An Atompunk Opera, The New Albion Guide To Analogue Consciousness, Act 3

by Paul Shapera

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Nicolas RESSOT Un petit côté rock prog qui n'est pas déplaisant, sinon, nous retrouvons les mêmes qualités et défauts que dans les deux actes précédents. Favorite track: A3 S2 Postcards From Perdition Trail.
Emily Howling
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Emily Howling The story is so great I can't wait to know what happens next. It's getting very exciting and I actually squealed when the blood red dogs tune started! Favorite track: A3 S4 Rachael Returns.
Someone Unimportant
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Someone Unimportant I got shivers. Can't wait for the next one. Favorite track: A3 S2 Postcards From Perdition Trail.
Omnious
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Omnious My ears were not prepared. All of a sudden I was crying with what can only be described as nostalgia and awesome. An indescribably amazing new chapter to the New Albion trilogy! Favorite track: A3 S4 Rachael Returns.
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released July 21, 2014

Featuring Lauren Osborn as Rachael
Kayleigh McKnight as the Mascot 3000
Oliver Marsh as Connor
and special guest Darrel Whitney as Yaser Latef

Guitar by Matthew Broyles

Cover by Sarah de Buck

Special thanks to Tess and Glenn Osborn for their wonderful hospitality.

An Atompunk Opera is dedicated to Mark Swetz and Maja Ninkovic. Both literally changed my life and without either of whom the city of New Albion would never have existed.

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Track Name: A3 S1 Elysium 1
The Mascot 3000:

Tales left untold on a trail that’s gone cold in a hearth where the fire’s gone to sleep
Wishes unwished by a sad, sweet abyss who’s in love with the tears that you weep
The girl who’s returned from eternal sojourns who arrives just before she has left
She kisses you twice before leaving that night but like always again you forget

Elysium Elysium

A theater, a stage and a radio play with a plot they try vainly to change
The cast and the play waltz for time and a day until tucked into beds led astray
A door has been rent where the incomers went in a quest for their city of dreams
But foolish they’ve been much to their sad chagrin. Things are not, you might know, as they seem

Elysium Elysium
Track Name: A3 S2 Postcards From Perdition Trail
Voodoopunks:

The day two decades hence we came
it went to hell here straight away
you won’t stay sane if we explain
the vein of Lovecraft porn we face

A card we’d love to send
if not for discontent events
and most who came here are now dead
the rest of us still left lament

They come in waves, they take their due
They come for blood, they come for you
Read salutations, sordid tales
In postcard from Perdition Trail

Mary had three children and a
Husband and came willing with a
Head that’s full of heaven
And a hymnal on her lips

Her kids and husband buried
by the creatures ‘cept for Mary
Double barrels she now carries
wears their bones around her neck

Abandon hope and trust in steel
The hunt for you is at your heels
Read salutations, sordid tales
In postcard from Perdition Trail

Kyrie eleison through the dark of heaven’s door
Kyrie eleison in Elysium’s far shore

It’s a nightmare psychedelic
Where the creatures try to kill us
Twenty years of this we’ve weathered
We survivors we the few

We tried to send some back
but they just die and we’re attacked
We’ve prayed that one will come alas
there’s little else that we can do
Track Name: A3 S3 Lee
Lee:

Blue light brings dreams dreams forgotten. Soft red on canvas lost and
sometimes reminds me of your eyes.
I came to paint it’s true and make it here with you
A dream on a leash in times gone by

With blind delight we came, unknown to hell’s wild rage
Pilgrims to the slaughterhouse
And all my soft, bright youth has burned away in truth
We hold the line we hold our ground

Angel of Mercy, well you’ve nothing for me
You buried me with all my dreams

Walk with me in my memory
You’re all i recall of that life
The boy i knew well he left with you
You’re my last candle in the night

After you left i’d wait. I’d fight and grind and paint, it’s
The last sweet solace i would know
But nine years back they got me. My right arm’s gone, a memory
And dust upon my paints just grows

Angel of Mercy, well you’ve nothing for me
You buried me with all my dreams

Walk with me in my memory
You’re all i recall of that life
The boy i knew well he left with you
You’re my last candle in the night

Blue light brings forgotten things, snapshots of you to which i cling
Sometimes at night, Control Room B, i’d sit and in the mic i’d sing
Send that song broadcast through space in hopes you’d hear, somewhere, someplace
Orange, the warmth, the smell of paint, back when i could, in better days

