Gatekeepers

by Plastic Handgun

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You’ve got to keep moving You’ve got to keep moving You’ve got to keep moving Because what else do you have? Because your privilege allows The time to think about All those wasted days Retry, record, replay The game will never change You knew day in, day out The conversation’s about The gatekeepers no doubt How long can you keep this up? Before you have lost it all All this energy The work unpaid Your passion drains Are they listening? Listen to us sing We are worth watching No one’s discovering So now what else do you have? Without the privilege to shout The frequency drops out You’ve got to keep moving You’ve got to keep moving You’ve got to keep moving Keep on making that sound Until you’re put underground Until your voice gives out
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Diatribe 04:28
And the love keeps flowing down in the streams But the one you’ve chosen cuts down the trees The ghost you see It’s no mystery Just the aftermath of connections in distress The sky we see It's bad entropy Even if we try it reminds us of the end When you’re stuck inside your head You forgot to find a friend It reminds us of the end You’ll be trying to see the dead It’s a diatribe in your head
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Guiding my hand like a reflex This is what we get up for Shaking away all the defects Making my way through the core Oh the right way Oh the right way Maybe someday Open my vein Is it a revelation? Is it degeneration? There’s all this information I need a calibration (You got me feeling) For the right vein For the right vein For the right vein For the right vein Is it a revelation?
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It’s the deep breath before the plunge Soaking up depression like a sponge Anyone would say it’s not real In the cold comfort of the steel Taking shelter from the high beams This is not the paradise it seems At the dark plaza of my dreams At the dark plaza in my dreams How many hours til it’s done? Waiting for that glorious sun Anyone could tell you it’s real In the cold comfort of the steel It’s the deep breath before the plunge Soaking up depression like a sponge Hit the brakes and tell me what to feel I’ll believe you, now you take the wheel You’ve got me looking crazy baby I shouldn’t be outside, please save me This isn’t where I left my baby I should not be outside but I am Sheltered from the high beams This is not the paradise it seems At the dark plaza of my dreams At the dark plaza in my dreams
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Good morning, the forests have burned away They’re swarming, the animals have no say A warning— ignore it, let’s have our way It’s morning, the planet’s got one more day In the hospital, I lost control And I’d do it again in that position Anxiety wins, I can’t pretend Like I know how this is going to end Turn me off
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For the land, for the sea Kill the pipeline dream Empire debris All the people set free Decolonize me Decolonize me In the white man’s time Ahistorical crime Put the pressure on the line And you can crack their spine Decolonize me Decolonize me In my mind, in my sleep Underground, in the streets Until my body turns green Until my heart is complete Decolonize me Decolonize me Crawling to the coastline Drown the enemy’s lie Don’t forget it this time Listen to the outcry Decolonize me Decolonize me
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Curtain Call 04:16
Every night, baby, putting on a show Audience empty, best to let it go When the time comes, I’m already below Wondering why the clocks are so slow Slow it down baby, have yourself a drink Give it some space, a chance to really think All those years living in the afterglow The life of somebody you don’t even know If I go beyond the path laid out for me Well suffering, baby, helps you really see Yeah suffering, baby, wants to set you free Oh it’s so easy, give yourself to thee One or two, five or six glasses in the sink Every night, baby, over in a blink I went beyond the path laid out for me Colour me crazy, send me quietly There’s a reservation in your heart For the drifter looking to depart But you don’t know her And you don’t know him In the rapture of a waterfall You can meet me at the curtain call Though you don’t know where And you don’t know when
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The Intruder 04:02
The day has come and you’re incomplete Brittle bones in your back deplete But you can’t admit the defeat No you can’t admit the defeat Every day you walk down that street Crack the code across soft concrete You’ve got them under your feet Yeah the coffin, off with your feet Dreams about the blood underneath Little capsules that help you see They’re filled with all of your teeth Yeah filled with all of your teeth Dirty fingernails on your seat Consequences so bittersweet He’s drowning out the drum beat Yeah drowning out the drum beat Permanently sleep You’re only getting older Intruding on me You’re only getting colder
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Transitions 05:10
I had me a vision The end of tradition now I found me a reason That’s a lie It’s all so endearing We reach for the ceiling A stillness so meaningful The glow’s overheating Come say bye Forget your decisions And settle your symptoms now Transitioning’s needed For a while Now everyone’s kneeling Their pockets revealing Got lost in believing you And everyone sees it I’m on fire You won’t be forgiven in this lifetime

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Recorded from December 2019 to February 2020.

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released July 10, 2020

Written and Produced by Mark Di Giovanni.
Mastered by Mojito Mastering.

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