Lyrics

ART DAMAGE
1. End of an Era
2. Meathooks
3. By My Side
4. Anyone Can Break Somebody’s Heart
5. Hotel Terminus
6. Dear Christine
7. Jason
8. Glisten
9. Infrared

MIXED SIGNALS
1. All Mixed Up
2. Someone You’ve Never Met
3. You Leave Me
4. Suckerpunch
5. Burn
6. Sprinkles
7. Mindframe
8. To Be Young and On Downers
9. Quickie
10. Now I Know What I Want
11. Speed Dating
12. Quitters Never Win

SPECTRES
1. Until the Break of Dawn
2. Downstairs
3. I’m Still Here
4. If You Were a Ghost
5. Strange Season

IT’S NEVER THE WAY YOU IMAGINE IT
1. Digital Representation
2. Winnipeg Beach
3. Not in a Million Years
4. Tape
5. Alien Nation
6. Bridge to Nowhere
7. Sleepytown
8. So Dystopian
9. A Modern Life
10. Underwater Breathing
11. Ventriloquist
12. Strange Season

ART DAMAGE

All lyrics written by Devin Tait, © 2019 Devin Tait and Decadrisco Records, Published by Raughtic Music (ASCAP). Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

END OF AN ERA

It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end
It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end (and it’s all over now)

Maybe it was all my mistake
Maybe I went too far astray
But baby we’ve come so very far
How dare they throw it all away?

You still have to fight for what’s right
You still have to stand
They’re not going to make this easy and
It never is

It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end
It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end (and it’s all over now)

Maybe it was all my mistake
(baby this was not all your fault)
Maybe I was led too far astray)
(It’s over, it’s over, it’s over)
But baby we’ve come so very far
(baby you’ve come such a long, long way)
Don’t let them throw it all away
(it’s over, it’s over, it’s over)

You still have to fight for what’s right
You still have to stand
They’re not going to make this easy and
It never is

It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end
It’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end (and it’s all over now)

Once, was a time
There seemed to be more light
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine

Once, there was a time
There seemed to be more light in this world
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine

‘Cause it’s the end, it’s the end
It’s the end of an era
It’s the end
It’s the end

MEATHOOKS

Meat… hooks…
Meathooks

I knew that you wanted to scare me
I knew cause that’s what they told me
I had a laugh instead
Can’t believe the things I said
I thought you were so below me

I liked how you thought you could dare me
Thought you could play on my pride
Then you got inside me head
Left me shaking in my bed
You broke me down from the inside

I feel the meat hooks ripping through my skin
now I’m hanging on a wire and we’re moving in
I feel the temperature fallin down
and now I’m just another carcass with no face for a frown
I feel the meat hooks tearing me apart
I’ve got mindless self destruction down to an art
I feel the temperature going down
and now I’m just another carcass with no face for a frown

It’s like how he said don’t mess around with Jim
They told me don’t mess with Texas
You snared me in your trap
Crackle pop until I snap
You eat guys like me for breakfast

I feel the meat hooks ripping through my skin
now I’m hanging on a wire and we’re moving in
I feel the temperature going down
and now I’m just another carcass with no face for a frown
I feel the meat hooks and they’re taking hold
Always there reminding me I’m not in control
I feel the temperature falling down
and now I’m just another carcass with no face for a frown
I feel the meathooks tearing me apart
I’m feeling masochistic so let the evisceration start
I feel the temperature falling down
and now I’m just another carcass with no face for a frown

Meathooks, meathooks, ma ma ma ma ma meat hooks
Ma ma ma ma ma ma meathooks

ANYONE CAN BREAK SOMEBODY’S HEART

She’s an anomaly
One in a million, she makes you feel so free
Yeah she’s your number one
But she’ll become the one who got away
People have spoken, now she’s gonna sashay
(did she really ever love you at all?)

Anyone can break somebody’s heart
With whom do you think you’re messing?
Has she got you second guessing?
Set it up and smash it all apart
Are you just projecting passion?
Getting caught up in her fashion?
You can build your wall, make it higher, higher, higher
Anyone can break somebody’s heart

He’s a dichotomy
The things he tells you, they don’t always agree
He’s not your number one
But he was one tenacious son of a gun
(his love for you was only a lie)
Completely unfaithful, now the good times are gone
(you’ll get better all it takes is some time)

Anyone can break somebody’s heart
Girl your man is misbehaving
Situation’s not worth saving
Set it up and smash it all apart
He will never treat you right
Staying out late every night
You can build a wall, make it higher, higher, higher
Anyone can break somebody’s heart

