10 Second Time Machine

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This is the time travel board game that you cannot win. But you can lose, and if you do you will be ejected half way through. The board represents a time machine. It is only capable of going 10 seconds forward or backwards, some of the time. It is a circular ship inhabited by various historical characters, who each occupy their own particular rooms. If you make the journey the whole way round you will emerge refreshed and at the same point you started from, slightly altered.

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released February 17, 2016

Rupert Latimer - Writing, Production, Instruments and Vox
Pete Williams - Drums
Ruby Taylor - Vox and Cover Artwork
Pando - Vox
Lily Cole - Vox
Tim Cotterell - Fiddle
Pete Monk - Flugelhorn
Matt Ellis - Trumpet
Magda Taylor - Sax
Portable Dexter - Mouth Organ
Pete Jones - Speaking

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Track Name: The Way In
Everyday we talk about it
But can you tell me what it is?
We know its meaning it's familiar
But what is time can you explain?

I don't want to
No I just don't want to be the one who has to do that
So don't ask me, but I feel it
Just as much as you do
Just in a slightly different way

This time machine is a direction
Make the leap and step inside
It may not work but you won't find out
Unless you give this ship a try

I don't want to
No I just don't want to take the risk I'll never return
So don't ask me, but I'd like to
Just as much as you do
Just in a slightly different way

If no one asks me I know what it is
It's made up of two parts
Past present and future 
But do they exist
I'm here right now
How long is the present 
Is it a second or no time at all

Everyday we talk about it
But can you tell me what it is?
We know its meaning it's familiar
But what is time can you explain?

I don't want to
No I just don't want to be the one who has to do that
So don't ask me, but I feel it
Just as much as you do
Just in a slightly different way
Track Name: Rita Hayworth
Rita, she really knows
How to greet you
When time won't flow
She's got the right style
To put you at ease
She's got the right shade
Of colours to please

She's got the blue night hawk and the purple lagoon
The orange orchard and the silver moon
She only glows
Shines for miles
The perfect smile
It might mean nothing
But my, she dances
Ooh she knows how to greet you so

Rita, she's the cover girl
The first page of another world
She's got the black dress, that never fails
The hip shake and the 7 veils

She's got the blue night hawk and the purple lagoon
The orange orchard and the silver moon
She only glows
Shines for miles
The perfect smile
It might mean nothing
But my, she dances
Ooh she knows how to greet you so

Brunette to redhead
Moved on to strawberry blonde
Stolen by the army
Pinned on to an atom bomb
Rita likes to please
She dances a striptease
Once she was queen
Of the movie screen

Rita, she really knows
How to greet you
When time won't flow
She's got the right style
To put you at ease
She's got the right shade
Of colours to please

She's got the blue night hawk and the purple lagoon
The orange orchard and the silver moon
She only glows
Shines for miles
The perfect smile
It might mean nothing
But my, she dances
Ooh she knows how to greet you so
Track Name: Invention part 1
Put some questions in the system
Shake it all around
A little hydrogen peroxide
Shake it all around town now
All around town

Take a pinch of the solution
Shake it all around
Add some vision to the potion
Shake it all around town now
All around town now
Shake it

Because we're moving on all the time
Looking for inventions
In the lab all the time
Looking for inventions
In the lab all the time
Looking for inventions here

Roll a little inspiration
Try it out again
Take control of your creation
Shake it all around town now
All around town now
Shake it

Because we're moving on all the time
Looking for inventions
In the lab all the time
Looking for inventions
In the lab all the time
Looking for inventions here

You've got to shake it to learn
Be ready to get burned
When you get to the answer
Track Name: Invention part 2
I've been trying to get lucky
But it's hard to retain a creative solute
When it's all been done before
So I sit in the centre
And surround myself with
An imaginary team of great minds from the past

Looking for a new adventure
Somewhere round a hidden corner
Is the only way
Track Name: Hour by Hour
Time doesn't flow
It has no speed
It's all perspective
Just what we need

It started slowly
When it was new
Now everything's faster 
From my point of view

Time stays we fade out
Here in the game for a second
Minute by minute
Hour by hour
Minute by minute
Hour by hour
And there's no turning back

The 2nd law
Says it's not true
Nothing slows down
From it's point of view
There's no isolation
Can't do it yourself
We're all dependent
On everything else

Time stays we fade out
Here in the game for a second
Minute by minute
Hour by hour
Minute by minute
Hour by hour
And there's no turning back
Track Name: Entropy
There's a measure of disorder
They call it entropy
In an isolated system, it won't slow down
So I skip through the narrows
Beating times arrows
Did you call me to inform me I'm dead?
I can't remember........

