Brane World Scenario

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released July 7, 2012

All songs written and performed entirely by Abstract Verses except track 11, which was co-written and sung by Sonni Schwartzbach

Recorded and mixed by Clark Conner and Eric Sanderson
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe

Additional performance credits:
Saxophone by Steve Davit on tracks 3 and 11
Melodica by Kyle Press on track 11

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Abstract Verses Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abstract Verses is a hip-hop experiment based out of Philadelphia. From them you can expect poetic lyrics, elaborate melodies, and a heavy emphasis on modern jazz based influences.

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Track Name: Off The High
The second first, you bet it hurts and even worse
My vices stem from being versed and versatile
Searchlights searching through for delinquents sinking into servitude
The packed pipes herbs will do for certain persons working through the darkest of suburban afternoons
Represent the fellow representatives and senators
Feed the week competitors to all the teething predators
Who said that we’re the editors?
Relax, you don’t disappoint because you can’t
What you earn is what you spend, that’s all you learn from puffing all them plants
Yeah it’s all a nothing
You want to be someone, take what’s yours and turn your nothing into something
Cook my feasts for crooks and creeps
Serve my wine to businessmen who hopes that they adopt me before they book it east
You could be the joker, I’m gonna be the prince
And I’ll be sniping thieves until they get the hint

One for the treble and uh, two for the bass
Three for the rebels oh and four to keep them laced
I said a one for the treble and uh, two for the bass
Three for the rebels oh and four to keep them in their place

How do you do, why do we do?
I don’t know you, but I think that the sky isn’t blue
Why would I die for a guy in the sky?
Why do we lie? You can find it in pi.
Think of life as a fly, life just passing you by
I don’t know why, don’t ask me again
Matter of fact, ask me while I’m laughing again
I’ll probably have it by then
Mad at the world for like half of the day
The other half, well I guess that I could just laugh it away
Maintaining a look, that custodian funk
Removed from the world like Thelonious Monk
Well, if it isn’t my inhibition
Given a little symptom of living within my vision and spitting the superstition
Don’t tell me that you’re any different in this nonsense
Running from nothing, but I’m running for the conquest
The world’s crawling with the anxious and the driven
And I was taught I guess to make sure that I take it when it’s given

One for the what, two for the why
Three for the when, oh and four to keep you off the high
One for the what, two for the why
Three for the when, oh and four to keep me off the high

Them classic raps back to back built stacks, now we break weed on wax
It’s the year that is here, and I love it with no fear, that’s counterproductive
Them crazy babies want to take their wounds back to the vibrations of the tomb
So now I’m struggling with all the semantics of order
Yeah, I’m struggling with whether I should buy a trumpet or a pretzel for the man on the corner
It’s the science of a younger, all I want is to triumph with a hundred hands
All I really want right now is for you to understand
No longer can I borrow so today I come with my ambitions of tomorrow
Sometimes I wish that I could run away to eternal summer days
But instead I will stay because my endeavors are too far underway

One for the treble and uh, two for the bass
Three for the rebels oh and four to keep them laced
I said a one for the treble and uh, two for the bass
Three for the rebels, oh and for to keep them in their place
One for the what, two for the why
Three for the when, oh and four to keep you off the high
One for the what, two for the why
Three for the when, oh and four to keep me off the high
Track Name: On The Low
The first twice, hurts nice, verse vice, searchlights dodging
Earn the rights, herb for pipes got my urges right
Surge of light, bright like the urban nights
Represent, I resent false representatives competitive without a cause to be effective with
I’m tentative but attentive in the broader scheme of getting credited
So don’t disappoint, no return, live and learn, live to earn, in the ferns
In the shrubberies, puffing trees, fuck ‘em
Utterly under me, nothing
Toss them in the oven
Bake treats, I can taste them in my teeth
I could be the joker, you could be the thief
Give it a couple hours, we’ll make our way into this watchtower when things go sour

One for the money two for the show
Three for control and four to keep it on the low

I refuse to agree, I believe
See I believe we’re more than just a consequence of bottlenecks
I’m on the fence but Christ almighty this is ominous and partial
Hell, I think I’m doing well, I’m thinking we do because we ought to (auto)
Indeed this life, has been a battle no question you’re caught up in the devil’s lasso
I’ve known you since the day that you fell and I can tell but hell
We are something more than a bunch of mindless cattle, are we not?
I’ve seen the streams that are running through me
I know the sky’s blue because I see and what I see I know is real ‘cause I believe it to be
So why won’t you be judged?
You know the guy in the sky is high and dry, by and by, I am the guy who’s buying time
We need a finish line for giving time to the alleged process, that’s why I’m different in this nonsense
The world’s crawling with the driven and the anxious
Driven by concerns of if there’s truth beneath the basics

