Don't Quit Your Day Job

by Mutiny Mutiny

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released 12 November 2013

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Track Name: Stranded at the Drive-In
Our hearts
Beat two against three
We are extraordinary machines
Our part
In this menagerie
Restart
Burning hot and clean

This city
A situation
An abstract
Construct

Blank page
Cold and glowing white
Engage
The strength to incite
Riot
Against the dying light
We write
Our own rules tonight

This city
A situation
An abstract
Construct

This is a work in progress
Come in, excuse the mess
Get some paint on the canvas
Step back, we'll see what sticks
Get it together
Piece by piece
Lay it down
Brick by brick

Monuments erode away
And flowers bloom in the decay
No record permanent
Not terra or firmament
We keep spinning in the void
So tell me what
Tell me what you want
Tell me what you want to build
Track Name: Senseless Theater
No shots
As warning
Right out of the blue
Then fade to black

Shadows
Are swarming
How much more
Lunacy do we need?

Stand
Down
Haunted eyes can see through skin

Rise up
Don't write the ending...begin

I'm looking over my shoulder
I don't walk where the streetlights out
In this theater of the senseless
Reason gets displaced by doubt
I'm holding fast
Waiting for this racing heart to slow
Stay away from that window
It's not anyone that we know

Sorrow
Will find you,
Will own you
Will wear you down

Seek
Asylum
But rage already
Knows your name

Ask for
Immunity but the sickness spreads

Locked up
But we do the time instead
Track Name: Don't Quit Yr Day Job
I've heard the stories and I've seen the wringing hands
Out of touch, obsolete, bracing for the collapse
But it's not as dramatic as all of that
A long slow fade out to the last gasp

Don't quit your day job
Don't take the first bus out of here
Empty promises

Feet aching to dance
Voices straining to be heard
A scream in a quiet room

Blood pumping
Like pounding drums
Strumming chords like swinging fists

The need for escape
Is present and real
Souls begging for release

As the last door shuts
And the machines shudder to a halt
We'll be here
We'll remain
Track Name: Entitlement
We are the future like it or not (participate/in the race/no matter what/win first place)
We are consumers what do you got? (coddle me/fragile minds/enable me/all the time)
King technology's feudal state (networks down/plug me in/overload/try again)
A smiling face on every breakfast plate (gratified/instantly/don't tell me/wait and see)

We're gonna get what we deserve

We are perfect pieces of ass (pout your lips/strike a pose/new status/click upload)
Graduates at the top of our class (praise me for/just showing up/impossible/to have too much)
The most brilliant and clever by far(OMG/LOL/save me from/this living hell)
The new greatest generation is what we are (shining lights/beacons of hope/always behind/the velvet ropes)

We're gonna get what we deserve

Where's my gold star?
Where's my gold star?
An eggshell walk
Every time we talk

Special Mom says
Special Mom says
The bubble bursts
Plummet back to earth

Where's my gold star?
Where's my gold star?
The bubble bursts
Plummet back to earth
Track Name: (It's a) Chop Shop
It's a chop shop

The only way to exit is going piece by piece
Nervous wrecks of accidents fade in the rearview

Get your spare parts here
You don't have to pay
Bring your spare parts here
Here your parts will stay

Let's swallow bitter pills
Darkness brings a chill
Shaking hands gone still

We'll cut it up and break it down
We'll take your junk and recombine it
Secret stash, flush with cash
We'll let you know where you can find us
This message will self-destruct
So memorize your assignment
Underground, lost and found
Get on up if you want to get down

Break it up
Rip it up
Tear it up
Break
Track Name: Across the Wires
Short attention spans the gaps
Across the wires
I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight
Giving up on giving it a rest
Track Name: I've Swallowed Alphabets
Speak in code
Abstract reason
Our biology
Fractured strings
Broken ciphers
Map the translation

A word, a gesture
(Spell it out for me)
A phrase obscured
(In simple terms)
Patterns discovered
(Give me a sign)
I've swallowed alphabets

Nonsense mutations
(Lost in a haze)
Frame the absurd

In our blood, fortified
Our words are crooked ladders

Degenerate information
Start stop start start stop stop start stop
Track Name: Prime Numbers
This unending record
Bedlam strikes a chord
At odds with the transfer
Renders no reward

Round the remainder
Obsession is control
Loose ends a hidden danger
Down the rabbit hole

Prime numbers
Tug of war
Prime numbers

Embark when flawless
Twisted and uncertain
Shoulds are a solace
Faults are a burden

Prime numbers
Tug of war
Prime numbers

Balance and symmetry
Exactness comforting
Perfection just ahead
Dreamt of from this bed

Why start what you can't win
Ends first and then begins
Nothing if not the best
Errors aren't laid to rest

Two by two they enter
Even perfect lines
Strays far left from center
Just don't call me prime
Track Name: End Scene
Sore, tired eyes
In the morning sun
Cold Autumn air
A race to run
A bitter winter wind
A fever chill
Counting down the hours
time stands still

The seasons change
But the scene stays the same

Nerves are rattled
Jarring bones
The overhead buzz of electric wires
This window is my flat screen
Diamond raindrops cut the glass

I may bend
But I won't break
Track Name: Hand Over Fist
Take the high road
But don't look down
Your best foot forward
On shattered ground
Pull out the stops
But don't pass go
Walk the walk
Stand toe to toe

The writing is on the wall
We spring forward just to fall
Don't try to walk, learn to crawl
Details are the devil so small

A house divided
Cannot stand
Paint the town red
Blood on your hands
Back to square one
Start again
Begs the question
Where does it end

The writing's on the wall
We spring forward just to fall
Don't try to walk, learn to crawl
Details are the devil so small

Quit while you're ahead
We reap what we sow
The dark horse whispers
The things we don't know

The writing's on the wall
We spring forward just to fall
Don't try to walk, learn to crawl
Details are the devil so small
Track Name: Get Empty
Even in the shallow water it's sink or swim
Pull my fucking strings like I'm a violin
Vile in every way this situation we're in
Even in the shallow water it's sink or swim

Can't quiet or deny riots in my head
Uneasy every night as we surrender to bed
Better be a ghost if you walk with the dead
Can't quiet or deny it riots rulin my head

Keep pushing so much air, it's empty
Ask me if I care, I'm empty

Underfed-up never let up c'mon loosen your tongue
A ton of reasons for your anger come on just pick one
Wonder if there's really nothing new under the sun
Underfed-up never let up now loosen your tongue

Sweet torture never wrote your fucking name in the sky
Nothing better for your mettle than a stick in the eye
When the bell rings you either fight or you cry
Sweet torture never wrote your fucking name in the sky

Keep pushing so much air, it's empty
Ask me if I care, I'm empty
Platitudes everywhere, they're empty
Be a vessel, be aware, be empty

Tearing at the seams
Nothing in between
Attached to a dream

Let it go
Let it out
Shake it baby
Twist and shout

Let it go
Let it out
Weapon focused
Beyond doubt
Track Name: Rapture: Fail!
Hallowed be thy
Hollow claims
A kingdom of the mundane

The sacred
The profane
Walked between like drops of rain

Give to us
Our daily poverty
Suffocating slowly
Too little air to breathe

Petition the soul
To be sill and comply
I want to wake before I die
I want to wake before I die

Give to us
Our daily poverty
Lucidity the weapon
Sleep the enemy

Drink long
Drink deep
From this roaring stream

I'll see you when I see you
If I see you at all
There's no one there to carry us
We pick ourselves up
When we fall