Downtime

by Dual Core

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[Verse 1] Picking up from setbacks, once again returning A disappointing saga from an optimistic journey Resuming out of hibernate, the power got restored Building up the bravery to finally hit record Hesitant, reluctant, unsure if I can cut it Hit a wall and then I stalled thus becoming unproductive Plus I wasn't having luck with, really much of anything Empty lacking meaning, now reflection getting menacing Can't express these issues, what if someone overhears Overcoming challenges to understand them clear Afraid of facing failure, any move could bring it near But this lack of forward motion just solidifies the fear System state corrupted but can't revert the snapshot A silent silhouette against a solitary backdrop Abandoned what I have and just focused on the have-not Lock myself away but I'd probably pick the padlock [Verse 2] Finally unplugged from the storm that I had weathered Crumbled under pressure, put the statement on the record Lacking any effort, got the madness but no method Sad and introspective, feeling ever disconnected Now I'm writing past the margin, hardened, charging from the sidelines Just invert the five nines, seemed a couple lifetimes Labelled AFK inactivity displayed Returning to the stage after having been away Sick and tired of these single wires, feeling uninspired The music's undesired but too young to just retire And I’d never walk away from opportunity for higher Elevating my community of peers that I admire Decoded and I’m cold, an alone defeated rhymer Back myself into this corner, need it warmer, seeking fire Eroding at my soul to decrypt this weakened cipher Coming up from downtime but feeling so expired [Verse 3] Despite the homecoming, I don't think it's run its course This is weakness in a story, not a path to be endorsed Even present day with regrets and this remorse The fear of failure holding, still imposing quite a force Afraid that I would ruin any legacy in music Any other reasons said were really just excuses Surrounded now in doubt getting blasted with confusion Success and being fearless seeming mutually exclusive The only path is forward, rarely looking back instead Learning from the past, but still focusing ahead Distant and withdrawn, felt like hanging by a thread But I just couldn't let it go, though, no matter what was said Tired of being out of it, clearing out these outages Regular Expressions 'cause I’m finished with the counterfeits Excited for the rise so don't tell me bring it down a bit Finished with my downtime, consider this a power trip
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[Verse 1] Troubled youth, troubled past where our story begins Looking back, know the facts, so recorded for him With this anger that’s rotted out a portion within So he’s hoping that there’s more at his core than a sin Now everybody’s saying it’s important to win So that’s making all mistakes feel like torture to him Slipping even further let the normal rescind And he doesn’t need a reason ‘cause he’s more than convinced Built from the ground up on errors Torn down even lower from his failures Seeing no way out so he keeps it inside Now it’s growing, getting potent while it weakens his pride Facing situations got him seeking to hide Turning everything to stalemates, can’t even decide Pushing to the edge til we reach a divide The only question that he’s asking why he’s even alive [Chorus] One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions [Verse 2] No clear escape from this rut that he's in Where everyone around looks for something to skim It's the same old same but there must be a win And he can't stop ignoring all this hunger within With each day that passes the seal is more broken Plus the intensity's just getting more potent Overflowing with emotions and he has no way to show them Plus he has nowhere to stow them and the load is only growing So he, stepped to the stage with his weapon and aimed - get it A fresh page full of venom and rage - let it Empty and drain all the stress and the pain - said it Pumping the strain through his head and his veins - medic Gotta grow so he’s giving away Finally found a channel and it’s ready to play Delivering the man to stand before you today With the regular expression that he’s wanted to say [Chorus] One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions [Verse 3] Armed with his energy, it’s battle again Equipped all his items with a pad and his pen Got a long storied road with a path to descend ‘cause perfect’s only worth it if you practice to win Finding only lyrics in relieving the charge The feelings start receding still believing it's large Hands on deck but he's keeping his cards 'cause he'd blast it into orbit if he reached for the stars Insults, doubt, blame -- he’s feeling these scars And now they’re all compounding like there’s evil at large Every line so cathartic when he’s screaming these bars With a force to be reckoned put the people in charge Came to understand it’s about what he shares Since he needs it like we breathe it coming out of the air From the stage what he sees in the crowd when he stares Is a sea full of people with their fist in the air [Chorus] One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions One statement, no questions Put your fist up for your Regular Expressions
