Dick Tracy Must Die

by Crime and the Forces of Evil

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1.
Come to a show and FIND OUT! MUAH HA HA!
2.
Hide from Me 03:29
Chorus: Where is your heaven and/who is your overlord? What is your cover and/who has been protecting you? Who are your teachers and/what are they showing you? What do you swear upon and/who is it you want to be? Where were you praying and/what were you dreaming of? What is your vision and/who there has been guiding you? Who are your heroes? how/do they inspire you? What are you thinking? That you/hope that you can hide from me? What for the love of heaven will you do, when they Find all the answers being blocked to you, and What are you seeking when you look inside the mirrors Glaring their visions that you cannot see? [Chorus] Where in the depths of heaven will you lie when you know all that righteous fury grants to you, and Where will you burrow when you're told to buy every blow bringing further victory into view? [Chorus] Who in the moment will you know to be, when the Blood being lathered flies across your view, and Who in the moment will you choose to be, when the Flesh being rendered isn't part of you? Isn't it easier Holding your silence and Wouldn't you rather just Go along another day and No one is asking but Everyone's won'dring, will you  Put down that puzzle box and Quietly just walk away?
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Outbirds 04:20
brenda and sugar and alex and jeff remember they day that the rest of them left william and honor and carrie and jean certainly never meant anything mean melting and running the snowflakes away sooner or later when no one can say circles that move along making their way slowly forget about you rosie and ethel and suzie and john always the best until then they're gone aaron and esteban; tiffn'y and karl never did write and it's been quite a while out-birds and flocking create quite a scene never together and sometimes quite mean but if you're useful we'll make quite a team someday, or maybe, for now jerry and joseph and thomas and me eventually turned out was best left a three amy and elsie and misty and boo always had something else better to do chasing them down along albany lane sycamores waving as if they're to blame but you're orbiting loosely, pherepheries high jumping away yet again bridge: never quite touching through crystalline glassery always the outbird will look rather lost where are the others whose thoughts are so glittery how can you sail along ever so tossed knee-deep in comrades who briefly play friends with you wondering what kind of creature they've found looking askance at your faceted plumery soon they're distracted by ones more their kin charlotte and erika, jenny and kirk quickly get tired of all of that work terrence and maxwell and lisa and kyle maybe they'll latch on, at least for a while someday this dancing may seem quite routine falling then catching then tossed off, unseen outbirds still looking for others who share their sky windswept away yet again...
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when you go into the hill town find the places that they kept you, where now everything is empty, as if though it'd ever been -- and the buildings are like theatre sets abandoned ever after, everything leans just a little, over roads three-quarter scale chorus: no one comes to give you letters there's no money in a card -- no one offers explanations to girls wandering the streets when you find a yellowed paper dated nineteen seventy it's been sitting there forever artefacts you'll never see black obelisk stands guard before the rusty green and metal bridge whose creaking wooden roadway never carried any cars there's a long way 'round this river, takes you through the city gate; best be gone from here by dark, you think, some thirty years too late [chorus] emptiness in every building signs propped up against walls some have windows boarded over hiding nothing inside and when on the midnights dreary play iniquitous games, they cry "each trial an act of love and trust" amongst other claims [bridge] [chorus] brick and concrete and a tower carved in to a twisted house fifty-seven stairs of climbing hoping no one will see 'round the back where you can enter, past machines left in rain, metal walls reflect the camera's light but nothing remains [chorus] sometimes when you are seeking explanations that're due you'll find no one's left to meet you
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there are no words
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Stars 03:35
Somewhere where you can find your freedom Somewhere you can define your space Somewhere where you can keep on going Somewhere where you can make your case Somewhere where all the chains are broken, jumbled, freed from their interlace Somewhere where you can start beginning, nightmares fading without a trace in the Stars Have you heard of the thing I'm seeking? Or do you mock this pretentious bliss? Do you recognise thoughts I'm sending? Have you sighted a place like this? Glimmering silvery light I'm chasing, skating vertical icy cliff; Have you seen any sign that's pointing some strange angle that shows the direction of Stars? Can you trust in the song you're hearing? Does it hint of a better way? [[untranslated - see liner notes]] ...leading somewhere I think the direction of Stars Is it cheating to seek another place and time less unlike your own? Doesn't honour require standing fighting even when all alone Flying gives you another option but is it one that you fear to take? Freedom's calling if you'll just answer look up dammit and see what you're missing!
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when you leave you better keep on going when you leave you better run like hell when you run you better keep your footing when you fly you better know damn well that someone's gonna be behind that mirror something's hiding in the ringing bell something's seeking you through every window Something's tracking you with senses fell when you run you better know you mean it when you run you better say farewell when you fly you better watch your twenty when you bolt you better know damn well that no one's list'ning to your best of reasons no one wants to hear a thing you say no one's giving you their second chances don't pretend there won't be hell to pay when you fly you better keep your secrets when you fly you better never tell when you bolt you better leave no traces when you leave you better know damn well that rage is never on the side of heaven fury never has an upper bound vengeance weans itself on indignation better pray that you are never found when you're gone you maybe might discover when you're gone you maybe breathe again when you're gone you maybe float so freely when you're gone you may think now and then that this time might just be the time to make it this place might just be the place you keep 'till the horrors find you unforgotten whispering tortures to you in your sleep when you leave you better keep on going when you leave you better run like hell
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It's not what I imagined Not a thing I'd think could be Do you guess what you are really That there's more that you should know? You're not so much the elder As you think you are to me, and The shaping that has made you Still has further yet to go Chorus: Do you know what I've been thinking Can you make out what you see? Do you hear the fluted whispers Do you not remember me? Do you wake in early hours fading stars and thoughts a-blur? I thought you knew who I knew you were It wasn't my intention So I didn't have a plan But a smile I gifted to you Turned to em'rald in your eyes I've felt this thing before, I thought, but never with a man And what you have I've needed though it still lives in disguise (Chorus) I don't know what you're saying even though I always do There's someone else besides you that much even I can tell Your words are made of crystal but there's no way to see through I puzzle at the gleanings staring deep into the vale (Chorus) Flecks and pieces in a mirror Scattered here and never where I know what I am hoping but you don't know what to do Desperation is a trueness, crystals flying through the air; What I am is who I must could that apply to you? (Bridge) So I'll keep on standing You will be the time you need I'll not pretend you'll meet me when we've two and separate ways But please I beg do not let go the promises you've made I'll light your trail with stardust if you hold on through your days Will you answer me?
