Divided Joy

by The Comfortably Strange

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released February 14, 2017

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The Comfortably Strange is a musical duo featuring Katja Dreßler and Stephen "Digger" Dawes.

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Track Name: Inertia
Outside the silent
We move around
Like we’re not there
Enjoy your island
Don’t count our lives
Go get your share

I’m on the wrong side
So you say
Saw a sticker on a car said
Jesus saves you
Well, I waited
And he piled his lies up
I’m crucified
I took a nail from you

And so the violence
Kicks in the good
Side of my brain
And you are righteous
You raise your hand
And cast the blame

I’m on the wrong side
So you say
Saw a sticker on a car said
Jesus saves you
Well, I waited
And he piled his lies up
I’m crucified
I took a nail from you

Preach away when the camera’s on ya
Look away when the eye is turned
Wash your hands of all the bloodshed
Street walk let the truth immerse ya
Underclass freefall inertia
Underclass freefall inertia
Underclass freefall inertia
Underclass freefall inertia

I’m on the wrong side
So you say
Saw a sticker on a car said
Jesus saves you
Well, I waited
And he piled his lies up
I’m crucified
Took a nail from you

Underclass freefall inertia

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Track Name: Shutdown
I’m your entertainment
You gather round
Said you’ll get me walking
On safe ground
I’m so lucky to have you
To intercede
I’ll feel a million dollars
I don’t believe

Ooh, you’ve life for sale
Ooh, you sell it well
Ooh, your fairy tale
Oh, my living hell

Oh, it’s “help” I’m crying
I’m just confused
Take the cure you’re plying
I’ll be immune
Right

Shutdown the white light
Shutdown the dawn
Silence forever
A peace I’ll know
I want the front row
Eternal night
I want to kill it all
Kill, kill, get it right
Kill, kill, get it right

So, there you have it
The best laid plans
Well, here we are
Where we began
The system’s on it
The fix machine
You sell the vision
Utopian dream

Shutdown the white light
Shutdown the dawn
Silence forever
A peace I’ll know
I want the front row
Eternal night
I want to kill it all
Kill, kill, get it right
Kill, kill, get it right

Kill, kill, get it right
(I want to kill it all)

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Track Name: Mother, It's Murder
You see my colours
Through white-washed mind
Been there, done that
Roller-coaster ride
Russian roulette
Hypodermic gun
Treading over bodies
Staring at the sun

Mother. Synthetic
You should have done more
Mother, it’s murder
The needle lies call

I dissolve in beggar’s clothes
And my riches are the treasures of the brain
I need somebody
Not a…
Not a link in my daisy chain

I love you, mother
Through hate-filled eyes
You’re here feeding
My bipolar ties
Crushing regret
Disharmonic fun
Counting down, this junkie’s
Waiting for the one

Mother. Synthetic
You should have done more
Mother, it’s murder
The needle lies call

I dissolve in beggar’s clothes
And my riches are the treasures of the brain
I need somebody
Not a…
Not a link in my daisy chain

And so, dear mother
My eyes now blind
Been there, done that
Roller-coaster ride
Turn away this victim
Staring at the sun
Tread over my body
Staring at the sun

Mother. Synthetic
You should have done more
Mother, it’s murder
The needle lies call

I dissolve in beggar’s clothes
And my riches are the treasures of the brain
I need somebody
Not a…
Not a link in my daisy chain

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Track Name: Nero's Burning
Fireflies are dancing
Weaving in my mind
A million thoughts are flying
I wish they’d die
Oh, I am so tired
21st century drain
Overload, now process, and
I got it made, but

You can’t see it
Tearing, wearing
I can feel it
Nero’s burning
I’m walking in the ashes
Drowning in the masses
Reaching for the new wine
Drink from empty glasses
And, God,
I need
Some time

Wildfires are rising
They laugh outside
The window ledge is calling
Well, we all can fly
Working for the dollar
Even as I fall
Overboard, I’m dying, yeah
I had it made, but

You can’t see it
Tearing, wearing
I can feel it
Nero’s burning
I’m walking in the ashes
Drowning in the masses
Reaching for the new wine
Drink from empty glasses
And, God,
I need
Some time

Tearing, wearing
Nero’s Burning

You can’t see it
Tearing, wearing
I can feel it
Nero’s burning
I’m walking in the ashes
Drowning in the masses
Reaching for the new wine
Drink from empty glasses
And, God,
I need
Some time

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Track Name: Whisper In The Night
Here we are again
Slow dancing on the battlefield
Red mist descends
You hold me down and you teach me fear

In this room it’s your secret
In my mind the clock holds still
In this room you steal it
You broke my body, won’t break my will

All you ever gave me
Were the tears left in my eyes
So, all I ever felt was
The hate that built inside
All you ever showed me
Was your love comes at a price
All I ever wanted
Was your whisper in the night
I’d have been yours

