Dessa - Fighting Fish Lyrics




Swimming in a snifter
Pretty as a picture
Don't get it twisted man, her bite is a bitch
You can name, you can keep her
But take care when you feed her
You never can take the fight out the fish
Chomping at the drill bit
Never one to still sit
You can test my metal with a magnet and some tin snips
Ink test all I see is canines and some wing tips
Pilot pen in pocket I'm riding instinct and Ink jets
Around here we don't like talk of big dreams
To stand out is a pride, a conceit
To aim high is to make waves to split seams
But that's not what it seems like to me
Cause I wanna try I wanna risk
And I don't wanna walk, rather swing and miss
I'm not above apologies but I don't ask permission
Got a lot of imperfections but I don't count my ambition in em

Zeno's Arrow never hits the mark
It's always hanging there over its shadow
Safe from battle, waste of arch-
Er's time and trouble
Waste of effort, waste of parts
If you don't aim for the center it's a waste of the art

I didn't come looking for love
I didn't come to pick a fight
I didn't come to wave or take pictures
Pander to some benefactor, ring on every broken finger
Won't extend my wings to be clipped
I know the culture here is to stay humble but shit
If we all go round bowed heads, button-lipped
If none of us go for the bell, then who is?
My mother says I've loved too many men
But I took and left something in every single bed
The rook can look left, right-just turns his head
But the knight might rise up, investigate the grid
Gender, genre, guess I'm on one
Bent both
Just the constructs of the old world
Gone broke
Women, children let me tell you
I've been both
And it's a myth we all swim for the life boats
I didn't come looking for love
I didn't come looking for a fight
I come here every night to work
And you can grab an axe, man
Or you can step aside

Zeno's Arrow never hits the mark
It's always hanging there over its shadow
Safe from battle, waste of arch-
Er's time and trouble
Waste of effort, waste of parts
If you don't aim for the center it's a waste of the art

Self taught, self made, bet, self styled
Self saw, self came, self took island of converts
To conquer is old school
We marching in Converse
Just armed with our own tools
While my knees still flex
While my joints hold steady
Mind sharp, spine straight
Chucks laced ready
I travel by kite, travel light
At touchdown
I swallowed the dice
I make my own luck now

Zeno's Arrow never hits the mark
It's always hanging there over its own shadow in the dark
Its own shadow in the dark





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Dessa Fighting Fish Comments
  1. VesuviusRecordsInternational

    ...cool song...clever rhymes...

  2. gabe smith

    A Dessa Watsky collab would be bomb

  3. B Berg

    The true queen of hip-hop

  4. CanadianDaves

    So life is that which can differentiate space and time.

    Well ain't that interesting.

  5. Donovan Maldonado

    Repeat this song like forever!

  6. deepshikha sharma

    I discovered you through the Ted talk. I listen to this song each day. I just loved it so much. And by and by I'm listening to all your songs. I'm not a genius like you are. Your songs take a while to metabolise! I liked you so much that I ended up reading your book as well. And then I asked myself why aren't you as famous as you ought to be? I know you already know the answer. Mediocrity is loud and rampant. It takes a lot of substance and mind to be able to think and grasp your art. You're a blinding dazzle! I wish I could know more about your songs. Especially your point of view on them. I just love you!

  7. Jesse Panzer

    She’s a phenom

  8. Heille Man

    Yeahhhhhh i love Her !!!! Great artist !!!!

  9. Rob Campbell

    Heard her mentioned on NPR one day and decided on a whim to look her up. 2 weeks later and I can't stop listening! And my preferred genre is Prog Rock and Metal. Weird.

  10. Emeri B

    Dessa, you’re an inspiration to me.

    Your lyrics are too bomb to not have captions on these videos though. I can dance to this and put it on in the background. But I also jam just watching and reading along to it. Lot of us do.

  11. IZEYAH

    AMAZING

  12. dreams do come true

    Damn!!! Soooo goood!! From Greece!!!

  13. JGS Music

    Pretty cool track to workout to. The music is much too louder to her voice though and I'm not diggin the singing vocals..

  14. George Blasco

    The road video was soo much better. But it go taken down replaced with this half ass video. Bring it back, it had more heart more soul.

  15. fillibustercat

    Extraordinary

  16. Zerb Games

    Saw you at a concert the other day :)

  17. Nortonics

    God, this noise is horrible! Get a real job already.

  18. Dan X

    I just checked in again. This song doesn't stop being amazing.

  19. welovemusicinc

    Perfect performer and recording artist

  20. chela cooley

    Perfection.

