Dead City Dreamer

by Zia Zaidi

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Hello. I'm Zia. This is an album I made. It is about Karachi, a city I love and hate. It is also about me, in a way. It is also about you.

Thank yous:

The munners, for all the mammaries
Hamza for teaching me how to hold a guitar
Ammi and Papa for not killing a brat like me in my sleep

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released July 30, 2014

Written and Composed by Zia Zaidi
Artwork by Asmer Asrar Safi
Produced by Ali Suhail
Lead guitar on tracks 3, 5, 6 and 7 by Maaz
Lead guitar on track 9 and guitar solo on track 5 by Ali Suhail
Rhodes piano on tracks 2 and 4 by Ali Suhail
Percussion on track 8 programmed by Ali Suhail

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Track Name: The Streets
Open up your eyes
Peer a little inside
Of the streets
And maybe you'll see you

Rustic are the streets
Mystic are the words
That they speak
And they don't mind if you're through

Dance in summer rains
But when winter days come
You'll be in
With the rest of your crew

Crashing through your gates
Are the waves of memory
And the things
We used to do

It's been a long time since we've been young
But it's a simple thing to miss the day's we knew
The streets that once knew our names
Have now become
All but memories of all that we outgrew
And once I almost heard them
Once I almost heard them calling out
That they'd been young once too

Welcome back my friend
It has been a long time coming
But back you came
In the end

Don't forget your mask
It'll go a long way towards
Helping you
To pretend

Broke your back on the way
Well let me tell you this
This town will always
Be there to blame

Spare a thought to the rich
In their looking glass shells
That say their castles remain

It's been a long time since we've been young
But it's a simple thing to miss the day's we knew
The streets that once knew our names
Have now become
All but memories of all that we outgrew
And once I almost heard them
Once I almost heard them calling out
That they'd been young once too
Track Name: Convict Wayne (and his little toy train)
He may not be what you'd want to see
At least he's not what he used to be
We make a point of living in history
How we've come so far is a mystery to me

Now I'm well inside my mind
Now that I've stepped out the land of the blind
And if you look you just might find
The pieces of all the memories I left behind
Na na na na, na na na naaa

I don't mean to rock the boat but we're living a lie
The apple looked good but man was it rotten inside
We are the ones who resist to assist to defy
The dogma shoved down our throats by the dogs in the sky

Now I'm well inside my mind
Now that I've stepped out the land of the blind
And if you look you just might find
The pieces of all the memories I left behind
Na na na na, na na na naaa
Track Name: Marble and Bone
We’re more highwire than trapeze
In this circus of forgotten dreams
And is it really so surprising that we found it hard to swim upstream
And that we’re missing all the walls on which we used to lean

We’re made of stronger stuff than chromium steel
Or so our egos lead our hearts to believe
And is it really so surprising that we couldn’t find the courage to breathe
And that we’re missing all the walls on which we used to lean

And slowly we realise
It’s not the words how they rhyme
It’s the sounds that we hear
And there’s no need to compromise
When time after time reason slips out our ears
And maybe one day we’ll look back and laugh
At the gaps and the cracks
In our shiny veneer
And maybe that day we’ll sit on our thrones
Made of marble and bones
And forget we were ever even here

If life’s a circus
All it’s games are a lie
And dreams are veils that keep the mystery alive
And are you ready to despise the thread that’s keeping all your clothes in line
Or are you ready to be nude before the world and its eyes

Our thoughts awake
Only when innocence dies
And we’re the ones that we grow up to despise
And are we really meant to be the ones that all but us would get to decide
Or are we sheep with wool that’s slowly grown beyond our eyes

And slowly we realise
It’s not the words how they rhyme
It’s the sounds that we hear
And there’s no need to compromise
When time after time reason slips out our ears
And maybe one day we’ll look back and laugh
At the gaps and the cracks
In their shiny veneer
And maybe that day we'll sit on our thrones
Made of marble and bones
And forget we were ever even here
Track Name: They Got Pills
They know that sleep is his only escape
So they got pills to keep him awake
His only crime was wanting to choose
The manner in which he would get used
They say reason is the only way
But they don’t need a reason to take it away
Their only crime was trying to lie
About all of the truths they have disguised

And we are the rope!
In this tug of war
Yeah we’re just joke
Just their two dollar whore

She traps herself in a prison of dreams
So they got pills to put her to sleep
Her only crime was having the will
To rise above the run of the mill
They say seasons are bound to change
Well that’s easy to say when you’re a lightyear away
The only reason they have let us survive
Is that they’ve already killed us inside

And we are the rope!
In this tug of war
Yeah we’re just joke
Just their two dollar whore

Can you not see how we’ve decayed?
Can you not see what we’ve become?
We have receded into an echo of life
We push our own necks onto the sharp end
Of the knife

And so we push on like legless men in a marathon
Our bones worn down to the joints and yet still we carry on
Our only crime is we don’t see how far back we’ve gone
Fuck it I’m tired of writing the lyrics to this song

