Adjustments (Deluxe Edition)

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1.
This is my unfinished symphony Yes it's a little pretentious But humor me Try not to laugh I'll fix it in a second In the second draft Like a promise from a lifelong friend The process has a beginning but no clear end This isn't math It's hard enough to collect my thoughts With all the rules of behavior The shoulds and oughts that guide our ways Confused like hamsters circling In a dead end maze Wrapped up in cosmic uncertainty Our actions trailing off into infinity Like summer rays We're still imperfect but we've grown A broken contraption Flesh and bone Making it up as we go along In formless fleeting moments of magnificence Remember nothing we are is set in stone We're still imperfect but we've grown Homeless at heart Everything is temporary Chasing perfection on the road to damnation Without a script or storyline Forever a work in progress Sometimes I catch myself mid-mistake and wonder "If I twist this that way will it break?" And then it does Don't ask me why I did it I'll say "just because" Failure to act or participate Is like expecting to high five the hand of fate In latex gloves Better to ask for forgiveness than permission Better when faced with a proposition Start with yes There will be time to question Time to second guess Sometimes the mind has to disengage Or fear will rattle the bars of your mental cage And stage your death.
2.
03:14
We're private in public As everyone stares down at their tech It's hard not to notice The neon cord dangling from my neck But somehow this less than subtle clue Appears to have no effect on you Don't want to talk right now Can't you see I've got my headphones on? I'm pointing at my ear What was that? No I can't... I'd rather not hear you If I'm being honest Don't want to talk right now Can't you see I've got my headphones on? I'm not antisocial But usually I'd rather be alone So if you're looking for conversation Then maybe it's time to buy a phone So what if the music isn't on? I'm sending a signal Move along Like I said before I...
3.
What you said was too rude to repeat What you said made me squirm in my seat What you said was a showcase of wit What you said was a box office hit So you think that you're above me Well you're obviously high So you think that you can snub me Look me right in the eye Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said What you said dragged my name through the mud What you said left me thirsty for blood What you said in your head Maybe seemed innocent to you But instead what you said hurt Even more because it was true So you think that you're above me You've forgotten your place So you think that you can snub me Say the words to my face Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said So you think that you're above me Don't get carried away So you think that you can snub me Better watch what you say Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said.
4.
Teach me a lesson A wound at your hands And justice demands that I Should pay attention Vengeance is fine But who has the time? Call me a coward Go on the attack I won't fight you back Or grant you any power An eye for an eye Leaves everyone blind A tooth for a tooth Is dental abuse No I won't chase down a hit and run Throw my life off track for anyone Moving on is the best revenge A minor uproar An insult to you That karma and voodoo dolls Can not atone for A prisoner of war You'll settle the score A lack of control That eats at your soul Stardust falls from the sky tonight Let your guard down and feel it Really feel it.
5.
Everyone has a favorite band Favorite book, favorite film, Favorite brand Not me, I don't believe in that Hey, it's true! What are you laughing at? Because I'm more than just a set of likes Because I won't get caught up in the hype You go on ahead and spread your top ten list As for me, I'm sure mine won't be missed Credit where credit is due I'm playing favorites with you A favorite perfume A favorite dress A favorite reason to be obsessed There's no accounting for my taste When your aim is to claim it's misplaced Give me reasons instead of ranks No more multiple choice Fill those blanks! You say you want to get to know me well So if you want I'll promise not to tell I'm the one to spill your guilty pleasures to This request is a test Think it through There's one exception to every rule To fall in love takes a certain sort of fool.
6.
04:30
Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile The odds are not that high On any one day But I know our luck too well To just walk away Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile It's not gambling when you know You're going to win When you and I spend time The reels start to spin Then we're busy doing nothing Immersed in a boring routine The tiniest readjustment And like a slot machine The magic is back We're like a slot machine That always pays back Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile You know we'll strike it rich Eventually Just have a little faith In our chemistry And just as I start to wonder When payoffs are far and between We can't shake the spell we're under Then like a slot machine It's cherries and bells We're like a slot machine And everything's well The one thing in my life That always holds true I hit the jackpot when I hooked up with you.
7.
03:45
