Aesop Rock - Gopher Guts Lyrics

Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts; Poolside; 0 for 1 and don't forget spoons twice
Lukewarm folgers; mold on his moonpie
Rooms in his home that dissipate into fruit flies
Suicide lane wide load ride looting in the wake of an amicable marooning
My duty go from moving in packs to sharing food with a cat. [To Moms:] "it's me, I accidentally sawed a woman in half."
She said "I'll keep you in my prayers, " I said "I need to hide a body, " she said "ok honey, talk to you on Friday."
Apparently we share a common plasma so the growing disconnection doesn't matter. according to the blood-and-water chapter. weird
Who wrote the blood-and-water chapter anyway? probably some surly dad; only child, 30 cats.
Looking for a way to reconnect with an averted past.
Except it doesn't always work like that
Today I pulled three baby snakes out of moss and dirt; where the wild strawberry vines toss and turn;
I told them "you will grow to be something inventive and electric; you are healthy, you are special, you are present." then I let them go


You were sitting at the gate awaiting spirits and provisions
I was privy to a headache over pirouetting innards
In the mirror sweating pictures; who's there: simian or lizard?
As it were there is a disappearing difference
In ambition and material;
Antiquated gentleman outlaws reduced to a ferris wheel of vitriol
Move as a godless heathen; black gums, tooth gone, bootleg 'Yukon Cornelius'
I'm a... that's better, here we here we go. disenchanted face printed on a zero-dollar bill
Got a little plot of land where authority isn't recognized, contraband keeping the core of his Hyde Jekyll-ized
Check! nevermind a misanthrope vying for affection to the wretched sound of mysticism dying
It is something he must handle on his own; the wind blown way, wanna win? don't play
Today I pulled three green frogs out of leaf and bark where the grape vines climb a convenient barn;
I told them "you will grow to be something tenacious and exalted; you are mighty, you are gracious, you are lauded." then I let them go


I have been completely unable to maintain any semblance of relationship on any level
I have been a bastard to the people who have actively attempted to deliver me from peril
I have been acutely undeserving of the ear that listen up and lip that kissed me on the temple
I have been accustomed to a stubborn disposition that admits it wish it's history disassembled
I have been a hypocrite in sermonizing tolerance while skimming for a ministry to pretzel
I have been unfairly resentful of those I wish that acted different when the bidding was essential
I have been a terrible communicator prone to isolation over sympathy for devils
I have been my own worst enemy since the very genesis of rebels
Today I pulled three ghost crabs out of rock and sand, where the low tide showcased a promised land.
I told them "you will grow to be something dynamic and impressive; you are patient you are gallant you are festive."
Then I let them go


(On and on and on and on...)

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Aesop Rock Gopher Guts Comments
  1. Jason Madrid

    I heard this at work today for the first time, I got chills and nearly cried, this is art at its finest.

  2. stevie ray genoch

    Aesop rock has helped me get threw hard times. When I was kicked out into the rain with no where to go. When people thought that I was crazy for having an opinion. Or because I like to wear nice things. I am not following no shity rule book on how I cant wear high heels or pink. So I'm doing great but other people are not.

  3. Patrick Pettit

    Apple juice

  4. TheToofpick

    Aesop should be winning awards. I don’t care which ones. He should win. He’s the greatest lyricist ever. I’m not talking Rakim or Nas or anyone else. I’m saying he’s on another plateau. You’ll never truly understand them unless they’re broken down. This guy is smarter than us and I fucking love it.

  5. craig phillips

    Incredible broski

  6. Slam

    Fuck we getting old 😂 still 💯

  7. Courtland Lyons

    Dislikes? Wtf

  8. Novum

    1:50 I think is the most functionally brilliant bar in the entirety of rap music. If that was in literature it would be lauded alongside Shelley, Stoker and the Brontes. Let's motherloving break it down real quick:

    "Got a little plot of land where authority isn't recognized//Contraband keeping the core of his Hyde Jeckylized".

