Facial Recognition Technology

by Lily Vakili Band

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about

“Your laptop blinks an eye to see if it's you. We're tracked by cell phones, followed by satellites, scanned by millions of cameras day and night. Does all that data really know us? Maybe. I hope we still have a spark, a soul, an inner mind that no technology will capture. It's what makes us the dreamers that our better selves can be. That's why I wrote this song. That and because I wanna mix old and new school sounds - variable rhythm and a laid back beat - all for a good cause: Us.”

lyrics

Facial recognition technology
Doesn’t know me at all
Is it a brave new world?
Is it a trojan horse?

Democracy’s become a plaything
Of cons and Russian bots - what’s that?
That’s the smell of late-stage capitalism
Beginning to rot

Only thing that makes sense to me
Is loving you

Another active shooter
Roams the high school halls
Another hurricane, don’t call it climate change
Just the weather, that’s all

Absolute power corrupts absolutely,
Now that’s a fact
That’s why freedom of the press is enshrined
In the constitution, baby!

Only thing that makes sense to me
Is loving you

Peace & love & justice
Are where it’s at
Milk of human kindness
The righteous hand of god

Peace & love & justice
Are where it’s at (I believe it now)
Milk of human kindness
The righteous hand of god (make it real now)

I look in the mirror and I see myself, how about you?
Free and fearing nothing - nothing but fear itself
Facial recognition technology doesn’t know us at all
So, tell me, tell me, tell me
Which side are you on?

Only thing that makes sense to me
Only place that I want to be
Only reason I tolerate it all
Is loving you

Peace & love & justice
Are where it’s at
Milk of human kindness
The righteous hand of god

Peace & love & justice
Are where it’s at (I believe it now)
Milk of human kindness
The righteous hand of god (make it real now)

Make it real now
Make it real now
Make it real now

credits

released April 24, 2020
Lily Vakili (lead vocals)
Ben St. Jack (lead guitar)
Cecile Williams (back up vocals)
Joel Dorow (back up vocals)
Gordon Kuba (drums/back up vocals)
Jim Tyndall (bass/back up vocals)
David Amlen (keyboards)
Recorded at Sound on Sound Studios, Montclair, New Jersey
Produced by David Amlen
Mastered by Hans DeKline

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Lily Vakili Band Montclair, New Jersey

From Jersey by way of everywhere, Lily's band makes audacious, original rock-n-roll that "drags anything within earshot...into a world once ruled by the likes of Patti Smith" -Skope Magazine.
Always willing to break a sweat for the live gig.
In the band: Ben St. Jack (lead guitar), Joel Dorow (harmonica), Gordon Kuba (drums), Matt Jovanis (bass) and Lily Vakili (vocals, guitar).
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