The moving finger writes
Forward into the night
But I quite fancy a try
At time reversal
Track Name: The Past
And if you really want to
You can take a walk in a dream for a while
You got a rainbow to smile
Your recollections are waiting
Are you ready to go?

To forgotten space in a moment
It's already dust
Back into a place in a moment
It's already dust

Hang on to your head
Oscillation....

Have you forgotten
You used to do the swing and sway
You've got a gray gamma ray
it's all reflections and flashbacks

To forgotten space in a moment
It's already dust
Back into a place in a moment
It's already dust
Hang on to your head

We can count the waves 
Under the bridges over you
Back into oblivion

Turn the dial down to reverse
We can leave the now behind
Burn the candle down to nothing
Roll the dice and we can try

To find a way to reshape
All the things I messed up
My errors they could be removed
I could be a hero, a perfect specimen
I could change the course of an era

There'd be no regrets
If I could do it again
Rewrite the endings I don't like
Track Name: Trouble in the Engine Room
Down in the hold
You can find the captain
Keeping the engine clean
Rules the machine
Needs the feel of the steam
It's a sauna

When you step inside
You can feel the heat of the gamma rays
Then the lights go dim
The fires begin to glow

He's got trouble down in the engine room
Every new idea needs an ending

Down in the hold
You can find the captain
Processing everything
He says 'talking is cheap, dreams are meant for your sleep'
He wants the answer

He's got trouble down in the engine room
Every new idea needs an ending
He's got trouble down in the engine room
Every new idea breaks the process down into pieces
Disengage to analyse the problem,
He's a fixer

In his dominion
Cook is the captain
Pushing the boat out one more time

He can't fix his broken engine
Track Name: Tamerlane
What's my name
I deal in blood
My cards are marked
And I hate to lose
I need it now 
I love the pain
By any means
Tamerlane
Is coming your way

he's coming your way
he's coming your way

to poke you with my scimitar

he's coming your way

I am the man from Samarkand
A solo artist I don't need no band
I’m looking for you

he's coming your way
he's coming your way

to poke you with my scimitar

he's coming your way

I am your vessel of power 
I am your will
You will obey

I'm lost in the engine
Strung out in the maze
Looking for victims
When I'm crazed
You know I'd pile up the skulls
If he'd let me play
Let me play, I've got testosterone and manly ways
You know I'd burn down the world
Track Name: The Will
The Lights are down low where I come from
It might be murky but oh do I have some fun
And it's a party
Nearly every day
Welcome to the sector where ruthlessness pays

Believe what I teach and do what I say
Liberty and justice
Now get out of my way
I'm an educated man from the cave
Friendly when I need you
And you choose to behave

Better not cross that man

I think I've got a death wish
A terrible thirst for war
And more....
Track Name: The Way Out
You're just damage
Your motives are clear
You make choices 
Based on the idea
That your central 
To every moment in the universe

You're just damage
Your motives are clear
You make choices 
Based on the idea
That your brilliance
Is running showbiz in your little world

This is the way out
And you better leave 
You failed the test

Can you turn
The mirror on you 
Look inside
I'm looking through
You've got drive
But you've got no reason
All you've got is your need


To be first
To win every race
Your desire
It always relates
To the hunter
Your looking for love 
But you won't find it in here

This is the way out
And you better leave 
You failed the test

Raised for a moment to a place
Of contemplation
Free of the self and what we crave
Temporary escape from the real world

We want it now, the music
Track Name: Joseph Banks
We set out in the Endeavour
To head for the New World
To Brazil and then the South Sea's we sailed
Where we watched the planet Venus
In transit across the skies
I found Venus on Earth
Every night in Tahiti

Oh our ruinous gift
Dragged onto shore
We bring you progress
Gun powder, the pox, here in my god box
Fell for the queen of paradise

