Been Human

by Candidate Demo

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Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brian Klima of Waveland Productions. Tracking done at Hotel Appalachia in Harrisonburg, Va.

Candidate Demo is:

John Sgroi - guitars & electronics
Billy Brett - voices & electronics

Cassette edition forthcoming via Leather Daddy Bubblebath.

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released March 20, 2017

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Track Name: Prometheus
DELINQUENT SONS OF AN IRON FIST
BEHIND THE COSMIC CURTAIN WITH ONLY OUR WITS
WE BUILT OUR HOMES IMAGINING THIS:
WE WERE BUILDING SPACESHIPS
BUILDING SPACESHIPS

PROMETHEUS
THEY CALLED IT
PROMETHEUS
THE FIRE
EVEN THOUGH THE EAGLE TAKES A PIECE
EVERY DAY – WE’LL BE OK

BEHIND THE COSMIC CURTAIN ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
SPACE IS A WALL THAT WON’T COME DOWN
SHELTERING OURSELVES FROM THE EAGLE’S WRATH
FOR THE FIRE WE’VE TAKEN
FOR THE FIRE WE’VE TAKEN
WE LOOK TO THE VOID FROM WHICH
ALL REPRISALS ARE HANDED
WE LOOK TO THE VOID
WE LOOK TO THE VOID

PROMETHEUS
THEY CALLED IT
PROMETHEUS
THE FIRE
EVEN THOUGH THE EAGLE TAKES A PIECE
EVERY DAY – WE’LL BE OK

BEEN DOWN SO LONG
DREAMING OF LIFT OFF
BEHIND THE WALL
SEARCHING THE STARS
Track Name: Been Human 1
YOU SEE ME COMING
AND YOU SHUT ME OUT
YOU WON’T LEARN
YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT I’M ABOUT

I’VE BEEN HUMAN WAY TOO LONG
I SING ABOUT IT IN EVERY SONG

I THINK IT’S TIME
FOR A BIG CHANGE
I THINK IT’S TIME
TO BURN MY BRAIN DOWN
&
SCATTER THE ASHES
ON COSMIC GROUND
YOU DON’T KNOW?
YOU BETTER WATCH OUT
IT’S SO COLD
GOOD TO LET GO
IT’S SO COLD
SO COLD

I’VE BEEN HUMAN WAY TOO LONG
I SING ABOUT IT IN EVERY SONG
Track Name: Rainbows
STEPPED INSIDE A DREAM THAT NIGHT
INJECTION MOULDED AND CAST ASIDE
PILE AFTER PILE AFTER PILE AFTER PILE
MY WASTE
MY WASTE
WHAT I WASTED ALIVE AND

IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT
IT’S ABOUT TAKING EVERYTHING YOU CAN
WHILE THE WHOLE WORLD ROTS
IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT

IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT

I SAW RAINBOWS RUNNING THROUGH YOUR BODY
YOU SWAM AWAY
I FILMED IT ALL
THROUGH MICROSCOPE
I TOOK IT BACK TO SHOW THE WORLD

IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT
IT’S ABOUT TAKING EVERYTHING YOU CAN
WHILE THE WHOLE WORLD ROTS
IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT

AND WHEN I LOOK BACK
I SEE RIGHT THROUGH IT
I SEE THE RAINBOWS
IRIDESCENT HUES
AND WHEN I FOCUS ON THE THINGS I WANT
THE IMAGE HARDENS INTO NOTHING
LIKE THE CENTERMOST PART OF THE EYE

IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT

LIKE THE CENTERMOST PART OF THE EYE
I LOOK AROUND AND I’M TRAPPED INSIDE
ANYTHING I EVER WANTED
I SEE NOTHING TRAPPED IN THE INK OF DESIRE

IT’S NOT ABOUT NEED
IT’S ABOUT WANT
Track Name: Watching Webs
CAN I STEP INSIDE MY REFLECTION?
CAN I FIND MYSELF IN THERE?

THE HORROR OF A SINGLE MOMENT
THE HORROR OF THE THINGS I’VE DONE
YOU KNOW JOHNNY DID IT
BUT HE WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE

SO CONSUMED WITH LIFE
THAT YOU BELLY UP AND DIE
SO CONSUMED WITH LIFE
THAT YOU BELLY UP AND FLY

WHO, WHEN, WHERE, OR WHAT AM I THINKING
WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME?
WHO, WHEN, WHERE, OR WHAT AM I THINKING
WILL BE THE LIFE OF ME?

