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Sounds of System Breakdown London, UK

Sounds of System Breakdown is a live electronic music project led by London-based Dubliner Rob Costello. It began as a response to passive, head-in-laptop elec- tronica - an attempt to bring live instruments to bear on the flow and structure of dance music.

Now it exists as a kinetic, instrument-swapping three-piece - with longtime collaborators Ed Costello and Richy Kelly.
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Track Name: Intro
This party peaked at a quarter to four, before there was so much blood on the floor.
Police are knocking on the door…again

And I'm crawling over people to get out, killed for their organs…or sleeping.
But baby please don’t have no doubt… I'm leaving…are you coming?

I'm leaving…are you coming (x4)
Track Name: Jumps
With my knees pressed up against the seat in front I see it all,
Cursing my height as I’m…
Passing by the ghost estates and water towers standing tall,
And in my mind I feel I must jump over farm houses and walls
And I know that I must continue where better men have stalled.

I know I’ll never get to sleep but I still try to close my eyes,
Try a different tactic…
And write a text message to you but I can’t get the phrasing right,
I get distracted by the conversations happening all around
Someone providing too much information I should really write this down.

With my reading light switched off I follow planes across the sky
Try to guess where they’re going…
And sometimes jealous thoughts would cross my tired mind just for a while
And I remember then that my own journey is mysterious to them
Hell it is often a mystery to me, no beginning and no end

And in my mind I feel I must jump over farm houses and walls
And I know that I must continue where better men have stalled.
Track Name: Neon Contrails
Neon contrails across the sky, a galaxy of city lights.
The stars are dimmed and the moon eclipsed by shining eyes and parted lips.
I rise to meet you clouds of gold, looking young and feeling old,
So beautiful that I might die, never suffer, never cry…

A tall order why don’t we take a swim in these darkened seas,
Move our bodies, hands and feet, lose ourselves in musique concrete.

Neon contrails what a sight, last sign of sunlight before the night.
The morning stutters the day repeats but neon contrails a pure release.

(Oh, oh)

I rise to meet you clouds of gold, looking young and feeling old,
So beautiful that I might die, never suffer, never cry…
Neon contrails what a sight, last sign of sunlight before the night.
The morning stutters the day repeats but neon contrails a pure release…oh

(Oh, oh)
Track Name: Pony
We’re at a critical juncture in our miserable lives,
We can make it all better, tonight, tonight.
If you come to the party girl I’ve got a surprise
You are my little pony…let’s ride

I won’t bite, I won’t bite, I won’t bite,
But I think that you might, come on inside.

You’ve been gone for a fortnight and it feels like a year,
I don’t think I’m unhappy, just weird, just weird.
Gotta get me a ticket for the big city now,
Cause I got to have you, somehow.

I won’t bite, I won’t bite, I won’t bite,
But I think that you might, come on inside. (x2)

I bleed the same red blood as you all you’ve been through I’ve seen it too (x2)

I won’t bite, I won’t bite, I won’t bite,
But I think that you might, come on inside. (x2)
Track Name: Mayfly
I’m just passing through, I’m a mayfly,
I can stay with you for a while.
Rip the house plants up, break the china,
Give you all my love, say goodbye.
And on Saturday I’ll make my way
To someone’s house whose name I can’t pronounce.
And though I miss you deeply
Jemmy keeps me company tonight.

Let’s surface, let’s surface,
So that the weight of the world can’t hurt us,
Let’s surface, let’s surface,
So that the weight

At the departure gates.
A shorter lifespan.
First the month long wait.
Here comes the rush now (x2)

And on Sunday I will walk through fire
To justify the things I did last night.
And though I’ll miss you deeply
Late night TV bathes me in her light.

Baby I got problems I don’t know where to start,
I lie awake and dream and it almost breaks my heart,
Yeah you tore my world apart, I never had a chance (no, oh)
I try to wash it down now I try to wash it off,
My dog is getting healthy, my mind is getting soft,
I hold this thought aloft…that someday soon we’ll dance

So that the weight of the world can’t hurt us,
Let’s surface, let’s surface,
So that the weight of the world can’t hurt us,

(Oh, oh, oh, oh…)
Track Name: Silverfish
(Instrumental)
Track Name: King of Reptiles
Pride of the isles king of reptiles the one who knows,
Whose smile in denial and add to his file…on you.
Licking his wounds, knowing that soon, he’ll be cocooned
In a hotel room, room with a view of you.
When people talk he listens, such transgressive behaviour,
He glows, he gleans, he glistens, driving around Belgravia.

