Travels of Anton Vec

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DOCUMENT EXCERPT: Verbatim transcript of intercepted conversation. EYES ONLY.

– So the name of this individual, at least today and for the purposes of your brief, is Anton Vec.
– Never heard of him. Small-time?
– More like fallen from grace. Reduced to peddling the world’s tiniest secrets to the Chinese.
– What possible use would we have for a guy like this?
– If we ask nicely, he might shed much-needed light on certain events of yesteryear.
– Fair enough. Last known?
– Oh, he’s gone dark. No sightings since Zürich. Frankly, I don’t expect to see him again, but you never really know with these characters, do you? The scenes of former glories might exert a certain pull.

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released July 20, 2016

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Track Name: Stranded & Sold
Shutdown
Please leave the train
Goodbye
A magical moment
"Don't make mistakes"
They said

Sit down with Chinese girls
On the wrong side of town
"Hey, doofus,
Look what you've found"
Golden sounds

Stranded and sold
Left it too late
Burn down the fort
Flag down a car
What's my name today?

This time
I'd almost love to lose control
A critical patient
"Don't feed the snakes"
They said
Parlay with eurowolves
In a caff down the creek
The lingo, always the same
Round and round

Stranded and sold
Left it too late
Burn down the fort
Flag down a car
What's my name today?

Stranded and sold
It's a place by the sea
Thanks for the flowers
Thanks for the hurt
It's mild, with some rain

Zürich
Den Haag
Vienna
Gstaad
Sheffield
Prague
Frankfurt
Am Main

Ah-hoo
Not leaving The Life, are you?
Ah-hoo
Not one of us is true
Track Name: Do Not Disturb
Burnt
In flight
In need of reinvention
Hang the sign outside
Keep the change

In disguise and overdressed
Like someone taller
No-one seems to be afraid
These days

I need a hideaway
Do not disturb
I'm doing fine
I need a hideaway
Don't make me step
Into the light

Rudie's got the darkroom
And connections
It's always wild around
The borderline

Could I learn to love this town?
Someone's daughter?
Later there is music and fights

I need a hideaway
Do not disturb
I'm doing fine
I need a hideaway
Don't make me step
Into the light

Time to find a new face
Time to find a new face

Never go home
You can never go home again
Never go home
You can never go home again

I need a hideaway
I need a place to call my own
I need a hideaway
I need a place to call my own
Track Name: Burning The Days
Memories never stop
Fascinations hold
Accidents, they reel you in
It's just the radio
The other voice
The neverending thrill
The other voice

Quiet life on the coast
Human-size, in drips
Ancient furs and tapestries
Victorian
Not your scene
You're not royalty
Not your scene

Burning the days
When you wake up it's November
Burning the days
You're crazy to laugh
And so you stop

Black car in the garage
Pick up the keys and drive
Rebirth on the motorway
It's on the radio
Loud and clear
The airman's reveille
Loud and clear

Moving in straight line
The speed feels like light
All Detroit is out for you
The neverending cheer
Avert your eyes
You're drinking fear
Avert your eyes

Burning the days
When you wake up it's November
Burning the days
You're crazy to laugh
And so you stop

When you wake up
You're crazy to laugh
And so you stop
Track Name: Exit
Up in the towers, on the roof
The signal site
Down below, the newtown youth
Looking right

Reconnaissance, a brutal yard
A flash of camouflage
Tempers flare
When times are hard

We're keeping it dark
Keeping it clean
Keeping it dark

Paint your face
We're going out tonight
Time to leave the hive
This is your fight
Under the lights
Don't back down
Find the exit

Paint your face
We're going out tonight
We'll greet the dawn alive
Break your plastic
Break your ties
Into the wild
This is the exit

Disturbance in the underpass
When I ask, you lie
On television news somebody's
Identified

Calamity or simple life
Either way you're burnt
At some point you'd be willing
To return

We're keeping it dark
Keeping it clean
Keeping it dark

Paint your face
We're going out tonight
Time to leave the hive
This is your fight
Under the lights
Don't back down
Find the exit

Paint your face
We're going out tonight
We'll greet the dawn alive
Break your plastic
Break your ties
Into the wild
This is the exit

There’ll be a postcard
From somewhere close to borderline
Read and destroy
Curse and praise your name
Today