Which One Is The Robot?

by Mannequin City

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released December 18, 2011

All music and lyrics written and performed by Matt Roberge. Drum programming by Justin Shea.

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Mannequin City Portland, Maine

After many delays in the recording process, the final touches were finished on Mannequin City’s debut full-length “Which One Is The Robot?”, which saw its release on December 18th, 2011. Two days later, on December 20th, a re-release of Mannequin City’s first EP was debuted. The new version features a fresh mix with newly recorded drums and bass guitar, a new final master, and a bonus track. ... more

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Track Name: Admiral
Press your hand against the glass
It slowly pushes through
Keep in time with abandoned friends
There's nothing on the line
Never a waste of time

Congratulations you fit the profile
You're a match
We've been looking for someone like you
To fill the position

Don't let them know where you live
They'll take you in your sleep
Nothing's better than a high school dance
Repeating catch phrases you read in newspapers

Congratulations you fit the profile
You're a match
We've been looking for someone like you
To fill the position

I'm less than undesirable
But I'm all you have
To lead you into the trap

Congratulations you fit the profile
You're a match
We've been looking for someone like you
To fill the position
Track Name: Hidden Agenda Lending Company
I carved a socket into my head
Can you plug in a lamp
I'm more than half electric
I'm barely conscious of that very fact

You're calling in sick
And now the company's pissed
They're gonna send some goons over
To check on you

Power grids and land lines
All tangled into one big jumbled mess
Take me back to the landslide
Once I was someone but now I'm someone else

You're calling in sick
And now the company's pissed
They're gonna send some goons over
To check on you

They may even take some money back from you

You're calling in sick
And now the company's pissed
They're gonna send some goons over
To check on you

The only thing we have to fear is everything
Is everything
If we don't wipe each other off this cursed rock
It'll be a miracle

The only thing we have to fear is everything
Is everything
If we don't wipe each other off this cursed rock
It'll be a miracle
The only thing we have to fear is everything
Is everything
If we don't wipe each other off this cursed rock
It'll be a miracle
Track Name: Big Business Eats Small Business
Save yourself for a mystery
Giants stepping all over me (I'm history)
Change your hair from brunette to gold
Turns out that you were bought and sold (but now you're old)

Stake out then take out
The mom and pop operation
Cut loose the dead weight
To save the company

Find out about your secret past
Sell out yourself to have a laugh (yeah it's a blast)
Kill off all of the smaller dogs
Hide the bodies in the backyard (and be honored)

Stake out then take out
The mom and pop operation
Cut loose the dead weight
To save the company

I don't know but I don't care I don't dare
I don't know but
I don't know but I don't care I don't dare
I don't know but I don't know but

Save yourself for a mystery
Giants stepping all over me (I'm history)
Change your hair from brunette to gold
Turns out that you were bought and sold (but now you're old)

Stake out then take out
The mom and pop operation
Cut loose the dead weight
To save the company
Track Name: Words In A Eulogy
The glass looks like a face
It blinks it laughs it dies

I thought you'd never leave

The scene's been ripped in two
It makes our shoulders burn
There's no newspapers left

I thought you'd never leave
I'm hiding under your bed

I'm hiding under your bed
Track Name: The Prettiest Girl In Fast Food
I made up a story that even I could not follow
There were far too many of those plot holes
It started to look more like the naked truth
The main character was you

I messed up and stayed in one place for far too long
Now I'm stuck at my dead end job

Do me a favor
Kill yourself tonight
Do me a solid
Make me feel just right

He stole my bag
It had all of my books in it
He had his own
I'm not sure why he took mine

Do me a solid
Make me feel just right
Do me a favor
Kill yourself tonight

Do me a favor
Make me feel just right

I hate that you stare at me
But I never stare back
You watched as your world collapsed
In front of you and you still went back

