Alpha

by The Department

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Hard Cell Records proudly present the long-awaited debut album from The Department on CD and digital.

After almost 2 years in the making, 'Alpha' has finally landed - a 13-track, all-killer-no-filler celebration of the inimitable sound of The Department. Inspired by classic electro and new wave, the band take us on an emotive ride through dramatic, instant, energetic electronic music with moving lyrics that explore life, love and existence.

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released March 20, 2015

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Track Name: Don't Give Up
So hear this...

To never ever see your face again
Is a cross I couldn't bear,
a cross I couldn't bear.

To never ever see your eyes again
Is a hurt I wouldn't share
A pain I couldn't wear

To never ever touch your skin again
Is a life I couldn't wear
A cross I couldn't bear

To never ever see your smile again
Is a prison of despair
A cross I couldn't bear.

(Patience...

I must have patience)

I can't share the meaning of life
Can't hope to share
cause I don't know that...
nobody does...
Or ever will.
but what I can tell you
Truly truly tell you...

You are loved
You are loved
Truly loved
Truly loved
Truly loved
Truly loved

To never ever see your face again
Is a cross I couldn't bear...
a cross I couldn't bear

To never ever see your smile again
Is a prison of despair
A cross I couldn't bear.

So give up...

You know what I mean.

Don't give up.

So don't give up
Don't give up
Don't give up
Don't give up

(Patience...

I must have patience)
Track Name: Take My Hand
3... 2...1

lights...camera... go...

a small step for man
a giant leap for mankind

I'm burning up,
I'm breaking through, I'm coming home to you
time is just moments in moments in moments...

so hold on to the good times
and let go of the bad
so here we are
to space we go...
this time alone.
I hold your hand and we go
Earth behind us, now we go, there's no turning back!

Some of you won't be coming,
Some will be left behind
you know who you are
we don't have to tell you
we hope you don't mind
A few who would recognise
that in the face of adversity
the only ones who're winning
are those with ability
take my hand...

Take my hand.

I hold your hand
and we go
Earth behind us
now we go
the thrusters are going too fast
my hand is still in yours
the sun has shone it's last eruption
(Well I guess that's too bad)

I saw a starship shoot the moon
I saw a spaceman visit too
But I always knew,
this day would come...

But some of you won't be coming,
Some will be left behind
you know who you are
we don't have to tell you
we hope you don't mind
A few who would recognise
that in the face of adversity
the only ones who're winning
are those with ability
take my hand...

Take my hand.

3... 2...

Take my hand
Track Name: Glass Houses
I'm not being rude, but
I'm not being rude but,
The other day, 
Someone said to me...
That she saw you high at lunchtime
But of course I didn't believe that.
How could I believe that... of you?
(Try getting to know me)
How could I believe that... of you!

(So I said)
I'm not being cruel, but
I'm not being rude but,
The other day
I heard you through the wall...
and I heard you scream at childer
but of course I didn't believe that.
How could I believe that... was you?
(I'm getting to know you)
How could I believe that... of you!

Living in Glass Houses [REPEAT]
Track Name: Come Inside
OK, try to focus your attention
But I thought, I ought to mention…
There’s something about you that I like.

I noticed your dimension
And I sensed, your direction
I felt a drumming beat inside

You got me shaking baby
You got me aching baby
There’s an earthquake
Coming here tonight
Oh can I, Oh can I, Oh can I…
Oh can I, can I come inside

It’s coming, It’s coming, It’s coming, It’s coming
It’s coming, don’t you hide
Square peg, round hole
I need that connection baby
Don’t wanna be a misfit
I’ve got my dreams, like you

And dance, and sing and work
And dance, and sing and work
Live by this…
When you’re feeling down

Do you ever wonder how
Two lost children found
A love so fine…?
It’s your chemistry
You give to me…
Electricity.

You got me shaking baby
You got me aching baby
There’s an earthquake coming here
Tonight!

Oh can I, Oh can I, Oh can I…
Oh can I, oh can I, can I come inside?
It’s coming, It’s coming, It’s coming, It’s coming,
It’s coming, don’t you hide!
Track Name: As If Transformed
[Verse 1]
Life,
As if transformed
Death,
As if transformed
White,
As if transformed
Opaque
As if transformed
Think
As if transformed
Never
As if transformed…

[Chorus]
As if,
As if Transformed
As if,
As if…

[Verse 2]
Black,
As if Transformed,
Death,
As if Transformed
White
As if Transformed
Translucent
As if Transformed
Together
As if Transformed
Cherished
As if Transformed
Life
As if Transformed
Together
As if Transformed
Death
As if Transformed
Pleasure
As if Transformed
Life
As if Transformed
Together
As if Transformed…

[Chorus]
As if,
As if transformed

As if,
As if
As if transformed.
Track Name: Days Of Liberty
The marching girls of Tooting
With Starbucks in their hands
Together as one are stronger
And they look good in jeans

A lucky boy cruises by
Takes a closer look
Are you with us, or against us
Why don’t you come on to the hook?

Hot coal you are
And I can’t let… go
Burning through my fingers
So deep and so slow

You’re a hot coal and you’re burning
This time I’m letting go
I’m walking out of the warm night
And in to the snow

[Chorus]
Days of Liberty
Days of Liberty

Does it matter that I can’t forget you?
Does it matter that you’re always there?
In all the streets in all the names around London
I can see you there

And I can’t forget you
And I wish that I could
But every time I try…
To hide, I find
Something that doesn’t remind me.

