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So Close

from Into The Sun by Mantis State

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So Close focuses on the issues within modern society speaking out about toxic masculinity, the gender pay gap and flaws within our education system. I feel like our education system is the catalyst to why a lot of these issues exist – young girls not having the confidence to go into male dominated industries, boys feeling pressured to pursue high-pressure careers and fill the outdated role of a 'breadwinner', and the creativity crisis where our creative arts are hugely underfunded and considered as hobbies rather than serious job prospects, “they say the sky’s the limit, yet prohibit what they’ve sold”. It’s an empowering song about how we need to embrace change to make the world a better place.

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Oh
If you wanted to
You'd shine a little light into our eyes
Inspire us and give a little time
Let the seeds grow in our jungle minds
So close

You can't live off loose change boy
Gotta let it rain for a parade
Work till you feel that strain uh
Provide repeat remain

And I think it's time we see a change
As you bleach young minds and leave blank stains
Aspirations bound by chains
Our hearts will never beat the same

So close
Yet so far
Misguided by the doubts that eat you up
Don't aim too high
Don't aim too low
They say the sky's the limit
Yet prohibit what they've sold
Ohh
And it's down to you
To guide us and inspire us to try
To question us and make us reach for why
Let our imagination run wild
A stone's throw we're
So close

You've gotta work through that pain girl
Gotta keep a smile on that pretty face
Oo and when you've worked till you're drained oh
You won't be paid the same

And I think it's time we see a change
As you bleach young minds and leave blank stains
Aspirations bound by chains
Our hearts will never beat the same

And I think it's time we see a change
As you bleach young minds and leave blank stains
Aspirations bound by chains
Our hearts will never beat the same

And I think it's time we see a change
As you bleach young minds and leave blank stains
Aspirations bound by chains
Our hearts will never beat the same

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from Into The Sun, track released February 17, 2023
Produced by Sfven
Mastered by Bogle

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Mantis State London, UK

First formed at Leeds Conservatoire, Mantis State's signature sound has been widely praised for meticulously balancing soulful vocals, heavy riffs, warm brass and ambient electronics.
After relocating to London, Mantis State have sold-out shows in venues including Camden's Jazz Café, Hoxton's Colours and Soho's Spice of Life, and performed at the 2021 Isle of Wight festival.
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