Technological Advances

by Durango

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INT. BOARDROOM COMMITTEE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HUMANKIND A chairwoman is in front of a table surrounded by 5 men in suits. CHAIRWOMAN We cannot possibly give any more time and money to contribute to this man's...bastardization of science. It's just absurd on all counts. GUY 1 So what are you suggesting? CHAIRWOMAN I'm suggesting we cut all the funding to this lunatic's research and continue to develop radiation tablets for the forthcoming...Apocalypse. GUY 2 Hold on we aren't even positive that it's going to effect us. CHAIRWOMAN All signs point to a sun flare within the next ten years that will send enough radiation to the Earth to poison half of our inhabitants and destroy the rest.† Developing a radiation supplement now can save at least half of mankind. Enter scientist tripping over briefcase. SCIENTIST Sorry I'm late, I was working late on the project. CHAIRWOMAN What project, we've given you a gracious budget to develop your solution to our impending doom, and all you have to show for it is a handful of meaningless research and a complete disregard for alarm clocks and this whole committee. SCIENTIST But I've made a breakthrough, I'm only late because I was perfecting a device that will take over our search, a device that will save countless human lives and discover hospitable locations across the galaxy! GUY 2 The Galaxy! Sir you were given funding to create hospitable locations across the globe, not find them around the galaxy! SCIENTIST Yes, I know, but I've created what could be key to solving all of our problems, the shortage of fossil fuels, overpopulation, our toll on the Earth, as well as radiation. CHAIRWOMAN I think this is enough to prove my point. This man should be committed rather than given any more of our time or resources. GUY 3 Let him speak, we've already given him plenty of funding and resources, we should at least see where that's gotten us. SCIENTIST Thank you sir, I appreciate your faith in me. GUY 3 I have no faith in you! I told this committee to kick you to the curb at the beginning, I just want them to see all the funding we've†† wasted. GUY 4 Quiet! We gave him the floor, now let him explain. SCIENTIST Well essentially what I've created is a person on all counts. GUY 1 Ha! My wife made six, why don't you get to the point. SCIENTIST The point is, he's a sentient being that can float through the galaxy for hundreds of years. GUY 4 So you've made a robot that thinks like a person. SCIENTIST Exactly. GUY 4 So it seems strides have been made. CHAIRWOMAN Strides? We commissioned him to create safe havens around the world, not...dick around in space! GUY 3 She has a point he's completely ignored what he was given funding for. SCIENTIST In order to save the planet! Digging through briefcase. I'll have him up and running tonight, and you can see this miracle of science! CHAIRWOMAN Well show us something now! SCIENTIST (Still digging through briefcase) I'm trying it just seems I've...left my notes at home... CHAIRWOMAN Sir the only miracle here is the fact that you can even put on your shoes in the morning. GUY 1-5 (laughing) GUY 1 It's decided then, we'll cut funding from this failure and redisperse it amongst the radiation division of our research group? † SCIENTIST But we could save the whole planet! CHAIRWOMAN It's too late for that. I believe we're done here...(looks around the room. No one moves) Good day doctor, better hope you're in the lucky half...
How can you do this to me? One more day and I'd be ready. The countless nights spent all for nothing. You have no patience That I can see will be your downfall. Your bad call will end our society. And when it breaks, Don't come crying to me, This botched opportunity For as long as I should Be breathing, He'll be leaving tonight I'm right You'll never make It out alive. You'll go down with the sunlight. Your only chance Is leaving. As soon as I hit this switch, We'll see This test of faith you never had in me. We know what we know. We have what we have. We know we have nothing. I know what we know. I know what we have. I know we are nothing.
Something cold, Something piercing in my brain. Something feels so new, (I) Struggle to convince myself I'm sane. Something striking, The thoughts they develop so slowly. Something powers up inside me. Breeding some new sort of lonely I wonder, can I faulter from this program that controls me. Concious of the fact that my existence is unholy. Emotion takes control but I know where it's conscience lives. Can you actually feel anything when you know where its process is? Can I keep my course? It's laid out in this programming. Something in my brain is spamming signals to my body. Latching on to existence The knowlege comes at once. The history of everything Colliding in my thoughts. This job requested of me Save the human race, I can see the past of everyone I've never seen A face. But I'll try I'll try To accomplish what you ask I have no reason not to While alone, deprived and floating weightless...
Homefront 00:39
As most of you are now aware, the world is in a state of emergency. The Earth's top scientists are in agreement, that there will soon be an influx of radiation from the sun, with the potential to wipe out most life as we know it. After years of preventative measures and experimentation, it is agreed that our only remaining course of action is radiation tablets from Rx Enterprises. They are available today at your local drug stores and post offices. They will be supplied, free of charge, in rations to everyone across the globe. This is the time for us to stick together. We must help one another survive!
