"Vertical" as written by and David Michael Portner Noah Benjamin Lennox....
Mountains in Kauai
Make me feel so lowly
Cower at their power
Vertical I like
Dizzy under buildings
Bending like their willing
Is it what I’m seeing
Vertical is fright
Hard to gain perspective
Often it’s perplexing
Reaching for a record
Vertical is sight
Hanging on a pylon
Dropping from a million
Jumping on a hill
Vertical is height

People live above you
Postured like a totem
Runnin’ up some stairs
Vertical is might
Stalling on a nose
Places to propose in
Seeing everything from vertical is light
Diamonds of the sky on
Black and endless background
Reaching out to grab them
Vertical at night
My imagination
Reaches to forever
Like an endless tower
Vertical I write

So high and still it sends a feeling through me
Suddenly not vertical

Breathe in the air the goes through a system that is
A tree we are with limbs extending to the sun (very lovely vertical)

Come find me floating up if you should find me gone (meet you in a child's day)
My feet can't cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can't cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can't cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can't cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

For me, for me, for me
For me, for me, for me uh, uh, uh, uh

At the tips of cities
Birds are tracing columns
Windows bend in wind
Vertical in flight
Down below a statue
People stand in poses
Making good impressions
Vertical delights
Lying on a trunk
And waiting to be dreaming
Startled by a thumpin'
Vertical insight
Lots of people thinkin'
Thinking about falling
Nothing but a rope so
Vertical hold tight

Sometimes you feel the pressure dropping on you (pressure from the vertical)
I start to wonder does this system matter? (only if it’s vertical)

Even in leaves some creatures build themselves a home (can’t always be vertical)

Lifted above the din their worlds a peaceful dome (they don’t hear the child say)

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

My feet can’t cross the parking lot
The parking lot is way too hot

The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot
The parking lot is way too hot


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"Vertical" as written by David Michael Portner Noah Benjamin Lennox

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    My InterpretationThe Hawaiian island of Kauai was formed by a large number of lava flow rock layers which built upon one another over time. Today the highest point of Kauai reaches over 5000 feet. The island is beautiful and impressive, but it can also give a person vertigo. Many viewpoints have steep drop-offs, and it is also common to tour the island via helicopter.

    As the island metaphor suggests, the concept of "vertical" represents both the up/down spacial dimension as well as the process of incremental growth over time. The experience of being vertical can be inspiring, dizzying, frightening, and/or illuminating. It is common both to reach for record heights and also to worry about falling abruptly into setbacks. At the same time, one can also question whether reaching high heights is even important at all.

    The meaning of the parking lot lines is less clear, but the repetition of these lines suggests they are important. Perhaps crossing the parking lot represents a childhood goal that is literally horizontal and rather meaningless by adult standards. Regardless of the true importance of this goal, at some point it is replaced by the desire to climb higher and higher when “everything went vertical.”

    Another clue about the parking lot is that while the lyrics include many beautiful images about nature, parking lots are considered to be unnatural and ugly. The child could initially be complaining about the ugliness of this parking lot and humanity’s impact on the environment that contributes to the lot's hot surface. When everything goes vertical, however, the child realizes that the parking lot is simply a result of society’s natural vertical growth, which is not unlike trees growing taller in nature.
    wolverineson March 27, 2016   Link

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