    So first and foremost it's aesthetically brilliant, it plays well of the tongue, the meter is difficult to avoid and it's beautifully symmetrical in it's construction. I'll say nothing of Aesop's delivery here simply because I'm complimenting his writing, but the writing is strong enough that it engenders the cadence almost effortlessly. Like, for example Iambic Pentameter is so prone to do, here the pattern of the writing (mainly due to complexity, speed and structure) all intertwine to create a powerful flowing stanza that brings with it a natural rhythm. So we have a very cool sounding, well-flowing, well written bar on our hands. But that wouldn't qualify as the most functionally brilliant bar just on it's own, that is still most of good rap music. As with most things Aesop does though the real meat is in the meaning. I think we can all safely assume that the 'little plot of land where authority isn't recognized' is a quick metaphor for growing some straight up T E R P E N E S. And it certainly is, we can also pull out the slightly deeper meaning from it though, that odd almost doomsday prepper, hillbilly weird vibe seen through the Impossible Kid videos that's so often associated with getting a remote or otherwise removed piece of land and living away from social norms. That movement away from society, the decision to become the outcast, the hermit, the man who removes himself rather than the criminal who is removed. Rap, good rap at least, is the story of outliers and failures, a struggle. For NWA or Eminem that struggle may have been racism or poverty - the list goes on but the general notion is the same. For Aesop this struggle has always seemed to be more against himself than anything else.

    So we can, as with most things in most of his music quickly find double meaning there. But let's move on to that second line because it's highly referential of the first. And this is another really impressive thing to consider which he does often and fluently, shifting the meaning of a previous line with an adjustment in the next. It's not a particularly great example here but it's definitely something to keep in mind when listening to him. If you haven't heard it before you can hear him (quite indulgently) doing this with a whole song in the track(s) daylight/nightlight. To the next line then and first up we have contraband. This is entirely purposeful of course, if we have this in the previous line then the double meaning is removed. Let's try it real quick: 'Got a little plot of land with contraband' you can throw in the thing about authority and still, that double meaning is gone. The line would simply now mean 'I grow drugs'.That's not particularly deep personal insight, in fact that sounds like trap music. *"I GROW DRUGS. I GROW DRUGS. I GROW DRUGS IN MY FCKIN LAMBORGHINI."* *ahem* Instead what we get is an extremely cutting and personal review of the effect narcotics have had on him. 'Contraband keeping the core of his hyde jekyllized' can be understood directly as drugs continuing to keep him in a negative, or potentially aggressive state both emotionally and physically. 'Core' and 'hyde' refer to the inner self and the skin, the hide, the physical self. An image of being entirely consumed from your very center to your very edges. That's how entire this shift is for him. Now 'Hyde' is spelt 'Hyde' rather than the traditional spelling of 'hide' as in 'animal hide' so the verb Jekyllized makes sense to the listener. This is of course a reference to the RLS classic 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. It's also a fine example of intertextuality done about as well as one can do it. Certainly much better crafted than calling an episode of Breaking Bad 'Ozymandias'. Intertextuality should use what people already know to create further meaning. Breaking Bad are saying Walter White reflects the crumbling empire discussed in PBS's 'Ozymandias'. Okay, to me then that seems as though they're leaning on it to up their value. Aesop uses what you know already about Jekyll and Hyde, the concoction and the monster to create an allegory for his drug use but then on top of that uses it to create terminology for this relationship between his inner and outer self (his core and his hyde) and through this is able to use the word jekyll as a verb. He's *jekyllized*, he uses that existing knowledge of the turmoil of Jekyll to create something new, in the song and your understanding. And that, truly is what separates intertextuality from great intertextuality.

    When we understand the bar as a whole it becomes one of sadness, one of self-awareness through disappointment and ultimately a resignation to societal self-exclusion. I could keep going and going here, there's already 20 things I can see that I've missed but I think I'm actually just going to go make a video about it.

    Tom Raymond

    I liked it too...


    Please do make that video.


