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God of Malfunction

by The Contrast

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1.
I tried to see you in the playback I froze the frame & then I lost track there’s something here but it isn’t clear at all & you were laughing on the telephone I wonder why you’re so disaster prone it make’s no sense & you don’t know when we hit the town the light’s all blew you’re charged with static I thought you knew about your strange fascination with dark frustration getting lost in the station with the underground ghosts I tried to catch you in the cellar bar you move so fast you are a shooting star you’re spinning through the subway like a flashing light you’re so alive with crazy energy I want to see the stuff that you can see
2.
my world is in this blue suitcase I know my name but I woke up with the wrong face & I’m in the wrong place tonight I’m spinning my life like a silver coin & everything fits but you can still see the joins & the radio changed my life tonight we are strange & getting stranger we won’t change we’ll screw the danger coming back to life we’ll have such a crazy time standing way up high against the stars & you are brighter than the sun & moon & distant cars I really hope this moment lasts & you stay safe but you always move so fast & you always get screwed up & blasted we’ll be driving the whole day the bright horizon’s blurring in the thick heat haze and we are thinking faster & faster
3.
Take me apart Find out how I work Unscrew my head Write down every quirk I need to know Do I run like clockwork Did I strip a gear today And where is my heart Take me apart Tell me what I am Take me apart Tell me what I feel Run a full scan Tell me if I’m real I need to see If I am electric How the hell do I stay charged And who’s in control Take me apart tell me what I am I’ve had a strange feeling for a long time Every time I speak I find I know my lines Can I be downloaded like a warning sign How much am I missing am I an unsound design Take me apart Tell me what I am Take me apart There’s gotta be a scam I’m wondering Am I made of paper can you copy me with a laser Like a piece of clip-art Take me apart tell me what I am
4.
Try to think back And please shut up What were you doing With that paper cup Didn’t you know that I am an alien I am not like you Didn’t you know that I am an alien You didn’t think it through And everything is turning round We won’t be the same Didn’t you know that I am a alien You lost your perspective Now you’re flat You don’t look too clever And you’re getting fat I’m ready for anything ready for you I don’t give a damn about what you do You’re negative pictures have lost their frame And we will never ever be the same You can’t see me ‘cause I’m not here I am an alien Can’t you get it clear
5.
03:08
I lost my head but now I see I was always out of my tree And the outcome is no mystery She’s gone forever I think she caught the midnight train She’s not gonna be around here again And that is such a god-damn pain She’s gone forever What I said I can’t take back She’s spinning away on an unknown track And I can’t make the sense I lack She’s gone forever I saw her face in my red wine Maybe that was a special sign I better get my thoughts in line And stop this drinking I should have seen the warning signs What the hell was I thinking Maybe she knew me too well She could see I was sinking
6.
the god of malfunction is here just out of sight the god of malfunction is stopping me from making things right the god of malfunction hits me with a microwave and I cannot function I can’t hit save the god of malfunction is always in the way the god of malfunction’s running the government no one knows what he looks like he could even be the president the god of malfunction is always drunk if we don’t take some action we’re all gonna be sunk the god of malfunction is coming down the telephone line the god of malfunction is a gibbering wreck we’ll all be the same way if we ever forget the god of malfunction fluffs his lines he says it’s deliberate it’s a supernatural sign the god of malfunction is coming down the telephone line
7.
I’m still here Exploding love out to the blue screen Firing on four into the sunset And I wish you were here to see this happening And you look so good but What do you remember Flinging open all the doors in our adventure Running backwards through the rewind through the stars All the burning pictures All the dummys singing with us In splintered good luck charms and fast cars And where are you You are the most beautiful devil Photo-flash-frame halos spin round you You’ve got a dream but you can’t find it And you look so fine but…
8.
Someone tapped me on the shoulder They said that they know where I live I was feeling fast and shaky I know it’s harder to forgive I don’t have a problem I don’t have a problem Things are getting better than they seem I left town in a burning car My head was safe in a smoked glass jar If I ever make the bar I know that I won’t start to scar Over by the monument Out by the desert track I held you tight for hours But I know we can’t go back The sound of smashing windows woke me This is not some horror movie I hope things are better than they seem
9.
She’s the sun and she’s the moon I think she’s gonna be here soon in person She turns my whole world upside down She isn’t even human I am certain She’s shining ultraviolet light She says she’s right but I know She’s a disaster Her words are charged with hidden games Her make-up’s going up in flames right now Her dreams are in a plastic box She’s got some keys but there is no locks to open I will tell the truth at last She’s in my head from my distant past and future She’s better than I’ll ever be I don’t know how to set her free And she doesn’t either She’s slurring all her words again She says she’d love to be here But she’s a disaster She’s flying over central park I hope some time soon She will remember
10.
I’ve got a blind spot down Here in my negative distraction It’s a bad idea And I know I can’t stop this transaction Feels like I was wrong In the light of day I heard you say Feels like I was wrong in every way I’ve got a big chrome star And I know that it doesn’t mean anything I’ve been away This town is a projection Feels like I was wrong In the light of day I heard you say Feels like I was wrong I thought you were strong I thought you knew everything I thought you were strong I thought that I heard you sing I stole another day Now it’s looking like we can get out of this I’m so happy I can’t stop shaking around
11.
04:33
I lost my way and the morning never comes I’m turning away got so much energy it hums I lost my way this hotel’s got a million rooms what can I say can’t keep a thought look where it zooms I lost my way I lost… my mind keeps changing it’s shaking apart my attention is breaking it’s a sinister art there’s a reason we’re in here but how did it start everything’s unexpected I lost my way through the door is another door I lost my face & I haven’t been keeping the score I lost my camera I had this whole mad thing on film I lost my way & I won’t be back today I lost my way everything’s unexpected
12.
I could be round I could be square I could be blue And made out of air There’s a good question You never ask about And where’s the betrayal It’s a false admission Badly written fiction A faulty mission But I won’t turn around I could be mad I could be dumb And what about you And what you’ve become I can’t believe What you have said out loud What you’ve become The light’s are bright And all my paranoia is the star of the show And you are in the shadows Clutching wires and tapes I will not let go And you were never how you seemed to be I can’t believe what you said

credits

released April 13, 2010

David Reid: lead vocals & guitars
Richard Mackman: bass & backing vocals
Kieran Wade: rhythm guitars, backing vocals & keyboards
Thorin Dixon: drums & percussion

Andy Hawkins: pianos/organs/backing vocals

Produced by Andy Hawkins & The Contrast
Executive Producer: Steven Van Zandt

All songs written by David Reid
Arranged by The Contrast with Andy Hawkins
Additional arrangements by Steven Van Zandt

Engineered and mixed by Andy Hawkins
Recorded by Cottage Road Studios, Leeds
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering, NYC

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