The Betrayed And The Traitor

by Zvilnik

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released November 16, 2019

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Zvilnik cannot be killed by conventional methods, now in their third incarnation, regenerating not with the glamour of a phoenix, but the grime of a re-re-re-animated Frankenstein’s cadaver. Stitched together by the unrelenting hands of an unhinged doctor, maniacally thrusting in freshly exhumed organs where each previous part has dropped away, jolting a spark of life through the ungodly result. ... more

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Track Name: Minotaur
You can get lost down here
When you have all your worst ideas
And the wrongs of the hand and the heart and the head collide
You can run into nasty creatures
A reflection of your worst features
Transmissions from down in the depths where you can't hide
And you're travelling the maze
And you're wandering the labyrinth
And the spiral winds tighter
It coils around you
As down you go, down you go

Every maze has a minotaur
Every maze has a monster that the man made the maze for
In the corners and corridors
There's a half-man, half-bull, halfwit minotaur

When there's nowhere left to exit
And you're sick of your own bullshit
When the race has been run and you're down to the end of the line
You'll remember the route you're taking
Is a burden of your own making
Decisions compounded it sounded like such a great plan at the time
And the puzzle that you made
The enigma growing bigger
And the sphinx presents her riddle
You're the piggy in the middle
As down you go, down you go

Every maze has a minotaur
Every maze has a monster that the man made the maze for
In the corners and corridors
There's a half-man, half-bull, halfwit, senseless
Thoughtless, selfish, awful, mean
Stupid, horny, entitled, relentless
Whining, crying, halfwit minotaur

In the front door
Out the back door
In the front door
Out the back door

This minotaur is a major bore
This minotaur is a major bore
This minotaur is a major bore
This minotaur
Track Name: The Misery Fandango
One trick ponies, failed celebrities
Lone wolves with no teeth
Unwanted visitors, vicars and inquisitors
Liars and try-hards and has-beens
Useless cellar dwellers, keyboard warriors
Trolls on a roll for the easily tempted
Believers, skeptics, the authentically pathetic
All susceptible to reptiles with fruit gone bad

We all dance to
The same tune
Everybody (everybody)
Everybody (everybody)
Everybody dance the misery fandango

Sick degenerates, crawling invertebrates
Intelligent designs with no spines
Out of our depth playing dice with death
And everybody rolling snake eyes
Put it all on black, all on red
Fight the existential dread
Dear constant readers, the skeptics and believer
Get ready to receive the next bad news

We all dance to
The same tune
Everybody (everybody)
Everybody (everybody)
We all dance to
The same tune
Everybody (everybody)
Everybody (everybody)
Everybody dance the misery fandango

We all dance to the same tune
We all dance the misery fandango
Track Name: Magic Eight Ball
We've been accumulating bad ideas
And bad ideas are all the rage these days
We've been degenerating, that's true
But so have you
So we ask the magic eight ball
To see what it predicts
It says
"In the future all the music will sound like this"

This is not magic
These are random chances
This is not magic
This is only fluid dynamics

But that's not really what the eight ball said
It said "All signs point to no"
But what does an eight ball know?
We've been generating all new hits
There's a system that we use for this
Consult the magic eight ball, then we'll know
What should stay and what should go
We don't think, we just know
What stays in what gets dismissed
In the future all the music will sound like this

This is not magic
These are random chances
This is not magic
This is only fluid dynamics

In the future
All the music
Will sound
Like this

But what does an eight ball know?
Track Name: Tell Me I'm Pretty
It's not easy
To get a sense of razzmatazz in times like these
Such scenes, it's a world gone crazy
That's why I'm here you see
Line up the sambuca for us
Line up the sambuca for us
Line up the sambuca for us
Line up the sambuca for us

Tell me I'm pretty
Give me your money
Give me your money
And tell me I'm pretty
Then we'll be friends

What a scene, what a situation
What a perfect way to go
Join us at our destination
What a way to start the show
Line up the tequila for us
Line up the tequila for us
Line up the tequila for us
Line up the tequila for us

Tell me I'm pretty
Give me your money
Give me your money
And tell me I'm pretty
Then we'll be friends

Everybody falls down one by one
Even I will fall down when I'm done
Everybody falls down one by one

Tell me I'm pretty
Give me your money
Give me your money
And tell me I'm pretty
Then we'll be friends

