I'm Pretending to Be a Robot

from by The Shut-Ups

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    Don says:
    This song is a meditation on one of the many seduction strategies explored on “The Stud Album Seduction Strategies for the Twenty-First Century,” inspired by Robert Greene’s seminal book, “The Art of Seduction.”



I possess certain feelings.
I can feel them grow and grow.
But I’m pretending to be a robot
So she’ll never know.

My circuits are firing
Look at that robot go!
Got a jam in the wiring
But it doesn’t show.


Look at me on the dance floor:
Steady as a drum machine.
The lady’s in silver sequins:
My dancing queen.

Well, you know what happens later;
She’ll play with the machinery
And she’ll marvel at modern science.
Good for me.

Once she felt my beating heart.
I said, don’t you break that part.


I possess certain feelings.
Show them and the girl will go.
But I’m pretending to be a robot
And she’ll never know.

Though we may be electrifying
She’ll never see what I’m denying.
She’ll never realize
I love her so.



from A Layman’s Guide to The Shut​-​Ups, released June 15, 2012
originally appears on“The Stud Album”
(c) 2005 Down Syndrome Superhero Music, ASCAP

Don Condescending: keyboards, backing vocal
Ben Spraker: guitar, lead vocal
Thaddeus Thompson: bass, backing vocal
Steve Libbey: more guitar
Billy bin Laden: drums

Produced by Christopher Snell and Jason NeSmith at Bel Air Studio, Athens GA



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The Shut-Ups Atlanta, Georgia

We're a five-piece new-wave power-pop band from Atlanta and Athens, GA and practice daily at 6AM. We do more before 8AM than most bands do all week.

We're not about Pleasure or Fun. You may enjoy listening to us. You may not. You may pretend to enjoy us because others you respect seem to. They may be pretending, too. In which case you may want to consider what else they're pretending about.
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