THE LUMP THAT NEVER GOES
FURTHER THAN YOUR THROAT
YOU LIVE WITH IT
AND IT ALONE
YOU’RE WATCHING WEBS
AS THEY’RE WOVEN ONTO WALLS

YOU KNOW JOHNNY BIT IT
WELL HE WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE
MORAL OF THE STORY:
YOU CAN’T UNDO WHAT’S DONE

WHO, WHEN, WHERE, OR WHAT AM I THINKING
WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME?
WHO, WHEN, WHERE, OR WHAT AM I THINKING
WILL BE THE LIFE OF ME?

THE LUMP THAT NEVER GOES
FURTHER THAN YOUR THROAT
YOU LIVE WITH IT
AND IT ALONE
YOU’RE WATCHING WEBS
AS THEY’RE WOVEN ONTO WALLS

MORAL OF THE STORY:
LOSERS NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK.
Track Name: Been Human 2
STRIVE
ON MY PATH ALONE
HELP ME TO BUILD DEFENSES
AND SAVE THE HUMAN RACE
THESE LIES
NO ONE ELSE CAN KNOW
OBJECTS OF MY OBSESSION
SAFELY STOWED FOR DECADES

AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
I STILL CONTROL YOUR MIND
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
I STILL CONTROL YOUR LIFE
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
NOTHING BUT MY DREAMS WERE ON MY MIND
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
MY HEART WAS A BLACK HOLE

DRY ICE
AND WINDING SHEETS
LEAVE ME
AND I'LL BE RETRIEVED
I'LL RETURN
TO WHERE LIARS BURN
YOU WILL MOURN
THEN SEE MY TRUE FORM

AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
I STILL CONTROL YOUR MIND
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
I STILL CONTROL YOUR LIFE
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
NOTHING BUT MY DREAMS WERE ON MY MIND
AND WITH MY DEATH YOU'LL FIND
MY HEART WAS A BLACK HOLE

MY HEART WAS A BLACK HOLE

I’VE BEEN HUMAN

BEEN HUMAN
ONLY HUMAN
AND I ALWAYS GOT WHAT I WANTED
Track Name: In Coursing Waves
IN COURSING WAVES
YOU MARCH AND SING
LOST IN AMNIOTIC WANDERING

ON ENDOMETRIUM YOU FEED
PHANTASMAGORIA
THRIVE IN REVERIE

SWALLOWED WHOLE IN THIS LAND OF YOUR OWN
THE HOME YOU’VE GROWN
SWALLOWED WHOLE

ON ENDOMETRIUM YOU FEED
PHANTASMAGORIA
THRIVE IN REVERIE

ESTROUS CYCLES
BLOOD AND STONE
IN COURSING WAVES YOU MARCH AND SING

STABILITY
FRAGILITY
MONUMENTS WEATHERED AND ALONE
IN COURSING WAVES YOU MARCH AND SING

ESTROUS CYCLES
BLOOD AND STONE
STABILITY
FRAGILITY
MONUMENTS WEATHERED AND ALONE
Track Name: From One Day To Another
BEFORE THE WAR THERE WAS GARBAGE IN THE POOL
NOW THERE’S LADIES WAITING AND YOU
SHEPHERDESS OF THE SPHINXES
YOUR CEILING’S CAVED IN
THERE’S A SHADOW IN THE HALLWAY
AND A MAN TIED UP AND TORTURED BY CHICKENS

FROM ONE DAY TO ANOTHER
SUDDENLY YOUR ROOF PROVIDES NO COVER
FROM ONE DAY TO ANOTHER
AT LEAST NOW THERE’S LIGHT OUT IN THE ETHER

THERE’S EVIDENCE OF THE TRASH WE HELD
BEFORE THE BOMBS FELL
THERE’S PEACE OUT IN THE DARK
BEFORE THE SPARKS
BY STANDING IN THIS MESS
WE STABILIZE
OUR SHATTERED HOMES
GRATEFUL FOR RENEWAL
FEARFUL FOR WHAT COMES

FROM ONE DAY TO ANOTHER
SUDDENLY YOUR ROOF PROVIDES NO COVER
FROM ONE DAY TO ANOTHER
AT LEAST NOW THERE’S LIGHT OUT IN THE ETHER

SUNFLOWER IN THE SEWER
Track Name: Been Human 3
HOW CAN YOU SAVE US?
WITH OUR WEAPONS
HOW COULD YOU BE FROM ANOTHER PLANET
WHEN YOU’RE SO HUMAN?