Anyone can break somebody’s heart
Emperor exposed as naked
Too late now he’ll have to fake it
Set it up and smash it all apart
He has made you look the fool
Falling under fascist rule
You can build a wall, make it higher, higher, higher
Anyone can break somebody’s heart
Anyone can break somebody’s heart
Anyone can break somebody’s heart

BY MY SIDE

I hunted high and low for you
No one else could ever do
Sometimes you make me want to scream
Sometimes we live inside a dream

You stayed through my darkest days
When I fell apart you remained
I’ll be there when your world shakes
I’ll be there through the mistakes and heartaches

When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side
When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side

A minor earth | a major sky
A million reasons not to cry
I’d lose my way if not for you
You leave the breadcrumbs so I knew

You stayed through my darkest days
When I fell apart you remained
I’ll be there when your world shakes
I’ll be there through the mistakes and heartaches

When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side
When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side

I’ll be there when your whole world shake, shakes
Even when your heart heart aches aches
You will never, you will never slide, slide
Always got to have you by my side, side
By… My… Side…

When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side
When the world gets cold I want you by my side
When I get old I want you by my side

HOTEL TERMINUS

won’t you come, come and see us

Hey young man isn’t it time
To grab some piece of mind
To let yourself unwind
A little fun never hurt anyone
Explore your wild side
Do things you’ve never tried

Come away and see

Here in this vicinity we’ve got the best amenities
And you will find that friends are always
Lurking in our lengthy hallways

won’t you come, come and see us
at the hotel terminus
don’t feel scared, or unprepared
our hospitality is notorious

Hey there sir
Wouldn’t it be nice
To taste the spice of life
Go on and grab a slice
We’ve got living proof
There’s a fountain of youth
And they’re all waiting here
Their beauty has no peer

Come away and see

Here among these corridors
Where bodies meet by threes and fours
You’ll find it is our specialty
Facilitating ecstasy

won’t you come, come and see us
at the hotel terminus
don’t feel scared, or unprepared
our hospitality is notorious

Been around the world
And i’m tired of the soup du jour
Been around the world
Wanna end this prophylactic tour
Afraid nobody around me
Ought to get caught in my tornado
I guess i’m just a loverboy
Feeling like the white tomato

won’t you come, come and see us
at the hotel terminus
don’t feel scared, or unprepared
our hospitality is notorious

won’t you come, come and see us
at the hotel terminus
don’t feel scared, or unprepared
our hospitality is notorious

DEAR CHRISTINE

the whirled girl lives in a blurred world
She’s a cherry bomb caught in a maelstrom
Spotlights flowers set the scene
It’s almost like a dream
Dear Christine
What’s it all mean miss tangerine?
Dear Christine
What’s it all mean miss tangerine?

Condition white
Condition yellow
Condition orange
Condition red (red red)

Now may we present to you
The blood and guts that you’re accustomed to
In living color right at home
A wicked script full of warning signs
Trauma, torture ripped from the headlines
A stage-managed departure from a life alone

What’s it all mean miss tangerine?
Dear Christine
What’s it all mean miss tangerine?

Condition white
Condition yellow
Condition orange
Condition red (red red)

Now may we present to you
The blood and guts that you’re accustomed to
In living color right at home
A wicked script full of warning signs
Trauma, torture ripped from the headlines
A stage-managed departure from a life alone

You were here and now you’re gone
A faded memory just hanging on
A morbid curiosity
A faded footnote in history
You were here but now you’re gone
Your faded memory barely hanging on
A morbid curiosity
A faded footnote in our history
Sha na na na na na Dear Christine (4)

JASON

We’re high on the plains
I gave you the reigns,
Now I’m subject to your whim
I could ride all night
Beneath this canvas of stars
I cannot explain, my plan was insane
Fueled by spiked cherry limeade
Now you’re way too wasted to be driving my car

jason, just drive
we don’t have to know where we’re going
jason, jason
any which way the wind is blowing

We’re out on the range
And isn’t it strange
It’s like a dream where I forgot to get dressed
Seein’ UFOs and sayin’ “bros before hoes”
You don’t complain when I can’t contain
Little things like love and lust
When directed your way
They’re all ones and zeroes

jason, just drive
we don’t have to know where we’re going
jason, jason
any which way the wind is blowing
jason, just drive
we don’t need to know where we’re going
jason, jason
any which way the wind is blowing
jason, just drive
we don’t need to know where we’re going
jason, jason
any which way the wind is blowing

GLISTEN

I put on my best laugh for you
I put on my butterfly sunglasses for you
I’d put down whatever was passed by you
I’d get down on my knees and make an ass out of me just for you

And then we’ll find
A way to hotwire our minds
We’ll leave behind
All the lines that we can not align
And then you say
All the things that make me stay
The night begins to glisten
As I begin to listen