And we are the rope!
In this tug of war
Yeah we’re just joke
Just their two dollar whore
Yeah we are the rope!
In this tug of war
This has all been a joke
I hope you didn’t get bored
Track Name: Be As Us
Feeding on the hungry
Make them grateful
They exist as shit
Leave it to the only
Ones who know me
Say I'm born to this
Maybe we're the fathers
Of the harder ones
That came this way
Praising their endeavors
That we may excuse
Our chances missed

Never mind his open eyes
Our solution is to crucify
The ones who'd save us all
Never mind your will to rhyme
You will find that it will fade in time
And You Will Be As Us

Revel in your greyscale
Inhibitions that
Lead you astray
Read into the shapes
Give birth to sounds
Give way to how we pray
Maybe we're deserving
Of the scorn
We deign to sanctify
Righteously rewarding
All the apathy
That we deny

Never mind his open eyes
Our solution is to crucify
The ones who'd save us all
Never mind your will to rhyme
You will find that it will fade in time
And You Will Be As Us

Cobwebs inside my head
Ghosts walking in my stead
You smell of future now
Fix it but don't ask how

Cobwebs inside my head (this is all we know)
Ghosts walking in my stead (this is all we're told)
You smell of future now (low your head and pray)
Fix it but don't ask how (he'll listen someday)

Cobwebs inside my head (this all you know)
Ghosts walking in my stead (this is all you're told)
You smell of future now (low my head and pray)
Fix it but don't ask how (he'll answer some day)

Never mind his open eyes
Our solution is to crucify
The ones who'd save us all
Never mind your will to rhyme
You will find that it will fade in time
And You Will Be As Us
Track Name: What's That?!
We're sleeping through the halcyon of a genocide
A firmament to distance us from what stings our eyes
We've lost our heads and it don't make sense
That we've found bliss in ignorance
And I know it's coming down

We've traded in our blood and bones for a plastic throne
Thrown away our hopes and dreams for fools gold
A diamond mine for a hollow pit
And regret is a luxury that don't exist
Now I know it's coming down

What's that?!
Well I don't know
Some kind of revolution
Or so I've been told
What's that?!
Well I don't know
There must have been a sale
On cautionary drones
What's that?! Well I don't know
A masochistic people
With a thirst for more
What's that?!
Well I don't know
A systematic shutdown
Of our moral code

We fail to see the common disease in the wars we've fought
Conveniently ignoring the cost of the things we've lost
A chess game made out of people's lives
And escape is a thing toward which none of us strive
Till we know it's coming down

We revel in the furtherance of a hollow cause
Justify the hate we feel using godly laws
And iron ship on a sea of glass
And holding it together is a difficult past
Now we know it's coming down

What's that?!
Well I don't know
Some kind of revolution
Or so I've been told
What's that?!
Well I don't know
There must have been a sale
On cautionary drones
What's that?! Well I don't know
A masochistic people
With a thirst for more
What's that?!
Well I don't know
A systematic shutdown
Of our moral code

God will save us
God will save us
Amen!
Track Name: I'm Just Glad
My eyes have been glued shut
Cos they're not good at seeing much
I'm shown a future as bright as day
They see a present in disarray

I must have been out of my mind to doubt
The promises they had made with such clout
I'm just glad they didn't kick me out
I'm just glad they didn't kick me out

I never thought to think of myself
As a donor of my sense of self
I sacrifice my own free will
For the good of the hope they instil

I'm such a fool to ever have thought
Such things make our weak minds take to rot
I'm just glad they didn't kick me out
I'm just glad they didn't kick me out

We lie between two worlds
Never fully awake
And yet never truly asleep
They say that sleep is for the weak
But we're too weak to wake up just yet
But I'm sure that some day they'll let
We must have faith that some day they'll let
Us (out?)
Track Name: By Their Bones
This scripture might as well be in greek
I've yet to learn what I've set out to teach
I find no solace in dressed up words
I was a shepherd til I slaughtered my herd

I've learnt I should tie down my birds by their bones
I've found that no freedom is set in stone

I rest on laurels of worms
They'll give no comfort when I'm sent to burn
I found no solace in cryptic verse
I was a sinner, but now I'm cursed

I've learnt I should tie down my birds by their bones
I've found that no freedom is set in stone
I've learnt I should tie down my birds by their bones
I've found that no freedom is set in stone
Track Name: Dead City Dreamer
Hide behind the silver bars
Never seeing them for what they truly are
You curse yourself for waking up so late
Must have been those sleeping pills you ate

And open minds in see through jars
Relics that we forgot
We thought ourselves into this rut
With empty castles to show for battles we've fought

And so goes life
You found yourself a nice little wife
And a nice little home
But sown was strife
Not long ago when you dropped the knife
And sold off your bones

Open eyes and sleep at once
Your faith's a costume for an audience
But once a while you catch a glint of hope
A dream of children and post bath robes

And so goes life
You found yourself a nice little wife
And a nice little home
But sown was strife
Not long ago when you dropped the knife
And sold off your bones
And oh sweet children
Of whom I am but one
We weren't cut out for getting old
Oh sweet child
You weren't meant to get old
You weren't meant to get old