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there is no history there is no tomorrow there is only now and what we want and what we say we are there is only how we feel and what we need and what we have to hand right now don't need to know your name to know you're next in line fire up your torches boys I've found our new Frankenstein won't bother reading the charges you're guilty anyhow you'll come to love the dull embrace of the perpetual now we've got our blades in hand let's break out that Glasgow smile it's the least we can do to let you groan for a while then you'll pick up arms and join us in our virtuous vow there's nothing but the dull embrace of the perpetual now I like this new regalia do you think it suits me well what an awesome sight to see our army marching to Hell all is permitted but not forgotten we can use it somehow we've weaponized the dull embrace of the perpetual now have you forgotten how you treated me that one distant time now every slight and mistake becomes a federal crime you best burn all of your books and wipe your memory somehow resign yourself into the smog of the perpetual now definitions are suggestions up and down are just illusion all your words defined as violence all my violence is peformance every grudge a new beginning and they're growing in size you're so besotted with your power that you don't realize that all the guns are turning, pointing at your own sweating brow they've come to master all the rules of the perpetual now “how'd I end up in here I was your friend” he wailed well that was yesterday I'm afraid that warship has sailed a gruesome parody of all the things you said were allowed we've come to love the dull embrace of the perpetual now definitions are suggestions up and down are just illusions your very being is a construct every law is just a guideline every man a firing squad all the torpedos circle back around form a circle in the village square
when the day has ended and the night has drawn its shadows and you're tossing restless teased by all your indiscretions lazy lights aglowing in a haze of stolen whiskey deep within the fog you spy a silent angry ghost your sins are stacked and waiting and the past another country the lonely winds are blowing through the gaps around the door wound within the horsehair a forgotten gold medallion a past you may have thrown away or lost who can remember anymore no one else is waiting at your door now the past is over all those years of trying led you to another failure time your only jailer the burning rays of daylight and another stretch of desert dodging death and insects and your own misgotten lore the orange sands are shifting to reveal your broken ruins laughing hieroglyphics and a wedding dress of stone they say the truth is out there if by out there you mean heaven when they say you're lying tell them “only in the gutter” a broken arm is reaching out for another empty bottle knock into the altar and sweep all the unlit candles to the floor now the ghosts are kicking down the door the past is never over more waiting and complaining and what for now the ghosts are tearing up the floor what's the use in running anymore
I'm glad he died I'm glad he died I'm sure you remember when he told that joke that had us mortified Thank God she's gone Thank God she's gone I shall not associate with people of her background from now on If I ball my fists up and I thrust my arms out straight from side to side And I whip them both around like helicopter rotors wild and wide And I twist my body at the waist like I'm a giant wrist Connected to a giant fist If you get hit It's not my fault Here comes a thread 1/ Here comes a thread 2/ All you silly backward little people better get it thru your head I've come to know I've learned to grow All those things I used to think that you still think are dumb and have to go If I ball my fists up and I thrust my arms out straight from side to side And I whip them both around like helicopter rotors wild and wide If I twist my body at the waist like I'm a giant wrist Connected to a giant fist And you get hit It's not my fault #whathavewelearned #whathavewelearned I don't like thing I don't like thing Thus and so you must stop your enjoyment of these very nasty things Where are you now what when and how What do you mean you made plans when I made plans your plans are not allowed If I ball my fists up and I thrust my arms out straight from side to side And I whip them both around like helicopter rotors wild and wide And I twist my body at the waist like I'm a giant wrist Connected to a giant fist And you get hit It's not my fault where did everybody go
New leather raincoat theft is a bargain lace up my boots and I'll march for a mile I am a good man my cause is a just one pull up a bucket I'll preach for a while I'll have the answers before you have questions Don't question my answers just give me a smile I'm made of kerosene, guilt and catastrophe I am a weapon for all I believe and belief is divine I move like astroglide nasty and terrified Up and away and away and away I am slicing through time It's all so simple now I can see everything Don't say my name Not a name No You've been searching Well I have solutions certain and trembling and cold as the dead What's that you're saying I can't really hear you over these voices that cough in my head Rainbows in ashes and knives in the gutter My cause is a just one and one step ahead Don't take that tone with me I'm the hall monitor I am the man and the man is a man who is quick to upset Shut up when you talk to me silence your heresy We've your best interests at heart Don't let's start what was that was that a threat Do you know who I am Don't you know who I am Who do you know Do you know No Don't pray Down on your knees and don't pray Don't pray Hands on your knees and don't pray I am a superstar I am the commissar I've got a list and you're on it and so are your family and friends I'll tell you who you are I'll tell you what you are I'll tell you what your words mean til they change and they'll change til the end Isn't this fun to do isn't this fun for you isn't this fun Hey get up Hey Don't pray Hands on your knees and don't pray Don't pray Heads to the wall and don't pray
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Glenn Miller went down in the ocean Somewhere between England and France We took down the bunting and banners And cancelled the band for the dance The movie show is smoking in ruins And the library went up in flames There's nothing to eat But moss, stones and peat And we've only ourselves for the blame You can't read a book or a comic Or kick back and cheer at a game There are no more lighthearted farces And every damn movie's the same The songs are composed by committee They hate everything that you are There isn't much call For escapism now Everything's timid and hard oooooo just wanted to get away They're using their stories as weapons And all of the jokes are attacks So on one turns on the TV anymore And unsold books pile up in stacks While artists conduct inquisitions And burn all the witches at proms We toss veggies and meats And tear up our seats Using our cushions as bombs oooooo just wanted to get away