One for the money two for the show
Three for control and four to keep it on the low

These whack raps back-to-back slack, but that’s that, now the boom bap is back
It’s the year of the fear in the time of the synthesized in disguise for all the little guys
These 80s babies I assume want to take their tunes back to the vibrations of the womb
So now I’m torn between the horns and John Zorn and Aesop witnessing the beauty born
So what you really want? About to take the world by storm with this shit I’ma put you on
I want some parameters for my pentameter and all the mannerisms of my grandeur
Sometimes I wish that I could runaway like Kanye and other days I wish I knew exactly what to say
I wish that I could put these twisted fantasies up on the table and just make discussion feel okay

One for the money two for the show
Three for control and four to keep it on the low
Track Name: King Me (Featuring Mic Stew)
(Vice Verse)
I’m engineering a sense of hearing that’s meant to circumvent the lesser dealings
Administer healing through focused frequencies of feeling
Mind the ceilings as I validate your clearance
Elevate you up away from all the stresses of appearance
Replacing them with mellower melodies, chasing a method of memories
Adjacent with a hell of a centerpiece, perceiving these
Parallel visions of my reflection reinventing me
At ease, these dreams beg the question of the chicken or egg
Living or dead, still in your head
Whimsical with just how little is said
Now that’s true, I’m passed due, but that’s cool
Plan to rule the world like fast food
A technical rebel pedaling surgical sentences to sever emerging menaces urgently yearning for credential indebtedness
Better remember this, never settle for less if it’s potential for benefits

Naw I got plans man, I got plans
One of these days I’ll make sure that these people understand
And when I’m king I know they will listen
Said when I’m king, yeah when I’m king I know that I will make these people listen

(Mic Stew)
Its so easy to be the man of the hour, its even a simple task to be the man of the month
BUT, WHATS really difficult and charging of the brain, is making proper use of your 15 minutes of fame
Enter the game, hence why we call it that
I moved to a bishop from a rook, and I used to be a pawn in fact
5 years ago I wasn't even on the books
I wasn't on the board, I was shook
Mistook oportunities for gifts, I figured I'll give it my best
it took me 2 years to find out I was playing chess
Getting played by the king's invisible hand
My moves like foot prints swept away when the wind hits the sand
A voice lost in the mix, turned down by the engineer
My words downed out before they even hit your ears
I turned chess to checkers, made lateral hops
Hopped out of the box walked across the board NOW KING ME!

See I got plans man, I got plans
One of these days I’ll make sure that these people understand
And when I’m king I know they will listen
Said when I’m king, yeah when I’m king I know that I will make these people listen

(Vice Verse)
I wonder when I'ma stack up my résumé
Been playing the waiting game for the better half of the better days
Embracing the patient dictation, because I know that it's virtuous
A virtual virtuoso inadvertently working the promo through verbal ticks
Uncannily metrical, mechanically handle the standard of acceptable purposes
Don't know if you heard of this, look out for when my name surfaces

(Mic Stew)
Serve the serpent with a verse while I slurp a fifth
Verbally beat and batter the verses with
Length and height, hike to the highest height
With a vision and a mic
Fight demons to gain access
Make the throne my address
Write songs at home and play king from my mattress
Lay back as my present burns away like matchsticks
Watch the future come to fruition
I'm finally crowned king and people finally listen

Look I got plans man, I got plans
One of these days I’ll make sure that these people understand
And when I’m king I know they will listen
Said when I’m king, yeah when I’m king I know that I will make these people listen
Track Name: Think Of What You See
I’m in the school of duals and distractions
Fools and fractions make up a spool of passion
Backspin what happened
And you will find this life is cooler in action
Rather than removed in rations
Move all your cash and
Do your deeds, who do you need
Give into greed and who will you feed
Two into three, abandon the seed
Live in the now, the future is lost
The present is perfect because you are your boss, what’ll it cost?
All at the expense of legacy
Forgetting your enemies
Setting your entity
Setting the centerpiece
You’re getting ahead of me
I haven’t even gotten to the thick of what is meant to be
If you don’t want to compete then that is your choice
But don’t be offended tomorrow if you haven’t a voice
Could never have too much of this stuff, I’m telling you now
Too much is a bluff, and enough will never be enough

Look at where you’ve been and think of what you see
Who will know where you'll be in 2033

