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Echo Echo

by IAMX

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1.
The paradox of our minds Too much to believe, too much to deny You fool me again to quiet my pride But I’m a human, I come with knives I never promised you an open heart or charity I never wanted to abuse your imagination I come with knives I come with knives And agony I come with knives I come with knives To love you With agony Kinder und Sterne küssen und verlieren sich Greifen leise meine Hand und führen mich Die Traumgötter brachten mich in eine Landschaft Schmetterlinge flatterten durch meine Seele In der Mitternacht The monotony And the rising tide Is under my skin, is crawling inside Oh Adrenalin to rewire my mind I’m only human, I come with knives I never promised you an open heart or charity I never wanted to abuse your imagination I come with knives I come with knives And agony I come with knives I come with knives To love you With agony Kinder und Sterne küssen und verlieren sich Greifen leise meine Hand und führen mich Die Traumgötter brachten mich in eine Landschaft Schmetterlinge flatterten durch meine Seele In der Mitternacht
2.
Do you pay for your crimes? Does the punishment fit or drag your style to zero? You’re nothing till the weekend If you think that you’re the thrill Take a look at your life, you kneel before your heroes You’re nothing till the weekend Could you care for the blind? Tell me all in all they’re just your kind of zeros Something for the weekend And if you think that you can spell Make a list of the cunts you’d send to hell and send them Send them on the weekend Echo echo, I know it’s a sin to kiss and swallow Echo echo, a kick in your head to kill the hollow Do you fear and abide? Welcome the grip, open wide for anyone? Are you something for the weekend? Do you kiss and forget And swallow the cunts no tears no regrets just living, Living for the weekend? Echo echo, I know it’s a sin to kiss and swallow Echo echo, a kick in your head to kill the hollow Are you listening? Now, in the narrower sense Are you listening? I can hold you down By candlelight with indifference Let the comfort stop I love you on your right side It happens The promise is broken The reason is let go It happens Are you listening?
3.
Mercy – well I melt in the kiss by the words and the whispers you sing me Mercy – I’m frail in the kill by submission and will that you bring me Mercy – when I’m nothing but ego you slap me to let go and sleep free Now I sleep free You’re my toybox and my memories When I smell your skin you just make my whole world weep I’m at your feet Mercy Mercy – when the grey turns to black and the wave’s on my back you make me smile Mercy – it’s the trauma and martyr you crush into pleasure and downtime Mercy – it’s the shining of you that just breaks me in two like a lifeline You’re my lifeline I’m the idiot to your poetry And you burn and bleach everything and all I need Is at your feet Mercy Mercy – are the licks and the lips of temptation just tricks not for playing? Mercy – are you the camera suck gun slut to headphone fuck holes in my being? Mercy – are you everything which put the sex into bitch or just faking? Do you fake it? So I celebrate your chemistry If you bond with me, I could make your whole world sweet I’m on my knees Mercy
4.
(“In losing myself I find my true self. I am not alone in my feelings. Be brave. Fear is an illusion.”) (“Du bist meine Verbindung in eine andere Welt.”) (“I can see beauty and honesty. The world where black has become the color of triumph. A place where you can be understood as much as you would like to be understood.”) (“To recognize freedom is to gain it. It has allowed me to recognize my own freedom. And in the end, this is what each of us is really looking for.”) (“He’s my cathartic eidolon, my sonic messiah, a beacon of curative power to which I’m forever grateful.”) (“Facing the end of the world, some turn to God, others – cocaine and whores, I – to IAMX.”) (“After the darkest days of my life, the days of total ignorance and unawareness, you opened the world of happiness and heart seize for me. I’m sending you my love from Moscow.”) (“I remember what sorrow and joy are when I had forgotten what loving life felt like.”) (“Like a dance with an endless lover.”) (“It simply makes me feel cooler.”) I salute you Christopher I salute your life How you played the dice Your words will live in us Timelessly insane Explosive, fresh and wise Some may just forget Some may close their eyes Some may turn the tide I salute you Christopher Whiskey raised and downed You risked and you took the crown Console yourselves That a scientific death is better than a fairy tale Of the eternal life Control yourselves ’cause the man in the sky is a tyrant and a lonely psychopath Dreamed up to steal your minds (“The lyrics and music express my deep inner feelings and thoughts.”) (“Self-expression and the celebration of individuality. It is a place for likeminded eccentrics to co-exist.”) A horseman on a trial A brilliant gentle wreck With a brutal mouth for press No submit, no compromise Saint Christopher of the truth And a destroyer of smoke screens and threats They will learn to see in time They will think before they refuse The civilisation rules I salute you Christopher I declare you as our king Or queen, depending on your mood Console yourselves That a scientific death is better than a fairy tale Of the eternal life Control yourselves ’cause the man in the sky is a tyrant and a lonely psychopath Dreamed up to steal your minds (“It’s how I feel.”) (“A sense of tribe. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone in ways I never imagined.”) (“A luminous embodiment of exquisite beauty empowers the mind, ignites my spirit with possibilities.”) Console yourselves That a scientific death is better than a fairy tale Of the eternal life Control yourselves ’cause the man in the sky is a tyrant and a lonely psychopath Dreamed up to steal your minds (“I remember my biggest fear, my biggest challenge. You gave me my superpower. And now I feel beautiful.”) (“It’s helped me claw my way out of a four year depression, without which I think I would have felt quite lost.”) (“It is my escape. It’s what grounds me. It’s my tribe. And it’s my lifeline.”)
