The Robot Knights Do It Live

by The Robot Knights

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1.
When the lights and the stars start to dim And the bars and the cars start to shimmer with their own light It's the top of the morning, it's the end of the night It's time to get up and go home Or just go out and wait 'til tomorrow will break When the light starts to shine from the sun that's started to rise The steam on your coffee will float just in front of the lids of your eyes You can't see the morning is the end of the glimmering night You can't see that it's time to get up and go get yourself out of sight When the trains start to run again You know that it's time to go home When the rain comes again You know that it's time to go home When the streets start to fill again You know that it's time to go home When the light doesn't strike deep enough to penetrate your mind And the spark of your thoughts isn't strong enough to ignite You can close all the windows, you can fall down where you stand Smoke your last cigarette of the evening, or the first of the morning Don't worry, you won't understand When the trains start to run again You know that it's time to go home When the rain comes again You know that it's time to go home When the streets start to fill again You know that it's time to go home
2.
AMAZON I'm not lost, I'm not scared I'm all alone and I'm not prepared I'm not worried, doomed, or stuck I'm far from home and I'm out of luck I don't wanna go away I just have to get away I don't wanna go away I just have to get away I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon And it's okay for me now to pretend that there's nothing wrong I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon With all the animals, so let's get it on! I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon No mosquitoes biting my face Or wild animals giving chase This is the jungle, not outer space I don't know how I got to this place I don't wanna go away I just have to get away I don't wanna go away I just have to get away I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon And it's okay for me now to pretend that there's nothing wrong I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon With all the animals, so let's get it on! I'm not in denial I'm in the Amazon
3.
DRAGONS Got my suit, got my lance Got my wits — I mean, programs Got myself in a fight With a foe larger than life Got my steed, but she’s too scared Got to lead — am I prepared? Laser beam, sight unseen What remains: one robot’s dream Fire breath, nothing left of the heroes who came before Scales, spiked tail But I won’t fail Dragons no more, no more, no more Path pursued, all uphill Luckily I’ve got no free will I just do what one command Told me to, you wouldn’t understand. Broken drives, battle scars Still I strive, ever far Upgrade found, safe install Gotta break down your firewall (repeat chorus) Armor unblockable, achievement unlockable Take down the dragon race, starting with you Increase my download speed, upgrade my dying need Taking you down if it’s the last thing I do Extermination! Extermination! Extermination, gonna take you take you down Extermination, gonna take you take you down!
4.
500 HOUR DAY I'm sick of being sick, and I'm tired of being tired Gonna sit at home all day writing something uninspired You'll go tell all your friends that I'm distant and confused I'll go tell all my friends that I'm tired of being used You'll ask me how I am, and I'll say I'm not too sure I'm following a plan, but the whole thing's uninsured Oh, 500 hour day Oh, 1000 hour week I'm just working all the time I'm just plugging up the leak But it always comes back out Gotta drag it all back in Roll the boulder up the hill And forget -- about -- the end. I'm lost without a rest, and I'm outside in the snow I didn't mean to pester you, there's nowhere else to go Gotta keep my day job up, got responsibility Gotta go there every day 'til they've had their fill of me I'm tired of tiny paychecks, and I want to get my dues I am sick of being sick, and I'm tired of being used Oh, 500 hour day Oh, 1000 hour week I'm just working all the time I'm a workaholic freak And the songs, they come out still, Got no time to write 'em down Roll the boulder up the hill Until -- it rolls -- down. Making making making money Faking faking faking it Writing 'til I've got no shit to say Filling up my bank account It feels like such a small amount Feels like their must be a better way ... [repeat 3 times] Oh, 500 hour day Oh, 1000 hour week I'm just working all the time And oh, blessed be the meek, But I'm wishing I could stand and scream for everyone to hear Oh, I'm getting out of here Oh, I'm getting out of here! I'm not gonna waste my time until the end I'm gonna do the shit I always planned Not gonna wait 'til I'm around the bend I'm gonna make the whole world understand.
5.
GHOST TRAIN Waiting, oh, waiting, last train of the night Hear a bell ring, see the light Whole car to myself, all aboard, just me Close my eyes for a minute, fall asleep I wake up when I feel someone's hand on my arm Whisper telling me, "Don't be alarmed" Open my eyes, nobody's there But the voices are everywhere: "Oh, we just want to take you home For you've spent far too long on the roam A quiet place, a tiny space, deep underground You can't be found." Close in on a station and I pull the cord Stop requested but you guessed it, I'm ignore The train hurtled on forward into the night Better tell the conductor, something's not right When I get to the front, empty seat's dusty Who's driving this thing? Somebody must be! "You're going insane," the voices pound in my brain, "Please move to the back of the train! "Oh, we just want to take you home For you've spent far too long on the roam A quiet place, a tiny space, deep underground You can't be found." I gotta get out of here That's the thought that keeps on running through my head I gotta get out of here But we're traveling who-knows-where top speed ahead I gotta get out of here That's the thought that keeps on running through my head I gotta get out of here 'Cause we're traveling who-knows-where Top speed ahead! Never in a situation like this before That's what the emergency stop is for I pulled it down, pushed open the door I'm not gonna take this anymore Ran through the tunnel, away from the light I saw a station ahead in the night When I got there, you wouldn't believe, It was my stop! What a relief. "Oh, we just want to take you home For you've spent far too long on the roam A quiet place, a tiny space, deep underground You can't be found."
6.
