Dessa - 5 Out Of 6 Lyrics




Double-jointed, triple threat
I'm not some method actress
Trying to see my descent
You're gonna have to play the tape backwards
Save that breath for choir practice
Got no time for my detractors
Standing on my staircase
All you are is a fire hazard

I've put my time in now
I'm vetted, uncontested
See how an honest answer shuts down
Motherfuckers asking trick questions
I'm out here, arms wide
Hiding nothing
I've done it all in broad daylight
And I left the cameras running

I'm the phoenix and the ash
Red eyes shining in the camera flash
My secret is I don't keep none, see
Something go ahead and say something
I ain't afraid of it
I don't drown, won't stay down
Heat finds a way to rise somehow
Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
Don't see too many rivals now

I don't need an agenda
I just tell the truth (yup)
Let it off the leash and
Don't touch it
It knows what to do
And I'm running a tight ship
Every deckhand here has a five-year plan
And an ice pick
They can write code, they can drive stick
I got an octave on you and a high kick
Don't blink, I don't block, I'm a bleeder
All I do is hit
I don't win them all but I'd say I take five out of six
Clock's running, better glove up
If you insist (okay!)
Let's see who's really counting coup
And who's been counterfeit

I'm the phoenix and the ash
Red eyes shining in the camera flash
My secret is I don't keep none, see
So go ahead and say something
I ain't afraid of it
I don't drown, won't stay down
Heat finds a way to rise somehow
Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
Don't see too many rivals now

Cut my own gills with a pocket knife
Turning my fingers in the sockets, my
Daily -zzzt- daily dose of, daily dose of lightning
Just buzzed enough to get me climbing up the kite string
And my back is aching, my belt's too tight
I brought a chisel tip to this pencil fight
No luck, just fortified dice
I'm going morning and night and
I'm really rising
The fire on the horizon

I'm the phoenix and the ash
Red eyes shining in the camera flash
My secret is I don't keep none, see
Something go ahead and say something
I ain't afraid of it
I don't drown, won't stay down
Heat finds a way to rise somehow
Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
Don't see too many rivals now

I'm the phoenix and the ash
Red eyes shining in the camera flash
My secret is I don't keep none, see
Something go ahead and say something
I ain't afraid of it
I don't drown, won't stay down
Heat finds a way to rise somehow
Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
Don't see too many rivals now





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Dessa 5 Out Of 6 Comments
  1. a hickey from the universe

    I lift to this song, it makes me feel like I could punch the sun

  2. CanadianDaves

    Instant eons! Well done madam!

  3. Christine Bell

    Y'all tell me what five out of 6 is? Because it's literally the anthem of the end of this age.

  4. Adam C. Madison

    Even Dessa is doing the one-eyed symbolism.

  5. Natalija Sanders

    Double-jointed, triple threat
    I'm not some method actress
    Trying to see my descent
    You're gonna have to play the tape backwards
    Save that breath for choir practice
    Got no time for my detractors
    Standing on my staircase
    All you are is a fire hazard

    I've put my time in now
    I'm vetted, uncontested
    See how an honest answer shuts down
    Motherfuckers asking trick questions
    I'm out here, arms wide
    Hiding nothing
    I've done it all in broad daylight
    And I left the cameras running

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    I don't need an agenda
    I just tell the truth (yup)
    Let it off the leash and
    Don't touch it
    It knows what to do
    And I'm running a tight ship
    Every deckhand here has a five-year plan
    And an ice pick
    They can write code, they can drive stick
    I got an octave on you and a high kick
    Don't blink, I don't block, I'm a bleeder
    All I do is hit
    I don't win them all but I'd say I take five out of six
    Clock's running, better glove up
    If you insist (okay!)
    Let's see who's really counting coup
    And who's been counterfeit

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    So go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    Cut my own gills with a pocket knife
    Turning my fingers in the sockets, my
    Daily -zzzt- daily dose of, daily dose of lightning
    Just buzzed enough to get me climbing up the kite string
    And my back is aching, my belt's too tight
    I brought a chisel tip to this pencil fight
    No luck, just fortified dice
    I'm going morning and night and
    I'm really rising
    The fire on the horizon

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

  6. Devon M

    Love it!!! Keep killin' it girl!!!

  7. Alice Tibbetts

    This is something that would be playing in the background as you set fire to the house of the person who wronged you and walked away from the explosion in slow motion.

  8. Bryan L

    Would make a good bond intro

  9. Eric Olberg

    Phoenix and the ash...

  10. Eric Olberg

    She is now getting advertising...look out!

