I stick my nose out the water to the sky for air

from Jay Electronica – Dear Moleskine Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The imagery of a drowning person gasping for air is used to match his attempts to escape the depression and stress.

He also purposefully makes this description sound less like a struggle, and more of a feeble attempt, so that the listener can really feel the all-encompassingness of the depression. .

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