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Robo Team

from Chines by Ian Evans

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I wrote this shortly after joining my friends' lovely pop band, The Hannah Barberas. They have a real knack for perfect pop songs, so it made me want to write something poppier and happier. This is what came out anyway (as well as Half the Way Home shortly after).

The lyrics are about a Japanese robot, who's having doubts about fighting monsters... I'd been reading James Roberts brilliant Lost Light comic, where he rebooted Transformers with LGBT characters, constant plot twists, Blackadder-esque dialogue and several relationships that literally made me cry. I think even if you found Transformers silly you could love it. (The fact that they're Transformers is almost irrelevant - he just used the characters for heavy story telling and it's about as far away from the Michael Bay version as you could imagine).


Out in deep space, or at sea
Firing my guns
That's what's bothering me

I can combine with my team
We fight monsters
But is the monster me?

I'm having a change of heart
This must be a change of heart
Yes this is a change of heart!
The right of all sentient things

I'm overloading
I'm over my programming
No more "enforcing"
I'm an autonomous thing

No more scout walking
So long to my ultra fast mode
No war endorsing
I'm an autonomous being

I can transform to a car
I can slingshot around any star
I'm as mighty as a whale
But I'm lonely
Chasing my own tail


from Chines, released October 19, 2019


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