Zero: Exile II

by Zru Vogue

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1.
Lyrics: Capturing flies like a Pedigreed troubadour Salty in fashions that Speak the unspoken Dreaming of Barbies Twisted and broken Under earth This simple lie Reveals your secret Blinds your eye Not for the shy Not for the tame Lose your mind To find your name -- Lyrics copyright 2011 Andrew L. Jackson
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Lyrics: Zero here. I’m not sure you remember me. Truth is, I’m not sure I remember me. You know, most people run through life without really thinking about it. They’re just getting by. I’ve tried that. I was a drone in their machine. ‘till one day, I broke free. And it was weird there, but I learned to like it, in this other place. Then one day again, bam! I’m back! Or am I? I kinda freaked out. And then I realized. Hey, I’m here. I am who I am, you know? I’m only Zero, but I’m okay... I’m okay. -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew L. Jackspn
3.
Lyrics: Back when this life Was so sweet and easy Was it all a dream? Why am I so queasy? Losing touch Has left bitter traces It’s fully funereal In another time Insect wings Teach me things With the paranormal We need to reach back
4.
Lyrics: She is my companion She is my best friend Octavia is my better half With me till the end Found her wandering on the docks No shoes on her knee-high socks Enchanted by her perfect diction Love at first sight – fact, not fiction Something like a forgotten dream Where nothing’s really as it seems Eternity, we might just find Is beaming on my spotless mind She is my reminder / she is my dark night Someday I may find her / mysterious and white Laying on a bed of nails / or walking on some broken glass She is my Octavia / with no memory of her past Last night in the Met She went into a trance In the tribal statues wing Murmuring some chants Distant memory calls to her Darts of pain penetrate Dancing at the edge of reason Purring, peeling back her lesion She is my reminder / she is my dark night Someday I may find her / mysterious and white Laying on a bed of nails / or walking on some glass She is my Octavia / no memory of her past -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew Lawrence Jackson
5.
Lyrics: Come back to the one Come back to the one Who found you, who fed you Come back to the one She drives your hunger She steers your desires Your fate is in her hands As she stokes the fires The Goddess you melt before The Queen that you waited for Why were you away so long? Where have you gone? Come back to the one Come back to the one Who found you, who made you Come back to the one There is only one direction There is only one connection There is only one reflection There is only one There is only one intention There is only one perfection There is only one There is only one Back when this life Was so sweet and easy Was it all a dream? Why am I so queasy? The Goddess I melt before The Queen that I waited for Why was I away so long? Where have I gone? Come back to the one Come back to the one Who found you, who fed you Come back to the one Who found you, who made you Come back to the one There is only one direction There is only one connection There is only one reflection There is only one There is only one intention There is only one perfection There is only one There is only one -- Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson
6.
Lyrics: Stabbing the future To regenerate the past None of it is serious None of it will last Involuntary closing eyes Shutting down, forgetting lies Sleep is calling, memory dances Dreams in need of second chances -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew Lawrence Jackson
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Lyrics: You know how sometimes you try to fit in, But you stand out like a man in a rabbit costume on fire? You know how sometimes you want to blend in, But you smell like a monkey’s uncle drenched in after-shave? Well, I do. And that’s when I realize… When your life is winking But your eyes aren’t blinking, but your eyes aren’t blinking When your ship is sinking And your bathtub’s leaking, and your bathtub’s leaking When your cell is syncing And your mind is shrinking, and your mind is shrinking When they pull the plug And your reds are pinking, and your reds are pinking Realize : Real Eyes Foreign objects on the fly! Lovely robots objectified! Pop, pop, pop - pop go the creases! Crack, crack, crack – crack up in pieces! It’s instrumental to your vision It’s the key to your next indecision Where will they make your next incision? Where will they make your next incision? Now it’s all going according to plan But this plan, it’s not your plan And when some unknown chaotic dandy Sells your soul for cotton candy When they pull the plug and your bathtub’s leaking When your ship is sinking and your eyes aren’t blinking Well that’s when I… Realize : Real Eyes -- Lyrics Copyright 2011 by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
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04:46
Lyrics: We haven’t found us We don’t seem to be Despite all appearance The instruments say This space is unoccupied And they’re never wrong We do not exist The instruments agree We are the unreturning We’ve left a vacant space No longer on the GPS Vanished with no trace And yet we haven’t moved No perceptible change Occupants of Nowhere Residing in No Place -- Lyrics ©2012 Andrew L. Jackson
9.
Lyrics: Zero-1-2-3, Zero-1-2-3 You can’t find me I can’t find “me” Zero-1-2-3, Zero-1-2-3 There is no “me” There is no “me” Stripes, dots, ragged thoughts Dots, stripes, it’s a life Battles fought, battles lost Words won, lines crossed A life reflected, paused & played Stop the world, I want to get paid I came to you immersed in need Now these needy thoughts are freed Zero-1-2-3, Zero-1-2-3 This is not me I am not “me” We’re learning as we go along When you’re right you can’t go wrong A dotted line direct report To someone new you’ve never met Pull the rug out underfoot Speak the words you’ll soon forget You are not me, I am not me In this lost moment, this day between days In this lost moment, this hour between hours I read between the lines I write between the lies Another version of me Is standing by Waiting to be In its due time Just let go – to make it so Zero-1-2-3, I am not me Zero-1-2-3, Pleased to be free -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew Lawrence Jackson