The wheels of love wouldn’t turn for us
We’re casualties of the heart in stereo chorus
And when you had no more use for us
Betrayed my trust, went bust
And left a mess both disgusting and glorious

And then we’ll find
A way to hotwire our minds
We’ll leave behind
All the lines that we can not align
And when we’re through you’ll be me and I’ll be you
The night begins to glisten
As I begin to listen

INFRARED

Lost with the battle won
Left with no place to hide
Hearing this terrible voice
Telling me not to go outside
Last in a long, long line
Looking for smoke and fire
How in the hell can this be real?
Is nobody left to inquire?

don’t leave me for dead
I’m here but I’m crawling down on the ground
I know you can see my infrared
through the darkness and the sound

Can you read my mind?
And would you understand
All of the things that I pretend
Had never really happened?
May I have this dance?
A waltz while the sky is falling
We’ll make a pact and say a prayer
Before taking a vow of silence

Shhh….

don’t leave me for dead
I’m here but I’m crawling down on the ground
I know you can see my infrared
through the darkness and the sound

Through the darkness and the sound (x3)

don’t leave me for dead
I’m here but I’m crawling down on the ground
I know you can see my infrared
through the darkness and the sound
Don’t leave me for dead
I know you can see my infrared

MIXED SIGNALS

All lyrics written by Devin Tait except “Burn” written by Liana Hernandez; “You Leave Me” and “Suckerpunch” written by Tait & Hernandez © 2014-2016 Devin Tait and Decadrisco Records, Published by Raughtic Music (ASCAP). Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

ALL MIXED UP

I approached with confidence
I thought your heart was on your sleeve
But you don’t deal in common sense, no you don’t
And that heart was make-believe

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you’re not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
(woo hoo hoo ) You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don’t know where we stand
I don’t know what to do
You got me all mixed up
Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up

You’re acting contradictory
To words you said previously
So help me solve this mystery, a little help
Should I stay or should I leave?

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you’re not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
(woo hoo hoo ) You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don’t know where we stand
I don’t know what to do
You got me all mixed up
Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you’re not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don’t know where we stand
You got me all mixed up

Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up

SOMEONE YOU’VE NEVER MET

I had you, I had you exactly where I wanted you
I thought you were under my spell
I made you, I made you and paid you like you wanted me to
I bought all you had to sell

But I’ll never be as important
As someone you’ve never met
I’ll always be second best
To someone you’ve never met
Oo ooway oo
There’s no one you like better than somebody new
Oo ooway oo
There’s no one you like better than somebody new

Reasons change, seasons and reasons they will always change
but you will never change your ways
Moving on, will we discover that this bond is strong
Or will these be our last days?

‘Cause I’ll never be as important
As someone you’ve never met
I’ll always be second best
To someone you’ve never met
Oo ooway oo
There’s no one you like better than somebody new
and I’ll never be as important
as someone who you just met

I see you looking over my shoulder
I know it’s not for someone wiser or older
Or even someone you’d want to
get to know
Then you look into my eyes
Like I’m supposed to be satisfied
Cause I’m the one you can’t let go

But I’ll never be as important
As someone you’ve never met
I’ll always be second best
To someone you’ve never met
Oo ooway oo
There’s no one you like better than somebody new
and I’ll never be as important
As someone who you just met

YOU LEAVE ME

Whenever you leave I feel it’s generally expected that I’ll fall apart
I follow the path marked ‘do not enter’
Visions recast with the people who last I’d wanna see at the end of the world
no voices, only echoes
the damage is done, it went down with the sun

You leave me high and dry
you leave me wondering why
you leave me high
you leave me questioning why
whenever you leave I forget what I believe
the problems multiply
you leave me high
you leave me

whenever you leave it comes so easily
invasion of my fortress
storming in just like winter
I’m incomplete so I’m resigned to compete
with myself and the demons within
the voices and the echoes
the damage is done, it went down with the sun

You leave me high and dry
you leave me wondering why
you leave me high
you leave me questioning why
whenever you leave I forget what I believe
the problems multiply
you leave me high
you leave me

go on, go ahead
go on and cut my safety net
it’s warm when you’re here and cold when you go
sun when we’re together then you leave me alone
I gave you everything didn’t I?
now the damage is done, it went down with the sun
and I’m alone

