My hope is a shark; great white
Eaten alive by it, but I still abide by it

from Melvin Burch – Slits Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The hope I still manage to have for my life, despite depression, is strong. I’d consider it to be deadly, viscous even, in either a negative or positive context. Hence, imagery of a shark is provided. A great white shark, to be exact.

My hope for better things can eat me alive, as I allow myself to believe in it despite parts of my brain screaming at me that it’s all in vain, but I suppose various sources of childhood conditioning taught me to never give up. Now, whether those sources are safe to believe in is another question entirely.

The line is also a play on the phrase “great white hope”, for no reason other than wordplay.

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