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[Intro verse] This time lapse impasse keeping it unethical Stalled in all direction, restrained by hypotheticals Imprisoned how I felt forced the sentence on myself Waiting isolated in this solitary cell [Chorus] From an internal wall that’s delaying every task This grey sky’s a blue screen, bracing for the crash Reality is different, covered by this mask I see no looking past with this shadow overcast Face the truth, but we can't so we make lies Take pride, and leave that doubt by the wayside "Drop a match in the clouds and watch the flames rise" "Fire water falling from these grey skies" [Verse 1] Trapped beneath a grey sky feeling so uncertain Self-imposed and nervous, over and it’s curtains Thoughts of any subject seem to amplify the consequence Seeking a solution, all I really need is confidence Wishing for decision like I'm faced with no delay Second-guessing second guesses up until they go away Still I can’t release even though I know it’s vain ‘cause the slightest imperfection always drives me so insane Writing lyrics, writing code, I'm just hoping that it flows Just a function or a verse want to do it with the pros(e) Think about longevity, to never be disposed I always want acceptance, you know just how it goes Forest for the trees, see the sky for the clouds There’s a maze in this haze and I'm wandering around Barely floating in this storm, I'm clutching to the sound Feel I'm ‘bout to drown from this torrent raining down Keeping things adrift, but look who’s at the helm This ship’s about to capsize, I'm feeling overwhelmed Failure faces everyone, teachers and the students Plus I know I'm capable and tell myself to do it Show and then improve it so I did and took it up Compromise is fine but how good is good enough? Awaiting motivation from a dozen other mottos I just need a path, someone tell me what to follow [Chorus] From an internal wall that’s delaying every task This grey sky’s a blue screen, bracing for the crash Reality is different, covered by this mask I see no looking past with this shadow overcast Face the truth, but we can't so we make lies Take pride, and leave that doubt by the wayside "Drop a match in the clouds and watch the flames rise" "Fire water falling from these grey skies" [Verse 2] Rain clouds break down my cardboard wall of sound Wishing it would clear but it's all around and how Deep can I fall, seems there's no letting up Pressed against the pavement to prevent getting up Recessed into the basement, need to step it up Affliction or addiction, I can never get enough Fear of the success got me working under pressure Plotting possibilities beyond what I can measure Call it over-engineered, impossibly prepared Til I'm standing still in place on an endless flight of stairs And everything spins out, worse than I’d imagined Terrified of failure even though I make it happen Looking in the mirror and upset at what’s inside Always been my biggest critic, it’s the only way I thrive It’s a mix of good and bad so I take it all in stride Gotta live it up, otherwise it’s just survive [Outro] An antiquated backlash to those that would control me Jumping up on stage 'til the rhythm couldn't hold me Ushered in an era, kept it classic feeling lonely Never leave me only love me tell me you're my one and only All I’ve got is my word and my code and my flow If you're taking this away then there's nowhere else to go We cultivate it, seed it, and we got to watch it grow Even though it all accelerates we meant to take it slow Feared we couldn't make it, scared of empty shows But pushing past your limits is the only way to know Praying to the past, waiting, tell me when to go Rise above the clouds, pause and check to look below Searching for a challenge I was ready blow for blow So we got up in its face, and we're standing toe to toe Measuring ourselves, won't compare to so and so Arriving from the future, we are here to overthrow
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[Verse 1] Thought it was on but it wasn’t (it wasn't) She wanted to invest but she didn’t have the budget I was doubtful, but no regrets for trusted Countless wouldn’t count the amounts that I’ve adjusted A whole different vocab, spoken though it’s clean Seeming unfamiliar, awoken from a dream Wouldn’t even go back, chosen for the team The moment might be Kodak but we know what it would mean It was; clear as day, now settling in haze Searching for a way, this perpetual of maze And eventually it fades with lacklustre urgency As the ground rebuilds with more certainty Wounds heal, even 3rd degree Forgetting things that made her her to me Dissipating back in a swirl of dreams Now she’s, like the rest of the world I see [Chorus] This is life, full of unknowns Making our way on the path we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Sometimes nice even though it really wasn’t This is life, full of unknowns Taking our place on the path that we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Thought it was on but it wasn’t [Verse 2] Finishing my purge I was feeling disinfected Fresh and introspective so we almost reconnected My major fail with females, it left me so dejected Looking back at these trails, none were this perfected And we still email, like nothing really happened Message in my inbox a sentiment collapses Featherweight. I know you're great but pray tell Try my best to fake well barely on these eggshells Moving on was the first of these challenges All along falling way below the averages You made me what you hated, tipping all my balances Well no you weren’t the cause, but most certainly the catalyst My body wanted out but my mind was full of avarice To toughen up my soul I’ve covered it in callouses I took it all in, I took it all in stride Held in all inside now I’m emptying the ballastes [Chorus] This is life, full of unknowns Making our way on the path