SUCKERPUNCH

I’ve always been a sucker
for those little sparks that fly
when I try to look away
but you catch me with your eyes
you got that dirty little mouth
makes me wanna come clean
then you hit me with a punch
that i never could have seen

i’m beaten and it took less than two licks
i’m broken but i don’t want to be fixed
i’ll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again

it’s the war of the roses
it’s a fight to the end
i always think i’m tough enough
but then i break before you bend

you’ve had your time to strut and fluff
now c’mon and show me your stuff
buttercup, i never thought
this is how we’d end up
you played me like tekken
and i never suspected
that you’d turn the game around
right when i least expected

i’m beaten and it took less than two licks
i’m broken but i don’t want to be fixed
i’ll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again

one blow… one hit…
one blow… one hit…
one blow k.o.
i can never say no
one-hit wonder
demigod of thunder

you don’t turn the other cheek
and you’re always down to fight
once I get you goin
then you’ll be that way all night
i try to play it off
but you know i like it rough
one way or another
we’ll end up in fisticuffs

i’m beaten and it took less than two licks
i’m broken but i don’t want to be fixed
i’ll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again

BURN

I used to think that we were perfect
You had me fooled I must confess
But now I see what’s really happening
And I’m not impressed
So now I’m gonna have to show you
What happens when you fuck around
I’ll place your spineless body on my tongue
And I will swallow you down

And you’ll burn in my stomach
You’ll scream and you’ll cry
And then you’ll start to feel regret
But it’s too late baby, that’s what a liar gets

I bet you didn’t think I’d notice
That you’d been stringing me along
But I have dealt with your kind before
And if they ever did me wrong…

Well they’d burn in my stomach
They’d scream and they’d cry
And then they’d start to feel regret
But it’s too late baby, that’s what a liar gets

I fell for you, a fool for you
I thought I knew, but I was wrong
I gave to you, I made for you
And stayed with you, but not for long
No it won’t be very long

Til you burn in my stomach
You’ll scream and you’ll cry
And then you’ll start to feel regret
But it’s too late baby, that’s what a liar gets

SPRINKLES

where are you tonight
i can not help but wonder why
you’re not here with me
the people walking by
umbrellas up to keep them dry
passing so quickly

i don’t mind the wind
i’d let it blow me away again
and ride it to the end
i don’t mind the rain
fueling foolish escapes
falling in cascades

but i love it when it sprinkles
and the sky fills with mist
just like the first time we kissed
when i feel those fine little drops
my beating heart stops
just to get back in time with yours

you won’t hear from me
i’ll stay on your periphery
however foolishly
throughout our history
the same old patterns on repeat
i had to set you free

i don’t mind the snow
falling softly in a glow
purifies my soul
i don’t mind the storm
as long as i’ve got someplace warm
to ride it out til morn

MINDFRAME

I was up for anything and you were up for anything
But then I had a thought that changed my mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
but then I said something that changed youre mindframe
Don’t say it to me, I won’t say it to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio

You don’t belong to me, I don’t belong to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
Don’t say it to me, I won’t say it to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
But then I had a thought that changed my mindframe

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio

Play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
That’ll get you in a better mindframe
Play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
That’ll get you in a better mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
Then you said something to change my mindframe
So play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
You gotta find another mindframe

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio
Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio

TO BE YOUNG & ON DOWNERS

what a waste, what a waste
what a beautiful waste
it’s such a shame, such a shame
such a dirty shame
if you can’t feel this
then you’re doing in it wrong
and if you can’t feel this
why are you tagging along?

pop those pills, light another joint
have a laugh at someone else’s expense
but when I roll my eyes at your Phi-Phi read
i can see you getting on the defense
when we all go out and you can’t keep up
shades down and slumped in a stall
to hear you tell the tales next day
you’d think you were the belle of the ball

beauty is as beauty does
moss grows on a rolling stone
even sugar daddies sour
after all the green that they’ve loaned
this town’s not big enough for all your mistakes
it’s a smaller world than you think
and if you don’t stop stealing sips of my Stoli
I’ma have to raise a stink

QUICKIE

The sun is going down, the clock is ticking
the berries on the vine are getting ripe for the picking
I tell you all of this to let you know
my time is precious, I’ve just got to go go

I don’t got to long to love you so let’s make this one a quickie
let’s just get right in and out before the situation gets sticky

The moon is on the rise, the city’s bustling
I have my part to play I take it very seriously
I’ve got my band, I’ve got my shows
Often I wonder just where the time goes

I don’t got to long to love you so let’s make this one a quickie
let’s just get right in and out before the situation gets sticky (x2)

No I don’t want to elaborate
But I got something going on and I just can’t be late
don’t got no other lover, nothing doing undercover
But I’m unable to procrastinate

When morning’s coming through
And dawn is breaking,
I’ll come back home to you
Kiss your face and wakey wakey
I’ll give you all the love that’s coming your way
You better be prepared because then I will have all day

but now I don’t got long to love you so let’s make this one a quickie
let’s just get right in and out before the situation gets sticky

