“Let’s Go Extinct” (2014) Posted on Monday 10 February 2014

Life In The Sky

Coming from afar and heading for the sun
I think of us when we were molecules
Sleeping in the dark and like a loaded gun
Waiting for reactions to occur
Planted like a seed into the ground
It grew the strangest flower
It grew the strangest flower

Following a pattern buried deep within
And replicating, endlessly the same
Now we’re always on the run and starting over
And always keeping one eye on the sky

Cold inside, somehow it thrived
No one knows the way this wind will blow

Will we ever see life in the sky?
And maybe recognise ourselves in it
‘Cause look into our eyes and you will see
A stranger far away from home

Will we ever see life in the sky?
And maybe recognise ourselves in it
‘Cause look into our eyes and you will see
A stranger far away from home

Cold inside, somehow it thrived
No one knows the way this wind will blow

Cell Song

We’ve got minds behind our eyes
Looking out at ourselves

Things that grow out of the ground
Must some day believe they’re real

Each little cog just sticks to the next
How can it be that they’re alive?

This clever twist, this pyramid scheme
Has got you in a double bind

Out of nothing, making something like yourself
Making patterns like a galaxy of cells
If these interactions or these consequences don’t
Approximate it quite to make some kind of soul
We have a contract yes we have each others backs
We made a promise but one day we’ll fall apart

Until the world gets tired of looking at itself
We have a place, a fighting chance
While the chemicals keep up their dance

While our roots are digging deep
Trying to suck the whole place dry

Out of nothing, making something like yourself
Making patterns like a galaxy of cells
If these interactions or these consequences don’t
Approximate it quite to make some kind of soul
We have a contract yes we have each others backs
We made a promise but one day we’ll fall apart

Myth of Myself (A Ruse to Exploit Our Weaknesses)

What is this thing that lives inside of me
Like a plastic gun full of empty threats

It keeps me in the dark – have you got one too?
It pretends we are apart – not just one but two

Should we kill it off, cut out fast and deep
When it feels so wrong, ridiculous and cheap

Try to find something concrete – have you got one too?
Try to pin it down it will flitter out of view

But it comes tumbling down, imploding on itself
Yes it comes crashing down, every time I sleep

Should we chase it off, put a matchstick to the hay?
We could stage our own deaths and walk away

Oh give me something new I can believe
‘Cause I work around the clock and I’m always tired
Yes I work round the clock and I’m always tired

Should we play along with its little game
Just believe this ruse – we could stay this way

But I work round the clock and I’m always tired

And I know it will let you down, it’s never going to last
‘Cause it comes tumbling down, imploding on itself
Yes it comes crashing down, every time I sleep

A Distance

You move in waves, there is a distance when you speak
I read the signs, try to decipher the emotions
And look at lines like reading numbers on a screen
It builds inside, a tidal wave that’s coming closer every day

It’s just a lot to know.
It’s just a lot to swallow.

I’ve got a lot to say, I’ve got a lot to share
I’ve got a lot to say to a disinterested caller
Talking at a distance,
Listening at a distance

We stand as if on the inside looking out
We read the signs, making millions of connections
I’m doing just fine – the things I need are getting cheaper every day

It’s just a lot to know.
It’s just a lot to swallow.

I’ve got a lot to say, I’ve got a lot to share
I’ve got a lot to say to a disinterested caller
Talking at a distance,
Listening at a distance

Synapses firing, we’re onto you
We’re untangling the wiring, we’re onto you
Won’t be fooled or deceived again, oh no

We’re The Future

And at night I see us back to back, opposites but joined by the spine
Yes at night I see us back to back, opposites and welded by the spine

We’re a copy of a copy
(Could we be the same?)
A capricious process gone awry

But I see blind innovation
(Can we really change?)
I see the future in us

Does it ever stay?

Can we change, can we go all the way?
If mutations get to have a say
If I wake up I’ll be on my own;
We’re the future, you and I

So I picture us as pioneers
As a feat of synchronicity

Yes I count on us to lead the way
Some day the world will follow

Or will they run away?

