Machinery

It seemed that time had stopped for me
I was on the slide
Drinking in the lobby bar
Numb, desensitised
A surge of electricity
A flicker of insight
Drawn by a magnetic force
Out into the night

The full moon’s coursing in my blood
I’m hurtling downtown
The driver’s moving through the gears
The sparks are raining down
Been asleep for oh so long
Forgot I was alive

Oblivious to the 21st century
Immune to the trappings of luxury
Unconscious of the dark machinery I’m waking up

Born in the wrong place
Born without your grace
A past I can’t erase
I want you, I want you Longing in full flow
A lucid afterglow
That I may never know
Oh I need you, I need you

The air is thick and charged with heat
As the night descends
The pack is on the hunt for blood
Inflamed by your scent
I never felt true loneliness Until the day we met

Oblivious to the 21st century
Immune to material anxiety
Blind from narcissistic insecurity
I’m waking up

Born in the wrong place
Born without your grace
A mind in outer space
I want you, I want you Longing in full flow
A lucid afterglow
That I may never know
I need you, I need you

So… What if I am wrong?
If our chance is gone
And you are moving on?

Born in the wrong place
Born without your grace
You never leave a trace
I want you, I want you Longing in full flow
A lucid afterglow
That I may never know
I need you, I need you

So…
I want you, I want you

I need you, I need you
So…

Song Notes

In a track by track breakdown of Kablammo! with culturecollide.com, the band had the following to say about the track:

Tim: Probably the most indie pop tune on the record.

Mark: It was one of the final ones we worked on. It was another ukulele song. The chorus keeps rising and rising - it’s just a beautiful melody.

Tim: When I was writing it was a stream of consciousness, and I was questioning what this song was really about. And then as I developed it I was imagining someone, say from the 90s or pre-internet time, say they all of a sudden woke up 20 years later, now. How would they relate to people? I guess they would see a lot of insincere narcissism and technology would be really baffling. I think they’d be surprised by how people connect to each other. It’s essentially a song about someone in modern times trying to find a real connection. Some of the lyrics give it a New York feel. That’s where we live, in the city. So there’s an NYC energy to the song too.

Rick: If you want a soundbite, I think it’s like a Rip Van Winkle for the internet age. Despite that, it’s a very good song.