ROBOT LOVE Waking up, I've got no plans Groggy from my virus scans I'll reboot, put on some pants I'm good to go, I'm good to dance Going to a show alone Better than being at home See a girl I used to know When we swapped circuits years ago I call up the logs from when we used to chat She smiles when I ask if she remembers that It feels like it's love, but it's really the internet 'Cause this is as close as two robots could ever get I might overheat, this girl's got me beat It feels like it's love But it's really the internet. She follows me in, we start to rock Tell her my specs, I'm overclocked But she's got style, and she's got speed Solid state drive, flash memory She says, "let's go back to your place" She'll show me her modded case Take this night in a new direction Local area connection She pulls me close and I try not to blue screen Feel her hard drive hum inside her, sight unseen It feels like it's love, but it's really the internet 'Cause this is as close as two robots could ever get I might overheat, this girl's got me beat It feels like it's love But it's really the internet Complete the connection Circuits engaged and we're online I'm just so glad, to know that she's happy I'm just so glad she's mine I boot up at morning's light Sun in the window shining bright Haven't been this glad in a long time To see her body next to mine She smiles at me, and says, "you know, Tonight we'll catch another show" There's nowhere else I'd rather go It feels like it's love, but it's really the internet 'Cause this is as close as two robots could ever get I'm hers 'til I rust, 'til our parts turn to dust It's stronger, last longer than love Because it's the internet!
7.
TELEPHONE LINES Telephone lines that run their tangled paths, connect us in no time Let us talk and stalk and feel that we’re together all the time you may think then that you’ll never be alone Put the phone down and look around Is anybody home? Are you just talking to yourself? Listening to your own echo, hearing the sound of your own voice Or is there something else? A connection across an unknown space, do you know your place? You find yourself pacing and considering spacing between dots that mark the ellipses in your mind Your thoughts are racing onto topics of conversation That you never brought up while directly facing me For so much time, fine (repeat chorus lyrics, thru bridge) Dialing and waiting, holding on Bated breath and hating every second that passes too far away from you It’s so frustrating, the illusory choice that you’re creating You sound so near but it’s completely clear that there’s nothing I can do
8.
DINOSAURS I've got big ol' claws Big fuckin' teeth Gonna bite your head off Just to see what's underneath You know, my body's huge And my brain is small But you can't escape me Whether you run or walk or crawl I'm gonna stomp all over the place I'm gonna stomp all over your face It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome Being a dinosaur It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome Being a dinosaur I saw some prehistoric plants Just passed 'em by Because a tasty triceratops Caught my carnivorous eye I saw a pterodactyl, baby Plucked it right out of the sky Didn't even say good morning I just said goodbye I'm gonna stomp all over your dreams I'm gonna stomp you to smithereens It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome Being a dinosaur It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome Being a dinosaur Dinosaurs are everywhere They're in your teeth and they're in your hair They're in your shoes and they're in your bed Dinosaurs are in your head! When I walk outside the door, I'm followed by a dinosaur He goes with me into the store, that no good dirty dinosaur I look left -- dinosaurs! Right -- dinosaurs! Up? Dinosaurs! Down? Dinosaurs! Front? Dinosaurs? Back? Dinosaurs! Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Dontasaurus, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus Velociraptor Velociraptor Velociraptor! Pterodactyls in the sky, they're not the only dinosaur that can fly And if they eat you, you're gonna die And everybody who loves you, they're gonna cry. That's all I've got to say about that. Being a dinosaur -- it's awesome! Bad-ass to the core -- it's awesome! Eating all the herbivores -- it's awesome! Crushed by a meteor ... It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome (what?) Being a dinosaur! It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome (it's awesome!) Being a dinosaur! It's awesome, it's awesome, it's awesome ... Being a Di - no - saur!
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TIRADE (PARADISE LOST) Pushing 1 AM and I've got nothing to do Paradise Lost is gonna keep me up 'til 2 And worse still, you haven't got a clue The better life is waiting for you I'm pretty good at making people leave And if they don't, I can make them believe That it would be their best decision yet To let me screw my life up and forget Don't make me say my tirade all again I'll just say this, and then, you can say "when" I couldn't be the girl you wanted then And I don't know how To be her now Listen to me, darling, heaven's sake I had no master plan for heartbreak I don't know how else to say it, my dear Life can only get better from here Don't make me say my tirade all again I'll just say this, and then, you can say "when" I couldn't be the girl you wanted then And I don't know how To be her now You want me to change? That, I can't do I don't make promises that won't stay true You're scared to admit how much of me you need I'm scared to stay, I'm scared to leave You want me to change? I don't know how But everything, yes, everything is different now. Ba da da da daaaa Ba da da da daaaa Whoooaaaa Ba da da da daaaa ...

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This is a live album, recorded with a mere built-in video camera microphone. Yup.

"The Dinosaur Song" and "Tirade" were recorded on March 31, 2012 at the Cantab Lounge. All of the other tracks were recorded on April 21, 2012 at the Rosebud.

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released April 12, 2012

Songs written by Maddy Myers, Dan Weisman, and Zach Warner.
Maddy Myers on keytar and vocals, Dan Weisman on guitar, Zach Warner on drums and back-up vocals.

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The Robot Knights Boston, Massachusetts

The Robot Knights are a synth-pop-rock trio featuring Maddy Myers on keytar and vocals, Zach Warner on drums and vocals, and Dan Weisman on guitar and vocals. They write songs about robot knights fighting dragons, apocalyptic zombie takeovers, mad sexy science, and dinosaurs. ... more

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