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Ulterior Motives

by Michael Guy Bowman

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Liza
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Liza This is the hardest it's been to pick a favourite track for a Bowman album in a long time. A long time. runners up: Criminal Mind, When I Think About You, Sabotage, Identity Theif. But there isn't a single weak track on the album, as expected. Favorite track: Bombs Away.
Sara P
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Sara P oh? an entire album playing on identity and deception, as well as groovy crime genre framing? already one of my favorite things to see from bowman? don’t mind if i do! Favorite track: Back To Start.
Eric Witney
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Eric Witney Absolutely killed it with the mastering. the synth tones and the crazy harmonics are bomb. Keep it up, Mr Bowman. Cant decide between Communion and Utopia Favorite track: Communion.
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1.
Bombs Away 02:53
Fell in love with the girl With the ash in her eyes From the weight of the world And her government ties Well I'm down on my knees And I'm kissing her calves In the land of the free Because she's all that I have Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go Oh-oh-oh Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go Fell apart at the touch Of the girl in the jet She was pulling the clutch I was breaking a sweat Well, she painted my face With the blood on her heels I could not walk away Because it's all that I feel Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go (We're ready to go) Oh-oh-oh Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go Bombs away (Bombs away) Look out below (Look out below) Ready or not (Ready or not) We're ready to go (We're ready to go) Fell into the abyss And I never got out She was blowing a kiss I dissolved in a cloud At the top of the hill With the plane in the sky When she went for the kill I was ready to die Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go Oh-oh-oh Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go (We're ready to go) Oh-oh-oh Bombs away, look out below Ready or not, we're ready to go
2.
Stand back, I'm a criminal mind I keep running, and I feel just fine Don't stop when they're reading my rights You won't see me when you turn on the lights I'm always moving, 'cause the city's so restless I keep my eyes open when I'm asleep I only take what can fit in my pockets I drop it all if I feel the heat Ooh, it's a slippery road Where the people are liquid and ice Ooh, it's a poisonous world Where the pleasures all come at a price Stand back, I'm a criminal mind I keep running, and I feel just fine Don't stop when they're reading my rights You won't see me when you turn on the lights I walk tall, but I keep a small footprint I never call from a telephone twice I keep a stash in every city I've been in I'll take a trip if the weather is nice Ooh, it's the sweat from your hands on the dial When you're cracking the safe Ooh, it's the part of the plan where you walk And you don't leave a trace Stand back, I'm a criminal mind I keep running, and I feel just fine Don't stop when they're reading my rights You won't see me when you turn on the lights I'm a criminal mind I'm stepping over the line WATCH OUT! Stand back, I'm a criminal mind I keep running, and I feel just fine Don't stop when they're reading my rights You won't see me when you turn on the lights
3.
You're paranoid from the waist down You're paralyzed with the ways you waste your time You want to move, but you just mime And you get nowhere You pack it in for the weekend You pick it up and you move in a straight line And you say you're just fine When there's no one there I could fall in love Fall in love with a girl like you I could change my life If you want me to I would give it all Give it all for a night like that If it's what you like If you loved me back You put it off for a long time You put the next episode on your TV And you think about leaving But you're not so sure You hear a sound out the window You aren't sure what the band is playing Or the words they're saying While you lock the door I could fall in love Fall in love with a girl like you I could change my life If you want me to I would give it all Give it all for a night like that If it's what you like If you loved me back If you loved me back (If you loved me back) What would life be like if you'd just do that? (Take ahold of what's inside your broken heart) If you took my hand (If you took my hand) Would it be so hard to understand (How the world was before it fell apart) When it all seemed new For a girl like you I could fall in love Fall in love with a girl like you I could change my life If you want me to I would give it all Give it all for a night like that If it's what you like If you loved me back I could fall in love Fall in love with a girl like you (I could fall in love) (Fall in love with a girl like you) I could fall in love Fall in love with a girl like you
4.
Communion 02:24
