Bad Meditation

by Cultural Amnesia

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released December 13, 2015

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Cultural Amnesia UK

Part of the post-punk/industrial tape scene of the 70s and 80s, Cultural Amnesia released three cassette albums and, since the late 90s, have begun recording once again.

All digitally available music can be found here. Biographical information is at the band’s website.
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Track Name: Look Around
I look up
I look down
I look front
I look back
I look this way
I look that
I look around
All around


I look here
I look there
I look far
I look near
I look over
I look under
I look everywhere
I’ve looked everywhere


I’ve forgotten where I put it
I’ve lost it
I never had it
I don’t know what it looks like
Actually I don’t know what it is
I don’t know what it could be
Track Name: Moving Through Traffic
Moving through traffic
noting the qualities
what is at issue here
little’s decided

The object is unknown
the object is unknowable
it becomes plain
it waits
it asks
the action is unknown
the action is unknowable
the action becomes plain
it waits
it asks

Moving through traffic
observing the motions
what is the tenor
little seems settled here

The object is unknown
the object is unknowable
it becomes plain
you wait
you ask
the action is unknown
the action is unknowable
the action becomes plain
you wait
you ask
Track Name: Dave
Dangerous Dave’s gone down the unit
Got his devices stacked in a line
Wired them up for a full cascade
Set his clocks to New York time
He has resources
His suit is sharp
He’s got the brains
And has the heart
Dave is out for blood and guts
He wants closure
Can’t you tell?

What we need’s a man of steel
What we need ain’t what we’ve got
Where’s the hero?
Where’s our hero?

Dangerous Dave is in the system
He’s in the pipes and in the wires
He’s in your home
In every room
Just put a glass against the wall
Dangerous Dave is in your garden
Made his HQ in your shed
You’d better watch your every action
One false move is all he needs

What we need’s a man of steel
What we need ain’t what we’ve got
Where’s the hero?
Where’s our hero?

Dave will give us back our dreams
He promised this
He promised me
Dave will make our leaders pay
He promised this
He promised me

Dave has sent a number of emails
Knows that they’ll be well received
He has backdoors in all our programs
He has all our private keys
His code is sweet
His routines slick
He has our networks in his grip
And when he hits the big red button
Everything will crash at once
Track Name: My Philosophy
My philosophy is coming
down the country
My philosophy is coming
to meet me
It’s going to be the great
creative moment of my life
Aerial, taut and totally free
Uplift and Direction
(Glider Flight) by Klee
Track Name: Little Boys Like Big Machines
Welcome to the shop of dreams
(Little boys like big machines)
You can buy most anything
(Little boys like big machines)
Everything’s so well displayed
(It’s so pretty, it’s so pretty)
You can have it, you can hold it
(Little boys like big machines)

In this shop there are no limits
(There’s no limit, there’s no limit)
Step inside, you won’t regret it
(There’s no limit, there’s no limit)
All the people are so perfect
(They’re so perfect, they’re so perfect)
They’re the people from your dreams
(There’s no limit, there’s no limit)
Welcome to the shop of dreams
(Little boys like big machines)
You can buy most anything
(Little boys like big machines)
You can get a line of credit
(So much credit, so much credit)
Many plans to suit your pocket
(So much credit, so much credit)

There are products on the shelves
(There’s so many, there’s so many)
Different colours, different options
(There’s so many, there’s so many)
Every item is your favourite
(So much better than the others)
Better than you can imagine
(So much better, so fantastic)
Track Name: I Sleep Better
I live my life
By a series of proverbs
I judge everyone
By the size of their units
I make up my mind
When I check out my face
I make my decisions
With a magical device

I record my friends
In my book of friends
I make my purpose known
With a real-time mechanism
I have all the best things
In my box of best things
I know that you all wish
That you were me

In some places
The lay of the light is different
In some places
The fit of the world is softer
In some places
I sleep better, I sleep better
I catalogue documents
That mention me by name
I devise strategies
To help me to strategise
I moderate my intake
With a scientific plan
I chart my progress
With key indicators

And sooner or later
I gather the evidence
I record the moments
On a high-def medium
And when I replay
The edited montage
I forgive myself
For far too many things

In some places
The lay of the light is different
In some places
The fit of the world is softer
In some places
I sleep better, I sleep better
Track Name: All Fallen
It’s all fallen
it’s all fallen down
it’s all falling
because what’s to hold it up
it’s all fallen
why would it continue to stand
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen

It’s all fallen
the whole lot completely
it’s all collapsed
it’s all a heap on the ground
we might as well clear it
we might as well sweep it all away
because it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen

It’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
and it’s always been fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
and it’s always been falling

It’s all fallen
it’s all slumped and subsiding
it’s all ruined
it’s all shattered and strewn
it’s all wrecked
it’s all rotten and sunken
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen

It’s all broken
it’s all useless and fucked
it’s all turned to shit
it’s all debased and corrupt
it’s all broken
there’s nothing firm or sound
it’s all broken up
and it’s all broken down
It’s all broken up
and it’s all broken down
it’s all broken up
and it’s all broken down
it’s all broken up
and it’s all broken down
it’s all broken up
and it’s all broken down

It’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
and it’s always been fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
it’s all fallen
and it’s always been falling
Track Name: Break Loose Your Bonds
Do come and paint with me
on the heath, in the potato field
come and walk with me
behind the plough and the shepherd
come and sit with me
looking into the fire
let the storm that blows across the heath
blow through you

Don't seek it in Paris
don't seek it in America
it is always the same
forever and exactly the same
break loose your bonds

I do not know the future
in what way it might be different
if everything should go
smoothly with us
but I cannot speak differently
change if you will
but it is in the heath you must look

Don't seek it in Paris
don't seek it in America
it is always the same
forever and exactly the same
break loose your bonds