Can we change, can we go all the way?
If mutations get to have a say
If I wake up I’ll be on my own;
We’re the future, you and I

If we grow and multiply
Or if we wither, if we die
We can say at least we tried

Landlocked

I’ve got to listen to the echoes
Cause it seems like there’s someone
Someone listening
I’ve got to pay close attention
To what’s over in the distance

So we listen to the echoes
And you think it brings us closer

We’re reaching out
But we’re landlocked, yes we’re landlocked
And it’s life-long, well it’s a long life
It’s like a cruel tide, it will pull you out

Now we look at these projections,
We pretend that it’s the real thing
And we think of them as runways,
That we can take off like aeroplanes

We’re reaching out
But we’re landlocked, yes we’re landlocked
And it’s life-long, well it’s a long life
It’s like a cruel tide, it will pull you out

Landlocked!
Landlocked!
Landlocked!
Landlocked!

So we long for the coastline
But we’re landlocked and we’re tongue tied
And it’s lifelong, well it’s a long life
It’s like a cruel tide, it will you pull you out

Painting With Life

This is where it happened
We used to go here all the time
Now there’s empty buildings
Decomposing in the evening sun
Wild dogs look like phantoms
We can only pass the time

The city’s like a moth eaten coat

I try to wake you up but there’s nobody home
I have so much to tell you but no one to hear
I write it on myself with a shard of glass
Sometimes I think that I am just painting with life

I see my own reflection in the things that fall apart
Someday little weeds will shoot out right through my heart
It’s the only future we’ll ever have

I try to wake you up but there’s nobody home
I have so much to tell you but no one to hear
I write it on myself with a shard of glass
Sometimes I think that I am just painting with life

The Grey and Gold

Through the grey and gold, under a marble sky
You have an open road, it goes on for miles
But your eyes are stuck, transfixed by silver lines
Like spider webs across the mirror

But if nothing dies, how can we learn to live with it?
Surrounded by traces and ghosts

If it’s everywhere, and it’s all the time
Don’t you know that it’s all there if you want it, still
It swallows its own tail

We took a bite and we’ll spit it out
Oh time will eat itself

We’ve been here before, we were here all along
I saw you in the door, you were so thin
If we could go far enough, we’ll end up where we started
Keep your eyes on the road and just don’t look back

If it’s everywhere, and it’s all the time
Don’t you know that it’s all there if you want it, still
It swallows its own tail

We took a bite and we’ll spit it out
Oh time will eat itself
A knot that ties itself
Is there still a chance to forget?

The Beginning And The End

We will have to cross the ocean
It’s just a price we have to pay
Standard trustees know what’s good for you and me

There is gold beneath the ashes
No matter what Ida says,
There is a roaring sleep, a pulse we have to find

And I dream of Zoroaster
Sailing to the Caspian sea
With its shiny hull in the fog and morning light

We can build temples for our fires
And set the world ablaze
Why not? After all it’s the way we chose — the beginning and the end
Send it all back to the Rockefeller trust

We will have to slay a dragon
Yes to open up its veins
Bleed it dry and leave it by deserted roads

We will have to dry the ocean
Because the blood runs thick beneath
Take to arms, defend their notions
When the blood runs thick and deep
And we have mouths to feed and Utopia to reach

We can build temples for our fires
And set the world ablaze
Why not? After all it’s the way we chose — the beginning and the end
It’s all we were ever made of – the beginning and the end
Send it all back to the Rockefeller trust

Let’s Go Extinct

A moment of light
A flare of day
Before the door is closed again

A tiny spark
Lost in the dark
These tired symbols that dance around

Let’s go extinct
End of the line
I wanna go

Let’s get misplaced
All obsolete
I wanna go

‘Cause it’s clear the wheels have turned
We’re standing in the way of ourselves
The world will go on without us
Yes it’s clear the world
Will go on without us
And the dust will rearrange itself

The dust will rearrange itself again

Who’ll take our place?
Be the new us
I wanna know

Let’s go extinct
End of the line
I wanna know

‘Cause it’s clear the wheels have turned
We’re standing in the way of ourselves
The world will go on without us
Yes it’s clear the world
Will go on without us
And the dust will rearrange itself

The dust will rearrange itself again

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