New Forms Of Life (live at the Oakwood)

by I Am The Manic Whale

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1.
He’s got a 14 foot scarf, Knows how to ride a giraffe, Hear his maniacal laughter He knows the things, which are true, Adjusts your angle of view, Under judicial review He’s looking above, he’s looking around. My advice to you, keep your head down And if you can, get deep underground He’s the man with many faces, commander of disguise He’ll set fire to the traces as he births a nest of lies He’s not a man you can fool, He went to graduate school, Known as the prince of misrule He knows no fear and no pain, Enormous knowledge domain, It takes too long to explain If you strike him down with all your hate He comes right back up still looking great And if you can see him it’s already too late He’s the man with many faces, the captain of disguise He’ll hit the detonator as he looks into your eyes He travels through space and time, Using the power of his mind, Defending all humankind He travels through time and space, Frequently changing his face, Exterminating our race He’s the man with many faces, each one has a different hat He’ll put you in your place ‘cause only he knows where it’s at The man with many faces, one of them's a girl Stand back as he transitions whilst he saves another world All we wanted was a place that we could call our own But everywhere we go is infested with life Tried to exterminate the vermin that was here before us He tries to stop us, but he won’t take us alive (keep your helmets on, children) Keep your helmets on (keep your helmets on, children) Yes they’ll keep you safe from his eyes (keep your helmets on, children) No matter what he says don’t take them off (keep your helmets on, children)
2.
We will pay four dollars for one hour of your time. It’s a scientific study of memory and learning. Are you aged between 21 and 52? Just fill out the form, we’ll send the information through. The men sat down in a room one at a time. They asked the questions and wait for the reply. Just press the button every time the answer’s wrong. Increase the voltage each time you move along. How far will you go if you’re not culpable? How far can you be pushed? You’re not responsible. How far will you go? You’re not accountable. How long will you go on? Will they stop? Will they painfully refuse? Or will they shock? Pressing on against their will. They hear the screams and the banging on the wall. But they are assured no long term harm is caused at all. Their obedience tested to the limit now. And submission to a higher authority. “Just following orders”, the cry is ages old. Are they to blame, simply doing what they’re told? Please continue The experiment requires that you continue It is absolutely essential that you continue You have no other choice. You must go on.
3.
Do you remember that time on the internet when that guy said that thing about your face and everybody lolled and thought that it was really cool? He said that you were Princess Strange Somewhere down the line it became your name and everybody called you it next day in school You’ve always been such a freak Not gonna lie, your personality is weak and that’s why it was right for us to call you out We were only trying to be kind when we told you you had to get a life There’s nothing that you need to get upset about It was just a joke. It was all okay She knew we didn’t mean it anyway I see you standing all alone in your socially unacceptable clothes and when I smiled you flew into a comic rage But Princess what you didn’t know is I used my phone to make a video and it’s uploading now to your hatebook page Vitriol bile and spite pounded into the keyboard All the sleepless nights and the tears it caused she couldn’t bring herself to go to school. She knew we didn’t mean it It was just some fun, what have we done didn’t she know that we didn’t mean it anyway? She took it all to heart, it’s torn her apart I thought she knew that we didn’t mean it anyway
4.
Strandbeest Occupied in creating new forms of life from plastic tubing (all mechanical) Blurring the boundaries in our minds between art and engineering (biological) They’re born, they grow, they age, they die. Through time evolve, weathered and changed Captivating, mesmerising, walking on the wind. Skeletons creeping on the sand inexorably self-propelling (scatological) Storing air in their reservoirs, pressure pumping piston muscles (respirational) Stomachs and wings and legs and brains, rotating spine, they move in herds. Animaris adulari Animaris daubis caudis Animaris percipiere Animaris rhinoceros lignatus Striving to equip his creatures with artificial understanding (intellectual) They adapt to environments, and respond to their surroundings (habitational) Live their own lives, they self preserve Surviving storms, they anchor down.
5.
So why do you wait Until the darkness comes up to your door For it to bother you? And when do you learn The world is dark and those who bear the light Will pay for being true? They're telling you Be a big tall boy Go and make some noise Don't you wish sometimes we were less like gentle men Knew how to give the world a hand There must be a way to stand up! The young and the old Lives got cut off all the time while life For you it was too good to understand It was under your nose Through the years while you were having fun Thinking about your favourite bands Tell me What were you supposed to Either say or do? Don't you wish sometimes God would stop being a gentleman Step in, give us all a hand And show us a way to stand up! Is there a way to stand up? Now you say we need to look out for our own Your white van men must be enthralled And you can print whatever justifies (Your pocket) You don't abuse that freedom much at all So we all went along with this They were criminal chance scoundrels spoiling for a war I must admit I was afraid Watching daily every hour But we failed to read the truth And it's only getting sourer Still I guess that we can live In a world of so much pain As long as we are in the warm As long as we can stay protected from the rain We never want for anything if want Is something We'd have to cross the ocean for To kick our kids above the waterline Witness All their potential washed ashore We walked by on the other side No we just couldn't wait to get our heads back in the sand But we've progressed to 'refugee' From the previous 'migrant swarm' Now that innocence is lost And enough tears shed for a tropic storm I guess that we can live In a world of so much pain As long as we can still be dry As long as we're allowed to stay out of the rain God forgive us every one For all we haven't done There's just no way that I can turn it into poetry or song It's too tragic and I won't even try I have to say it to myself as well as you 'Cause to look in the mirror these days is frankly all that I can do Stand up like big tall boys But it won't be with guns that we make our noise Stand up like all men must do But it won't be a sword that pushes us through There's a sacrifice to make and songs that must be sung We'll build a world for everyone if we stand up Stand up, do it with your prayer Set your fears aside Cast away your care (The world is crying for you) Stand up with the love that you've found Let compassion reign strong, spread that good stuff around (The world is crying for you) There's a planet out there where goodwill is crumbling down You know our only option now is to stand up There's a truth that must be told - the one true war was won We'll build a world for everyone if we stand up And our only option now is to stand up stand up stand up!!!
