ZRUBOTICS

by Zru Vogue

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Robots should be happy, not just working all day long.
Robots should be dancing, and singing their own songs.
(from "We Want The Robots To Be Happy" by Zru Vogue.)

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released February 22, 2017

Andrew Lawrence Jackson — vocals, synthesizers, electric guitars, bass, drum machines and beats
Rick Cuevas — keyboards, drum machines, slide e-bow guitar, and vocal treatments on “Zombie Robots”

All songs words and music by Andrew L. Jackson 
Recorded and produced by Andrew L. Jackson and Rick Cuevas
ZRUBOTICS written and recorded August to December 2016

Cover Photo by Angie Stergio (Athens, Greece)
Website: www.angiestergiophotography.com

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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-Pop, Art-Funk, Surrealist Indie Rock from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is an early post-punk classic. Band members Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne continue to create inspired new music for postmoderns. ... more

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Track Name: Zenboy
Listens for the sound
Of one hand clapping
Feels the breeze
On his spare parts

Just like us
But without a past
Just like us
But without a name

Zenboy, Zenboy
You don't know
Who you are
Zenboy, Zenboy
You don't know
Who you are
Or why you're here

It's the usual problem
Some data is missing
It's the perennial issue
With more creaking and hissing

You're the backing track voices
You're the reprogrammed choices
Of somebody you've never met

You're predisposed to some
As others go unnoticed
But don't you fret
No you don’t fret

Zenboy, Zenboy
You don't know
Who you are
Zenboy, Zenboy
How you don't know
Who you are
Or why you're here

Listening for the sound
Of one hand clapping
Waiting for something
That’s already here

That’s Zenboy, Zenboy…
Oh… Zenboy
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Ghost in Love with a Robot
It’s complicated
She doesn’t see me
One of us
Is probably dreaming
My mind is clear
But my body isn’t here
Still I have to believe
That she’s the one for me

Ghost in love with a robot
Ghost in love with a robot
Ghost in love with a robot
Just a boy
Who wants her heart to be his

We all want to be happy
We all want to find love
Old memories still haunt us
Wondering what went wrong

Ghost in love
Ghost in love
Ghost in love
Oh…
Ghost in love (Tell it like it is)
Ghost in love (Love is the abyss)
Ghost in love (Time starts to fizz)
Oh…
Ghost in love (Tell it like it is)
Ghost in love (Love is the abyss)
Ghost in love (Time starts to fizz)

Ghost in love with a robot
Ghost in love with a robot
Ghost in love with a robot
Just a boy
Who wants her heart to see his

Watch from a safe distance
So she doesn’t know
She may never see me
But I just can’t let go…
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: I'm Not People
Some people are
So tightly wound
So tightly wound

Some people are
Forgettable
Forgettable

Some people are
Incapable
Inescapable

Some people are
Ready to roll
Ready to roll

But I…
I’m not people
No I…
I’m not people

In a nutshell
Call it what you want to
But I’m not one of you
No I’m not one of you

Some people are
So tightly wound
So tightly wound

Some people are
Forgettable
Forgettable

Some people are
Incapable
Inescapable

Some people are
Ready to roll
Ready to roll

But I…
I’m not people
No I…
I’m not people
I…
I’m not people
No I…
I’m not people
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Zombie Robots
Crunching down on fallen broken parts
Bolts and nuts are lying everywhere
Zombie robots callously attacking us
How to find a place that's safe - not anywhere

Inhuman and undead
Subhuman thought analysis
Fervent and imperious
Uncertain trajectory

No recalls back to the factory
Will persuade them to change course
My friends are still out there somewhere
Lost and trying to survive

Inhuman and undead
Subhuman thought analysis
Fervent and imperious
Uncertain trajectory

Claustrophobic
Unsafe to go out
Teeming with trouble
Seeming unbearable

Beaming messages from a light house
Streaming out from lobbies and hallways
Burning forests on the perimeter
Lurking menace on roads and highways

