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The Puppeteer
 words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG)

C4 glow inside the palm of your hand and the dawn is cracking
horsehair trigger and you never get used to it
floorboards shaking and you push up the faders and the pitch controllers
higher and faster and you won’t even know what hit
move them just by looking at them and everybody do the puppeteer

Some stand up and then the beauties fall down into a haze of satin
turn down the heaters, pull up the diving rod
you don’t know but you’ve been told behind a badge of sulfur
don’t even listen ‘cause the flesh is the word of God
you are in the age of sleep and everybody do the puppeteer

pa da, pa da da da da

Swinging from the rafters and the flashing lights and the poetic license
pitchers of sound being ferreted down the stairs
wait for the coming of the end of the world and it sure ain’t frightening
pulling on the velvet rope, dancing in our underwear
raise your hands to laugh at the sky and everybody do the puppeteer

everybody do the puppeteer


from Automatic Writing Machine, released October 16, 2020


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The Wild Stares Los Angeles, California

“Inscrutable, dense, manic, bizarre, intense, aloof, schizophrenic,” once wrote Option Magazine.
The Wild Stares, formed in Boston, in 1979 by Justin Burrill and Steve Gregororpoulos, joined by Fran Miller Campbell toured Europe and the U.S. several times, releasing many recordings along the way and relocated to L.A in 1988 adding drummer Kyle C. Kyle before morphing into W.A.C.O. in 1993. ... more

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