"Daylight" as written by and Michael Dowdle....
Yoput one up shackle me, not clean logic procreation
I did not invent the wheel I was the crooked spoke adjacent
While the triple sixers lassos keep angels roped in the basement
I walk the block with a halo and a stick poking your patience
Ya'll catch a 30 second flash visual
Dirty cooperative Neptune blue head hurt splits
Ridiculous fathom the splicing of first generation
fuck up or trickle down anti hero smack (Cracking!)
I paste the game to zero all completion green (Splash!)
Took an early retirement pick a dream
American nightmare hogging the screen
I'll hold the door open so you can stumble in
and you would stop following me around the jungle gym
Now it's an honor and I spell it with the 'H' I stole from heritage
Marry crutch stolen wretched refuge refuse my teaming resonance
I promise temperance storm breed with a leaning conscious
In a credence relax responsive with my sports outsource the wattage
And I'm sleeping now (Wow!) And the settlers laugh
You won't be laughing when your covered wagons crash
You won't be laughing when the buses drag your brother's flags into rags
You won't be laughing when your front lawn is spangled with epitaphs
You won't be laughing
And I hang my boots to rest when I'm impressed
So I triple knot them then I forgot them
This origami dream is beautiful
but man those wings will never leave the ground
Without a feather and a lottery ticket, now settle down

All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way

Slacker bounded imitated tabloid headlined with the post
Shimmy cross the centerfold, and a dead time in ghosts
Giving crumbs for the better souls with seven deadly sins
To hear the plane to crystal conscious
To results a low life counting on one hand what he's accomplished
Ok, lift me to activism chain activate street sweep
Plug in deteriorating zenith pen dragging
I hack swords wars for the morbid spreading of mad men
Now he's got soul
Sitting there licking log cabin in Charlie Chaplin waddle
I could zig zag and zig 'em again for the bad dreams
Sparking my brick wall windows another thicket storm
And if one night in Gotham without the wretched
Houston we have a problem
Dispatch a task of infested patch of city goblins
Who split how many freaks with box cuts of a high road bellow
Heads ripped! Watch red bricks turn yellow
Sort of similar to most backbones at camp Icarus
Raw feelings start congregating at pamper for bickering
Life's not a bitch life is a beautiful woman
Your only call her a bitch because she won't let you get that pussy
Maybe she didn't feel y'all shared any similar interests
Or maybe you're just an asshole who couldn't sweet talk the princess
Kiss the speaker wire or either pass it for some pagan thresh hold
Stomach full of halo kibbles
Wings span cast black of porn visuals hear the duck hunt ticker tape
Vision and pick apart the pixels
I got a friend of polar nature and it's all peace
When I seek similar stars but can't sit at the same feast
Metal Captain!
This cat is asking if I've seen his little lost passion
I told him: "Yeah, but only when I pedaled past him"

All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way
All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
put the pieces back together my way


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by CoySmileExposes

"Daylight" as written by Michael J Dowdle Michael Dowdle

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  • +2
    General CommentWow....a rap song that actually has thought and emotions behind its words.....who would've thought? (That's sarcasm by the way) I wish more rappers would take a hint from these guys instead of rapping about bitches and pistol whipping......might actually give them a little more credibility out in the world, as quite a few of them deserve....
    cxtazyon September 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe first few times, and even still some after, this song just makes me say wow. wow.
    mlon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite hip hop songs. For awhile I hated the genre, because I was looking at mainstream acts like DMX, Jay Z etc. that have absolutely NOTHING of value to say in their lyrics and can barely put together a couplet. Aesop Rock is everything they aren't. He is quite literally a genius, so I'm not asking that the genre as a whole try to emulate him (an impossibility) - instead, I simply with people would use rap, a very powerful medium, in a more intelligent, thoughtful way.
    TheDude24on March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually... i think Music for Earthworms is the best Aesop Rock album... if you can get your hands on it.

    definitivejux.net is also a great site with lots of other talented artists.
    xheartbreakerxon January 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm planning on making an interpretation of the whole song but here's what I've gotten so far. I'm also going to insert commas and semi-colons into the lyrics to make them clearer.

    "Put one up for shackle-me-not clean logic procreation" - "Put one up for Shackle Me Not; clean, logic procreation"

    "Shackle Me Not" is a famous skateboarding video that was made in 1988, famed for its innovation and showcasing of new tricks. "Clean logic procreation" can be put as "Clean, logical procreation" which is enforcing this idea of individualism - being raised whilst not having your opinions and your mind tainted by media or any outside influence.

    "I did not invent the wheel I was the crooked spoke adjacent"

    Aesop states that he didn't "invent the wheel" which means that he did not make things this way - he did not make the "cycle". Instead, he was the "crooked spoke" adjacent to the wheel. This could mean either that he was disrupting the wheel (raging against "the man"), or he was discarded from the wheel (made an outcast), depending on your interpretation of "adjacent".

    "While the Triple-Sixers' lassos keep Angels roped in the basement"

    Speaks for itself really. In its plainest form: "whilst the bad keeps the good pinned down".

