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Master and the Slave

from Sound, Noise, & You by Thoughts Detecting Machines



Here's a picture of me and my dog
This is what I think about the war
May I present what I ate for lunch

Every interaction has a price
I will push your buttons if you like
If you follow me I’ll follow you

As my invited guest you get to tag along
As I gaze upon my reflection in this pond

I press the lever and I get a hit
I’m rewarded for the negative
I can quit any time I want

There’s a riddle running round the lab
Can you tell a human from a rat?
Rats know when to leave a sinking ship

I’m at the mercy of my amygdala
A prisoner in this bag of chemicals I call a brain

I’m the pimp, the whore, the john rolled into one
Pusher and the user
Master and the slave

Have you ever read your history?
Gave yourself away with every link?
Is this what it means to be free?

We found a way to entertain ourselves
In the dark alone and on the phone
As Nero tweets the fall of Rome

I used to believe in our democracy
But now I question the wisdom of the crowd


from Sound, Noise, & You, released January 11, 2019


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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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