Insomniacs' Ball

by Earthling

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Earthling Never Existed.
We started this band to stand on stage in front of an audience of people who just seem to happen upon what’s happening without knowing if it’s really happening. We started this band to stand on stage in front of an audience of people who have never read a book by Iceberg Slim, Haruki Murakami or Bret Easton Ellis. Who have never seen Mulholland Drive, A Bout De Souffle or Hana Bi. Who know how to move small objects without actually touching them. Who have never been to The Social Club in Paris, France. Who have taught themselves how to be invisible. Who go through their nights without diagrams. Who have not acquired the usual open wounds that have plagued the dreams and aspirations of generation after generation ever since Rimbaud lost his leg, Bambi lost his way and Nijinsky lost his mind.
We went away to live in other cities, read other books, film other people, join other bands, open other wounds, sleep in other dust.
We came back to rid ourselves of the insomnia, the nausea, the past and the cold journey to the end of every day and night. We came back to incubate the third album, Insomniacs' Ball.

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released 01 January 2011

All Words & Vocals by Mau, except Fly Away by Julee Cruise.
All tracks Mixed by Kosi & T.Saul in Studio Koslik, Berlin & Produced by T.Saul.
Rik Dowding was the engineer at S.O.A.Studios, Bristol.

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Earthling London, UK

Earthling's 1st LP Radar was released in 1995. An intoxicating mix of raw Hip Hop production, live instrumentation and off the wall rhymes, it was heralded as the next step in the progression of the Bristol based Trip Hop groups, showcasing an expansive & playful psychedelia.

In 2008 the pair were working together again & the resultant album Insomniacs' Ball was released at the start of 2011.
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Track Name: Lab Baby
We’re living how we wanna live, what?
We’re doing what we wanna do, what?
We’re going where we wanna go, so?
We’re knowing who we wanna know.

Dunstan a where you dede?
We hafi go out, we hafa rock steady, can’t you see the girls them they’re nearly ready, can’t you see the black girls looking so deadly?

Dunstan a where you is?
We hafi go out for this is show-biz, can’t you see the black girls building up their lips ? 1 2 3 4 5 & 6,

Dunstan a where you diya?
We hafi go out don’t wallow in the mire, fire.

My lab baby, My lab baby, My lab baby

Dunstan a where you dede?
We hafi go out, we hafa rock steady, Dunstan a where you dede, can’t you see the white girls looking so deadly?

Dunstan a where you is?
We hafi go out for this one’s show-biz, can’t you see the white girls pushing out their lips? 1 2 3 4 5 & 6,

We hafi go, My lab baby, My lab baby,

You call me up, ask for translations, what’s the meaning of good vibrations?
You call me up, ask for translations, what’s the meaning of good vibrations?
Track Name: A Great Year for Shadows
They say my statements are strange and I guess they’re right,
I keep looking for infinity inside the light,
When everybody knows it’s in the shadows,
I’m in the corner with this broken piano.
I put my neck in the noose but forget what for,
I get down put on my shoes then I go to war,
I’m that blind man at the boxing match,
I’m sitting in the front row listening to your bones crack,
I see my friends, I watch them changing,
I feel sick because I can’t do the same thing,
I’m getting old and my bones are breaking frequently,
I’m breathing in, breathing out but not so easily,
It’s like it never happened but how is that,
One day you went insane and took your kids back,
Now everybody’s asking if I’m leaving but this city’s in the blood that I’m breathing

I’m at the last frontier, I’m nowhere bound and when I leave you here, I’m never gonna turn around.
I’m at the last frontier, I’m nowhere bound and when I leave you here, I’m never gonna turn around.

It was simpler than I thought walking out of court,
I kept my trap shut and didn’t tell them what I saw,
Last year was full of hate, I don’t know where it went,
I smash my face everyday but it don’t make no dents and I’m the only one who writes you letters now,
Since we found out they’re never gonna let you out,
Now everybody’s asking if I’m leaving but this city’s in the blood that I’m breathing

I’m at the last frontier, I’m nowhere bound and when I leave you here, I’m never gonna turn around.
I’m at the last frontier, I’m nowhere bound and when I leave you here, I’m never gonna turn around.
Track Name: Poems,Prayers & Pills
Tonight we say no prayers, tonight we make no wishes, tonight we cry no tears, tonight we cry in whispers.
Tonight we count no money, tonight we make no scars, tonight the world is black, tonight there are no stars,
Tonight we crush no pills, tonight we kill no flowers, tonight there are no signs, tonight there are no hours.
Tonight we see no ghosts, tonight we write no poems, tonight everything’s known, except for where we’re going, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight.
Just be here, just be here, tonight, just be here tonight, just be here.