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Let Me Help 05:01
When you're alone and you Think you can't see me and you're Sure that you're somewhere deeply lost that No one can find, and you Don't have a lead you can Try to grab onto just a little shaky feeling that you've been left behind, well I Hope that you know that I'll Always be with you even If I'm not standing in the dark by your side, and I Hope that you know that I Always will answer if you Call from the distance I will Come be your guide Have you ever known what I see when I see you in the days and the nights when I lie by your side? Do you know how it feels when I reach out to touch you or I lean up against you in the train as we ride? Have you learned what it means just to know that I sense you in the near and the far and the points in between? Can you feel how it cools all my pains just to touch you? Do the joys that I have always remain unseen? So when you're at odds and have nothing remaining and you Need someone there who can aim you to land, and you Want someone then who will back you against winds that would crack, whip, and snap, lashing cruel with demands, well I hope that you know that I'll be here to hold you, and I hope you'll accede when I offer my hand, and I hope that you know when I ask that I love you, and you'll know that I'll give everything that I am When you're alone and you Think you can't see me and you're Sure that you're somewhere deeply lost that No one can find, and you Don't have a hand you can Try to hold onto just a little shaky feeling that you've been left behind, well I Hope that you know that I'll Always be with you even If I'm not standing in the dark by your side, and I Hope that you know that I Always will answer if you Call from the distance I will Come be your guide
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Stay Away 03:04
Stay Away When you think that you want me Stay away When you know what you need Stay away When you have what I'm jonesing Stay away When you know what it's good for Stay away I see through your disguise You may have what I'm needing You may have my desires You may hold all my comforts You may calm all my tears But I cling to my worries, holding onto my terrors I adhere to my fighting, laying claim to my wars I resist all my comforts, pouring songs out of terrors I lay waste to my holdings, throwing stones at the sun Stay Away Stay away I'm allergic to allies Stay away I'm aware of your spies Stay away I will cling to my horrors Stay away Sing me songs of betrayal Stay away I see through all your lies You may bring me to laughter Salving wounds with your nothings You may undo my windings Leaving me without pain But I scrabble in tunnels, fleeing far from the morning And I run from the evening, hiding deep in the night I resist all the starlight, in a world without daybreak Can I find any meaning in a world without pain? Stay Away Stay Away [bridge] You may cushion my achings What would I be without them? If you free me from bondage Against what would I strain? Have I fought here too long? Can I simply not leave it? Am I chained here like stonework left to die in the rain? In the depths of the well am I tied to the anger? Do I crave all the torture that I can't leave behind? Stay away Though you have what I'm needing Stay away While I'm flayed to the bone Stay away Do you hear what I'm pleading? Stay away Don't pretend you're from home Stay away When I beg you to help me When I'm aching for peace When I'm drowning for rescue When I need you the most
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Is there an answer to find in this knowing? Is there a secret to know in my bones? Is there a question that I have to answer? How will we look if we can't even know? How will we go if we can't find the way? How can you study a question so empty and How can you fly if you can't even stay? I know how to get there but I don't know where I'm going Is there somebody out there who can give me a sign? I call to the heavens and I shout at the deserts and I howl in the forests am I wasting my time? How will we see what we can't comprehend? How will we learn what we can't even say? How can you think knowing none of the factors, and how can you learn if you can't even play? Bolting about from one thing to another I scrape for a sample that I can't ever find Digging deep for water wherever there's cactus I hide in the shadows where I shelter my pride I know how to get there but I don't know where I'm going Is there somebody out there who can give me a sign? I call to the heavens and I shout at the deserts and I howl in the forests am I wasting am I wasting am I wasting ... am I am I am I am I?! Is there an answer to find in this knowing? Is there a secret to know in my bones? Is there a question that I have to answer? How will we draw when we don't know what we're seeing and how can we seek when we're so far astray? How can we follow from this fraction of a story and how can we belong knowing nothing of our way? I know how to get there but I don't know where I'm going is there somebody out there helping stars to align? I call to the heavens and I shout at the deserts and I howl in the forests where the hell are my kind?! Is there an answer to find in this knowing? Is there a secret to know in my bones?
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So how many of you know what Sailor Moon is? Okay! So! Huge show if you were a girl in the 90s, told the story of the sailor senshii, superhero incarnations of the planets, defending the solar system against threats both extrasolar and extradimensional. A US company bought the rights to the first two series, dubbed 'em, aired them in North America, and it's a huge hit. So they want more of that, buy the next two series sight unseen and immediately realise they have a problem, or more correctly, two problems. FIRST: one of the villains is gay. It's not subtext; it's a plot point. But being drawn in the fine tradition of bishonen, he's pretty. VERY pretty. So they look at him and think, "you know... with some edits... and recasting... and new dialogue... we could make him... a her." And they do. I understand it still airs this way, in English, but I don't care, I watch Japanese. But then they have a SECOND problem. We meet three new sailor senshii: Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus and Neptune, both women, are a couple. It's not subtext. And it's time to play everybody's favourite game: LET'S HIDE THE LESBIANS! They look at Sailor Neptune... and go oh god, and so they look at Sailor Uranus and think, "Weeellll... she's pretty butch... she's a race car driver in real life... and she's got short hair and wears pants all the time... maybe we could make her... a him." I'm told that this actually made it out into the wild before - and I PRAY this is true - someone rang them up them going, "youuuuuu IDIOTS. Do you not know - because your audience certainly knows - that those uniforms they transform into to fight crime in are GIRL'S SCHOOL UNIFORMS and YOU have just invented the WORLD'S FIRST TRANSVESTITE SUPERHERO?" This is about THAT Sailor Uranus, sung by THAT Sailor Neptune, and it's called, "My Boyfriend."
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My Boyfriend 02:35
PROBABLY NOT WORKSAFE My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND wears a B-CUP So what the hell is up with that? My BOYFRIEND wears a B-CUP It's not because he's really fat My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND He got an ass I would kill for His legs go up into the sky His hair gets him hassled out/side the shops But underneath his pants he's a guy My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND The shoulders of a supermodel That probably explains a lot I've got bigger tits than he'll ever have He's not the only one here who's hot I mean, I do kinda wonder sometimes It's not like I don't trust him and all But I've never had a boyfriend like him before And his cock is all smooth and hard like plastic, it's kinda weird My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND wears a B-CUP I really like him built like that! My BOYFRIEND wears a B-CUP And ...wait. ...does this mean I'm a lesbian? Nah, that can't be right, 'cause I've got a boyfriend! My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND My BOYFRIEND I'm so confused. Honestly. What is going oooooooooon?!

