It Can't Happen Here

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released September 1, 2016

Lyrics by Elena Kalinina and Jessica Winter
Music by Elena Kalinina, Jessica Winter, and Tyler Rodkey

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Track Name: Zeitnot
Humanity can kill itself with the push of a button
In the calculus of human life your life is just a pebble
You cannot survive this

Zeitnot
Zeitnot
Zeitnot
Zeitnot

I can't stand it
Feels like civil death
What myth would it take
to make this pass
I can't stand it
You're so warmblooded now
Don't get me wrong i'm getting used to it
Used to love
Love and words of love
Love and words of love
Love and words of love
Love and signals of love

But of course i knew all along
In the back of all my thought
Always had that feeling
Just a mammal, so alone

ZEITNOT
ZEITNOT
ZEITNOT
ZEITNOT

The kingdom of god is within you
The end of days too
The image of god decaying rapid
Preying on a dying planet
Eat the children to feed the children
No one is guilty no one is innocent
Track Name: Ghosts
Existing in the shadows between
Too hard to connect, too codependent
You only feel peace when everyone is asleep
Existing in the shadows between

I don't want to die but I don't know how to live
I've got all the pieces but I can't make them fit
Work another job til you're unemployed again
and the rent costs extras cos you never pay on time
Feeling the shame from your sleep cycles
You're never awake when anybody wants you too
You're never awake to see anybody else
It's too hard to wake up and acknowledge another day

Existing in the shadows between
Too hard to connect, too codependent
You only feel peace when everyone is asleep
Existing in the shadows between
Track Name: Protect and Survive
Fold it up and do it again
Repeat repeat and serve your fellow man
Take orders and follow them through
Don't ask questions you'll do it for money

Universal truth
Real phenomenon
Spreading progressively
You cannot remain immune

Fold it up and do it again
Repeat repeat and serve your fellow man
Take orders and follow them through
Don't ask questions you'll do it for money

Armageddon
Delays itself
We pick our own truths
Until that day comes

Fold it up and do it again
Repeat repeat and serve your fellow man
Take orders and follow them through
Don't ask questions you'll do it for money
Track Name: Exits
I choose my days
Never mind the consequences
Oh what a waste
I can't keep up with my own changes

So many things
Will inhabit our bodies
So many fears
Will wake us up to bind us

I can't sleep in my room
It reminds me too much of you
I cannot touch my books
I'm just waiting to fall through the cracks in the world
You are so thoughtful
That makes you dangerous
I'm trying to understand why I stay
We get addicted to anything

I'm smoking the same cigarette
Over and over again
False cigarettes, false burns on false arms
Please send help

You built these walls
But there's no meaning
Behind the map
Lost in sharp living

I really want to know
I really want to learn
I'm just sitting here
Trying to understand before i go

I can't sleep in my room
It reminds me too much of you
I cannot touch my books
I'm just waiting to fall through the cracks in the world
You are so thoughtful
That makes you dangerous
I'm trying to understand why i stood
and watched the drowning save themselves
Track Name: Splitting the Differences
I have so many voices
They are the parts of me
It's too hard to keep track of
Which voice does the talking anymore
And so everyone will have these voices
That they don't want to hear
They'll keep on talking without listening
Too tired to talk back
Just acknowledge and move on
I am exhausted by the effort it takes to sleep

Don't forget you deserve this so
Don't forget you deserve this so
Don't forget you deserve this so
Don't forget you deserve this so
Know that the web that gives us life
Traps us for the spider
and oxygen burns us from the inside

Time lost it's meaning too long ago
Stuck in a moment with too many faces
Breathe in consuming life
Breathe out expel your death
Emotional retreat
I can't tell if I am sad these days
Count down the countless moments
Count down till there's none left to give
Count down the countless moments
Count down till there's none left to give anymore
Track Name: Noise and Sorrow
Living in daytight compartments
No one will see your weakness
You are the material from which you build

There are consequences to living
To grasping at strangers' affection
The days can't go slower that side of the end

The sky is too big, can't contain it
Fate from an open void
The only future worth speaking of is present

When one is starved, the plainest meal is full of flavor
Faith, being sure, thinking - it's all relative
God and the Devil are just the world's bastards pulling together

I pull myself into existence
Through things that I have neglected
Severed by time, bound by action
No way to escape it

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The same gestures of trust
Always in the same circumstances
Across a thousand different backgrounds
From a million points of reference
Your intensity's just one variable

Don't tell me, tell it to yourself!

