Archives, Vol​.​1: A Million Ways to Be the Same

by Dylan Thomas Walter

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A compilation of unreleased demo tracks recorded in Burbank, California and Huntington Beach, California between 2005 and early 2007. This collection, which, loosely speaking, focuses on my exploits in the "psychedelic rock" idiom, is the first in a series of several releases of my archival demo material planned for 2015.

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released March 9, 2015

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Track Name: A Million Ways to Be the Same
You've got options but they're all so tame
You were promised freedom and delivered shame
Well you can change your look and you can change your name
But there's a million ways to be the same

To be the same, to be the same
A million ways to be the same
They multiply as you give them names
Although these ways have never really changed

What if you did not create yourself?
What if you were created by someone else?
You could extinguish every gasping flame
Oh there's a million ways to be the same

To be the same, to be the same
A million ways to be the same
They multiply as you give them names
Although these ways have never really changed

Keep reaching out for what's not there
You grasp handfuls of empty air
And smile like you just don't care
Smile if you're not aware
Smile like you just don't care
And keep reaching out for what's not there
Track Name: Director Leaves the Scene
Don't see the world in black and white
Don't see the days, don't see the nights
The definition of wrong and right
Is changing like the fading light
So change your locks or load your guns
The war is lost, the battle's won
But you have your artificial fun
Alternatives are too far-flung

You want answers with no questions
You want death, you want regression

I see a world in black and blue
And I suspect self-inflicted wounds
But we don't give them time to heal
Because we're numb and we don't feel
We're losing limbs, we're losing sight
But we all say that it's alright
You will replace me with machines
And the director leaves the scene

You want answers with no questions
You want death, you want regression
Track Name: Invisible Criminals (Instrumental Version)
(Redacted)
Track Name: Simulation
I'm losing touch with reality
You're losing touch with reality
And reality is losing touch with itself

Try to paint a smile on an empty face
Try to write a letter on an empty page
But you can not erase the blankness set in place

But we can't keep it real, we don't know how it feels
We don't know how it feels, so we can't keep it real
And so we simulate, we try to stimulate
But we can't clean the slate, we're only changing states
And when the movie ends and all the lights turn on
Well do you still feel like this is where you belong
We know there's something wrong
We've known it for so long
Track Name: Up & Down
Pieces are breaking and falling away
Into secret sensations that no words can say
Sensations which fade into sad memories
Always going to places you can never stay

If there's no such thing as up
Then there's no such thing as down
If there's no such thing as nothing
Somehow we'll always be around

When I try to pass the time
It's just like trying to skip the line
If I forget, then I'll be fine
But I own just half of my mind

If there's no such thing as up
Then there's no such thing as down
If there's no such thing as nothing
Somehow we'll always be around
Track Name: Plastic Patriots
I want to feel the heartbeat of a nation
That rides a wave of blind elation
Bumper stickers and shirts
Drown out the red alerts
You've got nothing to fear

So wave your flag in the air
Take what you're given and eat it
Speak your mind if you dare
Here come the plastic patriots

So eat your freedom fries
Aren't they delicious?
Simply close your eyes
And imagine your perfect wonderland
You're living inside a delusion

So spout some dumb cliche
That should shut them up
Say God is on your side
And that should be enough
Forget the lies and corruption
Just follow your god damned instructions
Because you're proud to be an American

So wave your flag in the air
Take what you're given and eat it
Speak your mind if you dare
Here come the plastic patriots
Track Name: Plastic Patriots (The Strangers - Original Version)
I want to feel the heartbeat of a nation
That rides a wave of blind elation
Bumper stickers and shirts
Drown out the red alerts
You've got nothing to fear

So wave your flag in the air
Take what you're given and eat it
Speak your mind if you dare
Here come the plastic patriots

So eat your freedom fries
Aren't they delicious?
Simply close your eyes
And imagine your perfect wonderland
You're living inside a delusion

