Just a Machine

by Piqued Jacks

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A big robot made of alternative rock, who is calm inside, and offers the multi-coloured flowers of funk. NOT just a machine.
Born in Italy, grown up in the U.S.

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released 10 January 2013

Produced by: Brian Lanese, Piqued Jacks
Engineered by: Sejo Navajas, Brian Lanese
Asst. Engineers: Orlando Mestre, Dane Donahoe
Mixed by: Dan Thomas, Runway Studios (UK)
Recorded at: 4th Street Recording (Los Angeles), Permanent Ability's Studio 402 (Los Angeles)
Mastered by: Stephanie Villa, Marsh Mastering (Hollywood)
Art Direction/Graphic Design: Lapo Roccella, Luca Cugia
Featured Artists: Ali Lewis on "Youphoric?!" (vocals)

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Piqued Jacks Austin, Texas

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Piqued Jacks are a passionate and polychromatic alternative/funk-rock band of brothers from Italy.

From your left:
ThEd0g - drums & backing vocals
Penguinsane - guitar & backing vocals
E-King - lead vocals & piano
littleladle - bass & backing vocals
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Track Name: Welcome to the Future
Highways are slow
At a walking pace we go
The few lights the sun can
Barely bring are filtered by the smog

Trucks are long long caravans
Of old, tired, ill elephants
Queuing whatever happens

CHORUS
Do you hear me?
Hey you robot!
(hey little friend)

Once we used to spend a half life
Sleeping in a bed, lying
Now in fucking cars we spend that time...

Wakeful for crickets during engines' nights
Stuck in the traffic, in the middle of our minds

CHORUS
Do you hear me?
Hey you robot!
(hey little friend)

Living in the future doesn't make sense
We already have it under our heads
Why we searching for some aliens?
We already have a beautiful land, a nature to defend

CHORUS
...

I knew it, you're not just a machine
I knew it, there may still be humanity
Track Name: Blackie
The wind blew to slam the door
And uproot the trees
But not his car
That he hides in
The long await for
The aid of clouds over the streets
Covering details
Everyone could be a victim

CHORUS
Don't turn away, just because of the day
Don't turn away...
Don't turn away, even if you're afraid

Soon it's night
And inside all the people sleep
A good smell
Of rain fallen hard on grassy fields
Those awake
In the later hours like this
Maybe the brave
Haven't heard much of him

CHORUS
Don't turn away, just because of the day
Don't turn away...
Don't turn away, even if you're afraid

Don't run away please I need your embrace
Don't turn away...
Don't run away, even if you're afraid

Not watched by the dark, as hollow as his car
But he can touch the air in one's heart

CHORUS
...
Track Name: Youphoric?!
Do a little bit of jam with it and put it all away in a jar, dreaming of better days
Wish you saw the lips of the goddess moving like your sexy tamer tonight
At times we gotta show we are prepared to take a cake straight to our face...anyway
For the lucky one satisfied there is another million pushed back in pain

CHORUS
Euphoria has a price...never the same
That you've felt more than twice and the taste gets cool!

Pick up a little bit of sun and put it away in a mirror, dreaming of the shiny days
Imagine a heart, a place for your beloved...who already made a raid on it

CHORUS
Euphoria has a price today
If you meet somebody nice, that's good for you...
Euphoria has a price always
But for now you can smile, somebody paid for you

Let's put cucumbers on our eyes and make funny grimaces, the most genuine way
Of being shameless, absolutely no tickets to the carnival...

CHORUS
Euphoria has a price today
If you meet somebody nice, that's good for you...
Euphoria has a price always
But for now you can smile, somebody paid for you

Let's not buy it all...it may not work
Track Name: My Kite
You screamed my name, exploding rays of pleasure around a sudden embrace
All I was able to say was “this is my kite”

Then a headache, struggle of broken sobs against a painful shame
All I was able to say was “just keep my kite”

Above...not across

CHORUS
The ocean
The ocean
The ocean wide
The ocean

You don't say my name, echoing alone through the canyons as far as the windy bay
All I was able to say was “don't let go of my kite”

'Cause of the strong drafts...across...across

CHORUS
The ocean, all
The ocean
The ocean wide
The ocean

I would have found the way to part the tides and run before it's closed
From underwater I'd be darting back, spreading brightness
On the ocean wide...
Track Name: Amusement Park
Jokey tunes lower along this freaky beach
To dismantle the attractions
Dispersed with the crowd, forgotten the key
Or stolen, the gate chained and locked

Connection is sweet syntony, imperfect harmonious mutual, the deepest melody
Transmission in sync needy of punctuality to prove the truth through apparent sincerity

Neglected boyfriend on the ferris wheel
Abandoned, disillusioned
Resigned, he isn't exactly about to kneel
And go below, wanna behold

CHORUS
Arrived, the time, lonely with yourself more and more fragile
Misunderstand me, then you'll regret me
49 slowly wiped tears down to your chest forcing to realize
a part is missing, his pure kisses...innocent kisses

Gone lost something called simplicity
You lost it, you lost that
Ability to notice shades of intimacy
The lens for Romanticism...

Science of passion, discrepancies
Based on a spark, inflaming a star

CHORUS
...

At midnight the spotlights watched me under, suffocate but survive
You'd rather hurt me and be selfish (and egocentric)
Hypnotized by those lies so repressed even for my tender eyes
Romantic teacher of how love used to be

Arrived, the time, lonely with yourself more and more fragile
Misunderstand me means a refusal to me
Track Name: Tourist of an Apocalypse
Nothing remains of the sun
Except cars' headlights
Guard duty at the huts
Skinny dogs at the feet of empty slides

Maybe it's our purpose
Or unconscious will
To come out and drown sadness
Into someone else's desolate misery

CHORUS
I'm done traveling by now
Take my blood, take this camera
It's fair that I should fall with a thud
Onto the rocks...

The photo we'll leave will be
Of two kids on a bicycle
Who're speeding past the mountain,
But gonna be swallowed

'Cause so far we've only played
No more than every crime,
Not long ago, it gave way on us
Followed by lives

CHORUS
I'm done traveling by now
Take my blood, take this camera
I won't continue to observe
From the cliff...
I'm done traveling by now
Take my blood, take this camera
It's fair that I should fall with a thud
Me and the rocks together...

Just make sure we save the Earth