  11. Pro Gaming

    [Verse 1]
    Double-jointed, triple threat
    I'm not some method actress
    Trying to see my, my descent
    You're gonna have to play the tape backwards
    Save that breath for choir practice
    Got no time for my detractors
    Standing on my staircase
    All you are is a fire hazard

    I've put my time in now
    I'm vetted, uncontested
    See how an honest answer shuts down
    Motherfuckers asking trick questions
    I'm out here, arms wide
    Hiding nothing
    I've done it all in broad daylight
    And I left the cameras running

    [Chorus]
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    [Verse 2]
    I don't need an agenda
    I just tell the truth (yup)
    Let it off the leash and
    Don't touch it
    It knows what to do
    And I'm running a tight ship
    Every deckhand here has a five-year plan
    And a ice pick
    They can write code, they can drive stick
    I got an octave on you and a high kick
    Don't blink, I don't block, I'm a bleeder
    All I do is hit
    I don't win them all but I'd say I take five out of six
    Clock's running, better glove up
    If you insist (okay!)
    Let's see who's really counting coup
    And who's been counterfeit

    [Chorus]
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    So go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    [Verse 3]
    Cut my own gills with a pocket knife
    Turning my fingers in the sockets, my
    Daily -zzzt- daily dose of, daily dose of lightning
    Just buzzed enough to get me climbing up the kite string
    And my back is aching, my belt's too tight
    I brought a chisel tip to this pencil fight
    No luck, just fortified dice
    I'm going morning and night and
    I'm really rising
    The fire on the horizon

    [Chorus]
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    [Chorus]
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

  12. ALex X

    i'm the phoenix and the ash //// cut my own gills with a pocket knife .... god damn, love it.

  13. David Goettsch

    This song is FIREEEEE

  14. DrawingsWithGlow

    New fave artist

  15. Zachary Hintz

    god this is so fucking good

  16. Justin

    I'm at the point where I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this album and this song just hit me. Dessa didn't change the game here. She broke it in the best way possible.

  17. Christopher Albright

    So excited you are playing La Crosse again Missed you the last time...I don't plan on missing this performance!
    Thank you for being amazing! ALL YOU IN DOOMTREEn THANO YOUD

  18. starshinesMonet

    Can anyone place what that sample is from the opening beat? It reminds me of a track from this movie The Player I saw once, but I'm having troubles placing it.

  19. Narwhal Johnson

    BAAAAAANNNNNGGGGGGGEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! On repeat ALL damn day.

  20. Cory Rusch

    Gete'm, Dessa!

  21. jaiblue25

    F'kin hell. Love you M.

  22. Amberlee

    Also, please forgive this, unless you too are irredeemable nerd trash and listen to The Adventure Zone: Lup.

  23. Jessica Berry

    I am constantly thanking the universe for Dessa. I'm going through a really tough time and she puts the fight in me to get through the day and do better the next, Thank you Dessa! 💙💛❤

    Amberlee

    Whenever I'm having what I like to call a "Car Radio" moment (the song from Twenty One pilots) Doomtree in general never fails to get me ready to take on the world again.

  24. Amberlee

    Honestly not as impressed as I was with Good Grief and Fire Drills but it's still a pretty good song

    Amberlee

    I changed my mind, I'm obsessed with this song.

  25. femmemommy

    Holy shit! This might be the best thing she's ever done! And I've dug deep through all the crates!

    Did ANYONE hear this for the first time, and make it through the whole song without busting into full-on emcee mode?

  26. Michael Grantham

    Dessa helping us all prepare for our fate. Much love.

  27. Ben Aaron

    f-f-f-f-f-fire

  28. M. Da Glyde Woodrow

    There’s no one like Dessa. The new album is going to be bonkers!

  29. Moira Russell

    SCORCHING.

  30. 6Kine6tic6 ;

    DT Is the best. Man i love the underground. Id love for them to reach out the underground. Man dessa always kills it.

  31. Summer H

    ...and now i cant listen to anything else...let the living room throwdown commence!

  32. Hannah M

    Dessa and K. Flay are my two favorite rappers and are both the reason I rap. I don't rap professionally, but it is a big part of my life. I don't often feel strong but when I go out on my rooftop in the city and practice their songs all night, the lyrics as instinctual as breathing by the time daylight comes around, I feel powerful (especially with this song). I've had so many epiphanies because of Dessa. Her songs have convinced me to stand up to those who put me down. She's the reason I've been staying strong these last few weeks ever since someone I spent the first 16 years of my life with (who made me feel helpless, weak, and worthless, feeling I still struggle with in my daily life) came back into my life, my house. Every night when I can't sleep knowing they're in the same building, I go up to my rooftop and practice her songs. The words "sink in like stilettos in soft dirt," and they help me not only get through the day, but kick it's ass.

    upsidedownh3art

    i wish dessa rapped more. She does a hell of a lot of singing these days. And i love what she writes when she raps. K. flay was good, until imagine dragons got involved and ruined everything. All the ep's she put out before life as a dog, what happened to that k. flay?