  21. SerotoninStation

    I totally found her after congratulations

  22. pseudoanon

    Swimming in a snifter
    pretty as a picture
    don’t get it twisted man, her bite is a bitch
    You can name, you can keep her
    but take care when you feed her
    You never can take the fight out the fish
    Chompin at the drill bit
    never one to still sit
    you can test my metal with a magnet and some tin snips
    Ink test, all I see is canines and some wings tips
    Pilot pen in pocket, I’m riding instinct and inkjets

    Around here we don’t like talk of big dreams
    to stand out is a pride, a conceit
    To aim high is to make waves, to split seams
    but that’s not what it seems like to me, cause
    I wanna try I wanna risk
    I don’t wanna walk, rather swing and miss
    I’m not above apologies
    but I don’t ask permission
    got a lot of imperfections
    but I don’t count my ambition in em

    CHORUS
    Zeno’s arrow
    never hits the mark
    It’s always
    hanging there over its shadow
    safe from battle
    waste of arch-
    er’s time and trouble
    waste of effort
    waste of parts
    If you don’t aim for the center
    it's a waste of the art

    I didn’t come looking for love
    I didn’t come to pick a fight
    I didn’t come to wave or take pictures
    pander to some benefactor, ring on every broken finger
    Won’t extend my wings to be clipped
    I know the culture here is to stay humble but shit
    if we all go round bowed heads, button-lipped
    if none of us go for the bell, then who is?
    My mother says
    I’ve loved too many men
    but I took and left something in every single bed
    The rook can look left, right—just turns his head
    but the knight might rise up, investigate the grid
    Gender, genre
    guess I’m on one
    bent both
    Just the constructs
    of the old word
    gone broke
    Women, children
    let me tell you
    I’ve been both
    and it’s a myth—
    we all swim for the life boats
    I didn’t come looking for love
    I didn’t come to pick a fight
    I come here every night to work
    and you can grab an axe, man,
    or you can step aside

    CHORUS

    Self-taught, self-made, bet, self-styled
    self saw, self came, self took island of converts
    to conquer is old school
    we march em in converse
    just armed with their own tools
    While my knees still flex
    while my joints hold steady
    mind sharp, spine straight, Chucks laced ready
    I travel by kite
    travel light, at touch down
    I swallow the dice
    I make my own luck now

    Zeno’s arrow never
    hits the mark
    It’s always hanging there
    over its own
    shadow in the dark
    its own shadow in the dark

  23. lisafrommars1960

    For My Betta, Carol at SHH, you are da whip. I would love if you could make me an honorary person of your tribe.

  24. jaiblue25

    So Hot.
    She has always been fire.

  25. David O'Donoghue

    Congratulations

  26. Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

    Thank you! You are my inspiration! Love you!

  27. lisafrommars1960

    She's brill, she's an amazing poet, I am on my knees in worship of her smartness, her wit, her verbalosity. I love it.

  28. lisafrommars1960

    She is da whip!

  29. lisafrommars1960

    she is truly awesome.

  30. lisafrommars1960

    She is utterly AWESOME. A poet, a musician, a vocalist....with a message

  31. Chris DeRoin

    I'd totally visit a windy, foggy disco boxing gym.

  32. Hiro Protagonist

    So much powerful emotion in this song!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

  33. Sherri Lovinia

    This is, MY GIRL. I have loved her forever and this song, it convinces the people around me. Love you Dessa

  34. B33lz3bub_B$c

    Thank you Welcome to Nightvale

  35. Julian Anderson

    common, dessa, and kendrick collaboration. please

    FlammableDonkey

    Nah that would result in a really watered down version of Dessa with two overrated dorks taking up space on the track.

  36. Mizasia Peth

    she's over all talented and beautiful💗

  37. justSELF

    damn yo. only one comes before, the girl was called poetic or something and she had one song. i had it on favorites, but its long gone. Dessa you make me cry, i dont want to, but i do. you are just incredible. from the bottom of my bleeding ass heart, thank you!

  38. polttavakulta

    Dessa is just too smart for the rap game

    Austin Myers

    +polttavakulta dont mistake spoken word for rap she raps in doomtree but i see her as more of hip-hop influence than rap

    virgo

    +Austin Myers dessa is a super  talented rapper! you shouldn't say that she's not because she's "too talented" -- that's a insulting to the genre, like you're saying rap can only be mindless shizzle. she's proving exactly that wrong lol!

    hophigh

    +trykko ponponweiweiwei i agree!! 'rap' isn't a bad word lol

  39. Rebecca Driscoll

    I wish I could down vote the down votes. 

    I will say however, Doomtree and Dessa ruined music for me. Why you ask? Because they are so good that nothing else sounds good anymore. It's all I can listen to. :) 

    Somehow I'm never tired of it. I didn't think anything could beat this song, but I actually like heavy rescue the best now. (That's doomtree not just Dessa tho)

    Genesis Yachnik

    +Rebecca Driscoll very true. highly impressed!! we need more female artists that throw down about real issues.

    Rebecca Driscoll

    Female and male alike. I rarely hear stuff that's relevant, and not fluff that could gag you with how serious it's taking something so totally benign. :) But yes, Dessa is a female powerhouse. 

