Time Machine

by RobotMonkeyMadman

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released July 3, 2013

Recorded by Matt Ristrom.
Art by Michael Schultz.
All songs copyright 2013 by RobotMonkeyMadman

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RobotMonkeyMadman Kansas City, Missouri

RobotMonkeyMadman is a Kansas City power trio composed of Dylan Hoffman on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Mark Hoffman on bass and backing vocals, and longtime collaborator Dave Handley on drums. They play music that is heavy but not Metal, intricate but not Prog, angry but not Punk.

They have released an e.p., a live single, and in 2013, their first full-length album, Time Machine. Enjoy!
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Track Name: Higher
You put your weight upon your legs
And your legs above your feet
But the ground falls away from you
In a most unfamiliar way

So you shift your weight from leg to leg
And the Earth further recedes
Away from your footfalls
Until you're climbing the sky

Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher until you cannot even see the ground

And you cannot even see the way from which you came
And you'll never retrace those footsteps back down again
So you're left without a safe or graceful way to descend
So you keep on climbing
Keep on climbing higher towards the fall

Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher until you cannot even see the ground

You put your weight upon your legs
And your legs above your feet
But the ground now fails to fall away
In what has become your accustomed way

Now you're left there standing
Holding only lonely empty
Handfuls of air
Instead of a head full of sky
Still you know that you will fall from so terribly high

And you cannot even see the way from which you came
And you'll never retrace those footsteps back down again
So you're left without a safe or graceful way to descend
So you keep on climbing
Keep on climbing higher towards the

And you know that some part of yourself
Is gonna die on that long way down
And the only thing that you have
Is which part of your self is gonna land
So grab that rudder in your hand
And see if you...
Track Name: Livin' the Life
Though we were many, we flowed as one
Through the streets of your suburban city

Though we were many, we flowed as one
Through the streets of your suburban city
And, yeah, we all grew up
But we were still fucked up
And we have always been trying to make it up

But the truth is
We are all living
Living the lives we were born to

And the exuberance of youth, to be anything you choose
That's the life of freedom we're still looking for

But the truth is
We are all living
Living the lives we were born to

But the truth is
We are all living
Living the lives we were born to
Track Name: World's Sharpest Knife
I wish I could climb the world's tallest tree
Reach up and touch the moon
Bring it down from the sky and put it in my pocket
Bring it home to you

I wish I could swim the oceans deep
Find the world's biggest pearl
Into it my life's gift I would breathe
To the surface it would float
And on the waves to you drift

I wish I could hold the world's sharpest knife
Up to my breast and plunge it in
Cut out this part of my self that keeps me
That keeps me from loving you
Track Name: Orangutan
Orangutan, orangutan
What you walkin' around with under that skirt
Orangutan, orangutan
Three hundred pounds of dangerous

All that you'll see--curly red hair and those crazy lips
All that you'll feel--foul breath on your face as you drift away
And all that you'll hear are the cries of "I'm sorry" and "It's too late"

Orangutan, orangutan
What you walkin' around with in that head
Orangutan, orangutan
A brain about two thirds as big

All that you'll see is the vacant expression from an empty face
And all that you'll feel are the fear and regret as you realize
That all that you'll hear are the cries of "I'm sorry, I didn't know"

Orangutan, orangutan
Who let that big orange monkey out of her cage
Orangutan, orangutan
How do those monkey's eyes look in the mirror

Orangutan, orangutan
Who let that big orange monkey out of her cage
Orangutan, orangutan
How do those monkey's eyes look in the mirror
Track Name: Milou
Well, that bold grey tomcat from next door
Came this morning to sit upon our front porch
That's when I knew you were gone, gone away
Gone away from the house

Soyez sage, bonne nuit
Bonne cherie, my good girl
Raise a glass
Raise a cheer for the world's greatest dog

Had to chase a squirrel down the fence line
All by myself, no footsteps or barks behind
Had to curse the air until my choked, sobbed curses
Sounded like barks (Woof woof woof woof)
Fucking squirrels!
Fucking squirrels!

Soyez sage, bonne nuit
Bonne cherie, my good girl
Raise a glass
Raise a cheer for the world's greatest dog

Back in the house to play guitar, loudly
In the corner of the dining room
Where you used to hide
When I would croon, as I croon now for you
Milou
Milou

That's when I knew you would never be gone from my heart
And if I made a promise, a promise to open that heart
And share with those I touched
The things that I learned only from you
That in my greater kindness, you would always live on

So everybody raise a glass and everybody sing along

Soyez sage, bonne nuit
Bonne cherie, my good girl
Raise a glass
Raise a cheer for the world's greatest dog

Soyez sage, bonne nuit
Bonne cherie, my good girl
Raise a glass
Raise a cheer for the world's greatest dog
Track Name: You Don't Know Me
You see every sight that opens my eyes
You hear every sound that enters my head
You taste every flavor that passes my lips
You feel every sensation

You know my thoughts as they are conceived
You feel the tug of my emotions
You help take the actions that we must endure
But you don't know me

But it is you that gets me out of the bed each and every morning
And it is you who opens my eyes as each new day is dawning
Track Name: Before I Leave
My mind is no longer fascinated with its own dreams
I've stagnated
It's true that I cannot remember the last dream that I can remember
How am I supposed to relate to my children?
I have got to get something back that I lost so long ago
I have got to get something back before I leave this world

Before I leave this world
Before I leave this world
Before I leave this world

My muscles are no longer saturated with their old speed
I've maturated
It's true, my body cannot be made to do all the things
That it once used to do
But I would bend, I would break
I would hurt myself for you
Because I've got to get something back
And I feel I can find it with you
Because I've got to get something back before I leave this world

I have sleepwalked through parts of my life
And it felt like a death on wheels rolling with nowhere to go
So I reached out
And I sought some pleasure I hoped would make me feel alive
Oh, but what I found was pain
From which I could not close my eyes
Not sleeping, hardly eating, wasting away
But feeling every moment of every breath of every day through the pain
Oh oh, with no one left to blame

Live this life you have made