Kakistocracy

by Rectifier

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1.
I brake for no one I can make time for regret in the rerun I could be a man of my own invention I could be destroyed by good intention You used to be true But what good is that to the ones who need you What you are now is a consolation What you are now is an abdication Don’t you forget it Time will supply the rose if you let it Somebody’s dead and you look suspicious The daughter of Adolph sleeps with the fishes If you want to I will drive you I know I’m better True to the cause, strict to the letter We made a deal and you want to break it I speak the truth but you want to fake it I run you over I’m on the move but you’re getting slower All of the good that you did has been undone I am the law and I brake for no one If you want to I will drive you That’s the least you’re owed But you don’t get to drive the car Or lie about the man you are You ought to know the road I brake for no one
2.
Chaozai 03:08
I believe in what I need And what I need is what I need And I believe in what I need And what I need is I see trees I see trees I see fields I see fields I see blue skies I see blue skies I see houses I see blue skies I see you I see you I see you I believe in what I need And what I need is what I need And I believe in what I need And what I need is (x4) There’s no trees There’s no trees There’s no fields There’s no fields There’s no blue skies There’s no blue skies There’s just buildings There’s no blue skies I see you I see you I see you I believe in what I need And what I need is
3.
Straws 04:35
I can’t hear a word you’re thinking Is it just me or are we sinking Nothing said you’d call profound Is it just me or are we drowned I don't mean to seem so helpless Is it just me or are we breathless Strength of will is overrated Is it just me or are we suffocated Straws I don’t get the inside joking Is it just me or are we choking Empty is the mind untangled Is it just me or are we strangled Hatred grows with care and feeding Is it just me or are we bleeding I don’t believe a word you’ve said Is it just me or are we bled Is it just me or are we dying Is it just me or are we dying Is it just me Is it just me Straws Straws Straws
4.
I’ve got a face for the world to see I’ve got a face for the fuckers trying to undress me I’ve got a face for when I compromise I’ve got a face for myself you wouldn’t recognize Don’t be so nervous I just want to be friends I got my own way of talking and I hope it offends The two of us are more alike than you know I changed these lines twenty times on the way to the show Give the people what the people crave You gotta make ‘em dance you gotta make ‘em behave I bet you love it when they're singing along It’s time to switch up the key and play another song I had a moment and it felt like a lifetime I’m feeling lucid, I don’t think that’s a good sign And for a minor fee, I’ll share the worst of me You’ll wish you’d never asked I’ll promise anything if you’ll say you’ll be mine I’m not pretending to be somebody else It’s taking all of my pretending just to be myself An hour in makeup and you can’t see the scars I keep my eyes on the room and my brain in a jar I sense impatience for a second act But I killed off the hero in a sneak attack I’ll think of something if you’ll take it on trust We’re gonna grind ‘em to pieces, we’re gonna pound ‘em to dust I had a moment and it felt like a lifetime I’m feeling lucid, I don’t think that’s a good sign And for a minor fee, I’ll share the worst of me You’ll wish you’d never asked I’ll promise anything if you’ll say you’ll be mine
5.
You, who are you? Defined by the things that you do Free your mind, make your choice Good decisions should be followed through Do as you will is the whole of the law The law is the will of the whole Empathy lost in the set of the jaw Concession is good for the soul All reasons for being wrapped up in the sparkle of lies The truth of the moment revealed by the look in your eyes Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Sticks and stones may leave me prone but you can never hurt me I see the lie through one good eye my God will not desert me Burn the temple down in flames and dance among the ashes Broken headed reasons give conviction to the masses Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face Your broken face
6.
Ugly minds in body parts Bone and sinew, market charts Comfort for the brethren A little mammon now and then What’s burning, I smell something What’s burning, I smell something Still burning, I smell something I smell burning Inshallah x6 Twinkle twinkle little rag Allegiance to the shopping bag Logic makes a hollow noise Harmless talk between the boys What’s burning, I smell something What’s burning, I smell something Still burning, I smell something I smell burning Inshallah x12 Judas is as Judas does Sheds the skin; the man he was Eyes betray the casual fraud Eat your dogma, sell your God What’s burning, I smell something What’s burning, I smell something Still burning, I smell something I smell burning Inshallah x12
7.
F.A.L.D. 03:36
Fuck art, let's dance!
8.
Sonofabitch 03:09
Tiny lies are softly spoken I say “bent” but you say “broken” Don't you Nothing really lasts forever I say “someday” but you say “never” Don't you Real perspective’s hard to master I say “flawed” but you say “disaster” Don't you Guess I thought that you were bluffing I say “why?” but you say nothing Don't you I want you to know that this will be wasted on you You son of a bitch I guess you don’t care I thought I knew you but I don’t I wouldn’t have recognized you I want you to know that this will be wasted on you You son of a bitch I guess you don’t care I thought I knew you but I don’t I wouldn’t have recognized you You son of a bitch You son of a bitch You son of a bitch
9.
Alt! 04:54
That’s not the answer I was looking for But I don’t remember what I asked any more Say what you like but you can’t take it back You can do what you want but you shouldn’t do that Some people like to be ready for change I’m a little nervous so I stay out of range It’s good to be right when it’s all done and said But I’d rather stay a little wrong in the head Sing the songs that make you happy Sing the songs that make you cry I don’t understand but I get the message Lives in a corner with a secret C Breaks off a little bit, sends it to me Hard to be nice to a cynical mind Keep to yourself and your different kind How far to go when you’re selling a lie? You never know ‘til you give it a try No sense of sense there is only a thing Such as the used which the word it is in Sing the songs that make you happy Sing the songs that make you cry I don’t understand but I get the message
10.
If I don’t seem too excited by the things you suggest I’d say I’m sorry but I’d be a liar You can bitch, you can whine, you can say what you like You can write it on the moon with fire I’ve had enough of your shit, I’m sick of dealing with it I’m always being defined by you And so I’m making a move, you probably wouldn’t approve Being decent isn’t something you do I can change I can change I am the product of a life spent living a lie And I’m not doing that any more There is an itch that is long overdue to be scratched I should have made good decisions before Don’t tell me what I should do, that I should think it all through I’m not the person that you want me to be And if this sounds like “goodbye”, maybe you’ll give it a try I’m trading you so that I can be me I can change I can change I can change I can change

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released August 18, 2017

Hamish Simpson : Vocals, guitars, keyboards, banjo
Tai Hake : Bass, theremin, backing vocals
Taylor Diaz : Drums, percussion, keyboards on "Alt!"

with
Rod Reilly : Solo acoustic guitar on "The Art Of Letting Go"
Chris Ursini : Intro vocal on "Chaozai"

Photographs : Iona Simpson Photography
Writing and production : Hamish Simpson
Additional arrangements : Tai Hake and Taylor Diaz

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Silly Scotsman Studios, between February 24th and July 2nd 2017.

Thanks (in some order) to:

Significant others (obv.): Iona, Sarah & Jennifer
Musical others: Rod Reilly, Chris Ursini
Previous others: Ryan Alderman, Bret Fontaine, Tim Bastianon, Chris Rodgers
Helpful others: Graham Anderson, Brandon Dalton, Jimmy Tomahawk, Phil Toole
Band others: Stimuli, ManBearPig, Over The Falls, The Publiquors, The Bumblin' Bones

(c) 2017 Hamish Simpson

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