Dessa - Children's Work Lyrics




My father was a paper plane, my mother was a wind swept tree
My little brother is nearly twice my age, he taught me how to meditate
I taught him how to read
I grew up with a book in my bed, I got these dark circles before I
Turned ten
Heard my mother with her friends worry it was something she did, to get
Such a serious kid

But I've learned how to paint my face
How to earn my keep
How to clean my kill
Some nights I still can't sleep
The past rolls back, I can see us still
You've learned how to hold your own
How to stack your stones
But the history's thick
Children arent as simple
As we'd like to think

Before you came along I was a lone cub
Fell in love with language, tried to tell the grown-ups
About the storm clouds, the weather in my head
Hadn't heard the word for melancholy yet
Then you came in five years behind
We thought you couldn't talk, turns out you were just shy
Mom said it was serious, dad said you'd be fine
I thought you were the prophet of 1989
You were so tender, we thought something was wrong with you
So patient, we thought that you were deaf
You were so solemn, so tiny but so ancient
Ma took you to see doctors, you scared her half to death
And I made you a library of tiny books with spines 2 inches high
You didn't say too much
But your smile taught me how to quiet down my mind

But I've learned how to paint my face
How to earn my keep
How to clean my kill
Some nights I still can't sleep
The past rolls back, I can see us still
You've learned how to hold your own
How to stack your stones
But the history's thick
Children arent as simple
As we'd like to think

You slept in my bed, and if I kept quiet
I could hear all the voices in your head
When the wagon tipped
I prayed over your body, I asked God to take the damage out on me
10 years later he finally gets the memo, sent it to accounting
And knocked out my front teeth
But you came to, and took my hand, and held my eyes and...
Me and you, had a long walk home, so we decided not to cry
Now we've got a grown up love
And I know that's how its supposed to be
Same old story, mom gets Easters, let's dad have Christmas Eve
But I won't pretend I don't remember
How unusual we were
The little mystic and his handler
All some children do is work
I've learned how to paint my face
How to earn my keep
How to clean my kill
Some nights I still can't sleep
The past rolls back, I can see us still





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  1. Andrew C

    Some nights I still can't sleep the past rolls back I can see us still

  2. ebonyravenstainted

    Lyrics
    My father was a paper plane, my mother was a windswept tree
    My little brother's nearly twice my age, he taught me how to meditate
    I taught him how to read
    I grew up with a book in my bed, I got these dark circles before I
    Turned ten
    Heard my mother with her friends worry it was something she did To get such a serious kid

    [Hook]
    But I've learned how to paint my face
    How to earn my keep
    How to clean my kill
    Some nights I still can't sleep
    The past rolls back, I can see us still
    You've learned how to hold your own
    How to stack your stones
    But the history's thick
    Children aren't as simple
    As we'd like to think

    [Verse 2]
    Before you came along I was a lone cub
    Fell in love with language, tried to tell the grown-ups
    About the storm clouds, the weather in my head
    Hadn't heard the word for melancholy yet
    Then you came in five years behind
    We thought you couldn't talk, turns out you were just shy
    Mom said it was serious, dad said you'd be fine
    I thought you were the prophet of 1989
    You were so tender, we thought something was wrong with you
    So patient, we thought that you were deaf
    You were so solemn, so tiny but so ancient
    Ma took you to see doctors, you scared her half to death
    And I made you a library of tiny books with spines two inches high
    You didn't say too much
    But your smile taught me how to quiet down my mind

    [Hook]
    But I've learned how to paint my face
    How to earn my keep
    How to clean my kill
    Some nights I still can't sleep
    The past rolls back, I can see us still
    You've learned how to hold your own
    How to stack your stones
    But the history's thick
    Children aren't as simple
    As we'd like to think

    [Verse 3]
    You slept in my bed, and if I kept quiet
    I could hear all the voices in your head
    When the wagon tipped
    I prayed over your body, I asked God to take the damage out on me
    Ten years later he finally gets the memo, sent it to accounting
    And knocked out my front teeth
    But you came to, and took my hand, and held my eyes and
    Me and you, had a long walk home, so we decided not to cry
    Now we've got a grown-up love
    And I know that's how it's supposed to be
    Same old story, mom gets Easters, lets dad have Christmas Eve
    But I won't pretend I don't remember
    How unusual we were
    The little mystic and his handler
    All some children do is work

    [Hook/Outro]
    I've learned how to paint my face
    How to earn my keep
    How to clean my kill
    Some nights I still can't sleep
    The past rolls back, I can see us still

  3. Dara Campbell

    Can someone elaborate on the line "when the wagon tipped"? I kinda get it's a metaphor but I'm too tired/stupid to understand it

    Pigeon Medal

    Dara Campbell I believe it is simply a reference to a time her brother hurt himself

    femmemommy

    agreed. this song seems like she went very literal with it.

    Annie Social

    Dara Campbell You're never too stupid if you're willing to ask.

  4. Sarf

    What the fuck this is lit as hell

  5. Vanitas Leonhart

    I met her once on my birthday, she visited a Shelter that I stayed in when me and my family were kinda in a bad place in life. I remember she was an inspiration to me. She also blew on candles on my Birthday hat ahaha~

  6. i'mamaturepersonnow.kinda

    man, i relate to this so freaking much, it's uncanny.

  7. Connor Morris

    true poit

  8. MiniFlightlessBird

    This song hits me so hard, and I don't really understand, but I love it.

    femmemommy

    MiniFlightlessBird, you're looking too hard. ive never dug for info on her family history, but i would bet its all (based on) a true story-hers or someone elses.

  9. Mot

    very nice :)

  10. Leiflets

    In searching for a random song, I ran across a playlist with Dessa in it. I cannot even begin to express how happy I am to have found her.

