Ignition​/​Fade

by Razorblade Monalisa

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credits

released October 10, 2014

Razorblade Monalisa are:

Bino Prassa - Vocals, Guitar (5), Bass (8, 9).
Jules Alcouffe - Guitars, Bass (4, 7), Keyboards, Sound Effects.
Ryan Fontana - Drums, Vocals (5, 9).
Will Shelton - Bass, Guitar (4, 8, 9).

Lyrics by Bino Prassa, music by Razorblade Monalisa.
Music co-written by: Dire Deparra (3, 5, 7, 9, 10), Josh Sims (6), and Kevin Ian Common (2).

Recorded and mixed by Jules Alcouffe, mastered by Robert Furtkamp.
Front cover art "Somethings" (detail) by Devi Ever. www.fuzzgoddess.com
CD design and back cover art by Jules Alcouffe.
Photography by Michael Kime Photography.

Lyrics available at: www.razorblademonalisa.com/ignitionfade.pdf

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Razorblade Monalisa Sacramento, California

Inspired largely by 80's post-punk, Razorblade Monalisa has come back from the dead more often than many of its forebears in its ten-year-long career. The band blends the styles of yesteryear into an alternately dark, dreamy, and ferocious sound injected with lyrical metaphor that references works of science fiction and horror. ... more

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Track Name: Eyes
She sold herself at the pleasure bar
Her cutout memories left her scarred
Now, Molly's got her mirror eyes
She spits her tears, won't see her cry

She looks at me with X-Ray eyes
My longing heart can't be disguised
She's hard as chrome and fast as light
She'll only stay with me the night

I need to find myself new eyes
That see through walls and pierce the night,
View far horizons, burn through lies
Tell me where to find new sight

Ricki got her eyes today
She took my money, ran away
They're crystal blue, the latest style
To go with fashion model smiles

She left me here to seek her fame
To be a star, to be the same
Now, perfect faces with her eyes
Are all her waving me goodbye

I need to find myself new eyes
That see through walls and pierce the night,
View far horizons, burn through lies
Tell me where to find new sight

I need to find new eyes
So I can't be surprised

See faces on the billboards
With stares that say much more than words
'Cause all their faces have her eyes
They're all her waving me goodbye
Track Name: Blood For Dracula
Revolt for realism
This carnal communism
You'd have me drink my fill
But that would only make me ill
Your promised revolution
Becomes new institution
Progress, modernity
Now I'm locked inside eternity

When all the damsels are distressed
And the maidens don't fight fair,
Then Dracula's the loneliest if he doesn't want to share
When all the damsels come undressed
And the maiden she lies bare,
Then Dracula's the loneliest 'cause he can only stare

The workers bring new dawn
Nocturnal dreamers gone
You can be part of the Party
And share with every body
Trade oppression for tyranny
Take flesh, leave fantasy
Today your liberator
Tomorrow dominator

The Revolution will not rest
Till everybody shares
And Dracula's the wealthiest, but with no coin to spare
So drive a stake into my chest
And burn my bones bare
'Cause I'm Dracula the powerless, but who said life was fair?

Just remember, when he holds you down
It's for your own protection
Because we both
Want your blood
It's my fangs or his erection

When all the damsels are distressed
And the maidens don't fight fair
Then Dracula's the loneliest if he doesn't want to share
When all the damsels come undressed
And the maiden, she lies bare
Then Dracula's the hungriest, 'cause there's no blood to spare

No blood
No blood
No blood for Dracula
Track Name: Redshirts
A perilous journey
Across Time and Space
In search of a new home
But I'm finding no trace
The surface is barren
My planet is doomed
I took to the stars
Not a moment too soon
My mission is futile
No cargo, no crew
No course can I follow
But my ship is true

I've found where the hole is
But I can't find the shape
A gravity from which
There is no escape
An infinite distance
The stars as my guide
No place to call home, now
The Void is my bride

The viewscreen recounts
All my adventures so far
With others who settled
To orbit new stars
My ray-gun is handy
But my prospects look bleak
I've been here before, though
And I'll be back next week
Encountered strange creatures
Saved dozens of worlds
Won the day in an hour
And I've gotten the girl

But events all conspire
To make me move on
The viewscreen is calling
So I never stay long
An infinite distance
The stars as my guide
No place to call home, now
The Void is my bride
The viewscreen is calling
It's that time again

An infinite distance
The stars as my guide
No place to call home, now
The Void is my bride
Track Name: Dog Star
Can you read the arcane maps of dreams?
From a turn of cards my future glean?
I've been waiting far too long for my whole life to start
Every time the signs appear I watch them fall apart and fade from view

Will I chase my tail around?
Will the wheel grind me down?
Or will I ride it up to the brand new fortune high above the crowd?

Can you calculate my future love?
Is it written in the stars above?
Are we slaves to fortune straining at our bonds of fate?
If we couldn't find the time then why is it too late to start anew?

Will I chase my tail around?
Will the wheel grind me down?
Or will I ride it up to the brand new fortune high above the crowd?

Do I seek what can't be found?
Do I whisper every sound?
Or do I lift my face up to the sky and call aloud?

Is it in the stars?

Will I chase my tail around?
Will the wheel grind me down?
Or will I ride it up to the brand new fortune high above the crowd?

