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I reserve the right to get lost

let’s all go
run away and lay low
cause LA’s too hot
and the breeze moves too slow
let’s escape
settle in but it’s too late
but what if I see straight
when the ground beneath me
is the ground that shakes

I’m ripping all the leaves
off whatever branch is in my reach
hell yes, I bite the hand that feeds
so I retreat into myself
the sea’s no match for me
I’ll hide in social limbo
and I hope that you don’t find me

come on
close your eyes it’s all gone
just unclench your fists
it’s like all that shit don’t exist
relax
cross your arms and lay back
the sand will burn
but you won’t notice

See my face? Yeah, I don’t want to hear
You say God’s got a listening ear
you know what? Well, I don’t think she cares
cause none of us are finding solace in here
you know I think I got some problems with here
too many voices falling silent in here
and privilege is turning violent here
we need to move beyond just tolerance here
but now I’m thinking I don’t have what takes
not the courage, not the patience to wait
how dare you fill me with your hate
reliving hell just for you to relate
let me tell you so that I can be clear
not exactly everyone is welcome round here
so I’m thinking that I might disappear
so I’m thinking that I might disappear, get lost

I’m ripping all the leaves
off whatever branch is in my reach
hell yes, I bite the hand that feeds
so I retreat into myself
I don't need your therapy
I’ll hide in social limbo
and I hope that you don’t find me

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from Modern Sounds in Island and Popular Music, released June 27, 2016

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Micah Manaitai Los Angeles, California

Micah Manaitai is a 21 year old multi-instrumentalist and producer born in Guam and currently based in Los Angeles. Modern Sounds is his second release written, recorded and mixed between 2013 and 2015. Reclaiming the millennial softboy aesthetics of cuffed Aloha shirts in the name of island
heritage, Manaitai's music is a dense amalgam of multicultural thought, snark, and vulnerability.
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