    Novum so very succinctly - and axxurarely - deconstructed. Lines like these are what make me love Aesop, not to mention all his witty and often charming anecdotes and wordplay. It’s great to see someone appreciate his talents as thoroughly as I do.. cheers!


    Novum do you plan on making that video? Because I would love to see it if you ever do. This man is my favorite MC of all time. I appreciate anyone who is brave and patient enough to explore the depths of his verses.. I look forward to sharing others insights and what THEY take away from his lyrics (as we all know they can oftentimes be interpreted in various ways) can't wait! Do keep us updated!! Cheers!!

  9. Vivianne Lok

    As if it's been written for you. On repeat.

  10. bonusminutes

    He lied to those snakes, frogs and ghost crabs.

  11. Thee Trashman

    These lyrics are a mantra for our virtual dissociated era. Thank you Ian.

  12. Alex Bonk

    Aesop has admitted in the past that none of his lyrics are nonsense, and it's crazy to think that each line of this song have meaning to either history or his personal experiences. The way he says things paints really unique pictures whether you understand their meanings or take them literally and that's an insane talent to have. I like him so much as an artist that I named my leopard gecko Aesop because he likes hanging out in his rock most of the day lol

  13. Zoom

    So, do you know what this song is about!

  14. Tukoi Jarrett

    Why is it so hard for some to like Aesop without being condescending? Like he's definitely an excellent artist, but you can say that without disrespecting the rest of the rap scene. Good rap isn't rare, you just need to pay a bit more attention.

  15. Benjamin Huggins

    Way better than Eminem...yeah...I said it


    I've been saying that for fucking YEARS.. I'm right behind you on that brother. Wordplay, metaphors, storytelling, structure, depth. Better at everything ffs

  16. ur4n1um

    Great song!

  17. thydevour

    This song hurts my souls

  18. Peter !!

    Then I let em go...O
    Fire 🔥

  19. Will Pryor

    What an amazing lyricist! Blown me away!! ✌️💀

  20. kyle f

    Been listening to Aesop rock for years and years and every time I hear this song it still makes me say wow .

  21. James 5703

    man i cant stop playing the fucking track

  22. Tanner Dortch

    Honestly if the majority of our population was even semi intelligent, this badass would have been the greatest rapper out there


    Such clear and succinct truth has never been spoken 🤘🏽

  23. joe apicella

    came upon this soul splitting cipher on my spotify the other day. Reminded me of some old school Wu....These guys are for real.

  24. imback bitch

    why do i have to scroll down to find ur good sounding songs fix this or else

  25. Kid Christ

    I have to admit, I pretty much stopped writing after I heard this song. He said everything I could have and more.

  26. Dope Stone Lion

    I've been listening to all types of rock my whole life. Aes is all I've heard for the last 3mos. Since i first heard him.. late to the party.. fuck!.. but this guy's poetry!

  27. SubparPanda

    This songs just to damn real, especially 2:29. You ever relate to something too hard it actually hurts you cause ouch man. Ouch.

  28. Jonny Daly

    "I have been a terrible communicator prone to isolation over sympathy for devils." and once again Aesop has reshaped my world view with a single line.

    Steve Smith

    Mine was "Trying to see eye to eye with the faceless just ain't working the way the manual paints it" on the track "Bent Life"

    SIR Smooth

    i listened to this very line as i was reading it here. some would say coincidence, i say connected.

    Irish Frog

    @Steve Smith "This tailor-made routinē ain't suitin' me
    It's tight around my neck like 13 loops, rafter, an apple box
    Heartless harvest of mine, I'm tired of pissin' benediction
    Maybe it ain't healthy, but sometimes I'd rather burn then let you help me " was one of my favs when i first got into him off "Take me to the basement"



  29. Omar Munir

    Amazingly odd

  30. Farvez Afridi Faizur Rahman

    That third verse just downright hurts to listen to because of how much one could relate to it.

    Me too, Aes. Me too.