we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Sometimes nice even though it really wasn’t This is life, full of unknowns Taking our place on the path that we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Thought it was on but it wasn’t [Verse 3] On to the next gen, realized it sober Figured out the closure understanding it was over Timing's silver lining finding sweet inside the sour Supported by a new source powering my hours Over me, all this history will tower But I’m done with all my fears, there's no time to be a coward Last minute tickets as I’m boarding on this Boeing Flight to LAX so for certain we were knowing Happy to admit it, I knew that I was falling Appreciated knowledge, and the things we had in common You're so evident, clever quick, attractive Planning for your path with a whole barrage of tactics Studious with insight, thought we'd be a team The perfect blend of qualities, something from a dream Visits long distance, I really hadn't tried it But it was theoretical, couldn't quite apply it [Chorus] This is life, full of unknowns Making our way on the path we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Sometimes nice even though it really wasn’t This is life, full of unknowns Taking our place on the path that we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Thought it was on but it wasn’t [Verse 4] Despite how it sounds, I’ve been feeling down – sacked Plenty rebounds, but never bounced back Come around? This is after that fact Take you back? We've been down that path Tell the truth of, I don't see a future In any of my past so it's time for me to move up That's it? No more need for proof of That quick? Not just Saiyan but I’m Super Last trip hot seat, no more of this pan fried Rest in peace, David, back there is where that man died Overwhelmingly it's the truth by a landslide Nothing I can do, defeated with my hands tied Fake it 'til I make it like a weather storm Granted never take it metamorph into a better form Learning from mistakes you can measure me Nothing is for certain, let's go ahead and see [Chorus] This is life, full of unknowns Making our way on the path we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged Sometimes nice even though it really wasn’t This is life, full of unknowns Taking our place on the path that we chose Sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged
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[Verse 1] My college days had a lot of rage on the page Anxiety was commonplace, nervous just to rock a stage Couldn’t even concentrate, wasn’t making honor grades Bit off more than chewable and put another on my plate Life full in front of me, but stop and wait, contemplate Neither felt like options for the way that I would operate A tireless pursuit ‘cause I want a place among the greats Started rocking parties giving all it takes I’m on the way Living room fists pumping, hits bumping out the system Record spinning, DJ cutting mixing, feel the rhythm Inspired finding freedom, need delivered from this prison The vibe was so alive definition of us living Cook a verse, put in work, with a preface to my ethic I’m only giving substance you can find in every message Tireless in effort spitting cadence 'til I’m breathless Every moment precious, check it, energy infectious [Chorus] We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days [Verse 2] You ever had the feeling you won’t make it up the mountain? Watching stress pile up continuous compounding Rat racing, back breaking, life is such a killer Underpaid and overworked, the story so familiar Forty hour student plus this call center overtime Had to toe the line, but my growing strides were stepping up to coincide Open wide, stretching whole divides For the moment when the flow aligns, roll the dice, I know it’s time Debt possessor pressing just to meet a monthly quota Hit the books for credit, steady seeking this diploma Barely rolling day to day while idling my motor Inching closer to the precipice without it going over Journalling my consequence, all indents are common sense Letters to the editor, I’m saving all the documents Easing up the burden, current burning through the conduit Music making balance paying homage to the monument [Chorus] We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days [Verse 3] Still enrolled so my syllables are higher learning Fire burning, pushing got me writing in a fury Bracing feeling tighter every time the wire turning Eternally discerning destination or the journey Treadmill extended had me disobeying loiter signs Dreams pacing out the clock, pray there’s no destroying mine Toiled 'til it’s endless so my seeds had probably soiled fine Expected just to walk off stage to unemployment lines Feels like it was yesterday, such a clairvoyant time Annoying and avoiding the entitlement of royal minds Blood raising to a boil nearly went and spoiled mine Shooting to the top like these Tesla coil climbs Bigger stage, still I’m in a rage, ain’t no way to heal it Emotions are conveyed so now everybody feel it Finally prevailed after years of fighting strong Worried I’d forget, so I had to write this song [Chorus] We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We take it back, we take it back We take it back to the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days We bring it back, we bring it back We bring it back like the good old days
