Too Much

from by Tenrai Kenshin

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    A hard copy of Here, We Are, by Tenrai Kenshin. Includes a 20 page lyric booklet, and a download code for Here, We Are [Profound Mix], an uncut edition of Tenrai's entire performance at The Dial Studios.


    Booklet and insert formatting by Elizabeth Rhea
    Cover Photo by John Cuyugan
    All Photo Editing and Other Photography by Michael Lee
    (except pg 1-2 by Mikkesha Mannings, pg 4 by Josh Nuñez, pg 9-10 by Eboni McClanahan, pg 19 by Loyde Cordero)

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lyrics

You were grins and jokes and laughter for the couple right ahead of me, which excites me
Shopping is often too dull a process, and I like a good conversation.
I reach the front of the line and ask how your day has been.

You look right through me, expressionless
and proceed to ring up my purchase.
I ask once more.
(perhaps I am too quiet)
You punch a couple keys and tell me my total, still straight-faced.

I resign.
Hand you my pride's weight in green paper.
You count it but I already know I have overpaid.
You announce my change and hand back what I never should've given.
Your eyes never reach mine.
I thank you.
My words, more plea than anything.
You turn and address the next customer.

I turn, heart in hand.
my fingers clinching tightly
Twitching with each beat
It reminds me I am still music though you pretend not to hear
I am brilliant hue though you pretend not to see

In high school
My best friend told me
He did not see why people love John Coltrane
Could not understand why jazz
has such a lasting influence
I guess he prefers Miley Cyrus.

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from Here, We Are., released January 3, 2015

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