Solid State

by Jonathan Coulton

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1.
Wake Up 04:25
Wake up, the day's begun Reach out and take the sun Shine it on the face of a sweet dream and make it come true Wake up the whole world is waiting for you Deep breath and hold it in Breathe out and make it spin Right up to the top of this great big impossible view Wake up the whole world is waiting for you We can't make a move without you We can only dream about you Wondering what you're keeping behind those big baby blues Stand still and settle down Dig deep and find the ground Walk right to the edge with your eyes wide and take in the view Wake up the whole world is waiting for you Wake up the whole world is waiting for you Wake up the whole world is waiting for you
2.
Ten thousand seven hundred days We've been accident-free Practice my confident face My pod's depending on me Working hours fill the day Spending credits when we stay at home So long since anyone has seen Out past the edge of our zone One of the friendlier machines Says I should leave it alone But I wonder anyway About some things I shouldn't say What if Kurzweil doesn't make it? What if all the switches get stuck on destroy? When the shuttle goes, we won't take it When the final counter-measures are deployed All we'll have is all this time All we'll have is all this time All this time Reds for focus, blues to not get upset Wasters and complainers get what they get All eyes watching, no one's noticed me yet I'll tell the secret if I speak It's what I'm smiling about I keep it tucked into my cheek Til it's safe to spit out Things are stranger than they seem Now I remember what I dream What if Kurzweil doesn't make it? What if all the switches get stuck on destroy? When the shuttle goes, we won't take it When the final counter-measures are deployed All we'll have is all this time All we'll have is all this time All we'll have is all this time All this time
3.
Solid State 02:52
Used to be the stars were too far away Used to be the world didn't have much to say Coming in close and talking at the same time Small mistake, terrible crime Using up the air, trying to set yourself on fire Everybody there pushing into one thin wire But it's better than solid state Never look small, but don't get too large You gotta let go, or you won't stay in charge Everything's fine, but nothing's really okay It's all messed up, it's better that way Everyone one you know, crooked little numbers game Where you gonna go? Everywhere it's all the same But it's better than solid state Watch them rise and fall (one after another) Don't forget to follow through You learn after all (take care of each other) Who it hurts and how it ends, how far it goes, it all depends on you Used to be the world was too far away Used to be the stars didn't have much to say All this time, and everybody's still sad We've still got whatever we had Everything the same, rubbing up against your skin Everything you planned, sinking as the tide comes in But it's better than solid state
4.
Brave 02:57
Good things never last long when you've Come to expect them The whole world is doing it wrong and I Can't not correct them Slack-jawed sheeple with their eyes closed As if I don't already have Enough to do There's too many of you More than I can save When I torch the place Cover up my face That will make me brave That will make me brave Heroes, we pay a high price, there's a Girl who ignores me Good guy, I used to be nice, now I Hate til it bores me Small-time pitiful rebellions I'm here, puckered up, sucking on these Sour grapes Filling in the shapes of Shadows in my cave When I torch the place Cover up my face That will make me brave That will make me brave You speak and presto-change-o, great— Now I'm the bad one Your manifesto's strange, oh, wait— You don't even have one Sunlight is kicking up dust as I Stare down the morning Who's left? There's no one I trust and I'm Sure it's a warning Up late, measuring the harm done My heart hardening, counting up the Lonely nights And all the little slights I'm Taking to my grave When I torch the place Cover up my face That will make me brave That will make me brave
5.
I love the shape of square things But in my defense Right at the edge is where things Started to not make sense Inside the cube you're spinning Colors slide into place Just when you think you're winning You mix up a different face Then you wish for Bigger fish or Just some other thing So you cast her In your disaster Yes, it hurts, but only when you sing Like your heart is broken Bruise at the softest touch Best leave the rest unspoken, Who wants to care that much? Here's your chance, kid Look what you did How could I complain? At the world's end With a new friend Getting high on the same old dumb champagne Still me, quiet as a grave I could play dumb Walk away from What might be something I could save Take my chances Circumstances won't change me much God forbid you Leave the grid, you Know you must disclose That's your one strike What's it feel like? Soft and round, but sometimes even those Things are shaped like square things Corners where you can hide Sometimes you can't repair things Everyone choose a side
6.