Yellow is the sudden flash, the shots that come when they attack
The kiss of dust, the burst of gun, the life one second lived then done.
Red, the burn you best ignight, the rage that will keep you alive
Your brothers, sisters here in arms is all there is so you stay stay sharp

Purple is the thoughts you stop from thinking when they dare show up
A million thoughts which only will just weaken youo and get you killed
There is no sky, there is no sun, and nothing’s still and things they come
That screech and howl with rile insane and give to you the kiss of pain
Chaos reigns and mercy weeps and nightmare’s aren’t just in your sleep
So harden up and brace your breath, the afterlife is full of death.
Track Name: A3 S4 Rachael Returns
Mascot 3000:

The portal to Elysium opens for a flash
The first time in two decades, and Rachael and i pass

Through to where a argged group awaits us with surprise
Their leader, Yasser Latef, greets us with a smile

Yasser Latef:

Adrian we heard that you would now return
After years and it turns out your Rachael now
Through Connor’s how we knew
I don’t know how he got you through
They always die but you are welcome anyhow

My god you’ve changed, last time I saw you eighteen years gone by
You were Adrian then and you were the last
To send back that we tried You hit that portal and you died
We stopped trying, how Lee cried And now you’re back

Soldier:
Incoming we’ve got to go!

Yasser:
Rachael you must go now, underground where you belong

Rachael:
How have you survived here for so long?

Yasser and the Blood Red Dogs:

Lock and load, let it go the loathsome sideshow
Is comin’ on down the town
Barker in your hand it’s a bedlam jam
We’ll be tearing it up all around
Fire in the hole, it’s a breezy stroll
We’ll have tea in hell today
When the Blood Red Dogs come and do a job
And send you on your way

Twenty years here, dug in hard
Where the party’s at and just getting’ started
Thousands came, now a hundred left
Who just can’t be talked into being dead
We came along for the dream they dreamed,
To watch their backs and keep the peace
But guess some bastards can’t resist
The Blood red Dogs’ sweet blood red kiss

Mascot 3000:

Yasser says that we must go
to the bunkers far below
where Lee awaits
He knows the two of you were close,
although you've changed now so much so
since you went away

A thin breath away
And all that is true
Rivers and words, pages all turn
And so too do you

Rachael:

I heard your voice, i heard your song
A world away, a lifetime gone
I’ve come to a far and foreign place
I crossed a world and heard the cries
Of lifetimes past and came to find
If it’s true, love finds a way
Track Name: A3 S5 The Moth
Lee:

You cannot win the long, hard race with time.
With burdens borne on you, you cannot rise
And what you’ve loved you cannot recognize
When it’s after, all that mattered

The moth cannot be as before cocooned
The mermaid cannot but dream that she flew
I cannot see in you the boy i knew
So long after. Does it matter?

You cannot wish the genie back to life
You can’t erase the bad tiems from your mind
Sometimes the hero does not come in time
Only after it doesn’t matter

You can i, it was the sweetest life
You wore a different scent, with different eyes which i admired
Yoou weren’t the girl you are before you died
So long ago flew. Do i know you?

I cannot love you in the way you want.
You are simply not the boy i loved.
In the end change takes us all apart
It comes and scatters all that matters

I cannot keep the boy i held so tight.
I couldn’t know our dream would take our lives.
I wish for you a better life this time
Our love lies scattered
Lost in tatters
It once so mattered.
Track Name: A3 S6 The Show No One Saw
Rachael:

What a show you missed they say
The clowns have come to tear down the play
The comedy where no one laughed
And no one came, and no one clapped

It borke down the last mile and the one time they smiled
Was when the sets were torn down and on fire

Come cry for the play, the bad lives and bad taste
There’s nothing here that you wanted anyway
Come cry for the play the sad lives and the waste
It’s the show here that no one saw anyway

What a show you missed they say
The band is done and left the stage
They played a gig where no one went
Their final one, they won’t play again

There’s no cat calls or fans, the one time that they dance
Was when the song stopped and silence began

Come cry for the play, the bad lives and bad taste
There’s nothing here that you wanted anyway
Come cry for the play the sad lives and the waste
It’s the show here that no one saw anyway


Come, come get me. Come get me.
Come, come get me. Come get me.

Come cry for the play, the bad lives and bad taste
There’s nothing here that you wanted anyway
Come cry for the play the sad lives and the waste
It’s the show here that no one saw anyway