Looking back I remember all the girls
They loved to party all night
And I partied all night
With the natives, anthropological experiment
I'm breaking all the rules
He's breaking all the rules

On we journeyed to New Zealand
Then west again for weeks
We made landfall in New Holland, in the spring
There the people wander freely
Waiting for the rain
Life in a pure
State of Nature

Oh our ruinous gift
Dragged onto shore
We bring you progress
Gun powder, the pox, we'll bring the god squad
When we return to colonise

Looking back I remember all the girls
They loved to party all night
And I partied all night
With the natives, anthropological experiment
I'm breaking all the rules
He's breaking all the rules
Track Name: Leibniz
Gottfried's the name
Von Leibniz
The ultimate mind, the polymath man
Under my wig, you'll find my
Punch cards and pin calculator

Computer scientist, psychologist historian
Yes I predicted, the molten core of the earth

Endless invention
More, than you can imagine
Charmed, Hanover ladies with ideas
Sufficient reason, and laws
My wheels are turning
To words, letters from China
To learn something new
With an optimists view


Isaac Newton
Claimed that I
Worked my way in, and ripped his maths off
But in the end, you know that
I'm going to get the very last laugh

Master philosopher, linguist and librarian,
Yes I predicted, the molten core of the earth

Endless invention
More, than you can imagine
Charmed, Hanover ladies with ideas
Sufficient reason, and laws
My wheels are turning
To words, letters from China
To learn something new
With an optimists view

I'm thinking it through, invent something new

They buried him in an unmarked grave
When he was out of fashion
Now I'm here in a hall full of books with my name in neon
Track Name: The Future
Curious biped wants to go
To probe the boundaries of what we know
Give me the means to step fast forward
Into the future

Because fate is a lie and destiny's nothing

It's just time’s design to scare you
Too distant a mission for two footed creatures like us

Inquiring human wants to go
To when computers run the show
Give me a glimpse of what is left
Of our indulgence

Your fate will be set by zero's and ones

It's just time’s design to scare you
Too distant a mission for two footed creatures like us

While this world slowly decays
Wormholes move farther away
I don't think we can make it
We'll reach no horizons
No bridges
No way to get to the jump
Track Name: Planets
You know that, I'm sleeping
What is it that keeps you through the night
Counting the stars?
What is it that drives you?
While i'm in my
My telescopic eye in the sky

You're looking, for secrets
Hidden in the numbers that you find
Counting the stars
What is it that drives you?
While i'm in my
My telescopic eye in the sky

I'm off on a journey
Through our solar system
Drawn by the far nebulae
I'm lost in the beauty
Of Mars and its icecaps
On asteroids, I fly out to
Moons of saturn.....
Track Name: Breakfast With Cass
At the end of it
You can write it down
If you remember what
It was that you found
And now you’re feeling faint

Orange juice, eggs on toast, fresh coffee and bacon
Time to rest, try some real Laurel Canyon baking

Breakfast with Cass
In recovery mode,
She'll help you make sense of the heavy load
That the journey put you under
Breakfast with Cass
And a bright idea
You can choose your future but it might not appear
When you step into the outside world.

What you've just been through
If you played the game
Is the human condition
Just a little confused
And now you’re in the mood

For orange juice, eggs on toast, fresh coffee and bacon
Time to rest, try some real Laurel Canyon baking

Breakfast with Cass
In recovery mode,
She'll help you make sense of the heavy load
That the journey put you under
Breakfast with Cass
And a bright idea
You can choose your future but it might not appear
When you step into the outside world.

Give it one more try, you might like it,
She's the doctor you need
Give it one more try, you might like it,
Pass the butter
The raspberry jam
this sandwich is ham...........cough

It can happen, anytime
10 seconds till the end of the line
You could choke 
Crash out at speed,
Wake up to nothing,
Or die of greed,

But we can save Cass
We can save Cass

We can travel back
Fix her big mistake
Put the sandwich down
Eating lunch can wait
We've got breakfast here

Orange juice, eggs on toast, fresh coffee and bacon
Time to rest, try some real Laurel Canyon baking

Breakfast with Cass
In recovery mode,
She'll help you make sense of the heavy load
That the journey put you under
Breakfast with Cass
And a bright idea
You can choose your future but it might not appear
When you step into the outside world.