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Drug Mule I never meant to think those thoughts I never meant to do those things It all unravels happening so fast At first it was first now it’s last Do I look like I need your help Do I look like I need your advice? I don’t need your fucking help I need some time alone With no bags strapped to my gut Sick in my swollen gut Stick it in pack it in keep it in keep it hid Stick to the plan stick to the rule you’re a mule you stupid fool I’m not going back I’m not going back You won’t take me! I’m not coming back I’m not coming back You can’t make me! I never meant to think those thoughts I never meant to do those things Testing theories, American cherries Shaking, weeping, sighing, weary Do I look like I know what I’m doing Do I look like I have a clue Constant shifts always moving Privatisation The sheer uneasy elation Withdrawn, shaking With a queasy sensation Stick it in pack it in keep it in keep it hid Stick to the plan stick to the rule you’re a mule you crazy fool I’m not going back I’m not going back You won’t take me! I’m not coming back I’m not coming back You can’t make me! I never meant to think those thoughts never meant to do those things Deep breathing, breathing deep Slumber taking over sleep Do I ever do as I say Do I look like I know the truth About what happened yesterday It was just a series of lies Deceit upon deceit You just end up chasing your own tail Trying to stay on your feet Stick it in pack it in keep it in keep it hid Stick to the plan stick to the rule you’re a mule you fucking fool
Everything Has Proven To Be Futile Light it up light it up light it up Watch it burn watch it burn watch it burn He had a short fuse He liked a slow burn It was his time To make them all learn Nothing is ever fair Everything is futile Absolutely everything Has proven to be futile Nitroglycerine A thick paste It was his time To lay to waste He had a short fuse He liked a slow burn Everyone of them Was gonna learn
Daily Mail 04:04
Daily Mail He knew the bulb was going to blow. Fucking halogens. There had been a little buzz in the control for about four weeks. Quiet, but incessant. One of the forgotten little stores stashed ‘out back’. He could hear the little sizzle of electrical cable, the reminder that things were powered by something far more powerful than the guy who had to replace the lightbulbs. He kept them in another store, on another floor; Halogens, frosted lamps, flouroscents, longlife energy savers, halostars, starlites, stashed in neat piles of boxes high on the shelves He considered going down and getting a new halogen, but he decided to proceed in the dark instead. It took quite some time before they could bring themselves to refer to him by name. They refused to acknowledge that he’d hung around, done his time, and that he wasn’t going anywhere. He was part of the team. And it bugged them. He could barely contain his contempt, not because he thought he was better than them, but because he knew they thought they were better than him. Somewhere along the line they realised that he worked like a dog, almost under their radar, but not entirely unnoticed or unmentioned. They had to keep their eye on people like him. He was there, no contract, on his own terms, doing all the shitty jobs nobody else wanted to do. He was underground. They were elevated, like satellites, watching. He descended to the floor below, walked the long empty passage, the procession of open doors waving him through, held back by unseen magnetic forces. The vending machine greeted him, offering the same electronic promises it did every other day, He resisted its evils. He was eating an orange, keeping up his Vitamin C. He was laughing.
The National Scroll Wasp Nest, Slow Show, Gospel, So Far Round The Bend Runaway, Murder Me Rachael, Sea Of Love, Hard To Find Pink Rabbits, Val Jester, City Middle, Lit Up, Lemon World Theory Of The Crows Sorrow, Cherry Tree, Guest Room, Squalor Victoria Karen, Racing Like A Pro, Anna Freud, Available Fireproof, Lucky You, Without Permission Don’t Swallow The Cap 90 Mile Water Wall, Pay For Me, Conversation 16 Bloodbuzz Ohio! Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind), All Dolled Up In Straps Green Gloves, Friend of Mine, Secret Meeting Oh, Caledonia, Little Faith, Terrible Love, Afraid Of Everyone American Mary, Cold Girl Fever, The Perfect Song Son, Pay For Me, Bitters Absolute, I Should Live In Salt, Fashion Coat Fireproof, This Is The Last Time Fake Empire! Mansion on the Hill (Live), Forever After Days, Tall Saint, Blank Slate, Santa Clara You’ve Done It Again Virginia Pink Rabbits, I Need My Girl, Slipped, Demons, Patterns of Fairytales Sugar Wife, Trophy Wife, Thirsty, It Never Happened, Slipping Husband Cardinal Song, 29 Years There was an old firetruck on the side of the road Upside-down trees in the river Broken bridges, Burnt bridges There was a whole day to take care of Road cones and wasteland Oblivian The thermostat was right up, The fog was all the way down Like a shroud An uneasy sense, all pervasive Divisions, Divided Devisive Giant sinkholes, quicksand, liquefaction, Earths expansion, and contraction Just quivers really, signalling insignificance It’s horrible to be reminded Sometimes you just want to bury your head Sometimes it gets buried for you
Glacial Flood Black jack, Phone tap Bad crack, And all that Broken bulb, all’s told Taking hold, feeling old Group huddle, Power struggle Blown bubble, Be fuddled Re set, Bed wet Room let, Better yet Bad itch, Spirit ditch Short pitch, Flicked switch Re wired, Dog tired Conspired, been fired Square meal, Force field Wax seal, Third wheel Head space, Keep sake So fake, your’s to take Town plan, Big man Shaky hand, Promised land Strike down, Round town Class clown, Lost and found Nod wink, Don’t think Ships sink, Take a drink Hard fought, Long walk You talk, Been caught Winding road, Heavy load Been towed, Nowhere to go Brick Farm, Broken arm Sound alarm, Safe from harm Fresh meat, Cold feet Trick treat, Hard to beat No show, go slow Swing low, to and fro Door latch, back scratch Dropped catch, Open hatch Break through, turn blue, Number two, Boo hoo Red sky, so high, Real shy, Little lie Gone past, too fast, It aint, gonna last Right wrong, your song, Not long, Far gone Short stroll, road toll Straw poll, Rock n roll Love hate, soul mate Sealed fate, Calculate Uh, yeah, I don’t even really know what to say Where to begin, you know? What can I tell you? I mean, I don’t really know where he came from Or if he was even really there, you know? He was talking about all these things Muttering about astral planes and transcendence, and all this kind of shit that I didn’t really understand And it was so hot! And it was like he was inside my head or something. I can already tell you don’t know what I’m talking about, which is OK. I don’t get it either, but I can see it in your eyes. Your cold, dead, eyes
