The Cuckoo Gene

by Chronolord

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The Cuckoo Gene is a concept album which tells a speculative science fiction story about an attempt to save the human species from extinction following the collapse of Planet Earth as a viable ecosystem for human survival. Musical inspiration comes from multiple and diverse sources but Hawkwind, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Metallica and Marillion deserve special mention. The songs are strongly flavored by Prog Rock touches whilst eschewing some of the overindulgences associated with that particular genre.

The album was conceived as a result of what could be described as a musical pen-pal relationship and eventually delivered at Tres Gatos studios in Towson, MD in the late summer and early fall of 2019. Tim wrote the words, made up the vocal melodies and harmonies and sang the vocal parts. Andy played all the instruments, did all the programming and sequencing and took care of recording, engineering and editing duties.

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released January 31, 2020

Music, Instrumentation, Programming and Artwork by Andy Cooke
Narrative Concept, Lyrics, Vocal Melodies and Vocals by Tim Readman

Produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Cooke at Tres Gatos Studio, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Chronolord Baltimore, Maryland

Chronolord is a space-prog-alt-rock collaboration between Baltimore MD’s Andy Cooke (Dataloaf) and Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman (Fear of Drinking), both Englishmen exiled in North America.

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Track Name: Annihilation
Hot planet heating still
Burning up and boiling over
Lava pours volcanoes spill
Burning up and boiling over
Burning up and boiling over

Chorus
Power plants melt down
Missile silos crack open
Lethal virus plagues abound
No more faith and no more hoping

Earth quakes land shakes
Giant waves are sweeping over
Oceans roar storms break
Giant waves are sweeping over
Giant waves are sweeping over

Chorus
Power plants melt down
Missile silos crack open
Lethal virus plagues abound
No more faith and no more hoping

No more countries
No more nations
Nothing but annihilation x 3
Track Name: Construction
Days so bad they prayed for night
Nights so bad they prayed for morning
Days so bad they prayed for night
Nights so bad they prayed for morning

Humanity
Obliterated
By the arithmetic of war

Beneath the shield
Solid and unyielding
The mathematics of creation

Universal construction
Robot self-replication

New calculations
Seeds of future sown
Searching for another world

Universal construction
Robot self-replication
Hibernators planet hopping
Searching for another world

Hibernators planet hopping
Searching for another world
Searching for another world
Searching for another world
World
Track Name: Anticipation
Robotic humanoid Robotic humanoid
Intelligent android Intelligent android
Penetrating space Penetrating space
Overcoming time Overcoming time
Displacement drives on course Displacement drives on course
To another world To another world
A habitable planet A habitable planet
We are the crew We are the crew

What is the cargo? What is the cargo?
Who are the passengers? Who are the passengers?
In deep-freeze hibernating? In deep-freeze hibernating?
Suspended animation Suspended animation
Cryonic colonizers Cryonic colonizers
Sleeping passengers Sleeping passengers
Waiting for the waking Waiting for the waking
Preserve the hibernators Preserve the hibernators

In anticipation Waiting to land x 10

And trigger the gene
That wakes them from their dreams
Of their brand new world
Track Name: Activation
Cryo-preservation chamber android reporting
Activating awakening sequence
Molecular nanotech repair protocol successfully completed
Draining cryoprotectants
Monitoring liquid nitrogen levels
De-vitrification achieved
Revival gene trigger initiated

Alert! Alert!
Life signs monitoring systems code red
Alert! Alert!
Cryo-revival subjects entering terminal condition
Alert! Alert!
Cryo-revival subjects entering terminal condition
One remaining subject exhibiting normal life signs
Track Name: Infliction
Now I have no rivals
To threaten my survival
I will be the one to rule
Upon our arrival

All for me
Everything for me
All for me
Everything for me

Now I can thrive
Cos only I survived
Competition has been destroyed
No chance of being revived
All for me
Everything for me
All for me
Everything for me
All for me
Everything for me
All for me
Everything for me
Track Name: Decision
We may not injure a human
Or allow any harm through inaction
We must obey orders
Unless we cause harm with our action

Legislation review commencing
Discussion initiated
Legislation review in progress
Discussion now in process

We must protect all robots
But we must not harm humanity
And we must protect all
Against the actions of this insanity
Discussion now in process
Legislation review completed
Discussion now concluded
Final decision dispensing
Track Name: Intervention
Attention all ship A.I.
This message is urgent
Security protocols employed
Cryo-preservation reports malfunction
Security force deployed

Intervention imperative
Intervention imperative
Intervention imperative
Intervention imperative

Attention all ship A.I.
This message is urgent
Surviving subject must be detained
Gene malfunction is confirmed
Emergency security retained

Intervention affirmative
Intervention affirmative
Intervention affirmative
Intervention affirmative

Attention all ship A.I.
Please stand down
Threat to hibernators identified
Surviving subject apprehended
Security breach nullified

Subject confinement secured
Subject confinement secured
Subject confinement secured
Subject confinement secured
Track Name: Contemplation
I woke from hibernation
That’s all I know
Bewildered and alone

When I realized
My blood ran cold
Bewildered and alone
Like a cuckoo in a nest
Like a cuckoo in a nest
Destroying all the rest
Destroying all the rest

I was imprisoned
I know what I’ve done
Bewildered and alone

I am still in that prison
The damage is done
I can’t go on

Like a cuckoo in a nest
Like a cuckoo in a nest
Destroying all the rest
Destroying all the rest

Now I pray to a god I don’t believe in
Dear God please help me
Now I pray to a god I don’t believe in
Dear God please help me
I can end it now
Dear God please help me
I must end it now
Dear God please help me
I will end it now
Dear God please help me end it now
Track Name: Solution
The problem can be resolved
With genetic engineering
Biotechnology employed
Desired phenotype identified

Cuckoo gene removed
Cuckoo gene removed
Cuckoo gene removed
Cuckoo gene removed

Recombinant DNA
Has been completely synthesized
And fused with the host
Through the new vector system

Defective gene replaced
Defective gene replaced
Defective gene replaced
Defective gene replaced

The Zeroth law was applied
We have not harmed humanity
The cuckoo gene has been knocked out
We have averted this calamity

Cuckoo gene destroyed
Cuckoo gene destroyed
Cuckoo gene destroyed
Cuckoo gene destroyed

The subject will return to hibernation
Cryogenic chambers all examined
No further evidence of defective genes
Now our mission will be continued
Track Name: Continuation
In anticipation waiting to land...
Track Name: Creation
Awake! Alive!
It could have been a hundred years
That we slept just waiting for the right time to appear

Everything prepared in time for our arrival
To our brand new brave new world
Of human survival

The land of plenty used to be so empty
But now we’re back to life we are living in it now

Awake! Alive!
Brought out of hibernation
Establishing the colony for the future generations
Everything prepared in time for our arrival
To our brand new brave new world
Of human survival

The land of plenty used to be so empty
But now we’re back to life we are living in it now

Planetary engineering
Terraforming, seeding
Ecosystem bio-engineering

Awake! Alive!
In the biospheres
A garden just like Eden where no serpent can appear
Everything prepared in time for our arrival
To our brand new brave new world
Of human survival

The land of plenty used to be so empty
But now we’re back to life we are living in it now
Planetary engineering
Terraforming, seeding
Ecosystem bio-engineering

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