Change Machine

by American Pinup

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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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Track Name: Far Away
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
Track Name: Storm Chaser
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
Track Name: Siren
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
Track Name: Shelter
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
Track Name: Look Alive
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
Track Name: Creeper
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
Track Name: Joy Ride
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
Track Name: Souls
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
Track Name: A New America
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