Listen To Me

by Project Noise

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Listen To Me is the culmination of a long period of writing and recording that began back in 2005, after my previous album, Release. That album had seen me working fully digitally for the first time, immersing myself in a plethora of real-world sounds. For Listen To Me, I decided to return to an approach that was more overtly electronic, and so many of the tracks here recall my love of electronic music and atmospheric pop.

Two tracks are also rescued from history. Laid To Rest is a track I've played and recorded since the 1990s, and this version finally enables me to leave it be (hence the name), while Up For Hire takes what was once a fairly ambient piece and twists it into an unrelenting broadside about how fame, fortune and the media corrupts, even in subtler ways ("Whose voice is that up for hire?").

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released December 6, 2012

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Track Name: Betrayed
Thoughts of mine, so plain to see
Precious art or facsimile?
No-one laughs and no-one cries
Words are betrayed by their eyes

I said I wanted to be you
You said there’s nothing to do
I said I wanted to be here
You said there’s nothing to fear
I said I want to believe you
You said that I didn’t need to
I said… You said… We said…
I want to believe you

I have a pain, a tear in my heart
About a dream—when will it start?
Another year, they disappear
Words are difficult to hear
Track Name: Fools
I said to you
You said to me
What should we do?
What should we see?
It’s not my fault
It’s not my line
Don’t call a halt
This love is mine

These games you play don’t know the rules
Make further plans and act like fools

I said I know
You said you’d leave
Where should we go?
Where should we grieve?
No second chance
No second place
Don’t stop the dance
Don’t end the race
Track Name: 90 Miles Per Hour
Another one, just for fun
Playing with a loaded gun
A rush, a thrill, a silent kill
Swallowing a bitter pill
From the depths, your only power
Flying at 90 miles per hour

Words are said with eyes ablaze
On memories long lost in haze
Here it ends, with slamming doors
A final act with pointless scores
From the depths, your only power
Flying at 90 miles per hour

A misplaced soul, out of control
Guilt and remorse takes its toll
Turn in sharp and take a breath
Unknowingly moving to your death
From the depths, your only power
Flying at 90 miles per hour

Light your fire and call a friend
This isn’t how it’s meant to end
A final word, a blinding light
A crashing sound to wake the night
From the depths, your only power
Flying at 90 miles per hour
Track Name: Up For Hire
Half-hearted. Controlled paces
Expressionless. Cold. Dead faces
Heal deep. Worn-out places
Fixing. Mental races
Ignoring warnings that were said
No-hope couples queue up to wed
Press invaders in your bed
We know what goes on in your head
A shallow grave is all but dug
Money. An addictive drug
Feel its pull. Catch the bug
Turn round fast and pull the plug
Foolish motives. Call it desire
Self-respect burned in the fire
Never falter. Never tire
Whose voice is that up for hire?
Track Name: Generation
Don’t you worry, they say
But don’t you get in our way

No future. They cried
But no-one critical died

They heard you call for a review
They are sick of the sight of you
Track Name: The Way We Are
Dead streets. Sale sign
Valentine, be mine
Mobile phone. ‘Dog and bone.’
Stocks and shares. Bank and loan
Money. Trees. Aching knees
Scratch and sniff. Lovers’ tiff
Heartbreak. Toothache
Lost stake. We fake
Bungee girl. Camera crew
Lipstick. Hair: slick
Cutting locks. Comic socks
Fashion sense. World events
CNN. News at Ten
Crime wave. Behave
Learn to prey. Walk away
Replay. Don’t stray
Track Name: Smokescreen
Sleepwalking in the middle of a dream
Tightrope steps and a silent scream
Waking dead, you feel the heat
A taste so strong, a taste so sweet

Video captures still the heart
We’re all still a world apart
Fighting for a better day
All our dreams just slip away

From the depths, a tainted mind
Nothing ends up far behind
Wisdom hides a secret clue:
All you need’s inside of you

Sleepwalking in the middle of a dream
Tightrope steps and a silent scream
Waking dead, you feel the heat
A taste so strong, a taste so sweet
Track Name: Fever
Lights inside my head
Evoke the waking dead
And the mystery of the mind, yeah
The pain inside won't sleep
It begins to creep
I know that soon I’ll be struck blind, yeah

A choking hold. Begin
To tear the second skin
All these feelings can’t be mine, yeah
For every moment lost
I’ll never know the cost
I never learned to draw the line, yeah

Smother/feed
Internal bleed
I’m so cold

It’s all black inside
There’s no place to hide
All these feelings can't be mine, yeah
Track Name: Assist/Persist
I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, no
I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, so
Help me to divide the highway
Help me to survive this my way

I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, no
I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, so
Help me to divide this my way
Help me to survive the highway

I need assistance
I… I… I…

I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, no
I don’t know what I’m doing here, no
I don’t know what I’m saying, so
Help me to divide the highway
Help me to survive this my way
Help me to divide this my way
Help me to survive the highway

Help me to divide the highway
Help me to survive this my way
Help me to divide this my way
Help me to survive the highway
Track Name: No Return
They said: “Never come round here no more”
It was everything you waited for
Never dream and make-believe
All of it, build to deceive
They said: “Never come round here no more”
Track Name: Inside Of Me
Turn on your TV screen!
Turn on your TV screen!
I said: no way, no way, no way!
I said: no way, no way, no way!
You’ll never get a piece of me!
You’ll never get inside of me!

Inside of me, inside of me
Inside of me, oh no
You’ll never get inside of me
Never get inside of me

Turn on your TV screen!
Turn on your TV screen!
On your TV, turn on
Turn on, turn on your TV screen!

Inside of me, inside of me
Inside of me, oh no
You’ll never get inside of me
Never get inside of me