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[Verse 1] When I was sixteen, I knew I'd go to jail Cause I wrote my first program for hacking into mail Didn't even use it, no amount of malice I was learning how to code, it was all about the challenge Up until that point, I was trying to find a balance Parents fully hoping I'd been chosen for a talent Life feeling blurry, but no one ever noticed I was always wide-eyed but couldn't ever focus And it was at that moment, awoken to this dream Face all aglow with my code up on the screen In the same vein ashamed that this was all illegal Just the letter of the law cause my spirit wasn't evil Things sharpened up, at last I had my vision But IT security wasn't even a position Blind to decision, I didn't have a say Finally find what I'm given, I can't let it get away [Verse 2] If I weren't a hacker, I would feel afraid From the way that the media has put them on display Regardless of the matter, that's what people say But wait I am a hacker, sorta feel betrayed Yeah an aloof kid, always said my two bits Living for this learning from the joy and the amusement Security's a mindset, and though it's been eluded We like to find a problem, solve it and improve it The only part that's foolish, is the asymmetric recourse Like put ourselves through enormous fights and got a divorce (Let it go) and now we're out here drowning Desperately reaching just to pull ourselves out and Defenseless, feeling marked and being counted We're just tinkerers, makers, outnumbered and surrounded I can't speak for everyone, but feel it's safe to say That never should a researcher be treated in this way [Verse 3] 2010, the beginning of the end I can feel my heart drop, don't let it go again From the hand that was dealt, you’ve gotta play your cards How far would you take it? Don’t take it too hard On January 11th, 2013 We lost one of the brightest minds that ever dared to dream To be honest, I'm so angered and disturbed Victim of a system, but you lived by your word Betrayed by an act whose billings really aren't that clear And gets more outdated as we age another year The world lost a man who defended open speech Then suffered at the hands of prosecution overreach Before we lose another, there’s time to stop the bleeding Please, can we finally get the changes we've been needing So many questions caused the statement we’re declaring We had to tell the world, this one is for Aaron.
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[Intro] “It's hard acting like everything is alright” (x8) [Verse 1] (It's hard) acting like everything ain’t going terribly Showing off my strengths when I need someone to carry me Looking for a kickstart, the crowd fund a charity The more get poorer as we widen the disparity My friend took a second job waiting on his stock to vest 'cause full time in tech ain't enough to pay the cost of rent Stress comes with consequence, asked if he’s exhausted yet The bubble’s gonna burst and it’s weighing on his consciousness Heavy on his mind from the people he's been walking past Every day to work, then at night when he comes walking back They wonder why the market's on the verge about to burn and crash 'cause unemployed's the standard for majority of working class I'm struggling for words just to proper fill these pages Meanwhile my friend's grinding every night for wages Monday through to Sunday, burning hours every night Still he manages a smile fronting everything's alright [Chorus] “It's hard acting like everything is alright” (x4) The newspaper writes – “things will never be the same” The radio describes – “it'll end with bang bang” The television cites – “life is like a dice game” And it’s hard acting like everything is alright [Verse 2] Another day of strain, feeling drained is now the trend Scraping by’s the way of life, worried for my friend Stiffed him on his raise, plus they hiked his rent again All this got him feeling trapped, wondering when this sentence ends Started out with bright eyes, ready for the ride Eventually becoming numb, feeling dead inside It’s hard acting like everything is alive With a city full of homelessness struggling to survive The bay is in decay once you step outside your door Building up these skyscrapers, can’t afford the floor Sprint in different paths, think they need a semaphore Watch it get more lavish while it’s rotting at the core This future of uncertainty makes people live in fear But galas and events getting bigger every year Meanwhile my friend’s trying to push his code to prod It’s the second time this week he’s late to his other job [Chorus] “It's hard acting like everything is alright” (x4) The newspaper writes – “things will never be the same” The radio describes – “it'll end with bang bang” The television cites – “life is like a dice game” And it’s hard acting like everything is alright [Verse 3] Welcome to this gauntlet of thorns along its axis In some regard the human race, but even more disastrous Sharp-spined sweet-centered dream is just a cactus Growing jobs and lower taxes, ever-promised practice The top 1% leaving all but one below Prices rushing up, but income is getting slow My friend about to drown, can’t swim against the flow Barely treading water, second job let him go Realized the struggle keeping pace with all the higher rent Leadership starts to wonder where all the desire went Drawing on the savings that’s intended for retirement Selling off his future just maintaining his environment Catch us living fast while the sun is setting slow Tomorrow shadow’s grow just to keep the status quo Word to E-40, gotta Tell Me When To Go The boom becomes a bust. How or when, you never know [Chorus] “It's hard acting like everything is alright” (x4) The newspaper writes – “things will never be the same” The radio describes – “it'll end with bang bang” The television cites – “life is like a dice game” And it’s hard acting like everything is alright
