One

by Bodi

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about

Most of my 2013 was spent volunteering in orphanages in 7 countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Kenya, South Africa, Romania, Peru) for 1-2 months each. In addition to many hours of manual labor, helping with homework, and (repeatedly x infinity) getting schooled by the kids in soccer, I filmed and photographed a documentary about their lives and their caretakers. When I had downtime, I wrote a lot, usually about the experiences. But sometimes it was lyrics, my best form of therapy.

I downloaded Ratatat's discography and decided to piece together an EP from some of their instrumentals, inspired by my time on this trip and the countless lessons I learned from the incredible kids. This is "One", the first track from the Ratatat EP. It samples Kennedy by Ratatat.

lyrics

You and I are dying - did you know that?
Cause I think if we really did then we wouldn't hold back
Anything we want to say, want to see, want to do
Want to get, want to give, before our lips blue, and
There's no flying, where we'll go that's
A myth to make heaven ever after, but it's here
Hell is here, too, named: hate and fear
Hod's not above, it's sittin in your mir
Mine too, and his and hers
I think you'd agree it's better we deserve
From each other - we suffer when we place
Our happiness in other people's hands to shape
Why wait to become what we're told we couldn't
Cause re-runs don't happen that often
We run once then it's time to book it
Yon sel lavi, one foot in the coffin

But it aint all awesome
A hundred times I've watched
People that I thought
Were saints turn goblin
So I step with caution
And trust when it's earned, not the cart before the oxen
Moonwalkin past the rest, but who's watchin
This too-often, smooth talkin criminal, the truth
Is I (i-i) should be walked past, too
I got a book of shadows that are way past, due
And I'm boxing, with em, too, a silhouette
Of myself, dance a pirouette
With the devil in my head, the angel in my bed
Is hell-bent on showing me heaven 'fore I'm dead
And I've said it's beautiful even when it isn't
Cause it is, but many times I almost made it finish
,But it's a gift, and that would ruin it
We're all cuckoo in this nest, and I, too, flew in it
- So let's lose our minds
In a hurry, cause worry is the glue that binds
The heart to the past and the head to the future
Sort of like playing roulette with a Lugar
No life after, outcome disaster
I'd rather capture happy right here
Give me that rapture, baby
You can't save me from an end, already drawing near

I'm falllllin
Falllllen
I'm fallllllin
Falllllen

It's all coming to a close
Sooner than we'd like, hold on for dear life
One third's gone to the sandman
Out of the blue, we're into the black, and
Between work, working out and TV
Texting and texting while we drive we gotta eat
Shit shower shave - breathe, and repeat
And try to find peace, so that's, two outta three
Gone
So we can give the third degree
To father time and keep looking for a sign
Or meaning, or realize the divine
Is every second breathing
Every heart beating
When we depart, all we're leaving
Behind's inspiration for others to climb
Some sunshine in the middle of the dark
Yesterday's gone. today's when we start

credits

released 06 August 2014
Produced by Ratatat.
Recorded and Mixed by Bodi at The Elephant Room.

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Bodi Northwest, Iceland

Bodi, formerly Alexipharmic, has been making music since he started watching YO! MTV Raps in Cookie Monster pajamas. He has toured the United States several times, made tracks with Eyedea, P.O.S., Emancipator, Budo, Kristoff Krane, and performed with many more. 50% of all his album and merch sales are donated to Mercy Corps' relief efforts in the Congo. He loves you, them, and sometimes himself. ... more

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