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Many Hats

from To What End by Oddisee

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lyrics

To many people I’m many things/
But never me and that’s beginning to bare strain/
My mother‘s hands, my father shoulders, my friends ears/
I don’t complain I just pretend I’m in the clear/
I disappear when at my worst I hide in work/
Owe my career to turning hurt into ideas/
To persevere’s a double edge I run ahead/
Then double back cause what a fled still interferes/
Two stepping off the pivot been a traveler/
Before I was a passenger/
My baggage was just adding up/
Blowing up became a star but as it happened/
Feared of getting 86ed any second like the challenger/
I know enough how to hold a bluff when the goings tough/
Feel like collapsing but hold it up for show and such/
Wear many hats but no graduation to throw it up/
All I know is clutch/

All right baby, all right baby/
keep it moving, don’t stop/
keep it moving, don’t stop/
all right baby, all right baby/
keep it moving, don’t stop
keep it moving, don’t stop/

These are crazy times that we’re living in/
Adam probably said that after God created men/
We retell the same sagas of our great fathers/
Today ain’t harder you just bothered by the same events/
I feel my greatest attribute is why I’m lacking too/
Free of opinions so I never learned to pack truth/
Disagree with the consensus and they’re after you, what comes after you/
My experience and narrative a dissonance
Apparent if you listen there’s an error/
Try to skip it when I’m scared/
My depiction paint it fairer/
Can’t resist a quick repair/
Not a lie if you believe it/
Won’t admit when I’m embarrassed/
Never tried to be deceiving/
But my pride can be misleading/
When you hide that you’re depleted/
People line up a share/
When they take an arm and leg I wonder if they see me bleeding/
But they don’t and I repeat what got me sewing what I wear/

All right baby, all right baby/
keep it moving, don’t stop/
keep it moving, don’t stop/
all right baby, all right baby/
keep it moving, don’t stop
keep it moving, don’t stop/

credits

from To What End, released January 20, 2023
Written and produced by Oddisee
Additional instrumentation by:
Ralph Real - Keys
Dennis Turner - Bass
Johan Lenox - Strings
Additional vocals by:
Olivier St. Louis and Ralph Real

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