Songs For The Last Man On Earth

by Anu

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A science fiction story and meditation on loneliness.

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released July 16, 1997

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Anu San Francisco, California

Anu has been creating music for more than two decades.

He studied electronic music at Dartmouth College, with Jon Appleton and Christan Wolff.

He is a pioneer in the Internet music industry, and one of the creators of the Rhapsody Music Service.

Sometimes he teaches "A History of 20th Century Music" at Duke University's Talent Identification Program.

Anu currently lives in San Francisco.
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Track Name: New Ways
I grow more obsolete with each passing day
I used to be so bright when I knew how to play
Now I don't understand
I can't comprehend
Nothing makes sense anymore

I don't like the new ways
Bring back the old days
Nothing is good anymore

Now everyone is different but me
And it's not like they said it would be
Warm friends grown cold
My young face so old
Nothing makes sense anymore

I don't like the new ways
Bring back the old days
Because nothing is good
Nothing is fun
Nothing is right anymore

I remember our machines
Birthday parties
Summer dreams
Crystal cities
Company
All gone now
Track Name: The Experiment
In 1969 an experiment was devised
20 babies were kept alive
All alone

They gave them food and kept them warm
But kept them away from everyone

As the years passed, they all turned gray and died

I am the only one who survived

They tested me until I turned 13 and then released me to a world I'd never seen and studied my reactions to the stimuli

No one tells me what's going on but they record and dissect my every fault
I can feel the pressure of their eyes

I am the only one who survived

There are days when I look back and I long for the lab
Simple problems and tests I understand

Though their conclusions are drawn, I'm still trying to prove them wrong
But I think I am failing

I am the only one who survived
Track Name: Twilight
There are times when I believe this is the best of all possible worlds
There are times when that brings me down
There are times when I know I'll never have more fun than I'm having right now

As day turns to night
In the twilight
I try to hold the moment but it is gone

Like reverse alchemy the leaves are turning brown
Entropy is winning
I see it in every town

As days turn to miles and miles turn to years what's left of hope is turning into fear

In the twilight there is only the road
Taking me somewhere I have never known

All this turning and changing doesn't seem to touch me
I must be a survivor
I must be dead inside
Track Name: Catherine
When I awake, you are gone
And the poison memories bubble up, one by one
Of all my ghosts, you haunt me the most
I dream of my release

I dream of release
I dream of my release

Catherine, I hear you calling
Catherine, come back to me
Catherine, I hear you calling
Catherine, don't leave

I fear the silence, now you're not here
It grows in the space that remains
Now everything between us is gone
Like you've been erased
Like it never was

I thought I saw you today
Take this longing away

Catherine, I hear you calling
Catherine, I feel you near
Catherine, I hear you calling
Catherine, don't leave me here
Track Name: Cold Friends
The clock on the wall isn't moving
There's no paper at the door
And I don't see my friends anymore

My little piece of world is about 3 miles square
There's only empty darkness further beyond there

I gave you everything
And you just left me here
I did so much for you
And you just disappeared

But I don't miss my cold friends

Bet you think I'm lonely
Bet you think I'm bored
But I've got music, books, and games
And all the time in the world

And I don't miss my friends at all
I don't miss my friends anymore
I don't miss you fucks at all
I don't miss my friends anymore

You were no company at all
Track Name: Sun
I see the blinding shades of winter and I believe it can't go on much more
This cold inside me flowing through each fiber
This broken spirit is frozen to the core

I want to see the sun
Feel the sun against my skin

Let loose
Let go
Let down the walls that keep inside this cold
Let go
Let it burn away the shit that fills my soul

Hold on
There must be something better
I hold on
Hold out for something more

I want to see the sun
Feel the sun against my skin

Let loose
Let go
Let down the walls that keep inside this cold
Let go
Let it burn away the shit that fills my soul
Track Name: LEM
I awoke today and everything was blue
And I knew that all the answers were on the moon
So I found an old Russian ship with fuel left in the cells and lifted off at 3 am
Climbed the gravity well

I leaned my head against the glass and looked into the endless night
Drifted up and fell asleep for my 4-day flight

To where the only answer
Is no answer
And nothing's left at all

I awoke today and everything was green
The ship was down in the Tranquility Sea
I suited up and opened the hatch, headed for Moon Base 3
Calling out on all channels "Are you there? Do you receive?"

But the only answer
Is no answer
There's no one else at all

I awoke today and everything was gray
I think this world is fading away
I watched the Earth rise, returned to my ship, and left the Moon below
Started the long fall down to home
Nowhere else to go

I stopped in space at a place once called Lagrange point 5
Floating between the Earth and Moon, I drift and wonder why

The only answer
Is no answer
And nothing helps at all

Caught between two zeros
Nowhere to go
Track Name: A Song For The Last Man On Earth
They say growing old is growing wise
But all they told you were lies

Growing old is growing hard
Saying goodbye to your dreams

Growing old is crying inside
As innocence dies away

Growing old is going bad
And all that you'll have is fear

Growing old is failing to change
When the new ways have come

Growing old is growing tired
Giving in to sleep

If growing old is all I've seen
Then let it end with me

Sing a song for the last man on earth

Don't cry too much for him
There is nothing you can do anyhow
Track Name: Burned Out
Guess I drove myself too hard
Guess I drove you all away
Guessed that I could do it
Guess that I was wrong
Guess that's all there is to say

Burned out and wasted away

It's funny how things change
Never thought it would end this way
I awoke from beautiful dreams
With the taste of ashes in my mouth

Burned out and wasted away

I'm waiting for tomorrow
I'm all through with today
Track Name: Sleep
It's time to go
I can't wait to leave
There's nothing more to say

All alone now
At the movie's end
I can't remain awake

Drifting out
Nodding off
Lift me up into sleep

This is where the struggling ends
In sleep, into sleep
This is where the suffering ends

I want the soft
And comfort now
There's nothing I can do

It's been so long
and far too hard
Now I just can't hold on

Falling down
Faster now
Diving out into sleep

This is where the story ends
in sleep
This is where reality ends