Colin Jenkins and Illslur - Poem no. 5: Cycle of No Dreams

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Roll down the strip
south 99 blvd cycle of no dreams
get lit most nights a week
gettin lit up by the five oh
gettin lit up by collection agencies.

Travellin by bus to a job that i never liked
ramen is for lunch again got 10 minutes, have a bite
calls comin from some agencies to my bosses line
only clothes is fucked up, stuck stayin poor defined
cuz i don't have time to take on politics
i'm behind rich kids discovering themselves on amtrak lines
pulse hella freezing
stuck again cuz that bus is late and they won't see me
right at 8, right at 8, not at 8:03, see?
that is their time, this is my time easy, right?
simple, right?
simple, right?

Faith in a god for the wealthy
faith in hope that brings you nothin
faith in open carry
faith that recruits the kids for militaries
faith in 8 dollars an hour
but change ain't gonna buy you anything.

suppose to believe in what?
life, liberty, the pursuit of overtime.
how's that gonna change my day?

Roll up the strip north 99 blvd
cycle of late fees
smoke a half pack of pall malls
day labor building condos
faith in a god for the wealthy
faith in open carry.

they told us we could be anything
but my dreams stopped dead in your tracks
already know,
you got hotels on boardwalk and park place
where i'll wash your dishes til i'm dead.


from Poem Project, track released February 4, 2016
Colin Jenkins-Vocals/production
Illslur-rap feature


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Barra Brown is a drummer/composer
and flutist from Portland, Oregon. Poem Project captures the beauty of interpretation through the unique story each musician is moved to tell when listening to the same song. After recording an instrumental version of "Poem", I began to ask my musician friends who write poetry to arrange and write lyrics to their own version of "Poem". ... more

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