Psychopaths Dream in Black and White

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released September 4, 2015

Performed By:
Adrian Killens - Guitars/Vocals/Synth

Guest Musicians:
Neil ‘Bugs’ Rogers - Drums/Percussion (All Songs except All The Time & What More Can I Say?)
Chad Young - Bass (All songs except All the Time)
Anna Scott - Cello (We Were the Stars, Silver Cigarette Case, Nothing Ever Lasts That Long, What more can I say? I’m Just Like You)
Paul Goodwin - Keyboards/Piano (Tread Carefully, Silver Cigarette Case)
Hilary Spivey - Bassoon (Silver Cigarette Case)
Lizzie Coyle, Charlotte Kousholt, Matthew Taylor - Backing Vocals (Silver Cigarette Case, We were the stars)

Credits:
Recorded & mixed by Neil ‘Bugs’ Rogers at Half Ton Studios
Mastered by Eric James at Philosopher’s Barn
All songs written by Adrian Killens

Sleeve design by Daryl Blyth at retrophonicdesigns.co.uk

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The British IBM was formed by retro enthusiast and singer-songwriter Aidy as a way of combining his two passions; indie rock and vintage computing. Joined by an innovative rhythm section featuring bassist David and drummer Paul, the trio have been performing and touring together for two years as 'Aidy' before The British IBM was officially born on the 1st January 2012. ... more

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Track Name: All the Time
I don’t always wanna be right
I just wanna be like you
Slow and methodical
Thinking every single thing through

But if this means we’ll never be friends
Then that’s a risk I’ll have to take
The path of least resistance
Is normally the easy one to break

But it’s okay though I’ve got all the time
So if you need me when you cross that line
I’ll see what I can do

I watched you go out of your way
To show a little empathy
In all the situations
Where all I really wanna do is breathe

I guess that’s why you’re better than me
But when everything is done and said
How can I respect you
When everyone we know and love is dead

It’s okay though, I’ve got all the time
So if you need me when you cross that line
I’ll see what I can do
Track Name: Hey Mikie
I’ve got you and you’ve got me
And that’s all that we’ll ever need
But what if I decide that I want more
Like a baseball bat that’s covered in blood
From all the people I have clubbed
For telling me things that I don’t need to know

Hey Mikie don’t you know
My mind is here it’s always closed
Your arrogance is virtuous in turn
And you’re surrounded by the yes men you deserve

Mikie it’s so plain to see
That everyone you ever meet
Is hanging on to every single word
That rolls across you mouth and I
Will always be your alibi
For every indiscretion you incur

Hey Mikie don’t you know
My mind is here it’s always closed
Your arrogance is virtuous in turn
And you’re surrounded by the yes men you deserve

We sat and watched your house burn down
And though you never made a sound
I knew that you would have the world your way
And so we took a different stance
That led us down another path
Where everything would always be okay

Hey Mikie don’t you know
My mind is here it’s always closed
Your arrogance is virtuous in turn
And you’re surrounded by the yes men you deserve
Track Name: Just Get By
Dissatisfaction is a symptom of ambition
I’ll put the knife and you’ll just keep on wishing
For the words I’ll never say, as all this fade away
I’m still in love with you

And so it’s over, another life worth living
You know there’s no God, so why your indecision
Just enjoy yourself it’s easy to forget the ones you left behind

Cos if you try to just get by
Yeah if you try to just get by
You’d only waste your life

I always wondered, how can you do it?
Live a life of God and love when you’re just sleeping through it
It’s all that I can do, to stand here next to you
And watch the world go by

And so we started to live a life that’s nothing
Without the minor keys that turned the days to minutes
Everything slowed down, watched our feelings drown in mediocrity

Cos if you try to just get by
Yeah if you try to just get by
You’d only waste your life

Cos if you try to just get by
Yeah if you try to just get by
You’d only waste your life
Track Name: I'm Just Like You
Words without feeling
Talk without rhyme
I’ll be your witness
To every crime

I know that you need me
I know I need you
I know that it’s not right
But it’s true
I’m just like you

Darkness becomes us
Like shadows at night
I’ve seen you do things
I understood why

I know that you need me
I know I need you
I know that it’s not right
But it’s true
I’m just like you

I know that you need me
I know I need you
I know that it’s not right
But it’s true
I’m just like you
Track Name: Tread Carefully
If you don’t know who you’re talking to
Then my advice to you would be
A little more than you bargained for
If that’s the way you’re gonna be

Tread carefully because my life to me
Is worth less than yours to you
Tread carefully because I’m capable
I’m more capable than you

A little love goes a long long way
Are those the words you wanna hear?
Words like that won’t get you very far
And that’s the way it’s always been

