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Defunct Devices

by Pagan Wanderer Lu

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Defunct devices A promise we can’t keep Defunct devices Piled up high, sold cheap Teaching silicon to sing Always wanting to win Working out at the gym And getting thrown in the bin There’s a place for us Where we’ll turn to rust VHS / Betamax Swapping Pavement for podcasts Holding on to the past And hoping that there’s a place for us Where we can go rust Defunct devices A promise we can’t keep Defunct devices Piled up high, sold cheap Shooting cars at the moon Always trying to cut through Selling links to cartoons European Monsoon There’s a place for us Where we’ll turn to rust Telegram / Telecast Chopping and changing so fast How could this ever last? Here’s hoping that there’s a place for us Where we can go rust
2.
I don't know much about the complex web of interconnected forces that affect our lives And I don't know how To connect the dots Tween the things I've learned When I need to decide I don't know much about macroeconomics Maybe I should read a book about about it? IDK much about quantum mechanics? Maybe I shouldn't even think about it? Maybe I shouldn't be Heard or seen Like the queen Until I read Every book in the lib-ra-ry? Or maybe not Maybe there's another option? Maybe maybe maybe maybe Maybe I should embrace Dunning-Kruger effects Just to get things done? Maybe I should embrace Dunning-Kruger effects? Like I'm 21 Maybe etc Just to get things done? Maybe etc Like a politician I don't know much About the price of fish Or a pint of milk Or how to cheat death Or how to lose weight By only eating kale But everybody else just seems SO CERTAIN IDK much about Microfluidics Maybe I should ask a friend about it? Sometimes wonder if I might be a Marxist Maybe I shouldn't make a fuss about it?
3.
Bug Hotel 02:58
Nature is amazing but it’s no match for you and me We try We tweak but What if it’s already too late? With scissors and cardboard and glue We will plant the seeds Of change In you but Then we still jump on an aeroplane When we grow up we’ll live In a bug hotel It’s a nice idea Save up karma in case It all gets much worse We can disappear Let’s pull up our roots And opt out in the country We’ll watch It burn but At least we can all say I told you so Or with heads in the sand We’ll put faith in technology Our fin gers crossed That one day we’ll still get to boldly go Friendly robots will give Us a helping hand It’s a nice idea Send off ark ships to space If we mess up earth We can disappear
4.
One Year Off 02:44
Work on yourself / Around the clock / Work on yourself Work on yourself / Behind the scenes / Work on yourself Solve mankind / (you know you can do it) / Solve mankind Solve mankind / Through sheer brain power / Solve mankind Change / A word in a sentence until Change / A word in a sentence until Change / A word in a sentence until The world changes too The world changes you One year off To get my head together One year off Of uninterrupted leisure And I’ll come back fighting I promise Working the room / you Cheshire cat charmer / Work that room Make them all pay / (you know you can do it) / Make ‘em pay Strange / A herd out for vengeance can kill Strange / A nerd with inventions and thrills Strange / Absurd unrepentant until The world changes too The world changes you
5.
Broken glass underfoot Impulse responses sounding good What’s that caught in the low dbs? Long lost voices on the breeze All we were All we made All we did The place we played Chinese wolves and cactus snakes Will leave their tracks Across the wastes Gone gone gone The world moves on From miners’ sons The world moves on Invisible hand Listed building You’re next You know you’re next Keep yr head down and stay true to the trail But don’t think that you’re not for sale Cenotaph alone survived the fire The village remembers every little life Zoning regs, the glorious dead Lest we forget, children go unfed All our friends All our games All our noise The place we played Billionaires and hedge fund snakes Will leave their tracks Across the wastes
6.
I come from the land of opportunity I can’t tell a cactus from a Christmas tree I don’t want to add to the cacophony Is there still a world for default men like me? The words I choose in emails are “too feminine” One more cause for stress on top of everything Have a cup of coffee before I login We fit it all in My opinions are tested My clauses are nested My cadences in-flected? To keep you interested As I go on and on and on and on and on Does that make sense? There’s a generation coming after me With feedback loops that amplify their empathy Exponential interconnectivity Maybe they just get all this instinctively? “Fighting” mass extinction sounds too masculine One more cause for stress on top of everything Get the words all perfect before we begin We fit it all in
7.
You won’t always be good at football Every atom in your body will be replaced Inside the red pill, another blue pill Every impulse in your neurons will go to waste One match is not the story that will make your life (Your life! Your life!) Our hadrons colliding Our T cells dividing We do much more than survive So you won’t always be good at football It’s no disgrace I double dare you to give up smoking An warning email from your future may come too soon Outside of context, without an index Every playback of your memories the tape is chewed Your match came from a story of who spared a light (a light! a light!) Our superpositions Our family traditions We do much more than survive I double dare you to stub that thing out On this balloon [guitar solo] One match is not the story that will make your life (Your life! Your life!) Our hadrons colliding Our T cells dividing We do much more than survive
8.
Little ones your world is shrinking Let no bean go uncounted Will we leave a place for you In the shade of the concrete mountains? We used To know no bounds All of nature waiting for you What we found For yooooooooooou In the world (in the world) In the world (in the world) Oh why in the world Do we build Why in the world Do we build Shit playgrounds? Little ones your world is crowded Still we know we can fit more cars in We will keep a place for you Locked up safe in the barbed wire garden Run free Before we drown All of nature waiting for you What we found For yooooooooooou
9.
Demon In Me 06:15
Babies Aren’t born broken But boys who get crushed by the big machine Want to be boys in blue and green Lately We’re not coping And our boys get called up to the war between Antivax gifs and Marxist memes I can bounce my boy child on my knee Inside our place keeping company Hide my smile underneath my teeth... But there’s a demon in me It’s hidden way down deep It whispers when I sleep There’s a demon in me Embraces My brave soldier Learning all the names of the dinosaurs Sand in your face on a distant shore Old faces On my shoulder Drunk on romance of the gone before Carved them in stone for ever more You can pile dead flesh on a barbecue Quaff down drinks underneath your roof Hide your skin underneath tattoos... But there’s a demon in you Sometimes its voice slips through You must believe it’s true There’s a demon in you Sing with one voice: “We’re the lost boys This well trod trail’s How we all fail We need new maps To find the new paths Still demons prey And lead us astray”
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In a room where nothing ever happens Life has become an unskippable cutscene Phase cancellation Of journey and destination Too many tabs in the browser of my brain Processed memories in crispy golden crumb Your dad getting screamed at by your mum I receive these scissors crossed And pass them to you uncrossed Riding on a goldfish in Spain Byddwch ofalus Memory palace Missed signals on the shores of Lake Garda Browsing singles in a german supermarket Deprivation of the senses Read only memories Shuffled slideshows of a lifetime’s mistakes Teacher teacher you are gone and in your grave I still have time to make some ripples on the waves After this continental drift Do my friends still exist? Or am I chatting with AIs and deep fakes? Byddwch ofalus Memory palace

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released January 16, 2023

written / played / recorded and mixed by Andy Regan
additional guitar and vocals on Bug Hotel by Spencer Segelov
mastered by Charlie Francis at Synergy Mastering
artwork by Piiixels.com

thanks: Spencer, Fran, Gareth, Mel, Liz, Kit, Caroline, Harri, Fitzy, Charlie, Ari, and Siân

for Emlyn

© 2022 Andrew Paul Regan

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