I bet Shakespeare was a player He had his pick of all the chorus boys This used to be my town I used to get around Now I'm stuck here between these windowless walls While all those bastards are denying it all Stop acting so offended This didn't start with me The casting couch bit is older than time They knew the routine They were standing in line Baby take a number You're not my only customer You wanna make a movie I bet you have a screenplay Everyone comes to this town with a dream That the cheers and applause will drown out all the screams You wanna be a pop star I'll introduce you to some people I loved you in that one thing Now let's see you dressed in nothing Don't you dare pretend this is your first rodeo Reliable sources say you're ready to go This is how business is done dear You knew that when you came here These streets are made of mayhem The roads are paved with failures Used to have a table with my name on a plaque Til they rolled me like a drunk and knifed me in the back No one will remember this No one really cares A hundred years on they'll remember my name My work is immortal It'll outlast my shame You’re nothing but a footnote Art lives on forever Don't push me I'll start talking Piss me off and I'll start naming names And now they're all acting like they hadn't a clue Don't let them fool you baby everyone knew You know Chaplin was a player He had his way with all the chorus girls
you can pray if you want to cry all day if you want to I don't really care you're not going anywhere you can fight if you want to scream all night if you want to but no one can hear you're not getting out of here fear the house of love warm and easy comin on down fear the house of love hand of iron in a velvet glove oh we're not letting you go oh I'm not letting them know fear the house of love we've been learning for a hundred years fear the house of love the night of reckoning is coming near oh and there's nowhere to go I wanna know where you're going everyone here is knowing what you'd rather they not know you're not the only one here, you know slow down I'm not playing you gonna have to be paying for the rest of your days how did you think this was gonna play fear the house of love big and roomy stronger than time fear the house of love keep on trying I got all night oh we're not letting you go oh there's nowhere to go fear the house of love we are the government and we own the cops fear the house of love the fire is started and it's never gonna stop oh get ready to go oh it's ready to blow fear the house of love coming through the windows and up through the floor fear the house of love climbing up the walls and blocking all the doors oh there's nowhere to go oh decided ages ago
When I was barely in my twenties I learned a valuable lesson from a handsome tender man who must have been at least twice my age It was a magical weekend I'll always treasure those memories Yes I know you're not supposed to say that out loud nowadays So now I pay it forward and I pass these secrets on to you And you have no idea the nasty things that this old broad can do I can be your fantasy or be your cold reality Did you hear what I told you Can you stop messing with the radio I've learned Victoria's secret And the uproarious secret is that girls of your generation don't know how to strut their stuff A little light conversation, then a trip to the bedroom I am trying to seduce you are my signals not enough You are aware I want you for body not your intellect I don't really care about your bullshit from the internet Keep your mouth shut when you're not between my knees you idiot You're ruining everything No I don't want to debate you Say could you leave in the morning Better yet this evening I would hate to have the neighbors realize what I have done Well I'm sure that I'm sorry You were the one who came to soon You say you're disappointed well you're not the only one wait I'm sorry I said that can we keep it between us maybe something between us was there a spark or was just me Can you put your phone away while I'm showing off my lingerie did I mention I'm flexible did I mention the pilates Put down the phone I'm standing right here Jet fuel false flag fear Washington Seth Rich ancient aliens NSA Flouride in the water gonna turn frogs gay Military Industrial complex
I never really tried I don't know how to cheat And I'm not sure how to hide I am a clumsy man Eager and untried I'd like to prove I am completely qualified And so I have come to ask Teach me how to lie I promise not to look you in the eye I know it will be hard I'm grateful for the pain I am low in your regard But I will not complain I get the hint, I understand, you disapprove I'll take your notes to heart I promise to improve and so I see why you're the guy Can teach me how to lie And now my confidence is high Can't stand the selfies that I'm getting on this phone Maybe it's the size But I barely recognize My own face when I am taking pictures all alone People used to think it sad when you had to take your own damn photo Now it's so convenient we don't need to have a friend Other than the chaps On our social apps We can pick and choose the folks we want to entertain Curating interactions Like a whispering campaign Each smile a new transaction And each shrug a daisy chain And each calculated silence Is like a glimpse of violence and I Am growing confident I'm feeling more secure I am firm in my belief But of what I'm not quite sure Best watch your back for I am slowly gaining speed The real me in the rear view mirror rapidly recedes a ha – I think I'm catching on Is this the way to lie I caught that look of worry in your eye And so it's come to this I'd like to shake your hand (gotta say you made a perfect teacher (really got me feeling like a beautiful creature now) Wish I had time to reminisce But my day is strictly planned (may I say you've been an awesome pupil (really quite impressed how you threw all your scruples out) It's such a shame to toss you underneath the bus But the world has changed so quickly you're no longer one of us In our world where lies are truth And accidents are crimes And all your past mistakes are dragged out in the sun and left to die


A suite on modern times. Malignant narcissism, social media, virtual mobs, memes and madness. It's a wonderful world. Also, none of these songs are about you. Nope. Not a one.


released September 9, 2018

words and music by Frank Cwiklik

recorded and edited using Reaper and Adobe Audition at DMTheatrics Laboratories, Brooklyn

virtual instruments used include UJAM Virtual Guitar and East/West Play series

samples, loops, and instruments sourced from PG Music, Native Instruments, Big Fish Audio, Loop Loft, Prime Loops, and the East/West virtual instrument library

mixed and mastered in Adobe Audition, using Waves and Izotope plugins

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