Pre​-​Echoes for the Postmodern

by Michelle Lynn

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Michelle emerged from a yearlong sabbatical in Austin, TX with a visionary new album entitled Pre-Echoes for the Postmodern.

While Inspire(d) Magazine was “impressed by the depth and experience of [the] lyrics” on Hospital Radio, her previous album, Pre-Echoes for the Postmodern rises to new heights on the wings of lines like: “A life sentence to a lovely déjà vu. At least I have you caught in my feedback loop” (from the intricately arranged Feedback); "In the mean time, in the in between time, may you find time is now" (from the Latin-tinged Ouroboros); “Death by fear is killing my spirit here. With storms ahead, suddenly it's clear: Tomorrow still comes around here.” (from Death by Fear, an alt-rock collaboration with Brahman Shaman).

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released December 29, 2009

Engineered & Mixed by Adam Ptacek & Michelle Lynn
at MLM Studio in La Crescent, MN / Austin, TX.
Post-Production and Mastering by Matt Olson
at Ghost in My House Studios.

"Death By Fear" music written, performed, recorded, engineered & mixed by Matt Olson at Ghost in My House Studio.

Drums on "Desert Flood" recorded and performed by Matt Olson at Ghost in My House Studio

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Track Name: Feedback
I could really use my disappearing act right now
Instead I’ll wear this smile unless it wears you out
You and I speed straight through these towns
Like all roads are leading out

You know I have things I don’t talk about
You’re the one who understands
What I’m trying to do here now
A little too far in to clearly see out
A little too far out to shut this thing down

(Refrain)
And now it seems like no matter what I do
The only way out is through
A life sentence to a lovely déjà vu
At least I have you caught in my feedback loop

When you look at me
You don’t look like you’re wasting time
They say don’t waste your breath
But I like wasting mine
I know it’s easier not to try
Like how one time I thought it was easy to die
Then you do not have to strive to justify to the who’s
The how’s when’s where’s and why’s

(refrain)

We have all we need to continue on
Won’t get it right until we realize
Cant get it wrong
For every solution they say there is none
For every solution
Is there a new problem

(refrain)

I knew I should get off that ride
Before it stopped being fun
And now I’m ready to get back on
Track Name: Synchronicities at Random
Lately I get a feeling I am waiting for something
But nothing in particular is waiting for me
Quietly but quickly coming you redefine my reality

Another friend I didn’t plan on
Synchronicities at random
I’ll never say I’ve seen it all
But I hope to so I can die with a yawn

As I calm this nervous twitch
My ever present traveling itch
On the search for the perfect conscience
A new light to cross my DNA with
Golden ratio measurements
But they don’t flow everything’s going metric

Another glitch we didn’t plan on
Synchronicities at random
I’ll never say I’ve seen it all
But I hope to so I can die with a yawn

I would trade everything magical in for one thing mystical
Street lady with a crystal ball sticking pins into the head of a doll
Says hold out your palm I’ll read you well cuz they can’t read you at all

Another guide I didn’t plan on
Synchronicities at random
Don’t ever say you’ve seen it all
But when you do remember to stay calm

Rivers wind from an untraceable source
Stars in orbit seem to find their course
When I get lost not a lost cause
Can’t get back the way it was

Life is complicated life is hard
Some get bitter some get bored
While others get even
Others get even more

Astronomical observations are being made in the Vatican
Loopholes are connecting the spiritual and profane intersecting
We coexist or we vanish
We coexist or we vanish
Track Name: Desert Flood
I need someone to help me through this
Where is the gospel according to Judas
I admit it I did it
My helpful mind made angel
And your deceitful man made devil
Are they one
I see no difference
Once you see through the mirage
Does it get easier to focus
Maybe I should take a walk outside
Maybe I should take a look inside
To exist transparent
But these days they have me so afraid of my own honesty
Do I offend you
I sure don’t mean to
If I hold it in I’ll turn colors for you
My cultural chameleon is shining through

(refrain)
Desert flood nature I trust
Is just seeking delicate balance
Desert flood lick my dust
Why when you come
Do you come all at once

In a wave of exhaustion I crashed and burned
Onto your shores darling where I finally learned
Grasping is clinging
And every undercover wreck
Eventually drowns in their own torment
Saturated or elevated
With all the flaura and fauna in bloom
In the beauty of a funeral flower
I saw youth

(refrain)

Where is the gage for sensitivity
If they teach us to measure our worth by degrees
You’re all knowing but overflowing
With all of these technological means of quick communicating
I need some sacred mediums
Knowledge is one salvation
Where revelations become realizations
Until I am one with oblivion
In the desert
Track Name: Ether
Waking up alarmed by an unset clock
Waiting our whole lives to put this off
Last minute translation for transition
All interpretation
Are we out of our element trying to thing in future tense
Some say all is fifty-fifty chance
Either it will or it won’t happen

Earth on fire over wind or water
Where is this ether

Many will distort what they reveal
As well as others hide what they conceal
Still life scenes are still surreal
At the closing of their deals

