Fake Mantra


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Your father had never been given the chance to be honest about any doubt that crept in his mind at night. So he taught you a mantra that explained things in cruel speculation. The deepest parts of the valleys
were said to be painted black & white.

It's a fake mantra he stole from the wind, to claim as his
own. Fake mantra.

Leaving my city, packing my bags for new home, settling in, calling it a place of my own. Gypsies & peddlers surprise me with their many questions. Naked dancers & drunkards, taught me to sing a new song.

And it's a fake mantra I stole from their lips, to claim as my
own. Fake Mantra.

So now my mantra is something composed of two voices, one so uncertain, the other at peace with itself. And I wonder if I can trust my own composition, I'm humming the sound but still asking out loud to myself,

Is this a fake mantra I stole from the wind? Then claimed as my
own? Fake mantra.


from Given Name, released June 29, 2013



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