Realize (Real Eyes)

from Zero: Exile II by Zru Vogue

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This was the first lyric that I wrote for the album Zero: Exile II. It's a poem from the perspective of our hero, Zero, exploring his state of mind and perspective on life after his earlier encounters with Octavia the Insect Queen. He's attempting to return to normal life. But is that possible?

I lost my voice and couldn't sing for many months during the recording sessions for Exile II. So I spoke the lines and used the vocoder to "sing" some of the parts for me, adding to the pervasive existential disconnected feeling.




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


from Zero: Exile II, released October 11, 2011
Andrew L. Jackson: Vocals, synthesizers, beats
Rick Cuevas: Ebow guitars, shaker
Patrick Coyne: Electronic drums
Composed by Andrew L. Jackson


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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-pop, art-funk, post-punk from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is a dark-wave classic. Band members are Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne.

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