On top of his game, staking his claim, to lay the blame
In springtime it rains on everybody but him
He’s buying x the lord of insects what you expect
A surgeon of text the friend of your ex the best.
People get seen he sees them, people get seen,
People get seen he sees them, you’d better put on some make up after the break up.

And I don’t wanna be captain of industry
I would rather take the slow boat than the private jet now (x2)

A dangerous boredom, a dangerous boredom,
Took over his life, Took over his life,
The atmosphere in the boardroom, in the boardroom,
Was cut with a knife, was cut with a knife,
The women got younger the cars got faster,
The hobbies got darker and he chased disaster,
And he went to his lawyers when it all fell apart and he made a new start.

And I don’t wanna be captain of industry
I would rather take the slow boat than the private jet now (x2)
Track Name: Skin
Breathe out and in, you are more than I bargained for.
Can’t feel my limbs, yeah you are more than I bargained for.
And I stare out into space watch for your shadow in doorways.
Cause you are more than I bargained for and I don’t think I can take no more.

You shoot and I’ll drive and we might survive (x2)

Breathe in and out, you are more than I bargained for.
Can’t feel my mouth, you are more than I bargained for.
And I’ve hit my highest low watch for your shadow in windows.
Yeah, you are more than I bargained for and I don’t know if I’m rich or poor.

You shoot and I’ll drive and we might survive (x2)

Breathe out and in, you are more than I bargained for.
Can’t feel my skin, yeah you are more than I bargained for.
Track Name: Even Up The Numbers
Where there is calm we’ll bring a storm
If it gets too much, we’ll ask for more
And if the ending is a happy one we’ll play it in reverse,
Just to even up the numbers…

Bills and bills and bills and bills and pay check and bills,
And no one seems to want you’re exact combination of skills.
Bonny and Clyde sitting on a seventh floor window sill,
Talking to each other like strangers not lovers it feels.

And, where there is calm we’ll bring a storm
If it gets too much, we’ll ask for more
And if the picture is a pleasant one we’ll turn it upside down,
Just to even up the numbers…
Track Name: Tear At The Seams
I’m feeling what you do, doing what you feel.
Being what you want, I wanna watch you be…(x4)

But don’t tear at the seams, don’t tear at the seams.
Take cover my brother (tear at the seams) (x2)

I wanna watch you break, breaking what you want.
Trying to be great in the great beyond (x4)

But don’t tear at the seams, don’t tear at the seams.
Take cover my brother (tear at the seams) (x2)

Caught in a storm a cat 3 the worst winds I’ve ever seen.
Out on that hill beside the sea, Tore at the seams, you and me.
It won’t stop, it won’t stop, life hits until you drop
It won’t stop, it won’t stop, life hits until you drop
Out on that hill beside the sea, Tore at the seams, you and me.
I won’t stop, I won’t stop, giving life another knock

But don’t tear at the seams, don’t tear at the seams.
Take cover my brother (tear at the seams) (x2)

It won’t stop, it wont stop, life hits until you drop,
I won’t stop, I won’t stop, giving love another shot…
Track Name: Mayfly Reprise
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Learning to be Human
I’ll let the hours pass, I rest on Plexiglass,
Face paint on my shirt, glitter on you’re skirt
A hundred miles away, I’ll call you soon to say,
I'm learning to be human; I'm learning to be human.

I'm learning to be human, I don’t want to get fooled again,
I'm learning to be human, I'm back in ’92 again
I'm learning to be human, the form I am assuming, the world I am consuming.

The people I grew up with are now prescribing pills,
Building their own houses, teaching business skills,
Off somewhere in china and we’re on Jupiter,
I'm learning to be human, I'm learning to be human.

I'm learning to be human, I don’t want to get fooled again,
I'm learning to be human, I need to learn from you again
So effortlessly human, the form I am assuming, but I don’t know what I'm doing.