No I don’t want to elaborate
But I got something going on and I just can’t be late
don’t got no other lover, nothing doing undercover
But I’m unable to procrastinate
Got to love you right now, got to kiss and hug you right now
Just one moment for us to conjugate
I gotta run I’m always rushing living under the gun
and I just can’t wait

I’m in a rush, but I need your touch so much

No I don’t want to elaborate
But I got something going on and I just can’t be late
don’t got no other lover, nothing doing undercover
but I just can’t wait

NOW I KNOW WHAT I WANT

didn’t wanna move too fast
so much pain in my past
unsure if it would last
acting tough but feeling insecure
juggling so many balls
bouncing off the walls
hanging til last calls
holding out but what for

sorry that I made you wait
i’m not one to believe in fate
i wanna know that it’s the real thing
now i’m in a better state
there’s no need to hesitate
listen to my heart sing

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
this time i know it’s true

say goodbye to all my fear
when I look in the mirror
it all becomes so clear
you learn to swim so you won’t drown
looking back on yesterday
hear the music play
we’ll always be this way
All I searched for now I found

sorry that I made you wait
i’m not one to believe in fate
i wanna know that it’s the real thing
now i’m in a better state
there’s no need to hesitate
listen to my heart sing

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
this time i know it’s true
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want

Get up on your feet, your journey’s not complete
Just move to the beat and don’t give up
Get up on your feet, your journey’s not complete
Just move to the beat and don’t give up on love

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
this time i know it’s true
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
i know this much is true

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want

SPEED DATING

speed dating, dadalada speed dating

give me, give me your attraction
give me, give me your reaction
give me something i can sink my teeth into
give me something that i’ll wanna hold on to
give me, give me satisfaction

speed dating, dadalada speed dating

let’s get together, become lightning fast lovers
we don’t like what we discover so we move on to another

I got no time and you got no patience
and nobody here is any good at waiting
get on with the show
we don’t need long romances – we’re speed dating
first impressions
there are no second chances, no hesitating
we love so fast these days, you know

tell me, tell me your desire
tell me all that you require
tell me all the things I can expect from you
leave out anything i’d take exception too
tell me are we going higher

I got no time and you got no patience
and nobody here is any good at waiting
get on with the show
we don’t need long romances – we’re speed dating
first impressions
there are no second chances, no switch and baiting
we love so fast these days, you know

QUITTERS NEVER WIN

if you’re gonna run then you’ve got to commit
when you’re ’bout to break down just throw a fabulous fit
then you get back up, suck it up and start again
you just hit it, you gotta hit it
when you feel the panic taking over your mind
and you feel the bogeyman is coming up from behind
never hit rewind or stumble into a bling
don’t ever give in, no never give in

quitters never win, they fail to see the future
right in front of them
they say that nice guys finish last but
when they cross that line they’re gonna have the last laugh

dance to the rhythm that you create
fly to the top of the empire state
take your aim and make your mark and then
make it big

if you’re gonna break, gotta break free instead
tune out all the distractions fighting over your head
it’s time to take the reigns
push on through the pain
just one more minute, another minute
when you’re close enough to get your eye on the prize
a moment comes to separate the weak from the wise
time to show your size
the imitator belies
you’re gonna get it, go on and get it

SPECTRES

All lyrics written by Devin Tait except “Downstairs” written by Brandon Strecker and “I’m Still Here” written by Liana Hernandez © 2014 Devin Tait and Decadrisco Records, Published by Raughtic Music (ASCAP). Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN

We are the revenants

We’ve been around For hundreds of years
Scared of the light
And clinging to fears
Holding so tight
Wishing for closure
Stalking by night
And avoiding exposure
We can no longer
Dream like you
You can live in the sun
And feel pleasure anew
We are invisible
‘Til Samhain arrives
The moon comes up and
We come alive

And we will
Dance like people do
Laugh like people do
Rave like people do
Until the break of dawn
Sing like people do
Wish like people do
Crave like people do
Until the break of dawn

We’re hanging around
And we’re haunting your space
Creating distractions
And fears you can face
Bumping and clanging
To get your attention
And yet you insist that
We’re your invention

We are the revenants
Tonight is our night
We’ve only got until the morning light
So let’s all dance

DOWNSTAIRS

The stairs emit a subtle creak
The falling pairs of quickened feet
The hair is raised upon her neck
Don’t look back, never check

Imagination plays in the deep
The basement hides
And secrets creep
Never one to be alone
Was better off when still unknown
The sudden slamming of a door
The rush of air from which it pours
To feel the presence which invades
What once was welcome
Overstayed (always stay)

Why did she go downstairs?
Why did she go down there?