    Right? The first time I heard that verse I felt a dull pain in my chest and my stomach turned .. it hurt to hear, and to feel the truth behind them.. but I was also comforted that I wasn't alone in feeling that way. Ive never connected with MC like that before. Love that about Aes

  31. dm9910

    The verse about his relationship with his mother is just perfect. It's simultaneously dark, poetic, philosophical and funny. The flow is so smooth right up to the abrupt "except it doesn't always work like that" that gives me chills every time. Aesop at his best.

  32. J D

    Any of us who've had let's say, less than average, conventional, easy, safe lives, no matter how much of this life victimized us can still relate to the diatribe of addmissions of negativity near the end. People love me-I AM my own worst enemy

  33. zero2

    so much emotion on that last verse fucking raw fucking g powerful LONG LIVE AESOP


    this song touches my heart

  35. sonsofsparda22

    I played this song at a pool hall, one night. Everyone heard the lyrics loud and clear and stopped playing. A few people said god damn, and just sat contemplating what was in their mind. This song hits deep

    Farvez Afridi Faizur Rahman

    Appreciate those people. If I played this at a get-together with my people they would ask me to change the song.


    @Farvez Afridi Faizur Rahman For real.

  36. Cody Hoeck

    Thanks for your dedication to the art. Much appreciation for the linguistics and knowledge you've shared over all the years. Beautiful work!!

  37. shmuckling

    How did I not stumble upon this channel earlier?! All these lyrics, and very good quality audio. Thank you so much for sharing!

  38. Zillastorm

    This is amazing.

  39. Salty Siren

    Raw Memoirs 💞

  40. Nick Rizzo

    Did an entire a.p. language lesson on this song, didn't realize how much depth it had

  41. Wil Aukschun

    I think Aesop Rock, and Bob Dylan should do at least one song before we lose Bob. Could you imagine the lyrics? I think our brains, and hearts would explode upon hearing it, and we would die happier than humanly possible.

    Mr. Nuaim

    Rip bob dylan..we lost him 😢

  42. Folasko Music

    Aesop's fables.

  43. illosinob

    "She said I'll keep you in my prayers, I said I need to hide a body, she said okay honey talk to you on Friday" ...what a fucking cool way to say you're feeling you're growing apart from what used to be so familiar, your former protector no longer speaks the same language---shit

  44. kyle kelley

    an auditory breakdown of life. at least for some. loved every second

  45. alex moran

    this song makes me want to drink all the milk before I eat oreos

    jeremy chocholowski

    i dont know why thats funny but it is

  46. Corey Trevino

    This is one of the songs that got me into Aesop, I got both Skelethon and The Impossible Kid at the same time. His music helped me deal with my own depression because he seems to suffer from it in a similar way that I do.

    He hates other people because he has expectations of others that they seldom live up to and the disappointment causes him to introvert, but at the same time, being around others makes you happy too and you know you need other people to feel complete. This constant back and forth makes you depressed since there's no resolution. He's disappointed in himself as well, for feeling that most of what he feels is his own fault and he doesn't know how to stop it or how to explain it to others, making it hard to relate to others and feeling alone as a result. His mom loves him but doesn't understand him, and they aren't very close anymore, and though he'll try to get her to understand, she's kind of oblivious. His father is absent and his brothers have their own lives. He relies heavily on his friends but they aren't always reliable or present, and so he finds himself retreating to a place where he can be alone with his thoughts, away from other people until he figures himself out. Letting the animals he finds go in the song is really him coming to realizations about himself and his relationships with others. He understands himself to an extent but can't find a way to get passed what he feels, he feels hopeless and lost and is desperately trying to find a way back to being happy again. He knows he's a hypocrite, he knows he's the cause of his unhappiness and he knows others can't help if he won't let them but he's torn between different ideologies and thoughts and communicating that to others is hard when he feels they simultaneously care and don't care. He feels stuck, and this is him going over it all, trying to make sense of it.

