Digital Tension

by Picture Atlantic

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02:03
2.
03:00
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05:36
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04:21
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01:53
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03:11
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05:23
12.
05:07

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released 06 July 2012

Mixing, Engineering, and Mastering by Aaron Hellam
Cover Artwork by M. Montoya

Additional Guitar on track 9 by Patrick Chu

Thank you to Vonny Kleveland for her support of the Kickstarter project which funded this album!

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Picture Atlantic is an indie alternative band with an explosive sound and an openhearted approach to songcraft.

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Track Name: Regina
Last Time,
This is the last time
I claim to be color blind
I see
Your skin as it should be.
How naïve to be PC

All these soft white kids
Spend white privilege
In the worst of racist stock.
Oh Woah Are Thee!

Without hope!
So easy to just scapegoat
The neighbors we still don’t know.
What then?
You’ll say that you have black friends.
Use them for self defense

Who among the white
Is profiled upon sight?
I’ll give you one small clue:
None

Post traumatic slave disorder
We must now protect our borders
Lest they upset cruel white order
Systemic racial pecking order
Jim Crowe has kept his borders
Hope crushed inside his mortar

Please consider this,
If you have white privilege,
How will you proceed to spend?
Track Name: Silly Tie
Wearing this silly tie, trying not to seem like I care, but the truth is, I really do.
Dark sunglasses inside. Everyone look at him, look at him, he’s so cool.

Fall in love
Fall in love with me again

Oh yeah, we work so hard, oh yeah we work so hard
Trying not to falter as we look so very sharp,
So sharp

Wearing this silly tie, trying not to seem like I’m here, but the truth is I really am.
Sharp and dressed to the nines, trying not to give off the vibe I’m the world’s greatest fashion scam.

Fall in love
Fall in love with me again

Oh yeah we work so hard, oh yeah we work so hard
Trying not to falter as we look so very sharp,
So sharp

I’m going out again
I’m going out again
Let’s all go out again

Wearing this silly tie, trying not to seem like I care but the truth is I really do.
Track Name: White Knight
I never said I was a white knight, but I never said I was proud of my black knight deeds.
I never said I was a wise man, but I never said I wasn’t somewhere in between.
I’m getting tired of complexity. I need a bit of simplicity, don’t you think?

On and on, it carries on.
Everyone has gone insane.

I never said I was a white knight, but I never said I was proud of my black knight deeds.
I never said I was a wise man, but I never said I wasn’t somewhere in between.
This isn’t fishing for sympathy, I’d like a break. Can you humor me? Let me think.
I need a bit of simplicity. I’m getting tired of going around and around again.

On and on, it’s carries on and on
Everyone has gone insane.
I was wrong, I was wrong.
It was you all along.
I won’t fall into your game.
Track Name: Halogen Lights (or Babies Having Babies and Kids Getting Married)
And you sit with your money and your treasures in a row
Saying “Please Mother! Please! Can we have a little more?”
We were hardly trained to take those first steps out the door.
So you fall for the panic as the news heads shout and blare
Of an old Iron Curtain and a terrorism scare
But just keep buying purses and democracy repairs.

Clean living underneath the dollar's crush
But still we will live outside our means.
Who cares whose fingers pull the thread through clothe
As long as we have designer jeans

And the girls are so lonely 'cause they buy it even more
That they’ll be satisfied with the lifestyles of a whore
And the boys are cads and bounders cause’ they took their cues from porn
And they must have a lover or they're never satisfied
Oh they say they’ve found love, but they’ve only ever cried
If this is being adults then the world’s told us a lie.

How can you warm up when you’re hearts gone cold?
Schlitz Gold, I’m told.
How can you man up when you’re musket’s old?
Massoud , I’m told.
Corporate Agenda, with a fake trendsetter
No way , I want I better
Hipster Snob with a Faux-fur sweater
So lame, I want better
So lame, we need better

And you sit with your money and your treasures in a row
Saying “Please Mother! Please! Can we have a little more?”
We were hardly trained to take those first steps out the door.
So you fall for the panic as the news heads shout and blare
Of an old Iron Curtain and a terrorism scare
But just keep buying purses and democracy repairs.
We were hardly trained to take those first steps out the door
It’s like we’re pushing daisies right before we’re even born.
Track Name: 5:50 Hurts
Oh wake up
Fix a cup
The next eight hours you’re a slave

Content to be
At The Normandy
You find yourself there every week

Hearing sounds where there’s nothing left to echo off of
You tried so hard not to cry

Cigarettes,
become your best
Chance to be at peace

You look back,
At how fate stacks,
And ask yourself “Where’s my dream?”

