Cat Selfie Generation

by Adrian Morse

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For John Candy.

_Cat Selfie Generation_ contains songs cut from projects dating 2011-2016 that were reimagined as electronic music and programmed into my phone, the end.

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releases October 20, 2017

Written by Adrian and played by robots inside a phone. Pretty Misery Music© 2017.

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Adrian Morse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based out of Philadelphia, Adrian is classically trained in composing for computers and a self-taught destroyer of stringed instruments. He is a veteran of countless musical missteps, unrealized bands, and aborted projects. His latest releases include a solo acoustic EP of (mostly) covers and the power pop band Readership. ... more

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Track Name: Artificial Heart
I haven't been taking the medicine but I've been going to bed early
And sometimes sleeping all day
I talk to myself so the quiet can't rest, I'll say anything to fill the emptiness

And I'm just the same and you always knew
I can be brilliant and disappointing too

I've been recycling lines when I don't know what to say
I've been going to bed early and sometimes sleeping all day
I sing for myself in a quiet campaign and when it comes to sad songs I'll sing anything

I've been throwing out clothes
I've been burning pages
I’ve been wrestling fixations
I’ve been making donations
Don’t feel sorry for me ‘cause I don’t feel anything
Don’t feel sorry for me ‘cause I don’t feel anything

I haven’t been taking the medicine, but I’ve been going to bed early
And sometimes sleeping all day
And sometimes sleeping all day

I sleep it off
Track Name: Punch-drunk & Blue
I don’t know if it’s some kind of psychosis
Maybe it all started with Moses
Maybe it’s dashed hopes and broken dreams
Maybe it’s not seeing myself

In the pages of
In the pages of
In the pages of
In the pages of magazines

Maybe I'm lacking convictions and piety
And that's why it all feels so garden variety
One week fresh daisies, the next wilted roses
Maybe it all started with Moses

I finally feel my age
And everything they say is true
Waking up at 3am
Punch-drunk, punch-drunk, and blue

Could be I'm damaged or just resigned
Maybe I'm difficult by design
Maybe I'm a cynical bitch
And everyone knows I'm just

I’m just full of it
I’m just full of it
I’m just full of it
I’m just full of it
Track Name: Lies & Smiles
Lies and smiles
Lies and smiles
Lies and smiles
Lies and smiles

And I will eat my words
When I’m not myself
And I will eat my words
Birds fly out of my mouth
Track Name: Wildflowers
Shedding all our skin
Breaking all our bones
Collecting all our things
Humming and whistling
Build a pyre on your lawn
Gather ‘round to watch the flames burn on and on and on

Seen it all before (These things don't change)
Seen it all before (In books and magazines)
Seen it all before (These things don’t change)
On TV sets and banner ads and billboards and parking lots, in city lights, on airport walkway floors

No one’s gonna come
No one’s gonna call
Hold whoever’s close to you
Light the match and burn it all

We might have seen a light
We’re coming up to the end
We might have seen a light
Good things are coming ‘round the bend
Track Name: Black Eyes
I'll be at your door with one bright smile and two black eyes
You've known the whole time but you'll feign surprise
Don't act surprised, don't act so surprised

Why do they find me cold and hard
Like I’d fall in love with an empty bar?
Like I’d fall in love with an empty bar?

And at every turn, you find allegory
Well, we could go all night until morning
Or we could go all night (and see if we can’t outrun morning)

I'll be at your door with one bright smile and two black eyes
You've known the whole time but you'll feign surprise
Don't act surprised, don't act so surprised

And I’ll be in your arms with one bright smile and two wide eyes
You've known the whole time but you're still surprised
Don't act surprised, don't act so surprised
Track Name: Empty Now
I was on the tarmac when the light went on:
What you said as I leaving was meant to move us along

You poured your heart out, it's empty now

There’s nothing left in New York, it’s all used up
Always shame or circumstance or just bad luck

I poured my heart out, it’s empty now

And so I sing it with a vengeance and a smile on my face
While I’m swallowing my conscience, choking down that bitter taste

We poured our hearts out, they’re empty now

We'll always be outcasts here
The closer we get, the bigger the fear
And no one understands, but I do
And I know they'd make a mockery of me and you
But they're not looking in our eyes
They just can't see the glow inside

They poured their hearts out, they’re empty now
Track Name: Light Pollution
Goodnight, Eileen, wherever you are
I can hide my face, but it's written in the stars
The past is never dead, it’s not even past
Past is past and past is prologue moving in a flash

I know there is some light that we can’t avoid
It's so hard to find the signal embedded in the noise
The past is never dead, it’s not even past
Past is past and these are our lives burning out so fast

Drawing X’s on, drawing X’s on
Drawing X’s on our eyes
Track Name: Sea of Stars
I studied the techniques
Spent years and years at sea
Worked under the masters
Learned every ounce of the craft
Then I burned the maps and charts
It’s dead reckoning straight to your heart

I cast the widest net
I embrace the elements
To chase a sea of stars

But all these years at sea
I think they might have hardened me
Still, you give me a kind of joy
Where something sinister should be


A broken compass, a smashed chronometer
A pile of ashes where directions once were
A broken compass, only the light of the moon
To follow you

A place without a place
Floating through time and space
Given over into infinity
Port to port, tack to tack, imagining

I cast the widest net
I kiss the firmament
To chase my sea of stars
Track Name: Purse
I had a dream I was a bicycle
You rode me everywhere
And we perplexed the passerby
Just open mouths and stares
But when you rang my bell
Applause would fill the air

If I were a ghost
I’d haunt you like a curse
Just to say I love you
In the fucked up sense that we deserve
But if I ever had the chance
You know I’d probably lose my nerve

Let go of my hand
I’ll sink until the end
Let go of my hand
Just let go...

And then there was a shark cage
But who would be a shark?
You’ve always been a biter
I thought that was a lark
And not about survival
I might have misjudged from the start

You’ll make a beautiful mermaid
A maiden fair
Whether sunning on the shelf
Or curled up in an octopus’ lair
Anywhere
These are just things I think about...