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[Verse 1] (int eighty) Welcome to the present ‘cause there will not be a later Topographic anti-savior burning forests by the acre Justified in every right given their behavior You could label me destructive but I’d say it’s in my nature Awakened and I'm angered putting villages in danger While I'm pillaging these strangers sending villains to their maker Run in constant time as I find your nearest neighbor So refer to me as major redefining nomenclature (Tribe One) Find me climbing over skyscrapers Swatting fighter pilots like their flying folded line paper Firing eye lasers that reflect from off the side of a knife blade Leaving ninety storey high spires lying sideways A giant primate with the mind of a wise sage Combined by a dinosaur that survived through the ice age You wouldn’t like me when I fly in a blind rage Until the world map is looking like a blank white page (int eighty) Turning everything to live bait, plus we run the gamut Dominate across your campus, also any other planet Try to understand it, give a range and we will span it Let them take their chances then we realign the canvas FEMA couldn’t manage ever lost within our presence Tackle topics with aggression catastrophic with intention Welcome to the era where you hope for second place Destruction is inherent and the mayhem never waits (Tribe One) Fangs penetrating heavy metal plates Record breaking devastation over twenty seven states You never get an escape you can pray but it’s never safe And any limb or head you sever then regenerates A new frame rearranged to produce pain I never had a loose tooth I just grew fangs Consuming butane spewing blue flame I'm getting used to the view from the top of the food chain [Verse 2] (Tribe One) Welcome to the present, the future isn’t happening There’s only ashes in the backdraft of a dragon’s flapping wings Decimating acres on the way to reach a destination later I don’t need a trail of crumbs when every step creates a crater I can’t be stopped the only option is to not resist I’m a walking obelisk with cinder blocks for fists You wonder what I want I thought it’s obvious To cancel the cancellation of the apocalypse (int eighty) Documents from novelists and archaeologists Won’t uncover any origins before the comet hits With an impact that would cause a plot to twist The planet’s spinning to oblivion without an option off of it Never hesitating, devastating 'til we’re out of fuel Levitate and defenestrate at any altitude Destruction increasing 'til the landscape’s out of view Decimate the infrastructure, water, and the power too (Tribe One) I can chop a mountain down and use the edge of my hand as a blade To brandish and banish anything that stands in my way I’m bringing panic and famine and plague There’s not a man, not a cannon brigade that could handle my animal rage I’m the last of a breed the lone survivor of the species If I ever find a rival I go genocidal clean sweep My mind inclined a charging rhino with a mean streak Apex predator and I don’t even eat meat (int eighty) Mythologies will repeat the number of fatalities Collapsing at a speed to change the orbit of a galaxy A magnitude of order fast surpassing atrophy This event horizon rising and consuming drastically It’s dire, this requires all the savage you can muster After laughter comes the hunger so just gather all your hunters Applauding atom bombings hear the clap and feel the thunder As we seal and then reveal the last disaster undiscovered
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[Verse 1] Welcome to the party, everybody far and near Drinks start pouring, everybody start to cheer See what we have here, is a reason to facilitate A room full of friends, everybody want to celebrate Step 1, acquire a line-up inspired by your finest refreshments, a minor investment Don’t sweat it, won’t retire with questions Or desires you left without a prior assessment Step 2: make sure everyone’s invited Instagram, Twitter, all our followers united Snapchat hashtags are gonna be a riot Facebook event, don’t dare set it to private Step 3: add some lighting, make it vibrant Turn the music up to the opposite of quiet This is the event that’ll always be admired Oh, forgot to mention, attire not required [Chorus] ShowerCon! We gon’ party while the power’s on ShowerCon! Everybody got to bounce along ShowerCon! Leaving every dry towel gone ShowerCon! 9000 with the scouter on ShowerCon! We’ll be proving every doubter wrong ShowerCon! Yeah we had to make a louder song ShowerCon! The scene so amazing With them hands like raisin' from a 24 hour long [Verse 2] Clothes off, skivvies out, showing off what’s under that Butts out the back like a cluster full of plumber cracks Hot waterfalls from the faucet, make a puddle splash Steam rising fast like a thunder cloud of mustard gas Bottles pouring out out the bottom of the duffel bag Moving up the bar from our freshman year of undergrad Best of the best, upper upper upper upper half Couples want to cuddle, and they’re covered up in bubble bath Suffering succotash, living up our prime Dying with regrets? We’re not guilty of the crime Heating up fast, thermostat watch it climb Water works working putting hours in for overtime Memories stored in the same frame of mind I told you that this thing would be one of a kind It’s beach party, pool party, block party combined The only thing missing is a WET FLOOR sign [Chorus] ShowerCon! We gon’ party while the power’s on ShowerCon! Everybody got to bounce along ShowerCon! Leaving every dry towel gone ShowerCon! 9000 with the scouter on ShowerCon! We’ll be proving every doubter wrong ShowerCon! Yeah we had to make a louder song ShowerCon! The scene so amazing With them hands like raisin' from a 24 hour long [Scratched vocals]
