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The Lost Remixes, Vol. 3

by Color Theory

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Welcome back Put me on the thirteenth floor Yes the one that isn’t here A missing button in a box Distance is to disappear Thirteen steps up the gallows stairs The thirteenth guest will die in the year Thirteen knots in a hangman’s noose Thirteen cards all share the same suit Thirteen feet which the guillotine falls Thirteen witches in a coven enthrall Thirteen letters in your name You’re bound to have devil’s luck Are you a triskaidekaphobiac? Just another heart attack Welcome back Just a number just a day A baker’s dozen nothing more A missing button in a box Seals the elevator door Welcome back Fourteenth floor masquerade I return to face my fear A missing button in a box Reappears Are you ever coming back?
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Nothing changes in the day by day But then we look back And nothing is the same What do we cling to at the last? Boring stories of foolish acts Enlarged and embellished Sealed and vacuum-packed Best friends can't let go of the past A life in Technicolor Beyond the ever after A yellowed Polaroid Can’t fill the aching void Of glory days Glory days Crushed by the absolute fact That things can never go back To how they used to be Accept wholeheartedly The glory days Those were the glory days Wasn’t ready to come of age Still waiting for my shot at center stage Too immature to let it go I’m inclined to take the longer view The future me seeking out the future you Forever hunting high and low It isn’t all bad, getting older Waited years to kiss you Wasted away And now I do it every day And if you can’t recall We’ll just redo it all The glory days These are the glory days.
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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.
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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...
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Rotting in a foxhole Dying to live We’re just food for soil now Nitrogen rich Pull yourself together You’ll be alright Smoking is unhealthy You got a light? Are you insane or are you trying to get me killed? Never take the third light from the same match Carry your own lighter Don’t be a fool Disrespecting heroes Playing it cool I’ll knock your hand to heaven If you do that again We are not immortal We’re only men Never trust a sniper To suffer an itch When they pull the trigger They rarely miss Looks as white as Christmas Speaks Japanese Chanting Bloody Mary Death comes in threes Soldier lights his cigarette Sniper spots a mortal threat Second solider takes a light Sniper has you in his sights Third light on a match you’re dead Sniper shoots you in the head
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You caught me walking backward Counting back from ten Trying to turn my luck around but failing And failing again The trinity was broken A sacred triangle Underneath the rungs against a building I’m building a fall Walking backward Under ladders in reverse Walking backward Superstition break the curse Walking backward This city is a minefield Duck or hit your head Working up the energy For staying in bed Take me back To bread and butter days To simple ways To words we left unsaid I’ll never get ahead Walking backward Maybe I’m unlucky Maybe that’s just life Playing out as karma As I sharpen the knife
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A walk in the woods at midnight I come to a swimming hole To stare at a pool of water And see my mortal soul Absorbed in youth I’m shatterproof Right in front of you A bleeding tooth I’m shatterproof Bent not broken Haunt me for seven years Cover up all the mirrors (1st time don’t repeat) I gathered up all the pieces A suicide in reverse To bury them in the moonlight And nullify the curse The kissing booth I’m shatterproof Right in front of you The gospel truth I’m shatterproof Someone’s white lie Show us how we look What we really look like Not what we imagine we really look like Black as art Now you’re mine Show us how we look What we really look like Not what we imagine we really look like How you shine Stay in my heart
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A candid shot A juggernaut Crack a smile just to thicken the plot Bet you wouldn’t hang around with Someone you didn’t think was cool But ice will melt And blood will pool A parking lot A juggernaut Tie my tongue in a half-Windsor knot Every night you're groping in the dark For a promise I won’t make It feels so warm Can’t stay awake I know I failed you, but I… I know I left you to die I should have screamed at the sky That this is all I need That this is good enough A heavy thought A juggernaut Camping out on our burial plot So I wrote a song to celebrate What I didn't see back then Dead to rights Born again
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I lose myself In beautiful things Does a butterfly die If you tear off its wings? It’s not jealousy In the classical sense I’m black and blue Come tickle me pink The memories smile Lift me out of the drink It’s not suffering In the classical sense The wildest extreme at seventeen Now it’s a classic Can’t blink out the dust in my eyes I’m half alive Marooned in traffic These streets of old I wander with you With a hole in my heart And a rock in my shoe But I know the way In the classical sense In the factual sense So dress me down I’m going out of style But you’re not coming with me No not by a mile You were pretty then You’re beautiful now You’re beautiful now The wildest extreme at seventeen Now it’s a classic Can’t blink out the dust in my eyes I’m half alive Wrapped up in plastic The throwaway scene at seventeen Now it’s a classic Old classmates name-dropping like flies The facile lies Bleeding nostalgic.
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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.
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The fear of falling And the promise not to fail Pulling my worlds apart Hand on my heart Light the match And leave me for dead And everybody said Isn’t she nice? Sugar and spice Just let me go I'm stretched to the limit And bones are bound to break Is that what you want? A fight to the finish Will it satisfy the ache? I watch it happen I incriminate myself Flexible as a lie Reach for the sky Twisted arms And sadistic whims Dislocated limbs Picking a fight On a Saturday night What if I told you That it wasn’t meant to be? What if I told you I won’t be here for the ever after?
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Welcome back Put me on the thirteenth floor Yes the one that isn’t here A missing button in a box Distance is to disappear Thirteen steps up the gallows stairs The thirteenth guest will die in the year Thirteen knots in a hangman’s noose Thirteen cards all share the same suit Thirteen feet which the guillotine falls Thirteen witches in a coven enthrall Thirteen letters in your name You’re bound to have devil’s luck Are you a triskaidekaphobiac? Just another heart attack Welcome back Just a number just a day* A baker’s dozen nothing more A missing button in a box Seals the elevator door Welcome back Fourteenth floor masquerade I return to face my fear A missing button in a box Reappears Are you ever coming back?
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How can you lie there sound asleep So vulnerable atop the sheets Indifferent to your nakedness Wide open yet mysterious Immaculately conquerable Explicitly consensual I could touch you anywhere And you wouldn’t wake up (Rejoice) Your body is mine for the taking But something inside me is breaking You’re completely untouchable Who are you? My finger strokes your abdomen Our bodies scream for oxygen The air is thin in paradise Are you prepared to pay the price? You gasp and giggle in your sleep I offer up my soul to keep The spirits smile on us tonight My flawless plaything I worship you I pray at your altar Who do you cling to In the comfort of your mind? Choke down my pride I’m better than this But I can’t deny myself.
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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.
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I am a non-critical system Stuck on an overcritical rock Lacking the skills, knowledge or training To qualify as an astronaut But could I be a passenger? Stowaway or cargo? Baggage? In space no one can hear you cry I smile and mouth the word goodbye I’ll seek out a colony Whichever one will take me Take me to the stars An object in motion stays in motion An object at rest stays at rest Sound waves can't travel in a vacuum And nobody passes my empathy test But I don’t need an audience Loneliness beats ignorance any day In space no one can hear you cry A satellite to resupply I’ll survey the galaxy Hitchhiking from rover to rover Take me to the stars In space no one can hear you cry Self-conscious of their naked eyes If you join in my fantasy I promise to accept you.
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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.
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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.
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The third Color Theory remix collection.

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released September 2, 2022

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

All songs by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2016-2021

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