Postmodern War Culture

by Umlaut

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released August 5, 2016

All music, lyrics and artwork by Matthew Verkamp.

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Umlaut is currently a solo outfit by Matthew Verkamp. This project may turn into a collective/band if the opportunity arises with the right people.

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Track Name: Foundation
Your eyes have finally opened
You’re seeing the world for the first time

It’s a new beginning
it’s time to lay down the foundation
For your mind, body and soul
It’s time to grow
There’s so much to know

This is our world
You now exist here
This is our life
Now you’re part of it

The universe is constantly growing
And so is your mind
There’s so much out there to discover
There’s so much out to find

So many countries
And cultures
And creatures
There’s no limit to where your mind reaches

This is our world
You now exist here
This is our life
Now you’re part of it

You’re older now
And you’re teaching
The next generation what you learned
From the last generation that messed up
It’s time for the next one to clean up

This is our world
You now exist here
This is our life
Now you’re part of it
Track Name: Denialism
Yanukovych - that son of a bitch
Fled the country splitting it in two
Mr. Putin - sticks his boot in the door
Annexing land and provoking war
Desperately longing for the past

And there he goes now
Sending his tanks to the border
Denying his intent he calls it an exercise
Viktor says he’ll return back to Kiev
Only when it’s safe and sound

East versus West
Oh, isn’t it best
It’s just like the old days
Could this be another Cold War
Isn’t that what Vlad is good for anymore
Track Name: Step Away
Just one more touch
Before I go
Just one more clutch
Before I step away

We built this world together
And now it’s falling apart

We’re alway building up
Only to fall back down
It’s time to step away
And pick up the pieces

Some say it’s in our nature
That we destroy
Everything in the world
And our universe

Power, corruption and lies
It’s all right before our eyes

We’re alway building up
Only to fall back down
It’s time to step away
And pick up the pieces
Track Name: Take Me Out
I wanna go out tonight
But I’ve got no one to go out with

I wanna drink and dance
And meet new people
And feel born again

Will you take me out tonight
Will you kiss me under the moonlight
At least pretend to love me
Don’t let me be alone tonight

I’ve been staying home all alone
For far too long
I need a little change in my night

I want music
I want life
And feel like I’ll live forever

Will you take me out tonight
Will you kiss me under the moonlight
At least pretend to love me
Don’t let me be alone tonight
Track Name: Please The Machine
You’re a slave to the machine
The great machine that provides
You give everything that you’ve got
You shed your sweat
For that’s what you’re taught

The status quo is all you’ve ever be
At least that’s what the machine wants you to think

They will vex - they’ll perplex you
They’ll suppress - they’ll depress you
They’ll provoke you - they’ll control you
They will buy - they will sell you

Please the machine
Don’t ask any questions
Only speak when you’re spoken to
Resistance is rebellion
That’s frowned upon and punished
Please the machine

Big corporations possess your soul
Before any demon can gain control
Once you speak and walk
It’s work you shall start
Outsourcing jobs elsewhere is state-of-the-art

You make the clothes
You make the computers
They’re not for you
But foreign consumers

Please the machine
Don’t ask any questions
Only speak when you’re spoken to
Resistance is rebellion
That’s frowned upon and punished
Please the machine
Track Name: Floating
Staring at the sky
Time’s slowly passing me by
I’m frozen in place
Floating out in space

I’m free at last
Forgetting about the past
What happens tomorrow
Will happen tomorrow

I just don’t need to worry
I just don’t need the stress
I don’t need to be like this
I don’t need to be a mess

I just don’t care anymore
I’ve wasted too much time on things
I should just let go
I just don’t care anymore

Staring at the sky
Time’s slowly passing me by
I’m frozen in place
Floating out in space

I’ve woken up on the right side of bed
For once without lingering thoughts in my head
I’ve washed my hands clean of it all
It’s time for me to let myself stand tall

It’s time to let it go
Just go with the flow
Sometimes it’s much more fun
When you don’t even know
(what’s gonna happen)

