While I'm Still Here
While I'm Still Here
This is the original album version. A simplistic track, it is dominated by its quirky beat and staccato plucked string instruments. A busy bassline joins the ascending vocals in the verses, while the nearly spoken choruses are backed by a droning synth. After the second chorus, a sort of coda or bridge featuring a more complicated bassline and staccato baritone saxophone leads directly into "Black Noise". Its call-and-response style verses recall those of "Mr. Self Destruct".
While I'm Still Here (Breyer P-Orridge 'Howler' Remix)
This remix contains dialog snippets of Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge. It begins with the sound of Howler Monkeys at the LA Zoo, which plays throughout the track. Quarter note kicks replace the staccato beat of the original version. An instrumentally minimalistic track, other notable sound effects include a Tibetan Thighbone Trumpet which sounds in the second verse.
Beginning (spoken by Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge):
I'm, I'm limited by, by time, by gravity. Uhhm... by all these physical forces. When... really I just uhh... I wish my consciousness would be liberated completely free, to go everywhere, to be everywhere, to do everything, to be, to be everyone, that I've ever dreamed of being.
Middle section (spoken by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge):
We do not believe in human feelings, nor in human senses, nor human needs, human values, human fears, or even human hopes. The only purpose or believe, is the path from the mind to the brain, path from the mind to the brain, mind... to the brain, This is a preset world, there are no secrets.
Ending (spoken by Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge):
I feel as though I found my soulmate. Uhm I never feel, I never feel alone or lonely, that's just something I don't experience / kind of feeling of alienation. No matter how strange the world outside gets, I know that there is someone that understands me.
Only thing I've ever done Ticking time is running out Closest I have ever come Ticking time is running out Oh so tired on my own Ticking time is running out Best days I have ever known Ticking time is running out Yesterday, I found out the world was ending A little more Every day Falls apart Slips away Well I don't mind I'm okay Wish it didn't have to end this way These four walls are closing in Ticking time is running out Oh all the things that might have been Ticking time is running out Watch young lovers walking by Ticking time is running out God forgive me if I cry Ticking time is running out A little more Every day Falls apart Slips away I don't mind I'm okay Nothing ever Stays the same While we can Remember when We always were Yes, even then Stay with me Hold me near While I'm still here
The portion of the final chorus that says:
We always were Yes, even then
Was changed in the final recording to:
Always were, yeah Even then