Protons and Electrons Compilation

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1.
Follow through, you left me cold Tie your shoes, If I could be so bold. You planted, now you reap what you've sown Cut losses, attention revoked You should pay rent, The rent is owed You should pay rent in my mind If I could transcend these petty vulgarities. If I could transcend the way that they made me Built for the the fight, not the victory If you want grievances I've got a litany A resume with things, you should have done. It's too late. that ship has sunk Keep rowing, yeah! Keep rowing home Still unsure. where we went wrong I've got a list, two miles long I've had it, something must be done If I could transcend these petty vulgarities. If I could transcend the way that they made me Built for the the fight, not the victory If you want grievances I've got a litany
2.
Oh! I can't imagine your face (can't imagine your face) Oh! Tied in a rictus of pain (in a rictus of pain) Oh! You talk, it's always the same (it's always the same) Oh! It is my interest I feign, when you start complaining. I can't keep track of all you hate. I would not wish anyone that fate No No no no Oh! I can't imagine your rage (can't imagine your rage) Oh! You're late to the game (you're late to the game) Oh! You're not edgy you are tame (not edgy you're... TAME) Oh! My patience on the wane, when you start complaining I can't keep track of all you hate. I would not wish anyone that fate No No no no
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RECANT! 02:40
That ethos will never play down in Sparta Those ideas will never fly in Rome Yes, I would call this approach a problem. No friends here you will act alone This way of speaking will put you in danger Those dumb ideas might get you stoned STONED. Good or bad it's true, Controversy is my food. Got a whole lot to say RECANT! The choice of paths it lies before I hope that you are proud of yourself Philosopher or heretic are the choices Out of the mainstream, foolish tome You say you will proudly stand up The pride it comes before the fall
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Paved Age 03:12
Do you remember the time when things moved so slow ? At the pace of a glacier that's how things would go We took those Commie trains and we shut them down A thousand hIghway stars, can you hear the sound? We live, We live, in a paved age Asphalt dreams and concrete days  Days like this This is what we do, and we are really quite fond of it So let's celebrate now before its turned into a monument These civilized times, modern marvels of woe You'd like to stay but you should probably go We live, We live, in a paved age Asphalt dreams and concrete days 
5.
And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And if you haven't deduced by now Well you certainly ought to And if you push just a little more You'll go come with a rupture And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And I say It loud... don't you know that this is the line ? And if we haven't made this clear We will repeat all of the words And if you push just a little bit more We'll send you home with a rupture This is... this is the line
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aimless direction inspire defection I name you petulant messiah The jerk who sets us free Defensive, thin skinned and a cryer An unfit way to be. I name you petulant messiah Because that's all I can see Conspire Reflection Evading detection I name you petulant messiah The jerk who sets us free Defensive, thin skinned and a cryer An unfit way to be. I name you petulant messiah So come and set us free!
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Armies of the mind! Things fall apart, but they can still grow... They can grow Veterans of wars that no one cared for... now you know. Now you know
8.
Burn it to the ground! On a long enough timeline, everyone will turn against you. On a long enough timeline a few of them may start to miss you And that's the way that it is. (Burn it down, Burn it down ) But maybe not the way it should be (Burn it down, Burn it down ) Burn it down or take a nap (Burn it down, Burn it down ) Really makes no difference to me. (Burn it down) And that's how the story goes (Burn it down, Burn it down ) But not how the story ends (Burn it down, Burn it down ) Burn it down, I'll do it now (Burn it down, Burn it down ) The fire is so pretty to see (Burn it down) And that's the way that it is (Burn it down, Burn it down ) But probably not the way it should be (Burn it down, Burn it down ) I am the fire, I am the doom (Burn it down, Burn it down ) The jilted one, you can call me.
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Cop Knock 03:01
You dream of better days, but there are better ways to go The right to be afraid, you have the right to buy a new door. Antics can't be explained, turn around and face the floor Yes you should be afraid, be fearful for what's in store Knock knock Cop knock Top notch Cop knock Hit them until they stop, make yourself the gun you know? The bullet and the gun, it's still not enough you know A stunning rearrange, exactly who do you work for? Yes you should be afraid be fearful for what's in store Knock knock Cop knock Top notch Cop knock
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Empty spaces are places to paint what is possible wanting faces can control their fate, it is plausible An Amargosa, Amargosa state of mind Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Empty places are spaces to paint, a world of possibles Audiences always in their place, ready and malleable An Amargosa, Amargosa state of mind Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters Ripped, shredded and tattered... Every little bit matters
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The Vig 03:51
Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones And this is a case in point It's life that takes the cruelest cut It's not a lie if you keep your mouth shut Smooth seas... do not make for skillful sailors Long shadows cast, long shadows felt Crawl out Of the rubble. Crawl out of the rubble dig out the bodies Pay interest on past sins... AGAIN. All just to pay the VIG... Again and again All just to pay the VIG Most times, the choices you make aren't great ones Hearts so wide and dreams so big You've failed Constant reminders every minute zero would be a step up Stand up In the rubble don't let it become your home now Maintain, becomes the entire game now Keep sinking until you hit bottom. Pay interest on past sins... AGAIN. All just to pay the VIG... Again and again All just to pay the VIG
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Parade I wake up early The lies unfurling Deceit I'm very surly, Deception stirring Parade Saying something Believing nothing Let's see what lies will rule this day PARADE... of Deceit. PARADE... of Deceit. Parade Grotesque, I'm hurling The spinning whirling Deceit My anger growing Loose objects throwing Parade the reveal is lying They're barely trying Don't we all just love a parade? (Not this one) PARADE... of Deceit. PARADE... of Deceit. Parade! of deceit! Parade! of deceit!