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[Intro x2] “Drives me so insane, drives me so insane Always drives me so, drives me so insane” [Verse] This song is a thank you for the time waste, for the laps that you added on to my race For the chores that you gave me more helping yourself to create a pile-up on to my plate For prioritizing your needs over mine wait, to slow the growth of my mindstate That’s life, when you think you gotta get it right, then ignite, fight put a spike in the crime rate When being right is what’s wrong, I’ve lived this life for too long Strange enough, gotta change it up, it’s time for me to move on Can it be, the meetings for planning the plan to meet are just vanity Candidly, it’d be better if we could just cancel these, ‘cause they make me want to drink anti-freeze And spew profanity, making me intolerable to all my huge family More of that insanity exploring every channel please deplorably a little bit mechanically with Everybody panicking, manic from the pandering, ruining the truth in the way we view humanity Breathless and killing and tempting and thrilling and ready and willing 'til I lose my sanity Choosing for wellness, it’s so confusing, proving my mental health it’s so alluding Removing the options from humans just rotten gotta talk us off the ledge from the edge of consuming Somewhere in there’s the terror of health care wrapped inside an insurance quote Entangled you with burn-out, strangled just to watch your endurance choke Urine soaked brick top sidewalks piled off with life locked homeless motionless Like striked off in white chalk that you wanna just wipe off This unrealistic sadistic complicit has twisted experience into statistics Not long 'til I’m gone and won’t say that I miss it in making decisions to pray for forgiveness Scraping by, chasing another day 8 to 5, while I fake alive Had to get this car just to get me to my job making payments for the car just to make this drive Living addiction this way of life, if I gotta run it back then I’ll say it twice Society’s a debt to claim with a price to pay so I pay the price [Chorus – repeat to fade] “Drives me so insane, drives me so insane Always drives me so, drives me so insane”
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[Verse 1] It’s one step forward, and two steps back In this maze gotta find a way through intact Yeah life comes you, who knew it’s this fast On this one impasse gotta make an impact Distracted by dissatisfaction Recursive, my purpose in life is still lacking Time passing, my mind is whip-lashing Misguidance killed the fire in this, of this passion Dig a track on a path to be discovered Wishing for a clean route but oh it’s so cluttered Submerged in all directions like colors on a mural The word is “priority”, and know it isn’t plural Wanna be immortalized, sorta like those ordered 4-quarter guys Bordering on sure to rise and heavily disorganized See the play in disarray Think it then I say, that it’s gonna be okay [Chorus x2] Hey hey, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay Okay, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay [Verse 2] Watching things spiral, less than desirable Uphill battles and yet none of them are climbable All offenses fireable, living check to check This job is such a mess boss is breathing down my neck Add a fear of failure, still afraid of success But we can’t take a rest, I can’t even take a breath (exhale) need a break from all the stress So I’m praying for the best like it’s the only option left Requests for my attention had me super hyperventin' Pulled in all directions, so I focused my intention Fear of missing out had me overly extended Discarded so much madness to overhaul the method I see it all the time, how we take it day to day Never will unwind so it never fades away Embracing what’s essential don’t go back into the fray All you gotta do is say, that it’s gonna be okay [Chorus x2] Hey hey, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay Okay, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay [Verse 3] Feeling capped how the peaks have their limits And the valleys can go low enough to almost feel infinite Seemingly uneven to the point you want to quit it My chances disadvantaged starting right from the beginning Try to save the highlights preventing a delete Just to see the victories be canceled by defeats True it hurts, thinking how you knew the worst Nothing more chaotic than life inside this universe Still pushing let my talents guide the course Tried to find a center bringing balance to the force Anything can change with a catalyst endorsed Successes outshine overshadow the remorse Finding any footing feels confusing now instead You feel like stepping back is needed just to get ahead An unexpected task, an additional delay Remember to repeat, that it’s gonna be okay [Chorus x2] Hey hey, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay Okay, it’ll be okay (Be okay) it’ll be okay [Outro ad-libs]
