Blank Canvass

by Critical Unity

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released January 13, 2017

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Critical Unity Vancouver, British Columbia

Alt-rock, garage-piano sibling duo.

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Track Name: Blank Canvass
Everybody wants to be known
I just want to be a blank canvas
Everybody wants to be known
I just wanna be anonymous
Everybody wants to be laid back
I just wanna be uptight
Everybody wants to express themselves and I just wanna suppress it

Mass produced on a factory line
Individuality for you to buy
Why be yourself? You could be anybody else 'till you're
a wolf in sheep's clothing
a wolf in sheep's clothing

Everybody says they'll take action
while they watch from behind their screens
Everybody says they'll protest
while they stay subdued
Everybody wants to be loved
I just wanna be lusted over
Everybody wants to be edgy
I just wanna be mediocre

Mass produced on a factory line
Originality for you to buy
Why be yourself? You could be anybody else 'till you're
a wolf in sheep's clothing
a wolf in sheep's clothing

Tell me how to dress, tell me how to feel
In ads and on the billboards
Alternative appeal

Everybody wants to make an impact
I just wanna be the echo
Everybody wants to be authentic
I just wanna be a fraud
Everybody wants to be known
I just want to be a blank canvas
Everybody wants to be known
I just wanna be anonymous

Tiny hands work the factory lines
Hyper-sexuality for you to buy
Why be yourself? You could be anybody else 'till you're
a lamb in wolf's clothing
or a wolf in sheep's clothing

Tell me how to dress, tell me how to feel
Scrape paint off down to the bone to find out what is real
Track Name: Event Planning
Fashion, housekeeping and a business degree
I walked that tightrope I balanced everything
wedding bells sound like a death toll, you see
and people below are talking shit and telling me
that it was
my fault for how I dressed and
my fault for being naive and
my fault for being here and
my fault for being me
Cut out certain parts of me, tell me what I need to be
File away the rough edges of my personality

Oh, the walls bleed paint
I am feeling pretty strange
burning up, hysterical me
set fire to everything
set fire to me

Choose the colour, choose the theme, cut pictures from the magazine
choose the font, choose the style, in photos don't forget to smile
No, I've got no choice at all, only trusted with the petty and small
using my feminine touch to slowly fuck everything up
it was
my fault for trying to hard
my fault for trying to please
my fault for being here and
my fault for being me
I will be the miserable queen, I will be the thinnest one
if that's what it takes to succeed I will fucking come undone

Oh, the walls bleed paint
I am feeling pretty strange
burning up, hysterical me
set fire to everything
set fire to me

Dressed in gasoline
let the flames take everything
Shame, debt, and desire become ashes in the fire

Sort the mail, file the sheets
I pass the time in lines, you see I am a cog in this machine

Oh, the walls bleed paint
I am feeling pretty strange
burning up, hysterical me
set fire to everything
set fire to me
Track Name: Blackout
She turned her head and I blacked out
The centre of the sun turned inside out
The gravity pulled everything towards itself
And with it went every lie I told myself

It's easier to be what they wanna see
It's easier if you don't question anything
It's easier to pretend that you have a voice
When you're screaming into the void

One glance at her neck and my life hollowed out
In the eye of a hurricane all flattened down
Chaos and fear and uprooted dreams whirling around
It's just hard to be here silence when it all dies down

It's easier to be what they wanna see
It's easier if you don't question anything
It's easier to pretend that you have a voice
When you're screaming into the void

And I can lay in the loveless bed I made
And I can wear the mask upon my face
And I can choose the safer road until I break
And I can crumple it all up in a ball and throw it away, away

It's easier to be what they wanna see
It's easier if you don't question anything
It's easier to pretend that you have a voice
When you're screaming into the void
Track Name: Do Nothing
The bomb went off in slow motion
The land scarred and we didn't notice
They left us to die, handed us over
and you didn't fight you just
laughed at all the cute things
bought yourself new shoes and new rings and you
felt like you were owed it cause you were told that you'd earned it

Well do you wanna fight
Do you care about wrong and right
Do you wanna be entertained into a comatose state
and do nothing

The frogs died first then all the fish
the forest slowly became silent
and you stayed indoors didn't notice it
changed only a little bit
Then you smiled at all the pretty things
bought yourself new shoes and new rings and you
felt like you were owed it cause you were told that you'd earned it

Well do you wanna fight
Do you care about wrong and right
Do you wanna be entertained into a comatose state
and do nothing

Then you smiled at all the pretty things
bought whatever had green-coloured package
bought whatever said natural, felt like you had done something meaningful

Well I just wanna fight
but I feel like my hands are tied
there's no clear enemy in sight
these things aren't just black and white
but I can't do nothing
Track Name: Reverb
Building made of gold in the heart of the city
Heart made of stone in the dark of the city
Light on the 36th floor at 7pm
A person in the window at a cafe table
beautiful, disinterested, dispassionate waitress
People I once knew but didn't know back then

Turn up the reverb
put on the filter
the image gets clearer as you take steps backwards
sharp-edged and cruel world
deaden the colour

IRL tell me who you are now
and will I know if I see you downtown
recognize your face in the back of a passing cab
I see you now as a digital ghost
parasite with no living host
memory of a former social life

Turn up the reverb
put on the filter
the image gets clearer as you take steps backwards
sharp-edged and cruel world
deaden the colour

White light, bright heat, electricity
Struck by lightning, distort everything

Turn up the reverb
put on the filter
the image gets clearer as you take steps backwards
sharp-edged and cruel world
deaden the colour
Track Name: Wake
Holy shit I ruined it
laughed at all the wrong bits
told jokes so inappropriate
Holy hell, I fucked it up
brought down my friends when they were up
by being too damn serious

So much time spent alone
So much time eating alone
Avoid your family and your friends
Inside alone on weekends

Travel now for what's at stake?
All these lost souls caught in your wake
they'll find their own way in due time
not my fault these feelings are mine
Shore up now or sail away
under the bridge out into the bay
see their faces, wave goodbye
tear out the pages that you despise

So much time spent alone
So much time eating alone
Avoid your family and your friends
Inside alone on weekends

So much time spent alone (Travel now for what's at stake?)
So much time eating alone (All these lost souls caught in your wake)
Avoid your family and your friends (they'll find their own way in due time)
Inside alone on weekends (not my fault these feelings are mine)

So much time thinking of home
So much time eating alone
Avoid your family and your friends
Inside alone on weekends

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