Tonight we say no prayers, tonight we make no wishes, tonight we cry no tears, tonight we cry in whispers, tonight we count no money, tonight we make no scars, tonight the world is black tonight there are no stars.
Tonight we crush no pills, tonight we kill no flowers, tonight there are no signs, tonight there are no hours, tonight just be here, just be here, just be here, tonight just be here, just be here.
Track Name: Gri Gri
Turn up get up get in the car, don’t know where you’re going ain’t going too far,
Another nite-club another bar, take another drink don’t know where you are.

One time two times ain’t enough they keep on coming playing games with us ,
One time two times ain’t enough they keep on coming playing games with us, they keep on coming playing games with us.
The way the light slips, through your eyelids, kinda silver, kinda bright, kinda beautiful, kinda blue, the way we slip through another night,
The way we’re speaking in whispers, the way it feels like I miss ya, but you’re right here, and I’m right here, and it’s better here than anywhere.

Crawl through the morning until the dawn, watching TV but there’s nothing on, standing in the middle of a big dance floor, keep on going until you’re gone.
The way it is, the way it was, when we’re together, we’re never lost, the way it is, the way it was, when we’re together we’re never lost,
One time two times ain’t enough they keep on coming playing games with us, they keep on coming playing games with us.
Track Name: Fly Away ft. Julee Cruise
Think I'll fly away
Where its safe & warm
Think I'll fly away
Where the stars are born

Think I'll leave this space
Thats so worn & torn
Gotta leave this space
Where I'm feeling old

So I'm never gonna come back no no
I'm never gonna come back no no
I'm never gonna come back no cause
You'll never be the same
So I'm never gonna come back no no
I'm never gonna come back no no
I'm never gonna come back no
Dust to dust human remains

So I'll fly away
To a beautiful place
Yes I'll fly away
Vanish in the haze
Its my state of mind
Where I feel so confined
I'll just fall asleep
And my dreams will appear
Soaring above
In a cloud of love
I will fly....

So I'm never gonna come back (Chant)

Goodbye Nevada
Goodbye Bill Clinton
Goodbye 30th Street
Goodbye Court TV

Soaring above
In a cloud of love
Gonna climb so high
That I'll fly............away
Where its safe & warm
Yes I'll fly away
Where the stars are born
I'm a prisoner here
In a world of fear

Lyrics by Julee Cruise
Track Name: Bobby X
Reckon I missed it, when they were handing out the linguistics,
I was on planet rock eating Hip-hop biscuits, so don't ask me about philosophies of Archimedes, my education was beat-street and graffiti,
My first transmission was a freestyle competition, slicing up MC's like a rabbi on a rampage,
I got ampage like an oscilloscope you see the waves you see it's me, you know it's dope

I wasn't ready before but I am now, gonna get a pen of paper put em down now, gonna say my rhymes, gonna say em like prayers, like them people speaking to gods and demons without a care, gonna let the whole world know I‘m here, the whole world’s gonna know I’m here, I’m gonna let the whole world know I‘m here, the whole world’s gonna know I’m here.

They call me Bobby X, they found me walking along the freeway, they call me Bobby X, they found me walking along the freeway.

Bobby X up from the flashes, everything I have is everything that I smashes,
I clashes with Medusa and the Titans, if I’m by myself then it’s myself that I’m fighting, I’m black lightening, electro shocking man, rockets on my boots, don’t call me no rocket man, I’m moving silent what, more than invisible, rhymes in my hand, I got a fist full, rhymes in my hand, I got a fist full, rhymes in my hand.

Wasn't ready before but I am now, gonna get a pen of paper put em down now, gonna say my rhymes gonna say em like prayers, like them people speaking to gods and demons without a care, gonna let the whole world know I‘m here, the whole world’s gonna know I’m here, yeah, I’m gonna let the whole world know I‘m here, the whole world’s gonna know I’m here.