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[Verse 1] "I remember when it all started", something from a dream Addicted to the black and green letters on my screen Quicker than my peers, so inherent what it means A uni student, prudent, coming out at seventeen Watching code ascend 'til it towers like the Eiffel Spend my time debugging and they're charging by the cycle Studying the language so this guide is now my bible The beauty of the baud dedicated this disciple The world of the electron, wasn't to be stepped on Hackers are the future, we're the ones for you to bet on Fuel to the fire like computers were a chevron But this is all decades way before I met John So I let on, knowledge gives to wisdom Got a job and it pays, and doesn't end in prison Help secure computers by installing malware in 'em Hoping they don't twist it turning me into the victim [Chorus] One more story, one more hacker Back to the past when the path got fractured Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” Just another story, just another hacker Just another past, up until it shattered Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” [Verse 2] This white hat collar job saving me my backbone Just the grind on my mind, seems like I'm half clone Working for the money, you know how the math goes Skills run of mill, feeling like I've plateaued Happy with my job though can't afford a chateau Could be worse, could've gotten stuck with Castro Caught a pink slip, slip into the shadows The fire that's been set inside, lungs are like tobacco Economic downturn the reason that I'm told Appeal would a be waste there's no chance that they'd uphold There's no getting caught watch the scene as it unfolds Worst case scenario I'm sure to get paroled Abandoned so I fold, cancelling the show Handed a la mode, now commanded and controlled Inject drop cats, cross-site all that Felon catching shells every time I hear a callback [Chorus] One more story, one more hacker Back to the past when the path got fractured Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” Just another story, just another hacker Just another past, up until it shattered Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” [Bridge x2] “Don't trust anyone” “Turn the page” [Verse 3] Compilers and source always all up on my screen Internal code, kernel mode, even in my dreams Eat sleep breath speak writing all the time Structs loops data types always on my mind Then it's kicked to the curb, "you're not welcome here today" But this is what they made so I couldn't walk away Looking down the road seeing exponential users Figured I’d invest since computers are the future Learn from the past so I studied all manoeuvres Tightened up the OPSEC, patching like it's sutures Feel I got the short end sharpened with the blade Minimum in wage while the criminals get paid Justified the raise compensating and betrayed Cause fear is too expensive, the cost to be afraid The dangers of incentive and a motive in the mixture I'm hearing "farewell", well now there's just Viktor [Chorus] One more story, one more hacker Back to the past when the path got fractured Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” Just another story, just another hacker Just another past, up until it shattered Sometimes calm, sometimes disaster “Turn the page and we start another chapter” [Chopped outro vocals]
16.
[Verse 1] (int eighty) Where to start: what doesn’t kill us makes it tougher Moving through this concrete jungle like no other Everything we cover over ground and even under From an undetected universe that needs to be discovered Old pubs and taverns, tunnels linked in tandem Seeking urban caverns that forever been abandoned Seen the writing on the wall seen the patterns on the tiles Hieroglyphic styles reminded of X-Files Seven pins in the lock that’ll open seven dreams Seven stories, seven continents, crossing seven seas Exploring every corridor you’d better believe We’re sprinting to the finish and forever achieve Climbing fences, drain pipes, but never need a ladder Ventilation shafts even crawling through the rafters Motion flips the lights and now everybody scatters So we’re living for the moment like it doesn’t even matter Locks will never stop us and these chains could never hold us Disregarding limits that our teachers always told us Train tunnels go down, architecture profound Cities filled with industry remembered now as ghost towns Empires rise but they always fall Feel your heartbeat echo off these hallway walls Ignoring all regrets and the fact that it’s illegal Seeking out forgiveness in these hollow cathedrals Visualize the past, transpire their fates Long forgotten monuments, admire the greats Walking hospitals, factories, entire estates Finding time winding down in this tireless race It’s better than adrenaline the prize that awaits Got us cutting through the clearing fearing sirens will chase And running up in gates, and moving quick through pried crates Making my way on fire escapes (Sulfur) Where the dust blankets over the rust Cracked creaky floors make it hard to trust And we still bust through the doors, a must Our minds harboring this wanderlust Metropolis to city, town to town Forgotten locations all around Found the best way to experience a place in your travels, Visit the part it starts to unravel The gavel of time, no rewind on the clock WD40 for the pins in the lock Everything crushed beneath that tick tock From amusement parks down to office blocks Ready to rock, you know with EDC Always by my side (yeah, you know me) Not hyperbole, traverse debris Stay students in the class of entropy and we Conquer skeletons of skyscrapers History books becoming aged paper Self fulfilling prophecies never taper So we always stay ready for the caper And they steady catching vapor if they think they catching us Hanging from the ceiling, belt wrapped around the truss Never stayed safe – like a moth to a flame Clinging to the frame to view what remain Unclaimed archaeologists sifting clues Where the streaks of decay leave colorful hues We peruse store fronts long