From the recording Laplace Resonance

Upright Bass by Nick Ornelas

## Lyrics

What is the cost of 25 dollars,

a job well done,

a lunch that is free

What is the cost of the debt for your phone,

apartment, house, tent, retirement home

What is the cost of your next meal

What is the cost of knowing when it will be

What is the cost of Saturday,

your wrist, back, or eyes,

What is the cost of the weight on your shoulders,

What is the cost of the prize

What is the cost to live in a bubble,

safety, comfort, status quo,

What is the cost of keeping distracted

What is the cost of change or of growth

What is the cost of a friend by your side,

the cost of a couch and a brand new tv,

What is the cost of a French oak barrel

and how much for the life of the tree

What is the cost of each word in this poem

and the spaces in be. tween

What is the cost of ditching the rhyme,

Will I lose you?

What is the cost of your teenage years,

how much for your hopes and your dreams,

What is the cost of having none?

What is the cost of fitting in,

having a following, feeling cool,

What is the cost of respect in your field,

the cost of a castle,

a kingdom to rule

What is the cost of taking advice,

or saying you're sorry,

What is the cost to know you were right

What is the cost of having been wrong

What is the cost of a total stranger,

an immigrant, a number,

lover, father, or son,

What is the cost of doing nothing at all

and the cost of all your have done

What is the cost of speaking your truth,

or the cost of keeping it in,

What is the cost of breaking a heart

and what is the cost of the heartbroken art

What is the cost of a handknit quilt,

the warmth of a mother,

of peace to your soul,

What is the cost to hold you close

and what is the cost to let go

What is the cost of giving a gift

and what is the cost to receive,

What is the cost of 25 dollars

What is the cost of you here with me?