The Rhythm, the Cipher, & the Shield

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I don't know what it's like to know my name.
I can't feel what it's like to see your pain.
But I came buried in a grave-digger's jacket, can't you see the light of day?
Our hope was just the faithless bird that had to get away.

You taught me what it's like to feel okay,
so I showed you what it's like to stand in your own way.
And if I was falling, I can't blame you for jumping, but the sound is still the same.
I've read these words a thousand times; I've never been okay.

I never was okay.

Am I living, am I dead? Is this the way it's meant to be, it's meant to feel?
Am I losing who I am? So much for charity and hope and strength of will.
I don't know what secrets of my life are worth repeating.

You taught me what it's like to feel okay,
but life is the sweetest fruit I never took to taste.
So if you can hear me, then your heart better hurry, better hurry on its way,
cuz' all my songs, they sound the same. They only sing my hate.

I've only learned to hate.

Am I living, am I dead? Is this the way it's meant to be, it's meant to feel?
Am I losing who I had? Was she the rhythm and the cipher and the shield?
I don't know what secrets of my life are worth repeating.

I was running from myself before I ever learned to run away from you.
I was hiding in myself; I just could never tolerate that blinding view.
I don't know what reasons for my life are worth repeating.

I was falling from the cliffs! Your hands released me, or did I slip?
And I was molting; I was scared. I carved your pain out of the passing air.
I don't know what reasons for my life are worth me living.

Stop breathing now. You shouldn't think about it. Just keep moving to the sound.
Stop breathing now. Stop moving now. If there's a top, I'll never make it.

Am I living, am I dead? Is this the way it's meant to be, it's meant to feel?
Am I losing who I have? Were you the rhythm and the cipher and the shield?
I don't know what reasons for my life are worth me keeping now.

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from Other Fields, released May 12, 2017

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