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03:07
Lyrics: Sala mah no neeya Sono mahla no du Yama ma! Yama ma! Yama ma! Yama ma! Now you gonna hurt Now you gotta work Now you gone gone Now you gone home No one will know What you have done You will have moved on To the beyond You will be undone By your own mind Now you gonna hurt Now you gotta work Now you gone gone Now you gone home Give up your try Give up your mind Give up your lies Wake up your eyes Ma lawn me a mar Ma lawn me ah babar Me Yama nah mah mah So fa-fa fa du low Yama ma! Yama ma! Yama ma! Yama ma! Yah fa lo Yah du lo Yah fa lo Yah du lo Mine be gone Mine be gone Your be gone No one will know What you have done You will have moved on To the beyond You will be undone By your own mind Now you gotta work Now you gonna hurt Now you gone gone Yah fa lo fa fa lo Yah du lo Yah du lo Mine be gone Mine be gone Your be gone -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew L. Jackson
11.
Lyrics: I was away Now I’m back I was off course Now I’m on track Been to the source Cut me some slack Into the white Inside of the black Follow the dream Back to its source Let go of the fear Let go of remorse Then wind your way back Home to your own bed Out of your mind To a better place instead Now I’m not quite here Yet no longer there I’m still a big mess But I no longer care Been to the deep place Where I was scrubbed and fed In the better place Out of my head -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew L. Jackson
12.
Lyrics: I came back around, awake to the sound She came back around, awake to the sound Awake in my eyes, awake in my mind Awake to what’s false, awake to the grind Woke up to your eyes, woke up to your lies Woke up from a dream, woke up with a scream I came back around, awake to the sound I came back around, to find what I found I came back around, Awoke to the sound She came back around, awoke to the sound Awake in my eyes, awake in my mind Awake to what’s false, awake to the grind Woke up to your eyes, woke up to your lies Woke up from a dream, woke up with a scream I came back around, woke up to the sound I came back around, to find what I found I came back around, awoke to the sound I came back around, awoke to the sound -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew L. Jackson
13.
02:24
Lyrics: If there’s one thing I’ve learned Through all rivers crossed And all bridges burned It’s that nothing means anything And everything Means everything Don’t wanna be your guru Don’t wanna be your hero I’m not your Caligula I’ll never be your Nero I’m only Zero, only Zero I’m only Zero If there’s a voice in my head And if I paid attention To anything it said I wouldn’t bother to mention Not anything Not anything Don’t wanna be your guru Don’t wanna be your hero I’m not your Caligula I’ll never be your Nero I’m only Zero, only Zero I’m only Zero I’m only Zero I’m only Zero I’m only Zero I’m only Zero -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew Lawrence Jackson
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04:47
Lyrics: My tears run down the streets Of Vogue Town My tears run down the streets Of Vogue Town Are they tears of laughter? Or tears of joy? Are they tears of relief? Listen girls and boys, We’re all in this together Some of us more than others So run out in the streets Or hide out under the covers Cause nothing is what it seems… In Vogue Town No nothing’s as it seems… In Vogue Town My home town, my home town, my home town, my home town Come back home, to where you’ve always been Now throw off your frown, and give us a grin There’s nothing lose when no one can win And every little girl gives it her own spin Paper play money lines the streets Of Vogue Town Put your money down (put your money down) Let your honey down (let it all run down) Throw some poetry down (throw it down, down, down) Show your happy face (put on your prettiest dress) Leave without a trace (leave no forwarding address) Ain’t no federal case (just get it off of your chest) My hometown — All torn down My hometown — all burned — down There’s no turning back From Vogue Town All fall through the cracks In Vogue Town Tears run down the streets In Vogue Town On infinite repeat In Vogue Town, In Vogue Town, In Vogue Town -- Lyrics ©2011 Andrew Lawrence Jackson

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“You know how sometimes you try to fit in, but you stand out like a man in a rabbit costume on fire?”

Zero: Exile II sets out to answer the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What is real?

Most songs on Exile II are written from the perspective of Zero, whose life-changing near-death experience has pushed him from ordinary mind to Beyond Mind.

“Most people run through life without really thinking about it. They’re just getting by. I’ve tried that. I was a drone in their machine, ‘till one day, I broke free.”

Exile II continues of the story of Zero, a nothing guy living an ordinary life until he finds himself in an alternate, surreal dimension of reality where he starts to question fundamental notions of his own existence.

Notes: Zru Vogue released The Exile, part I, in 2006. "Penetrating Octavia" and "No Occupancy" appear on the 2018 vinyl-only compilation Zru Vogue: Assembly For Body Movements on the French label Musiques Electroniques Actuelles.

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released October 11, 2011

Zero: Exile II was conceived, written, produced, and mixed by Andrew Lawrence Jackson and Rick Cuevas. Performed by Jackson, Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne (drums and percussion).

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Official website of ZRU VOGUE. // 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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