A Maze of Death

by Future Boy and Johnny Cashpoint

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This is a concept album based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick.

Recorded at a time when collaborating over the internet was not quite so easy, Future Boy resided in Montreal and Johnny Cashpoint in London. The composition process involved sending lyrics and arrangements to each other for revision and sometimes complete reimagining with Future Boy taking a final mix pass on each track.

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released July 18, 2005

Future Boy: lyrics, music, vocals
Johnny Cashpoint: lyrics, music, vocals
Mastered by Puce

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Future Boy has been releasing music on the internet since August, 2003 when he entered his first Songfight.

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Track Name: Delmak-O
Delmak-O is where I'm gonna go
But I don't know what they're gonna make me do
No, I haven't got a clue
I'm just glad to leave this crew behind
After all of this time
The gods have answered my prayer
I'll be better off there
Where the air is clean
And the people aren't mean
Even sight unseen I know
I've got to go.

I'm getting old and I don't have much to show
On Delmak-O I'll have a chance to get it right
My future's looking bright
I can finally win my fight with booze
It's a choice I gladly choose
My life passed me by
But redemption is nigh
No more feeling sad
When I ought to be glad
It won't be so bad, I know,
On Delmak-O!
Track Name: Modes of Transport
We're getting out of here tonight - let's pack for Delmak-O
There's nothing there to fear because at least it is away
Leave transport up to chance, and with a blindfold off we'll go -
Like life, this nose-shaped spaceship, well, it only goes one way.
But while I pack, a man walks up, a man beyond belief
He says the transport that I chose will doubtless take my life
I'm thankful for the information, but I wish that he would leave
For how can I love God when I'm not sure I love my wife?

And some might call it mordant wit, others, just a morbid streak,
When what I know might hurt me, not to choose becomes my choice
Protect me from the bigger picture, turn the other cheek I'll hit'cha
What I see can hurt me, so don't wanna hear your voice

I wish that I had courage in my mordant, morbid breath
To tell Him 'please don't interfere,' 'cause I don't want to know -
Whatever mode of transport that my spirit will select
At least will take me to the place that I deserve to go

And some might call it mordant wit, others, just a morbid streak,
When what I know might hurt me, not to choose becomes my choice
Protect me from the bigger picture, turn the other cheek I'll hit'cha
What I see can hurt me, so don't wanna hear your voice
Don't wanna hear your voice
Don't wanna hear your voice
Track Name: Homeostatic Coffee Pot
(computer voice)
You are one thousand miles above the planet's surface.
Please switch to auto-pilot...

(male voice)
Greetings from those who got here before you
You'll need a strong drink, impossible to think
While we are all talking, the kettle is boiling,
Its noise drowning out what we're babbling about.
We'd like to think that we understand everything
Whilst hoping deep down there's still truth to be found
Existence is dull when the magic is gone -
How can we hope when it's so easy to cope?

Greetings from those who got here before you,
Bemoaning our lot and the damn coffee pot
Just keeps on boiling, the potential is spoiling
Before it begins and won't ever stop.
All that we've got is to understand everything
Keeping us firmly nailed onto a ground that's
Strangely mundane, there's no magic to see -
How can we cope when it's so easy to hope?

Greetings from those who got here before you
No designation and no explanations
We're putting up facts like they're paper umbrellas
On permenant loan, to face the unknown
What if we never can understand everything?
Even the coffee pot might yet be found
To harbour some magic we're too dull to find
How can we cope placing hope in our minds?
Track Name: Message From Above
At last we'll be enlightened of our fate
We can't believe how long we've had to wait
The satellite will beam the message here
And what we're meant to do will be made clear

Wouldn't it be nice to know our purpose?
To have a clear direction for our lives?
We'd like to find out what our work is
And how this little commune will survive

We gather in the hall and start the tape
But as the message is taking shape
A screeching sound is heard instead of speaking
The speakers full of static, noise, and shrieking

Wouldn't it be nice to know our purpose?
To have a clear direction for our lives?
We'd like to find out what our work is
And how this little commune will survive

Sitting with astonished looks on our faces
As the transport on the satellite erases
The message that would tell us what to do
The job that could become our social glue

Now we're doomed to never know our purpose
We lack a clear direction for our lives
We'll never find out what our work is
And now this little commune won't survive
Track Name: Strange Little World
Finished his drink
Rose to his feet
Time to start moving
Beat a retreat

Leaving the hall, why should he care
With no common source and no good at prayers?