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Tomorrowland 03:50
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You said you found dinosaur bones in the back of the yard. you must've looked hard.
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Alllies 02:41
Never trust the Perfect King He’s not as kindly as he seems You're at his mercy, in his grace Know the limits, know your place Easy with a compliment He’ll make you feel like a prince And he will promise you the crown Then pass you over for his own Allies are shifting all the time You stand on sand and if you slip You’re left behind All eyes are on you day and night And you'll be judged on a grudge Not for a crime Never cross the Bitter Queen Cause she remembers everything And when you think you've won her trust She'll throw you underneath the bus They will take you everywhere You’ll get a taste You'll breathe the air And you will get used to their ways And soon become the thing you hate Allies are never on your side Unless your interests should happen to align All lies reveal themselves in time But you’ll be gone long before you're proven right
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Scene one opens on Bob Lee. He knows what the blood on his boots means. Stands up. Throws a hammer on his vows. Shuts up. Throws his cash in lieu of towel. The vice side of history holds every card and whores every house. Take sides, pick a tribe and draw your lines. Everybody knows they’re in the right. But then there’s fallacy, hypocrisy, And confirmation biases. Collect the dots and shift the range. I’ll pick my precision. It’s my side of history. Son of sinners, too tall. One inch given. It’s gone. It’s on our watch. Stand back. Let them breathe. Let us breathe. Let you breathe.
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No Human 03:38
I tried to be a human More like you every day Become the illusion Chipping my soul away I can't be what they need A gold simulacrum Painted with a grin Ask yourself, "Is this a simulation?" Do you believe in this emulation? I'm constructing someone As fabricated being Create the rift to find Synthetic humanity I can wear this mask Walk among your kind I'm almost human I'm almost human Ask yourself, "is this a simulation?" Do you believe in this emulation?
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HVAC 02:18
Somewhere on the East Coast, the East Coast They took out the equestrian Now Something is rotting somewhere [Q:] How else can one explain that smell? [A:] With investigations, predictions Curious filings and extractions They found Some newspaper and bile They found He was living in a newspaper nest They turned a stop gap into a plot And made it something it’s not Someone has got to be putting us on, putting us on Metabolize, hibernate Call animal control [Q:] Are you afraid, are you afraid you might Fail this test? [A:] No. I can look out for myself I said I can look out for myself But from hiding in the rafters I’m feeling a bit sea sick They turned a stop gap into a plot And made it something it’s not Someone has got to be putting us on, putting us on Stretch it out, make it fit with your OCD You’ve got to grab those trophies You bet to hell I’m putting you on, I’m putting you on Are you afraid you might, are you afraid you might Fail this test, fail this this test Well, I can look out for myself, I can look out for myself Are you afraid you might, are you afraid you might Fail this test, fail this this test Well, I can look out for myself, I can look out for myself
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Say we're friends, how long should I wait for nothing to happen at all Nothing colored, everything I see is black, white, monochrome No one shows, their colors in perfect light If I had bionic eyes Then I'd wish that I was blind Every time I turn I seem to look at the sun The lights that blind me are in everyone But not everyone is quite like you Stand still, everything's on fire so don't move a muscle at all Every glance, every little shudder makes one more likely to fall So exposed, to flickering open flames If I didn't have a brain Then I wouldn't need the shade Every time I turn I seem to look in the sun That kind of feeling frightens anyone But not everyone would want to see Every time I turn I seem to look in the sun And it's a freedom that's a heady one But no-ohhh one is quite like me.
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FREEZE QUEEN You saddle up next to me talkin ‘bout how you used to skate How you only longboard now but you think that we should date Well tell me, man, did you really think when you bought me that drink that I’d let you take me home? I’m sorry didn’t you know That I’m a freeze queen! Hard to impress I’m a freeze queen! I’ll freeze you to death I’m a freeze queen! Hard to impress I’ll freeze you to death! You better dress warm Oh, I’m gonna ice you down Don’t ask me to smile All you’ll get is a frown You better bundle up Before you try talking to me 'Cause honey I can be cold and I can be mean 'Cause I’m a freeze queen! Hard to impress I’m a freeze queen! I’ll freeze you to death I’m a freeze queen! Hard to impress I’ll freeze you to death! TROLL TRAP! (dedicated to the memory of alex jones) I logged onto the internet the other day 'Cause I gotta tell the world – hey, I got something to say Here’s my two cents about the government and my role in it Complexity is such a breeze when it’s summed up inside a meme Do all my thinking second hand and there ain’t much I understand but I’m not gonna check my source I’ll just reshare cuz I am bored (oi! oi! oi!) TROLL TRAP! TROLL TRAP! TROLL TRAP! I saw it – on Fox News – or maybe CNN It’s there in my newsfeed – they’re coming for my guns again Do all my thinking second hand and there ain’t much I understand but I’m not gonna check my source I’ll just reshare 'cause I am bored (oi! oi! oi!) TROLL TRAP! TROLL TRAP! TROLL TRAP! Everybody’s so greedy They want a living wage There gonna kill my grandpa and steal his Medicaid Immigrants are so lazy They’re gonna take our jobs Abortion is murder and don’t forget about gay frogs!
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Let's start losing limbs Let's take a coward's stance Hide behind our logic and deceit If we play what if's for too long We might be happy and strong We can hope with all we share In some years we won't care Every inch I made went to the few With too much work to hope I'd get through If I were brave I'd let go Finally let this bias show The creases we mulled over That we claimed we never saw That always fold over the fatal flaws If we played what if's for too long We might be happy and strong Words weren't enough to mend This is how things began to end
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Sell Out 04:07

