“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

“The Sea” (2013) Posted on Monday 21 October 2013

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

The Sea

There is a big idea, a deep collective longing
“Things were better then, but we’ll go back some day”

When we’re looking at that big blue deep expanse and saying:

We can always run away
Get in a big black car
And drive it all the way till we feel at home again

And when we’re at the beach
We’ll parade into the waves
As far as we can reach
Drag me down – back into the sea

It’s in the blood, it never said farewell
And when we fill our lungs we’ll
Slow it down – back into the sea

All the cities we have built
All the centuries we have killed
We could be swimming in the ocean
A million years from now

We could throw it all away
So we feel at home again

And when we’re at the beach
We’ll parade into the waves
As far as we can reach
Drag me down – back into the sea

It’s in the blood, it never said farewell
And when we fill our lungs we’ll
Slow it down – back into the sea

The Wilderness

There was a sign on the horizon
Some kind of promise in the air
We could already feel it all begin to change
So we willed away the demons
Felt safe in strangers’ arms
Though the poison already seeping through the ground
Then we waited by our windows
As it rained the summer months
And we knew we were slowly running out of time

To get clean

Now there’s a wilderness that’s waiting
To come take hold of us
And there’s something inside that’s just begun to hatch
And unfolding, deathly wings
That will wrap around your heart
And bring you all the way into the fire

To get clean

Witchi Tai To

(Jim Pepper)

Witchi tai to, gimee rah
Hoe rah neeko, hoe rah neeko
Hey ney, hey ney, no way

Witchi tai to, gimee rah
Hoe rah neeko, hoe rah neeko
Hey ney, hey ney, no way

Water Spirit feelin’ springing’ round my head
Makes me feel glad that I’m not dead


“Rooms Filled With Light” (2012) Posted on Thursday 9 May 2013

Replicate

It’s going to happen soon
We’re going to let it pass right through us

There is a tunnel here
We’re going to bring our science down there
Redesign our lives there

It’s going to rain away
But still it sleeps inside us
Until someone unties us

Is it dead enough
Is it still enough
Will it replicate inside our bodies now

We’re waiting underground
How can we extricate ourselves enough
Or fight something that’s part of us

Is it dead enough
Is it still enough
Will it replicate inside our bodies now

Deconstruction

Thoughts are mounted like specimens;
we have to explain what we find

But the wasteland of possibilities
is playing tricks on my mind

So I look away…
I look away sometimes

Where’s the focus and direction
These currents are dragging us away
Aimless and numb,
Just drift along a little while

Just look away…
Just look away sometimes
It goes away…
It goes away sometimes

So come on let’s dissect it
Let’s cut it up till it’s gone
Let’s break it up into pieces
Throw away what we don’t understand

It comes together again,
it comes together again somehow

It comes together again,
it comes together again in the end

Motives and means
— now they seem like a dream within a dream
Concepts and ideas that don’t
seem to be making any sense

It goes away…
It goes away sometimes
Just look away…
Just look away sometimes

So come on let’s dissect it
Let’s cut it up till it’s gone
Let’s break it up into pieces
Throw away what we don’t understand

It comes together again,
it comes together again somehow

It comes together again,
it comes together again in the end

Lenslife

I’m running down the stairs
I’m running down the stairs
I’m running down the stairs to catch it, trap it in a lens
Don’t let it get away

It’s in my photo books, it’s in my memoirs
It fills the cupboards, I’m beginning to wonder where it’s from…
Oh it’s all caught on tape

It’s in my photo books, it’s in my memoirs
It fills the cupboards, I’m beginning to wonder where it’s from…
Just don’t let it get away

And one day I can say that I lived it all
And one day I can say that I remember it
And one day I can say that I’ve got hard evidence

We have a better chance on paper so we catalogue our lives
Our lenses and our eyes are synchronised now anyhow
Prefer reflections and the things that you can fit within a page
Just don’t let it get away

And one day…

Shiny Things

Let’s not worry about images
Let’s not worry about mind control

Let’s stop talking about prisoners
Up against an invisible wall

Let’s not feel anything at all
Keep it inside your chest all night

Let’s not worry about going extinct
We’ll be preserved on a shelf somewhere

Give us mirrors for company
And lock all the windows and doors when you leave

It’s as if nothing happened, as if it was enough
Think we rolled over gladly, thinking of shiny things
We wasted a lot to get there, burnt all the bridges home
The last of the pterodactyls has headed out for the seas

Build us a new perpetuity
Tell us we’ve nothing to fear from ourselves

Now that we’re painted so colourfully
We’ll be replaced by someone somewhere soon