I know that tonight
Once again I’ll have to fight
The memories that I once loved of you

Days of Liberty [Repeat x4]
Track Name: Not For You
How can we help you today?
How can I help you today?
Please form an orderly queue.
Just step this way…

What can we get you today?
How can I help you?
How can we help you today?
How can I help you?

YES, I play a character…
And the character I play is just for you.
Does that sound strange to you?
Does it sound weird to you?
That the character I play is not for me,
It’s just for you, it’s just for you.

Just for you, it’s just for you.

It’s just for you, it’s just for you.
It’s just for you, it’s just for you, it’s just for you.
It’s just for you, it’s just for you, it’s just for you.
It’s just for you, it’s NOT for you, it’s NOT for you…

YES, I play a character…
But the character I play is really me.
Does that sound strange to you?
Does it sound weird to you?
That the character I play is just for me,
It’s not for you, it’s not for you.

It’s not for you, it’s not for you.

It’s not for you, it’s not for you.
It’s not for you, not for you, it’s not for you.
That’s not for you… not for you, it’s not for you,
It’s not for you, it’s not for you, it’s not for you,
It’s not for you, it’s not for you it’s not for you!

It’s not for you!

How can we help you today?
Track Name: Skin Vultures
When the vultures are out to play
The vultures, will never sway
The vultures come swooping in
When you're turning, into a pumpkin.

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.

When the vultures make their move
The vultures, aren't very smooth
When the vultures come swooping in
The vultures, will seldom win.

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.

You said with a poke
What the hell's she doing with that bloke.

The vultures hail from a place
Far away from, the human race
The vultures have no soul
But they'll tell you, it's all rock & roll

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.

You said with a sniff,
Come on back to my place for a spliff.

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.

You said with a grin
There's a girl not happy in her skin.
Track Name: Slow Down
Slow down,
Slow down
I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it.
When you say you can’t take any more…
When you tell me no…
I ask you to stop
You say yes,
I say let’s go.
Oh baby, you did something wrong
Oh baby, you did something bad
Just one more time.
Can you take it again?

Slow down.
Slow down…
I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it
Kiss me

[MUSIC]

I’m taking this off
Will you do it again?
Have you learned your lesson?
I hope you don’t say no
So deep inside you
So deep inside you
So deep inside you
So deep inside you
I wanna hear you moan…
Bad…
Kitty

Words are meaningless aren’t they?
It’s action that’s important
Many people in your life
Who will love you

Dirty, naughty, bad…
I wanna play with you
Dirty, naughty, bad…
I wanna play with you

I never made provisions,
I never planned enough,
I never paid my debt.

If you look back on your existence…
Can you tell me one moment that defines your time on earth?

Slow down
Slow down
Slow down
Track Name: Let It Go
Were you ever
in love with me?
Or was it…
a phase?

Were you ever
thinking of me?
when I was thinking…
thinking about you?
Winter's drawing in now
I've got nothing...
left to give to you.
So don't come around no more.

[MUSIC]

Whatever you have
Whatever you gain
whatever you're holding

Whatever the pain

Let it go.
You can't take it.
Whatever you did.
Whatever secrets you hold.
Just let it go
You can’t take it
So let it go…
Just let it go.

[MUSIC]

Were you ever
in love with me?
Or was it
Just a phase?
Winter’s drawing in now,
I got nothing left to give.
So don’t you come around here…
No more.
Track Name: The Waiting Room
[Verse 1]
I’m waiting
Waiting for something
Something to happen
In this room.
I’m waiting
Waiting for something.
Something fascinating.
Something to change…
For me.

[MUSIC]

Chorus:
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Just waiting.
Just waiting.

[Verse 2]
Doors are opening,
a maze before me.
A labyrinth of possibility.
The darkness is lifting,
The light is coming.
The journey is starting, just starting...
For me.
For me.
Chorus:
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Just waiting.
Still waiting.

[Verse 3]
All change is strange,
the fear is building.
Hope is rising…
And tension mounting.
I’m looking for a door,
A secret exit.
Waiting to run, waiting to fall,
This waiting room was built…
For me!
For me!

[Chorus]
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Hoping, feeling, needing, pleading
Waiting, I’m waiting.
Just waiting.
Just waiting.

Just breathing…
Just breathing.
Track Name: Even The Sun
[Verse 1]
Staring at the water…
Is it really you?
Or a pale reflection of the truth.
Obsessed by beauty,
Of the image in the pool…
Echo couldn’t tear you from here.

[Bridge]
Never felt so far away,
Never wanted you to stay,
Ripples unending…
Distorted and discipating.

[Chorus]
Even the sun was not enough,
To keep us from harm,
Erase us from time.
Even the sky could not take us…
Away from it all…

Even the sun was not enough,
To keep us from harm,
Erase us from time.
Even the sky could not take us…
Away from it all…

So how could you?

[Verse 2]
Will you ever realise,
That no-one’s there at all?
Can you wait till the end of time?
Despite the distant calls,
Through the endless wood…
Of a soul trying to reach you.

[Bridge 2]
Never felt so far away,
Never wanted you to stay,
By the pool of obsession…
Of desperate self… adulation.

[Chorus]
Even the sun was not enough,
To keep us from harm,
Erase us from time.
Even the sky could not take us…
Away from it all…

Even the sun was not enough,
To keep us from harm,
Erase us from time.
Even the sky could not take us…
Away from it all…

‘I saw a starship shoot the moon…
I saw a spaceman visit too…
But I’ve never seen…
A future like this.’