Cinnabar Bouquet

by Raf Wilcot

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I had a word for what could be done Heard of a way to climb to the sun Sold to someone with a mask on A reflective one Why do I lie to myself when I’m alone? Truth weighs a ton, is it brick or feather? When we had a thing We lived in a wrestling ring Understanding warped by heat So let’s cool it off Give us a call, it’s been a while since we’ve hung Play me a song, lemme hear what you’re working on
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Decaying time in a waiting room, Reading of those above, Green envious pools surround, The walls that I’m afraid of are closing in, Yeah I’m waterlogged And I’m starting to get old And I’ve made my bed It ain’t comfortable But I’m delusional enough To think that I can carry it home Starting to lose my faith Time is slipping away I got something to say But I’ve got to get it made And it’s not impossible Just need someone to carry me home Envious acids corrode compact discs Looped phrases fill chill out playlists Problematic parrots fight for straws Cryogenically frozen culture thaws Yeah I’m an animal And I’m valuable But it’s been not enough To get out of the rough And it feels impossible But i know that I can carry it home Yeah I should be counting All my blessings I’ve been Privileged But I’m always wanting more And I’m delusional enough To think that I can carry it home
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Rolling, Rolling Slowing, Churning Flowing, Choking Letting Moments Go and they’re Rolling, Rolling down Rolling, Rolling down Rolling, Rolling My Growing is stunted Loniless Sets in Betting, Folding Shedding, Withholding Yeah it’s Rolling, Rolling down Rolling, Rolling down Rolling, Rolling
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No Tradition 06:10
Seeing a dream in the colours of the sunset, Land of milk and honey is just out of reach Halfway free but we’ve still so many enemies Tough to take stock of the wins small and big We pick sides while people die So naive, so naive Yeah we’re failing our friends We fucked up the whole world So messy, so messy We need humility, social mobility Gently outspoken, like sugar and charcoal Learn from the turtle so steady and slow We pick sides while people die So naive, so naive Yeah we’re failing out friends We fucked up the whole world So messy, so messy Need accountability, social mobility We have so much to learn no tradition
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Azure Window 04:19
What’s in a dream without cinema or MTV? Or dream dictionaries? Something Frightening? Or Comforting? More of this world? Close to reality? So Boring, Need surreal ness, Even my worst dreams, Are unbelievable I’m waiting For a sign that it’s urgent Something weighty To assign a design Yeah I’m waiting With out increments building neglecting drinking spit as if it’s water So silly I dissolve into silence So deafening I’m defeated
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Muck 01:18
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Evrlong 04:13
Yeah her wicked look’s got me shook up in her arms Her charms are wily She’s so bravely outspoken she woke me right up from My cloudy white slumber You Me & two or three, a bungalow by the ocean Maybe not so far off The love we wanted We got it Ever-long The road is forever long Windin Ever-long I’m in it forever long Forward When we punish each other the truth’s pushed further It’s not better than lying When I’m cruel don’t endure it isn’t cool to be rude Yeah you deserve better When I’m guilted i feel wilted Wanna do it all for ya But I’m only a man Yeah we got our problems But we’re gonna solve em Each one makes us better at loving Ever-long The road is forever long Windin Ever-long I’m in it forever long Forward

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HUGE thank u to these people who contributed to this work's realization:

KATIE LEE, JOSHUA WONG, STACY MILLER, CEDRIC NOEL, SCOTT CUZNER, NATE WATERS, CHRIS DADGE, TIM CRABTREE, M WESTCOTT, JEVON VOON, CHRIS HAUER, KELSIE HJORLEIFSON, AIDAN O'REILLY, NIVEDITA IYER, JOLEEN TONER, RON MCMAHAN, REI & MOMO & GRADOR, CONNOR WILLUMSEN, STEFAN SCHNEIDER, NICK DOURADO, DAVID & ALEX LAVOIE, LISA LIPTON, CARL SPENCER & more.


this work would not exist without inspiration from:

MILTON NASCIMENTO, JOAO GILBERTO, FRANK OCEAN, DOROTHY ASHBY, ENNIO MORRICONE, JONI MITCHELL, NONAME, SUN RA, SONNY ROLLINS, ELIZABETH COTTEN, ERYKAH BADU, NICK DRAKE, MEREDITH MONK, CAETANO VELOSO, MARK HOLLIS, ANDRE 3000 & BIG BOI, STEVIE WONDER, YOUNG THUG, SUFJAN STEVENS, BRIAN ENO, HERBIE HANCOCK, BJORK, CAN, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, SLY STONE, ALICE COLTRANE, CINDY LEE, & more

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released September 3, 2020

All music by Raf Wilcot, except

Tim Crabtree: clarinet on 'Never the Bride'
Nate Waters: saxophone on 'Never the Bride'
Chris Dadge: recording of cymbal swells on 'Never the Bride'

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