It's Never The Way You Imagine It

by Devin Tait

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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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Track Name: Digital Representation
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
Track Name: Winnipeg Beach
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
Track Name: Not In A Million Years
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
Track Name: Tape
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)
Track Name: Alien Nation
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
Track Name: Bridge To Nowhere
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
Track Name: Sleepytown
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....
Track Name: So Dystopian
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
Track Name: A Modern Life
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
Track Name: Underwater Breathing
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
Track Name: Ventriloquist
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
Track Name: Strange Season
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