"CMND/CTRL" as written by and Chino/carpenter Moreno....
I can't tell
How's this shit all my fault
It's at the time and
I feel like they should

And I say commands just because I can
Oh I can just imagine the difference it has

Straight out of your mind
You see I'm well aware
You're out of your mind
Its straight

I said your name
It slipped off my tongue
Pointed at the camera laughing at you
Ha ha
Once again
You see no one cares
Its how you wear it, not what it is!

Straight out of your mind
You see I'm well aware
You're out of your mind
Straight out

I can't tell, how's this shit not your fault
Bitch you're Barbaricking off this earth
Switching command just because I can
I'd like to see you wear it
Why can't I stare

Switching command just because I can
And if I let my guard down
Who knows what then
Once again
Just because I can
Just because I can


Lyrics submitted by quleid, edited by paffy

"CMND/CTRL" as written by Abran Cunningham Abe Cunningham

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    My InterpretationSo the now the protagonist has made peace with those he’s left behind on Earth (see “Diamond Eyes”), and has made his case for sitting on the throne next to the “complex priestess” to rule over Earth (see “Royal”). The third track on the album is an introduction to the relationship the protagonist and the priestess have. The male is CMND, the female is CTRL. They argue over the deteriorating conditions on Earth and whose fault it is.

    “I can’t tell…How’s this shitt all my fault? It’s a department I fill but they should
    So I send commands just because I can
    Now I can just imagine the difference it has”

    The protagonist makes the case to his queen that the Earthlings rely too much on the gods, when they should be taking care of their own problems. Sadly, he is losing hope in humanity. In the track “Royal,” he demonstrated a passion for saving humanity, but now he sends commands “just because I can.” He imagines that even his half-assed efforts are saving the humans from destroying themselves.

    “Straight out your mind
    You see I’m well aware, you’re out of your mind”

    He bickers with his queen, upset that she has let things get so out of hand on Earth. Remember, he has only just arrived on his throne, so he feels none of the blame rests on him.


    “I said your name it slipped off my tongue

    Pointed at the camera
    Laughing at you”

    The gods are being defied openly. In some circles it is considered disrespectful to depict God’s name in writing, and perhaps in some instances this stretches to uttering the name at all. But in this case, not only is God’s name being spoken, those speaking it are pointing at the camera and laughing at God.

    “You see no one cares
    Its how you wear it not what it is”

    If you suck at your job, then it doesn’t matter that your nametag says “God.”

    “I can’t tell, but how’s this shit not your fault
    Bitch you’re barbaric, King Kong, get some”

    The male ruler resorts to name calling, further asserting that responsibility for the brutal condition of man rests with his queen.

    “Switching command, just because I can
    I like to see you wear it why can’t I stare”

    Though newly arrived, it seems the god king has more power than the god queen. But occasionally he hands over command, because it turns him on to see her in supreme control of the cosmos.

    “Switching command just because I can and if I let my guard down who knows what then.

    An underlying sexual tension exists between the king and queen. He playfully goads her. Physical concerns, including sex, should have been left behind on Earth. This is the dilemma the protagonist faces.

    "So once again yea, just because I can well just because I can”

    He is losing interest in his godly duties to command the Earthlings, as his relationship with his queen steals his focus. This leads us directly into the fourth track, “You’ve Seen the Butcher.”
    TomIn703on June 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on their new album by far! But I suggest waiting for official lyrics because this look way off.
    kornography18on March 22, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correctioni agree with kornography18... plus, i think;

    'Straight out of your mind
    You see I'm well aware
    Well out of your mind
    Straight'

    sounds a bit more like

    'Straight out of your mind
    You see I'm well aware
    You're out of your your mind
    Straight'
    monitorpopon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea how to correct the lyrics, But I'll just paste them here so someone who does can submit them :)

    I can’t tell, how’s this shit all my fault?
    It's a department I feel but they should
    And I say CMND’s just because I can
    Oh I can just imagine the difference it has

    Straight out of your mind
    You see I'm well aware
    You're out of your mind
    Straight

    I said your name it slipped off my tongue
    Point it at the camera laughing at you (haha)
    Once sucked in, you’ll see no one cares
    It's how you wear it, not why it hates

    Straight out of your mind
    You see I'm well aware
    You're out of your mind
    Straight out

    I can’t tell, how this shit not your fault?
    Bitch you're barbaric in our picture
    Switching CMND just because I can
    I like to see you wear it, why can't I stare?

    Switching CMND just because I can
    And if I let my guard down who knows what then?

    Once again just because I can
    Just because I can!
    XFaceFuckXon April 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty badass how he says, "Switchin' CMND , just because I can"
    tkxxx7on October 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@Flumburt

    Fuck you man. Chino wouldn't use a mac. He's not a fucking hipster.
    Synaptikon March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand so we see just how subjective rylics rly are..
    jebenodavidpopon March 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSounds to me like a guy angry with a girl from his past.

    the only thing that throws me off is his talking about I like to see you wear it why can't I stare? That is either mocking her or just being angry that he's sexually attracted to her and maybe she's rejected him.

    Also I'm unsure of "if I let my guard down who knows what then" Is he angry over liking her or is that line meaning that he's moving on?

    What is everyone elses take on the lyrics?
    NightoftheCometon November 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about having sex with the girl with a strap-on
    paffyon November 19, 2014   Link
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    General Commentit could be a about a abusive husband, wife is tired of his control.


    she gets angry and switching commands, Oh I can just imagine the difference it has.


    I said your name
    It slipped off my tongue
    Pointed at the camera laughing at you
    Ha ha
    Once again
    You see no one cares
    It's how you wear it, not why it hates

    she screams, but no one in the neighborhood cares, but they hates you, but you ignore it and that's how you deal with it.
    Sanu!on January 25, 2016   Link

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