A Chronicle of Wasted Time

by Balance Lost

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1.
Our quality of life is higher than before I'm getting what I want in lethal doses The surgeon general says the things they advertise Can compromise your health and take years from you Adverts on TV, adverts in magazines Adverts on the news, adverts on your phone Adverts on billboards, adverts on your clothes Product placement here, give me one of those So I wait, I miss Lyon It goes around, around without me Nobody cares if I succeed But I must work hard, it gives me meaning I meant to do so much, I meant to do so much I meant to do so much, I meant to tell you With some magnetic waves it's hard to concentrate And every day there's new distractions A chronicle of wasted time Wasted time A chronicle of wasted time The lights are getting dim, the litter in the street The longest day in June cut short by rainfall I think of giving up, an Error32 Renewals almost due, I must continue And change whatever's broke, change whatever's broke And change whatever's broker, I still have some control While perfecting the art of single servings And driving at night, a microwave life A chronicle of wasted time Wasted time A chronicle of wasted time
2.
Last night the room I felt it sway I forget the things I say I think I'll stay in bed today Until I feel okay In the interest of staying sane I'll disconnect and disengage The subroutines remain the same Like living in a cage Like living in a cage Should I give up on trying to explain? I want to find another home Please stop the clocks when we're alone I've watched the cars all come and go The started fast but finished slow These signs will tell us where to go In circles round and round Periscopes and radar screens I can't forget the things I've seen The surface can appear serene But underneath I scream Underneath ice cream Should I give up on trying to explain? I want to find another home Please stop the clocks when we're alone
3.
We need fast lanes for people with fast cars So the underclass can be bypassed A subscription to live in your hometown When will you learn to get down and stay down? The pavements are clear but the roads are full I want more money but I am replaceable Another disease has gone viral For how long will the highway be neutral? I came here to negotiate I came here to make a deal If you don't agree the terms You could fall under the wheels Of the big machine As it navigates All the checks and balances I know how to oil the gears The pavements are clear but the roads are full I want more money but I am replaceable Another disease has gone viral For how long will the highway be neutral?
4.
Phosphorescent lights and stale air You don't have to tell me you care It's not money that makes you poor There's nothing clean to breathe any more Variously buried by the bureaucracy of life The conceit is incomplete until they've twisted in the knife Plain for all to see the wound is open wide But I'm only dying on the inside dying on the inside Red and weary eyes in the glass There's something lost in the past So much has changed since Agincourt There's no longer winners in war Variously buried by the bureaucracy of life The conceit is incomplete until they've twisted in the knife Plain for all to see the wound is open wide But I'm only dying on the inside
5.
Out of the shadows, into the sunlight Loosen your grip cos those days won't return As the sun goes down on your life You grew old but what did you learn? We want the same things Want the same things Want the same things To do this together Won't you come with me? Won't you come with me? Won't you go now? It won't last forever Days by the sea, days in the city Hold me down or I might float away Years of research, choosing your moment Years rushing past like cars on the motorway We want the same things Want the same things Want the same things To do this together Won't you come with me? Won't you come with me? Won't you go now? It won't last forever Out of the shadows, into the sunlight You grew up but what did you learn? You grew up but what did you learn?
6.
Everybody wants to be in Balance Lost They all want a piece of the skills we got Ice cold like the morning frost Sugar sweet like orange squash The world's uptight but I am not We'll keep it safe like Jose Chamot If you want to ride you must pay the cost Now you know why we're the boss
7.
Elevator Men 04:12
Sitting silently, waiting for a chance Hunter/gatherer in a deadly dance A nomadic tribe, distant traveller Looking for a home, hunter/gatherer Pursuing a thought on rational lines The philosopher opening your mind In the library question what you learn Searching for a key, the philosopher Since the world became industrialised Civil engineers focus and divide Engines driving on, grinding of the gears Power and the speed, civil engineers Going up and down, concrete, glass and steel Elevator men cut another deal Pay in cash and know what to wear and when International elevator men
