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Written and performed by Dessa, Dustin Kiel, Sean McPherson and Joey Van Phillips
Published by Lorem Ipsum (ASCAP)


By the time that you told me it was already plain that you’d changed
but your conscience was clean and as white as a line of cocaine
My back to the wall of your bedroom apartment
you’re talking in circles, got two cigarettes burning
and I couldn’t hide how afraid I was to see you so strange
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got no ill will for you
it’d just been so long, I thought I’d always know you
but you’re so far gone
up where the air gets thin…
You cut the kite strings
I’ve seen my name in lights, I’ve seen my face in papers
but my civilian life, I spent ten good years waiting
waiting for you

You charmed the snake
you picked the card
you bent the spoon
A curved plane, the shapes change
Euclid’s made to play to fool, but
I don’t know what that stuff does to you
and I don’t know if it’s real, but
I spent a decade in love with you
and I can’t tell if you’re here, cause

The man I knew
I don’t think that he can hear me now
So dizzy with the altitude
It’s just too far

Who am I to tell you to come down?
Lucky that my palate still prefers a legal poison
Who am I to tell you to come down?
Sit back and raise a glass, a glass to easy choices
Who am I, yeah who am I, yeah who am I
to tell you to come down?


Last night you came to kiss me in a dream and when I woke
what kind of foolishness is this
breathed out a lungful of your smoke
I’ve seen you at your brightest
what a mind, let it burn
who am I to pull you down to earth?
Yeah, who am I to tell you to come down?


from Parts of Speech, released June 25, 2013



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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more


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