By Choice or Design

by Anecdata

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Debut album for Anecdata (formerly known as Radio Over Moscow). Released May 1, 2016.

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released April 30, 2016

Written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Anecdata / D Satherley, 2015/16 at The Sunroom, west Auckland.

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BUT HER EMAILS... It's #TheResistance, but in semi-musical form.

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Track Name: We're Not in Love With Earth
what if the answer came
and we weren't ready?
what if the pizza's hot
but we're not hungry for the knowledge

of the new world
it's coming to us
it's going to be

believe in aliens
or gods who don't care
i know which i would pick
in truth or dare, but i have never

come across a
or come across b
open your eyes
and see how

we're not in love with earth
in fact it is the worst
planet we have been on
far from slice of heaven

i want to blow up the world
now

you can't do that
we still live here
well okay
i won't

they're not all romulans
nor are they vulcans
we aren't the federation
nor would we want to be the referee

of the stars
it's coming to us
it's going to be

believe in aliens
or gods who don't care
i know which i would pick
in truth or dare, but i have never

come across c
or come across d
open your eyes
and see how

we're not in love with earth
in fact it is the worst
planet we have been on
far from slice of heaven

i want to blow up the world
now

you can't do that
we still live here
well okay
i won't
Track Name: Silent Invasion
save myself, do not give up
crucifixion mailbomb
no sun without apathy
kamikaze a nun

silent invasion
silent invasion

set phasers to stun
and shoot to kill

courtesy implied above
tick the box and never run
no fun without misery
you can never outrun

silent invasion
silent invasion

set phasers to stun
and shoot to kill

underlying optimism
product of the Key regime
brighter future for everyone
gibberish for fun
Track Name: State of Mind
i won't have any fear
any fear of whatever may haunt me
i will shout out aloud
silence, the harbringer of an early death

anonymous times will soon be gone
forever and ever and ever and ever and never be gone
oblivious minds cannot hang on
forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and that carry-on

paranoid, here we go
i knew i couldn't get away from you
entertain, le coup de main
why do we play this neverending game?

anonymous times will soon be gone
forever and ever and ever and ever and never be gone
oblivious minds cannot hang on
forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and that carry-on

there is no love
there is no hope for me
there is no time
no time to turn would-be
into can-do
into will-do, it's true
there is no love

it's a state of mind
it's a state of mind
it's a state of mind
it's a state of mind
Track Name: EPZ
scatter-bomb the town, leave no corner
out of sight of it, logo is all
it's all we see
it's all we see in you
it's all we want now

and don't forget to lose it
and don't forget to lose your sanity
and don't forget to lose it
and don't forget to keep your vanity

foreign EPZ, it's slavery
nothing you and me
will ever see
up close
it's all we need from you

and don't forget to lose it
and don't forget to lose your sanity
and don't forget to lose it
and don't forget to keep your vanity

we have no idea
of what it takes to change
or what it means to be
this underpaid

we don't have a clue
just what we're meant to do
and it hurts our hearts
but our profits too

i want to be free
from this EPZ
it's slavery
and you know it
too well

repackage the world
as if i never died
resurrect the worst
excesses of Genghis Khan and friends

i want to be free
from this ABC
it's slavery
and you know it
too well
Track Name: Dead Dog Road
they're never gonna split us up
they're never gonna shut us down
they're never gonna tell us
the future that will kill us
they're never gonna shut us up

there's not a hope
there's a sign
there's not a chance

they're gonna split us up at all

we've got to get out of here
let's live down dead dog road
no junkies, not at all
we're getting stronger every day

there's nothing like wooden floors
two cats and summer sun
no hallway, not a door
we're getting stronger every day
stronger every day
old in every way
yes it's such a cliche

we've got to get out of here
let's live down dead dog road
no junkies, winos, whores
we're getting stronger every day

there's nothing like wooden floors
two cats and summer sun
no hallway, not a door
we're getting stronger every day
stronger every day
old in every way
yes it's such a cliche

dead dog
Track Name: Brand New Illusion
liverpool echo
it's all been done, it's all been done
brand new illusion
it seemed so new, it seemed so new when i was young

money gun theatre, it's wearing thin, it's wearing thin
all over again, you shot me once, but not again, it's not lightning

brand new illusion
same old confusion

brand new illusion
in spite of sight, i see again
all over again
it's all been done, it seemed so new when I was young

another mass shooting
it seems insane, collective fame
brand new illusion
it's all been done, it seemed so new when I was young

if you want an autograph
then just say so
if you want to shoot me dead
then you better go
Track Name: Still Seeking
i'm the secret terrorist
natural-born illusionist
everything they say is true
we control whatever you do

there's no need for violence
when you breed malevolence
in the silent majority
common knowledge monopoly

look at me
look at you
it seems
we're not so different

terrorist
masochist
ah hell
i might as well die

time alive, i've got too long
can it be, it all went wrong?
lost a lot but i've loved so few
am i young? well that's the rule, eh

charismatic until the end
aristocrats my only friends
in the silent majority
ever-present monotony

look at me
look at you
it seems
we're not so different

terrorist
masochist
ah hell
i might as well die

i'm not in love with you any more
i'm not in hate with you any more
Track Name: Meta
i'm gonna write a song
it'll be two minutes long
there will be just one guitar
a drum machine, and an organ part

if i find the right words they may just make this song
if i come across words in an order that hasn't been done yet

and it might have a bridge

it needs a second verse
with the same tune as the first
but a different set of words
and it doesn't really have to rhyme

if i find the right chord, it might just make this song
if i come across notes in an order that hasn't been done yet
this song might be as big as king kong

this is unexpected
this is not how it should end
but i said it would take
two minutes of your life
and now it has and it's the end
Track Name: The Time Traveller's Dilemma
a carousel in space curving back
upon itself
will you even notice
if i went back in time and told you
your long-lost past is your future
will you prevent all this?

and if i tell you anything, will you pretend surprise?
if the space-time continuum collapses, will you cry?

it took a lot of mass squared with light
don't mind the cost of the trouble
the tumbling dollar is nothing

and if i tell you anything, will you pretend surprise?
if the space-time continuum collapses, will you cry?

so if i can't, can't bring her back
to life i know now, there's nothing here for me

and if i tell you anything, will you pretend surprise?
if the space-time collapses in, will you dream of androids?
Track Name: Aphasia
i wish i could know
i wish i could see

i wish i was near
i wish i was there

and you don't know what i will do
and you don't know what i will say

i wish i was one
i've done what i can

i wish i could start
all over again

and you don't know what i will do

and you don't know what i will say
Track Name: By Choice or Design
and by choice or design
or by any other way
i will get what i want
i will get what i need

no - we will not pay
we all need to stay afloat
and when i rule the world
you can drink from my moat

but it's not like that anymore
you won't get away with that anymore

is there no other way
to placate the thirsty crowd
but to sell them a life
is empathy not allowed?

and by choice or design
will the message overcome?
as you see, i can hold a grudge
will you budge, or be dumb?

but it's not like that anymore
you won't get away with that anymore

but it's not like that anymore
you won't get away with that anymore
and it's not like that anymore
you won't get away with that anymore

by choice or design, life will find a way