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The Hand

from Carousel (Part II) by Okapi

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As a meager fellow eases into a life of stability, he finds his leisure time slowly being compromised before him. Aside from his normal obligations, he is contributing less and less to society, and the time necessary to feed his curiosity and growth in new directions slips away. He begins yearning for a sense of productivity and self-worth, but like the body, his mind inevitably grows tired and weak, making it more difficult to revive his vitality. He can't help but attribute this decline to the slow approach of Death, as well as the diminishing state of his worth. This realization causes impulsive anger, frustration, laziness, and other harmful behavioral changes that leave a stain not only on himself, but the world around him. In his failure to consciously grasp this transformation and its negative impact, this fear of Death seems as though it will greet him much sooner than the day his heart stops beating.

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Days soon turn late, offering up our dirty plate
Limbs are weak, though the mind's not beat
But for just a moment, they take a seat

Then from below, like the ugly bridge troll
The covert anchor pulls toward the hand, which speaks intent
Of some wriggling divine plan
The body chokes in its dense, composed repose

If your grasp is short, and temper's alike
That quick-slipping grip may spike a sharp, cursed reich
And those who strike will end up on a pike

So, while you carry out your sentence of life in fluff toil
Know the hand's coy hydra coil
Will bring you into Earth's soil
Before you get to swallow the spoils

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from Carousel (Part II), track released November 5, 2021
Recorded by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service in Chicago, IL
Produced by Okapi

Scott Mitchell Gorski - Upright Bass, Voice
Lindsey Paige Miller - Cello

Songs, Lyrics, and Concept by Scott Mitchell Gorski
Cello Parts written by Lindsey Paige Miller

Album Art - "The Conjurer" by Hieronymus Bosch

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Okapi Asheville, North Carolina

OKAPI is a duo which utilizes upright bass, cello, and voice through raw, intimate orchestrations driven by honesty and philosophical content. We advocate the conscious confrontation with reality, rather than the subconscious avoidance or distraction from it, and encourage individual awareness, freedom, and healthy growth. We hope to inspire consciousness in all those who are willing to listen. ... more

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