Diminishing Returns

by The Surfactants

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1.
Sinful, spasmed Not for it's own spoiled sake God kills poor people Not gods nor princes of men Jenny, you're a meteor Wake the sentry Four lashes for your failure Prick the finger Do please save the blood Jenny, you're a meteor A few slaves short of paradise A few days short of enough time A few more words than were required We're gonna get it this time
2.
Alive you magnify the culture You're perfumed air is choking out the sun But if the stars are right You'll soon cross to the other side Oh, wait...you'd think that I'd know better You smile and I go wild Be good and get daddy his gun I'll be watching from the clock tower Good boy, now run and fetch my sweater Be on your way, I find myself in need Stop off and tell the scribe the reason why your daddy died Oh, wait...I'm sure that I know better You smile and I go wild Be good and get daddy his gun I'll be watching from the clock tower
3.
One (who), Two (who), bring the fire to bed (Who) one, (who), cast the ashes out (who) wake the souls of men Who know they owe, they owe Burn me alive, let me go I will expire Tell all your sons of this day Burning I will not be made to hold the line I will expect no mercy now Loose the dogs my boys And sear the air afire They (who) will (who) not be called to task (who) one, (who) keep the sacred scrolls (who) Rooted in our past It shall not be revised Burn me alive, let me go I will expire Tell all your sons of this day Burning
4.
03:42
Scream your heart's desire And I will comply I will penetrate I will amplify You...I'm for sale now And it's you...I'm for sale Stamped and notarized Written on the ancient Walls Beaten in and passed along But the witnesses are gone It's you...I'm for sale now And it's you...I'm for sale
5.
Lonely...desperate... Do you love your life at all?
6.
01:59
Every motherfucker wants a bonny cap A right and proper gentleman's chapeau A target for the cannon in my hand Your preening essence scattered in the snow Am I alive am I alive I cry If I don't apply The Axiom I die Every motherfucker cries a helpless cry The weak give up...laid fodder for the strong I close my eyes and hope I live to tell Breathless await a stronger man than I Am I alive, am I alive I cry Pray the axiom deliver us alive Time to choose a side, time to choose a side Will I live to see The Axiom applied?
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If it's alright I'll build a fire Searing embers for your birthday Bring your ass, I'll bring the catalyst for sure I know you were staid in your museum A docile cage, a Valium fortress Must I kill to wake the dead? Must I hold your hand? Someone else has got to feel the same Someone else has got to be enraged Someone has to bear the standard, and bear the blame Revolution come, I wait Revolution, come my destiny Raise the flag of the forgotten And sear the air with sound Revolution come If it's alright I'll dot the 'I's Drag you screaming through the turnstiles One more stop and we'll be home So if it's alright I'll build a fire Searing embers for your birthday Bring your ass, I am the catalyst Revolution come, I wait Revolution, come my destiny Raise the flag of the forgotten And sear the air with sound Revolution come
9.
Seasons floating on the air Strip away what we have been It's not unusual to turn away See the changing of the guard Feeling helpless and afraid It's understandable You can't run, you can't breathe They're writing your history Killing you, and you don't know what to do YOU CAN SAY NO! Who has time to get pissed off? Who has time to even care? Life is hard enough and harder still... You wanna make love, you want a nice day You wanna feel not so anxious You wanna make war, You wanna breathe smoke You wanna scream from the spires That you can't run, you can't breathe They're writing your history Killing you, and you don't know what to do YOU CAN SAY NO!
10.
The one, the wayward stays Awaits our autumn days Of light not flesh remain The guns for now lay quiet I fight, I wait, I hear the awful cries I hope, I memorize my lines It's better than the end I imagined Better than the horrors I envisioned If I can feel, I will feel no more I'll show you who I am The tide, the texture burns The weight, the wild Wave the ancient flag Feel the ancients coming You run, you weep You try to wipe it clean Nice try, quite a nice try It's better than the end I imagined Better than the horrors I envisioned If I can feel, I will feel no more I'll show you who I am I can see, I can be, I am I'll show you who you are
11.
03:47
Thieves immortalized in song Cursed strewn upon their graves May they never come again to us I will never break you down I swear it's not the same You can almost hear the sound... Empires built upon our suffering We burn them down We break apart and catalogue I will never break you down I swear it's not the same You can almost hear the sound... I will never break you down I swear I'll light the way Buried ancients underground Will be our fate Two-hundred-thirty years afloat My children, we are not the passengers We are the boat Bet on the auteur and bet it go down I will never break you down I swear it's not the same You can almost hear the sound... I will never break you down I swear I'll light the way Buried ancients underground
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02:49
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Us against all I have turned upon the one The author and design For I have no use of lies Nor of liars Us against all Now my brothers bear the same My filthy burden But I feel no sorrow now I will stand with those who know Save yourself from your demise The world is backward and broken See yourself for what you are We are backward and broken Us against all So kill the man within And free the bastard Stand with those who know your heart We have been united Save yourself from your demise The world is backward and broken See yourself for what you are We are backward and broken

credits

released March 10, 2008

The Surfactants are:
Eric Anderson: Bass
Zac Bentz: Drums, Programming
Marcus Matthews: Vocals
Brett Molitor: Guitar

All songs written by Zac Bentz (ASCAP),
except 07 written by Byung-woo Lee and 13 written by Steve Harris
All lyrics written by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP)
except 13 written by Steve Harris
Recorded by The Surfactants
Mixed by Bentz

Design by Bentz

Copyright 2008 Xero Music
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Press:

"One of the most satisfying electro-hybrid albums we've ever heard - ever."-Perfect Porridge

"Their first album is perfect." -Adam Lazlo/Analog Electric

"The album seems to progressively mature as each track plays and by the time the time track 'Us Against All' played I was completely floored at how good it was." -Stereotoid

"...well-produced, expertly executed...All those traits are represented in equal measures on The Surfactants...a very smart, successful experiment in computer-driven genre mashing." -Chris Godsey/MNArtists

"The current album is amazing." -High Plains Drifter

"These guys mix electronics with standard rock sounds, which ends up sounding pretty good." -Rift Magazine

"If the songs on the band's MySpace site are any indication of what's to come, Duluth is a few months away from being kicked in the teeth." ...and the heroine screams help!

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