Blood Orange – Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?

A new missive from Dev Hynes addresses recent thoughts on his mind about racial tensions in America and the Charleston shootings.

02.07.15

Blood Orange uploaded a new song called Do You See My Skin Through The Flames? last night.

The song won't be on his next album – instead, it's a way of articulating thoughts he's been having about racial tensions across America and the recent murderous shootings in Charleston, as well as how his own identity fits in within these wider surroundings.

He put some lyrics on Soundcloud, which you can look at below:

frustration and depression breaks me down
descending like they wanted underground
the further our journey the less you care
that's why you laugh at Kanye when he's talking in a chair
but the same conversation but replaced,
is good enough for laughs or a smile on your face,
happy to be singing all our songs to survive,
but when we need help, you don't get off til 5. 
it's powerful to feel so alone in a group

let me break this down for you and tell you how we feel again,
your fear is all you hold on to, so when you see me it's not fair
i have nothing left to give when you don't notice what is wrong,
Charleston left me broken down but it's just another day to you

i ain't got nothing left to give you
and i'm too tired, to even talk about it
while watching the fire,

tasting pain coming from a place of truth

to be another in a messy world
to feel like giving in another turn?
you wouldn't listen if i told you

so how can i become anyone?