Anti-up the slight cost of exhaustion

from Aesop Rock – Commencement (at the Obedience Academy) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Feeling down, or low, depressed, is the cost of his work which exhausts him. The first line is also a play on “ante up” a poker term demanding payment to be dealt into a hand. Aesop embraces the beautiful/painful blood roses of the underground world at night, making him exhausted during his day.

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