Dear Vices

from by Nikhil Rao

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Welcome to my mind, but don't you dare get comfortable here
There is a world between my eyes
And I have to remember to leave it sometimes
You draw me in with your impact on my mind
When will I learn that I am more than just you?
You find satisfaction in robbing me of my life, and I'm calling you out
Self- pity, anxiety, depression, jealousy
You will not end me

Who do I turn to when the one that I think of doesn't answer my words?
How do I look myself in the mirror and accept that I haven't lived up to my potential?
What do I do when the one thing that is keeping me alive is killing me?
Do I need an answer to these questions or is the point to live on anyway?

A chemical imbalance of the brain, doesn't control me
It doesn't define who I am
We are all so much more than that
We are one, together, we can take back our world

Dear vices of mine, I want you to know
That I thank you for helping me grow
You taught me how to throw myself into what I love
And it's here that I've found life

You will not end me
Recognize that with each high I forget the low
Realize that ups and downs come and go
Sit back, detach, enjoy the ride
Sit back, detach, enjoy the ride (You will not end me)

I need to find a way out of this fog that clouds my mind
I'll fight for that moment of perfect clarity that will set me free
Dear Vices, all I have to say
Thanks for helping make me who I am


from Diamonds, released January 1, 2015



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Nikhil Rao Detroit, Michigan

I'm a student at Michigan State University and a musician. Thanks for listening!

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