Twentyearzero

by Steven Tallendale

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released January 12, 2013

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Track Name: Twentyearzero
Life, angry and amazing
Always looking forward to the past
We bow our heads to the ground like cattle grazing
Fighting over the final piece of grass
It's a personal soap opera and I'm waiting for the break
The feeling is authentic but the spirit could be fake
They say believe in karma, that it's just give and take
But maybe evolution was the only big mistake

And you can break down and tell me I have to care
And you can fly around and tell me do not go there
And you can jump about but you cannot take up my time
And you can scream and shout but I will not join you in line
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough

The punchline hits as they smash into the bumper
We nervously laugh out loud with death implied
Do the things you read make you afraid of children
Can you see a feral beast behind their eyes
Well it's been going on so long I should be used to it by now
A for gone conclusion as we try to guess the when and how
You can place your bets when it fades to black,
will you be here to still collect
In a pre-written conversation that I have to interject

And you can break down and tell me I have to care
And you can fly around and tell me do not go there
And you can jump about but you cannot take up my time
And you can scream and shout but I will not join you in line
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough

Life' looking to the future
Search the super highway for old friends
With all these we see we say "no worries"
Conversation comfort in the end

And you can break down and tell me I have to care
And you can fly around and tell me do not go there
And you can jump about but you cannot take up my time
And you can scream and shout but I will not join you in line
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
because enough is enough
Track Name: Auto Nation
Cities built like circuits
with people counting numbers
spilling from one train into another
Trying to be perfect
without having to wonder
why their house looks like it's from Big Brother
and re-run entertainment
keeps us feeling complete
The engine of our lives keeps on revolving
approval and agreement
with talking heads on TV
the Masters pulling at our heart strings

When did we become spare parts
Afraid we might get left behind
Nuts and bolts instead of thoughts
Fill our sleepless mind
When did we become spare parts

New generations
learning what had happened
living out their lives in action replay
They memorize the pattern before
sprinting into battle
the Human race is always run in relays
They overthrow the leaders of a land that is not theirs
they face the new frontier with de ja vu

When did we become spare parts
little boxes that bleep and hiss
An engine that stops and starts
are there pieces that we missed
When did we become spare parts

Auto pilot empires
move like strange devices
ragged wheels and cogs all painted green
There's no hesitation
the talking box entices everyone to stay in their routine
Track Name: Young and happy
Power shoulders, fake smiles behind bullet proof glass
Teenage summers on a thousand channels to soothe
the threadbare winters
Famous people , TV, the crowds all creed and class
smile together so they can sell something to
towns that live in splinters
But everybody's young and happy
if you drink you are rich
Everybody's free the wars are over
there is no sales pitch
cos Everybody's young and happy

Words and music, reduced to slogans and soundbites
Filling the screen full up to the seems
with words that have no meaning
Evil intent pinstriped or hooded in the street
hiding behind a familiar disguise
a mind that's full of scheaming
But everybody's thoughts are posted online
if your alone you are bad
Everybody's free to do as they're told
Don't think and you'll do just fine
cos Everybody's young and happy

Sons and daughters march to a strangers command
in a place where teardrops fall like cracks in the dam
Where the songs we sing are made like computer read outs
We are free to kill each other on demand

Weather report, war zone, a pop stars latest perfume
Living the dream, eyes open yet asleep, in castles built on bullshit
cos Everybody's young and happy
Track Name: Don't let the bastards grind you down
You were not born to say sorry to the rest of the world
Drifting like a torn piece of paper faded and curled
The rules of engagement, the playing of the game,
where everyone is losing and common sense has gone down the drain

There is a place in your mind where no one can find you
away from the concrete of life, a place of your own,
where no one can trespass, no place for fools
who come from a land that's run by two sets of rules

Don't let the bastards grind you down
Put that bottle back on the shelf
No more running around like a dysfunctional clown
The system can go fuck itself

Do you feel outnumbered, confidence undone,
afraid like a fox in the hunt
We all got to step up and put on a front but there's a fine between being a fighter and being unkind

Don't let the bastards grind you down
Put that bottle back on the shelf
No more running around like a dysfunctional clown
The system can go fuck itself