(Hands up) Hands up for the highwayman We're headed to the Holy Land It's low and loud We're going down No knock, turn a friend to foe There won't be a second show You're bleeding out You're screaming now Take away my body Take away my body Give me back my fever dreams Give me back my everything Operator, operator We've been dying on the dance floor (We've been dying on the dance floor) Soon or later, soon or later You'll be getting what you came for (You'll be getting what you came for) Operator, operator There's a fire in the flashing lights For the blood of communion Just a taste to remember you by (Hands up) Hands up for the hit parade We're headed to the Golden Gate So say goodbye We leave tonight Hail, hail, to the rock 'n' roll This bop ought to break your soul Right open wide It's such a ride Take away my body Take away my body Give me back my R&B Give me back my Give me back my Operator, operator We've been dying on the dance floor (We've been dying on the dance floor) Soon or later, soon or later You'll be getting what you came for (You'll be getting what you came for) Operator, operator There's an iron in the ebb of time It's a kiss out of heaven Just a piece to remain when you die
5.
Sabotage 04:08
I'm an agent by trade I'm a vandal at heart I find the weakest piece And pull it all apart I've been on every side You know they're all the same You recognize my face But you don't know my name Sabotage You want to get into the entourage You've got to use a little camouflage If you want to break into the scene Oh yeah Sabotage You take a hammer to the fuselage You wish them all a little bon voyage And you never say a thing Oh yeah Sabotage And when they're firing off a grand barrage You disappear into a thin mirage I'm right in front of your eyes I'm living under your nose But you don't know I'm there Until the bomber blows I wear a hat and a coat I wear a suit and a tie I'm looking just like you And you pass me right by Sabotage You want to get into the entourage You've got to use a little camouflage If you want to break into the scene Oh yeah Sabotage You take a hammer to the fuselage You wish them all a little bon voyage And you never say a thing Oh yeah Sabotage And when they're firing off a grand barrage You disappear into a thin mirage Sabotage You want to get into the entourage You've got to use a little camouflage If you want to break into the scene Oh yeah Sabotage You take a hammer to the fuselage You wish them all a little bon voyage And you never say a thing Oh yeah Sabotage And when they're firing off a grand barrage You disappear into a thin mirage Oh don't you hold me down I don't want to stay Your walls won't contain me I always get away You think you know it all But you don't know yourself You've got it all together Until it goes to hell Sabotage You want to get into the entourage You've got to use a little camouflage If you want to break into the scene Oh yeah Sabotage You take a hammer to the fuselage You wish them all a little bon voyage And you never say a thing Oh yeah Sabotage And when they're firing off a grand barrage You disappear into a thin mirage Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Sabotage
6.
When I think about you On the way back home Take away my blues When I'm all alone Flicker of your smile In the evening air Through the highway miles I can feel you there When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you Wonder where you are Look around my room Open up my heart Let it all come free When the night is long Take a walk with me 'Til the world is gone When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you When I think about you
7.
Interlude 00:53
Strange, the way time goes by
8.
Mechanism 03:00
Forces acting on a point Every pivot of the joint Feel the friction when it starts The mechanism of the heart What you see in all your dreams Replicated by machines This is what you really are The mechanism of the heart With the turning of the hands See the universe expand They're the dancers in the dark The mechanism of the heart Pull the cables in the ground Every wire full of sound This is ripping me apart The mechanism of heart Little pieces Little pieces Wind up and we wear them out (Wind up and wear them out) Heavy metal Heavy metal Heaven knows what you're holding down (What you are holding down) Now we're shifting into gear As we burn away the years You will finish what you start The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) (The mechanism of the heart) (The mechanism of the heart) Little pieces Little pieces Wind up and we wear them out (Wind up and wear them out) Heavy metal Heavy metal Heaven knows what you're holding down (What you are holding down) Fully loaded Fully loaded Watch out when the spring unwinds (When the spring unwinds) Now or never Now or never No warning, we're wasting time Forces acting on a point Every pivot of the joint Feel the friction when it starts The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart) The mechanism of the heart (The mechanism of the heart)
9.
Saint 02:41
Be still, my love, I'm a fool for you I'll do anything that you want me to Take the old church road to the edge of town Feel the wind whip up on your wedding gown I'm a saint, I'm a saint, I'm a saint 'Til I see your eyes Want to faint, want to faint, want to faint At your knees tonight Relax, my love, I'll be good to you I need someone to surrender to Take a midnight ride in the pouring rain See the fog grow thick on your windowpane I'm a saint, I'm a saint, I'm a saint 'Til I see your eyes Want to faint, want to faint, want to faint At your knees tonight Be still Be still Be still Be still
10.
