Aesop Rock - The Tugboat Complex Pt. 3

I could make 'em all dance, or I could sleep
I could walk with a limp and make your step feel incomplete
People are made of match sticks, life is but a flame
Note at the craftwork door the last smirk of the the Damien mainframe
My box cost siphon third rail juice from lost poets
Inhabit ocean bottoms with a bitter rotten scapegoat pardons (note to self)
Don't bargain at martyr parliament rallies
Where participants squeeze your last giggle then whittle sacrificial finalies
I can tie my new faces alone, save your knee deep offerings
Sorta bring puke coughing bunk persona to light (I might)
Build anti-malignant railroads, find you, and lay tracks adjacent
Just to scream "fuck off" as the engine pulls out the station
What should we do with a thousand drunken sailors?
"kill 'em all, locate their family address, release a mailer"

(dear sir or madam, your son or daughter's embarrassed human kind
Consuming booze and gut fuel, till they cruised across the line)

I spin gold, your raps are dirty lapsed
Towards the nursery class act impression of a bubble
(yeah I could of been more subtle when polluting paradise gene puddle)
Man huddles make us look like cool peeps and I'm trying to school sheep
Towards the right idea {*c'ya* - 5X}
This basic divine subsidiary bust center syllable logic, fold origami
Plantation shut this picket fence
*TANGLED THROUGH your dream kitten, you'll probably never hear this song
Let alone sip the mission long enough to listen

(I smoke cigarettes down to filter, smoke the filter down to space
Now I'm gonna roll this question tight and smoke that shit up in your face
Now if you were to alter masks every time fame circus approaches
Do you really think your maker wouldn't notice? *THINK ABOUT IT)

Okay, I've died a thousand, and I'll die a thousand more,
I leave footprints in fours, two for bi-peds, two more to break the door
Practically caress the utterings of crushed by drudgery brothers and sisters
Mothering stickler cabin and madden shit
I'll fix the wing for a penny and a *PARABLE, yeah but this friendship
Sunk with a barrel full of ?? pull
I seen guys harbor bad shiners
Then wonder why the culprits sitting at the their rainbows ending
Rocks garbage bag liners
With out the apple seed it's useless (I sat for greed)
Patched for boredom crafts a castle out of toothpicks (I sat to breath)
I breath to hard nearly metamorph castle loose pins
Now I stand to breath as not to disturb the*PLUMMAGE
And I know that's not a story, it no longer turns my stomach
Hollering wolves in the form of one frustrated culprit
But a love tap full of washed up stardom melted trying to milk it
Win a ticket to right white lines highway sideways melt it smelt it
One love to the rungs in my ladder, one love to the gathering of
Laughter bats that hung from my rafters
See the jackal met the badger, they were both such fucking bad asses
That clashing wouldn't make sense (hence my tape deck)
Now I ain't gonna name name's, and I ain't gonna drag others in
But I ain't about to say that I'm the only cat you got bubbling
Your lucky, somehow you managed to befriend some good people
Who will sit and soak the evils you secrete, but why? I'm not really sure

(knock the fuck off, kicking his lip across the floor
'til the archival vinyl venom soak the lure
Anti-clarity mechanism spit flattery burners
Fusing a million majesty murders then stole the crown)

oh wait that's right, you discovered me right?
Offered up the peace pipe, and oh
It's all cotton candy when Aesop Rock the be line
He's actin foolish left in the middle of laying bricks
(oh we weren't building nothing but a great wall around these stones and sticks)
Oh and for the record I've been rhyming since me and Andre thought we could freestyle
Built foundation out of passion and brother dusty tasking
Studied dope rappers, vocab expansion, poems and syllable placement
Your just mad 'cause somewhere in there you came and went (I ain't the type to dwell)
Dismissed it as casually non compatible and bounced
Obtained status where I could straight objectively critique your after projects like
(damn that sounds fresh) or (damn that shit is garbage, what happened?
I'm not even laughing)
Yeah, but the barriers were broken (you choked)
You made comments to the wrong ?? who out of respect and honor leaked your program
Now like were both trying to sit and breath another dawn so my advice
To you is when I say just "move on" {*move on* - 5X}

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The Tugboat Complex, Pt. 3 Lyrics as written by Michael S. Simpson John Robert King

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    I can't believe this song doesn't have a single comment. This 'is' the song that propelled Aes to a pedestal labeled "force to be reckoned with." It's definitely one of my favorites. Oh, the 12th line down is suppose to be Kodachrome, a type of film created by Kodak back in 1936, therefore, he 'slides' like Kodachrome =0P

    This song meant a lot to me when in my downspiral period. the way he describes his existence as being tormented by his mere acknowledgement that the most of the world (and it's inhabitants) suck, but he then flips the end and somewhat does a thanksgiving for all the little things that make his trek a little easier.

    Hit me up @ i got two aes pics, one in which i'm in.

    peace, ap0ll0

    ap0ll0on February 28, 2006   Link
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    I'm also suprised to see a lack of commmentary on this track. This is probably my favorite Ace track.

    "one exquisite fitted crisis rivets an octagon of red to the ceiling above my bed"

    I love this line, even though I have absolutely no clue what it could possibly mean. The complexity of his verbiage here is blissful. Anyone have any luck interpreting this line?


    SynikaLon July 27, 2006   Link
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    SynikaL/Kimosabae: I'm guessing the octagon of red is a stop sign, although I can't guess what the "exquisite fitted crisis" that rivets it to the ceiling could mean or be. It's not a "conversation piece," it's a "clue" when he wakes up in the morning to just not even try, that's why he'll be "one step ahead of you." That's how I see it at least. Bummer. BUT that makes it that much cooler when he flips it to positivity at the end, AND he ends up dancing FOR the rains he wakes up to at the beginning of the song! =D

    heyheyhaleyon October 13, 2006   Link
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    Wow, a reply.

    Sorry, I simply be dense, but your explanation of your interpretation eludes me -- probably because I'm not familiar with the cliche "wake up to the reins". It's one I've heard before undoubtedly, but was never clear on its meaning.

    Care to elaborate?

    -Kye (hopefully you respond before the end of the year lol)

    SynikaLon October 25, 2006   Link
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    can someone please tell me what album this is on? I thought i had the discography but i cant find this song on any album..

    korybayon August 10, 2010   Link

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