    It's no secret Aes suffers from depression, he talks about it a lot. This is him trying to figure it all out, and though he feels hopeless at times, he's still trying to push forward because he knows it's all he can do, there's no other way to go. I hope he finally does get to a place where he feels like he's in control of it all, and I hope he never gives up because he is a beacon in a sea of posers and far less talented rappers. He stands head and shoulders above all of his peers in his artistry, mastery of wordplay and presentation, his raw emotional expression and well thought out, thought provoking songs. Aesop is the most under rated rapper alive, and even if he was the most popular, successful, hyped rapper, he'd still be under rated.

    Christapher Potter

    Way to let it go bro...


    Thanks for sharing your struggle friend. I like to call him “the prophet.” To me he’s really more of a philosopher than a musician, music just happens to be the medium through which he spreads his message. He really taught me a lot about life at a time when I felt like life really wasn’t worth living

    urist mcary

    I respectfully disagree, at least about pre 2010's aes, who i personally relate to more. you may be right about him now, but personally I have always related to the way he seems to be very aware of how the natural world transcends human desires and explanations, and how people tend to try to avoid that truth. Any mental things he may suffer from, I don't really pick up or register,

    but the way he seems to be in touch with the nature of reality really resonates.

    very conflicted morals in this guy, Personally I would not compare him to other artists or rappers, and I don't think he would, his music tends to say that he disapproves of their ways, but I am Leary of jumping on the "Aes best" train, Aes produces something that is an entirely different style.

    RE: fresh

    Being neurotic is ones own choice.

    Marsel Music

    If this were reddit you'd get the gold medal sir. Anyways I fully understood this . Also yeah it sucks that even in the "under rated" category, ppl always go on about other etc, not gonna say names bc it doesn't matter. It's awesome that other people are known for world play etc but there's something raw and simple yet thought provoking about aes's scripts. Everyone's different but it's almost like he's rather a poet than a rapper in some ways.

  47. maybetomorrow

    the wind blown way, wanna win? don't play

  48. Prachi Pradhan

    I swear, this guy has better vocab than Shakespeare.

    An average at best ladder

    @Jedediah Adler I know i'm necroing but the graph is about recorded unique words used. Not about the invention of words.

    SandTastic ASMR

    Everyone: hip hop is just repeating nonsense words with derelict rhyming with no reasonable word dialogue.

    Aesop: Hold my Thesaurus...

    Knaight Babbitt

    @An average at best ladder
    The graph is still largely useless. As stated in the article Shakespeare has used over 30,000 words in his works - the 5170 comes from the limited sample size, truncated to the equivalent of one rap album (a normalization used to allow comparison of work between artists with very different outputs). This compromises the study, as the idea that the graph used is representative of larger writings is deeply questionable. Instead of measuring lexical breadth it effectively measures the extent to which repetition of common words or phrases uses up the alloted wordcount. Aesop tends to avoid choruses; he tends to avoid call and response structures; and he generally writes in a way favored by the study criteria. Shakespeare meanwhile routinely uses call and response to comic effect: "I will bite my thumb at them, which is a disgrace to them if they bear it" "No sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir!". It's a representative exchange in the style, and it has a lot of depth. There's the ludicrous notion that someone was effectively just raising a middle finger in someone's general direction and not flipping them off, presented straight faced as if there's any plausible deniability, juxtaposed with the repeated and staccato use of a formal title. There's a lot going on there, but because repetition is used as a literary device it gets read as a smaller vocabulary.

    To generalize to an abstracted model, this metric heavily favors poetry over prose. Plays and rap don't quite fit in either category, but there's a general tendency for rap to be pretty far on the poetry end of that spectrum, while plays occupy a near-prose space. Aesop Rock in particular tends towards highly poetic imagery as a primary literary device; that's possibly the single most defining trait of his style. He does this extremely well, and having an extensive working vocabulary is a major component of that, but it does tend to poison statistical comparisons to artists working in other styles.

    Memento Catharsis

    Just choose not to be after that comment daym

  49. Lone Ronin

    Respect Aes on keeping that plot of land your own you got heart. Respect.Reflect.

  50. Lone Ronin

    Thank you Aes for sharing. Brave. Honest.

