The Tragic Tale of a Genius

by MLCD [My Little Cheap Dictaphone]

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''The Tragic Tale Of A Genius'' is an old-fashioned concept record. Loosely based on the life of Brian Wilson, it tells the story of a young musician, talented but tortured, and lost between his dreams and reality. It’s a modern-day mini pop-opera and is the culmination of more than two years of relentless writing by the four multi-instrumentalists that form the skeletal frame of MLCD [My Little Cheap Dictaphone]. Guest musicians pepper the record, notably Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue who lends his tragi-broken vocal to the narrative on ''What Are You Waiting For?'', and Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins on ''In My Head''.

Recorded over the course of 12 months in Amsterdam (and mixed by John Congleton), ''The Tragic Tale Of A Genius'' fizzes and laments with Nick Cave-style atmospherics, and Arcade Fire pomp and grandeur. Influenced by Bernard Hermann (Alfred Hitchcock’s soundtracks) and Ziggy Stardust, it is a fascinating, sprawling record.

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released March 22, 2010

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MLCD [My Little Cheap Dictaphone] Liège, Belgium

Après avoir réalisé le pari fou de créer l’album-concept « The Tragic Tale Of A Genius », MLCD a récolté au cours des 2 dernières années de nombreuses reconnaissances, dont Meilleur Album et Artiste belge de l'année aux Octaves de La Musique. Porté par la chanson « What Are You Waiting for » reprise par le jeu « Little Big Planet2 », le groupe enchaine une tournée de deux ans à l'international. ... more

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Track Name: Piano Waltz
In this place where I live
where I was born, where I've grown ,
made a world of my own, a world you'll never know
Going back to my past Daddy yells all the time
Kept alone, rarely smiled made a little boy shy

Growing up, feeling down, feeling scared. it's for real...
Run Away, Get away, find a place you can heal

Music got to my head. It was always around
When I stayed in my room, heard those comforting sounds
Made me fly, made me smile, made me feel so proud
Covered me, made me drown in the talent I’d found

making sounds, writing songs, dreams of what you can be
There's no pain, only hope, will you ever be free

Getting older each day, (Give up / Get out)
with so much on my mind (my head / blacks out)
And it’s growing inside, (Burns out, Burst out)
feelings I cannot hide

Growing up, feeling down, feeling scared. it's for real...
Ran Away, Got away, found a place you can heal

In this place where I live
where I was born, where I've grown ,
made a world of my own,a world you'll never know
I was feeling so lonely..I guess I'll always be
I wish it was only a dream, dizzy and confused feeling that has forever disapeared

Going back to my past ! (« Give up - Get out »)
I was growing too fast !( « my head - blacks out » )
scared the nightmare will last
Track Name: He's Not There
HE'S NOT THERE

You're away, you are back, we are not talking
I'm silent, you're yelling, I can't release it
He had nothing to give, he had no sense of care
He was out, he was drunk, he was beaten
I was scared, feeling hurt, always weaker
I had nothing to lose, he had nothing to gain


You're no good, you're a wuss, you're a loser
when he drank he became the abuser
he created wounds that never healed
I'm stuck on a road going nowhere
I'm lost, in the dark, endless desert
where were you, when I needed you

He's not there, never there
his absence taught me not to care

I'm stronger, breath freely
lost my grim, you've released me
I'm not stumbling like I was before
I was stuck on a road going nowhere
I was lost, in the dark, endless desert
You were gone, when I needed you

He's not there, never there
his absence taught me not to care

I was so lost for so long
your words got under my skin
I was so lost for so long
your words made me feel so small
I was just a kid
I did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong


He's not there, never there
his absence taught me not to care
Track Name: What are you waiting for?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR

What will you do to burst into fame
to leave your mark and to set your claim
your formed a band now do all that you can
to get center stage, they'll (all) remember your name

you wrote magic words, riding radio waves
the audience screamed, and reviewers they raved
finding a way and reach for the stars
it all happened so fast, but we all had a blast

touring a lot,cplaying loud on a stage
I'm everyone's friend, more familiar than strange
where I'm meant to be, free from your cage
Pretending to all that you'll never change

All happened so fast , all is going so great
One hell of a ride, it was all worth the wait
The records were shipped and the radios raved
Success everywhere, it was all that I craved

What are you waiting for
Where is the light that you see
high in the sky
Track Name: Holy Grail
HOLY GRAIL

You are my Holy Grail
you're like a living Grace
I'll never tell you how
how much I care

You are my Holy Grail
out of a fairy tale
I used to dream of you,
and now it's true

You are my Holy Grail
I'll never be the same
I hope you won't let me down
when I fall

Never turning back the Past, won't face the truth
Give you all, my heart is yours
Now You are mine, forever gold
all is clear like in a dream

You were my Holy Grail
you made me feel so great
I tought it will never change
but now, it's too late

I never told you how much you mattered
I never told you how much you hurt me
I never told you why I was scared

You are my holy grail, I'll never be the same..
Track Name: Shine On
SHINE ON

I still strive to be the greatest, and to shine on
Tough I'm forced to pay the price every hour
I need something to hold on to shine on
tryin hard to save my soul and don't let go

I don't wanna crash
I don't want to burn out
I want you to heal me now

Shine On, Shine On

Am I losing all control – You shine On
Mixing fame and alcholhol so long
I let fortune take control, shine on
and I gambled with my soul, it's gone

I don't wanna crash
I don't want to burn out
I want you to heal me now

I still strive to be the greatest, and to shine on
tryin hard to save my soul and don't let go


