Dennis (Single)

by Forefeather

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Dennis is the lead single, as well as the first track from the album 3Rhythms, released on December 28th, 2014.

3Rhythms is an album inspired by and built with sounds from a trip to India, as part of a collaborative multimedia project with Summer HB.

More information on 3Rhythms the album and project: www.forefeather.com/3rhythms.html

The single version of this track is seperated from the introduction, which plays directly through in the album version.

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released November 25, 2014

Written by Forefeather (Apart from dialogue samples)
Performed and recorded by Forefeather at BVLC studio.
Mixed and mastered by Wesley Opus.
Singing bowl sample of a salesman named Dennis recorded by Forefeather in Rishikesh, India.
Dialogue sample of a businessman named Ravi recorded by Forefeather in Rishikesh, India.
B-Side Uses "Numero Deux" by The Dining Rooms (not my intellectual property) as a beat.

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Dedicated to infusing hip-hop with the art and practice of skillful living, Forefeather creates conscious rap music that is danceable, mindfulness-oriented, and celebratory of hip-hop’s lush history.

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Track Name: Intro (Single Version)
(Field recorder turning on)
Okay...

(Singing bowl being played)

(Singing bowl salesman chanting in sanskrit)

(Ravi)
...dirty, as well, but the ghats are very nice.
When you sit there,
You know you, like...
It's the river, when you watch the river,
it's like you are looking mirror, you know?
You are understanding yourself much.

(Singing bowl salesman still chanting)
Track Name: Dennis (Single Version)
Don't trip.
Don't trip, I'm already broken.
I hope this (I hope this) put my soul into motion,
I'm goin' in. (So I'm goin' in)
I'm goin' in.
I'm goin' in,
'Cause if anything can light my way then they say the river can.
(The river can.)
The river can.
(The river can.)
The river can, and I think I'm gonna need everything cleansed,
So I think I- (I'm goin' in)
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in.

And they say that in just a moment I could wash every sin away, (every sin away)
And I'm a definite sinner, but with the way life's been for me, (with the way life's been for me)
I wonder could it even have happened any differently?
And would I do it again? (And would I do it again?)
Absolutely would, and might even begin again after finishing this purification.
I'm a man.
I'm a human.
I'm a problem.
I'll be doing what we do best, probably embedded in conflict 'til the end,
But if I'm ever going to ascend from this cycle I'm stuck in, the waters of the river Ganges hopefully might help me begin.
(Mama might help me begin, so I'mma swim.)

So I'mma swim,
And don't ask me when I might be coming back up,
'Cause I've been buried by all this domestication,
And I ain't really trynna let all that stuff come.
(So I'mma swim)
So I'mma swim, and if I can't seem to erase this when I scrub,
Then I'm funna just float and see where this thing runs.

Near the mouth of the Ganges River there's a town called Rishikesh where my sister and I met this man selling singing bowls and his name was Dennis.
It was a pretty brief interaction but in the moments that I met this man, I think I maybe learned more about being human than I ever have,
(I'm a human. I'm a shell.)
Because you know it's not so bad,
But we got soul and it's so hard to let it sit there and soften like something's broken.
I'm living, and I'm gonna bring it all with.
So don't trip.
It's all good.
Come swim.

So don't trip.
So don't trip, I'm already broken.
(I hope this-)
I hope that this can put my soul into motion,
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in)
Because if anything can light my way then they say the river can.
The river can.
(The river can.)
The river can.
(The river can.)
-And I'm gonna need everything cleansed.
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in.

Now I already know that there's something inside me. (There's something inside me.)
But don't trip, I'll get down to the bottom of this finally. (Finally... Finally... Finally...)
I just wanna know where the liberty's hiding.
I'm a million miles from everything I know, and I don't want to be alone.
So let's go.
Mama Ganges, carry me home.
I can find my flow in the spiritual.

(So don't trip,)
And I don't really know if you noticed, but there's a lot more broken than what you're hoping to fix,
but if you can recognize that all these shackles are just the components that make a beautiful life what it is then maybe you can see relinquishing the suffering's really possible in literally any given moment.
So know this,
And go ahead and jump in,
But don't forget to listen to your soul, my friend.