To haunt the stark and empty plane
Forever blocked communique
To muster just enough to knock
Upon the walls and rattle locks
As fear recedes and longing gains
The lonesome dinners that she takes
The basement table set for two
To be joined what must one do? (always stay)

I’M STILL HERE

I still haunt the grounds I used to walk
A mist, a shadow
Hover and stalk
The soul is there but the shell is lost
And certain grounds
Cannot be crossed
I’m the knock upon the door
I’m the creaking in the floor
I’m the whispers in the hall
I’m a spectre in the wall

I’m still here
Can’t you hear me?
I’m calling out for you
Don’t you feel me?
I’m looking right at you
Can’t you see me
Reaching out for you
I’m still here

I’m no stranger to this home
300 years and still I roam
I cannot sleep but I’m so tired
6 feet under, I’m expired
A projection with no form
Just roaming the halls
For something warm
I bring the chill from underground
I try to scream
But there’s no sound

I’m still here
Can’t you hear me?
I’m calling out for you
Don’t you feel me?
Looking right at you
Can you see me?
Reaching out for you
I’m still here

IF YOU WERE A GHOST

Spectres haunt the edges
Of my sight
Conjuring the memories
I wish to forget the most
When I see you
Under cloak of night
I couldn’t be more scared
If you were a ghost

And I couldn’t be more scared
If you were a ghost
I couldn’t be more scared
If you were a ghost

Figures flit ‘round
Putting me ill at east
I feel a chill in the air
Whenever you are near
I build myself up
To feel like Hercules
But the thought of you
Fills my mind with fear

And I couldn’t be more scared
If you were a ghost
I couldn’t be more scared
If you were a ghost

IT’S NEVER THE WAY YOU IMAGINE IT

All lyrics written by Devin Tait, © 2011 Devin Tait and Decadrisco Records, Published by Raughtic Music (ASCAP). Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

DIGITAL REPRESENTATION

I remember your face and it was in 3-D
but now I only see you on the monitor screen
your every move has been digitized
and because I’m anonymous I’m mesmerized
your life is laid out for me to browse
so I get as close to you as the computer allows
sometimes I think that I’ve gone off my rocker
‘cause if I did this offline I’d be considered a stalker

I’m addicted to this sensation
making love to your digital representation
I’m completely taken with the notion
that you feel me through this electronic ocean

I remember your voice just like the sweetest song
and it gave me the impression we might get along
yeah maybe it was all just make believe
but I really thought that you were just as in to me
I’ll never get the nerve to tell you face-to-face
that what I want is for you to come over to my place
so I just sit here with the mouse in my hand
and fool myself that someday I will be your man

(repeat chorus)
What would you think if you knew how much time I spend thinking of you (x4)
(repeat chorus)

WINNIPEG BEACH

I thought that you were out of reach
but then you said something about Winnipeg Beach
and I thought to myself
There is something in the air
You turned on the charms
with wide open arms
we went for a spin
and took it all in
and when the sun came up
that smile was still there

the smell of your skin
still lingers in my mind
I want it to stay until the time
we can meet again
and if you forget
how we felt that night
like the world would be alright
just because we met

I thought my luck had run out dry
But then you appeared like a blaze in the night sky
I never felt anything so intense
I looked at you and he looked at me
Sometimes one and one makes three
So I went with the plot
And I tore down my defense

I won’t be the one to change you
And I wouldn’t want to
I think you’re perfect as you are
But I am here and I’m sincere
Here today, tomorrow gone
Somehow it doesn’t feel that far

NOT IN A MILLION YEARS

I don’t know why my eyes see so much beauty when my
Ears hear only noise
and I don’t know how your mouth can taste so sweet
with all the dreams that it destroys
I don’t know why my fingers want to touch you when they
know that you’re cold as ice
and I don’t know how I get all caught up in you against
everyone’s advice

it’s like I think I can invent a way to make you change your mind
it’s like I think you’re just about to come around
it’s like I think that this is just another obstacle to overcome
when every other one has knocked me down

Not in a million years, could I make you happy
I’d give you the moon and stars but you’d want more
Not in a million years, would you ever love me
so what is all this sweet work worth?

I don’t know when the party started ending but
I’m down here on the floor
And I don’t know where this road we’re on is heading but
I’ve seen these signs before

it’s like I think I can invent a way to make you change your mind
it’s like I think you’re just about to come around
it’s like I think that this is just another obstacle to overcome
when every other one has knocked me down

Not in a million years, could I make you happy
I’d give you the moon and stars but you’d want more
Not in a million years, would you ever love me
so what is all this sweet work worth?

