The Truth - Kate Tempest

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It's all relative, right?
One thought, many thinkers.
One flame, many cinders.
One view, many windows.
Love in a time without sacrifice.
We want what we want
And what's more, we deserve it.
We run around panicking
Nervous, thinking,
Could this be the one?
Man, they're perfect.
Couple years later,
You're chained to the circuit.
Breaking them down.
As if you're determined to waste what you've found.
But what's true about you?
Is it the things that you claim to be true,
Or is it deeper?
Lurking in places that you
Don't dare to journey to.
Faced with a new
Way of seeing it
Are you type to accept
Or the type to clench fists and reject?
Whose truth even counts?
Is it the person who doubts
What a person proclaims they're about?
Whose version is perfect?
Is there a truth that exists
Outside of perception?
This is the question.
It's true if you believe it.
The world is the world
But it's all how you see it.
One man's flash of lightning ripping through the air
Is another's passing glare, its hardly there.
Two people.
One thinks Two's deceitful.
Two thinks One's plain evil.
One loved Two so much it was like worship.
Two thought One was perfect.
One said to Two,
'I'm awful, trust me
You're so pure that you should not touch me.'
Two said, 'I don't care, I love you
I can't wait to know you.'
One said, 'I'm scared, I will show you,
The bad side that I don't like.'
Two said, 'Be yourself and I will be myself.
We don't need no one else
With their opinions.
The past is gone, let's move on,
Make present.'
Two said,
'Ok, you're the best.'
Well, you know the rest -
It all went sour.
And now Two thinks One is mad for power.
One thinks Two tried to devour
Everything that made One One
But Two thinks One got Two too wrong.
So if there's one truth that lasts forever
Can two truths ever exist together?
If One loves Two but Two don't love
Whose truth is true and is truth enough?
It's true if you believe it
The world is the world
But it's all how you see it.
One man's flash of lighting ripping through the air
Is another's passing glare, it's hardly there.
In the back of the cab
The girls look at each other, like,
'What the fuck was that?'
'I thought it was that In Da Club one.'
'I don't know,' says the driver,
'I never liked rap.'
'Well, can't you put it on Magic then,
Or something like that?'
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Kate Tempest is a pseudonym of Kate Esther Calvert who grew up and remains in South-East London, UK. She started out as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. Her work includes 'Balance', her first album with her band Sound of Rum, 'Everything Speaks in its Own Way', her first collection of poems, published on her own imprint Zingaro, which comes with a CD and DVD of live performance; 'GlassHouse', a forum theatre play for Cardboard Citizens; and the plays 'Wasted' (published by Methuen Drama) and 'Hopelessly Devoted' for new writing theatre company Paines Plough.

Her epic poem Brand New Ancients won both the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry and a Herald Angel Award. It is published by Picador and is touring nationwide until April 2014. After a sell out show at St Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, Brand New Ancients received a rave review in the New York Times and came to international attention.

She continues to work with music, and featured on the track Our Town, a collaboration with producer duo letthemusicplay (Greco-Roman) She also featured on the track Hot Night Cold Spaceship (Speedy Wunderground) and has collaborated with Sinéad O'Connor, Damien Dempsey and Bastille.

Her debut solo album comes out on Big Dada in 2014, which she made with acclaimed music producer Dan Carey.

She has performed at Glastonbury and all major UK festivals, as well as performing internationally. She sold out the Old Vic Theatre in London for the launch of Everything Speaks… and has appeared on BBC TV and radio many times performing her poems. She has been commissioned to write for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Amnesty International, Barnado’s and Channel 4 Television.

Her second poetry collection will be publisher by Picador in Autumn 2014 and her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses is planned to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

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