Triptych III: Cold Comfort

from by rap legend Jesse Dangerously

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about

I’ve never used illegal drugs, alcohol, or narcotics in my life. This song is about that.
Pain is an experience. Numbness is an experience. Intoxication is an experience. Pain is a cavern. Numbness is a cavern. Intoxication is a cavern. This song is about that.
Have I chosen to experience life more or less fully by remaining sober? Am I missing out? Am I feeling too much? This song is about that.
The false but seductive and significant binary of gendered experience. Gut-wrenching love all sliced open, starving. This song.
Giving up. Going away. Getting out. About that…

lyrics

Let him sleep, he gotta rap tomorrow. He's got a special seat in the back of the car. Practise your part, quit acting bizarre. Play the back, don't tear the care package apart.
Black isn't dark enough, craft isn't art. Accidents happen, ask Captain Picard. A crash in the market like smashing your cart in the back of a car in the parking lot – smart. Starting off markedly marred on your Argosy, arch and sardonic, sarcastic remarks.
No flattery, march down to Battery Park where a Tombstone awaits you, Robbie, I'm sorry.
Spine-tingling, don't touch his body. My story is hardly minority. Already by ignoring me, you've marred my authority. Lights out – pass the narc.
Rub your lips with laudanum, baby.
“Knock yourself out.”

Let her be, she had a long hard day; eyes hidden like Wong Kar-Wai. In no “mood for love,” it's a hard slog. Under the duvet, she covets a guard dog.
Takes precautions like Werner Herzog, weighs her options to turn her hurts off. Major obstacles plague her obstinate onslaught – thought bubbles pop like dot com stock.
Comstock law, keep your thoughts on lock; non-hot, it's wrong to want to watch a pawn dishonoured, debauchery gone soft. Gotta be on the sauce. Stop, I want off!
Fond of her face, haste to bring laud. Barometer replaced the king cod. The drama was a waste? I think not. I promised her a place to drink scotch and monitor the plot of the modern Madonna's honour guard. They thought of her as common, but hot as a sauna – not a problem.
Atomic panic, quantum mechanics. You wanna get calm but can't – you're not a laudanum addict! NO!
Rub your lips with laudanum, baby.
“Knock yourself out.”

You only want to settle your nerves, eh? Get a little of what they peddle or purvey. I'll put on any blinker they invent for me; known to be the number one tincture of the century. Injury came pleasantly, began to reel. It rendered me insensible in Flanders' Field, like “Surrender Dorothy.” A fog has drifted over me. It's Robert Smith and Morrissey cavorting with Emma Bovary.
Had I only known the Mona Lisa was stoned silly, I would have got stronger off things that won't kill me. No, really. I figure it's a risk that I missed in the midst of mixing ignorance and bliss in the misty dusk/twilight. Only problem is I just wanna die like Jolie Holland, and I don't care how, this ain't a passion play.
I'm getting out the old-fashioned way.

credits

from Humble & Brilliant, released March 10, 2011
beat and vocal by Jesse Dangerously
choral vocal by Nathan Willis, Gaia Willis-Owen, and DAve Owen.
upright bass by Nathan Willis

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rap legend Jesse Dangerously Ottawa, Ontario

Genuine Independent Rap Legend (GIRL)

member of Backburner crew

partially culpable for the nerdcore problem

"Sapphire meets Sappho meets Saafir meets Jonathan Saffron Foer;"
"not the Black Frank White, just the white Frank Black;"
"Wiz Khalifa meets Pat Califia;"
"like Buck 65 but faster and fat."
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