The Writer and the Written

1. Wind and Water, Misbehave 

Ring around the Rosy 
Pockets full of posies 
Ashes, ashes 
We all fall down 

So ahead of all your peers 
The king of your career 
The son of success 
Knowing all you've done will be revered 
Concealing all your fears 
The things you hide inside 
All for the sake of you and your useless selfish pride 

The world sleeps under your thumb 
While you sleep under your roof 
A living mockery of God 
Ignoring any that you can't use 

The thought appears for just a moment 
Somewhere on the periphery 
A conjured image from the darkness 
Of all those who rest in need 

So shut your eyes and close your ears 
Numb your heart to all their tears 
Just tell yourself that it's not real 
Don't leave a trace that you can feel 

Their sunken eyes beg from hunger 
A crumb off the table would suffice 
But your greed gives no allowance 
Concerning their petty lives 

Here I am bringing vengeance 
For all your apathetic hate 
Don't you know of Siren's judgment? 
You'll receive your due fate 

So shut your eyes and close your ears 
Numb your heart to all their tears 
Just tell yourself that it's not real 
Don't leave a trace that you can feel 

No hesitation 
A blade cuts off breath 
From ashes rising 
A siren sings 

So shut your eyes and close your ears 
Close your heart to all their tears 
Just tell yourself it's no big deal 
Don't leave a trace that you can feel 

Ring around the Rosy 
Pockets full of posies 
All of them are dead

 

2. Casting Shadows 

 

Oh God 
Look at the world we made 
We're a generation lacking passionate pain 
Our shame is what we all ignore 
We're offended by truth, we're unready for war 
We'll watch the stars fall down around us 
It's nothing but a choice inside 
We're clasping hands and casting shadows 
But inside our hearts have died 

So tear off the blindfold from your eyes 
Don't forget what we have all denied 
We could rule this world by nightfall 
By nightfall, by nightfall 

This isn't sustainable 
The world's held in balance by paper sheaves 
Change is hope 

We're passing the money up 
They're passing the rules down 
It's an endless cycle going 'round and around 
We're passing the money up 
They're passing the rules down 
And all the while our skin drags on the ground 

So tear off the blindfold from your eyes 
Don't forget what we have all denied 
We could rule this world by nightfall 
By nightfall, by nightfall 
Don't forget the flesh around your bones 
The death that you refuse to show 
We are all beyond our end but 
We walk on, we walk on 

When the ravens devoured your flesh  
Did you think for a moment you'd have a regret? 
All along we've been walking with death 
When they stole both your eyes 
They left you with breath but 

That was their mistake 
In this world that they've made 
The dead will now be raised 
We walk from our graves 
If you're offended by truth than stop me 
I bet you mindless cowards won't 

I will scream until the demons take notice 
I will make the earth crumble around your ears 
I will fight until the world stands in silence 
I will stand until I no longer feel my fear 
(I feel fire in my veins 
Watch me burn) 

So tear off the blindfold from your eyes 
Don't forget what we have all denied 
We could rule this world by nightfall 
By nightfall, by nightfall 
Don't forget the flesh around your bones 
The death that you refuse to show 
We are all beyond our end but 
We walk on, by nightfall

 

3. Dream Eater 


Your face is always on my mind 
Trying desperately to lie 
Hiding memories 
Suffocating 
I still dream of you 

Your hands rifling through my hair 
Your lips pressed over my skin 
Your life a story so ambitious 
But where do I begin?  
I end talking to myself  
Reciting histories undealt 
Beginnings hazy memories 
Of what I never held 

Oh what a shame 
That we could never meet  
And who's to blame  
That you held no love for me?  
With everything I've longed to hold you close beside me and I 
Wish I could resign 
For you I was so blind  
But inside my head you're mine 

Your face is painted on my soul 
Your voice whispers "Don't let go." 
You were everything I wanted 
But never quite enough 

We were just moments away 
From both our greatest mistakes 
And then you held my eyes 
and told me you'd be going to sleep 

The twists and turns of your hips 
Your soft hair gracing your lips 
 And your spine pressed against my chest 
 I lied, I'm never at my best 

Oh what a shame 
That we could never meet  
And who's to blame  
That you held no love for me?  
With everything I've longed to hold you close beside me and I 
Wish I could resign 
For you I was so blind  
But inside my head you're mine 
You're mine 

I want to taste the air you breathe 
Fill your soul with all my sweet misdeeds 
Take everything that you can be 
But your voice 

I'm left abandoned, an empty old shell  
You were my mistress and I was your thrall 
But I haven't heard my sweet lover's voice 
In years left uncounted months too long to tell 

I've tried to remember the way your skin felt 
The taste of your lips and the curve of your smile 
You are a stranger, a ghost in my mind 
You haunt me 
But you're not present in my sight 