Earth on fire over wind or water
Where is this ether
What if all the elements bleed into one
And they try to tell us it’s just friction
What if all the elements bleed into one
And it’s so efficient they cover it up

As we’re about to run out of road
And pay for it as we go
Changes here disguised as growth
Moving backwards when moving back and forth
Changes here disguised as growth
Moving backwards when moving back and forth

Where is this ether
What if all the elements bleed into one
And they try to tell us it’s just friction
What if all the elements bleed into one
And it’s so efficient they cover it up
Track Name: Badge of Pain
I have nothing new to say to anybody
When I’m trying to say what I wish somebody told me
Bad luck is no excuse for all these bad habits
Do you think it’s only happened to you
Where’s your perspective
Looking back I knew exactly what you were saying
But not the backhanded way you were saying it to me
You thought nobody would find out
You thought nobody would see, well
Nobody is just somebody like me
And I refuse to participate in your competitive games
I hope we take what comes our way and handle it with grace

Indeed it takes tragedy to teach you who you are
But I have no respect when you try to play it like your trump card
As you redundantly speak with bold raw confidence
About the ways you’ve been wronged when others just sit silent
Does it make you mad you’re not the only one who had it bad
Why does it make you sad? The future is more real than the past
And the meaning you attach is always greater than the actual event
Leverage is knowing what you have but not using it

So the next time you pull out your badge of pain for all to see
I’ll gladly bow out of these contests for sympathy
I’ll gladly bow out
I think I’ve won my peace
For now
For now
I think I’ve won my peace
Track Name: Death By Fear
Preliminary panic feeds hypochondriacs
I live on high alert I don’t live for the aftermath
And it’s making me sick we make ourselves sick
Heads left to spin on a lonely axis
Before I become your new statistic
I’d like to join the dead serious poets
If I stare at the wall long enough like that
Maybe the wall will start staring back
As media holds the mirror of public opinion
Because they like animals attacking their own reflection
I mixed up the head count with the body count
Can I drink the water now
Why are those planes leaving clouds

Death by fear is killing my spirit here
With storms ahead suddenly it’s clear
Tomorrow still comes around here
Tomorrow still comes around here
Death by fear

If you take an emergency and renew it periodically
Is there any room to breathe the life back into me
With all this weaponry there’s four pound of dynamite
For every man woman and child alive
This planet could be blown up nine times over
If the right dominos fall in the correct order
That’s how the west was won
And now the rest is gone
If western civilization thrives on intimidation

Death by fear is killing my spirit here
With storms ahead suddenly it’s clear
Tomorrow never comes around here
Tomorrow never comes around here
Death by fear
Track Name: Multiverse
If I am nothing more than some animated matter
Why pick me apart lets put this thing together
Nobody sees every side to anybody
Around here we try with chemistry with symmetry
Our language speaks it’s energy
When I think of it does it think in me
Are we creating or revealing

Stream of consciousness drain the life out of me
I’m having that dream where we go without sleep
I seep through your pores every open door
Gets me out of my head and back into yours
Where the world is a metaphor
Our minds created to explore

Its coming through us in leaps and bounds
When I don’t open up it shuts me down
Examination at the medicine wheel
Free association vivid detail
How close to close is close enough
We make our love but why make it about us

Stream of consciousness drain the life out of me
I’m having that dream where we go without sleep
I seep through your pores every open door
Gets me out of my head and back into yours
Where the world is a metaphor
Our minds created to explore

If I am nothing more than some chemical reactions
Push my buttons lets see what happens

Can experiments read the mind of god
The god of your choice in an equation
And with a theory of everything
Would there be exploring or exploiting
How many shades of grey will we need
To paint a psychedelic picture merging these frames of mind
Where memories bleed in black and white show me an inbetween

Stream of consciousness drain the life out of me
I’m having that dream where we go without sleep
I seep through your pores every open door
Gets me out of my head and back into yours
Where the world is a metaphor and nothing more

Shhhh don’t interrupt my cell cycles with the toxic and artificial
The invisible divisible atom is at our disposal
As we discard modern discipline cuz it looks like eventual ruin
Can I embrace your compassion effortless effort in every motion
Stream of consciousness drain the life out of me
Track Name: Ouroboros
What I don’t offer you today
Will you take tomorrow anyway
I’m the shape-shifter you say
You’re the navigator let’s trade

Nice to see you again old friend
Tossing and turning the same things up again
Every sign will exist none as a sign of weakness

In the meantime in the in between time
May you find time is now

All my sacrifice is not in vain
Is there a hole where your heart used to be
I’ll fill it in with simplicity
Your scarcity my charity
Transcending opposites
Like a father sun and mother galaxy reunited
To fly above all there is
Diving deep into it

In the meantime in the in between time
May you find time is now

You could have read the book of life in my eyes
Instead you had your own gold to mine
Humble me until I’m on my knees
Please don’t mistake it for praying
Humble me until I’m on my knees
And we’ll see whose begging