    Elemental Dreamscape

    DITTO <3

  11. Hesskimo

    I have this song on constant repeat, I love it!!

  12. Olivia Hansen

    AMAZING!

  13. Jasper Hardin

    Dessa creates art. This is genius.

  14. ruby jason

    nOTHing bad can be said about this WOMans love for lyrics... she rocks me to the core

  15. Aspen Rider

    Dessa is amazing!:)

  16. BronwynWalter

    This song blows my mind every time I listen to it. "You were so tender we thought something was wrong with you, so patient we thought that you were deaf..." So beautiful.

  17. Juniper

    Seven people have no idea what good poetry sounds like.

  18. Juniper

    There isn't a single song in the world that I relate to more than this song. I'm a writer who had severe pediatric depression. My younger sister-- who was troubled like me, but in different ways-- and I didn't always get along perfectly, but in many ways she saved me like Dessa's brother saved her.

  19. John David

    'Hadn't heard the word for melancholy yet'..only true artists, geniuses, in fact, write like this (coming from me, a writer)..listening again and again

  20. John David

    What an artist! Infinite beauty

  21. Maggie Koch

    long as pie

  22. Max Matheson

    genius?

  23. TheVloggingGaijin

    The beat reminds me of chineseman

  24. Pandahat Hat

    BAM GUINESE!

  25. poorfa4s

    prince, atmosphere and hockey players?? yo, don't forget bob Dylan mcgiver sliced bread buddhism ketchup and Neo, the one. hah, nah but in all seriousness bob d is the shit. oh and bro Ali.. I'd say he 'made it' ..

  26. BigTuna24241

    I was listening to Class Actress, and made me think about Dessa. D's def on another level but liked the fact that CA uses ole school beats and thought it might be something D could do to use her talents but also hit a scene that is becoming more mainstream. I hate music that's played out but if they don't make money then we won't ever hear from them again. So to me I'd rather hear a few MS songs if it keeps the artist going. Just would hate to see her talents not recognized as they should be.

  27. BigTuna24241

    @psilogen,Mybad if you thought I disliked MSP, I actually loved it,just grew up in the South.If it wasn't for MSP I wouldn't know anything about good music/art.Also learned a lot about the differences in culture and am glad I had the chance to see a different side to life.If anything I was giving MSP props for producing real musicians.My thing is they just have a harder time marketing themselves being in an area that expects/hears such great music.But the hip-hop scene is unique/good.

  28. psilogen

    @BigTuna24241 the only true problem with MSP is the weather, bro. There's plenty of folks who make it work out here; don't blame geography for mediocrity.

  29. Shurri Bearface

    her voice is just as lovely as the bittersweet lyrics she calmly relates to the listener.

  30. TCersUnleashed

    @MaudSmith Haha, you too? xD

  31. BigTuna24241

    @BigTuna24241 Hope she keeps it up, too good to stop. At least to the people that matter. Pete, I'm more like Boston George, my best friend that passed was the BIG TUNA!! AKA BUTTER!! Just keeping his memory alive! Thanks for the insight!

  32. BigTuna24241

    @PeteGK08 Sweet, it makes so much more sense now. I appreciate it. Sounds like she really has her head on straight, hope she makes it out of MSP. When I lived up there I learned about real musicians and how there are so many amazing artists out there but most you never have heard of all because of what BS promotions or marketing they use to exploit/sellout. I guess sometimes you have to do what is necessary to get recognized but never forget your roots.

  33. TheFederalGovernment

    @BigTuna24241 This songs about her little brother, literally. She brings him on stage sometimes when he's at the shows.

    Also, BIG TUNA!

  34. BigTuna24241

    Curious, are you singing about a member of atmosphere? It makes me think that when your songs talk about them prospering and the only hip hop artists I know that have somewhat made it are Atmosphere. Especially when u relate to 1989 it makes me think of Prince and the next best thing out of MSP would be Atmosphere, besides Michael Floyd Jr. or hockey players. I can feel the emotions in your songs but it seems like it's someone in particular, but I guess that's the same for most great artist!

  35. lordcooper777

    @EnvyBerries Of course they do :)

  36. cyavic

    This Is Just..... Amazing.

  37. PinayHipHop

    gahh, i love her.

  38. Jorge Torres

    @11guadalupe you had to open your mouth! lol, j/k. fack those two butt holes!

  39. lupe contreras

    0 dislikes that how good no that how great nd amazing she is i love her music

  40. Rachel Bretton

    She is SUCH an amazing woman in so many ways. Thank you Dessa for your words

  41. April Wilson

    @blazelmtdedtn ah me too. i always get stuck on that song and listen to it over just for her line. when i first heard it, i had to find out who she was.

  42. chelleybeezy

    i always smile when listening to her wit. shes bloody brilliant. please, everyone recycle this music. distribute and share whenever you can. real music will conquer.

  43. BlazeLE

    dessa is awesome, ive been trying to get into her music since i heard her in low light low life.

  44. EnvyBerries

    This song makes me feel that the everyday things I go through actually mean something beautiful.

  45. amkd215

    and i made you a library of tiny books with spines two inches high...

  46. amkd215

    how does this masterpiece only have 11,547 views? smh...

  47. doutzen177

    Yup winner indeed - I` v e been a fan since I first heard her, she`s got tons of talent, and live she is awesome too. And she`s also got a lot of charm, and she is very down to earth, and all of those things together is what makes her a true star.
    I suppose u agree right? ;)

  48. Carlie Marie

    I love her balance between words and music, it all flows so eloquintly, so simply, so amazingly.. She sings and it reminds me of my past, my little brother, my depression, this woman is amazing!

  49. babyrap13

    this song just makes you think

  50. DontHoldYourChops

    I like it