Circle Unit Document Five times faster Falling through the cracks Dry ceiling plaster Reported dog attacks Circle unit document A memento from your friend What was never meant What will never end Sore around the edge Thrown into neutral Flung from the ledge Landing somewhat brutal Timid quiet slacking Discussion and display Open book backing Too high a price to pay Source material Found footage Raised aerial Maximum wattage Tungsten kodachrome Glazed beloved forlorn Connection left alone Lessons hard worn Spring washer hex nut Everything essential Missing the cut Wildly experimental Existential Torrential Parental Temperamental Vast expanse Desert plain River banks Wind vane Delivery options Decoded threats Sold at auction Paid on death Salad days Rocky outcrops Purple haze Vacant lots Subterranean tunnels Burst pipes and a leaky roof Endowment funds funnelled Critical paths acting aloof Resident evil Sign of the times Split level Half-remembered nursery rhymes Innovations lost to the cause Washed up on foreign soil Time to stop or at least to pause Let the blood thicken before it boils September surrounding environment High on possibility Just another early retirement Deafening implausibility Composed development Arrested as usual All round envelopment Keeping it casual Colourful and complimentary Found one week later The basics are elementary Exploded volcanic crater Limited liability Sold to the highest bidder Another complete inability Screams a suitable good riddance Umbrellas kiosks distant bays Furniture in neat piles What does not go simply stays Catalogued in files Black abstraction Yves Klein blues Four wheels losing traction We don’t get to choose A dour exercise States of waking Markets bafflement lies Sick of waiting Power accuracy attribution Pay it forward Tarnished reputation One for all, all aboard High winds and intense heat Impoverished approach Incredible feat Hostage beyond reproach Left hand side Controlled burning again Switch sworn total pride That which has no name Frank discussions, ammunition A horseshoe panorama A wasted expedition Tragic comedy drama
Visitation Rights They came for me They’ll come for you They visit in the night Hazy recollections They come down from above Making their inspections Grey grey grey White light in my eyes Soft soft shadow Where my body lies The faintest memory Barely even there Almost like They were never here Other realms And outer spaces Return again From unknown places Not for the first time Back where I began Not for the last time Part of the masterplan
Undertaken 03:46
Undertaken Squirming with the worms Returned to the earth Down in the hole Dust to dust Back where you belong Left to rust Get back in the box! Get back in the box! Piled on top Left to rot A simple marker Shape of a cross Quickly forgotten Nobody’s loss Get back in the box! Get back in the box! Digging deep Digging deep Digging deep Dig deeper
An Accident 04:15
An Accident Everyone agreed it was an accident But nobody really knew what happened Weren’t too many people around Witnesses were thin on the ground Even looking back on events There was a general sense That none of it was every meant To have ever gone down the way it did Inquests and enquiries The endless questions were tiring Answers weren’t exactly thick and fast The wider interest couldn’t last Just ride it out was what they thought A temporary trap not quite caught There’s a way out if they bide their time If there is no weapon then there is no crime Just an unfortunate accident Maybe we’ll never know what really happened But we’ve come too far Down this blind track Yeah it’s too late Now we can’t turn back Everyone agreed it was an accident But nobody really knew what happened Every answer slightly varied Obscured the truth if not buried The lookout briefly looked away Erased recordings had nothing to say Various people proving unreliable Other avenues were just not viable None of the facts reconciled Enough at least to stand up on trial So a little more time went by And sleeping dogs were left to lie This largely forgotten moment Something to be left unspoken Just an unfortunate accident Maybe we’ll never know what happened No official punishments or restitution We don’t need a sanction for retribution
Weakness Was Always Your Strength I just want my bubblegum pop I just need to finally stop I just want a baritone I just need some time alone I just want to sing my song I just need to scream along There was never really any question Never really any doubt You’d decided, you told me And fuck it, we all wanted out Trapped, in our ways Frozen, in our tracks One foot in front of the other Even as we came scuttling back It’s not easy But it is easier if you just admit to it Own up to the truth Stick your chin out and take the hit A little place to call your own Out in the middle of nowhere Bunkered down all alone Holding back all you fear Resistance is not impossible But weakness was always your strength Even as you told me otherwise Over and over at such great length It was always hollow These claims never rang true Everytime we talked I could see right through you


released November 11, 2014


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The Transcendents are based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The second full-length album - Dirt Songs - is OUT NOW! Download for free or grab a 12" heavyweight gatefold vinyl copy while ya can!

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