Dead Again

by Billie Ray Martin

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This song is amongst my own top five songs i ever wrote and recorded, both in it's demo form and as a single here. There have been many songs written about Elvis, all taking a different perspective. Most of them are good or great: Walking in Memphis, Advertising Space - great. This is my humble attempt, but i take a different aspect of Elvis here. I write about the time when 'they' wouldn't let him leave and be in peace, they kept him alive so the checks would continue to roll, although he so desparately needed help. These are some fictional thoughts during the last weeks and months of his life.
Here's what the press release said:
Ever wondered what Elvis Presley's final words would sound like over warbling acid sounds..? Your wondering days are over with the release of Billie Ray Martin's single "Dead Again".
"Dead Again" concerns itself with the imaginary last words uttered by the King as he contemplates his fate and comes in three delicious mixesof the old school of aciiiiiiid !!
The dazzling Acid King Mix is pure intergalactic acid warfare with Ms. Martin's luxuriously rich vocals on top of some serious bleep-out artillery. Plus two tough and thumping acid loaded dubs to infiltrate the dance floor-boards with liquid delirium.
Billie Ray Martin has done it again on this effort, getting closer and closer to her famed Electribe 101 roots. It's truly back to business: one of those unmistakeable Billie Ray Martin songs - 'that' voice.. .it only takes one listen to know who's talking (with himselvis)!

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released April 22, 2014

written by Billie Ray Martin / Mikael Delta (Touch Tones Music / DVersion Music Publishing Ltd)
lyrics by Billie Ray Martin
produced and mixed by Rainer Schirner
executive producer: Billie Ray Martin
recorded at Loom and Tritonus, Berlin

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Track Name: Dead Again (Acid King Mix)
saw it coming I knew
like a big crystal ball
for somebody like me
there would finally be this
I lost my confidence
I must learn to defend it
but they won't let me rest
it kills me and I let it

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
baby I'm dead again, yes
but I promise to see you when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction

it's my brother I hear
it's my mother I see
not applause from men I see
I don't want to be here
I lost my sanity, oh yes
it's pryin' at the floorboards
but they won't let me leave
this house they say is my home

baby I'm dead again
but I promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again, hm
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, yes I am
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend, mm yes
finally I'm dead again, oh yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

oh yeah
oh yeah
hmm... yes

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am, yes I will
finally I'm dead again, baby
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, oh yes I am, oh
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend
on this lonely planet
finally I'm dead again, yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

it's my brother I hear, hm
it's my mother I see
Track Name: Dead Again (Dub Deconstruction)
saw it coming I knew
like a big crystal ball
for somebody like me
there would finally be this
I lost my confidence
I must learn to defend it
but they won't let me rest
it kills me and I let it

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
baby I'm dead again, yes
but I promise to see you when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction

it's my brother I hear
it's my mother I see
not applause from men I see
I don't want to be here
I lost my sanity, oh yes
it's pryin' at the floorboards
but they won't let me leave
this house they say is my home

baby I'm dead again
but I promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again, hm
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, yes I am
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend, mm yes
finally I'm dead again, oh yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

oh yeah
oh yeah
hmm... yes

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am, yes I will
finally I'm dead again, baby
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, oh yes I am, oh
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend
on this lonely planet
finally I'm dead again, yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

it's my brother I hear, hm
it's my mother I see
Track Name: Dead Again (Schirner Dub)
saw it coming I knew
like a big crystal ball
for somebody like me
there would finally be this
I lost my confidence
I must learn to defend it
but they won't let me rest
it kills me and I let it

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
baby I'm dead again, yes
but I promise to see you when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction

it's my brother I hear
it's my mother I see
not applause from men I see
I don't want to be here
I lost my sanity, oh yes
it's pryin' at the floorboards
but they won't let me leave
this house they say is my home

baby I'm dead again
but I promise to come back when I've decided again who I am
finally I'm dead again, hm
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, yes I am
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend, mm yes
finally I'm dead again, oh yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

oh yeah
oh yeah
hmm... yes

baby I'm dead again
but I'll promise to come back when I've decided again who I am, yes I will
finally I'm dead again, baby
and I'll try to rebuild all the structures that this soul needs to survive
this deconstruction
baby I'm dead again, oh yes I am, oh
but I aim to return when I've finally decided where to descend
on this lonely planet
finally I'm dead again, yes I am
but I'll come back when I understand the destruction we build in our lives

it's my brother I hear, hm
it's my mother I see