8.
Climbing up the hill Leaning on the wind The signal has gone dead But I saw everything I've been alone some time Still it doesn't hurt keep waiting for the violence And the storm to turn Global unique Hear the masters speak To the slaves and the weak Be brave This leap is not impossible The code to the briefcase Never can be found You gripped it on the way Through the underground The wealth generation Secrets in the data Allocate a global unique identifier Global unique Hear the masters speak To the slaves and the weak Be brave This leap is not impossible
9.
Step On It 04:04
You don't always have to be right You don't always have to like what they do You don't always have to agree with each other But censorship isn't a path you want to go down There's nothing for you to learn in your safe space Your safe space, in your safe space There's nothing for you to learn in your safe space Your safe space, in your safe space Some bad things happened in the past Events of which nobody is proud But if you try to erase them In a matter of time they will come back around There's nowhere for you to go in your safe space Your safe space, in your safe space# There's nowhere for you to go in your safe space Your safe space, in your safe space
10.
This is a chronicle of wasted time I can't catch up, I've found it's pointless trying I was at Poplar Hospital when war broke out Treating casualties, dealing with black-outs I escaped to the army on April Fool's day 62nd Anti-Tank Regiment R.A. Which means Royal Artillery, but we were unequipped Wandering England uselessly, until a ship The Duchess of Bedford came to take me away Around the south cape, Durban and finally Bombay A short stay allocating jobs, which I traded To help civvies in Singapore get evacuated A fortnight passed and the island was quiet I had a Livens Projector which I never fired But the fire came, from small arms and bombs Burning the curtains, just as quickly it was gone Then silence... So there's silence, and I learned we had capitulated Sent to a camp, beside me was situated Major White, he'd been in a tight squeeze I hero-worshipped him and he was fluent in Japanese But he died in an air crash after the war's end To this day I still mourn the death of a friend But then I was sent to Taiwan on a cargo ship at sea Carrying sugar and ice all infected with dysentry I declined, Lt. Hollis died, I was in trouble When we made land I drank from a puddle Extreme thirst has the effect of destroying caution Despite all to visible signs of contamination Pellagra, diptheria, oedema, malaria dropping like flies from trivial hard labour Our captors were monsters, cursing the sun To us and each other, all except one I never learned his name but we called him Busty After two years of labour came a brief respite I learned to swim underwater, escaping the daylight Worms crawled up my throat, rats in the night I drank a whole bottle of morphine hydrochloride The seriously ill were taken away We never saw any of them again The floor was alive, mats crawling with fleas Unloading, our possession fell into the sea An act of charity from a man on a bicycle Colours my opinion of the millions of Chinese Set free finally by the Russian army Barter for meals and raiding the brewery Given demob. clothes to change my appearance Told not to complain about our experience Getting those years back has always been stressful Difficult, fruitless, but never successful
11.
Cirrus 04:41
12.
I'm waiting in the fading light Tell me when the time is right An hour walking in the rain A vacant face on the train Nibbled at my cracker snacks Sweetie, will you call me back? Television set on mute Looking in your eyes so cute Got a copy of my new cd With a scarf I bought in the street The comic books have all been sold Paris started getting cold I'll hold you til the alarm rings Could you maybe call in sick? You can't leave and I can't leave We're in too deep and the heavy breathing I'll rinse you down and I'll kiss you When the plane leaves town I will miss you Rolling around in Medway, but I can't stay Another board game, a wasted day The time I spent, it was fun but We won't get any younger
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Perlerorneq 04:01
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Emeff 03:18
Hey little fox Where is your tail? Are you lost? Where are your friends? Well, that depends on the definition (of friends) Simon isn't sure if he can chase you away any more So you can sit in the sun together Hey little fox Where did you go when you ran off? I want you to know We miss you

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released September 26, 2017

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Catchy guitar and synth pop with drum machines and samples. Currently residing in Kyoto, Japan.

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