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from Present Tense by Zhao



you’ve got three minutes to make sense
three minutes for context
three minutes to make it right
as we run out the time

you’ve got three minutes to open up
three minutes to say enough
three minutes to make a change
or just make it the same

you’ve got three minutes to ask a question
three minutes to make suggestions
three minutes
and as the pieces fall into place
I don’t know what I was trying to say
at all
still -

I’ve got three minutes to make sense
to justify the time spent
to put words in a sequence
til we run out of time
I’ve got three minutes to pull you in
three minutes to take a chance
hoping I’ll make a difference

but in what way, I don’t know
following all the signals
I can make my own choice for me
wouldn’t it be so cruel to take you away
from all your precious things

so make a choice, if you’d like
following all the signals
you may find yourself here, with me
why don’t we spend three minutes here together

it could be worse, it could be better
It could be worse
It could be better...


from Present Tense, track released August 26, 2022
written and recorded by Kenny Zhao
mastered by Matthew McQueen


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Zhao Los Angeles, California

Kenny Zhao is a composer, artist, and digital tinkerer who is exploring the relationship between compost and creative practice.

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