All at once it fills up my feed More bad news that I didn't need I can't stop reading but I wish that I didn't know Still too soon there's not much to say They don't know, they talk anyway All of the pieces and none of the places they go So I am looking at pictures of cats I am looking at pictures of cats Too close, so I'm pretending I'm far, far away Not now, I didn't want to be useless today Find your feet, bend at the knees Hold your breath, these things come in threes Try me tomorrow, today has been laying me low So I am looking at pictures of cats I am looking at pictures of cats I am looking at pictures of cats I am looking at pictures of cats
7.
Ordinary Man 03:50
After it happened, when all the smoke cleared How did it feel to you, did it seem weird? Such a charmed life, nothing ever mattered Everything was yours to take One mistake, and Everything fell apart, everything changed Sitting there bleeding out, isn’t it strange? When they hit you, you can feel them hit you Weaknesses they all can see Just like me Now your heart’s all done But your head won’t let you run You’re dying where you stand All this “wait and see” All this “what will be will be” That sounds like the plan Of an ordinary man You say no one tells you the ending But it ends this way You can take it back if you want it But it might be over anyway Haven’t you done enough saving by now? Can’t they take care of each other somehow? All the questions: is it really over? Is he gonna take the fall? Worst of all, you Start to think maybe they’re right about you Maybe it’s over now, maybe it’s true And you know you’re never gonna stand up Be who you’re supposed to be Just like me Cause your heart’s all done But your head won’t let you run You’re dying where you stand All this “wait and see” All this “what will be will be” That sounds like the plan Of an ordinary man
8.
Robots.txt 03:15
Half the day to clear away the day before Stand and stretch and turn to catch the light Walkabout, work it out More or less a second guess, a little more Breath and take the time to make it right Make it spin, fill it in Shapes on shapes, wasted time Pointless points along a line Head down, straight on, you’ll be fine Once you thought that waiting ought to be enough Keep the pace, you’ve got to chase it down Try and then try again Do your best ignore the rest, you leave it rough Once you know you’ve got to go to ground Anyway, another day Shapes on shapes, wasted time Pointless points along a line Head down, straight on, you’ll be fine Shapes on shapes, wasted time Pointless points along a line Head down, straight on, you’ll be fine
9.
Lucy had a steamboat The steamboat had a bell Lucy went to heaven She still felt like hell And so she only gave it two stars Worst place ever She’s the kind of person Anyway, she tries Always disappointed, so she never feels surprised When she is always disappointed She holds my hand like I’m a barbed wire fence Dance like they’re watching you Because they’re watching you And when the bright lights find you Don’t let your heart get lazy Keep all the worst behind you That stuff will make you crazy Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Hello operator Please give me number nine And if you disconnect me I think that would be fine Because all I can hear is talking So much talking Appreciate the outrage I did the best I could I thought about your think piece I don’t think it’s any good And anyway I didn’t read it Who writes this stuff? Because it makes no sense I just checked my privilege And it looks fine to me And when the bright lights find you They’re gonna shine right through you Keep all the worst behind you Don’t let the words get to you Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls The flies are in the meadow The bees are in the park The girls and boys are kissing As we stumble in the dark And we don’t have a lot of time left You clutch your chest, you fake a heart attack Laugh it up, nothing looks good on me Somebody called, they want their something back I’m not a piece of meat I guess I’d like to be And when the bright lights find you Bro, come on bro, don’t taze me Keep all the worst behind you That stuff will make you crazy Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls Don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls
10.
Your Tattoo 02:41
Black and blue Every time I lean into you You think the words don’t mean what they do Killing me so slow So it's home instead Memorize your scars in the bed Making me see stars in my head Baby, you don’t know One rough summer and too much sun The lines get blurry and the colors run And the red bleeds out with the blue A secret in the shape of the way it hurt Planning an escape from beneath your shirt Do you know I love your tattoo? Your tattoo Your tattoo You were there Little sparks and wire in the air Everything on fire everywhere Punishment and crime Black and white That’s keeping me up late every night Thinking I can’t wait but I might Everything in time Gray gives way to the deepest black Promises you made and can’t take back When you look too long you see through Over on the edge where the ink is thin Coming up close against your skin Do you know I love your tattoo? Your tattoo Your tattoo
11.