5.
I’ve got a big house I’ve got a fast car I believe, I am free I’m a good citizen Proud of my children I love my wife I love my life But something isn’t sitting right Something wakes me up at night The background noise My government respects me My gun is my security My wealth accounts My loyalty counts I abide by society I give to charity I turn to faith when I cannot explain
6.
You walked into the world As a super human boy and girl In the blinking of your eyes I was born and sold by your manifesto It’s a cruel world for small things But with lies and luxuries In the in-between You can be happy You put me in a cage In the daily maze of flesh and rage But I will follow every truth I won’t let you go I want every tomorrow And now I am afraid You will blossom soon and grow and change There is so much I can’t take But I will understand I will open my hand You can be happy There’s an open window And I can go through Into the life of others There’s nothing I can’t do
7.
You and me in our playhouse Living in a veil We never need to go without Memories bring no joy or peace We are alone And all we need Tuning out of the poison Every waking day Intolerance to overcome Fortunes won by the boys with the guns We are alone Nowhere to run Bernadette You are my liberty I celebrate the day That you changed my history Life and death Will always lead you into love and regret But you have answers And I have the key For the door to Bernadette Winding down our emotions Family and friends Becoming ghosts to dream of and pass on Time will erase every face every name We are alone No-one to blame Bernadette You are my liberty I celebrate the day That you changed my history Life and death Will always lead you into love and regret But you have answers And I have the key For the door to Bernadette
8.
And if you’re hurting, I will replace the noise with silence instead Flushing out your head If you like it violent We can play rough and tumble, fall into bed And I won’t breathe so you can recover When you’re in pieces Just follow the echo of my voice, it’s okay Tune into that frequency Don’t fight your reflex Embrace the instict you can feel your way Through the burden we face in the end ’cause it breaks my heart That we live this way I know people need love But people never play the game And we talk the talk We communicate But then people need love And those people never play the game Pleasure for pleasure A tease is consequence enough for a fall But I know you love to take the risk The past is weakness Don’t beg the question when the answer is war There are moments when I’m overcome ’cause it breaks my heart That we live this way I know people need love But people never play the game And we talk the talk We communicate But then people need love And those people never play the game And it breaks my heart People need love
9.
The day is incomplete The thoughts of total defeat I don’t know what is happening to me Or if I’ll die ‘cause I just never sleep You awoke into my night You could see the madness in my eyes I’ve lost control please save me from myself My conscience begs for time But you can’t fight the clock ticking inside I’m just a bigger baby me Acting smart, oh what irony Where will I end up tonight? Getting fucked or frying my mind? I’ve lost control please save me from myself Calm me down with your caress I’ll get off while I watch you undress Maybe the sex will help me to forget A precious transience, schizophrenic bliss Oh my god you’re beautiful Why do you stay with this neurotic fool?
10.
Here am I The divided self My head spinning like a carousel The world outside may still be beautiful But I love this cell Come over You are still sane I could give you just a little brawn if you give me a little brains It’s a mess in here, I’ve been drinking Myself blind again My legs are numb, I just can’t get up Will you stay through the theatre Of my self-pity, my lechery? I’m waiting for your guiding light to bring me back To the power and the glory Send messages Old suggestive shit I know that it will catch me up, but I just can’t help it There’s an emptiness in my core It’s embarrassing Reel me in Yes I will confess I’m numb and I don’t give a fuck ‘cause it’s all just surface Why can’t you and I just let go And take all the risks?
11.
Checking my heart again It’s still beating Grayer than winter days The clouds in my head All my life I’ve been changing lanes I’m so bored of taking my chances Of making mistakes Now I need to surrender Oh I want to surrender Years in a concrete box TV, vodka shots Breaking my knees on stage Repeat and get up again All my life I’ve been changing lanes I’m so bored of taking my chances Of making mistakes Now I need to surrender Oh I want to surrender Freaks are dying Where did we go Berlin?

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Acoustic versions of IAMX songs, performed by Chris using his voice, an acoustic guitar and some effect pedals.

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released March 13, 2020

All songs written by Chris Corner
All songs created by Chris Corner on acoustic guitar and vocals
All songs performed by Chris Corner
Additional bass on 'I Come With Knives' Performed by David Bottrill
Voices on 'I Salute You Christopher' provided by our eternally loving Patrons

All songs produced by David Bottrill & Chris Corner
All songs engineered and mixed by David Bottrill
Except 'You Can Be Happy', 'Spit It Out', & 'Insomnia' engineered and mixed by Chris Corner
Studio assistance by Janine Gezang
Mix preparation by Ryan McCambridge

Management by Adam Elfin for Archangel Management
Art direction and design by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature, Inc.
Photography by Saryn Christina

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Machinate arrives 19 November, 2021.

Chris Corner's prolific solo project. Originally founded in 2002 as a departure from Sneaker Pimps, IAMX is known for electronic experimentation, punk energy, and confessional lyricism. Learn more at the links below. ... more

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