The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Dope Machines, California (unofficial)

Posted: August 5, 2014 in A Little Less Profound
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Please Note: Official lyrics to “Dope Machines,” “California” and all songs by The Airborne Toxic Event are now available in our TATE Lyrics collection.

The Airborne Toxic Event debuted two new songs this past weekend from their upcoming, as yet unnamed fourth album. One of the two tunes, titled “Dope Machines” and “California,” is slated to be the first single from the album.

Mikel Jollett and The Airborne Toxic Event debuted new songs "Dope Machines" and "California" at Boonstock Festival, Penticton, BC, Aug. 1, 2014. Photo by TATE fan Elva.

Mikel Jollett and The Airborne Toxic Event debuted new songs “Dope Machines” and “California” at Boonstock Festival, Penticton, BC, Aug. 1, 2014. Photo by TATE fan Elva.

Dope Machines – lyrics by Mikel Jollett

You keep me up some nights, trying to figure what you mean.
I don’t know if it’s right. I don’t know what you’re asking.
When you laugh and you say, “I was only joking.”

And it still feels wrong. I’m always asking these questions:
“Are you just playing dumb? Or trying to get a reaction?”
When you laugh and you say, “I was only joking.”

We got our eyes on screens, all of these dope machines.
Isn’t it funny how they feel so much like dreams?
Am I trying too hard, oh I’m not trying at all…

I see it in your eyes, I feel it in my bones,
You coming out tonight? We gonna end up alone?
Just so I could pretend I was only joking.

We got our eyes on screens, all of these dope machines.
Isn’t it funny how they feel so much like dreams?
Am I trying too hard, oh I’m not trying at all…

I’ve got three or four things I’ve always wanted to tell you.
I’ve got two or three secrets I don’t think you could handle.
A little closer to me, I was never joking.
Come a little closer to me, I was never joking.

California – lyrics by Mikel Jollett and Linda Perry

Someday they’re gonna write about us, living here in the shadow of this gathering dust, As the waves build up and drown the light, while we’re hanging from buildings on a Saturday night.

And the words she said… I could barely hear over the blare of the speakers and the smell of beer,
As she got up to speak, she lifted her dress. I remember her face but I forget the rest.

Here in California, I was
Just a name and a number, a face in a tumbler.
Here in California, we’re all stuck in the same scene,
all nightmares and daydreams
in California.

She said, “I got money, but I got no friends,” as we drove through the valley in her daddy’s Benz.
She said, “These pills wear off, but the pain don’t end. I never thought it would matter so much to pretend.”

And the thing about her that haunts me still: as her hands fell down to the steering wheel,
And a shock of light fell across her face, she said there’s only two ways out of this place.

Here in California, I was
Just a name and a number, a face on a tumblr.
Here in California, we’re all stuck in the same scene,
all nightmares and daydreams
in California.

Oh, I hope it’s clear: There’s no room for us anymore in the atmosphere,
but darling I always liked the desperation in your eyes,
The way you’d dance in the glow of the Hollywood Freeway lights.

Someday they’re gonna forget about us and we’ll wonder if we were ever good enough.
It hit me last night, in this song I heard, I remember the feeling but forget all the words.

Here in California, I was
Just a name and a number, a face on a tumblr.
Here in California, we’re all stuck in the same scene,
all nightmares and daydreams
in California.

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Comments
  1. revgerry says:

    Thank you. I can never understand them in concert, lol.

    Liked by 1 person

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