It's Never The Way You Imagine It

by Devin Tait

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1.
I remember your face and it was in 3-D but now I only see you on the monitor screen your every move has been digitized and because I’m anonymous I’m mesmerized your life is laid out for me to browse so I get as close to you as the computer allows sometimes I think that I’ve gone off my rocker ‘cause if I did this offline I’d be considered a stalker I’m addicted to this sensation making love to your digital representation I’m completely taken with the notion that you feel me through this electronic ocean I remember your voice just like the sweetest song and it gave me the impression we might get along yeah maybe it was all just make believe but I really thought that you were just as in to me I’ll never get the nerve to tell you face-to-face that what I want is for you to come over to my place so I just sit here with the mouse in my hand and fool myself that someday I will be your man
2.
I thought that you were out of reach but then you said something about Winnipeg Beach and I thought to myself there is something in the air You turned on the charms with wide open arms we went for a spin and took it all in and when the sun came up that smile was still there the smell of your skin still lingers in my mind I want it to stay until the time we can meet again and if you forget how we felt that night like the world would be alright just because we met I thought my luck had run out dry But then you appeared like a blaze in the night sky I never felt anything so intense I looked at you and he looked at me Sometimes one and one makes three So I went with the plot And I tore down my defense I won’t be the one to change you And I wouldn’t want to I think you’re perfect as you are But I am here and I’m sincere Here today, tomorrow gone Somehow it doesn’t feel that far
3.
Not in a Million Years I don't know why my eyes see so much beauty when my Ears hear only noise and I don't know how your mouth can taste so sweet with all the dreams that it destroys I don't know why my fingers want to touch you when they know that you're cold as ice and I don't know how I get all caught up in you against everyone's advice it's like I think I can invent a way to make you change your mind it's like I think you're just about to come around it's like I think that this is just another obstacle to overcome when every other one has knocked me down Not in a million years, could I make you happy I'd give you the moon and stars but you'd want more Not in a million years, would you ever love me so what is all this sweet work worth? I don't know when the party started ending but I'm down here on the floor And I don't know where this road we're on is heading but I've seen these signs before
4.
04:11
Sticky on a one side, slick on another Ripped to fucking shreds then spliced back together With tape, ooh with tape Rolling out from inside, hiding cracks and dividing lines Adhering to the surface, pasting over imperfections Like tape, ooh like tape And there's a big, big hole like a hole in the ground And where'e there's supposed to be a man, there's no man to be found There's a big, big hole like a hole in his head And if that's how it's gonna be, we'd be better of dead Sticky on a one side but completely invisible Forging into union that which was divisible Tape, ooh yeah tape Placed by many hands in the name of magic Covering up layer upon layer of the tragic Like tape, ooh like tape Cause there's a big, big hole like a hole in the ground And where'e there's supposed to be a man, there's no man to be found There's a big, big hole like a hole in his head And if that's how it's gonna be, we'd be better of dead There's a big, big hole where the sky's falling down But if noone's there to hear it, then it doesn't make a sound There's a big, big wreck but they make a decree And then they cover it up cause they don't want us to see Stretch it, cut it, stick it, cover it up (x6)
5.
04:23
You took a tumble down the rabbit hole and woke up in the strangest of places You recognized everybody but you Could not recall their faces The air there was spiked with something It got you having palpitation And now you can't remember the way home The way back from Alien Nation And you might think that you're happy there, You might think you belong You might think that I am delirious But maybe you would be wrong You're living in Alien Nation Trapped in your neurotic vacation you look around but you don't know anyone at all, Can't read the writing on the wall You began to wonder if you had been Placed in witness protection So you tried to stay under the radar always avoiding detection But time went by and now you fear That you're lost in the twilight zone 'Cause you look around at the the place where you live But it hardly ever feels like home And you might think that you're happy there, You might think you belong You might think that I am delirious But maybe you would be wrong You're living in Alien Nation Trapped in your neurotic vacation you look around but you don't know anyone at all, Can't read the writing on the wall One day I thought I heard you calling out to me Just a disembodied voice on a radio frequency And you might think that you're happy there, You might think you belong You might think that you want to be a millionaire But I think you'd be wrong You're living in Alien Nation Trapped in your neurotic vacation you look around but you don't know anyone at all, Can't read the writing on the wall (You're) hangin' with the little green men - extraterrestrian An accidental immigration, and now you're livin' in Alien nation - hangin' with the little green men - extraterrestrian An accidental immigration, semi-psychotic situation Heard you call me, radio frequency Heard you call me, radio frequency
6.
Nobody tells the truth anymore It went out of style in 2004 And even the referee stopped keeping score Hiding behind the lies we've learned forgetting the fire; how it burns And even the psychics don't know what's in store Brick by brick we lay it down no expense is spared but I won't reach you and you won't reach me it's a bridge to nowhere Bit by bit we build it up with the utmost care but you can't get there from here cause it's a bridge to nowhere I'll tell you one thing I find strange These people who're so afraid of change and all they do is sit around and complain Forgetting about the golden rule and everything that they learned in school heads full of more opinions than they can contain Everyone wants to rule the world to dictate how fast and when it turns to be the object of interest and concern You are the pilot at the helm of your own private little realm collide with reality on your return
7.
05:21