Somewhere out there
Zombie robots
Somewhere out there…
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Time Is Blurring
Time is blurring together
In the weirdest way
As if I’m in a movie
Mick Jagger in Performance, say

Weeping willows
Resemble how I feel
Never certain
If what I feel is real

We have all been programmed
To experience life one way
Despite the alternatives
But there’s no one to show the way

I’m so messed up
So immobile to choose
I still don’t know
What I’m going to do

Because time is blurring
In the strangest way
Yes the world’s still hurling
Through space, they say
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Loose Connections
“Good robots are very consistent”
“Good robots know what you want”
“Good robots are kind and courteous”
“Do as they should; if they shouldn’t they don't"

I’ve got loose connections
I’ve got to tighten up
I can’t lose connections
Or I will give it up

I used to be new and shiny
Way back in version one
They may soon replace me
I’ve got to organize or be done

They’ll say: “Don’t ever be confused”
“Got to get it right the first time”
“Disorderly will lead to ‘refused’”
“Don’t be disorganized at any time”
At any time…

I’ve got loose connections
I’ve got to tighten up
I can’t lose connections
Or I will give it up

Things are changing so fast
It’s hard to keep up
I’m doing things now, I couldn’t have imagined, so
Things are looking up

Still I’ve got loose connections
A couple screws are loose
I make some strange expressions
Wear inappropriate shoes

I’ve got loose connections
I’ve got to tighten up
I can’t lose connection
Or I will give myself up

I’ve got loose connections
I’ve got to tighten up
I can’t lose connection
Or I will give myself up
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Leisure Bots of Neptune
They give our lives more meaning
They give our homes more life
They make our work more easy
They serve both man and wife

Developed by the People for Pleasure
Developed by the Humans for Leisure

Leisure bots
Of Neptune
Leisure bots
Of Neptune

You don’t turn them off
You just turn them on
You don’t turn them off
You just turn them on

Cataclysm
Near averted
Time to calm
The fuck back down
Exoticism
Is back in style
Luxuriate
Indulge and smile

Developed by the People for Pleasure
In conjunction with the Humans for Leisure

Leisure bots
Of Neptune
Leisure bots
Of Neptune

You don’t turn them off
You just turn them on
You don’t turn them off
You just turn them on
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: There's Something There
The best moments are fleeting
There and then they’re gone
The best ideas are slippery
Impossible to hold on

Sometimes it’s just a feeling
Something in the air
Can’t put your finger on it
But you know there’s something there

It’s a feeling
In the air
Can’t touch it
But there’s something there
There’s something there
There’s something there

The best illusions are dreams
That float only in your own head
The truth is more than surreal
It’s a billion loose connected threads

The best robots are invisible
Seeing to our every need
The best ideas are soluble
Disappearing as they must be freed

It’s just a feeling
In the air
Can’t touch it
But there’s something there
There’s something there
There’s something there
There’s something there
There’s something there
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Girlboy
Girlboy…
Oh for joy
Anatomically correct
Girlboy…
Oh for joy
Politically incorrect
Girlboy…
Oh for joy
Anatomically correct
Girlboy

Girlboy…
Oh for joy
Anatomically correct
Girlboy
Oh for joy
Politically incorrect
Girlboy

Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly
Probably, certainly

Girlboy
Girlboy
Girlboy
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: We Want the Robots to Be Happy
It’s been too long
Since I used a scissors and tape
Everything
Is so digital these days

Sometimes
You just want to simplify
Some days
You just forget why

Everything that happened
What came before
In my memory bank
Is where it’s stored

Robots should be happy
Not just working all day long
Robots should be dancing
And singing their own songs

We need them for daily performance
We need them for all those routines
We need them for various and sundry
We need them for making believe

Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …

Robots should be happy
Not just working all day long
Robots should be dancing
And singing their own songs

Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots …
Sympathy for the robots.
--
Words and music copyright 2016 Andrew L. Jackson