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I started writing a short story (Yes, one of my hobbies is creative writing. No, you can’t read any. It ain’t good enough. Maybe three decades in the future I might but some proper effort into it, but not yet. No. Don’t ask again) about a man who tried to introduce elements of natural selection into his designs for steam engines. These led to designs for machines that designed their descendants and the whole thing got out of hand and led to tiny feral steam powered creatures living under his floorboards...

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And isn't it strange how the clicking things are,
They can catch you when you're waking,
Nails on metal behind the walls,
Wake you when you're sleeping
They flee when you look at for them, gnash strange teeth,
There's dust on the nightmare still
Isn't strange how the blueprints can live,
With their steam and teeth and claws

Doesn't anyone know what the heart is for?
Doesn't anyone see what I see?
Doesn't anyone know what the mind is for?
This Steamlife lives

Isn't it strange how logic can escape you,
All of my designs are designing themselves
The factories breeding when the lights go down,
It isn't just just me, it isn't just me!

Doesn't anyone know what the heart is for?
Doesn't anyone see what I see?
Doesn't anyone know what the mind is for?
This Steamlife lives

Scratch scream
Running through mazes
They act like the rats we made them like
Do you see the steamlife?
Oh no , don't turn your back cos they might make a break for freedom now do you see the steamlife?
They've been designing themselves when the lights are turned off they will draw their own blueprints
Scratch scream only in dreams do I know that
Beneath the floors and in the walls they're breeding
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Running through mazes they act like the rats we made them like

Don't you see this steamlife?

Why can't you follow?
Why can't you see?
The creatures still haunting real as you or me.

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from Ironbark (2016 expanded edition), released May 23, 2016

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Tom Slatter London

A latter-day Victorian street-theatre barker with a guitar promising tales of mystery, imagination, ‘orrible murders and bloody great waving tentacles’ is how Tom Slatter has been described. Since 2010 he has been scaring audiences with five albums and numerous EPs of storytelling songs. ... more

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