A Chronicle of Wasted Time

by Balance Lost

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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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Track Name: Microwave Life
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
Track Name: Like Living in a Cage
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
Track Name: Highway Neutral (free download)
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?
Track Name: The Bureaucracy of Life
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
Track Name: A Chronicle of Wasted Time
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
Track Name: Elevator Men
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
Track Name: Global Unique
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
Track Name: Pulling Earlobes (耳耳モミモミ)
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?
Track Name: Fuwafuwafuton
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
Track Name: Step On It
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
Track Name: Bossed and Squashed with Balance Lost
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
Track Name: Emeff
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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