Strange little world with no use and no love
Hard to see the stars through the grey skies above
Cruel and inhuman, and each on their own
Flailing and groping in the dark all alone

Out in the dark
All going wrong
Bitter and tired
He stumbled along

Should he turn back, or head on alone?
Angry disgust at this desolate home

Strange little world with no use and no love
Hard to see the stars through the grey skies above
Cruel and inhuman and each to their own
Flailing and groping in the dark all alone

Back to his quarters
Ready to drop
A telescope barrel
The faintest of pops

The stars all expired, he died on his feet
Time has stopped moving, utter defeat
Track Name: The Importance of Good Leadership
I'm afraid of the things that live beyond these walls
They could cast spells or they might be mind readers
They could come at any second to destroy us all
So I think we should elect a leader

We won't be safe
Until we find the right man for the job
And if we wait
we'll turn into a disorderly mob (oh oh oh)

They'll pick us off one by one
We won't escape if we run
That's why we've got to act fast
If we want to last

We can vote for each other in a democratic way
But I think that we need to be cautious
If we find that we don't like the things he has to say
We'll kick him out and give a new guy the office

It's dangerous
To be helpless and alone right now
But even worse
Stuck with an idiot to whom you bow down (oh bow down)

Let's vote before it's too late
Then when they come to seal our fate
We'll be prepared for the hunt
With our leader out in front
With our leader out in front
With our leader out in front
With our leader out in front
Track Name: Settlement Whore
Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
You better let me in when I knock on your door
Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
Every man I fuck always begs for more

Just tell me how you want it
Tell me, we'll get on it
I know all of the positions
I've got a sexual condition
Get on the bed between my legs
On your knees and start to beg
Take off my peek-n-squeeze bra
We'll screw until we're both raw, cuz I'm the

Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
You better let me in when I knock on your door
Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
Every man I fuck always begs for more

If you don't ask I'll give it
I don't just talk I live it
I saw you staring at dinner
You know deep down you're a sinner
I'll make you feel like a man
You say you can't but you can
You really wish you could get some
And when I call you, you will come, cuz I'm the

Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
You better let me in when I knock on your door
Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
Every man I fuck always begs for more

I can't believe that you refused me
You totally confused me
But soon you'll see that you're wrong
Until you do I'll keep singin' my song, I'm the

Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
You better let me in when I knock on your door
Settlement Whore, I'm the Settlement Whore
Every man I fuck always begs for more
Track Name: Expedition
Susie dead, a search ahead
And half the fauna's made of gears
Seven went out, all full of doubt
To find the source of all their fears

Finding naught they turned to thought
The world around them hid from sight
By a veil that turns all truth to false
A Curse that creates dark from light

Suddenly it came into existence
Smoke stacks belching into the sky
When they approached it moved into the distance
It seemed as though they'd be denied

Standing still they saw it fill
Their vision as if zooming in
Russell's take: it was a fake
An Army decoy, Doppler twin

The true locale, through rationale,
A fake plateau beyond the stream
At a loss, they feared to cross
But it was not as deep as it seemed

Just then Russell asked for a prayer
Maggie turned and gave a silent nod
When she turned back they saw it there
The veil was lifted with the help of God
With the help of God
Track Name: The Sign Above the Door
Now that we can see the sign above the door
The quest is at an end - we've found the Holy Grail
We're standing at the gate of Castle of the Gods,
Where myths will be dispelled and rationale unveiled

We all read different things, we can't communicate
But only I can see. It's speaking just to me -
The rest aren't qualified, the truth is classified
The facts of life distilled for me. I must go in.

The answer waits inside, will be just as I thought -
It cannot be a trap because I know I'll die
But routine's always been the enemy of wit
And truth becomes machines - the human mind's too weak

We all read different things, we can't communicate
But only I can see. It's speaking just to me -
The rest aren't qualified, the truth is classified
The facts of life distilled for me. I can't go in.

To answer my request (that deep down I believe
The world can only run the way I think it should)
All things to everyone, red herring, warning sign;
That sign above the door will alter every time.

We all read different things, we can't communicate
But only I can see. It's speaking just to me -
The rest aren't qualified, the truth is classified
The facts of life distilled for me. I won't go in.
Track Name: The Form Destroyer
Let me tell you the story of Tony
A boy who died so horribly young
Some say he was only a phony
I say he's a hero, unsung

Now Tony was often in trances
He spoke with the Good Lord above
He'd joke that the Lord's name was Francis
But most folks just called him 'guv'

One day Tony lost a good friend
To an accident with a rock
His grief wouldn't come to an end
And his mind kept reeling in shock

He blamed himself for the misfortune
She'd asked him for a sign
They found her dead on the porch soon
After his act most divine

That Tony was a gentle lad
He'd never hurt a fly
The best the world had ever had
Too bad he had to die

He thought that he could right the wrong
By battling evil himself
He prayed to the Lord with a song
And centered his somatic self

He reached in the air with his hand
And fumbled around for the Sword
He swore he'd obey the command
And then he received his reward

He gentled the sword down from heaven
It blazed with a deafening light
He stepped out of Pod #7
And looked for the enemy blight

Then with a start he beheld it
The Destroyer of Forms in the flesh
He swung with the Sword and he felled it
It crumbled before him in death

That Tony was a gentle lad
He'd never hurt a fly
The best the world had ever had
Too bad he had to die
Track Name: The Tench
In sunlight by the river,
The Tench produces answers
The information giver,
Happy ever after?
A living photocopier,
A sort of fortune cookie
The Tench produces answers
In sunlight by the river.