The robot the human
That cut through the program
That swam through the ocean
That took over the plan
The fire the water
That burnt all the forests
That drowned all the currents
That destroyed the children
The jungle the desert
That clung to the surface
I tell you it's worthless
We do not deserve it
The bow and the arrow
The axe and the hammer
Were sent to the gallows
Where it's dark and shallow
Track Name: Dave Hates The Shelves
I grew up in the ocean red handed
I'm trapped beneath the surface the waves clashed

This is a pre-packaged nightmare

Make sure every feather's in its place

Soon we will resemble statues
Posing for all of the pigeons

We are so special in every way

Soon we will resemble statues

Make sure every feather's in its place

Nothing says respect me like high heels
A gentle touch of plastic accents
Thrown behind the back seat of her car
Mixed into the mountains of garbage

You talk enough for the both of us
I wish you'd shut up
When I grow up I'll be a computer
Or maybe a dog
I thought I saw her ghost in the hall
Now I'm wide awake
Forever stalked by the afterlife
A fraud's perfect soul
Track Name: Ghost Ocean
Please help me out so I don't end up like Gene
Alone with a gun
Shaky hands can't operate on Monday's routines
And nine-year-old girls

We shake the earth
Brushing off the dust off of the dirt
We cloud your eyes
In time your mind will justify mine

The family kept his death a secret from all his friends
None were invited

We shake the earth
Brushing off the dust off of the dirt
We cloud your eyes
In time your mind will justify mine

They fired him on the eve of Christmas Day
With no pay and he just bought a brand new home
'Twas hopeless he'd been doomed with lips upon glass
We loved him but we missed the funeral

Please help me out so I don't end up like Gene
Alone with a gun
Shaky hands can't operate on Monday's routines
And nine-year-old girls

We shake the earth
Brushing off the dust off of the dirt
We cloud your eyes
In time your mind will justify mine

'Twas hopeless he'd been doomed with lips upon glass
We loved him but we missed the funeral
Track Name: Mannequin City
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Lowest Common Denominator
I just want to know
Which one is the robot
Which one is alive
Which is not
I just want to know
Which one is the robot
Which one is alive
Which is not

And we stroke the sand
And we slither and we shiver
Into the promised land
I'll forgive her I'm a giver
And we survive for hours
And years of frozen frigid shoulders
At war with a gray wolf
Hunting often as a small man

I just want to know
Which one is the robot
Which one is alive
Which is not

And we stroke the sand
And we slither and we shiver
Into the promised land
I'll forgive her I'm a giver
And we survive for hours
And years of frozen frigid shoulders
At war with a gray wolf
Hunting often as a small man

(You are arrested. Please submit.)

I just want to know
Which one is the robot
Which one is alive
Which is not

And we stroke the sand
And we slither and we shiver
Into the promised land
I'll forgive her I'm a giver
And we survive for hours
And years of frozen frigid shoulders
At war with a gray wolf
Hunting often as a small man

(Those remaining inside Frank Ogawa Plaza: you are arrested. Please submit. You are arrested. Please submit.)
Track Name: Coffee Drinkers
Can't you feel my teeth bleeding
Ingesting nerve-endings and it's never ending
Tides may come and wash away this feeling
Life is being and never fleeting
Choices choose and wilt the rose
I watch grow and grew beneath the road
Clothe the babe and eat the mule
Still twitching to the rhythm of motion sickness

The floor is covered in bird seed and hair
No matter how much you sweep you keep finding more
You got an automatic attitude but you're always looking good
I told you it could take us weeks to give you all that you deserve

I'm such a brain no skull on earth supports it
Can't keep my head above the surface
Baked beneath your stupid sun
I'm burning slowly cooking the world still turns

Whatever this is I want it
Whatever this is I need it
Whatever this is I own it
Whatever this is it owns me
Whatever this is I want it
Whatever this is I need it
Whatever this is I own it
Whatever this is it owns me
Whatever this is I want it
Whatever this is I need it
Whatever this is I own it
Whatever this is it owns me
Whatever this is I want it
Whatever this is I need it
Whatever this is I own it
Whatever this is it owns me