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INTER is an ongoing serialized story told through weekly music and sporadic comics releases.

Follow the story every Wednesday and find out more at writtenbydaniel.com/inter

"Interlude I" and "Emergence"
Written by Daniel Johnson. Produced by Ogi.

Cover art from the upcoming INTER comic drawn by Rachel Ang.

Presented by Microfome.

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released June 21, 2017

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Track Name: INTERLUDE I
INTER//PART I//001//INTERLUDE I

[The Narrator]

There was once a restless Spirit
that was contained within The Body of a man

He was known the world over for his art of disappearance,
his illusions and sleights of the hand

Each performance exceeded those which preceded
Each accomplishment was more grand than the last

No matter the place, the time or the season
he drew crowds til the venue was packed

His presence was met with praise and cheers
as he guided the audience through all of his acts

but the escape he'd perfected over the years
was becoming a thing of the past

Still, they watched him transform such mundane ingredients
into something amazing, and they couldn't grasp

how he managed to thrill them with such an expedience;
they followed with their disbelief and their gasps

but in these intimate scenes,
they could only view just a piece of his talent

Little did they know that he carried a secret inside
as deep as its vastness,

and a bird in a cage, if you keep it deprived
may just learn its release from the trap, and...

undo the knots
unlock the chains
unattach the tether
untie the strings

They may keep him contained,
they may hold him together,
but would he always remain...

tied down in knots
locked down in chains
attached by a tether
tied by the strings

They may keep him contained,
they may hold him together,
but he always believed one day he might...

undo the knots
unlock the chains
unattach the tether
untie the strings

so long they kept him contained
but if he pieced his life together
what would it take to...

[Chorus]

undo the knots
unlock the chains
unattach the tether
untie the strings

[The Narrator]

They may keep him contained,
they may hold him together,
but would things always be this way?

As the years went by, he surpassed his peers
but there was more to his appearance than hinted

They figured his fame and the crowds and acclaim
all gave him a view rosy tinted

As they watched him succeed, they admired The Body—
the same one the Spirit grew sick of

so it plotted and studied and followed its theorems
and eventually through inquisition

it discovered a flaw, a way out of the shell—
this whole time it was not but a splinter

and on one fateful night it escaped from its frame
come and see as it flees

to the The Inter...

[Chorus]

undo the knots
unlock the chains
unattach the tether
untie the strings

they may keep you contained
they may hold you together
they may keep you contained
they may hold you together

undo the knots
unlock the chains
unattach the tether
untie the strings

they may keep you contained
they may hold you together
they may keep you contained
they may hold you together

undo the knots
unlock the chains
undo the knots
unlock the chains

undo the knots
unlock the chains
undo the knots
unlock the chains

unlock the chains
unlock the chains
unlock the chains
unlock the chains

unlock the chains
unlock the chains
unlock the chains
unlock the chains

INTERLUDE I\\
Track Name: EMERGENCE
//CHAPTER 1

INTER//PART I//CHAPTER 1//002//EMERGENCE

[The Spirit]

In a blink— all of my senses lifted
Nothing prepared for me this dark endless drifting
As if it wasn't what I was aiming for,
but now I'm here, I admit— I'm scared of this existence

Scared of the blank,
scared of a road being paved over the role I was given

I lived in a cage,
so going back just tempts me less

I know the traps
I know the effect of prisons
I know the gaps
I know the essence of getting past them
I know the solitude that emptiness can bring
I know how I view myself in it

but is my self even helpful in this
Inter space?

[The Spirit/Chorus]

(I, I, I, I

it's all about

I, I, I, I)

I think I'm alive
but I don't know the signs
Tell me where's the proof
is this all in my mind?

If I don't live on earth
do I still survive?
And if I still exist
tell me who am I

Tell me who am I—

[The Spirit]

I lifted all the fictions,
saw through all the truth and the lies
Now, I don't feel...anything,
not that it's all that much of a surprise

The years numbed me
I watched the world from behind two glassy eyes
Now that I'm here and I'm away from where I was
there has to be something more for me to find...

I remember...

I was a phantom in a strange land
They tried to take advantage of me
make a name brand out of me

The second I agreed
I could feel the sand dropping on the hourglass floor
I could feel the hands around me shaking me for all my grains
I could feel the panic forming like a flame inside of me

Their game was to flip it til one of us died, I think
Turn me upside down to squeeze me dry again

A discombobulating way to live—
all take and no give
They expected me to fake authentic greatness
My constant code switch between
an over eager id who entertained
while the calm superego knew the key to keep control of the stages

That was my old life
That was my old face

I knew there had to be more beyond this world, right?

I hoped and prayed every night,
but still I'd say...

[The Spirit/Chorus]

I think I'm alive
but I don't know the signs
Tell me where's the proof
is this all in my mind?

If I don't live on earth
do I still survive?
And if I still exist
tell me who am I

Tell me who am I

[The Spirit]

(I, I, I)

knew I wouldn't find an answer
'til I found my patience within the nonsense

(I, I, I, I)

rearranged my life
'til everything around me supported my calmness

(I, I, I, I)

tried to be mindful of every action,
every decision made within the cockpit

(I, I, I, I)

The outside spun while I was gyroscopic,
eye of the storm
but I still felt this itch beneath the skin
to break out of performance
to break out of the forms
and now the storm is gone
and I don't know what 'I' means
Am I just lost without those lines?
It's such a hard time defining
when I slipped off the body I wore for warmth and hiding

And though those eyes below can't see me anymore—
as I explore this empty space
something I can't seem to shake
are the questions that forever haunted my dreams...

[The Spirit/Chorus]

I think I'm alive
but I don't know the signs
Tell me where's the proof
is this all in my mind?

If I don't live on earth
do I still survive?
And if I still exist
tell me who am I


Tell me...who am I?
Track Name: EMERGENCE (outro)
[The Spirit]

I am...

nothing but a voice in a void,
lost in between

it's hard to believe it's all over,
gone, so quick, like a dream

with a sudden jolt,
I split in two like lightning striking a tree

My Spirit unpeeled, blew off in the wind
far from that other side of me

One minute, I'm a famous escapist
the next, I am... unconceived

With no world to grasp or cling to,
I wonder what all of this means

As old thoughts flash by, afterimages fade,
my memories one by one leave,

and the seams disassemble, I'm free from the world
but what remains of my scene?

EMERGENCE\\