TAPE

Sticky on a one side, slick on another
Ripped to fucking shreds then spliced back together
With tape, ooh with tape
Rolling out from inside, hiding cracks and dividing lines
Adhering to the surface, pasting over imperfections
Like tape, ooh like tape

And there’s a big, big hole like a hole in the ground
And where there’s supposed to be a man, there’s no man to be found
There’s a big, big hole like a hole in his head
And if that’s how it’s gonna be, we’d be better of dead

Sticky on a one side but completely invisible
Forging into union that which was divisible
Tape, ooh yeah tape
Placed by many hands in the name of magic
Covering up layer upon layer of the tragic
Like tape, ooh like tape

Cause there’s a big, big hole like a hole in the ground
And where there’s supposed to be a man, there’s no man to be found
There’s a big, big hole like a hole in his head
And if that’s how it’s gonna be, we’d be better of dead
There’s a big, big hole where the sky’s falling down
But if no one’s there to hear it, then it doesn’t make a sound
There’s a big, big wreck but they make a decree
And then they cover it up cause they don’t want us to see

Stretch it, cut it, stick it, cover it up (x6)

ALIEN NATION

You took a tumble down the rabbit hole
and woke up in the strangest of places
You recognized everybody but you
Could not recall their faces
The air there was spiked with something
It got you having palpitation
And now you can’t remember the way home
The way back from Alien Nation

And you might think that you’re happy there,
You might think you belong
You might think that I am delirious
But maybe you would be wrong

You’re living in Alien Nation
Trapped in your neurotic vacation
you look around but you don’t know anyone at all,
Can’t read the writing on the wall

You began to wonder if you had been
Placed in witness protection
So you tried to stay under the radar
always avoiding detection
But time went by and now you fear
That you’re lost in the twilight zone
‘Cause you look around at the the place where you live
But it hardly ever feels like home

And you might think that you’re happy there,
You might think you belong
You might think that I am delirious
But maybe you would be wrong

You’re living in Alien Nation
Trapped in your neurotic vacation
you look around but you don’t know anyone at all,
Can’t read the writing on the wall

One day I thought I heard you calling out to me
Just a disembodied voice on a radio frequency

And you might think that you’re happy there,
You might think you belong
You might think that you want to be a millionaire
But I think you’d be wrong

You’re living in Alien Nation
Trapped in your neurotic vacation
you look around but you don’t know anyone at all,
Can’t read the writing on the wall

(You’re) hangin’ with the little green men – extraterrestrian
An accidental immigration, and now you’re livin’ in
Alien nation – hangin’ with the little green men – extraterrestrian
An accidental immigration, semi-psychotic situation
Heard you call me, radio frequency
Heard you call me, radio frequency

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE

Nobody tells the truth anymore
It went out of style in 2004
And even the referee stopped keeping score
Hiding behind the lies we’ve learned
forgetting the fire; how it burns
And even the psychics don’t know what’s in store

Brick by brick we lay it down
no expense is spared
but I won’t reach you and you won’t reach me
it’s a bridge to nowhere
Bit by bit we build it up
with the utmost care
but you can’t get there from here
cause it’s a bridge to nowhere

I’ll tell you one thing I find strange
These people who’re so afraid of change
and all they do is sit around and complain
Forgetting about the golden rule
and everything that they learned in school
heads full of more opinions than they can contain

Everyone wants to rule the world
to dictate how fast and when it turns
to be the object of interest and concern
You are the pilot at the helm
of your own private little realm
collide with reality on your return

SLEEPYTOWN

Where is everybody?
She’s always asking me
I tell her they’re in bed just like she should be
Why is it so quiet?
And what would happen if I scream?
Would someone come to rescue or would they even hear me?
And I said not to worry, nothing’s gonna happen here
There isn’t much to favor but there’s even less to fear

here in Sleepytown
No open eyes to meet tonight
here in Sleepytown
But if you listen you can hear the city far away

Doesn’t anybody feel the same as I?
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than way up in the sky
I’d fly around the world and find the most beautiful place
Then I’d come back you and all our friends
and we’d live forever in a state of grace
And I said you’re a dreamer and I hope you’ll always be
The hardest part is believing when you’re out there running free

from Sleepytown
No open eyes to meet tonight
here in Sleepytown
But if you listen close you’ll hear the city far away

We walk these silent streets
you search for signs of life impatiently
I know one day you’ll want to leave
Your widened eyes
Your wandering feet
Your sense of curiosity
I hope you’ll never forget me

I just want somebody to share this reverie
The sandman’s done his job here but he isn’t fooling me

Sleepytown…
no open eyes to meet tonight
here in Sleepytown
but if you listen you can hear the city far away
No open eyes to meet tonight
if you listen close you can hear the city
No open eyes to meet tonight
But if you listen close you’ll hear….

