Scanners Live In Vain

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based on a short story by cordwainer smith, this has a "hidden verse" in the background of the second verse.

lyrics

they gave their lives to science
to see what they could see
becoming an appliance
at one with technology
the years stand in defiance
to all that we achieve
and like all other giants
they were tossed into the sea

scanners live in vain
can you feel the pain
tell me what we gain
who will stop the rain

a game of rat and dragon
will lead you to defeat
so don't you go a-braggin
that you're in the driver's seat
you race your station wagon
down every deadend street
they simply drop the flag 'n
you will both be obsolete

(hidden verse)
stripped of all sense and feeling
beyond the sphere of sight
perceives a scanner darkly
above the speed of light
and through the halls of clown town
a dead lady could see
the hound who brought the walls down
instrumentality!

scanners live in vain
can you feel the pain
of the burning of the brain
tell me what we gain
like captain kirk in star trek
aboard the enterprise
surrounded by your high tech
fantasy without surprise
while jacking in your tape deck
you listen to these lies
and fizzle like kahoutec
like a comet in demise

scanners live in vain
can you feel the pain
tell me what we gain
who will stop the rain
who will stop the rain
tell me what we gain
can you feel the pain
scanners live in vain...

credits

from This Is Only A Test, released September 24, 2014
tommy amoeba: AAaHHhAAaHHh!!!!
bill sperry: goodtar, moog
redbob jungkunz: drums, oratory
ray vasko: bass

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amoeba knievel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

amoeba knievel was established in y2k.
current members include:
tommy amoeba: AAaHHhAAaHHh!!!!
bill sperry: goodtar
tom snodgrass: bass
jeremy papay: drums

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