Change Machine

by American Pinup

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Alex So much for the 'difficult second album'. This quite honestly blows 'Strange Creatures' out of the water and that's nothing to do with the first album's quality, it's because this album is so damn good! Favorite track: Souls.
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1.
Far Away 04:39
I had to make an excuse to stay And talk to you while everyone was emptying the place And I had to fake like I had just had one too few And needed a reason to avoid a lonely hotel room Then you said don’t stay on account of me Oh, we both know it would be a mistake You’re too far away I’ve given thought to this before You’re not the first And I guess a part of me was waiting for it to get worse But I’ll hang in there some more But not too long And honestly I don’t know which possibility makes me strong And if there are so many reasons not to fuck things up back home Then someone tell me why I feel alone You’re too far away And you drove for hours Tossing your roaches in the dash And I wrote you a message That I never meant To send “There are things that I can’t change Because they’re all I understand” You’re too far away
2.
Storm Chaser 03:33
You were caught with your clothes off And a knife to your throat saying, “I don’t know why… But I have a strange feeling Something tells me that I could survive I wanna give it try” How do you Make it look so easy? You’ve got a gift for playing pretend Here it comes I see that sky go black and I am running to keep up And I’m taking the bait again This lightening is violent There’s no telling what these dark clouds will bring And there’s no hiding from it See that flash on your face, sinister, threatening And it’s really a pity I admit that I’m guilty of chasing the storm Now I’m spiraling in it You shot, but I was the bullet in your gun How do you Make it look so easy? You’ve got a knack for making believe Here it comes I see that sky go black and I am running to keep up ‘Cause who knows what you’ve got up your sleeve
3.
Siren 03:26
This is sad Now you’re stalling It’s nothing that I haven’t heard before Just spit it out It’s appalling Another friendship turned into a chore Well I never meant to walk on anybody But you just keep on layin’ down in front of me You think I have the magic touch That I can open you wide up But you’re not special, I’m a skeleton key Here I am I’m surrounded You’d think I’d like this kind of attention But I can’t Get around it And everyone around me’s getting crushed Well I never meant to pull you under with me But it seems the wind is always blowing west And like an old ship to the rock You cannot help but join the flock I’m just a siren pulling sailors to their death Well you wanna offer up your soul Well this confession’s getting old Well am I supposed to act surprised? Oh, just say your fucking penance and get out of here alive Well you bet I do not take my duties lightly And your fragile little heart don’t stand a chance I am a ball-busting heartbreaker Man-eating she-devil And I’m sorry you can’t help yourself
4.
Shelter 03:43
We are lost inside the spiral of this town, sucked down In deep denial that we’ll somehow get out alive Sea of steel, plastic, and halogen, we float above We’ll pull the plug and then the city will lose its light We are frightened, we are sacrilegious We are worth more than they’ll give us for it Sell out for a pound of salt These streets raised us, this sea bathed us And we should not be so damn ungrateful But we just want to see it fall And I saw you laugh in a nightmare And I heard these words in a dream You said These grounds are haunted But not by you and me And we’ve all been dead before And you know this world can’t last for long We have no chance And we have no plans to try and change our fate One day this will be a skeleton Of all we used to love and hate And then these beams Will be just like bones And we will tell them all about And they’ll build a modest iron monument And get the details wrong And I saw you laugh in a nightmare And I heard these words in a dream You said These grounds are haunted But not by you and me And we’ve all been dead before And you know this world can’t last for long We have no chance And we have no plans to try and change our fate And we built this tomb around ourselves Our brick immortal As they embalm the surface We’ll burrow further underground And till it’s over This is what we’ll call home
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Look Alive 03:32
Another empty evening Another body in the room I’m going through the motions And you don’t dare to make a move You’re just staring blankly And I’m just opening my mouth Hoping that somebody Can hear the sound that’s coming out Look alive I’ve given everything I’ve got To these mannequin eyes Look alive Or we are both wasting our time Look alive You’re waiting for an escape And I’m just waiting for a sign You don’t know why you are here And sometimes neither do I Why don’t we just face it? The last of us is dying out They’re killing off the only thing that they think we can’t live without Look alive I’ve given everything I’ve got To these mannequin eyes Look alive Or we are both wasting our time Look alive Don’t you take this for granted One last remaining organic Don’t be afraid to feel it in your blood And let it in your bones You won’t be alone Look alive I’ve given everything I’ve got To these mannequin eyes Look alive Or we are both wasting our time Look alive
7.
Creeper 03:14