  51. Lone Ronin

    Along with the rest.

  52. Lone Ronin

    One of my personal favorites.

  53. Jean Pierre

    Incredible lyrics. Well done Christopher Ervin!

  54. Christopher Ervin

    That was pretty incredible. This is the first Aesop Rock song I have ever listened to in its entirety. I have slept.

    Christopher Ervin

    Actually a "women"? I leave a positive response to a dope song, and you attempt to disrespect me with the wrong word. As much as I am tempted to get out of character and flash on you with a barrage of colorful venom. I will digress and leave it at... God bless you.

    Tom Raymond

    To be fair to you I've been an Aesop Rock fan for nearly 20 years and this is up there with anything he's ever done.
    A man throwing into sharp relief what so many experience but can't find the words


    Tom Raymond EXTREMELY well said. That's what I love about him. Wether he's being deep or whimsical, they're all things we think or have thought but don't bother to verbalise most of the time because of how deep and/or unimportant it seems. He makes art out of it.

  55. Gyula Leon

    So many layers to these raps to the untrained ear they hear gibberish. That's why I love Aesop.

  56. Sam S

    I love that three years later, Blood Sandwich releases, and is pretty much a more hopeful sequel to this song.


    no its isnt

    B. Benmeziane

    You're the man, exactly my thought


    Sam S agreed this entire album was darker than anything else he released


    I feel blood sandwich (and the impossible kid as a whole) was a more straight-forward/accessible way of conveying similar themes he's covered on previous albums that were more lyrically esoteric and abstract.

    Farvez Afridi Faizur Rahman

    Blood Sandwich is just 2 stories about his brothers. It's probably one of the most accessible songs Aes has put together.

    This song is far more complex to be honest. I think they are two different experiences and cannot be really compared in a way.

  57. Nik Solanovic

    i don't the Aes has the best relationship with his mom.

    Fabian Roland

    To Mom "It's me, I accidentally sawed a woman in half"
    She said "I'll keep you in my prayers," I said "I need to hide a body"
    She said "Ok, honey, talk to you on Friday"

    I'm pretty positive it's mostly about his mom not wanting to be associated with him and his life but being unable to let go because they're sharing the same blood

    Non Compos Mentis

    Fabian Roland To me, it sounds as though his Mother doesn't really pay attention to him and he's sort of just there.

    HUgo Boss

    It's not about his mom not wanting to be associated with him (for me at least), that would be super harsh on her part. I think if she would literally reject him as her son there would be harsher criticism from Aes. He has a whole verse blaming HIMSELF for his realtionship problems on this very song.
    I think its more about his mother not really understanding him ("growing disconnection ...") @Fabian Roland

    Fabian Roland

    ​@HUgo Boss True, though it still sounds more like a case of people feeling like they should keep in touch (because most people hold family very dear and people who don't relate feel alienated) even though they don't care to be involved or invested in each other's lives, kind of like people asking a cashier about their day without giving a damn

    HUgo Boss

    ye i agree with that. "her responses" seem like she didnt hear or care what he said at all @Fabian Roland

  58. The N

    My life just ended.

  59. TheCynicalDouche

    This sucks. Beat sucks, the way he's rapping sucks. Must be some of his new shit.


    @Redsparrowe123 I understand that Aesop has the most diverse vocabulary. That doesn't necessary make for great content though. I've been a fan of his for longer than a decade. His good albums were Labor Days, Float, Music for Earthworms... the track Holy Smokes, off the album Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives is a good one. Bazooka Tooth sucked. Way over produced. All of his newer shit sucks too. I always understood that there were metaphors hidden in some of his lyrics and some of them have meaning... but a lot of his shit lyrically makes no sense and is at random. Still a fan of his earlier shit though. Why don't you check out a song on my channel that I made? It's called, "anomaly - awakening". Peace.


    @***** That wasn't the end-game for this comment at all. You clearly didn't read any of this thread.


    @***** I endorse good music, even if it comes from me.... which it always will.