Pain, you can’t defend
Slow crawling like a broken wheel
Your uncaring hands
They hold me still, try to keep me near

In this room it’s my secret
In your mind the clock holds still
In this room I steal it
I broke your body, won’t break my will

All you ever gave me
Were the tears left in my eyes
So, all I ever felt was
The hate that built inside
All you ever showed me
Was your love comes at a price
All I ever wanted
Was your whisper in the night
I’d have been yours

(Take a look. Take a look.
Take a look at me now.)
My feathers never were so grey
You just made me feel that way

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Track Name: Lines Apart
The black tide is pulling
And I can’t see
I was happy today
But the thought ran free

I could climb through the window
Maybe find you there
But you float like oil
And the sea’s run scared

Engineer the wires
We’re lines apart
Painting in the air
It’s the new art
And are we distant
Or have we found
This is the ceiling
And this is the ground?

Sometimes the silence
Is all I need
Words lie scattered
Stone ground the seed
And though we are touching
The connection is worn
So, we take comfort
In a skin now torn

Engineer the wires
We’re lines apart
Painting in the air
It’s the new art
And are we distant
Or have we found
This is the ceiling
And this is the ground?

And so we watch
We are perfectly still
The secret’s in the shade
But we lost the will

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Track Name: Kyra
She’s a teenage crime
Who lost the thrill
Nothing ever changes
She takes another pill
Oh, put it out
A life well-worn
Loss in her eyes
A child unborn

Kyra,
Oh, to say I hear her
All too much, it’s clearer
Oh, to hold her nearer
Gone today

She’s an open mind
There’s room for you
Emotionally blind
To the things you do
Oh, put it on
Her favourite smile
Dress in your lies
It’s all worthwhile

Kyra,
Oh, to say I hear her
All too much, it’s clearer
Oh, to hold her nearer
Gone today

She wants to hide
She’s flying high

Kyra,
Oh, to say I hear her
All too much, it’s clearer
Oh, to hold her nearer
Gone today

Kyra
Oh, you know I hear her
It’s not today
Oh, Kyra,
Won’t you stay a while?
Shine

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Track Name: This City
Honey hides the grey walls
Oh, the sweet seduction, it pulls you in
And all around you
Walk with your ball and chains behind you

Alien city blues
Sky full of silver lies, it’s a pristine bruise
You walk in worn shoes
Oh, this city got you too

All the riches and rags
All the world’s regrets
In one city
All the sin and grace
All gathered in this place
This city
Paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
It’s paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
We’re told
Paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
It’s paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
We’re sold

Money fills the cradles
Caught you with temptation, it pulled you in
And now the new born
Carry the hope and blame, it binds you

Sunday evening news
Life rusts the golden prize, you’re the system’s muse
You lit the last fuse
Now you’re a victim too

All the riches and rags
All the world’s regrets
In one city
All the sin and grace
All gathered in this place
This city
Paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
It’s paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
We’re told
Paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
It’s paradise (Oh, you thought you had to be there)
Mis-sold

Round the corner from this place called hell
They’re not drinking from a poisoned well

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Track Name: Lost World Demolition
Wise men say
All lies are thieves
Embryonic hatred
Spread the disease

We get the guns
And they get the bombs
We got the rights
‘Cos they are the wrongs

Communication meltdown
The mess we made
Evolution, progress
Dying in the shade
Opinion is fuel
Pour on the flames
Choose the right side, then
Pick your own grave

It’s a lost world
It’s a lost world
It’s a lost world
Demolition

Stop the world
‘Cos I wanna get off

So, here’s a song
From the end of the world
Apocalyptic symphony
I got the chills

We’ve got the sticks
And they’ve got the stones
We got the dust
And they got the bones

Communication meltdown
The mess we made
Evolution, progress
Dying in the shade
Opinion is fuel
Pour on the flames
Choose the right side, then
Pick your own grave

It’s a lost world
It’s a lost world
It’s a lost world
Demolition

Stop the world
‘Cos I wanna get off

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Track Name: Asphyxia
Got your hand in my pocket, guess you
Find your comfort there
You pull a little closer to me
So you can breathe the same air

You always wanna know
The lost thoughts in my head
You always wanna be
The last word that I said

I tell you all the time
You gotta let it go
You gotta let it go
Or we’ll drown

You take another picture, guess you
Freeze the time we share
You tie your chains of gold around me
And now you keep me hanging there

You always ask me why
I smile when it’s not at you
You always wanna try
And be my only view

I tell you all the time
You gotta let it go
You gotta let it go
Or we’ll drown

Spend a week in which we hide
Take each day and fill with lies
Live together in a seamless skin
You’re the ocean, but I can’t swim
You smother me
You cover me
You’re pulling me
Down

I tell you all the time
You gotta let it go
You gotta let it go
Or we’ll drown

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