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released March 17, 2017

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What would it sound like if Nick Cave started writing songs with Genesis after watching too many episodes of Dr Who? How many songs about replacing your body parts with mechanical alternatives is too many? Does the world need a steampunk/scifi inspired prog rock act? Tom Slatter set out to answer none of these questions, but accidentally did. ... more

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Track Name: Happy People
Prisons float in your eyes
Lies on your tongue
Let the public decide
On drips to make them grin
Don't you want to be happy for a while?
Pull another tooth out
Fixing up your smile

Happy people don't pull faces
Happy people smile and wave
They ask after your family
They never say a thing that hurts
Happy people all make friends
Happy people want you to pretend
They never shout
They don't make waves
Cos happy people always win

Happy people abound
Daggers in their veins
Let the public be hanged
Let the pigs proclaim their rights
Don't you want to feel safe for a while?
Pull another tooth out
Give us all a smile

I've got nine lives left to worry out
Escape with just my skin
Scratches whip marks on my back
Someone else's sin

I've got nine lives left to worry out
Fracture and displace
All this running all this hurt to find myself a space

In a dark room water drips and pools
As the man I paid
Pulls the skin back and stitches me a face.
Track Name: A Name In A File
Maybe it's time to let them go
Maybe that's what you do
When the world's gone mad

Circle of ink in a rippling pool
Documents burning in an alleyway
Crackling and spitting
Looking at loved-ones
Looking at nobodies

No-one you're looking for is here
Shadows and knives
Maybe they were make believe
Maybe it's time to let you go

They're never gonna come back
No matter how hard I shout and I cry
They're never gonna come back
Now they're nothing but a name in a file
It's only wishful thinking
No matter how hard I shout and I cry
They're never gonna come back
No matter how hard I shout and they
Say once you're gone you will stay disappeared

Murder
Justice
Perfect system
A name in a file
Track Name: Satellites
They say eyes are watching down on all the lovers
Ironclad watchers in star-bitten skies
They're keeping a record of all our romances
They'll pull us apart if they don't approve

So we'll run and we'll hide away
Find some other sky

Won't see their satellites looking for us love
Won't hide from satellites looking for us love
94 ways for the gunships to find us
We'll have to make do with these home-grown hallelujahs

There's a red glow in the black night
It blinks up above us
Cataract glint of some alien eye
Sleep on the surface
Make tools and weapons
Use them to bury, to flee and to hide

So we'll run and we'll hide away
Find some other sky

Won't see their satellites looking for us love
Won't hide from satellites looking for us love
94 ways for the gunships to find us
we'll have to make do with these home-grown hallelujahs
Won't see their satellites looking for us love
Won't hide from satellites looking for us love

So we'll run and we'll hide til there's nothing above us
They can't police our hearts

Won't see their satellites waiting for us love
Won't hide from satellites waiting for us love
Won't see their satellites looking for us love
Won't hide from satellites looking for us love
Track Name: Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
The stench coming off the work-camps
Mixed with perfume and with sweat
Static buzz from the intercom
You ain't been no-one yet

The skull, the ribcage and the mescaline,
All the fires never burned.
All at sixes and at sevens,
Haven't spoken, haven't met

Yesterday the world knew you
These sirens aren't your friends
Yesterday they sang you name, now nowhere, now nothing

Don't forget to take your pills
And don't forget your name
The world can be a cruel, cruel place in someone else's trip
Flow my tears, the policeman said

The skull, the ribcage and the mescaline,
All the fires never burned.
All at sixes and at sevens,
Haven't spoken, haven't met

Yesterday the world knew you
These sirens aren't your friends
Yesterday they sang you name, now, nowhere, now nuthin'

Don't forget to take your pills
And don't forget your name
The world can be a cruel, cruel place in someone else's trip
Flow my tears, the policeman said
Track Name: Even Then We're Scared
We've heard there are are wolves
Patrolling at the border
So we needed the guns
We needed the fire
Its flames are burning higher
Soon they'll burn out the night
We've all got to die
Come sooner or later
So we've all got to pray
We've cleaned our souls
By never doing nothing
Will get our reward?

Even when we go to bed
and hide under our blankets
Safe and warm in arms of sleep
Even then we're scared

We've built up the walls
With blocks of righteous concrete
So we can't see the world
The barcodes and scans
The database is safety
And it watches over us
If you've nothing to hide
Then why should you be worried?
There's a price to be free
We've cleaned our souls
By never doing nothing
Will get our reward?

Even when we go to bed
And hide under our blankets
Safe and warm in arms of sleep
Even then we're scared


Even when we bolt the door
And sing ourselves to sleep
Lullabies to help you dream
Even then we're scared
Track Name: Fire Flower Heart
There was a woman here
With steel behind her eyes
With fire in her heart
There was a woman
With my soul between her teeth
My conscience come alive

But now I'm here with this button beneath my hands
And none of you seem red
None of you seem real

My Fire Flower Heart
Would still my hand
If only she was here
My Fire Flower Heart
Was all my world
And now she's disappeared

There was a reason once
Before the world turned grey
Before the world turned old
There was a reason once
And they crushed it in their jaws
They closed in their traps

But now I'm here with this button beneath my hands
And none of you seem red
None of you seem real

My Fire Flower Heart
Would still my hand
If only she was here
My Fire Flower Heart
Was all my world
And now she's disappeared

What would she say?
What would she do?
Would she say let all them should burn, all these worthless fools?

My Fire Flower Heart
Would still my hand
If only she was here
My Fire Flower Heart
Was all my world
And now she's disappeared
Track Name: Tracking Signals
{Instrumental}
Track Name: Set Light To The Sky
Is it something unforgivable
This thing that ends my life
Under star light and explosions
With my fingers on the light

I could pull the trigger
I could end this nightmare quick
Wash my hands mercy clean
Sink my teeth into this

If I could I'd light the match
If I'd the choice then I'd set light to the sky

Is it something that's unquenchable
The thirst we have for blood?
Cos we stained the whole world red with it
Like we stained our only sun

I could push the button
Watch the sky fall in
I could wash my hands mercy clean
sink my teeth into this
If I could I'd light the match
If I'd the choice then I'd set light to the sky

What would you say if you woke up to live as a slave?

If I could I'd light the match
If I'd the choice then I'd set light to the sky
And watch it all burn
Track Name: All Of The Dark
Make me less than nothing
Make me greyer than ghost
A whisper of a memory you can't quite recall
I'll be less than nothing
I will be smoke, mist, gone

Make me nameless and faceless
Scratch out eyes and teeth and soul
Make me blank and empty and void and nothing
I'll be on the wind
Smoke mist gone

Can you take
All of the dark
All of the things I've believed
All of the dark
All of the things that I've seen
All of the poison you think you can drain
Leave so me so numb I won't feel again
All of the dark
All of the things I don't need

Make me less than nothing
Make me greyer than ghost
Make a whisper of a memory you can't quite recall
I'll be less than nothing
I will be smoke, mist, gone

Run faster run
The further you can run
The freer you will be
Run faster run
Happy people never run they never flee
They never flee

Make me nameless and faceless
Scratch out eyes and teeth and soul
Make me blank, empty, void and nothing at all
I'll be on the wind
Smoke mist gone

Can you take
All of the dark
All of the things I've believed
All of the dark
All of the things that I've seen
All of the poison you think you can drain
Leave so me so numb I won't feel again
All of the dark
All of the things I don't need