    Trying too hard to live up to your screen name

    robert wakeley

    Even if he's a troll, he should be trolling bad artists that deserve it. Not geniuses like Aesop.

  60. AE Solounias.

    major goose bumps, GOAT


    Proof rap is garbage now.....


    @Whippybox_grHD! uhm yes.


    +Kelso lowk Wait sorry I'm confused? Are you saying, "Proof rap is garbage now..." because you think this song is bad or because it is so good that it makes other rap trash? Lol because I think Aesop Rock and this song is amazing.


    @Whippybox_grHD! thast your opinion sir and I have mine , lets just smoke a J and agree to disagree, i wish no beef, i couldve been kinder on my words


    +Kelso lowk Lol.
    papa bless

  62. Curtis Maloney

    ..... damn, that's real as fuck. I'm sure most people don't get it the first five times they here it.

    Ace Ace

    I doubt you'll ever get it if you don't even know the difference between 'here' and 'hear'...

  63. Darren Brennan

    Man ! How many gophers has this guy seen get murdered anyway ?...ha ha.
    Somebody will get that.

    J T

    +Darren Brennan Soon!


    +Darren Brennan Probably just 1, but it marked him for life!... ha ha.

    Jarrod R

    Reference to Blood Sandwich, perhaps?

    Arizona GunGuy

    Nah, he did a small series explaing what each song was about. Check it out, it's pretty cool

    Brad Monteforte

    link please!!!

  64. Matthew Kelly

    This is clearly about his divorce.

    André BM

    And antisocial attitudes (end of 3rd Verse)


    +Matthew Kelly ...or his borderline personality disorder.

    HUgo Boss

    i thought it's also about his upbringing, or the upbrining of people in general. Cause of the references to his mother in the beginning.. and whats the hook about?
    Its always about raising 3 creatures (he has 2 brothers), instilling confidence in them and in the end letting them go ..... oh

    sounds like childhood to me and the depressing "comedown" when we mature and shit doesn't at all turn out like we imagined it as kids ...

  65. Mike Terpoilli

    mind = blown

    Caymen LePere

    Mike Terpoilli the future is amazing

  66. killthedjs

    Genius level lyricism.

  67. VicViper

    I've loved a lot of Aesop, but this is probably my new favorite rap song. He fucking killed it with this one.

    Andrew Dougherty


  68. Kid Kustomz

    One of the most underrated...

  69. Jesse Smith

    undeserving of the lip that kiss me on the temple = his family

  70. Jesse Smith

    that fucking percussion

  71. yakuza moon.

    this shit here.....

  72. Logan Ladart

    I really like Aesop rock. Lotta these songs really make me feel... Common rap and hip hop is always about fuckignviolence and sex and garbage but this.... Idk... It makes me think and feel. I like it.

  73. Tyler P

    This song is such a head trip, ain't too often you hear good abstract, non-linear poetry in hip hop. Props to you, Aesop Rock.

    Sutwe Saawwe


    I-Love-CO Mountains

    fuckin eh, i feel the same way.

    Andrew Dougherty

    have you ever listened to A.R .

    Unique Tangbe

    Eyedea another great one

  74. Lunga Mgqatsa

    Fuck !!!

  75. Barbaric Eric420

    Thanks for sharing, dope song

  76. Beretta249

    Hey, thanks for posting.
    I love this track for being introspective; it's not the worst way I've heard Middle Age ever put to words.

  77. The0uternet

    from 2:29  Is painfully accurate...

    SrSucioGuapo DelSur

    @The0uternet Right there with you. It's both good and shitty to not be alone. ...Oh.

    A Nonymous

    Same man. We're ghost crabs.


    Painfully true right? Cuts like a knife, to identify with it - but is also oddly comforting to know I'm not alone with the feelings

    Thank you, Aes..

  78. BurnGiordano

    thanks for these videos btw yugo

  79. BurnGiordano

    man hes changed

  80. Amanda Walls

    do lyrics for tetra!

  81. Richard

    Aes, dude is an Ace in the shoot. Appreciate the post too.