(Ravi)
Since my childhood I am here.
So I've met- (coughs) many people, you know?
Several people they are depressed from them life, they are not happy, and, they come to find out themselves.
(Zac)
Here? Huh...
(Ravi)
No, not here, like, you know, India...
There are three kind of people come.
One, they are tourist.
You know?
They just, come, take pictures, you know, with these record devices(?).
Go to hotel(?). Go back. You know?
Second, the are travelor. You know?
They be with locals. They understand the culture.
They try to know, you know, where they are.
And third, is one, like, who is a spiritualities(?) people.
Like, who want to be spiritual.
Who want to know about themselves.
So, which one you are?

(Forefeather)
So don't trip, cause I've been broken.
I hope this just put my soul into motion again.
I'm goin' in.
I'm goin' in.
I'm goin' in, 'cause if anything can light my way then they say the river can.
(The river can.)
The river can.
(The river can.)
The river can, and I think I'm gonna need everything cleansed,
So I think I- (I'm goin' in)
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in.)
I'm goin' in.
(I'm goin' in,)
I'm trynna swim.
I'm trynna swim.
I'm goin-
I'm goin in.
Track Name: Eat (Dennis B-Side)
Yo.
(Alright, what's this? This is gonna be silly.)
This song is about... uhh... the internet.

We are distracted from distraction by distraction,
And that's a quote from a 1930s poet (T.S Eliot: http://www.coldbacon.com/poems/fq.html) but what's happened between those days and these has got me considering how much more a sense of presence for us might soon be completely absent.

Let me explain.
So, for example, the next time that you listen to this song make sure that you've got an apple,
And right now is the moment you'll take your first bite out of it,
And then focus your intention on the internal battle-
Between the mind's unexplainable gravitation away-
From the present experience of chewing-
Whether it's tasty and the thoughts are already on the next bite-
Or maybe the mind has gone to reminisce on the other night.
Alright so maybe you're just distracted by listening to me.
Just take a moment to notice wherever it's off running.
Because there's something kind of funny in how much effort it takes to try to keep ourselves from time traveling.

So take a bite, again, and keep on bringing the inner vision on back to feeling the sensation.
That's something that we can all benefit from; presence.
So enjoy it. And then maybe swallow,
And then bite, again, and keep on bringing the inner vision on back to feeling the sensation,
And that's something that maybe we should all practice.
Bite, and chew, and enjoy, and swallow, and bite, and chew, and then be present.
And then bite, and chew, and enjoy, and swallow, and bite, and chew, and enjoy.

When life's like that, (you know just what I mean by "that"? It's like "yeah...") we've all been there... we know that.
Remember that? Back when you said "I'm never coming back"?
It's just like that sometimes, we understand.
(I understand.)

So take a bite, and then take a moment only to feel like you can be at pease with what you bit off,
and find if the mind's decided to categorize what's inside you right now as all wrong, or alright.
(Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, now ladies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw)
So just notice, and then hold this close, as you commence chewing,
and really see if you can focus on whether the judgement is that it's negative or positive.
Is the sensation fixed, or is it broken?
(Is this shit broken?)
So find exactly what the mind says, and then don't judge.
Only let it be what it is.
Maybe notice if the judgement shifts from something in control of the self to purely emotions.
Because you see emotions are nothing but a thing we have.
Like a bentley, or like a crockpot, or an iPad.
And they're created when the mind says "This is good! This is bad!" but if I feel mad, why should I have to be that, you know?
So maybe I will judge this experience of using my mandibles,
But I'm not controlled by it when I relinquish time travel,
Bring my conscious to the present, and acknowledge how it feels to be smack in the middle of my life, omnommin' on this apple.
(OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM)

So I bite, again, and keep on bringing the inner vision on back to feeling the sensation,
And that's something that we can all benefit from; presence.
So enjoy it. And then swallow,
And bite, again, and keep on bringing the inner vision on back to feeling the sensation.
That's something that maybe we should all practice.
Bite, and chew, and enjoy, and then swallow, and bite, and chew, and then be present.
Bite, and chew, and enjoy. (And swallow and-)
Bite, and chew, and then be present. (And then swallow and then-)
Bite and chew and enjoy the present moment.
A little presence.
Carpé diémin'.
Carpé diém, bitches.
(Bite and chew and enjoy and swallow and bite.)
And then just swallow and just bite,
And then be present.