Who is our enemy? Influential circles.
How many will die? All will be killed.
What should we do? Yield to the attraction.
The answers ooze out like a drink is spilled

It answers all our questions
But we don't hear what it says
Unless we happen to agree
We won't believe the prophecy

Why are we alive? To heighten our power.
Is there a God? You would not believe me.
Are we in danger? Ambition devours.
If it had only said 'Yes' then we could make our plea

It's the answer to our problems
But we don't hear what it says
Unless we happen to agree
We won't believe the prophecy
Track Name: Give Me The Gun
We need a new leader cuz Glen is insane
He busted in on Tony and blew out his brains
Taking the life of a youth in his prime
Is one of the most reprehensible crimes

Who's got the gun? I've got the gun!
Give me the gun! Forget it Glen!
Who's got the gun? Seth's got the gun!
Give me the gun! You'll kill again!

But Glen isn't crazy, it was self-defense
The kid had a sword so he couldn't take a chance
You've got to forgive him for what he has done
He always felt Tony was like a son

Who's got the gun? I've got the gun!
Give me the gun! Just step away!
Who's got the gun? Thugg's got the gun!
Give me the gun! Do what I say!

I will kill you if you don't stay back
Don't move a muscle or I will attack
I'm sick of your bickering and condescending ways
I'll be the one to get out of this maze

Give me the gun! Let's not dispute!
Give me the gun! I'm not a brute!
Give me the gun! Give me the gun!
I swear I'll shoot!
Track Name: Todestraum
Libera me, Domine
De morte aeterna, in die illa tremenda

Agnus Dei, agnus dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi

Lacrymosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favillia,
Judicandus homo reus.

Huic ergo parce, Deus!
Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem.

Mors stupebit et natura
Cum resurget creatura,
Judicanti responsura.
Track Name: In The Squib
First stop:
A tiny ship in which I bled,
Manned by men in black with taser guns
They take me to the place from which I'd fled
But they're the ones who wind up getting stunned

Born of the Building
To a city in ruins
Fly from my enemy
Or just take me home

Second stop:
Not sure how long I was out
There's a crumbling city on the viewscreen
And in my mind a constant nagging doubt
Is Delmak-O a place or just a dream?

Born of the Building
To a city in ruins
Fly from my enemy
Or just take me home

Third stop:
The ship returns to the past
Greeting me are more cruel intentions
And in the wake of all the missle blasts
I finally abandon my pretensions

Born of the Building
To a city in ruins
Fly from my enemy
Or just take me home
Track Name: Persus 9
We share a marking in green ink
A mark that no one can recall
But if it means the thing we think
We could be guilty of it all

Did strangers do us in
Or was it death by our own hands?
Who dares confess the sin
Of murder in the first degree

It wasn't me!
My test results betrayed your schemes
Just wait and see
Your crimes will haunt your dreams

It seems the key
That will unlock the mystery
Is stenciled on my arm and in your instep

We must return and ask the Tench
The question burning in our minds
About the mark that brought us here
"What is Persus 9?"
Track Name: It Was All Just a Polyencephalic Nightmare
It was all
Just a polyencephalic nightmare
How could we fall
For an artificially shaped fight where
We vented our rage
In a virtual cage
But killing each other for what
We thought was a dubious plot
But now back on the ship we remember
The cage has been real since December
Of two-thousand ten
We've escaped it again and again

With this toy that brings us no joy
Just migraines and memory loss
We'd rather be nailed to a cross

Take me away
From this coffin that's floating in space!
Give me one day
Where I don't have a mask on my face
I'm tired of playing a game
That's the same every time
Of committing fake crimes

Make me a rock or a tree
On a world that is humanoid free
All that I need
Is a fruit and a seed
And the sun beating down from above
I'll escape it again
Track Name: Delmak-O (Deja Vu Mix)
Delmak-O is where I'm gonna go
But I don't know what they're gonna make me do
No, I haven't got a clue
I'm just glad to leave this crew behind
After all of this time
The gods have answered my prayer
I'll be better off there
Where the air is clean
And the people aren't mean
Even sight unseen I know
I've got to go.