Julian Casablancas’s 11-Minute “Human Sadness” Recasts ‘Tyranny’ Album Details

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.02.14 in News

In February, a new song from Julian Casablancas called “Human Sadness” surfaced online. From The Unseen Beauty, a documentary about artist Sam Adoquei, it was an airy, impressionistic soundscape, with the Strokes leader’s drowsy vocal at the center delivering a yearning, vaguely familiar melody. At the same time, Casablancas had been hinting at a new “Voidz” project. Now we know a whole lot more about both.

Casablancas has long since revealed the Voidz are a band, and in recent months he announced he and the Voidz would release their first album, Tyranny, on September 23 via his own Cult Records. Now, he has released a new song titled “Human Sadness,” which stretches the original’s minimalist skeleton into an 11-minute art-rock opus. Curiously, the title wasn’t on a tracklist shared just a few days ago, but now that it’s there, any expectations about the new record from this famously concise songwriter may have to change.

Tyranny, which follows Casablancas’ Voidz-less 2009 album Phrazes for the Young, is available for pre-order here (there’s also a USB version, which comes in its own lighter sleeve). According to a press release, the upcoming LP “incorporates world underground music from the ’70s and ’80s, hardcore/punk and modern harmony, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques.” You can buy “Human Sadness” for 59 cents here.

Stream the song below, and scroll down to check out the album and single art, full tracklist and official song lyrics. Also, you can revisit Casablancas and the Voidz’s Tyranny tour dates.

Julian Casablancas, Voidz, 'Tyranny'

Julian Casablancas, "Human Sadness"

Julian Casablancas, Tyranny (September 23, Cult Records)

1. Take Me in Your Army
2. Crunch Punch
3. M.utually A.ssured D.estruction
4. Human Sadness
5. Where No Eagles Fly
6. Father Electricity
7. Johan Von Bronx
8. Business Dog
9. Xerox
10. Dare I Care
11. Nintendo Blood
12. Off to War…

“Human Sadness” lyrics:

beyond all ideas of right and wrong there is a field, i will be meeting you there
Put money in my hand
And I will do the things you want me to
Overriding wisdom
Usually common sense

Should I delete it
You said you’d read it
You promised you would never ruin it with sequels

I wake for you
On and on

Beyond all ideas of right and wrong there is a field
I will be meeting you there

The moon’s a skull, I think it’s grinning
The room is full of people now I think it’s spinning

Wanted you
Didn’t ask for nothing
Wait for you
On and on

And I don’t need your tie, I don’t need to, tired of saying it
We don’t need more talk, don’t empty out your canteen on the desert floor
Ahhh, it’s all my fault

Never wanna spell it out
I just want to say that it is all my fault
I could never spit it out
I don’t wanna fix your tie

Never want to say we’re sad
Thankful that we got some chance
I know you won’t get back your time

I wish that you could take it back

Beyond all ideas of right and wrong there is a field
I will be meeting you there

He wanted it more than me, I suppose
I was in a rush to wait in a line
Now I hear echoes of my old self
This is not the way to be
All at once
I lost my way

Is it not true, the things that we did?
Come here at once and look what they did
Come here shut down and tune in tonite
Learn the words that they teach you without you realizing it
Come here sit down and watch some tv

Mine all mine
Wait your turn
Cross my cross
Slice his hand
Not your son
Not your friend
Not your enemy

I rely on the little things to get me by
Conscience says “I’m ok”
You don’t hear what they say
“He’s not my son, search his home”
Off to war
It’s time to go hide inside

Soft skin
Weak chin
Just walk me thru it, tell me what to do I’ll do

Hurry hurry, that’s my baby
Ohh, do what you can

All the time – he waits for me.
And now we talk from time to time

Hits you on the head when nobody’s there
Then he says ‘come here could you fix my tie?’

It’s never gonna be
To be is not the way to be

Show me where to go don’t get angry so quickly
Fuck depression

Beyond all ideas of right and wrong there is a field
I will be meeting you there
Understanding is more important than love
If not money will always trump justice

All is lost
I’ll find my way
So I say
To be is not to be
To be is not the way to be