There was a time in history Your next meal was a mystery If you were lucky you might catch a fish But we have Amazon now No need for brains or brawn now Your wish list to your door in just one click Pointless productivity I sit behind a screen My fingers span the inches In a blaze of inactivity Captivity For hours every day I dare to call it work Relentless innovation Requires concentration To thrive in this knowledge economy My digital creations Have no physical manifestation I deal in intellectual property Our avatars In silhouette Addicted to The internet We type and type But never sweat Our bellies stuffed Perpetually Defining sloth And gluttony We die too soon But live like kings For now let's just enjoy it No reason to avoid it Who needs an extra gear to coast downhill? Succumb, my couch potato Adopt my humble credo And watch the world revolve while we sit still Pointless productivity I sit behind a screen My fingers span the inches In a blaze of inactivity Creativity I exercise my mind And laugh to call it work.
8.
Motivation fades The clock is ready to call it a day When a charming guest Is escorted straight to my desk With a modest request So begins the chase You live on the way back to my place Could I spare a ride? I'm overly quick to oblige Yes I'll drive you home Your home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home Your home I'm wanting to get to know you better A well-oiled machine We've coasted into a pleasant routine Talking all the way We always have something to say The best part of my day Making hasty plans To go hear one of our favorite bands Saved our ticket stubs It's obvious we are in love Yes I'll drive you home My home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home My home I'm wanting to spend the night together You kick up your feet Reclining into the passenger seat As you start to snore I quietly lock both the doors To keep you safely on board Finally set a date A ceremony to commemorate The horizon's glare The thrill of the wind in our hair Yes I'll drive you home Our home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home Our home I'm ready to spend our lives together.
9.
03:57
A fragile tower once rose by my bed A handy place to stack the books I read But now the seven basic plot designs Betray the endings of their storylines At the first sign There's no thrill left in the ride Could we be happy? Could we be happy? Heard/seen/done it all a thousand times Could we be happy Could we be happy just going Through the motions Once every pop song took me by surprise A rush of goose bumps led to teary eyes But now it's easy to predict the rhymes And sing along with every other line On the first try We used to see a couple films a week When life was simple and the seats were cheap We could have walked out but we never did We should have talked it out instead of hid Stupid kids Don't even ask about falling in love You already know what I'll say You're perfect on paper But spoiler alert We all turn the page.
10.
04:29
Grew up absorbed in New Age schemes Astral projection and lucid dreams Believing every word I read How you could leave your body in your bed and Explore the world invisibly Just think of all the things that you could see The answer key, the locker room Turns out the book author was sniffing glue, but Being with you is an out of body experience There's a buzz in my head And a vague sense of dread Then the vibrations start And I'm coming apart Paralyzed locked in place As I'm floating through space Unconfined yet connected to you Tried a few times to no avail Before I let go of paranormal fairy tales I'd breathe so fast I'd sweat and shake Probably started to hallucinate I never thought I'd relive that thrill Like drinking caffeine with a sleeping pill But here you are and now it's back Between a coma and a heart attack.
11.
Go on ahead Don't you wait for me It's too late for me There's no guarantee How I'll feel There's something wrong inside my brain Something that I can't contain Wish I could explain The radio Argues with my inner voice Nothing more than background noise Funny what the mind enjoys When it's wild Panic at the grocery store Everything is a such a chore What was it like before? I pretend to hide A light inside But it's just one more lie Don't give a damn about me My eyes have dried Mourning the light inside I smile and say Everything's alright with me So if you want to fight with me If you want reality Get in line Stuck on every simple choice Things that used to bring me joy Now just broken toys Can't fall asleep Can't focus on TV But it's even worse for me To let my mind run free An empty man With time on his hands If there's something I could do To make things easier for you Nothing's too much For someone I love Yes I can still love Yes I can still love.
12.
03:33
Turn out the lights Chase that empty feeling Roll on the floor And I hit the ceiling Why with so much room in your heart Do you only give me half? The spirit wanes As the self releases I broke in two Conversation pieces.
13.
I am an outcast And it suits me fine God knows my actions Really crossed the line Each time you touch a part of me I fear that you'll break it Cause I've done something I regret And I'll never shake it A slip of the finger A mark that will linger forever Hero or villain A legacy hinges on A slip of the finger The fleeting impulse Of a maniac A flash of panic I can't take it back Kings abdicate and nations fall For smaller offences Thought I could justify it all Until I came to my senses Nothing to live for Careless in defeat Why bother looking When I cross the street? I'd promise anything to go back To when my past wasn't checkered But every key we press is part Of our permanent record One lapse of judgement Ablaze in the snarling heat of the moment That's when I lost you darling.
14.
15.
05:22
You can do better than that I won't tell anyone You can trust me You can do better than me.
16.