Did you say it was black tie? I lost a button, but it fits just fine Remind me what time Do you kids still high five? Cool Dad is fun, cool Dad’s your favorite guy Watch me on the floor Ball and chain what would I be Without this weight that’s pulling me Down and out and back again? Don’t ask me Don’t ask me So I’m giving you these keys Ten minutes more no matter what I say Then the Irish goodbye And the seat’s up too far Back roads, I’m spinning with the starry skies You pour me out at home Ball and chain what would I be Without this weight that’s pulling me Down and out and back again? Don’t ask me Don’t ask me I’m a little bit surprised I sleep for fifty years and you’re still here Taking up my side And the sun moves so fast Too fast to see, too bright to look too long I open up my eyes Ball and chain what would I be Without this weight that’s pulling me Down and out and back again? Don’t ask me Don’t ask me Don’t ask me
12.
Sunshine 04:38
We were blind to every sign That we should have seen In a clear unbroken line Machine to machine Our mistakes were the future But no one could tell Long on bitcoin and regret With not much to show The roaches took the kitchenette We just let it go Walked away as the skyline Crumbled and fell We could have stayed Inside the city the machines had made But we took our time Here in the sunshine Cast the shadow of a world that’s gone Sunshine Paint the edges of the road we’re on Sunshine Every bit was filed away The world on a drive They lost Steve but they got Ray If he’s still alive We don’t hear from the inside Not anymore When we watch the wall at night The tops of the trees Reflect a cold and blueish light A sudden unease If there’s nobody left Then who was it for? We soldier on Such a short ride Light bulbs and batteries are almost gone Down a steep slide Watch the world unwind On the outside Here in the sunshine Cast the shadow of a world that’s gone Sunshine Paint the edges of the road we’re on Sunshine The color of a sky, the shape of a kiss Everything I have and not what I miss All this time the world was waiting for this All the rest have slipped away Just me and the wall I won’t last another day And here where I fall Marks the end of a great big beautiful thing And who will see? Such a short ride There’s no one left who can remember me Down a steep slide But today is mine On the outside Here in the sunshine Cast the shadow of a world that’s gone Sunshine Paint the edges of the road we’re on Sunshine Cast the shadow of a world that’s gone Sunshine Paint the edges of the road we’re on Sunshine
13.
The crackle and the buzz that makes up that sound It's breaking up nice, but it won’t break down Pretty sweet ride, as long as you can hold on Here right now, and gone when it’s gone The signal in the noise, the pieces of the world they’ll find The echo of a choice, the static that you leave behind It’s better than solid state It’s better than solid state One after another It’s better than solid state Take care of each other
14.
You dreamed of me I made a dream for you And I dreamed that you were in it I lit up the sea I pulled down the stars for you And you made me wait a minute Spinning in a distant place For a thousand years Dizzy when I see your face again Even though you move so slow Can you almost see Anywhere that I might go You come with me? You dreamed of me I made a dream for you And I dreamed that you were in it I lit up the sea I pulled down the stars for you And you made me wait a minute
15.
Rise and shine Heavy head Drowned in wine Saved instead Mine I want you all to myself Sun and stars Dark and day All is ours Stay this way Mine I want you all to myself
16.
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17.
A great remove A slow decay The views improve Several times a day I observe As lines of light Caress the gentle curve Coming home Falling far There you are There you are

credits

released April 28, 2017

All words and music by Jonathan Coulton
All vocals by Jonathan Coulton
All instruments and noises by Jonathan Coulton except:

Christian Cassan: Most drums and percussion
Aimee Mann: Background and harmony vocals tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 15
Dave Gregory: Slide guitar and guitar solo track 5 / Electric guitars and guitar solo track 11
Bennett Paster: Piano tracks 1, 6 and 7
John Widgren: Pedal steel guitar tracks 2, 3, 6, 13 and 14
Roberto Cassan: Accordion track 6
Kenneth H. Rampton: Trumpet and flugelhorn track 11

Ball and Chain horns arrangement by Christian Cassan

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Christian Cassan at The Secret Garden

Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters

Art Direction: Gail Marowitz for The Visual Strategist

Design: Ed Sherman and Gail Marowitz

Photography: Sheryl Nields and Pieter Van Hatten

Illustration: Ed Sherman

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Jonathan Coulton Brooklyn, New York

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces, he independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. He's known for his songs in the “Portal” games, plus an eclectic catalog of masterful songwriting on subjects from zombies and mad scientists to sad parents and dissatisfied software engineers. ... more

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