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Ghost Cassette - "The Tape"

Original music video for Ghost Cassette - "The Tape"

The Tape is a Ghost Cassette song first uploaded to Youtube in 2009 by Nottingham University's Youtube account. This can be found on Spotify here under Obsolete.

Lyrics

Baby you’re so popular,
But there are those who don’t know you.
You are obsolete.
Darling you are so young,
But there are those, who’ll outlive you.
You are obsolete.

I love how you try,
To live out the lie,
Enjoy the dying cry.

Honey you are beautiful,
But there is someone who’ll outshine you.
This is obsolete.
When you’re at the top of your game,
You’re at the bottom of someone else’s.
This is obsolete.

I love how you try,
To bury the lie.
But we’ll be replaced tonight,
Enjoy the dying cry.

Knocking on the walls but I don’t understand,
No longer a reason, we don’t need you around.
Lipstick changing, colours fading.
Exorcism on the audio ley line,
Sleeping pills you don’t need to take.
Move on, move on,
We don’t need a ghost on the tape.

Static cracks you can’t erase,
Counting lines upon your face again.
This is obsolete.
Analog sawtooth wave,
Catalyst of yourself, erase.
This is not complete.

I love how you try,
To sieve out the lies.
But we’ll be replaced tonight,
Enjoy the dying cry.

Knocking on the walls but I don’t understand,
No longer a reason, we don’t need you around.
Lipstick changing, colours fading.
Exorcism on the audio ley line,
Sleeping pills you don’t wanna take.
Move on, move on,
We don’t need another ghost on the tape.

The shock is knocking me to the ground,
This is chemical lockdown.

Roll to me across the tables,
Place you someplace far more stable,
I can cut the excess cables,
Show you how to be alive.

In your heart we place our future,
In your mind we craft and tutor,
Sculpting you another suitor,
Bride for all the human race.

Now we don’t need you please just leave,
You have failed and you can’t see,
So cut yourself from earthly trestles,
Leave a haunting empty vessel.

We don’t need ghosts in the tape,
The maker knows your time is late,
And if you pay me we’ll repeat,
Human, you are obsolete.

This is obsolete.
This is obsolete.
This is obsolete.
This is obsolete.

Possible Interpretations

Lyric

Interpretations

"You are obsolete"

The idea that Cassandra needs upgrading.

"But there is someone who’ll outshine you"

A reference to Cassandra needing an upgrade. Possibly before she is awoken in System;Start.
"But we'll be replaced tonight" Recurring theme of upgrading.
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Lipstick changing, colours fading

Exorcism on the audio ley line

Sleeping pills you don’t wanna take

Move on, move on

We don’t need another ghost on the tape"

Possibly Cassandra being drastically changed and disconnected. Not needed anymore, her existence is useless. She is the "ghost on the tape". "Ghost on the tape " could refer to the anime "Ghost in the shell".

Perhaps comparing her to analogue data, as it loses quality as it ages.

"Analog, it's hard to breathe" "A digital haunt in an analog life". Perhaps failing health
"Human, you are obsolete"

Reference to upgrading. Also a reference to one of the original ATLITS tracks: "[Human is Dead, Mismatch]. Human/machine comparison.

"Place you someplace far more stable / I can't cut these excess cables / show you how to be alive" Putting her in stasis to keep her condition stable perhaps because he couldn’t just let her go? Maybe this place is the Echoplanes? So that when upgrades are able to be performed and after she’s been revived he can show her how to live maybe? 
"So cut yourself from earthly trestles / leave a haunting empty vessel"

After she’d gone under she seemed to no longer be tied down by anything of this earth possibly, and her body seemed eerily, hauntingly empty, as if completely uninhabited ­– just a shell? 

"audio ley-lines" Blackline? Redline? Underline?
"This is chemical lockdown." "Chemical anomolies" from In The Blind
"We don't need another ghost on the tape" "Child of the void and the ghost in the tape" from Override A

Trivia

  • The Tape features lyrics by former Ghost Cassette member Abbie Mason.

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