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12 split singles, released over the course of about a year and a half... collected now as one record. A feat never before achieved by any other band! A feat that should probably never be attempted by any other band!

Protons features a different Neutron Friends song, each composed and conceived as a single by the group; heavy, poppy, frantic or jagged, many aspects and facets of the band are represented. Electrons, on the other hand, features the B-sides courtesy of various musical comrades such as: Dale Crover Band, Thoughts Detecting Machines, Turbo Lightning and more, all musicians who play in live incarnations of The Secret Friends, record with the group or have some profound significance to the existence of the band. (Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons make the atom!)

Conceived as an avenue for discovery as much as a celebration of community, Protons And Neutrons twists and winds, seeking to tell no story other than the unfiltered joy of the act of creation and weird rock and roll itself. There is no expectation that you know the other bands, but you might find something you like. “It’s a surprise gift for people along for our whole deal!” Neutron excitedly exclaims.

“I wouldn’t go so far as to say that there is something for everybody” Neutron explains, “but there’s something for people with a sense of adventure or people willing to take a ride with something that isn’t shameless genre music, but if safely consonant ‘garage rock’ or bands with riffs in search of a song are more your thing… it’s a big world out there.”

Pop aficionados can sing along to songs like Jilted Dragon and Hate Secretary. Purveyors of the heavy are referred to hard rockers like RECANT! and The Vig, while those who simply like to rock can line up for Paved Age, Litany of Grievances and Parade of Deceit.
On Protons, Neutron and company made an attempt to step up the game, breaking down all boundaries and adhering to only one rule: “Whatever the songs were going to do, they had to do it, get in and get the hell out. No overthinking, indulgence or indecision allowed.”

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released September 20, 2019

Conan Neutron: Vocals/Guitars
Tony Ash: Bass
Dale Crover: Drums

Jeff Byron: Synths, Omnichord, Extra "Stuff" on Jilted Dragon
Josh Hensley: Backup and Harmony Vocals on "Amargosa State of Mind"
Cristy Joy: Backup Vocals on "Litany of Grievances" "Hate Secretary" and "RECANT!"
Sean Kirkpatrick: Keyboards and Piano on "Amargosa State of Mind"
Erica Strout: Guitar solo on "Petulant Messiah"
Rick Valentin: Guitar solo on "Cop Knock"
Stephanie Vogt": Vocals on "Armies of the Mind" and Backup Vocals on "Parade of Deceit"

Toshi Kasai: Production, Engineering, Guitar, Backup Vocals, Percussion
Recorded November 9th, 2016 at Sound of Sirens
Mixed at Sound of Sirens in Late 2017 and Early 2018 by Toshi Kasai

Stephanie Vogt's Vocals recorded at Howl Street Recording by Shane Hochstetler, September 2017.

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Conan Neutron, Tony Ash and Dale Crover play rock music directly to your earholes. Featuring members of Replicator, MELVINS, Trophy Wives. Coliseum, and more.

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