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G. Celluloid Robots

Lyrics

Celluloid Robots


Is your next stop desperation

Or will you go for the rope?

Will you be fooled by the 'good life'

Or will you follow your soul?


Get with the program!

When you're not with it

You're smile is frown.

When you're not ready

That's when you're found.


Mesmerized by the static,

You tend to stay on

The same frequency.


And though you try

You can't find the answer.

So it seems

You're stuck in this game.

Makes no sense

Being pulled through the ashes

Of someone else's

Conflagration.


Get with the program!

When you're not with it

You're smile is frown.

When you're not ready

That's when you're found.


Celluloid Robots;

They're winding around.

Celluloid Robots; 

We're winding them down.


Get with the program!

Celluloid Robots;

They're winding around.

Celluloid Robots; 

We're winding them down.


Will you be warriors

Or will you be slaves?

Storyline Notes

After months of semi-contented compliance, interspersed with an occasional visit to the 'rebel base' mostly for entertainment - Dax's feeling of contentment started to turn a bit hollow.  Lying awake in bed one night, he started wondering again about, well - everything.  Perhaps it was just in his nature to question.  Maybe he was just destined to be discontent even when actively practicing contentment.  


On this evening his mind was quite active, and until he could numb it through pointless repetition he could not sleep. Finally he drifted away into a very deep sleep.  That night, in his dream he was visited by a muse.  A male muse, almost like the angels he had read about in some of the forbidden ancient texts. Or perhaps it was a god of the sleep world - like Morpheus.


[Scene - a birds eye/third person point of view of the world through time and the people going about their routines. Dax would sometimes see himself within this collage of images.]


The muse guided Dax through many scenes, almost as if flying far above.  He could see things as closely or from as far away as he wanted - giving him quite an interesting perspective.  They travelled magically it seemed through the time space continuum. On their journey they were steered toward various life events that either Dax or the muse felt were most relevant.  As they toured these various scenes, the muse posited numerous questions to Dax in the form of a song.


To Dax it seemed the muse was questioning his newfound contentedness, and the muse seemed to highlight scenes where people were going about their existences as if on auto pilot.  Like a vast a sea of robots, they seemed to be just going through the motions.  Producing to consume, consuming to produce, working to live, living to work.


Upon awakening, Dax quickly jotted down the words that he could remember. The ryhmes made it easier to recall. While Dax knew the muse was just a figment of his imagination, he nonetheless took the conundrum posed by this dream figure quite seriously.  He considered both sides to all the quesitons - and while some of these were posed with some apparent bias by the muse, Dax could still see the validity in either alternative... Except for question posed in the last line of the song.   That one stuck with him - 'Will you be warriors or will you be slaves?'.


Dax, in a typical vacillating fashion, chose to believe that he would prefer to be neither.  After all, the question assumed two alternatives and could be seen as a false dilemma.  That is, a question that sets up two alternatives when in fact there may be additional alternatives not given as options within the question.  Still he often heard this line reverberating through his mind in the following weeks.

Credits

 Words and Music by David Denton
All Instruments and vocals performed by David Denton
Recorded and Produced by David Denton 

Commentary - Technical Notes

Musically, this song was meant to flow directly after 'Go With the Flow'.  The song starts a bit slow like a robot booting up.  After that the song keeps a pretty good pace and is fun to listen to overall.   With this one, for commentary, I'll go with the 'Less is More' theory.  I hope you will enjoy listening to the song!

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