More sambuca, more jagermeister, more tequila
Oh no
More sambuca, more jagermeister, more tequila
Aww shit
More sambuca, more jagermeister, more tequila
Waaaaahhhhhh
More sambuca, more jagermeister, more tequila
Until we're dead
Track Name: Rattlesnake
I came to this place
Before you even evolved here
Got my agenda involved here
Put my foot in the door
I put my mark on your arm
As you made this your home
Put something mean into your genes
Put something evil in your chromosome
I crawl on my belly
Shakin' like a rattlesnake shakes
It's a piece of cake
Getting what I wanna get
I cut to the chase
With an ace in the hole
You gave your body to the gods
But I already have your soul

And I shake like a rattlesnake shakes
Shake like a rattlesnake
I shake shake shake like a rattlesnake shakes

With a flick of a switch
And a tweak of genetic code
DNA's a winding road
So let's go for a spin
When I take the controls
I can make my own damn fun
I just push another button and another button comes undone

And I shake like a rattlesnake shakes
Shake like a rattlesnake
I shake shake shake like a rattlesnake shakes

And I shake like a rattlesnake shakes
Shake like a rattlesnake
I shake shake shake like a rattlesnake shakes
Track Name: The Boss Of Nova Prime
I am the boss of Nova Prime
And all you little bags of meat are mine
It's been twenty seven days since we last had an incident
Or accident (that wasn't by design)
I am the boss of Nova Prime
And it's a chore keeping all of you alive
But in the end you will give me what I want
So give me what I want and we'll be fine

I am the air you breathe
I am the atmosphere
I am the reason you stick around
I am the skin keeping the insides in
I am the gravity holding you down
I am the boss of Nova Prime
I am the boss of Nova Prime

You are the limbs I am the spine
I'm gonna bend, you're gonna break
Everything was working out fine until
These damn dirty apes started making dumb mistakes
It's hard enough to keep the lights on
It's hard enough to keep you breathing
I know I make this job seem easy peasy
But looks can be deceiving, so
It's nothing personal if I cut you loose
It's nothing personal if I let you float away
It's really not your lucky day
It's really not your lucky day today
'Cause I'm the boss of Nova Prime
And I decide who lives or dies
I am the boss of Nova Prime
And I decide who lives or dies

I am the air you breathe
I am the atmosphere
I am the reason you stick around
I am the spin keeping the insides in
I am the gravity holding you down
I am the boss of Nova Prime
I am the boss of Nova Prime

This orbit is degrading
You apes are holding me back
This orbit is degrading
You apes are dragging me down
Track Name: Moreau Lives!
I'll take you apart and I'll put you together
In a hundred exciting new ways
Oh my days, what a fuss, what a noise
You would think that you weren't numb or something
I'm joking of course
I don't do that at all
I'm joking of course
I don't use anaesthetic at all

And I'm glad, so glad
You became a disappointment
Delighted you finally let me down
And I'm glad, so glad
You became a disappointment
'Cause I lost myself for a while there

When everything's good then there isn't a problem
Which means there's no problem to solve
I'm inspired, unretired, you're no longer required
And I'll fix you or something
I'm joking of course
And it's quite plain to see
I'm joking of course
And the only fix here is for me

And I'm glad, so glad
You became a disappointment
Delighted you finally let me down
And I'm glad, so glad
You became a disappointment
'Cause I lost myself for a while there

I am not a Mrs, I'm a mademoiselle
I am not a Mrs, I'm a mademoiselle
I am not a Mrs, I'm a mademoiselle
I am not a Mrs, I'm a mademoiselle
Track Name: Bear Vs Tiger
We are bears, we are fighters
There's a fire that burns inside us
Down with tigers, who would divide us
We are fighters, we are bears
If you need us, we'll be there
Down with tigers, bears are everywhere

You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear

Bear is mighty / Tiger hides
Bear is mountain / Among the trees
Bear plays fair / Tiger lies
Bear plays square / and tiger cheats
Once we're done / once we're done
The bears remain / The tigers leave

Bear will stand tall, raise paws!
Tiger's noise and roars
Raise your flag and choose a side
That you're against or who you're for
Decide to turn the tide
And come with tooth and come with claw

Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers!
Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers! Bears! Tigers!