In the meantime in the in between time
May you find time is now

Take it from me Can’t take it with you
Take it from me Can’t take it with you
Take it from me and leave my home alone
Track Name: Changes in Venus
They put me in a box so I can corner you
Corner me when you need a change in view
Our bodies like prison glass they let us see through
You’ll slip me something good won’t you
I don’t need anything anymore except space
A little more room for a new fall from grace
I see a little of myself in your face
Can you walk by a mirror without looking at yourself sideways

Maybe in us we see changes in Venus
Sister why must they pit ourselves again us

Why would I want to stick out if I am stuck
It gets me down we get so hung up
Inside the petty and frivolous
all drama climaxes into a mind fuck

Maybe in us we see changes in venus
Sister why must they pit ourselves against us
Following phases mixed with the solar system

Why use self-destructive self-medication
To numb the excess in this civilization
Now self-deprivation is used like confidence
And cat-calls confused as compliments

Maybe in us we see changes in Venus
Sister why must they pit ourselves against us
Following phases mixed with the solar system

It would be oh so easy to sit and play along
In a play where it’s our part to play dead or play dumb
But I prefer the examples of women
Who dream the thoughts of history
With one eye open
Track Name: Beyond
More is going on here than we can see
Gather your resources we are participating
In a quite unique time in human history
It’s no longer about you it never was about me

Have we evolved beyond

Strange the questions of modern science
Are being searched for in cultures deceased and ancient
With their numbers and calculations did they pre-echo
Our current situation

Have we evolved beyond what we’re capable of

Personal and political piling of defenses
It’s incredible the inevitable consequences
Of failing to pay attention
Young minds increasingly hyperactive make the connections
As human history pushes harder to go a little bit further
We may find we hit the wall faster and wake up
Like clock work going through the motions
or like robots in mental starvation
don’t let the details become the distraction
don’t let them turn your passion into a possession

Beyond what we’re capable of
Have we evolved to become our own problem we now must solve

Get back to basics reach ascension
Bridge the distance between knowledge and wisdom
As human rights activists tell this ethical dilemma
How are we treating future generations

Have we evolved beyond what we’re capable of
Have we evolved to become our own problem we now must solve
Have we evolved at all
Track Name: Don't Buy Me Money
I was getting pretty good with numbers and
Still felt bad on a scale from one to ten
So I looked into some wise old philosophies
Did they all say one thing

Don’t buy me money if it looks like debt
Don’t buy me a lot of things if I don’t need them
This isn’t human, it’s not even humane
Some pay their dues in a different way

Maybe if Jesus owned the world bank
He’d have enough reason to quit holidays
With all the nick nack patty wack crap in the way
Would he stop and say

Hey don’t buy me money if it looks like debt
Don’t buy me a lot of shit if I don’t need it
With the lengths we go to stretch beyond our means
I see an ego surplus and arguing

If I don’t stimulate the economy
Am I a bad citizen? am I a commie?
Soon enough you’ll have to piss in a cup
Before they let you sing songs
Or let your mouth open up

Don’t buy me money if it looks like debt
Don’t buy me a lot of things
I really don’t need them
This society could take years off my life
Other than that I do not feel deprived
Track Name: Hijacked Light
Things are looking up and I’m by your side
Watch the moon shine through the power lines
Two of a kind only hijacked light
The sun the source around we go
As above so below
We wax we wane we whine we blame
We disappear and reappear as much over there as over here
We have the world at our feet
Lets not turn it into concrete

I used to find myself in the meadow
Can’t get centered inside a ghetto
Are the effigies my home
I’m coming back and I am my own

I remember thinking what are we thinking
Nothing adding up adds up to nothing
Self activate me self motivate me
I’ll listen hard I’ll listen fast
A time to think a time to act
Don’t need a preacher Don’t need a teacher
Don’t need a speaker Not even a leader
Show me someone who knows how to be here
Knows how to be here and does it well
No need to inflate nor degrade the self
Cuz this is right now we’re alright now
Show me how you dream outloud
This is right now we’re alright now
Prodigal daughters and bastard child saints
Well on their way to the next phase

I used to find myself in the meadow
Can’t get centered inside the ghetto
Are the effigies my home
I’m coming back and I am my own
Track Name: The Night Shift
Our studies like most studies have shown
The greatest disagreements happen when nobody knows
The rules have changed so must the game
This place has changed and we’re changing place

Has the world been turned upside down
So many times we think it’s right side up right now
What comes from within can go without
As this whole thing shifts are you coming around

Any omnipresent sympathetic being
Knows you can look at something twice
And not know what you are seeing
Something is broken in our depth perception
We’ve got it down to an inexact science

Has the world been turned upside down
So many times we think it’s right side up right now
What comes from within can go without
As they come in shifts are you coming around

My studies like your studies have shown
What sent the world spinning can spin out of control

What kind of facts are we dealing with
As the subconscious comes to the surface
A slow division of the masses
Explain highly unlikely yes

Take it into your head or take it into your hands
And keep making plans