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Verse 1:

This is a story of magic and reality
The maintained balance followed by the collapse into tragedy
Separation it had to be,
The death of romance by the hand of practicality!

And I still got those marks on my neck
The decision that was met with a shortness of breath
Cause the thought of you makes it hard to breathe
I'm tryna lie to myself saying you aren't what I need

That I can easily forget everything that we said
That I can easily forget all the love that we bled
That I can easily forget the home that was our bed
That I can easily forget the devotion that I pledged!

That one day I'mah be aiight without youuuu
That one day I'll remember I was fine before I found you,
Magic resides where practicality is not,
I felt like I had both, but actually did not!...

Verse 2:

This was a storybook romance, one for the ages
An effortless slow dance that could fill up my pages
With lavender, chamomile, hints of your skintone
But now all I seem to have is ragefire and brimstone!

It's bubbling I struggle with the day to day same ol'
The fountain of life has now become a volcano
I loved you whether you were Te'Ka or Te'Fiti,
Unconditional even, All of You Completely...

I loved all of your faults and put them on a pedestal
The times I helped you to heal were my favorite episodes
But now the season finale is over
Regaining composure
Burning up in the flames of this closure!

Over and over I tell myself I'll heal with time
But now it feels like I'm walking through a field of mines
Akala ko na hanap ko yung ride or die (I thought I found my ride or die)
Pasensya sa puso ko (Sorry to this heart of mine)
Just another bye and bye....

Just another bye and bye...
Just another bye and bye...
Just another bye and bye...
(The day that you lied was the day that I died)


from Heart of Hurt: A Song for Each Year, releases September 16, 2017
Produced by Danmichael Reyes

Vocals: Art of Verse
Synthesizers, Wurlitzer, Drum Programming, Synth Bass: Danmichael Reyes
Drum Programming: Nikko Salvador



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Art of Verse Ketchikan, Alaska

Born in the Philippines, raised in Alaska, and studied in Seattle; Art of Verse wields love and passion through Hip Hop to raise consciousness and build awareness towards the plights of his Motherland.


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