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08:57
Ancient parchment, hand-written word Crumbling edges, handle with care The ink is faded, the vellum’s long dry A journey of words taking us back in time Waiting and lasting hoping the years will be kind Educated scholars share what they’ve learned With care and patience they copy the scriptures All you can hear once the ink pots are filled is the quiet scraping and scratching of quills He learned from the master of playing cards Then the idea came like a ray of light A revolution in printed word An idea that changed the world The spread of ideals the spread of ideas And idea that changed the world. Did he mean to change the world? Heaving wooden machine, lowered and raised He’s setting the type, to coin a phrase Quires, reams and bales devoured and changed into three-thousand, six-hundred pages a day Then clattering keys, the noise and speed As the ribbons fly the letters seem to breed The carriage returns, coming back for more Then charges again, an unstoppable force The power of words, the power of knowledge and dissemination Bibles and books, newspapers posters As libraries grow, mass education for the illiterate masses A revolution in printed word So now we gorge ourselves on letters on bright-lit screen And blog them out again for our like-minded friends to read Re-use, recycle, all disposable I’ve a machine in my hand a thousand times faster than the bombe that broke enigma’s code I could use it to read every book ever written But I use it to look at pictures of kittens and play mind-numbing, sweet-crushing games A revolution in printed word An idea that changed the world The spread of ideals the spread of ideas An idea that changed the world. Did he mean to change the world? An idea that could forever change the world
7.
Fisherman for life, working the coast with pots and ropes. Fishing for crabs, hiring out deckchairs to holiday makers. But when the call comes, even in the gloom of the night, Like a real life adventure hero. Into oilskins and sou'westers, rubber boots pulled up high, down to the shore line Dragging the launch across the sand Into the dark, the strength of the oarsmen against the pull of wind and tide “Hold the lantern high” They brave waves higher than houses to save lives. Higher than houses. Volunteers ready to face anything that the sea can throw at them. Determination, judgement, sweating mariners stretched to the limit. As they pull, heave, into the sea Pull together. Pull together. Come on boys, pull together. Let’s pull together. Not for glory not for fame. Not for remuneration. True noblemen, self sacrificing. Risking their lives, time upon time. October 1941, English Trader has run aground on Hammond Knoll, 1.30 AM Can you hear the grinding, crunching, shaking? Wind approaching gale force. Forty foot waves crash across the deck. Lifeboat H.F. Bailey sets out from Cromer, repelled by wind and tide. They try again and again. They brave waves higher than houses to save lives Higher than houses Volunteers ready to face anything that the sea can throw at them Not for glory not for fame. Not for remuneration. True noblemen, self sacrificing. Risking their lives, time upon time. The lifeboat men worked their way to the craft Worked for hours through the dawn to bring survivors to land Forty men and a dog owe their lives to this crewe Survivors pulled through They brave waves higher than houses to save lives Higher than houses Volunteers ready to face anything that the sea can throw at them Fisherman for life, working the coast with pots and ropes. Fishing for crabs, hiring out deckchairs to holiday makers.
8.
Move in straight lines taking time Seek simplicity for my life Shut out extraneous noise and light Surround yourself with perfect love Why not take off your tin-foil helmet You don’t need to shut out community Will you stand with us in unity? Fall into this perfect love Come oppose the separatists for we are one. Oppose the isolationists for we are one And even if we’re standing in the dark right now We’re looking to the light Living for the light Clinging to the light Bringing you the light Looking to the light Living for the light Clinging to the light Bringing you the light of perfect love Choose joy, choose love, choose life in all its fullness We have hope nothing’s impossible
9.
She’s standing stern on the hilltop, looking down at her shoes The vast vista before her, summer sunlight, sensational sight She won’t look! On the cliff above the harbour, offshore breeze in his hair White peaked waves creep up the sand awash with moonlight, a beautiful night He’s facing inland Facing inland! Open your eyes, this is the view, it was put here for you, so open your eyes. Brink of the Grand Canyon, red precipice falls away to the right Ineffable natural beauty looking through a 4-inch screen Add a 70s retro filter They stand on the rooftop with the sun going down The cityscape in silhouette, so deep so dark so iridescent They won’t look Why won’t they look?

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Recorded live at the Oakwood Centre on 5th of May 2018.

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released February 1, 2019

Ben Hartley: drums, backing vocals, more drums
Michael Whiteman: bass guitar, strombolief, acoustic 12-string guitar, lead vocals, drums
David Addis: acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals, triangle
John Murphy: keyboards, backing vocals, drums
Recorded on 5th of May 2018 at The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Live sound and recording: Matt “The Sound” Francis
Lighting and visuals: Howard Boder
Audio mixed by Michael Whiteman at White Noise Music
Video edited by David Addis at Addis Videographic Solutions
Photography by David Addis, Pamela Addis, Andrew Jones, Philip Rose
Layout and design by Sarah Joy at Random Panda

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