“I WISH THE WORLD SO PEACEFUL
THAT THE HEADLINES READ:
‘DOG EATS NAPKIN IN SLOW MOTION’”
[-ABDUL MATI KLARWEIN]

SO TO MAKE SURE THEIR VIOLENCE
IS NEVER MADE
WE’LL MELT DOWN YOUR ARSENAL
AND SEND A STATEMENT

HOW CAN YOU SAVE US?
WITH OUR WEAPONS
HOW COULD YOU BE FROM ANOTHER PLANET
WHEN YOU’RE SO HUMAN?

IF ALL YOU ARE IS WHAT YOU OWN
YOU’RE NOTHING NOW BUT LIQUID CHROME
FROM THE SKY THE WAR HASN’T COME
YOU DEFENDED NOTHING AND NO ONE
PRISONERS OF YOUR DESIRE
REMAIN CAGED IN THEIR SOULS

AFTER ALL THAT’S BEEN DONE
TRAGEDY INFLICTED BY ANYONE
HOW COULD THIS BE ALLOWED
TO FULFILL ITS POTENTIAL NOW?

HOW CAN YOU SAVE US?
WITH OUR WEAPONS
HOW COULD YOU BE FROM ANOTHER PLANET
WHEN YOU’RE SO HUMAN?

INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH WILL BE DESTROYED
GONNA LIQUEFY EVERYTHING YOU WERE

HOW CAN YOU SAVE US?
WITH OUR WEAPONS
HOW COULD YOU BE FROM ANOTHER PLANET
WHEN YOU’RE SO HUMAN?
Track Name: The Dreaming
IN THE DREAMING
WE WILL SEE
WHAT IS
WHAT’S BEEN
WHAT WILL BE

THE HALLUCINATORY
STATE OF THE UNION
OF TIME
WHERE EVERYTHING
DEAD
UNDEAD
AND UNBORN
IS ALIVE

EVERYTHING IS KNOWN
BUT REQUIRES SIFTING
FOR FOCUS IN THE SHIFTING DREAMING
MY OWN THOUGHTS WERE NOT
WHEN I SAW ALL TIME AT ONCE
I COULDN’T FIND A REASON FOR THEM
I SOUGHT COUNSEL
BUT I KEPT MY MOUTH SHUT
MY MIND WAS BLANK BUT IT KNEW ALL IT COULD
MY OWN THOUGHTS WERE NOT
WHEN I SAW ALL TIME AT ONCE
I COULDN’T FIND A REASON FOR THEM

IN THE DREAMING
WE WILL SEE
WHAT IS
WHAT’S BEEN
WHAT WILL BE

THE HALLUCINATORY
STATE OF THE UNION
OF TIME
WHERE EVERYTHING
DEAD
UNDEAD
AND UNBORN
IS ALIVE

IN THE MIDDLE OF ENDLESS MIRRORING
I WAS DEVOID OF ALL MEANING
IN THE FACE OF EVERYTHING
I WAS A WAVE ON THE WATER
AND A STONE IN THE RIVER
I WAS ABSORBED INTO THE TRILLION SIGH NIGHT
IT DIDN’T MATTER BECAUSE I WAS LIGHT
AND BLACK AS INK
IN THE DREAMING WE’LL SEE
WHAT IS, WHAT’S BEEN, AND WHAT WILL BE

IN THE MIDDLE OF ENDLESS MIRRORING
I WAS DEVOID OF ALL MEANING
IN THE FACE OF EVERYTHING
I WAS DEVOID OF ALL MEANING

IN THE MIDDLE OF ENDLESS MIRRORING
IN THE FACE OF EVERYTHING

IN THE DREAMING
WE WILL SEE
WHAT IS
WHAT’S BEEN
WHAT WILL BE

THE HALLUCINATORY
STATE OF THE UNION
OF TIME
WHERE EVERYTHING
DEAD
UNDEAD
AND UNBORN
IS ALIVE