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  • Aesop Rock - Rings lyrics, full song

  • (favorite) [Verse 1]
    Used to draw
    Hard to admit that I "used" to draw
    Portraiture in a human form
    Doodle of a two headed unicorn (it was soothing)
    Moving his arm in a fusion of man made tools
    And a muse from beyond
    Even if it went beautifully wrong
    It was tangible truth for a youth who refused to belong
    No name nuisance
    Stools in a bedroom
    Oozed in a brand new cuneiform
    Barely commune with the horde
    Got a whole grey scale ungluing his world
    Might zone out to the yap of the magpie
    Unseen hand dragging his graphite
    Cross contour little bit of back light
    Black ink after a Bristol to baptize
    You can imagine a rush that ensue
    When you get three dimensions stuffed into two
    Then its off to a school where its all that you do
    Being trained and observed by a capable few
    Back in New York five peeps and a dog
    In a two bedroom doing menial jobs
    Plus rhyming and stealing and being a clod
    Distractions free to maraud
    I left some years a deer in the light
    I left some will to spirit away
    I let my fears materialize
    I let my skills deteriorate
    Haunted by the thought of what I should have been continuing
    A mission that was rooted in a twenty year affinity and rickety condition with an ID crisis
    Nap on the front lawn look up in the sky it's...

    [Hook]
    Shapes falling out of the fringe
    All heart though he would've made cowardly kings
    They will chop you down just to count your rings
    Just to count your rings, just to count your rings
    And there were
    Colors pouring out of the fringe
    All heart though he would've made cowardly kings
    They will chop you down just to count your rings
    Just to count your rings, just to count your rings

    [Verse 2]
    Used to paint
    Hard to admit that I "used" to paint
    Natural light on a human face
    Stenciled fire on his roommates bass
    It was blooming addiction
    A miss and a push and a pigment
    Booklike a tattooed pigskin (look)
    Pin head kids Intermittent
    Drank kool aid from a tube of acrylic
    And I grew up in a linseed oil over linen
    Joy to the poison voice in the resin
    Capture a map of the gesture
    Back up add a little accurate fat to the figure
    Re do that move that inwards
    Zinc white lightning shoots from his fingers
    Studios drone with allusions of tinctures
    Stay tuned for the spooky adventures
    You can imagine the stars that align
    When a forearm starts foreshortening right
    Or a torso hung on a warping spine
    Of proportion reads as warm and alive
    Routine day with a dirt cheap brush
    Then a week goes by and it goes untouched
    Then two then three then a month
    Then the rest of your life you beat yourself up
    I left some seasons eager to fall
    I left some work to bury alive
    I let my means of being dissolve
    I let my person curl up and die
    Eating up his innards an unfeasible anxiety is brutally committed to relinquishing his privacy aligning with the trials of the anti Midas
    Nap on the back lawn look up at the sky its...

    [Hook]
    Shapes falling out of the fringe
    All heart though he would've made cowardly kings
    They will chop you down just to count your rings
    Just to count your rings, just to count your rings
    And there were
    Colors pouring out of the fringe
    All heart though he would've made cowardly kings
    They will chop you down just to count your rings
    Just to count your rings, just to count your rings

    [Outro]
    I'm getting sick and tired of never understand
    Where is the truth you promised?!