So spout some dumb cliche
That should shut them up
Say God is on your side
And that should be enough
Forget the lies and corruption
Just follow your instructions
Everything's perfect, everything's great

So wave your flag in the air
Take what you're given and eat it
Speak your mind if you dare
Here come the plastic patriots

Hail to the chief
Everything's going to be fine
The powers of deception
Reaching perfection
Draw a line in the sand
No one's gonna cross you
God bless America

Plastic patriots on the way
You've got nowhere to run
They're gonna show you -
They're gonna teach you a lesson

So wave your flag in the air
Take what you're given and eat it
Speak your mind if you dare
Here come the plastic patriots

Plastic patriots
Track Name: Floodlight
You've left me and you're leaving town
Pretty soon you won't be around
You've found a man near twice your age
How did it end up this way?

Let go is what you say
But how can I just walk away
From all these years?
Now all my fears are coming true for you
And I don't know what to do about it

And now your mind's made up
So I wish you best of luck
Still got so much love for you
Even though I know we're through

Let go is what you say
But how can I just walk away
From all these years?
Now all my fears are coming true for you
And I don't know what to do about it

I've got a floodlight in my mind
I think about you all the time
You never gave me any sign
That you were leaving me behind
Oh it's such a crime

Now I still see you in my dreams
But they're always sad, it seems
I try my hardest to forget
But so far nothing's happened yet

Let go is what you say
But how can I just walk away
From all these years?
Now all my fears are coming true for you
And I don't know what to do

I've got a floodlight in my mind
I think about you all the time
I've got a floodlight in my mind
I think about you all the time
Track Name: Love is a Mindfuck
I wake up and my stomach's sick
I've got a problem that I just can't fix
It doesn't seem to be going away
Since you've been gone, it seems it's here to stay

You don't know what you do to me
Won't you come on back and set me free?
Because I'm going insane without you here
And why you left still isn't clear

Oh, oh, your love is a mindfuck
I fell into a hole, now I can't come unstuck
Oh, oh, you turn it around
You took my love and threw it to the ground

You just can't be replaced
I'm reminded every day
I'm still missing your face
And the things you used to say

I feel like this every single single
I've still got a lot of things to me
But you've no interest in my thoughts
You might have already forgot me
You're happy without me
But without you I'm so lonely
You're happy without me
And it's driving me crazy

Oh, oh, your love is a mindfuck
I fell into a hole, now I can't come unstuck
Oh, oh, you turn it around
You took my love and threw it to the ground

And you don't know what it's like to be replaced
You think I'm just another sad case
Letting my future be erased
Well, I'm well aware that I've lost my place

Oh, oh, your love is a mindfuck
I fell into a hole, now I can't come unstuck
Oh, oh, you turn it around
You took my love and threw it to the ground

And all the time we spent together
I can't forget; I just remember
Hours spent in ecstacy
Now you've taken it away from me
I'd love to see your face again
I'd love it just to touch your skin
And I wish that I could hear your voice
And I'm going mad 'cause I've got no choice

Oh, oh, your love is a mindfuck
I fell into a hole, now I can't come unstuck
Oh, oh, you turn it around
You took my love and threw it to the ground
Track Name: Traces
Well, I'm dying
I'm dying just to get out of my head
I'm trying
I'm trying, but nothing brings an end

I'm doing what I can to clear you from my mind
But there will always be all of these traces left behind

I keep having
I keep having these flashbacks about you
I keep dreaming
That you came back, but I know it aint true

I'm doing what I can to clear you from my mind
But there will always be all of these traces left behind
Track Name: Echoes Ring Out
The endless days of compound threats
Were somehow finally laid to rest
In translation, we lost the meaning
Every word is so deceiving

Well I am no statistician
But the chances must be one in a million
And a million things it could imply
Echoes ring out deep inside

When I make a sound
I want to hear
Echoes rings out
When you make a sound
You want to hear
Echoes ring out

I would dissociate from space and time
If that's what it takes to be by your side
Because I'm riding on this cosmic vibe
Echoes ring out deep inside