If hope floats I took the boat up to the city of Queens Who's World is This by J. Cole

He took his ‘dream’ (hope) to New York (Queens)

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February 6th, 2013

wordplay,saying Hope is also the boat’s name, since every boat has a name.

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But there's nothing left on the list for him to commit
So he gets down on his knees, asking for some god to hear his pleas
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

There are no more enemies for him to cut down. His duties as a samurai have been fulfilled. ‘List’ alludes to him having a list of them.

In the Samurai culture, a common practice was honorable suicide, which one performed by getting on the knees, and having a fellow samurai behead them, after cutting open the abdomen and letting the innards spill.

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Out of non-existence comes the very reason to exist Double Edges by Psyonik 17

Out of non-existence OF a reason to exist, comes the reason. We’ve all gone through that time where we sought out purpose in life, and that had become our reason for living at that time, because there was none to begin with.

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Mask of silence just to cover the stench Double Edges by Psyonik 17

To cover the stench of his bleeding heart and bloodstained hands and sword, he assumes silence, as not to reveal anything about himself to the world, or his enemies.

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But we know for warriors there is no such
Thing, save hate and revenge
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

In the last line, I expressed the samurai’s longing for something to live for in this world, but for warriors, the only thing to live for are hate, revenge, and the like.

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Needing
Something to hold, something to clutch
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

Desperately craving something else in this life to live for.

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Bloodstained hands from his own heart bleeding
Fire in his eyes but his soul stopped breathing
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

Instead of his hands being bloodstained from that of his victims, the blood of his own ‘internal’ bleeding is far more prominent.

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But he still cries, moves flow like rivers of tears
Wondering what it feels like to live with the dead
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

Comparing the fluidity of his movement when he battles to that of flowing tears, all the while he wonders what it’s like to be dead.

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And maybe that's why he hurts
Cause a samurai's pain is nothing to deal with
Issues of the heart compensating the steel with
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

Offering a suggestion as to why his soul is so plagued, which is because of all the killing. Nothing compares to the degeneration of the soul of one that takes lives for a living, and the only thing he takes solace in, is his blade.

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Hard pressed to take life, he knows what it's worth
But it's now second nature cause he forgot the first
Double Edges by Psyonik 17

He hates taking lives, but in this way of life, it has to be second nature to strike to kill, or you’ll be killed yourself.

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