Do I seek what can't be found?
Do I whisper every sound?
Or do I lift my face up to the sky and call aloud?

And shout the heavens down and wear
The crown of stars upon my head
Or will my voice be drowned away...
Track Name: Only the End of the World Again
The seas will boil and the skies will fall
The Earth will crack or so they say
They live in panic and misguided faith
But to me it's just another day

So don't be afraid, my friend
'Cause it's only the end
Of the world again

Millennial epoch has come and gone
And Mayan time has all run out
Are you despondent and feeling lost
With no Apocalypse to fret about?

Well don't be afraid, my friend
'Cause soon it will be the end
Of the world again

Some say in ice
Some say in fire
I've seen it all unfold before

Some say a bang
Some say a whimper
But in my eyes it's all a bore

The beasts will rise and the dead will walk
A plague will sweep across the land
It may look grim, but what you fail to see
Is there's always one more grain of sand

So don't be afraid, my friend
'Cause it's only the end
Track Name: Alien Nation
Walking through the city
I go out to the bar
It's just down the road
Why does it seem so far?

Mating dance and social dominance
I could be at the zoo
It's a wildlife expedition
But I'm just watching you

I feel like I'm from outer space
I'm not a part of the human race
I'm from an alien nation
I live in alienation
You stare like I'm from outer space
Am I out of time or out of place?

Draw lines in the sand
Stick to your own crowd
'Cause you can only wear
What the fashion police allowed

If they don't look and talk like you
You give and ask no quarter
But I won't wear your uniform
'Cause Alien Nation has no border

I feel like I'm from outer space
I'm not a part of the human race
I'm from an alien nation
I live in alienation
You stare like I'm from outer space
Am I out of time or out of place?

From straights and fakes to freaks and geeks
I haven't been outside in weeks
'Cause the living dead and those strung-out 'heads
Still try to keep me in my bed

'Cause I'm an alien
Am I out of time?
Or out of place?
Or is someone waiting up in outer space for me?

You lie, you cheat, you steal
Get away with what you can
Stepping on the other guy
'Cause you don't give a damn

You think the world owes this to you
And I'm the one to pay

But you don't give a second thought
'Cause that's the American Way

I feel like I'm from outer space
I'm not a part of the human race
I'm from an alien nation
I live in alienation
You stare like I'm from outer space
Am I out of time or out of place?
Track Name: Dark Age
Let's start a brand-new Dark Age
Let's start a new Crusade
No reason, that means treason
Make sure that God gets paid
As-Salaam

They did it to us first
So we'll return it worse
Defeat, the past repeats
Too blind to break the curse
Shalom

A brother dies
Another soldier born
A mother cries
Another nation torn
Beneath the cross
The crescent and the star
They're counting loss
Instead of healing scars

Let's justify our hatred
With bent words from holy pages
It's your turn—a fag means “burn”
God loves the war he wages
Amen
Track Name: Dolly
A body oh, so sweet
Wrapped up in plastic sheets
Here comes a man in black
The mirror hides a twin
Remove offending limb
Her arms are bending back

Beware the woods at night
And wide-eyed birds in flight
They're watching you
And they are not what they seem
The giant speaks the clues
And now I need new shoes
Because I'm walking backward in my dream

Alphabet fingernails
Spell out a gruesome tale
His hair is turning white
When trust is torn apart
By buried broken hearts
He dances toward the light

Beware the woods at night
And wide-eyed birds in flight
They're watching you
And they are not what they seem
The giant speaks the clues
And now I need new shoes
Because I'm walking backward in my dream
Track Name: Freezer/Burn
You keep me locked away
In cryogenic hold
While your ship wanders the stars
But space is just as cold

I watch through frosted glass
Waiting for my turn
Waiting for my time to shine
Waiting to burn

I'll be your secret weapon in emergency
I cannot warm your heart, so I'll burn your enemies
I'm the only casualty in your cold, cold war
Highly praised, but kept in store

Your faithful warrior
Frozen in undeath
My molten core a weapon
Pointed out at loneliness

Maybe in some different world, some alternate dimension
You'll have no need to keep me here in this suspension
I'm your deterrent in this cold, cold war
Highly praised, but kept in store

I'm hyperslept
And I'm well-kept
At once a comfort
And a threat

Maybe in some parallel universe we'll find
That I am not so cold, and you are not so blind
I'm the only casualty in your cold, cold war
But when the fight is over, back in store
Track Name: Remote Self Control
Give me a stainless steel heart
One that won't fall apart
Cold and hard, it won't ever break
Scoop the brains out of my head
Pour in some microchips instead
I'm tired of making mistakes

Compute the outcome
So I'll know it before I've begun
Remove all risk and doubt
I'll have it all figured out

Plug a clock into my spine
So I'll have hardwired time
My life will be so precise
And give me electric sex
Physical lust leaves me a wreck
No longer a victim of vice

I'll just be self-contained
Half of the fun, none of the pain
Remove desire and doubt
I won't need anything from without
Nothing from without

Give me titanium limbs
Wrap me in armor skin
Infrared eyes
So I can't be surprised

Then, I'll be solid state
I just can't wait
I just can't wait to be solid state