    Hannah M

    Yeah K. Flay's music style did change a lot, I can understand why you miss the old style. She also went through some big life changes at the same time so that might have been a part of it. The song Champagne on the album Everywhere Is Somewhere reminds me a bit of her old style so I don't think it's completely gone, just a lot rarer for her to do.

    upsidedownh3art

    Thats the only track i liked and it was too short! And half of the other songs were previously released , it really ruined the album for me. The lyrical content on k.flays music from the era of the ep's spoke to a select group of people and she lost that. Shes just gone way too commercial with her SJW songs, it sucks.

    upsidedownh3art

    Nova Madison she barely raps anymore this album is kind of disappointing

  33. Channing Wade

    Dessa is Back! Give'em Hell!! That's what i'm talking 'bout!!

    Kris

    Channing Wade what do you mean "back" as far as I'm concerned Dessa never left

    Channing Wade

    Word. Egg on my face. I guess it's the new look. Love & respect

  34. Colin Hayward

    Cool stuff. Now, no one else associated with Doomtree is allowed to do SHIT until Cecil Otter releases a goddamn album.

  35. Chace Campbell

    YESSS!!

    Been following you and the rest of Doomtree since the beginning. All of you kill it every damn time.

  36. GeminiEye1

    Hype for this album. Hoping there's a track with her and Stef on it. Would love a Dessa and P.O.S collabo album like Shredders.

  37. Josh G

    If we can just get a full Doomtree collective release towards the end of the year, then that would follow-up "Chime" perfectly.

    Ohmstar Runner

    Josh G Dessa's Chime is DTR-093. I highly suspect they'll do a new collective album for DTR-100.

    Josh G

    Ohmstar Runner seems far away, but they can cover 7 releases pretty quick... Laserbeak solo has been teased. Maybe a Cecil full-length this year?

    Ohmstar Runner

    Josh G Keep in mind that sometime singles are numbered releases. Dessa's Quinine and Doomtree's Spill Me Up were both numbered.

    Kasey McRae

    Ohmstar Runner word!

  38. Demolition Duff

    I'm happy to be alive during her reign...

  39. Metebelis3

    LYRICS:
    Double-jointed, triple threat
    I'm not some method actress
    Trying to see my descent
    You're gonna have to play the tape backwards
    Save that breath for choir practice
    Got no time for my detractors
    Standing on my staircase
    All you are is a fire hazard

    I've put my time in now
    I'm vetted, uncontested
    See how an honest answer shuts down
    Motherfuckers asking trick questions
    I'm out here, arms wide
    Hiding nothing
    I've done it all in broad daylight
    And I left the cameras running

    CHORUS:
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    I don't need an agenda
    I just tell the truth (yup)
    Let it off the leash and
    Don't touch it
    It knows what to do
    And I'm running a tight ship
    Every deckhand here has a five-year plan
    And an ice pick
    They can write code, they can drive stick
    I got an octave on you and a high kick
    Don't blink, I don't block, I'm a bleeder
    All I do is hit
    I don't win them all but I'd say I take five out of six
    Clock's running, better glove up
    If you insist (okay!)
    Let's see who's really counting coup
    And who's been counterfeit

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    So go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    Cut my own gills with a pocket knife
    Turning my fingers in the sockets, my
    Daily -zzzt- daily dose of, daily dose of lightning
    Just buzzed enough to get me climbing up the kite string
    And my back is aching, my belt's too tight
    I brought a chisel tip to this pencil fight
    No luck, just fortified dice
    I'm going morning and night and
    I'm really rising
    The fire on the horizon

    CHORUS:
    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    I'm the phoenix and the ash
    Red eyes shining in the camera flash
    My secret is I don't keep none, see
    Something go ahead and say something
    I ain't afraid of it
    I don't drown, won't stay down
    Heat finds a way to rise somehow
    Scan the crowd as I'm coming out and I
    Don't see too many rivals now

    Gordon Anderson

    She is the phone call to Ukraine
    and her own whistle blower.

  40. Reifenthaler

    Massive, edgy. I L O V E that. Ha, More Than Ever.

  41. Michael Wendt

    New album this month. Damn excited

  42. Bad Dub

    Still waiting for Dessa and Atmosphere to collab. Great song btw as usual

    honeyhareaddy

    I don't think atmosphere would be a good combo.

    Bad Dub

    Explain

    upsidedownh3art

    The slug from 12 years ago would've been a killer collab with dessa.

    femmemommy

    ive said this before too. Tech nine might be hot too.