No, you’ve got it mixed, think of the kids
What’re you after? What’s the matter?
It doesn’t matter whether you hunt or you gather
It’s better to love, better to capture
All of the subtleties, all of the summaries
Remember the summer breeze
Remember the birthdays
Remember the first days
And all of these other things
Look at the sheep, you’re better than them
You always have been because
Even when adrenaline wins
You’ll usually remember it when it was genuine then
Let it begin and then you’ll be getting it in
This life is worth the living even if the circle’s spinning doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work within them
There’s perks of winning but I am more driven and conditioned
To be concerned with finding something different than back when I was beginning
Saving my cash, saving my ass
Making a pass but that’s only my opinion

Look at where you’ve been and think of what you see
Who will know where you’ll be in 2033
Look at where you’ve been and think of what you see
Who will know where you will be when you turn to history

Well I’ve got love for my family, yeah this one’s for my mom and dad
Brother and sister, and all I’ve had
In this world I was given not too long ago
I found love in my purpose as a part of the flow
And now I’m checking where I’m headed ‘cause I want to know
Can’t forget just where I’ve been because I want to grow
All I know, all I know, all I know
‘cause all I know, all I know
is that the people who I share a name with
They come before this world with the scary faces
This life ain’t sweet as I was told, I can barely taste it
But it’s got some kicking once you’ve bit into the layers of cake mix
I got love for the people who endure the mishaps
Love for the people who support the hip tracks
Love for the people who embrace the subtleties
And love for the people who found love in me, yeah
Track Name: Pollen And Pollution
Start the day before the alarm early in dawn
Fortunes are pawned for orderly wrongs
Morning's long when your quarters are gone
I took a puff from the Philly air, I don't really care
There's promise in the morning that I could be a millionaire
At the finish line just kill me there
Morning's long but the morning's promising
You know when the air smells of pollution and pollen wandering?
Kind of makes you think about the possibilities
Who decided me to be so lost to bills and fees?
All I know is every trial is puzzle piece
That's why I'm always following the subtleties
One day, I know that everything will come to me
They would always ask me, what you looking for?
Tell me about your goals and dreams
But I never kept in mind what they told to me
So now I look at life with half and eye
Black suit, black tie, just passing by
Me? Well I'm just an average guy
Do my best thinking while I'm in transport
Everybody thinking they could fit their life in a Jansport
Living in the city for a handful, now
Debt to a crooked landlord
Scams run the land, hand in hand, but man
I don't understand it all
Looking at the different people on the subway, thinking
I could make it better one day, I just gotta shake the Mondays
And find some way

End the day, late in the evening
Make or break, just make sure that you make it easy
When I step back it can make me queasy
So I just focus on the task at hand, and make sure that I take the freebies
When I get back flip on the TV
Then I sit back and forget the needy
A job so I can buy drinks at night
I ain't gonna change the world, ain't nobody gonna make things right
Pardon the pessimism, but I ain't ever seen the best of living
A second chance will just lead back to the first decisions
Yeah well then again I can't imagine the worst conditions
"Life's ill, sometimes life might kill"
Sometimes I don't know why I try to fight the will
Then I remember that I'm high as hell
High like my utility bill
Then I remember what I fail to see
That all that I have is thanks to the people who I'll never meet
I do things for the nameless, faceless, those who came before me
Those who didn't make it to the ranks of the rich and famous
You think we all want fame for material gain?
Or do we just want our name to make it through the generations, look
This is history, provided that you make it

What you go to school for? What you wanna be?
You want to get enlightened or do you just want the degree? Me?
While I'ma never reach nirvana, so I'ma compensate with drama
While I ponder pleasure pain and the pursuit to prosper
Copy down my genre, brand it onto my pajamas
Drama, drama

What you get up in the morning for? Where you wanna go?
Are you your own man or a product of the dough, no
It ain't like your idols told ya
You wanna be a rock n'rolla
You wanna follow dreams until you grow up and you're way broker than the image that your TV sold ya
Yeah I'm the voice in your mind, don't forget
That those who make it are the ones who leave this voice behind
You'll be alright with proper measures added on
They'll be in sight with their binoculars and camouflage
But you will be alright with proper measures added on
Just keep it moving
Until the end of the song
Track Name: Crossings
The walls are decorated with moving pictures of celebrations
Demonstrations by potential models and idols so as to set you forth potentially on future delegations
Talkative walls get renovations
It's like the times change, maybe they don't, how could I see?
I'm just a pigeon falling victim to the powers that be
At least til I become my own man who owns an orchard with no hourly fees
Develop flavor for palette without a ballot
Power is valid only in that it's grounded in prowess
Heavy is the head that wear the crown but is doubted
He who can't imagine what he'd amount to without it is bound to imbalance
It's like the times change, yeah they probably do
Just take a guess and keep on following you
Just take me to the eye of the storm where it's quiet and warm
And we can all go on flying along