Oh what a shame 
That we could never meet  
And who's to blame  
That you held no love for me?  
With everything I've longed to hold you close beside me and I 
Wish I could resign 
For you I was so blind  
But inside my head you're mine 
You're mine

 

4. Red All Over 


Extra, extra read all about it 

Front page starts as an empty canvas  
'til black-lined headlines make sensational fear a fact 
The next craze is a murder spree 
I'm convinced you'll regret hearing anything other than me 
So come back in, unplug your ears 
And lean close as I spit acid shaped like fear 

Take heed open your ears 

Welcome to the time of special interests 
Monetized bottom line  
If it don't earn we won't tell 
One small fee for us 
Peace of mind for you 
We'll feed you what you wanna hear 
And count up our revenue 

The world is ending 
Don't try to kid yourselves 
Every day something new 
To convince you that you won't make it through 
Here's our product 
It keeps you safe and sound 
At least distracted 'til you're down in the ground 

Abandon hope,  ye who enter here 
The world is filled with all of your deepest fears 
Keep focused with your eyes on the flowers 
And don't think about the gun that's pressed to your skull 

Listen while I lie 
In such convincing ways 
I turn my truth for just that light that makes you all afraid 

Trust no one 
You're surrounded 
Everyone 
Is in on it 
So will you choose to do something about it 
Or did you forget that culture's a product 

We'll never have time to buy plots of earth 
I guarantee that this sickness will kill us first 
We'll never have time to buy plots of earth 
I should be laughing right now 

Abandon hope,  ye who enter here 
The world is filled with all of your deepest fears 
Keep focused with your eyes on the flowers 
And don't think about the gun that's pressed to your skull 

God willing, we'll own you all your life 

I ink my stories with the screams of the dying 
Still I rejoice 'cause my net gains are rising 
I make my living off the fear you're providing 
My needs are met by all the tears you're supplying 

Abandon hope,  ye who enter here 
The world is filled with all of your deepest fears 
Keep focused with your eyes on the flowers 
And don't think about the gun that's pressed to your skull 

The murderer's and rapists 
Read all about it 
The cold sweat and distress 
Read all about it 
The serial hatred 
Read all about it 
All your fears, created 
Read all about it

5. Wolves At the Door 

It's in the sound and it's in the street 
Yeah you filled me full of disbelief 
And I know retaliation is a distant dream 
But it's time to make a change 
So let me give you my name 
So that you know just who to blame 
When your life goes wrong 
The shame is I cannot recall 
A single time when I stood strong 

I will write my will across the sky 
I will darken the sun and take hold of time 
I will tear this world down around me 
And smile as it burns 

A brilliant white sun 
Lives in my soul 
I am a product of a burnt out core 
You have made me deadly 
Something to be feared 
Have you met a monster? 
Come and meet one here 

I will write my will across the sky 
I will darken the sun and take hold of time 
I will tear this world down around me 
And smile as it burns 
I will make a ruin of this Earth 
For good or ill I will make sure that I am heard 
I don't care for any objections 
I will rule the earth 

I hold the reigns of life and death 
I'll summon the wind with a single breath 
Worship all that I have done 
And know that I am dust 

(I'll bring your nails, you bring their cross) 

(Don't make of me a liar 
You can save yourself from fire 
Rescue me, rescue us 
From what you've done) 

So what words will mark your gravestone? 
And will they be put there by me? 
And when all is said and done, oh 
Will you still be my enemy? 

And when the world returns to ashes 
And everything we've made is dust 
Do you believe that you'll remember 
All of the kings of this Earth? 

For we have built a grand cathedral 
And we have filled it with ourselves 
A graven image so distasteful 
We almost couldn't stand to bow 

Yes the world's become an idol 
A pagan altar to our pride 
And we have worshipped our own shadows 
Lifted ourselves up to the sky 

I will write my will across the sky 
I will darken the sun and take hold of time 
I will tear this world down around me 
And smile as it burns 
I will make a ruin of this Earth 
For good or ill I will make sure that I am heard 
I don't care for any objections  
I will rule the earth

 

6. Everybody's Got A Price 


Where is this man of God that I've heard so much about? 
Maybe he's disappeared and I'm talking to myself 
A message left unheard by deafened ears concerned with only self 
I've heard he's round here somewhere but I can't find him just empty lying shells 

(I've heard you saying) 
With money so short I'm keeping my wallet tight 
If I waltz away with your skirt for the same price 
I can't turn down the bottom line when you've been giving it away 

I see judgment in your eyes with every look at me 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 
Not expecting any truth I've learned hypocrisy 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 

I want to cry and shriek and shake 
Until the boards loosen 
Until the wood creaks 
Until my foundation breaks 
Until I'm not afraid 
If you took my tongue I'd still speak the truth 
The rocks would cry out 
The trees walk on roots 
The mountains dive into sea 
The world my melody 

I see judgment in your eyes with every look at me 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 
Not expecting any truth I've learned hypocrisy 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 

Do the demons know your name? 
Because they sure as hell know mine 
When you speak do they run away? 
Or is this all just a waste of time? 

