The Robot Knights Do It Live

by The Robot Knights

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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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Track Name: Light Time (Live)
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
Track Name: Amazon (Live)
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
Track Name: Dragons (Live)
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!
Track Name: 500 Hour Day (Live)
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.
Track Name: Ghost Train (Live)
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."
Track Name: Robot Love (Live)
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!
Track Name: Telephone Lines (Live)
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
Track Name: The Dinosaur Song (Live)
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!
Track Name: Tirade (Live)
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.

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