since left bare Checking out check outs, imagining what was there Share a little moment with the past Cause the sand slip too fast through that hourglass Nothing ever lasts – even ourselves So we can’t live in books on the shelves [Chorus x 2] This one here's for all my world tourers City, state, country – urban explorers Now we get around to all the four corners Here's three cheers for my urban explorers [Verse 2] (int eighty) Respect how the days pass, sunsets stained glass Sanctuary claimed wrecking balls when the crane crash Environments destroyed for a minimum of vain cash Feel myself crumble with the rubble in the drain splash Gotta find, chasing tunnels and their lines Earth keeps spinning got us running out of time Seeking reaching past the entrance covering in vines Puzzles that I find still discovering my mind Underground rooftops, low brow, high life Concrete canopies with sewer grate skylights Fools seeking gold when they’re only finding pyrite Adventure’s the reward, seeing green without the lime light Eternal in this process, never-ending conquests Unstoppable forces, immovable objects Open any mystery, ambition and our lock picks Urban explorers, all capacities and contexts (Sulfur) Boundaries on maps are man-made lines Ignoring the warning on trespass signs Check the decline, yesterday’s designs Keeping wits sharp never know what we'll find Risking trips to the police station Can’t cave to intimidation Fascination for the edges that fray And the places that we’ve thrown away And I’ve been known to stray, off the path, where the bricks erode Graffitied hieroglyphics like an ancient code Moving carefully where the boards are brittle On the third floor of an abandoned hospital Whittle it down, what you have left Picking at the bones, envisioning the breath No theft, we respect the space Taking memories, leaving no trace [Chorus x 4] This one here's for all my world tourers City, state, country – urban explorers Now we get around to all the four corners Here's three cheers for my urban explorers
17.
06:12
[Verse] Game time! Never even played a scrimmage Back to the practice victorious in image Counting every minute know I'm heading to the finish Feeling no amount of time will ever be enough to win it So we try to make infinite, packing in to fit it Taken from our grasp in the flash of a minute Overcoming limits of the timid 'til we're vivid Still admitted that I'm livid how it's treated like a gimmick At the same time! Learning as we go Trial give an error still I'm building what I know Staring at the matrix, interpreting the code Tearing through the tape, then I'm breaking every mold And I'm taking every hold just to pull myself up Far above the cusp and it's just to feel the rush With the fire that erupts, highs and the lows Tried giving up, why would I go? This is life and it's tough, the price of the show Ignited and combust make the microphone explode Life line on hold, take another breath (Line’s on hold!) Gotta make it to impress Lines in the road, back to the bench Living life by this code, but I still need a rest Heart full of pressure, head full of stress Pawn took a rook played the gambit for its chess Hundred in percent there’s no way to give it less F5, excise, now you’re feeling so refreshed Mess with the best, you know how it goes Die like the rest, now the avenue is closed Sure Simon says, but he doesn’t really know With the truth never stated and some lies never told Got it so enclosed, any side opposed But when everything unfolds you’ve just gotta let it go Hit a fork in the road, the path untravelled Behind you is cold where the past unravelled Moving on to grow grab an axe for the battle 'Cause you’re better and you know they’re not even worth the hassle Subtract and reduce Picking up traction the action aloof Brash and uncouth, facts and the proof Two sides to the story, one half to the truth But I'm back in the booth, headed to my fate Light in the tunnel, picking locks on the gate Giving all it takes so it's never a debate Chasing the goal, overburdened from the pace Facing it bold, taking control Try to get away can’t escape from the hold Life time enrolled, embedded in your soul But when everything unfolds you’ve just gotta let it go (like) [Chorus / Outro] “Go...Go...Go...” You've just got to let it “Go...Go...Go...” I've just got to let it “Go...Go...Go...” We just need to let it “Go...Go...Go...Go...”

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This album was completed in December 2017, and created in the 5 years downtime since 2012's 'All The Things'. A period during which int eighty and c64 toured together, played shows around the world, and experienced numerous ups and downs in their personal lives. Many of the final tracks started to take shape around 2016-2017.

'Downtime' is intended largely as a lyrical and instrumental exploration of the highs and lows experienced during this time period, with reflections on the pressures of life and battles of the mind. We delve into the deeper reaches of c64 and eighty's collective consciousness...as they make sounds with computers and shout into microphones.

Rest assured, there are catchy hooks, head-nodding beats, and occasional computer references!

TLDR version; we put a lot into it and hope you enjoy :)

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released December 24, 2017

Created by Dual Core.
Produced & mixed by c64 - c64music.bandcamp.com.
Lyrics & vocals by int eighty.

Tracks 9 and 16 feature guest vocals from our friends Tribe One (tribeone.bandcamp.com) and Sulfur (sulfur.bandcamp.com).

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