Just because I am today
Won't mean I'll be the same tomorrow
Most of life is noise and sorrow
Yeah, most of life is noise and sorrow

There is no next plateau, is there?
Just matter to grind up
Your language dissects me
And maybe that's right...
Track Name: Projections
Take a walk away from yourself
Look away and see someone else
Our bodies transmit static
Minds cannot hold the clarity

Take twelve steps back from the program
The scripts we've been given
and the ones we wrote ourselves
are tearing out each other's pages
No one else can see this
all they see is what you've done

Take a walk away from yourself
Look away and see someone else
Our bodies transmit static
Minds cannot hold the clarity

You know that everything is wrong
Talking Heads will lie to you
whenever you want them to
Reality is what we make of it
No one else can see this
all they see is what you've done

Take a walk away from yourself
Look away and see someone else
Our bodies transmit static
Minds cannot hold the clarity
Track Name: Driving at You
A truth calms the breath and calmness is always more
useful than the other choice
But we're all so human we don't do what is useful
no matter what the price
We do what we think is right (for ourselves)
And then what we fear is right (despite ourselves)
Always the other half, always the other half

Now what can I do when I feel so threatened,
humiliated by your safety?
Until you write there's only blankness I can't live on
Derealize what you do most, let language flow

Ostalas' tol'ko ya, ostalas' tol'ko ty
No vot opyat oni - glaza, steklo, ogni!
Zachem opyat oni oni oni oni...

Ostalsya tol'ko den', ostalas' tol'ko noch
I lish' zhelaniye tebe pomoch
Ostalas' lish postel, ostalas' lish eda

Up against yourself,
you're up against yourself
Up against yourself
This inner peace is murdering you
This inner peace is murdering you
What good is consciousness if you can't hold your head up?
What good is consciousness if you can't hold your head up?
What good is freedom when you're conventional as money?
What good is freedom when you're conventional as money?

Always see yourself as obstacle, something to overcome
The joy of giving up on pride's too strong and too short term
To lead you anywhere good, like tearing off a scab
Too big to contain yourself, too hot and too harsh

We're beings living in nothing and everyone's perfection
Will play out traumas again and again and again and again
Trying to fill the void... fingers prying brain...

I never had it in me
You had me figured wrong
Someday we'll wind up right back where we belong
Track Name: Burning
Every layer of love is a labyrinth
Plants grow in light, animals move by darkness
And if I said all my thoughts I still wouldn't have the answers
I'm being caught up with by invasive changes

I can't protect you from yourself
No matter how much I love you
How can I convince you
The Fear is worse than the Fall?

You don't wanna go there and I don't wanna take you there
You don't wanna go there and I don't wanna take you there
But I'm crashing, I'm crashing
and I don't want you in my flames
BURNING
BURNING

Learn to appreciate, even worship anguish
Trade quiet pessimistic faith for prophecies of plague
Muddle up revelation and imagination
Everything will be redacted in the end

What do I do when I already know the answer?
Ungrudging tenant with notebooks of vendettas
This is, this is the age of the senses
We've got a medium, now let's praise it
Find our unifying symbol and erase it

You don't wanna go there and I don't wanna take you there
You don't wanna go there and I don't wanna take you there
But I'm crashing, I'm crashing
and I don't want you in my flames
BURNING
BURNING

Reality writes words
Words rewrite reality
A running machine adjusting itself
And we all secretly know where it's heading
I take on this hollowness gladly
Track Name: Horizon Lights
I am the obstacle
to a sense of understanding
I stare into screens
so that my mind's not inside of my head
Everything's falling to pieces and
I don't know if it's me or everyone
in orbit around the drain
What forces are keeping me in place?

Nothing outside my window
Just a red brick facade of my neighbors
So perfect
So together
There is nothing to compare
Bowing your head to reason
is praying to your god
To a sense of understanding
I am the obstacle

And I don't know who is me
Can you tell me who I've been
Just tell me what you see
and I promise that I'll listen
Track Name: It Can't Happen Here
Fascist waves are crashing
And I don't wanna be carried away
Lies are more believable when
The truth conflicts with our faith

Trust in a wartime economy
To create a better peace
Believe in production, believe in progress
And always be moving forward, forward

Liberal crisis of conscience won't save us
Understanding won't make a dent

Where do acts of kindness end
And where do acts of war begin?

A traitor in every home
All terrors accounted for
Peace on earth, our peace
Your uneasy skies

The extreme connotes a threat
And all the past is suspect
What are the things that we used to remember?
What sense did it make? What coherence?

We may not always agree
But we admire your efficiency
Track Name: Postscript
Waking from dreams you wake into dreams,
dreams of gold and smoke
Shining bring in the night
and obscured by morning light
You cycle in your cycles,
tear away the flesh and remove imperfection
Deviation strikes you
like a nerve exposed in the wind

What's going on inside of my head,
I don't know what I should feeling instead
Nothing feels right, feels synergetic
or compatible with another's dream
Nothing started is nothing new
Just keep going and keep the status quo
No beginnings no endings
another chapter in the same serial

Losing yourself
Losing yourself
to the expectations

Losing yourself
Losing yourself
to another reality