Probably Not a Robot

by things in jars

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This is for all those people who have wondered at some point whether they are actually robots. If you were, would you know? What if your programmer wrote your software so that you wouldn't figure it out?

I'm releasing this progressively. First as instrumentals and adding vocals to the tracks as I go on.

Let me know which track you'd like to see done first.

Update – August 2019:
Most of the vocals have now been added and the tracks have been re-uploaded. Still a couple to go.

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released April 30, 2019

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Track Name: Rehearse in Reverse
Chorus:
Rehearse in Reverse
It starts out bad but it ends up worse
Rehearse in reverse

Starts with a big finale
And ends up like an episode of Kate and Allie
The major faults become minor cracks
The minor chords become a laughter track

[Chorus]

The second act is kinda dumb
A fading lack of trust giving way to fun
We begin again with this backwards trend
Starting out as enemies and end up friends

[Chorus]

Let's forget what's coming after
Open the show with hollow laughter
Let's just pretend we don't know this ends
You come on stage left and then...

Start out last but you end up first.
Track Name: Time to Wash Your Heart
# Time to wash your heart

Time to wash your heart
And rinse the veins
Knock out the dirt
Rid the stains

Walking without shoes
On broken grass
Following her footsteps
As she walks away

But she's still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away

She's still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away

The thought like a stain
A Rorschach test
Spread through your brain
Of a bleeding mess

Open the door
to an empty room
Dust on the floor
Dust on the broom

But she's still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away

She’s still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away

But when she's gone
There is no other mess you'd rather be
And when she's gone
There's no rehab, no recovery.

So she's still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away

So she's still stuck in there
Still stuck in there
Wash your heart
Away
Track Name: The Trouble With Us
I was busy thinking demons up
To plague my simple mind.
Tried to live an honest life
But then I realised
I couldn't grow a beard.

You kept harping on about your job
You think I should get one.
Heart attack at 41.
Well, that doesnt sound like fun to me,
I'd rather play guitar.

I wrote out my life story and
I read you every line.
You looked bored but you still smiled
then I guess an average life
doesn't make thrilling read.

You sang along with other songs
but you wouldn't sing with me.
Said “don't take it personally”,
I just “didn't have what she has”
and while that's true, it's kinda mean.
Track Name: Probably Not a Robot
Verse:
You're probably not a robot, like me.
Not saying I'm a robot. I'm saying I'm probably not.

Verse:
Is the sunset shining in your eyes or just red LEDs?
I don't want to turn and check but you might facing east.

Break:
If you are man-made, I'd like to meet the man.
More likely it's a team of scientists.
With PhDs. And a research grant.
Track Name: Round Jigsaw
Round jigsaw
---

No corners. Hard to start. No first move. Lay it out.

But it all looks the same.

It's not the same.

There are edges.

Edges are not the same.

Corners. Edges. The rest.

If you can't start at the corner, start at the edge.

At least you start somewhere.

The start is done. All that's left is the rest.
Track Name: At His Party
There's a guy with bread and nectar
Sits at the mouth of the stream
And he's tired of seeing the back of dreams
And he wants a dream of his own

And he knows it'll all fall out somehow
And he knows it'll smash when it hits the ground
And he knows he can't stop at all.
He can see himself

[Chorus]
At his party
When everyone came.
They all crowded in to see how he was
They brought him a present and all got him cards
And then let him be.

Never lost since the day he found
his dream and got on his way
He got bent around
Didn't want let down
So he dropped everything on the way

Knew it would all fall out somehow
And he knew that he'd smash when he hit the ground
And he knew he couldn't stop at all.
He could see himself

[Chorus]
At his party
When everyone came
They all crowded in to see how he was
Brought him a present and all got him cards
and then let him be.
Track Name: Moved Permanently
If you're looking for me
I won't be found
I moved permanently
I'm not around

If you're looking for me
Go to my old spot
But if you think I'm there
I'm not

If you're looking for me
I won't be found
I moved permanently
I'm not around

Where I was Is
not where I am
I am not in that space
I am in another place

If you're wondering why
I'm not at home
I am. It's just that my home
Is somewhere new

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