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The first full-length full-band studio album by CRIME and the Forces of Evil, this concept album tells a story of supervillainy in bits and pieces, whispers and fragments, rumours and songs. Can you find its heart?

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released March 3, 2011

Everything on this album is by Dara Korra'ti/CRIME and the Forces of Evil, off live instruments, with the arguable exception of the organ, which has a real keyboard, but an electric organ. We don't have anything against synth and MIDI, we just don't have a proper keyboard player. ^_^

We built our microstudio with financial help from our sponsors, who we would like to thank here: Deborah Hooker, Diego R. Martinez, Maria-Katriina Lehtinen, Elane S. D. Imgoven, Barbara Cathyl, and Silussa. We'd also like to thank our Kickstarter project backers for backing our duplication project, including but not limited to: Marshall McGowan, Sarah Kaye, Deb, Sunnie Larsen, Blimix, Regis M. Donovan, and Pudding Cannon Studios.

We also send personal thanks to Alexander James Adams, who said, "Dara, you really need to do this," and meant it; Russ Birch, for support and critical advice; Batya for being First Fan; Cathy Fiorello, Angela Korra'ti, and Kathryn Tewson for listening to too. many. rough. cuts., and Quen and Cow for moral support. We'd also like to thank John at panicStudios for pointing us at Mark Guenther as a mastering engineer when construction activity near panicStudios forced him to bow out of the project.

All songs recorded and engineered by Solarbird the Lightbringer, a.k.a. Dara Korra'ti, of CRIME and the Forces of Evil, at Criminal Studios/Murkworks North, using Ardour on Ubuntu Studio. Album mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering, to whom we are particularly grateful for helping us get this into final form.

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We are one bunch of seriously pissed-off elves, writing the songs of the supervillains. Enjoy our rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, or our GeoIP-driven heat ray. It's up to you.

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