This is my unfinished symphony Yes it's a little pretentious But humor me Try not to laugh I'll fix it in a second In the second draft Like a promise from a lifelong friend The process has a beginning but no clear end This isn't math It's hard enough to collect my thoughts With all the rules of behavior The shoulds and oughts that guide our ways Confused like hamsters circling In a dead end maze Wrapped up in cosmic uncertainty Our actions trailing off into infinity Like summer rays We're still imperfect but we've grown A broken contraption Flesh and bone Making it up as we go along In formless fleeting moments of magnificence Remember nothing we are is set in stone We're still imperfect but we've grown Homeless at heart Everything is temporary Chasing perfection on the road to damnation Without a script or storyline Forever a work in progress Sometimes I catch myself mid-mistake and wonder "If I twist this that way will it break?" And then it does Don't ask me why I did it I'll say "just because" Failure to act or participate Is like expecting to high five the hand of fate In latex gloves Better to ask for forgiveness than permission Better when faced with a proposition Start with yes There will be time to question Time to second guess Sometimes the mind has to disengage Or fear will rattle the bars of your mental cage And stage your death.
17.
We're private in public As everyone stares down at their tech It's hard not to notice The neon cord dangling from my neck But somehow this less than subtle clue Appears to have no effect on you Don't want to talk right now Can't you see I've got my headphones on? I'm pointing at my ear What was that? No I can't... I'd rather not hear you If I'm being honest Don't want to talk right now Can't you see I've got my headphones on? I'm not antisocial But usually I'd rather be alone So if you're looking for conversation Then maybe it's time to buy a phone So what if the music isn't on? I'm sending a signal Move along Like I said before I...
18.
What you said was too rude to repeat What you said made me squirm in my seat What you said was a showcase of wit What you said was a box office hit So you think that you're above me Well you're obviously high So you think that you can snub me Look me right in the eye Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said What you said dragged my name through the mud What you said left me thirsty for blood What you said in your head Maybe seemed innocent to you But instead what you said hurt Even more because it was true So you think that you're above me You've forgotten your place So you think that you can snub me Say the words to my face Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said So you think that you're above me Don't get carried away So you think that you can snub me Better watch what you say Uh oh bang bang you're dead Shame you said what you said.
19.
Teach me a lesson A wound at your hands And justice demands that I Should pay attention Vengeance is fine But who has the time? Call me a coward Go on the attack I won't fight you back Or grant you any power An eye for an eye Leaves everyone blind A tooth for a tooth Is dental abuse No I won't chase down a hit and run Throw my life off track for anyone Moving on is the best revenge A minor uproar An insult to you That karma and voodoo dolls Can not atone for A prisoner of war You'll settle the score A lack of control That eats at your soul Stardust falls from the sky tonight Let your guard down and feel it Really feel it.
20.
Everyone has a favorite band Favorite book, favorite film, Favorite brand Not me, I don't believe in that Hey, it's true! What are you laughing at? Because I'm more than just a set of likes Because I won't get caught up in the hype You go on ahead and spread your top ten list As for me, I'm sure mine won't be missed Credit where credit is due I'm playing favorites with you A favorite perfume A favorite dress A favorite reason to be obsessed There's no accounting for my taste When your aim is to claim it's misplaced Give me reasons instead of ranks No more multiple choice Fill those blanks! You say you want to get to know me well So if you want I'll promise not to tell I'm the one to spill your guilty pleasures to This request is a test Think it through There's one exception to every rule To fall in love takes a certain sort of fool.
21.
Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile The odds are not that high On any one day But I know our luck too well To just walk away Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile It's not gambling when you know You're going to win When you and I spend time The reels start to spin Then we're busy doing nothing Immersed in a boring routine The tiniest readjustment And like a slot machine The magic is back We're like a slot machine That always pays back Maybe tonight Maybe not for awhile You know we'll strike it rich Eventually Just have a little faith In our chemistry And just as I start to wonder When payoffs are far and between We can't shake the spell we're under Then like a slot machine It's cherries and bells We're like a slot machine And everything's well The one thing in my life That always holds true I hit the jackpot when I hooked up with you.
22.
There was a time in history Your next meal was a mystery If you were lucky you might catch a fish But we have Amazon now No need for brains or brawn now Your wish list to your door in just one click Pointless productivity I sit behind a screen My fingers span the inches In a blaze of inactivity Captivity For hours every day I dare to call it work Relentless innovation Requires concentration To thrive in this knowledge economy My digital creations Have no physical manifestation I deal in intellectual property Our avatars In silhouette Addicted to The internet We type and type But never sweat Our bellies stuffed Perpetually Defining sloth And gluttony We die too soon But live like kings For now let's just enjoy it No reason to avoid it Who needs an extra gear to coast downhill? Succumb, my couch potato Adopt my humble credo And watch the world revolve while we sit still Pointless productivity I sit behind a screen My fingers span the inches In a blaze of inactivity Creativity I exercise my mind And laugh to call it work.
