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imitation of life
(marr, sumner, bartos)

inside my imagination
there is an imitation of life
you captured me for an instant
still in your camera, emptied of light

the head of a hungry pack of hounds will track me down

say it’s not over, let’s say a prayer
let’s turn it over, show that we care
walk in the desert, lie in the shade
we’ll be together, don’t be afraid

say it’s not over

i’ll move to the other side of town
i’ll lead you to the underground
we’ll live within our hollow space
we’re in a dream we both embrace

and if tomorrow is undone you’ll never hear me

say it’s not over, let’s say a prayer
let’s turn it over, show that we care
walk in the desert, lie in the shade
we’ll be together, don’t be afraid

say it’s not over, say it’s not over
say it’s not over, say it’s not over

inside my imagination
there is an imitation of life
you captured me for an instant
still in your camera, emptied of light

the head of a hungry pack of hounds will track me down

say it’s not over, let’s say a prayer
let’s turn it over, show that we care
walk in the desert, lie in the shade
we’ll be together, don’t be afraid

say it’s not over

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comment
according to karl bartos, an early version of imitation of life was played live by elektric music as ‘bombast’, predating his involvement with marr and sumner; musica ex machina, a track on his 2013 album off the record, features the same grinding riff and rhythm. pounding synth sirens alert the listener to a pulverising onslaught of strings and sound effects, all underpinned by ged lynch’s percussive crunch. people who bought forbidden city must have been impressed after hearing this — it’s like joyriding through empty streets in an ambulance.

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