It’s as if nothing happened, as if it was enough
Think we rolled over gladly, thinking of shiny things
We wasted a lot to get there, burnt all the bridges home
The last of the pterodactyls has headed out for the seas

Tunguska

Come in faceless and cold
Little flare in the sky
With your body made of fire and ice

We have waited for you
To come to take us out

We’re on your side, Tunguska
We’re by your side, Tunguska

All around the apple’s skin
Maybe even deep down to the core?
Let’s find a way to begin

We’re on your side, Tunguska
We’re by your side, Tunguska
We’re on your side, Tunguska

Tightrope

Tightrope, blank sheet
Everything could change today

Look ahead, don’t look away
It’s a fine line to a single point

A deaf ear, a blind eye
Red-handed with your head in the sand

But thoughts get lost again, like letters…
And soon our car sick minds will pull over

Just let it go
Just walk in a straight line
We’ve been holding it down
We’ve been keeping it down
Just walk in a straight line

Tightrope, from there to here
There was never a point of return

It cries out through our telephones:
We know it all but we don’t know how to use it

Heartbeat, fast luck
Everything could change today

But thoughts get lost again, like letters…
And soon our car sick minds will pull over

Just let it go
Just walk in a straight line
We’ve been holding it down
We’ve been keeping it down
Just walk in a straight line

Feathers

Take the time to count the cracks and lines in the four walls
The cell that follows you wherever you go
And the black swans

Now the only chance is here and the motorway looks clear
The cells are ticking and the spine is ready to kick in
All wrapped up and tied up little demons sing us what we don’t know

With the industry in place we can hold out for a while

It is the singer in the river is the siren on the rock
Before the time you wake up feeling nothing at all

It is the singer in the river is the siren on the rock
Before the time you’re washed up feeling nothing at all

They’re covered in feathers and they look so good in the sunlight
It’s only the sawdust trickling from their sleeves that you’ll notice

With the industry in place we can look the other way

It is the singer in the river is the siren on the rock
Before the time you wake up feeling nothing at all

It is the singer in the river is the siren on the rock
Before the time you’re washed up feeling nothing at all

Bones

Ten years in a cage, waiting for clarity
All of these things come into focus

All this is space, waiting to be filled
Follow the blood
Follow the headlines

It’s in the bones
It’s in the backbone
Reptile brain, don’t fail me now
It’s in the hands
It’s where the blood goes
Wait for the time inspiration will come

Get outside your head
Get them when they’re young
You’re only taking what is yours
Coming into focus

It’s in the bones
It’s in the backbone
Reptile brain, don’t fail me now
It’s in the hands
It’s where the blood goes
Wait for the time inspiration will come

Dig

Look how it grows deep within us
Like precious little stones in the depths
Fingers and palms in the mud dig deeper

The pocketless thieves coming closer
Come washing ashore from the ocean
Armed to their teeth
It’s been a long time coming

The moment is here
And the pressure is very real
So just cut a little hole
And let it all equalise
We’re planting our flags
But we don’t dig deep enough

Look how they grow and betray us
Little white maggots in the ground
Look at them go cross the ocean
Left with our hands in the mud

Our feverish minds hard at work now
Precious little stones in the depths
Look how it glows! It cuts through your bones!
Reflecting the light
It’s been a long time coming

A Flood

Let it come to pieces
Let it die, let it fall
A flood will come here anyway

Just put off decisions if you must
As the lamps
flicker back to life again

Come another century full of dust
Don’t explain,
just call me when you’re off the plane

Come December don’t be cruel
Come a senseless train of thought
Come the weekend we’ll get lost

Just in time to get caught in the rain

So hold out your raincoat
Let it fall and let it die
A flood will come here anyway

Come December don’t be cruel
Come a senseless train of thought
Come the weekend we’ll get lost

Just in time to get caught in the rain
How the houses start to lean
So precariously
When the pavements start to crack
As minutes fall to the floor
If we spend it all at once we’ve won

Come December don’t be cruel
Come a senseless train of thought
Come the weekend we’ll get lost

Just in time to get caught in the rain

So hold out your raincoat
Let it fall, let it die
A flood will come here anyway

Vostok, I Know You Are Waiting (Bonus Track)

Vostok, I know you are waiting,
Under the ice cap, under the snow

Time is holding you hostage
Wasting your infinite lungs for its cause

They say it’ll make me sleep easier at night
But now I’m just not so sure
I know that if you dig deep enough you will always find something

Vostok, you know we are waiting,
Under the ice cap, under the snow

Time is holding us hostage
Wasting our infinite lungs for its cause