23.
Motivation fades The clock is ready to call it a day When a charming guest Is escorted straight to my desk With a modest request So begins the chase You live on the way back to my place Could I spare a ride? I'm overly quick to oblige Yes I'll drive you home Your home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home Your home I'm wanting to get to know you better A well-oiled machine We've coasted into a pleasant routine Talking all the way We always have something to say The best part of my day Making hasty plans To go hear one of our favorite bands Saved our ticket stubs It's obvious we are in love Yes I'll drive you home My home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home My home I'm wanting to spend the night together You kick up your feet Reclining into the passenger seat As you start to snore I quietly lock both the doors To keep you safely on board Finally set a date A ceremony to commemorate The horizon's glare The thrill of the wind in our hair Yes I'll drive you home Our home Wherever you'd like to go Yes I'll drive you home Our home I'm ready to spend our lives together.
24.
A fragile tower once rose by my bed A handy place to stack the books I read But now the seven basic plot designs Betray the endings of their storylines At the first sign There's no thrill left in the ride Could we be happy? Could we be happy? Heard/seen/done it all a thousand times Could we be happy Could we be happy just going Through the motions Once every pop song took me by surprise A rush of goose bumps led to teary eyes But now it's easy to predict the rhymes And sing along with every other line On the first try We used to see a couple films a week When life was simple and the seats were cheap We could have walked out but we never did We should have talked it out instead of hid Stupid kids Don't even ask about falling in love You already know what I'll say You're perfect on paper But spoiler alert We all turn the page.
25.
Grew up absorbed in New Age schemes Astral projection and lucid dreams Believing every word I read How you could leave your body in your bed and Explore the world invisibly Just think of all the things that you could see The answer key, the locker room Turns out the book author was sniffing glue, but Being with you is an out of body experience There's a buzz in my head And a vague sense of dread Then the vibrations start And I'm coming apart Paralyzed locked in place As I'm floating through space Unconfined yet connected to you Tried a few times to no avail Before I let go of paranormal fairy tales I'd breathe so fast I'd sweat and shake Probably started to hallucinate I never thought I'd relive that thrill Like drinking caffeine with a sleeping pill But here you are and now it's back Between a coma and a heart attack.
26.
Go on ahead Don't you wait for me It's too late for me There's no guarantee How I'll feel There's something wrong inside my brain Something that I can't contain Wish I could explain The radio Argues with my inner voice Nothing more than background noise Funny what the mind enjoys When it's wild Panic at the grocery store Everything is a such a chore What was it like before? I pretend to hide A light inside But it's just one more lie Don't give a damn about me My eyes have dried Mourning the light inside I smile and say Everything's alright with me So if you want to fight with me If you want reality Get in line Stuck on every simple choice Things that used to bring me joy Now just broken toys Can't fall asleep Can't focus on TV But it's even worse for me To let my mind run free An empty man With time on his hands If there's something I could do To make things easier for you Nothing's too much For someone I love Yes I can still love Yes I can still love.
27.
Turn out the lights Chase that empty feeling Roll on the floor And I hit the ceiling Why with so much room in your heart Do you only give me half? The spirit wanes As the self releases I broke in two Conversation pieces.
28.
I am an outcast And it suits me fine God knows my actions Really crossed the line Each time you touch a part of me I fear that you'll break it Cause I've done something I regret And I'll never shake it A slip of the finger A mark that will linger forever Hero or villain A legacy hinges on A slip of the finger The fleeting impulse Of a maniac A flash of panic I can't take it back Kings abdicate and nations fall For smaller offences Thought I could justify it all Until I came to my senses Nothing to live for Careless in defeat Why bother looking When I cross the street? I'd promise anything to go back To when my past wasn't checkered But every key we press is part Of our permanent record One lapse of judgement Ablaze in the snarling heat of the moment That's when I lost you darling.
29.
30.
You can do better than that I won't tell anyone You can trust me You can do better than me.

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Six years in the making, the deluxe edition of the 9th Color Theory album features all 15 originals and all 15 remixes from the three Adjustments EPs, which are no longer in print.

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released May 27, 2016

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

All songs written, performed, and produced
by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) ©2016 except:

Could It Be Magic
Written by Barry Manilow and Adrienne Anderson ©1975

Backing vocals on 4, 8, 19 by Michelle Hazard
Stockholm subway ambience captured by Jan-Erik Saarinen
Additional production and backing vocals on "Half" by Lyder Janøy
Design by Dave Pasciuto www.davpunk.com
Mastered by Resonance Mastering www.resonancemastering.com

Special thanks to Jason O'Donnell and Richard Young

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