtag for another cause
Applaud, applaud, applause
I only do what I want, applause


I pledge allegiance to the fast
And to myself the only true religion I ever had
To float in unison downstream
Without question, no matter where the current affairs leads

One nation under the mob
Grasping the hashtag for another cause
Applaud, applaud, applause
I do what you want for your applause
Track Name: Simmer
You will love him
or
You will learn to
You
You swam shallow
You
You hid shadows

I'm feeling worthless today simmer down
I'm feeling worthless today
For the last time

Me? I'm suspect
Me? I trust less since you
Me? I'm flustered and awkward
Not like you

I'm feeling worthless today simmer down
I'm feeling worthless today
But not for the last time


I'm feeling worthless for the last time
I'm feeling useless since last time
I'm feeling paltry since last night
I’m feeling worthless
I'm feeling worthless since last night
I'm feeling useless since you died
I’m feeling paltry since you fried
I’m feeling worthles
Track Name: Sunflower
And, She opened up my throat to thorns and found they had choked all the life from me
Planted in the ripening earth bursting forth and cracking at the seams
Wasted, fingers grasp she slips away I cannot let it penetrate beneath
I sprang up the touch of warmth revealed a seed I let it flee, let it free

Writhe – spread my lips on your account
Slide – guide me in and spill me out
Rise – pull me past the brink
Die – to make something of me

Slipping, beyond the grasp of reasoning to make her feel as if it were a dream
Writhing, always toward the source and sensing their company
Tested, trampled underfoot I bent down underneath their feet
Flung out, hurtling through the void sent to prosper with the weeds

Writhe – spread my lips on your account
Slide – guide me in and spill me out
Rise – pull me past the brink
Die – to make something of me


And on and on and on you go
Swallows know the seeds I’ve sown
To die alone, I was bone dry on my own
Then you flung me out and with an open mouth I found my new home/
Now I cracked a meal on the half shell/ rotten to the core, repulsed by the smell/ oh the fertile eyes of hers… but I’d heard the lies of hers and I could tell/ between a rock and boot heel, I’ll lay down n doubt he will, for a hundred fold/ he said be bold, breathe release and breed

Writhe – spread my lips on your account
Slide – guide me in and spill me out
Rise – pull me past the brink
Die – to make something of me
Track Name: Leech
This is silence broken by violent choking
If you only burned the bridge then why is my carcass smoking
You overcome me all of a sudden
Tough I wasn't bluffing
We both came to nothing; no you came to love him
Now this x marks the spot where I buried this hatchet
Through the fabric and your chest
I’m robbing the cradle leaving the nest,
Recovering slowly after a fashion,
What we did like rabbits
I'll kick like a habit,
I'll abort this pregnant pause
Because you were my plan b,
Cut you off before you started like IUD,
You're spasming in my grasp,
Sitting in my lap,
Wondering if I have the strength for the rubber match,
Nothing lasts and I didn't,
I get it, forget it.
You split faster than I split you what time limit?
Speak your own mind why you inclined to this movie line gimmick?
I'm tempted you're scripted,
You're shifting
I'm shiftless,
I'm fishing for privilege
And asking permission.
We shifted the linen I tickled your fancy,
I tended to hear vows in the heat of your panting.
You're inflamed by my thin skin
Now suffocate in your twin skins.
Sic Semper to my sick temper,
Dismembered by the last pretender, remember?
I’m two toned and big boned, unknown never condoned,
All alone and half stoned, on thoughts of leaving my home
I’ll never pull off pulling away,
I’m too attached to your face.
What I thought was saving you
Was a mirage never intended to
Do more than blind, I needed you
I thought I was cleaning out my closet, insisting that you play fair
Believe me I bought it, it was just dirty laundry to blackmail you to stay there
And if I’ve never measured up to your yardstick…
Just wait a year for the full length