Microcosm

by Automata

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Automata's self-produced debut EP.

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released January 1, 2010

All songs written, performed and produced by Automata.

Rachel Sarah Thomas - keys, vocals
Justin Slade McClain - bass
JD Plotnick - drums
Justin Samuel Martin - guitar

Recorded at I.V. Lab by Jay Marino

Mixed at I.V. Lab by Jay Marino and Manny Sanchez

Mastered at CMS by Jason Ward

Original art and layout by Justin Samuel Martin

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Track Name: Siamese
One life for you, and one for me
A shadow to them;
To me you’re siamese

One life for you, and one for me
You fall and pull me, too;
Down to my knees

‘Don’t be afraid to cut me away’

One voice for you, and one for me
Sitting behind my teeth;
You make me believe

One time for you, and one for me
I know you’ll always be;
always be with me

‘Don’t be afraid to cut me away’
Track Name: The Traitor
You say you love me, ”it’s a natural fact”
Can’t turn around; no, I’m afraid of getting stabbed in the back
You say you love me but you ain’t got the time
So why is it I can’t get you off my mind?

In the game of two your heart is yours and yours alone
Never trust another with the things you call your own
If you want to know the one who’ll hurt you the most
Don’t look far, because the traitor keeps close

A crown of copper’s what I wear on my head
My heart was queen, now I made my mind the king instead
Electric body charges up where it sits
Magnetic head, you know, it drives me into fits

In a game of one you’ll always be undone
You’re your own worst nemesis and hero wrapped in one
If you want to know the one who’ll hurt you the most
Don’t look far because the traitor keeps close

Have another Underwater Dream
And you will understand
That there are forces in this world
That lead you under by the hand
Track Name: Give and Take
Goodness knows what a coldhearted man sees in dreams
What a mind like that can conceive when asleep
Behold: the foundation of a one-man nation
Kingdom come what may fall down on my head
Could it wash away all the stories I’ve read?
Shall I discover no other love in this life?

My lover has no answers
Only self-righteous intentions
He gives me affection but devours me whole
Have you any idea how hard it is for me
To have lost a lover without gaining another?
No, you don’t have any idea

What kind of life had I chosen?
It was like I was frozen
But then was thawed by a heat
That started within and burned right through me

When there’s a hole in your heart, what do you fill it up with?
When there is an absence, could there be a presence?
Is that the essence of everything in this life?
Oh, sweet ordered universe
No definition or answer
Now, who doesn’t dance for rain like the rest of us?

I have gained understanding
My mind is expanding
I was once blind, now I see
But what I have lost is someone who loves me
No matter how I make it
I give and I take it
The answer for all that I seek
Will mean that I lose someone who loves me

When you’re all alone on judgment day
And the river come take you away
You won’t have no one to thank
When you’re by yourself at the river bank
When you’re all alone on judgment day
And the river come take you away
You won’t have no hand to hold
When you’re by yourself alone and cold

I’ve gained understanding
My mind is expanding
I was once blind, now I see
But what I have lost is someone who loves me
No matter how I make it
I give and I take it
The answer for all that I seek
Will mean that I lose someone who loves me
Track Name: Throwback
Tell me now, if ever
We could be together
You know I can’t believe…
No, I can’t believe…

Please forgive my weakness
Overcome my meekness
Keep me fighting for air
Keep me far from despair

Why, of the lovers that you’re known to cry
Did you say I have the loudest sigh?
That I’m the saddest one of all?

Lay me down, I’m weary
Of this heart so leery
Please let me fall into dream
And remain there unseen

I am so uncertain
Often times uncertain
Please keep me far from despair
Keep me far, far from there

Why, of the lovers that you’re known to cry
Would you say I have the loudest sigh?
That I’m the saddest one of all?
Track Name: The Plea
The canopy trembles as you do beneath its shade
The leaves whisper from beneath your soles’ parade:
Don’t go

The sun is slowly waning
Your fingertips are cold
I’m coming with the morning
To warm your fragile bones…

Don’t go

I know that you’re afraid
Your faith’s slivered as the moon
You don’t have to question if I’m coming
Sun and I will be there soon…

Don’t go