They call me Bobby X, they found me walking along the freeway, They call me Bobby X, they found me walking along the freeway,

Wasn't ready before but I am now, I wasn't ready before but I am now, I wasn't ready before but I am now

They call me Bobby X, they found me walking along the freeway, asked me my name, didn’t know what to say, but I can tell you what I done, what I did, where I went cos I wrote it all down in my book, I can tell you what I done, where I went, what I saw cos I wrote it all down in my book, I can tell you what I did, where I went, what I saw cos I wrote it.
Track Name: Harp for Bats
Minako made me some brand new horns,
When I’m feeling brave I put them on,
Everybody thinks that I’m some kinda devil,
Taking this stuff to some crazy levels,
Who’s to say these days will end,
Spend all my time with my chemicals friends,
Go all out, go out like, there ain’t no day, there ain’t no night.
New York City anything goes, why’d you think Nijinsky thinks he’s a horse?
And Parker Posey's taking a pause before she goes and makes better movies abroad,
Sitting upstairs in the RER, going through the tunnel can’t see so far, out of control like a stolen car, thinking about Blondie and them men from mars.

I close my eyes, count to ten and you aren’t there, I close my eyes, count to ten and you aren’t there.

When this broken kiss is over, when you bite my lip, when I don’t know what I told ya or what it did, when we know it’s never over, even when it is, silence is the most violent thing to give.

We got the trade but the trade ain’t fair,
If there weren’t slaves there’d be nobody here,
Put on my gloves, put on my pads, start real slow then I go kinda sad,
There’s no stopping no holding back, I wonder if we’re ever gonna answer that,
Nothing on my mind but the golden cat, last night running round this lonely track,
We no that these are the only days, we’re in Versailles but they’ve closed the gates,
Laser treatment, sweet like honey, watch the time, don’t watch the money,

It was so sharp, it was so hardcore,
eleven o’clock we ain’t here no more,
Everyday now I don’t know where we went, when I let go you’ll be here again.

I close my eyes, count to ten and you aren’t there, you’re not there.
Track Name: In the Sky
We’re always somewhere don’t really matter where,
It’s crazy how sometimes you just appear,
I guess they’ll say that you took me here,
But these sensations are ours to share, these sensations…

We’re in the sky now we’re in the sky
We’re in the sky now, just you & I.
Track Name: Peepholes
The monk of chaos said he’ll play us a cassette,
That he made with Amadeus but we haven’t heard it yet,
I suspect that he’s mad-wrecked on that stuff that I wrote him,
Now it’ll take at least all week to unfold him
I told him,
Slow down you’re burning more than nitro-glycerine
He wasn’t listening so now he’s stoned magnificent,
See he went at it like an addict mad manic,
Amsterdamic, don’t know what it is but he’s looking at it.

We just come & go,
Like reindeers in the snow
But they don’t see us though
We’re one & two like stereo

The sister of the lord she’s on her skateboard I see her,
Flying down the corridors as she does her chores.
360 degrees off the railings, she’s abseiling,
she meta-morphs into an alien.
And now she’s down in St. Martin’s crypt,
She’s putting words to Beethoven’s 5th in the style of Patti Smith,
I can still see were we used to live
We haven’t gone far enough

We just come & go,
Like reindeers in the snow
But they don’t see us though
We’re one & two like stereo

We just come & go,
Like peepholes in the snow
But they don’t see us though
We’re one & two like stereo
Track Name: Branded Youth
You be the Bonny baby I’ll be the Cly-Clyde,
Let me take you, take on another ride
I’ll get you back to your papa by teatime
We’re gonna ease time, we’re gonna freeze time
I’ll be your alibi, I’ll be your samurai.

Got what you wanted in the end right,
Didn’t see you coming in my headlights,
Me and the monkey gonna go on strike,
Breaking out of prison like I’m Dolomite.

I’m only what I’m like when I’m on the mic
I keep my friends tight.

Plug my mic in, keep fighting
Not a black thing, not a white thing
Reading Richard Wright getting lost like lightning
I’m like the kids in that movie called The Shining
I’ve got a plan more simple than Simon

She only stays with me because she thinks she has to,
I wanna know but I’m too scared to ask her,
I can’t write because my hands are made of plasma,
She only stays with me because she thinks she has to,
I wanna know but I’m too scared to ask her,
I can’t write because my hands are made of plaster,
Wickedness is getting easier to master.

All this losing got me into new things
I’m in the pawn shop pawning the diamond rings,
I buy a gun with the money that they bring,
She’s with me, she’s close but we aint faking.

Didn’t see you coming in my headlights,
Me and the monkey gonna go on strike,
Breaking out of prison like I’m Dolomite.