Play the Game

by the British IBM

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1.
How can you believe in something that doesn’t bleed or breathe? If you wanna believe in something then why don’t you believe in me? I’ve got the world here for you it doesn’t sit quite right But if you give it all you’ve got I think it’s worth the fight I’ll be the only friend you’ve ever really needed I’ll give you everything, I’ll leave you undefeated And all I need from you is, is just the smallest favour Something I can call in, if I need it later
2.
I know you that don’t have a bad bone In the body that you took home Seems so far removed from your own I tried to shed a little more light It was my deepest regret How I wish you’d forget I wake up every day without a smile Please, please don’t tune me out don’t touch that dial Sing a song that means nothing to anyone Until the words come true For a moment or two I wake up every day without a smile Please, please don’t tune me out don’t touch that dial I wake up every day without a smile Please, please don’t tune me out don’t touch that dial I wake up every day without a smile Please, please don’t tune me out don’t touch that dial I know you that don’t have a bad bone In the body that you took home Seems so far removed from your own
3.
Think a lot about a lot of things That you can’t change at all There’s no use dwelling on the broken past That made you all you are I don’t miss the eighties I don’t even miss the nineties All I am is here and now And now is here again this time tomorrow Nostalgia really is a funny thing It isn’t who you are And every time you try to shake it off You never get that far I don’t miss the eighties I don’t even miss the nineties All I am is here and now And now is here again this time tomorrow And if you try to get away To a place that you once set away In a mind that longs for yesterday I know you won’t get far I don’t miss the eighties I don’t even miss the nineties All I am is here and now And now is here again this time tomorrow
4.
02:26
Get away From voices that fill your day All of the things they say In time will just fade away So live it up You know you’re still one of us And though you’re so terrified These feelings they’ll never die You’ve been before The feel of the sun on your back But you don’t belong And so soon you're gone Get away You know there’s no other way Tomorrow’s another day But that too will fade away You’ve been before The feel of the sun on your back But you don’t belong And so soon you're gone All you need is a little time All you want is another life But all you have is a point of view So what am I supposed to do You’ve been before The feel of the sun on your back But you don’t belong And so soon you're gone
5.
You hid it all, you hid it all So how was I supposed to know And if I tried, if I tried I know there’s nowhere left to go And I watched every scene from your long-forgotten dreams And I’m still waiting for the man of the hour To come back for more and save us from drowning In a sea of despair that was left on your front door It all went wrong, it all went wrong And now your body’s lined in chalk I miss it all, I miss it all I miss the way we used to talk And I watched every scene from your long-forgotten dreams And I’m still waiting for the man of the hour To come back for more and save us from drowning In a sea of despair that was left on your front door And I’m still waiting for the man of the hour To come back for more and save us from drowning In a sea of despair that was left on your front door
6.
I don’t believe, I don’t believe in psychology I don’t believe in the moves you can see When you’re losing it all So concentrate, cos you don’t have the will to create You don’t have the words that it takes When you’re losing it all So tell me something, tell me something new Cos I can see, oh I can see right through I’d rather be free in my mind And locked up out of sight Than live a life like you Give me, give me a reason to be Give me a motive and see All I can do Your world is so far away from it all I know every word every thought It’s all up to you So tell me something, tell me something new Cos I can see, oh I can see right through I’d rather be free in my mind And locked up out of sight Than live a life like you Cos when the needle drops And it’s all too much I’d rather be free in my mind And locked up out of sight Than live a life like you
7.
03:38
I was your weekend I was your God Maybe you could call me the weekend God You can shake my hand But there’s no one there And all I am to you is the clothes I wear And I’m so terrified of leaving The life you thought you’d never had And if you’re looking for protection Well I’m not stepping up to bat for you I hate the world and the world hates me Oh I’m just a brain in a jar in basement C In a government building where nobody goes Well I’m just the host with the most and I want you to know And I’m so terrified of leaving The life you thought you’d never had And if you’re looking for protection Well I’m not stepping up to bat for you And I’m so terrified of leaving The life you thought you’d never had And if you’re looking for protection Well I’m not stepping up to bat for you
8.
03:04
I’m on my way back home again To a place that gave me everything Everything I needed except/but you Build me up and watch me take a swing Through the streets that gave me everything Everything I needed except you I’m on my way back home again To the place that gave me everything But I just can’t quite still get over it Yeah yeah, yeah yeah And so I’m on my way back home again Yeah yeah, yeah yeah God gave you everything you need And I thought you’d always follow me But no one did So now I’m back I’m on my way back home again To the place that gave me everything But I just can’t quite still get over it Yeah yeah, yeah yeah And so I’m on my way back home again Yeah yeah, yeah yeah But I just can’t quite still get over it Yeah yeah, yeah yeah And so I’m on my way back home again Yeah yeah, yeah yeah
9.
The prosecution of an innocent man Is that blood on your hands again? Take the money, take the money and run This is where it all began And if you’d have thought about it For just one second more The life you already had Was worth a whole lot more Late at night as the lights go down In this small suburban town You can see every breath on the air you take There’s nobody else around And if you’d have thought about it For just one second more The life you already had Was worth a whole lot more And if it’s the same to you I’ve got better things to do Than to get you out of this And I always promised this And if you’d have thought about it For just one second more The life you already had Was worth a whole lot more
10.
Damn you and your sunrise technology We waited a lifetime just for you The application of the things you bought to life Are weighing heavy on my mind How do I express myself without you When we’ve forgotten how to talk And so we walk into the future A brave new world we belong But if you stopped it for a moment Well I’d quite happily get off How do I express myself without you When we’ve forgotten how to talk How do I express myself without you When we’ve forgotten how to talk And if you stopped it for a moment Well I’d quite happily get off
11.
200 people walking down and it won’t stop now 200 people in the crowd and it won’t stop now Your hands are tied behind your back Your mind is filling in the blanks And it won’t stop now You could have been somebody else if you tried You went too far and now you’re broken inside Oh I tried 200 people walking down and it won’t stop now 200 people in the crowd and it won’t stop now They put a bag over your head Tied a rope around your neck And it won’t stop now You could have been somebody else if you tried You went too far and now you’re broken inside Oh I tried And when I wake up every morning It’s just another day in turn And when the music starts to glisten I’ve never been here before I’ve never been here before You could have been somebody else if you tried You went too far and now you’re broken inside You could have been somebody else if you tried Oh I tried

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released February 21, 2020

Performed By:
Adrian Killens - Guitars/Vocals
David Martin - Bass plus backing Vocals on Home & Lead Guitar on Weekend God
Scott Wilson Drums/Percussion

Guest Musicians:
Lexie Green - Backing vocals on Weekend God, Without a Smile
Natalie Roy Camargo - Backing vocals on Sunrise Technology
Reggie Duncan - Pedal Steel on I Don’t Miss the Eighties

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Owen Turner at Sickroom Studios
All songs were written by Adrian Killens

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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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