    Amberlee

    I really want to see Aesop Rock and Dessa do something together. Or Aesop and Cecil. Because damn.

  43. Strange Familia

    This Chance Lewis beat is so mean. Damn nice.

  44. Brent Weigelt

    Love the Heavy!!!

  45. TheAltToon

    i thought this said 1.8 million views when i clicked it lmao. one day

    Alex Golembeski

    TheAltToon I wish I could move to the alternate universe where the new Dessa song gets 2 million views in less than a day.

    Kay

    She does great for herself. She's never been into numbers.

  46. Taelah Oliver

    Oh my God, this is so fucking good. Not surprised.

  47. Jennifer Bleem

    Who tf disliked this ?!

  48. Jacob Love

    Also, Dessa and K.Flay would make a great combo

    Alex Golembeski

    Jacob Love holy fuck yes, the two deepest and smartest female rappers together on one song! This needs to happen <3

    eclectica1

    Any stage they would set foot on would collapse from all of the awesomeness.

    Alex Golembeski

    eclectica1 Not to mention the spontaneous combustion of every microphone in the zip code...

  49. Jacob Love

    SOOOOOOO much love for this, and her, and you all. Thank you!

  50. umdroid

    Holy shit. Heat did find a way to rise! Can't even touch this!
    "Trying to see my descent? You're gonna have to play the tape backwards"

    Christine Bell

    He finds a way to rise, too. 😑

    nomadicskylark

    @Christine Bell the lyric is "heat"

    Christine Bell

    Yes, "heat" is the correct word used in the lyric. You don't understand my comment.

    nomadicskylark

    Prior to the edits made to your comments, it appeared you were correcting someone with incorrect information. I was trying to provide you the correct lyric. Have a nice day.

  51. Tyler Swanson

    It shreds.

  52. Existential Crisis

    She sounds so agressive on most of the songs from this album so far. And it's not a bad sound she's a monster. The production is incredible too

    femmemommy

    whos fuckin with her we ask?
    [everyone slowly looks down at floor....]

  53. Revere Tha MC

    Getting my face burned off half a world away. Much love from Nairobi, Kenya.

    Dessa Darling

    Wow! Thank you.

    James Rozenshteyn

    Dessa Darling it’s you?! You’re in the comments?

  54. Alice Keri Reininger

    I need the lyrics but damn this is already getting me pumped up

    Shadespeare

    Check them out, they're up on Genius already. Stellar stuff.

    femmemommy

    YES! I said that too! a couple of them lines gave me chills!

  55. Tyler Straka

    The repeat button is my new best friend

  56. Tike Manski

    Good looks and an amazing wrap-sheet. She is an amazing lyricist. Nobody like her, GREAT WORK!

  57. Vanessa Martinez

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!

  58. Nathan Kellert

    I don’t think she can even help it anymore. Every time Dessa picks up the mic, she kills shit out of habit. It’s involuntary.

    eclectica1

    Real talk.

    femmemommy

    yes sir! you catch that about her not having many rivals?

    jaiblue25

    I definitely don't think she's tryin to help it ;)

    Katherine Eder

    Give her more credit. She kicks ass because she puts in time working on her music. :)

    EssexMetalHead

    Katherine Eder saw her at SXSW a few days ago. The way she communicates with her band and the sound technicians at the venue, you could tell she has put a huge amount of effort into her art, and she really should be more acknowledged for it.
    They also did a brief interview about the concept of the new album, and the literal scientific research behind some of the themes of the songs. Dessa is in every respect a genius.

  59. Ricky M

    yessss dessa with the bangers

  60. Joshua Monroe

    Love you, Dessa. Keep it up.

  61. CanditoTrainingHQ

    inb4 1k views.

    Michael Grantham

    CanditoTrainingHQ 16k and coooountinnnng... 💀🗝

  62. John Chavie

    😍😍😍

  63. Jared Bly

    Fuck yeah

  64. Timbo Slice

    I think this is my new favorite Dessa song.

    eclectica1

    I think I'm with you on that one.

  65. J. M.

    THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.

    Andria Lindsay

    J. M. Yes.

    Andria Lindsay

    And yes.

  66. Marlene

    I love this woman and every song she makes :D

  67. Michael Brooker

    She's so amazing

  68. Brelieve Me

    There is absolutely nothing Dessa can't slay. Nothing. You could put this woman in front of a dragon with her bare hands and my money'd be on her.

    Amberlee

    Brelieve Me she would probably convince the dragon to become her personal bodyguard or some shit

    luming

    it's not much but my money's on her....

    Gordon Anderson

    Leave the camera running for that one.