(cont.) We are our only hope! This place is getting old This lack of place begins to take its toll. I'm getting overtired. Sick of the introspection the black inspires. I didn't ask for this. You made me your messiah without consent. Sent me into space. Why should I even bother to save your race. You don't know what it's like. This unrelenting nothing that is my life. It's no way to live. If I even live. I wonder what it's like Where I was made. Would I enjoy my life? Would I have a name? Or would I be a tool? Would it be the same? Would I have a home? Could I be not alone? Would you make it all right? Would I still want to die alone at night? Is this some kind of home? Is this some kind of home? Could I be not alone? Why should I find your home? Is something up ahead? Seems somethings up ahead.
Take a bow. Everything worked out. What will I say when they ask me how I planned to save the human race? I guess it just started out one day I awoke to find myself in space A plea for help inside my head. So, I listened to a dying world just Crying out to find a place to go. And I decided Decided to help Might as well, I wasn't doing nothing else So I guess I'll save your lives. Bring it back I'm coming back to find Some sort of glory by mankind, To thank me for a job well done. Well it seems I'll make it just in time before your world begins to fall behind on saving your ass from the sun. So, I'll burn up my expansive power to make it back before you're over done. No need to fear, I'll make it back to Earth. For what it's worth, I didn't do it for the praise but I deserve it today. Something's wrong. Where's my welcome song Or one fucking person Who knows what's going on? Cause something's going on. It's so quiet. I don't buy it. Where's the riot? Someone should be thanking me, Or at least moving. So, I listened to a dying world That's silent now when something should be heard. But there's not one person that's moving. Unexpected silence is proving I'm much more alone than I thought.
A hero's welcome. The people in the streets, Their cheers are deafening. Without a sound, Just lie there on the ground It's not what I was expecting. Something's amiss, Their bodies lay lifeless. Was all of this fruitless? I was sent away To save the human's fate. It seems that I was too late. Everything's quiet. Seems there's no survivors. Is anyone here not dead? Where is this factory That keeps on haunting me? Or was it all in my head? Did I dream up this doctor, Who put me under, Firing me into space? Did I dream up the love of a father, A reason to bother Not ending my waste of space? The hero discovers the factory as well as the doctor's journal that says: You reaped what you sowed. Their bodies pile up on the floor. I hope that will make your dying wish. So run while you can. This plague it spreads across the land. I hope that was your intention. I hope that will make you understand That I had a plan. I could have saved this worthless land. I hope that will eat your conscience dry. So, while I die I write in this notebook, Cause I know one day you'll return. You'll wonder what happened. Impatience happened, Now the whole human race will burn. We did it to ourselves, The sun it never fell And now it's too late to learn. You must have found a place Floating out in space. You did it my son And should have never returned.
Faith that brought me back, This false faith hid the fact that you destroyed yourselves. I shouldn't have come back. To see the remnants of this Real world, real repulsive. Not what I believed, But you created me. I wandered all these years. wanted something real. You promised something here. But, I realized that you could not have tried To save your own life Cause then you may not be right. I was your revenge. Your last "fuck you" to them. At least I'm not a person. You must have made me wrong. You must have made me wrong. I shouldn't long for someone. You must have made me wrong. You should have made me strong. I have no will to go on. But I Won't destroy myself. I know there's something else. You programmed me yourself. And I won't be your machine. Fighting how you've programmed me, I Won't follow in your apathy. I won't let you destroy me.
The Decision 11:18
I dreamed of a place once. I would be welcomed back to. I was a father's son and He was alive, the world too. I never knew anyone, But I could imagine everyone Full of laughter. It seems They only exist in my dreams. You sent me away from this from this sun. To find an escape from this fading one. Your passive attempts to keep trying Just left your whole planet dying. I was programmed to stop the worst You were programmed to Destroy it first. And now I've returned how I traveled Alone, metal, lifeless and battered. I dreamed of a place once, A dream that your world couldn't satisfy. A dream that has flitted away and left me cold and empty inside. I never knew happiness. But, I never felt this loneliness. I had you all on my team That got torn away in a dream. I knew this place once Not quite so far. I knew this place There's an echo.
Wasted Power 05:45
I can't help but notice How their bodies formed in piles, As if some were left here Clinging for a while. Their decomposing faces had just one expression left to tell, But their partners cried and waited to die Clinging to a lifeless shell. When my system crashes And my circuits have run dry Leave my lifeless metal To rust alone from the inside. If there's someone to find me I want it to be fully known You can recycle these miscellaneous things. I won't use them anymore. I am not a body. I am not even alive. I am not important. I am just a battery waiting to die. Maybe you're just a waste of power. Maybe I'm just a waste of power. Maybe you're just a waste of power. Maybe I'm just a waste of power. Maybe you're just a waste of power. Maybe I'm just a waste of power. Maybe you're just a waste of power. Maybe I'm just a waste of power. Maybe we're all just a waste of power. I don't want to be a waste of power.


released September 26, 2014

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by
Gabe Usery
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2607 Bellevue Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143

All music written and performed by Durango.

Album Artwork and Design by
Bryan Ratkowski

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