Hearing sounds where there’s nothing left to echo off of
Oh I tried, so hard not to cry

So you struggle and search for a purpose
But none arrive
Cause you spent all your youth in the dives
You’re spineless, and broken, and closed off
You’re 25
Oh you tried so hard not to cry

We were the boldest youth whom none could overcome.
Now you’re low, so low
Oh, the party starts, you’re bouncing off the rails
You’re so low

So you sit, and you wait, and you’re lonely
All day long
And you ask yourself what went wrong.
So you smoke, and you drink, like it helps you.
You’re so unwrapped,
To the point, you can’t see, when you’ve snapped.
Track Name: Twist
You believe all your rhetoric, and it makes me sick.
Tried to play us at a game of thrones, but didn’t know you were playing alone.
We all thought you were just naïve, with a mind like a sieve .
Too easy to get rid of your stink, but good luck getting rid of the ink.

More and more you are denied, and it makes you bitter!
You’re the queen of playing fast and loose,
Manipulating every simple truth.

Where you can’t win, you just destroy!
Who can do it better?
You’re all the people that you say you’re not,
I can’t believe I gave you anything at all

You’re a Twist
Track Name: Don't Be Cheap
The theaters empty, the coats are gone,
Just act happy, just play along.
Your frantic worries, now complete.
Don’t be shady, and don’t be cheap
Don’t be cheap

There is so much you still don’t get.
Just leave our wreckage where it’s at.
You’re still inside your made up world,
You’re such a bitter, resentful girl
You’re still a girl

I want you out, I want you gone

Tigerlily, like a weeping child
It’s a simple game, choose soft or mild
But know my choice will never be with you.
I squandered hours thinking what to do,
But it’s such a waste to stress over you,
Cause you will never choose to be appeased
Over me

I want you out I want you gone

Outrageous,
You’re contagious.
Quarantine me
Track Name: Oathbreaker
And if you ever find me here , It’s twenty years too soon
And if you ever find me here I’m dead.
And It’s the elephant in the room, that no one else can see
From the roof down to the floors
I’m dead

You are the oathbreaker
Your lies are thick and red with blood.
I am the worry maker,
Oh my eyes were thick and blind with mud

And if you ever took the time, to stop your smear campaign
You would see the flag is white this time.
It’s funny what you say, can hit the grapevine hard,
Yet you prefer the art of farce this time.

You are the oathbreaker
Your lies are thick and red with blood
I am the worry maker
Oh my eyes were thick and blind with mud

I don’t wanna be cold again
Track Name: Turn It To Wine
“Please Me!”
That’s what I’m really saying when times I ask of you

Cynic,
I’m made a jaded critic by spastic hands and feet

Cheap grace
We sleep walk through this kingdom, we’ve ruined everything

But you turn everything to wine
You turn it to wine

Rich men,
They preach a shallow doctrine of foul prosperity

Crusade,
On marriage definitions, yet you rebuke the poor!

Sadly,
We turned our greatest elders into bland CEOs

But you turn everything to wine
You turn it to wine
Track Name: Edgewood Road
Did you get my letter?
Was it soft, was it cruel, did I get the address right?
I’d like to say I’m wiser, but thanks to my choice, I won’t get much practice in.

I have it there so clearly
In my head, in your bed, we would talk till our throats went dry
The worst is when I drive north,
Through the fog and the fields,
And I pass by Edgewood Road.

And I keep finding you
But in another form.
Just these cheaper clones, who pale in difference.
You never come up,
In conversation.
No one knows your name, cause I erased you

I chose wrong

You cried so very softly,
At the park, when I left, and I knew I’d ruined it all.

So I built a wall
To keep your far away
I raised it out of lies, and cheap excuses
I really shouldn’t care, but still somehow I do
I found your plane ticket in, the book I lent you

I chose wrong
Track Name: Melting
Somewhere, I am not a failure
Gilded in red armor, I’ll prevail
Slipping, feeling like my brains thin
I used to be so brilliant, but now I’m dull

Even though I’m melting,
Even though I’m broken,
God is good.

And the hardest part, is lying to your friends
You’re not lonely, no one’s lonely here
And the hardest part, is lying to my friends,
“I’m not lonely! I’m not lonely here!”
And the hardest part…

Traces, traces of my parents
I’d like to do away with
Is that cold?
Sleep lost, I can’t shut my brain off
My mind is floating millions of miles away

Even though I’m melting,
Even though I’m broken,
God is good.

And the hardest part, is lying to your friends
You’re not lonely, no one’s lonely here
And the hardest part, is lying to my friends,
“I’m not lonely! I’m not lonely here!”
And the hardest part…
Track Name: Meme
The vibe is darker here, everyone is jumping off the edge
Into darker deeper holes, into another stranger's bed
Everybody thinks their sex life is so neat and terse
With never any second thoughts to why this really hurts

Have you seen,
What it is you’re building here?
You’re so naïve

Lord knows what keeps me here, everyone is drinking to excess
I never knew a drunken fool, who ever drank his way to big success
All these soirees only have us going in reverse
Well you got older, but I’d hardly say that you’ve matured

Have you seen,
What it is you’re building here?
You’re so naïve
Social pressures built on fear
You’re so naive