I just don’t care anymore
I’ve wasted too much time on things
I should just let go
I just don’t care anymore
Track Name: Problems
You think you’re a saint
So much holier-than-thou
So self-righteous
You don’t know what’s going on
Outside of your little world

You preach your word
But your word doesn’t reach
Or even touch on the problem itself
Everyone’s wrong but you

There’s so much going on
And so little’s been done
Your thought of these world affairs
Are petty at best
So please step aside

You’re not better than anyone else
I hate to break it to you - I really do
But what you think’s a solution
Is just part of the problem

Nice try, I say, nice try
But you won’t go far
You either be on the right side of history
Or be forgotten in the dark and lonely past

There’s so much going on
And so little’s been done
Your thought of these world affairs
Are petty at best
So please step aside
Track Name: Some Stranger
I always feel like a stranger
Looking at everyone
Deep inside I don’t feel
Familiar to anyone

Some people look and stare
While stop and look away

I’m so withdrawn from it all
I feel detached and separated
Like the West Bank Wall
Has deprived those in Palestine

Things seem so different anymore
I’m just some stranger standing on the curb
And nobody here knows me by my name
This place has changed
It’s doesn’t feel the same
Track Name: “Protective” Edge
It’s another airstrike - an airstrike
It’s another drone strike - a drone strike

They’re coming after you because your skin is dark
You practice a different faith
They’re bulldozing over your family’s home
To make room for illegal settlements

They taunt and tease and they harass you
You resist and they club and they beat you
You live in Gaza Strip
In West Bank they’ll find any excuse to confiscate your land
You throw rocks to keep them away
They shoot with guns
They don’t care if you die

It’s another airstrike - an airstrike
It’s another drone strike - a drone strike

IDF labels you a terrorist
But you’re not
You’re just like me, you’re just like me

You rise above and you defend yourselves
Then Netanyahu escalates the attacks

By bombing homes killing innocent children
There’s no escape from this open air prison
Egypt and Israel’s got you all blocked in
Hamas strikes - Israel strikes

It’s another airstrike - an airstrike
It’s another drone strike - a drone strike
Track Name: Typical Tuesday
It’s a typical Tuesday
Nothing’s in your way
You’re freshly shaved
And well behaved

You’re sitting at work
Everything is so awful
And stupid and boring
And so fucking lame

But it’s alright
Yeah, it’s okay
Because you’re better than your boss
Who’s a lowlife shit
With a lack of brains
And a lack of wit
He’s such a lousy little piece of shit

It’s a hard day’s fight
To the top of it all
So many prospects falling short
Yet standing tall
They think they’ll get it
Only in for the money
They think they’re sharp
They think it’s all funny

But you don’t let this place drag you down
No you don’t
You’ve got the charm
That will play to your advantage someday

You’re smart and you’re wise
So much so people despise you

I know this may not make any sense
But there’s a certain je ne sais quoi
It’s so bourgeois
For someone like you
Who lives way out there in Utah

It’s a hard day’s fight
To the top of it all
So many prospects falling short
Yet standing tall
They think they’ll get it
Only in for the money
They think they’re sharp
They think it’s all funny
Track Name: Over
Why do you keep coming here
We’ve parted ways quite some time ago
You’re not helping me by strolling ‘round here
Only to bring back all the things I fear

We were supposed to never leave each other
We were supposed to share all our hopes and fears
But something happened along the way
And you decided to push me away

You’re not welcome in my heart anymore
You should me I can’t trust you
I showed you the door
So let me move on in peace
I’m over you

Don’t hold my hand and look at me that way
I know you’ve said your sorry a million times
But you’ve hurt me ten million times more
So I ask again - why are you here

We were supposed to never leave each other
We were supposed to share all our hopes and fears
But something happened along the way
And you decided to push me away

You’re not welcome in my heart anymore
You should me I can’t trust you
I showed you the door
So let me move on in peace
I’m over you

I did you no wrong
But you didn’t do me right
It’s best you go
Get out of my sight