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The Chess-Playing Nihilist MAG

October 5, 2009
By Lunchbox* BRONZE, Bigfoot, Texas
Lunchbox* BRONZE, Bigfoot, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Someday you will day and somehow something's going to steal your carbon."- Modest Mouse

It always ends in checkmate, no matter how you play
Go through it all, you'll still find yourself dead at the end of the day
Your comrades fall, and with each fall, you're left weaker
You stay put and you hide, and you tell her to go seek her
God doesn't help you, for he doesn't care
All he ever does is his Thousand Yard Stare
And he stares in the distance, and he stares right there
And he stares and he stares and he stares
Killing your enemy is the best way to win
But what is the point if it's all going to end, anyway?
Your movements are lateral, you're going nowhere
All you can do is look in front of you and stare
The chess-playing nihilist, he ruffles his hair
The movements were wrong, so he doesn't care
It all ends the same, we all end up there
In God's Thousand Yard Stare
Killing is worthless, it keeps you alive
It makes you stronger and strengthens your strife
To be here, to be there, to just be alive
Murder or treason, they're already dead
God forbid that on us you tread
The chess-playing nihilist, he ruffles his hair
The movements were wrong, so he doesn't care
It all ends the same, we all end up there
In God's Thousand Yard Stare
The chess-playing nihilist, no longer he sings
He got up from the table and laid down his king
And he grabbed his coat and collected his things
He tried not to show that he did try to cling
But his grip was weak

The author's comments:
A thread made by a friend of mine on a forums website helped to inspire this.

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on May. 6 2018 at 3:01 pm
AllTheSuperRacehorses SILVER, Haverford, Pennsylvania
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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin

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This is incredible. Never stop writing. Almost everything on this website is self involved, but this is self-aware. I'd love to hear the song with a melody. Is there somewhere (youtube, soundcloud, etc.) where I can listen to it? Congratulations, and please continue to write.

on Apr. 26 2013 at 6:15 pm
BlackRosePetalz SILVER, Miramar, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you will land among the stars.

First of all, great job with the title. Just drew me in. That was actually pretty darn good. I like that ending. You incorporated some good imagery there. :) 

on Feb. 26 2012 at 6:23 pm
Clopsey PLATINUM, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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great literary work. not sure how you managed to fit that into a song though lol. but good job!

sherosie said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 8:53 am
i liked it. its like and explation of you(:

on Mar. 31 2010 at 11:00 am
lekstarr BRONZE, Berea, Kentucky
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awesome. the title caught my attention with good reason. great stuff.

AngelaS BRONZE said...
on Mar. 31 2010 at 7:20 am
AngelaS BRONZE, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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wow. that was brilliant. *applause* The concept was great and the execution was simple; yet, dynamic. great work! keep writing!