Shine On, Shine On
Track Name: Slow Me Down
SLOW ME DOWN

I'm a movie a star, always looking to score
is this all you got, are you ready for more ?
Last call, will you come ? There's a party in store

what you really need,
the things you talk about
they are within your reach
you'll never go without
all you dreamed about
it all belongs to you
your every dream came true
you're spinning round
you'll never slow me down

Hey man , Can't you see
you're the one they adore

Suit up and behave
You might never come back

Hey Ho,Let's get together
Let's Go And Party like there's no tomorrow
Hang on, Hold on, No need to come down
Just promise me you'll never drag me down
Slow Me down, Slow me down

Booze, Blow, Pills and Green
Show me something real
Black Out Getting High
I need to come down

CORUS
Track Name: In My Head
In My Head

Are you the voice in my head ?
Are you the one that I've been waiting for ?
So many times, so many years did I wait for you to come
I always knew that you knew the score

Are you the voice in my head ?
Are you the one that I was searching for ?
So many times, so many years I hear you
I never tought that it would come true

REPEAT
Track Name: What the Devils Says
WHAT THE DEVIL SAYS

This is the story of my God forsaken soul
There's a angel on my shoulder
there's a devil on the other
I'm just a simple guy, how can I ever know
which one that I should listen to,
which road I have to follow

There's a thin line between wrong and right
there's grey shade place between black and white
But I hear him coming, I can feel him coming

It's like the Devil has a hotline to my heart
Like a dream coming in without knocking at my door
One night he burst in trough my window
And he tore it all apart, He broke down my defenses
That's when it all starts

There's a thin line between wrong and right
there's grey shade (place) between black and white
But I hear him coming, I can feel him coming

I hear him coming, I can hear what the Devil says
there's a devil on my shoulder, he talks to me, he leads me astray

I met him in an alley, we were covered by the dark
He put a gun in my hand, telling it was my new friend
then he asked « Man, do you understand, the things you have to do ? » I will set you free if you listen to me
Put a bullet in your head !, and your problems will be gone !
My friend, this gun will help you solve your problems one by one

I hear him coming, I can hear what the Devil says
there's a devil on my shoulder, he talks to me, he leads me astray
Track Name: No Self Esteem
NO SELF ESTEEM

ain't go no self esteem
I've lost my sense of what's real
I don 't know what to feel
and I can't even scream

No one ever told me the truth
your pretences tricked me so I never knew
What you were looking for
There is something worth fighting for
such a long time to realize what was really happening in my mind

ain't go no self esteem
I've lost my every dream

When you lose it all
When your soul fade out.
When the dream is gone
When there's nothing more/left
Tell me how can I go on
when all I wanted is gone
when every step that I take is wrong


I lost my nerve again
I turn to you, my dear friend
you said Baby Don't worry you'll be fine
you'll get back to the days where you used to shine /
I try my best every day to pay no mind
Oneday your worries will be left behind
ain't go no self esteem
I've lost my every dream

When you lose it all
When your soul fade out.
When the dream is gone
When there's nothing more/left
Tell me how can I go on
when all I wanted is gone
when every step that I take is wrong
Track Name: The Tragic Tale of a Genius
THE TRAGIC TALE OF A GENIUS

Life's going to break me down, time after time
if I can't stop, leave it all behind
I'm a star crossed Sixties, out of control
I took a drug trip and never returned
« Wasted Time, It never stops
Distorted mind, Out of control »
I had a house, a wife, children and cars
I was a king who lost his kingdom
I was famous and rich, (a) genius in music
thousand of fans adored me and cried
«Don't Waste your time, Just free your mind
Control your life, Don't look behind
Black is White, Open your eyes, Life is not dark,
Be a Man, Wake up now
There's still Mojo inside »
Oh Oh Oh I may never change , It all depends on me
Ain't got no more pain, no tricks, no power, no fuel
I lost my skills, it's burning inside
I lost my voice, my brain, my fingers can't play
I see all in black, waiting for the night
I had glory and money, women and wine
Now I stink, I'm sick and I'm tired,
I drag my feet all day...I Can't write a line
There's no light left shining in my eyes
Life's going to break me down, time after time
if I can't stop, leave it all behind
I'm a star crossed Sixties, out of control
I took a drug trip and never returned
Mirror, Mirror,
When I'm looking at you
I don't see a soul
Track Name: A Man with No Soul
A MAN WITH NO SOUL

Mirror Mirror,
split in two
I can feel you're sad

Don't know why I'm feeling so bad,
there's still pain in my heart
Oh Please, could you ease my mind
I will do anything that you want

Mirror Mirror, on the wall
look at me who are you ?
Mirror, Mirror, split in two
Tell me what you see

Oh oh you're a man with no soul
You have lost your way
Just Close your eyes,you will see no more lies
You will find your way

I Slip inside the eye of your mind
Tell me what I might find
No more tears to cry
I nearly lost myself
tryin to be someone else

Oh oh you're a man with no soul
You have lost your way
Just Close your eyes,you will see no more lies
You will find your way
Track Name: Face To Face
FACE TO FACE

What I gave you, was it real ?
What you wanted, disappeared
Was it fake or was it real ?
When the Devil made the deal

Keep on running, Keep on shouting
Moving on, running down a dream
I need something to pursue
I got a new world in my view

I'm gonna win this game (what I give, what I feel it's for real)
I remain the same

I need passion all the time
Time is running out too fast
You stay here by my side
you were never a friend of mine

You gimme nothing, gimme nothing
I'm stuck here
I was blind but now I see
What you want and who you are

I'm gonna win this game (what I give, what I feel it's for real)
I remain the same