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The Nitrogen Cycle

by Gabriel Coleman

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N2 03:04
how it feels / how it feels to be / how it feels to be free / how it feels to be displaced, made waste, unable to breathe / to be hands clasped, two halves, take stock of everything / how it feels to be / how it feels / how it feels to be / -tween the sky and the sea
CH4 03:08
water washing ‘round the island / water carried me away / rivers running through the island / a particle suspended in the wave / powerful waves crash o’er the island / brimming with ancient fossilised energy / making the tide bloom ‘round the island / ringing its shores in choking green / because the water is good at holding / it clings to its bond so tightly / and the algae are good at growing / they live and they die for the energy
NH3 03:17
and i am human divided / my right hand is the work of the land / and my left, mankind’s own design / birth of a petrochemical kind / for i am human divided / as i wade waste deep into the river / feeling rain soft against my skin / as the current pulls at my fingers / my right side redundant, I’m living too fast these days / holding on too tightly to a bond long frayed / i am human divided
H20 03:36
how it feels / how it feels to be / how it feels to be caught in between / water hold on to your severed bond / let it pull you on to where you belong / and when you feel that strong force comin’ from below / hold on for dear life and don’t let go


released September 23, 2023

Written and performed by Gabriel Coleman
Additional vocal on the Nitrogen Cycle: Lee Dias, Cèlia Tort Pujol, and Lily Toomey
Flute on the Nitrogen Cycle: Lily Toomey
Additional text: The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy
Music recorded at the Ballyfermot Library, Dublin




Gabriel Coleman Dublin, Ireland

future historian, musician, artist, midwesterner they/them

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