Destined for Dust

by mrbitterness and the guilty pleasures

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This album is dedicated to my sister Lindsey and to the memory of our mother Pamela who passed away in 2010.

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released 27 December 2011

All music & lyrics written, recorded, and performed by Randal Helm

Mixing and additional production by Jason Timothy (twitter.com/Abletonvids)

Mastered by Pure-Tone Mastering (twitter.com/Pure_Tone)

Cover Art by Manuel Sanchez (www.azzusicart.com)

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Track Name: Beat Down
I feel used up,
I feel beat down,
I feel dumbstruck,
I feel spun 'round,

Nothing I can do,
I'm just living these rhythm and blues,


I've been cast out,
I've been boxed in,
I've been shoved through,
I've been stretched thin,

Nothing I can do,
I'm just living these rhythm and blues,
Nothing I can say,
Guess I'll just fade away,
Tomorrow will be the same way too


I've been laid low,
I've been hung high,
I've been let go,
I've been passed by,

I've been found lacking,
I've been left wanting,
I've been back-tracking,
I've been head-haunting,


Nothing I can do,
I'm just living these rhythm and blues,
Nothing I can say,
Guess I'll just fade away,
Tomorrow will be the same way too


Wake up hairspray,
Caught up on the freeway,
Slow motion suicide,
Screaming on the inside,

Rushing for the rush hour,
Racing to the rat race,
Paying for the paycheck,
With the lines on your face,

Do what the boss say,
Friday night it's "jeans day",
Vipers and vultures,
Stupid corporate cultures,

2 weeks vacation,
Quiet desperation,
Up at 5 in bed by ten,
tomorrow you'll do it again,

Shut the door,
Make the bed,
Think about the things you said,
Spend the weekend at Ikea, Ikea, Ikea,
Going to shop at Ikea, Ikea, Ikea,

Day and night it's an uphill fight just to make your way,
Good or bad, happy or sad,
No one hears a word I say,

Pat on the head,
Now it's off to bed,
And put money in your IRA,

Daddy fled,
Momma's dead,
God Bless the USA,

It's early to rise,
as industry dies,
and Wallstreet gets its money for free,

Can you spare a dime?
Pay your bills on time,
There's no help for you or for me,

And I don't know how much more I can take,
If I can bear the burden or my back will break,
I feel the forces closing in,
I can hear them outside the door,
And I can't take anymore,
I can hear them outside the door...
Track Name: Lonely
Friday night, all alone,
Styling on your Stylophone,
Behind the door at the top of the stairs,
You spend your night pushing squares,
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely too?


Do you feel it?
Do you feel it?
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely too?

In your dreams you rock the house,
You make the scenes,
You move the mouse,
But you're just a cyber-punk,
So you dim the lights and you fake the funk,
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely too?


Do you feel it?
Do you feel it?
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely too?


As the world is winding down,
You beat the beats,
You pound the sound,
Hidden away inside your room,
Waiting on that day of doom,
Are you lonely?
Are you lonely too?

(double-stylophone solo)
Track Name: Destined for Dust
Ashes to ashes,
To ashes to ashes,
Ashes to ashes,
To ashes to ashes,

We are destined for dust,
We are resigned to rust,
When they lay me to rest,
Know that I tried my best,

Ashes to ashes,
To ashes to ashes,
Ashes to ashes,
To ashes to ashes,

Submerge me like a seed in the soil,
Take all the tears and the toil,
I fade out as flesh falls from bone,
It's a journey we all make alone,

All that are born must die,
All that is flesh must fail,
Who will remember me?
Who will tell my tale?

She gave out as the sun pierced the night,
I cried out as she raced toward the light,
I hear the echoes of her dying breath,
She lay down and danced off with death,

Time will have her way,
She's the queen we all bow before,
Life is just a game we play,
Until we can play no more
Track Name: Detour
rise,
fall,
in,
out,
self-love,
self-doubt

stand tall,
stand down,
stand up,
make sound

with child,
with choice,
your view,
your voice

live wild,
love free,
live,
do,
love,
be

I don't know what,
I don't know what,
I don't know what you're going to do

I don't know what,
I don't know what,
I don't know what to say to you,

Bad day,
False start,
Take chance,
Take heart

Wrong way,
U-Turn,
You ache,
You burn,

Reach high,
Plan well,
Raise child,
Raise hell

Live,
Die,
Sleep,
Wake,
Reap,
Sow,
Give,
Take

I don't know what,
I don't know what,
I don't know what you're going to do

I don't know what,
I don't know what,
I don't know what to say to you

When the night comes,
When the night comes,
And the world turns so cold

You didn't know no,
You didn't know,
You could be so young and feel so old

You're all alone now,
All alone now,
It's like a dream you've fallen through,
You took your chances,
Made your choices,
Now it all depends on you
Track Name: Talk to Tracey
I can still see her,
She's just beyond the shadows,
I can almost reach her,
she fades away in echoes

She was no angel,
He was 22 she was just 14,
Always out to raise hell,
She was back and forth,
I was always in between

(He won't care for you)
(He won't be there for you)
(Put down the bottle and come back inside)

Somebody Talk To Tracey,
Where did she go?
Has anybody seen Tracey?
Maybe Tomorrow...
(but tomorrow never came)

The minister's daughter,
She seemed hell-bent on filling the role,
Like a lamb to the slaughter,
She ran headlong and she ran out of control

We both fought through childhood,
Out on the streets, avoiding home,
We drank until it felt good,
We drank so we wouldn't feel alone

(Through the bathroom door)
(We heard her hit the floor)
(We raced through the night just to keep her alive)

Somebody Talk To Tracey,
Where did she go?
Has anybody seen Tracey?
Maybe Tomorrow...
(but tomorrow never came)

Weren't you like me?
Weren't you alone just like me?
Did you give up on a dream?
Did you give up just like me?

Somebody Talk To Tracey,
Where did she go?
Has anybody seen Tracey?
Maybe Tomorrow...
(but tomorrow never came)
Track Name: The Existential Dilemma
I don't know where to begin,
Should I even try or try again?
I only know one day we'll all die

I know it's only a matter of time,
Before we all get left behind,
No one and nothing can ever truly last,

If none of us,
Not one of us knows where we're going to,
How will we know when we get there if we get there?

Did you ever think,
As the night gave way to sunrise,
What if it's too late for me and the best has already passed?

What manner of fool is man?
Is he a virus that just spreads across the land?
What's the point of it when nothing can survive?

We're hanging on as we hurtle through space,
Will anyone remember the human race?
We've already been lost in the vastness of time


If none of us,
Not one of us knows where we're going to,
How will we know when we get there if we get there?

Did you ever think,
As the night gave way to sunrise,
What if it's too late for me and the best has already passed?