    "I walk the block with a halo on a stick poking your patience"

    This is interesting because normally you would associate the Devil with poking people with a pitchfork. However, Aesop uses that symbol as a sign of his good intentions and of how people misinterpret his intentions as being evil. Aesop is trying to open people's minds with his music, but many do not want this.

    "Y'all catch a thirty second flash visual"

    Simply, "you watch a thirty second advertisement"

    "Dirty cooperative med platoon bloom head trip split ridiculous" - "Dirty, cooperative medical platoon bloom; head-trip, split, ridiculous"

    He's referring to the tainting of the mind that the media causes, yet is using a symbol of war (a medical platoon). Medical platoons are supposed to be a form of utmost help, so this is possibly a reference to how some advertisements target a certain audience and promise to "better their lives" with whatever they are trying to sell.

    "Fathom the splicing a first generation fuck up will trickle down to any hero smack; crackin' "

    The "first generation fuck up" - or in other words, "American fuck up" - seems to be a reference to the person who is behind these advertisements and/or media that is destroying the minds of potential heroines and heroes. It could also be an allusion to what is being advertised. Aes is saying "think of the tainting that a media mogul will place upon a potential hero" (a "smack" means a slight trace of something, i.e. a "slight trace" of a hero.) "Cracking" is, by definition: "The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline." You can make up your own minds on that one.
    referencemarkon August 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionHip hop is an art form and art is about creativity. Isn't creativity about 'person creating something new' anyway? So, comparing Aesop Rock to some other rappers out there isn't fair. I listen to all kinds of hip hop from mainstream to undergroung, from poetry to bullshit. They all have something different to offer...

    The keyword here is different. My favorite hip hop artists involve such names as Mos Def, Talib Kweli (especially together for Black Star), Common, Lupe Fiasco and even Kid Cudi. They all have their style, their own message and their way to bring up the message. What I like about Aesop Rock though is that he brings up his message on a different way: he lets you figure it out urself; instead of just simple straightforward lyrics he lets your imagination do the work through the beat, tone of his voice and absurd sentences that might not make sense at first. I'm a guy from Europe and I can still relate to this song and the album on my own way... That is the beauty of Aesop Rock!

    The lyrics definitely have a meaning but with all the metaphors/references from popular culture, movies, books, tales (-->general knowledge).. it's pretty much impossible for anyone but Aesop Rock himself to understand them fully. You are supposed to pick up these little pieces that you do understand and create your own picture of the message --> create a bigger picture.

    "All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
    put the pieces back together my way."

    The goal of his lyrics seems to be to wake us up. We need to see the bigger picture in order to understand that a lot things in this world are messed up and we don't even notice coz we don't use our own brain coz that is how the system (through propaganda) has trained us -> to be ignorant.

    "Daylight" and the whole album does it's purpose. I love it.

    If you like intelligent lyrics like this song's, here are few examples from my favorites u should try: Black Star - Thieves in the Night, Lupe Fiasco - Put You on Game, Mos Def - Life in Marvelous Times, Gang Starr - Moment of Truth, Nas - Sly Fox







    Petryon September 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningreferencemark posted a lot of things I agree with.

    "I did not invent the wheel; I was the crooked spoke adjacent." – Feeling like an outsider and that you are incompatible with reality on the terms that its been handed to you.

    "Now it's an honor and I spell it with the 'H' I stole from heritage." – Probably a dig at colonialism. A line or two before this, he talks about the "American nightmare." He's talking about how the barbaric process of colonizing what we currently call the United States is dressed up as some prideful freedom that we are all entitled to just by virtue of being born on this soil. It's arrogant to think we ought to be allowed to own things like land and water.

    "All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day,
    put the pieces back together my way" – Similar to the meaning of the crooked spoke line. Aesop says that all he's ever wanted to do is to reconstruct reality on his own terms since he can't accept the world he's presently surrounded by.

    "Who split HOLIDAY freaks ON A BOX CUT CINEMA, high road bellow
    Heads ripped! Watch red bricks turn yellow
    Sort of similar to most backbones at camp Icarus" – "Holiday freaks" refers to prostitutes. Think about the "Holiday Inn" and the "freaks" that keep finding themselves in them. This is another dig at the idea of the American dream. The "box cut cinema, high road bellow" is actually talking about a prostitute's aspiration to become a successful pornographic actor.

    "Red bricks turn yellow" is a Wizard of Oz reference. This goes back to the idea that by having goals and such, we can achieve a better future for ourselves. The bit about Icarus is referring to the mythological character who flew a little too close to the sun and it ended up melting his wax wings and caused him to plummet into a body of water where he drowned and died. The myth itself is an illustration of hubris or pride, and Aesop likens it to the pride of those who believe in the American dream.
    buggie92on March 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song's hella tite
    Anticrombie923on September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. If you like this one you need to check out Night Light. The duality in those two songs blows me away.
    clasicrockon March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. If you like this one you need to check out Night Light. The duality in those two songs blows me away.
    clasicrockon March 06, 2003   Link

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