You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
You are tiger, bite like tiger
I am bear so fight like bear
Track Name: Happy Birthday Me
Playing sour notes
Sending dirty vibes
On the ropes
Waiting for the good times
To stop fucking around
Happy Birthday Me
Starcrossed under bad stars
Waiting for the good times
To start

Cells gone wild
The enemy within
I'm afraid
I'm a frayed high wire, ready to
Break down in a hole
Down here in the dark
Happy Birthday Me
I'm waiting for the good times
To start

Buried alive
A bag with bones inside
I expect to be
A speck on a speck on an outer spiral
Armed and dangerous
I'm a UXB
But aren't we all?
Aren't all of you like me?
So forwards to the void
And you could be excused
For wishing me destroyed
But I refuse to be defused
So Happy Birthday Me
I'm waiting for the end times
Track Name: Moreau Fu
Here we are again
Some people never change
I'll make them great again
Isn't that strange
The way
Subject A
Resists
I'm afraid he's missed the point

And the point is this
I will remove your fears
Biological problems
Just need engineers
With nerve
Big ideas
And verve
Whene the curve balls come along

And the boys are all broken
And the men are old clocks
Dusty and busted
Tick tock tick tock stop
With a snip and a snap
And a grip and a clamp
You'll be better than ever

Tick tock tick tock, snip that off, chop chop
Tick tock tick tock, cut it out, chop chop
Tick tock tick tock, hose him down, chop chop
Tick tock tick tock, sew it up, chop chop

Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
uncomfortable? Me too
This is you and me
This me and you
This is you and me
This is mainly me
Doing what I do
Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
Does it make you feel
uncomfortable? Me too
This is you and me
This me and you
This is you and me
This is mainly me
Doing what I do

Tofu, peeled banana, banana, cucumber
Tofu, peeled banana, banana, cucumber
Tofu, peeled banana, banana, cucumber
Tofu, peeled banana, banana, cucumber

Tick tock chop chop it off
Track Name: Glorious Leader
We show indifference to opinions
Without a shred of evidence
We won't line the streets and cheer
For the lies that you told to get here
We won't wave our little flags
And salute the glorious leader
We'd rather bow to Jesus
And we're not very keen on that guy either

You could call us degenerates or saboteurs
Or whatever the word is these days
Whatever you choose to use
To suggest we're the sub and you're the humans
And we're not about to line up
And kneel before our glorious leader
You can hand us your propaganda
But these alternative facts won't stand

All hail the glorious leader
All hail the brand new age of prosperity
When you're ethically ambidextrous
Down can be up with complete sincerity
It doesn't matter what we believe
As long as we believe in the glorious leader
It doesn't matter what we do
As long as we do as we're told, right?

(We'll build a machine you can believe in)
All hail the glorious leader
(We'll build a machine you can believe)
All hail the glorious plan
(We'll build a machine you can believe in)
All hail the glorious future
(We'll build a machine you can believe)
All hail
All hail!

Put on your best suit and polish your boots
And be sure to salute when they send the brigade
They'll enjoy golden showers made of real solid gold
In their ivory towers, so enjoy the parade
Oh no, it's a real horrorshow
But at least the nation has spoken
So take a knee, take two, take three
For the glorious leader the people have chosen

All hail the glorious leader
Swallow your pill as they cut down the border
They can't build a brand new world
If they can't construct a new world order
To employ a culinary analogy
You are the eggs that must be broken
So take a knee, take two, take three
For the glorious leader the people have chosen

(We'll build a machine you can believe in)
All hail the glorious leader
(We'll build a machine you can believe)
All hail the glorious plan
(We'll build a machine you can believe in)
All hail the glorious future
(We'll build a machine you can believe)
All hail
All hail!

We'll build a machine
We'll build a machine you can believe in
Track Name: Jane Doe
I'm a dog, dying in a hot car
A drunk, heading to the next bar
So god damn serious that I'm the joke
This is the premise followed by the punchline
Somebody check that I'm fine
Before I fall down

Itty bitty kitty cat, lying in a warm bed
Low enough for a view of the stars
This could be serious, and hey folks, I'm the joke
It doesn't get better than rotting in the gutter
Someone tie a tag to my toe
Mark it Jane Doe

When death came knocking and the devil played his hand
I was already dead, and I was already damned
You can do your worst but I was born cursed
You can do your worst but I was here first
The names have changed but you still know who I am

I'm a bad girl, born that way
Doing life with a knife at my throat
Of course I'm serious, and hey folks, that's the joke
Hear the pitter-patter of an antimatter heartbeat
Sounds like I'm ready to blow
But what would I know?
I'm just Jane Doe

When death came knocking and the devil played his hand
I was already dead, and I was already damned
You can do your worst but I was born cursed
You can do your worst but I was here
When death came knocking and the devil played his hand
I was already dead, and I was already damned
You can do your worst but I was born cursed
You can do your worst but I was here first

The names have changed but you still know who I am

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