Seven months ago You tried to leave your home And ended up right back where you were born You said it was a trap You said you couldn’t make it last You said it keeps on creeping back into your bones And you can’t stand to be this way No, this is not the life you crave But we all know that you are just too terrified to change They’ll bury that same cradle in your grave It’s obvious to everyone around you But still you just don’t seem to have a clue You picked yourself up out of your surroundings To trade in for a lot of nothing new And you can’t stand to be this way No, this is not the life you crave But we all know that you are just too terrified to change They’ll bury these old habits in your grave And you can’t stand to be this way No, this is not the life you crave But we all know that you are just too terrified to change They’ll bury that same cradle in your grave They’ll bury these old habits in your grave They’ll bury that same cradle in your grave
8.
Joy Ride 04:43
Almost made it We got ourselves this far and I’m not about to Give up on you Let’s keep going And hopefully we’ll see a sign that guides us right I hope real soon And they say that it’s a journey But we’ll just call it a joy ride We can drive to paradise and back And I can dig for change In between the seat So that you can pay the toll And if the doors are close when we get there Then we can always say We did our best At least we got this far Keep your chin up We’ve got a real long ride ahead of us so don’t be Stubborn and whiney If we want this We’ve to work together and just stop complaining That’s fine with me And they say that it’s a journey But we’ll just call it a joy ride We can drive to paradise and back And I can dig for change In between the seat So that you can pay the toll And if the doors are close when we get there Then we can always say We did our best At least we got this far
9.
Souls 04:32
I don’t know how it ended here After a very long career Like letting a kite go You never felt that fear before And so you carved it in your door So everyone would know They can’t protect you The weakness is in your seams They’re falling open Showing the parts in this machine What we were never meant to see You’re showing me an empty face And something there has been erased A shallow and slow breath I really always thought that we Would die young and with dignity Now what do we have left? It’s something ancient You feel it deep in your marrow Lost to the ocean And you only want to let go Now it’s a secret we all know Was it everything you wanted it to be? Will the earth shake and will make us fall to our knees? Will you quiver, collapse inward, and forever cease? This will give you everything you need
10.
It’s what we’ve been ordained to do We really are the chosen few Just scoffing from our sofas Taking in the 5 o’clock news I’m not responsible for this Or for that matter anything I would have voted for a difference But of course I was a kid They got themselves into this mess And what the fuck did they expect? We’d take it off their hands The world’s most unwanted inheritance People are so disappointing Spoiling this comfort for me And if they can’t help themselves Then maybe we should weed them out I do want to change the world ‘Cause I’m young and idealistic And ‘round here they tell us we are capable of anything And our constitution’s old But it’s also idealistic And a new America would be a precedented thing And a new America would just mean new Americans And isn’t it always the case We never get past 7th grade The names of bullies perched on our tongues Just because we got straight A’s We never really had a chance The hierarchy kicked our ass Now we’re just left hoping we’ll become The richest in our class But you know I will earn my shit Because I am a patriot And Jesus smiles on a faithful Consumer capitalist Those straight A’s linger in my mind I worked so hard for them to find Playing dumb and going shopping Would have saved me so much time I do want to change the world ‘Cause I’m young and idealistic And ‘round here they tell us we are capable of anything And our constitution’s old But it’s also idealistic And a new America would be a precedented thing And a new America would just mean new Americans Will I ever grow up? Relinquish my ideals And join my noble comrades on this “level playing field” You need things to remind you They wanna hear you sing That life is such a gift in spite of every shitty thing It’s how they story goes The iron of stunted growth In a place where progress reigns But nobody wants to get old I’m protected by the law To be employed and independent I don’t need a man or children to survive or feel fulfilled I just need a place to sleep Oh, and I just need my music Have I slipped into a cliché, is the joke finally killed? And we still want to change the world But we’re young and mostly powerless And mad as hell that they told us that we could to anything And our resolution’s bold But it’s all so unrealistic And a new America would be a precedented thing And a new America would just mean new Americans

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released September 3, 2013

Lauren West - vocals, guitar
Rob Peralta - guitar
Tim Robbins - bass
Andy Porta - drums

"Far Away," "Siren," "The Upper Hand," "Joy Ride," and "A New America" written by Lauren West. "Storm Chaser" and "Creeper" written by Tim Robbins and Lauren West. "Shelter," "Look Alive," and "Souls" written by Andy Porta and Lauren West. All lyrics by Lauren West.

Acoustic guitar on Siren and "A New America" by Lauren West. Organ on "A New America" by Mike Kalajian. Backup vocals on "Far Away," "Siren," and "A New America" by Andy Porta. Backup vocals on all other tracks by Lauren West. Gang vocals performed by Rob Peralta, Andy Porta, and Lauren West.

Produced by American Pinup and Mike Kalajian. Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Mike Kalajian at Telegraph Recording, Poughkeepsie, NY. Mastered by Tom Ruff at Asbury Media, Asbury Park, NJ.

Artwork and layout by Veronika Lugo. Illustration by Margot Allison.

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