    Andrew Bendiks

    I'm the same, I only heard of Doomtree a year ago after POS and Dessa were on Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces podcast and now i have the entire Doomtree back catalogue plus all the solo albums as a single playlist and just have that on shuffle constantly.

    Ryan Wiggin

    Tons of intelligent Hip hop on the up and up Oddisee,The Palmer Squares, K flay,Zion-I,Tiff the Gift, Common Market, One Be Lo, Cunninlynguist, Isaiah Rashad, etc

    Jackie Nestmann

    Andrew Bendiks Is his podcast any good? I love Pips music.

  40. Katie Chan

    i was looking for actually fighting fish but this is good too :)

    Kevin Hines

    +Katie Chan HA!!!!!

    Dylan Kurtz

    @Kevin Hines LOIOOOOOOOOLL!!!!!!!!!! HHAHAHAH AH AH AH AH AH AH H A HAH AH AH AH H AH AH AH AH H H HA HA HA AH H AH AH AHA

  41. President Purps

    in love

  42. Timothy Lane

    To Matt whatever the hell yer last name is for one she ain't a bitch and two ain't ugly. She dope and good looking. Period

  43. BadLucky

    this bitch is some fuckin ugly but she can rap her fuckin ass off. dope shit

    Ms_Maria99

    LMAO. I don't think she's ugly but to all his own lol. You right though, she dope.

    BadLucky

    youre right. i musta been high or some shit when i wrote that cuz she's not bad at all lol

    Ms_Maria99

    +Matt Rehkoph lol , ain't nothing wrong with that my brotha, sometimes it hits you hard.

  44. Shut up Jude

    Play this when I need a reminder that I can handle whatever's thrown at me. Amazing album.

  45. JuaffreBlumpkins

    I heard the slow version remix first and thought it was a dude the whole time.

    KhoiSan

    @JuaffreBlumpkins Hi there could you please get me on to the slower one. Thanks Mr. JB

    Rachael

    KhoiSan
    Look up "The Hood Internet Remix Dessa, Fighting Fish"

  46. Winter Arcelia

    You can grab an ax man, or you can step aside. PREACH. God Dessa, You Are A GOD To Me.

  47. Mr.Wobbles

    The beginning was a little slow for me but then holy smokes- so dope!

    Mr.Wobbles

    Dessa where you been?

  48. Luke P

    11 people don't know what's up

    Tha Swami

    @Luke P Make it 15 now. Some people are just lost.

  49. Daren Redman

    One of the best artists ever....to me at least.

  50. Angelo Vasquez

    She's pretty good, I've finally found a rapper that's like missy Eliot

  51. nixie NICLA

    Yeah! This artist was recommended to me today... great to see a kick ass - darling hip-hopping strong woman pumping out some meaty beats... :) "I Wanna try, I wanna risk..."


    and I also wanna love..

  52. thenationofcreation

    Been listening to you for a while and I am so happy you are still keeping it real with good music!

  53. Freakshowz

    wooooooow i'm blown awaaaay :)

  54. GCPR

    She outshines so many of the female artists - and artists in general - out on the radio today

  55. Nat Pie

    I agree she is soooo talented

  56. Amberlee

    I heard Call Off Your Ghost as the Night Vale weather and ever since then I've been obsessed with Dessa's music. This is easily my favorite song and I can't stop listening to it.

  57. Madi

    she needs to be on the radio. ughhh. shes so talented, it's unreal.

  58. AJ Martinez

    this is really cool! great song 

  59. valipanda

    YouTube Nation showed me new awesome music, regulary. Thank you!

  60. GusHerbert

    How is looking and listening to Dessa rap ever boring?! Troll.

  61. Diana Avila

    @DessaVEVO  I LOVE YOUR MUSIC!

  62. João Tamura

    simply beautiful. dessa <3

  63. Julianne Vasichek

    Stand out there strong Dessa. Great video!

  64. Leyendazomg

    YUUUS! TOO DOPE! Love.

  65. Reifenthaler

    I miss that video "A statewide tour in one day - 4 stops in 24 hours" - I liked that one better. So much more atmosphere and feel. Such a pity that they withdrew it. This one has a very "MTV aesthetics" style...

    predictablecitylife

    @Reifenthaler Yeah that video was great. Wish they had left it up.

  66. Jake Meyer

    mm, i was expecting something different.  not a big fan of all these music videos out there of just the artist singing the song.  Lots of amazing lyrics in this song that could have been something really visual.

  67. Ted Mulch

    Love the album not so sure about the video.

  68. XaviD

    Very simple and awesome video. Go dessa

  69. Greg Peabody

    Damn, she has a beautiful MIND!

  70. JayLikesIt

    Outstanding.

  71. nik Arnoldi

    One of my favorites on this album! Yes!

  72. MSamurai

    My favorite song from the album.

  73. Jayoinavation

    Much love from CO! #madtrees #AblackDay  

  74. Martin Donohue

    >Hipster

  75. nisser24

    This woman & her music.
    Soo beautiful.