rain goes perfect with a nosdam mixtape
the last streetlights stay on well after dawn
kings fall to pawns he dropped the needle let the song say it
the kind of morgue with a gong to tell you when
but the room's rules will bend and the staff will make you laugh
my dad wore this face in old photographs
calico cats out stare me from behind a junkyard fence
high on khat i let my stare go soft but pretend it's not
when i'm eyed i tounge my bottom teeth
and look at the sidewalk in front of me
and my tennis shoes go in and out of the frame
another sleuth footed empty Y
walking on goose eggs in the mission
swap meet brown 31 fishnet hat cocked to the right
i only played chess once in my life and i lost

looks like a sky for shoeing horses under
looks like a good sky to die under

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    General CommentThis song is a complex narrative in which Yoni is transported back in time to the days when cLOUDDEAD was passing away (the first line, I think we have all felt the power of rain to inspire memory and the Nosdam reference could hardly be more explicit) and from there he looks forward in time to when he released Oaklandazulasylum.

    The instrumentation and the initial line set up a mood of forlorn reminiscence which, in conjunction with the heavy use of antiquated Yoni-isms (the combined imagery of photographs, film, and idiosynchratic fashion, for instance) belie a thoroughly disappointed historical reverie.

    I think the final line of the verse is the most telling; "I only played chess once in my life and I lost" is clearly referring to his sole solo artist outing, and likening Oaklandazulasylum to chess is remarkably adept. The implicit elements of this song are a validation of what he was before and a disappointment with what he has become, starting with Oaklandazulasylum.

    This song exhibits Yoni's subconscious disgust with the direction he has taken since the disbursment of cLOUDDEAD
    Benladenon May 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHuh. Here I had thought it was "no style mixtape" for the longest time.
    misterzan81on August 13, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat first line is so perfect. This was one of the songs I was most excited for on the new album.

    Some possible corrections:

    "Kings fall to pawns, he dropped the needle let the song say it" (goes with the chess line later on)

    "But the room's rules bend and the staff will make you laugh"

    "When I'm eyed I tongue my bottom teeth" (when someone is staring at him)

    "Swap meet brown 31 fishnet hat cocked to the right" (he got the hat at a swap meet)

    Here's a great video of this song, maybe even better than the album version:

    james85on January 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInstead of
    'i don't try to let my scare ghosts off but pretend it's not'

    I think he says
    'i don't got to let my stare go soft but pretend it's not'

    but I'm not sure.
    I definitely hear a 'soft' and 'got' though.
    swankon February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"High on pot I let my stare go soft but pretend it's not."
    james85on March 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow.
    elf4life420on April 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBenladen, if Yoni has contempt for himself, I don't think it's over his musical career.
    vigormortison June 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about perspective. like james said, that first line IS so perfect because it gives the whole meaning away. try to imagine the lyrics with the word looks in italics.
    elf4life420on August 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first line gives the song away.

    i think the last line doesn't have to do with his failure, but his success..
    Shawnk00on September 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthow the fuck does one shoe horses under the sky?
    truthlingon September 11, 2008   Link

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