Where is everybody? She's always asking me I tell her they're in bed just like she should be Why is it so quiet? And what would happen if I scream? Would someone come to rescue or would they even hear me? And I said not to worry, nothing's gonna happen here There isn't much to favor but there's even less to fear here in Sleepytown No open eyes to meet tonight here in Sleepytown But if you listen you can hear the city far away Doesn't anybody feel the same as I? There's nowhere else I'd rather be than way up in the sky I'd fly around the world and find the most beautiful place Then I'd come back you and all our friends and we'd live forever in a state of grace And I said you're a dreamer and I hope you'll always be The hardest part is believing when you're out there running free from Sleepytown No open eyes to meet tonight here in Sleepytown But if you listen close you'll hear the city far away We walk these silent streets you search for signs of life impatiently I know one day you'll want to leave Your widened eyes Your wandering feet Your sense of curiosity I hope you'll never forget me How can anybody waste so much time asleep? The sandman's done his job here but he isn't fooling me Sleepytown... no open eyes to meet tonight here in Sleepytown but if you listen you can hear the city far away No open eyes to meet tonight if you listen close you can hear the city No open eyes to meet tonight But if you listen close you'll hear....
8.
04:07
It's true, it feels so dystopian with you You confuse If you could cut the ties that bind me to this gloom you'd refuse Is it any way to spend the day not knowing what to do? Is it any way to pass the time alone and feeling blue? It's true, it feels so dystopian with you You confuse If you could cut the ties that bind me to this gloom you'd refuse Imaginary terror, my commentary; fear of my intuition for you
9.
Messages flying into view with a mind designed to capture you Gadgets that send our words into space, spoken broken then interlaced Strength of will not to split in two, information stagnating in a mental queue Recreational knockoffs of the original toys that we used to love These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh Wars hidden behind mirrors and smoke, too expensive to fix so discard when broke Laughing behind your poker face, the shortcuts are trampled in the human race Strength of will not to fall apart, trust mistakenly placed in the human heart Slipshod reproductions cast of the original ones that were built to last These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh These are the things required by a modern life, oh oh oh These are details of a modern life, oh oh oh These are the things inspired by a modern life, oh oh oh And we don’t think much about it We’re all so stuck in our own heads We’ve lowered the stakes and raised our bets Monkey see and monkey gets These are the details of a modern life These are the travails of a modern life These are things required by a modern life These are things inspired by a modern life Isn’t everything just automatic? Why can’t everything be automatic And we don’t think much about it We’re all so stuck in our own heads We’ve lowered the stakes and raised our bets Monkey see and monkey gets We don’t think about it now, we don’t think about it
10.
I've learned not to hold my breath I take my lessons from the best in the grave is when I'll rest Taking secrets not confessed Am I lucky to be here? deconstruction cavalier I don't move then it stays clear you made forever disappear I couldn't hold you but I would have told you This boat was rockin', before I came knockin' but did I even reach you? did I even reach you? Slip through my fingers and run like the water you're flooding over the broken levees clean up this mess now, you've got me undressed now it's rising around me, it's getting heavy I can't be the only one, can't feel so lonely I had your back now I see you leaving Suspended in motion, arrested progression I will remain underwater breathing then on the other hand there's you casual, our rendezvouz so distracting yes it's true like a habit, right on cue I couldn't steal, but I saw the real person in side of, a character I loved but did I really read you? did I really read you? I try to stay within my depth not to doubt or second guess careful never to invest in deals where I come out with less the minor details you don't see become the major things I feel despite our similarities we're playing in two different keys bridge chorus X 2
11.
When the curtain opens all you see is the spotlight And if it weren’t there you wouldn’t feel right Everyone hears his voice as your lips stay still It’s hard to believe his every move is at your will Why, why, why can’t you just let go His life is not for you to control And why, why, why don't you just let go His life is not for you to hold Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah) Ventriloquist, you're in full control and now Can not resist It has taken ages for you to perfect your craft And ages it’s been since you’ve both laughed You look to the crowd and wait for applause Their cheering provides your enabling clause Why, why, why can’t you just let go His life is not for you to control And why, why, why don't you just let go His life is not for you to hold Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah) Ventriloquist, you're in full control and now Can not resist (he’s wrapped around your finger) Now the curtain closes on the final act Until the next show, you've got him neatly packed Why, why, why can’t you just let go His life is not for you to control And why, why, why don't you just let go His life is not for you to hold Ventriloquist, gonna make that dummy do Whatever you wish (ah ah, ah ah) Ventriloquist, you're in full control and now Can not resist (he’s wrapped around your finger) He’s got his heart on his sleeve You’ve got your hand in his mouth He’s put his life in your hands You’ve got it heading south you think it's better this way he's scared of what you might do you tell him just what to say he feels like he's see-through
12.
Through an open window one day flew out And another blew right in It was the most surreal thing When morning broke we awoke To collective horror, we had all switched beds The internet accessed our heads And we all know how we ended up here But the pathway out is not so clear Listen when I tell you dear It’s a strange season, it’s a strange season… It’s a strange season, it’s a strange season… If someone was watching us just imagine how embarrassing that might be Amusing as it may seem at first The audience, the suspense Cameras, action, light and feigned reality As happy as we'll ever be All I need is you to pull me through we will come back better than before All I need is you to hold onto And I will never want anything more

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Solo debut album from Devin Tait, former member of the band Shitting Glitter.

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released April 19, 2011

Produced by Devin Tait with Brandon Strecker and Hoagie Hill.

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Devin Tait West Hollywood, California

Having transplanted himself from Kansas to California around the turn of the millennium, Devin Tait quickly found himself derailed from his original plan to join a boyband. Meeting a couple of guitar playing lesbians at karaoke led Tait to form the band Shitting Glitter with Amy Crosby and Von Edwards. After nearly a decade with the band, Tait decided it was time to branch out on his own. ... more

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