Empire State Human (Acapella)

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Brick by brick, stone by stone...

Originally released by The Human League in 1978 on their Reproduction album, Empire State Human was covered by us and included on our Holiday '15 album, in addition to our version of Reproduction.

This is the acapella version.

Recorded at Subterrane Recording Studio, Melbourne, Australia
on Tuesday the 17th of November, 2015.

Fetch more water, fetch more sand...

lyrics

Empire State Human
Written by Phil Oakey, Ian Craig Marsh & Martyn Ware

Verse 1
Since I was very young and realized
I never wanted to be human sized
So I avoid the crowds and traffic jams
They just remind me of how small I am
Because of this longing in my heart
I'm going to start the growing up
I'm going to grow now and never stop
Think like a mountain, grow to the top

Chorus
Tall, tall, tall, I want to be tall, tall, tall
As big as a wall, wall, wall, as big as a wall, wall, wall
And if I'm not tall, tall, tall, then I will grow, grow, grow
Because I'm not tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall
Tall, tall, tall, I want to be tall, tall, tall
As big as a wall, wall, wall, as big as a wall, wall, wall
And if I'm not tall, tall, tall, then I will grow, grow, grow
Because I'm not tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall, tall

Verse 2
With concentration
My size increased
And now I'm fourteen stories high
At least!!
Empire state human
Just a bored kid
I'll go to Egypt to be
A pyramid

Coda
Brick by brick
Stone by stone
Growing till he's fully grown
Brick by brick
Stone by stone
Growing till he's fully grown

Fetch more water
Fetch more sand
Biggest person in the land
Fetch more water
Fetch more sand
Biggest person in the land

credits

released September 12, 2020
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Dedicated to Pauline Oliveros

Producer - John von Ahlen
Engineer - Juan del Toro
Synthesizer and vocals - John von Ahlen

Recorded at Subterrane Recording Studio, Melbourne, Australia
on Tuesday the 17th of November, 2015.

Original filename:
Parralox - 125 - Empire State Human (Acapella) - 2015 11 17.wav

Download the Neon Nights Podcast - Holy Cow! A Human League Special
Hosted by John von Ahlen and Costa Lakoumentas.
joy.org.au/neonnights/2020/09/05/show-210-holy-cow-a-human-league-special/

Graphic Design - John von Ahlen

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℗ 2020 Subterrane Records

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If ever there was a new electronic pop band to encapsulate and emulate the legendary stylings of Depeche Mode, The Human League, Erasure, New Order, Pet Shop Boys and the spirit of Madonna in her 80s day-glo era, then Australia’s Parralox are that modern-day reincarnation. ... more

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