SO DYSTOPIAN

It’s true, it feels so dystopian with you
You confuse
If you could cut the ties that bind me to this gloom
you’d refuse

Is it any way to spend the day not knowing what to do?
Is it any way to pass the time alone and feeling blue?

It’s true, it feels so dystopian with you
You confuse
If you could cut the ties that bind me to this gloom
you’d refuse

Imaginary terror, my commentary;
fear of my intuition of you

A MODERN LIFE

Messages flying into view with a mind designed to capture you
Gadgets that send our words into space, spoken broken then interlaced
Strength of will not to split in two, information stagnating in a mental queue
Recreational knockoffs of the original toys that we used to love

These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh
These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh
These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh
These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh

Wars hidden behind mirrors and smoke, too expensive to fix so discard when broke
Laughing behind your poker face, the shortcuts are trampled in the human race
Strength of will not to fall apart, trust mistakenly placed in the human heart
Slipshod reproductions cast of the original ones that were built to last

These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh
These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh
These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh
These are the things inspired by a modern life, oh oh oh

And we don’t think much about it
We’re all so stuck in our own heads
We’ve lowered the stakes and raised our bets
Monkey see and monkey gets

These are the details of a modern life
These are the travails of a modern life
These are things required by a modern life
These are things inspired by a modern life

Isn’t everything just automatic? Why can’t everything be automatic

And we don’t think much about it
We’re all so stuck in our own heads
We’ve lowered the stakes and raised our bets
Monkey see and monkey gets

We don’t think about it now, we don’t think about it

UNDERWATER BREATHING

I’ve learned not to hold my breath
I take my lessons from the best
in the grave is when I’ll rest
Taking secrets not confessed
Am I lucky to be here?
deconstructing cavalier
If I don’t move then it stays clear
you made forever disappear

I couldn’t hold you but I would have told you
This boat was rockin’, before I came knockin’
but did I even reach you?
did I even reach you?

Slip through my fingers and run like the water
you’re flooding over the broken levees
clean up this mess now, you’ve got me undressed now
it’s rising around me, it’s getting heavy
I can’t be the only one, can’t feel so lonely
I had your back now I see you leaving
Suspended in motion, arrested progression
I will remain underwater breathing

then on the other hand there’s you
casual, our rendezvouz
so distracting yes it’s true
like a habit, right on cue

I couldn’t steal, but I saw the real
person in side of, a character I loved
but did I really read you?
did I really read you?

I try to stay within my depth
not to doubt or second guess
careful never to invest
in deals where I come out with less
the minor details you don’t see
become the major things I feel
despite our similarities
we’re playing in two different keys

VENTRILOQUIST

When the curtain opens all you see is the spotlight
And if it weren’t there you wouldn’t feel right
Everyone hears his voice as your lips stay still
It’s hard to believe his every move is at your will

Why, why, why can’t you just let go
His life is not for you to control
And why, why, why don’t you just let go
His life is not for you to hold

Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do
Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah)
Ventriloquist, you’re in full control and now
Can not resist

It has taken ages for you to perfect your craft
And ages it’s been since you’ve both laughed
You look to the crowd and wait for applause
Their cheering provides your enabling clause

Why, why, why can’t you just let go
His life is not for you to control
And why, why, why don’t you just let go
His life is not for you to hold

Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do
Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah)
Ventriloquist, you’re in full control and now
Can not resist  (he’s wrapped around your finger)

Now the curtain closes on the final act
Until the next show, you’ve got him neatly packed

Why, why, why can’t you just let go
His life is not for you to control
And why, why, why don’t you just let go
His life is not for you to hold

Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do
Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah)
Ventriloquist, you’re in full control and now
Can not resist  (he’s wrapped around your finger)

He’s got his heart on his sleeve
You’ve got your hand in his mouth
He’s put his life in your hands
You’ve got it heading south
you think it’s better this way
he’s scared of what you might do
you tell him just what to say
he feels like he’s see-through

STRANGE SEASON

Through an open window one day flew out
And another blew right in
It was the most surreal thing
When morning broke we awoke
To collective horror, we had all switched beds
The internet accessed our heads

And we all know how we ended up here
But the pathway out is not so clear
Listen when I tell you dear

It’s a strange season, it’s a strange season…
It’s a strange season, it’s a strange season…

If someone was watching us just imagine how embarrassing that might be
Amusing as it may seem at first
The audience, the suspense
Cameras, action, light and feigned reality
As happy as we’ll ever be

All I need is you to pull me through
we will come back better than before
All I need is you to hold onto
And I will never want anything more