So there's a rock in my bedroom, a carpeted floor
Beside it a step-stool, above is my ceiling fan
Outside the door's a dealing hand
And a war for better meal plans
Here they stand with real demands
It's like the times change, wait, what was I saying?
That's right, something about the language of waiting
I know if I'm patient and I stay in a wait then
I've got this map up on the palm of my hand to graceland
And I can take it when the time is right
Yeah, I'ma take it when the time is right
But I'm just conscious of the contents of my wallet
With this ladder by my window and this yeti in my closet
It's like the times change, but what if they don't, how could I see?
I'm just a victim to the powers that be
Take me to the eye of the storm where it's quiet and warm
And we can all go on flying along

So now I got a job, promotion is coming
I got here by believing in something
To think that I was just a seedling a couple decades past
Now I breathe easy and I tend to laugh
It's like the times change, read the news today
It told me that we're broke as hell, so I threw it away
Now I speak no evil while my hands are adequate
Today could be my last, so I dance cadaverous
Dead man walking and I'm proud of it
Who you think today's man of the hour is?
It all depends on who's included in your analysis
When I sleep I dream of owning two palaces
It's like the times change, yeah they probably do
Just take a guess and keep on following you
Just take me to the eye of the storm where it's quiet and warm
And we can all move on flying along
Track Name: Drift
Terry Foley: Vocals

Recorded and mixed by Clark Conner and Eric Sanderson
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe

Written by Terry Foley
Track Name: The Big Sleep
My simple friend just handed me a weapon for problems
I probably should mention that he's figment caught in my noggin
Telling me when I am wrong and when I'm wasting my time with just talking
Agreeable delusions will fuse into options, now
He looks identical to the closest of all my associates
Followed me to Atlantic City on a trail of my notes written on post-it slips
I'm over this, I swear
But dare I share the truth of all my affairs
Who really would care?
I haven't seen the future, but I'm confident that it probably is there
As far as I could tell, to think I had a choice
White noise, my voice is moist and muffled but I still rejoice
Watch my simple friend developing yearly, driven by fellow queries, enveloped in theory
First a superhero, then grew to athlete
And now he's rapping for loyal fans and hasn't a problem remaining happy

So what you thinking 'bout?

I remember when I first stated with this
Part of it is that I'm all in a twist, but hey
I slip into a dream and I forget the things I've seen
The things I deem worthy in between a number of extremes
To think of life as a rehearsal
To think I walk in circles
Asking just how I landed in this infomercial
My curfew, to think I had a choice
White noise, my voice is moist and muffled but I still rejoice
It's something fuzzy, but I swear that it's real
It's right above me and I barely can feel
Dilemmas of the moral compass, familiar judges
My budget is something that I have cut into nothing with substance
But hey, it's something nonetheless
I see my father's father stand before say "Your son will be next"
And I don't really know what to make of that
But oddly enough, I think I roughly kind of knew where he was at, so

What you thinking 'bout?

The world is intertwined
My verse unified in a universe defined by simple lines
Let my simple mind mingle in time
Let the trustee salesman sing me jingles while I sprinkle singles for signs
Felt it when I told ya, like hell is freezing over
Wish that I could just just doze and melt into my sofa
Instead I stay consumed by this notion of doom
Don't know if it's soon, but I know that it's true
Know that my life is the chronic episodically topical historical chronicles of those with whom I spoke before my time has been through
I don't know you. Why do we do? Why can't I sleep?
I got work in the morning, but I'm tired and week
Life isn't meek
There's something beautiful here but I'm too tired to see
Right in the cheek, let this pharmaceutical here steer me toward a life with a peek
Close my eyes, now my body is numb, I finally can sleep
Track Name: Moon Bound (Featuring Sonni Shine)
(Sonni Shine)
To the moon and back I will go with you
To the stars and to the heights, we are what our senses can reach
I travel through bodies and through
Through lifetimes and cycles
Just to meet you here again
And be your forever friend
I will leave behind possession
Let go of my desire for definition
Realizing together the two of us can fly
We must go to it and not be shy
I will close my eyes
I will close my eyes