Tread carefully because my life to me
Is worth less than yours to you
Tread carefully because I’m capable
I’m more capable than you
Track Name: Nothing Ever Lasts That Long
It could be so wonderful
If you could just let go again
And let the hate run you
You know it’s all I do

I walked around in the sun again
A couple hours but that’s all I need
When I was just sixteen
I became the man you see

We walked back through the city lights
And watched the girls on the corner fight
But now the evening’s gone
And nothing ever lasts that long

Made some money and we had some fun
Why try harder when you’re number one
And if it all falls through
I’ll live a lie like you

Stick around for another beer
We won’t talk in a another of year
But when the morning bleeds
I know we’ll both concede

We walked back through the city lights
And watched the girls on the corner fight
But now the evening’s gone
And nothing ever lasts that long

I know the money doesn't count
I made a choice to be here now
But now the evening’s gone
And nothing ever lasts that long

We walked back through the city lights
And watched the girls on the corner fight
But now the evening’s gone
And nothing ever lasts that long

I know the money doesn't count
I made a choice to be here now
But now the evening’s gone
And nothing ever lasts that long
Track Name: Evolution
Everybody wants to be a democrat
Until they make a little money
And then they come to their senses I still remember
Rocking it when I was younger than today
Yeah, so much younger than today

Now I’m not a hassle I’m a benefit
To the society that bleeds me
Please don’t leave me dry
Cos I got mouths to hide

So what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Of anyone or anything
Cos I just crossed that line
Yeah what would you do if you weren't afraid?
Cos I know I’ll get mine

I watched you from the distance and i’m terrified
Of all the feelings that you’ve lost me
So when we come to my senses i’ll still remember
Telling you that everything would always be your way
Before the black and white turned to grey

So now we’re not a hassel, were a benefit
To the society that bleeds us
Please don’t leave us dry
Cos we’ve got mouths to hide

So what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Of anyone or anything
Cos I just crossed that line
Yeah what would you do if you weren't afraid?
Cos I know I’ll get mine

Yeah what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Of anyone or anything
Cos I just crossed that line
Yeah what would you do if you weren't afraid?
Cos I know I’ll get mine
Track Name: We Were the Stars
Ones and zeros lost completely on a telephone wire it’s lost all meaning now
Tell the brain child I'm still breathing on a life support machine that’s breaking down

We were the stars
But then, then you were gone
Where did you go?
Well I guess, nobody knows

I've got you and you've got me but in the final hour we go out alone
So take me through my former years, in a flash of light that only brings me down

We were the stars
But then, then you were gone
Where did you go?
Well I guess, nobody knows

You got me thinking it’s okay but it’s not
You got me thinking that it’s over and done
But it’s not

We were the stars
But then, then you were gone
Where did you go?
Well I guess, nobody knows
Track Name: Silver Cigarette Case
You own a silver cigarette case even though you don’t smoke
Engraved initials of your Father contains a single note
Don’t be a loser like your old man come up with a plan
And if you need me then I’ll help you in any way I can

But the board room's empty now
The town fell empty and the lights went out
And something's not right cos we don’t even care

You know that something isn't quite right when your heart beats twice as slow
In any given situation where a normal man won’t go
But you me me you know we rocked up and we walked the factory floor
We closed to whole thing then we sat back and we justified the cause

But the board room's empty now
The town fell empty and the lights went out
And something's not right cos we don’t even care

But the board room's empty now
The town fell empty and the lights went out
And something's not right cos we don’t even care
Track Name: Nothing
When you wait for nothing
Nothing’s gonna come
When you feel like no one
That’s all you’ll become

There’s a world on the other side
And nothing’s gonna change
There’s a world on the other side
So why not act your age?

We used to be so lonely
Me, myself and I
I wanted you to notice
So I don’t have to die

There’s a world on the other side
And nothing’s gonna change
There’s a world on the other side
So why not act your age?

We used to run on empty
Back when you were young
But now we’re older
It doesn’t seem such fun

There’s a world on the other side
And nothing’s gonna change
There’s a world on the other side
So why not act your age?
Track Name: What More Can I Say?
Oh you’ve been drinking again
And you’ve decided that it’s not your only friend
So you‘ve made yourself a list
And you write it everyday
Oh you’ve got yourself a program
Well what more can I say?

Oh life wasn’t meant to be like this
Your hopes and dreams are shattered
In the end it doesn’t matter
Cos what more can I say?
At the end of a long day
Yeah what more can I say?
As the tears run down your face

Oh life wasn’t meant to be like this
You followed all your dreams and all those adolescent schemes
Well what more can I say?
When you say that you’re okay
I’ll wait in reception
For the man that I once knew then