I've been pulling favors out of privileged hands I've been taking credit where the credit's due Stole the name of someone from a foreign land You're the only one I've ever told this to Gave away the total sum of who I was to now become The man who stands before your eyes today Living in the limelight of a fancy turned to full-time bluff Still waiting for the sting of my disgrace I stole my identity from another man who looks like me And I don't know what he knows But I know he knows my name And I have myself to blame Do you think he's in here now? Do you see him in the mirror? Do you think he knows I'm here? I've been filching francs from banks in Switzerland I've been cashing traveler's checks in Cameroon Drank at the Mirage and dried up at the Sands Never thought of what this might be coming to Thought for sure that he was dead and I might take his place instead Become the man I always wished to be Never knew the men he killed or asked how all the vaults were filled But now I fear he's finally come for me I stole my identity from another man who looks like me And I don't know what he knows But I know he knows my name And I have myself to blame I can hear him coming now I can feel him in the air And I know he knows I'm there I stole my identity from another man who looks like me And I know that I will not go free 'Cause there's only room for one, you see And I don't know what he knows But I know he knows my name And I have myself to blame I can taste his bullet now I can smell his blood-soaked hands I could not forget this man I am trying to escape But there's nowhere left to run For I know now what I've done I have laid inside his bed Stood before his vanity And I know that man is me
11.
Powerline 02:43
Powerline I feel the static when your hand's in mine One little spark and we'll be intertwined Come get electric with me now Oh-oh Powerline Just like a thunderbolt into your spine One little shock and it could blow your mind Come get electric with me now Oh-oh It's the feeling that you give me Just like deja vu I'm already so nostalgic For this moment with you I can feel what you're thinking And I know just what you want You've got that real live connection That can really turn you on Powerline I feel the static when your hand's in mine One little spark and we'll be intertwined Come get electric with me now Oh-oh Powerline Just like a thunderbolt into your spine One little shock and it could blow your mind Come get electric with me now Oh-oh Oh-oh Oh-oh Come get electric It's a little bit magic How we lose control With our bodies in motion While we share the same soul We are human machinery And the contacts are live So come on and close the circuit Use the power that's inside Powerline I feel the static when your hand's in mine One little spark and we'll be intertwined Come get electric with me now Oh-oh Powerline Just like a thunderbolt into your spine One little shock and it could blow your mind Come get electric with me now Oh-oh Oh-oh Oh-oh Come get electric
12.
Utopia 03:20
There's a moment yet to come When we'll learn to live as one Every second in the sun Will be wonderful Spoke the poet and the priest "They will rise among the least" It was wisdom from the east Kept you comfortable Now the highs are looking low For the people that you know Selling tickets to the show That never opened up For today you're not so sure What you're really waiting for With your face slammed in the door Of Utopia There was time enough at last You discarded all the past We remolded in the cast Of our victory With the future full of light We would rage against the night Ever certain of the right Side of history Now the skies are looking gray For the weary castaway Feel the waters of the bay Crashing over ya While you wander like a ghost With the ones you missed the most When you washed upon the coast Of Utopia (Utopia) Time wasted I've tasted One too many tongues in my life Ideals So real One push and we fall on the knife Love is not enough for you It's a point of view It's a program Years in the dark are alright And you won't catch the sight Of your own sham
13.
I know it's just a game we're playing But when you walk away I wish that you were staying It's a crazy thing to do Getting all caught up in you When I'm not so sure I still contain The room within my heart To put away the pieces When we circle back to start It's always easy when we're joking Act like we're little kids But really we are growing At the ending of the day When we're out of things to say Would you tell me you were happy Just to be here when we part And we wouldn't have to wonder When we'd circle back to start Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh We're going around and round Round and round Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh We're going around and round Round and round And when I see you in the evening I'll walk beside you because I am also leaving There's a pause before we do Like you very nearly knew What the looks on both our faces Were betraying in the dark While the actors take their places And we circle back to start Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh We're going around and round Round and round Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh We're going around and round Round and round

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released July 20, 2022

Music by Michael Guy Bowman

Featuring Bijan Eghtesady (drums, tracks 3 and 10)

Photography by Lucas Adelman

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