This Babel we've built is destined to fall 
Might as well be me who takes it down 
When theres no man of God to be found 
It might as well be me who opens my mouth 

Are there any right places anymore? 
Is there goodness to be found in Gomorrah? 
Is there still a righteous man in Sodom? 
Is there anybody left who can't be bought out? 

I see judgment in your eyes with every look at me 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 
Not expecting any truth I've learned hypocrisy 
Pretend I'm worth time, I'll pretend you're right 

Someone's gotta wear the crown 
Might as well be me 
Someone's gotta wear the crown 
So call me king

 

7.  Bandit 


We all lie about our priorities 
About the things we stand for the reasons that we breathe 
I know that it's a difficult question 
But rather than face it we run for the exits 
And what do we create? 
Our shame, society medicated 
But I will not be ignored I'll make rhythm my weapon and words into swords 

Brace yourselves for every time I've held my acid tongue 
In moments between substance it is when I come undone 
A liar's tale, but told for free 
I'm speaking the truth 
Unleashing the realest me 
Why am I alive? 
What am I waiting for? 

You've met with a terrible fate haven't you boy? 

They took the gold from in your eyes and scattered it to dust 
Now I lay beneath your judging eye and conform to your lust 
I change my face to suit your need like I am without form 
I lose my name inside the role you force me to adorn 

These words turn 
Aiming at the very lips that spoke 
I write them 
Hoping they can save me from myself 
I'm not wasting my time 
Taking a life 
My own creations always turn 
The vitriol of this venomous voice 
It's dividing sinew, it's shattering choice 

Brace yourselves for every time I've held my acid tongue 
In moments between substance it is when I come undone 
A liar's tale, but told for free 
I'm speaking the truth 
Unleashing the realest me 
Why am I alive? 
What am I waiting for?

 

8. Everything Is a Weapon (If You Hold It Right) 

 

I hope you've prepared everything that you need 
The time is coming for you to be brought down to your knees 
I was safely forgotten, nothing more than a memory 
But skeletons in your closet don't vanish so simply 

Cause you and I are dancing in time 
To a beat no one else can hear 
I am a creature of darkness and light 
With followers that you fear 

This is a dance for the ages 
Let me see some spectators 
It's time to clear the dance floor 
No need for introductions 
We don't need your responses 
You're begging me for more more more 

The anger in their eyes 
Tells me we'll have to fight 
And as our voices rise 
I lift my hands up toward the sky 

Cause you and I are dancing in time 
To a beat no one else can hear 
I am a creature of darkness and light 
With followers that you fear 

The world must seem so slow as you dance with me 
It all must seem so slow 
Watch it all fade away as you dance with me 
Watch the world fade away 
All your memories return as you dance with me 
I see it in your eyes 
Yeah your face fills with pain as you dance with me 
As you remember your lies 

So count your steps 
And take your time 
Us dancing here 
It could cost us our lives 
With lines and words 
Our battle is made 
We go to war 
With our songs at our waists 

Cause you and I are dancing in time 
To a beat no one else can hear 
I am a creature of darkness and light 
With followers that you fear 
We have both become kings in our own rights 
Bearing the weight of the world 
I've been sent to bring judgment from on high 
I'll give you the end you deserve 

Cause you and I are dancing in time 
You and I are dancing in time 
You and I are dancing in time 
You and I are dancing in time

9. Broken Machines 


The cracks you used to know 
Spiderwebbing through my heart my hands 
They're pushing me apart like slivered flats of land 
Ever since the day you replaced me 

The breasts of a blossoming beauty  
Wrapped in torn scraps a once-elegant dress 
Structures decaying soundly 
Magnified meaningless markings of majesty 

A Hunter to his prey 
Fleeting footsteps flowing 
One under the weight 
Of two hearts heavy falt'ring 

I'm a broken machine 
Made with overwound springs 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 
I'm all on my own 
With nowhere to call home 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 

I move 
Grinding gears inside my body but 
I smile 
The effort almost breaks me every time 

I'm drowning 
Every Time my head dips I can't help but wonder if it's the last time 
I'm floating 
Life's my surface flailing for a single gasp I can't (see her) 
Again 
Alone we're suffering 
In this crater we call home 
I've lost the will to take (A hunter to his prey) 
A life so beautiful 

I'm a broken machine 
Made with overwound springs 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 
I'm all on my own 
With nowhere to call home 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 

You knew exactly how this ends 
You're running just like all your friends 
I'm hunting after you again 
Please stop me please stop me 

My hands make empty homes their ends 
I'm stealing from those I call friends 
I'm broken worthless let it end 
I'm drowning please stop me 

(You've never been alive 
You've always been a lie 
No one could break in 
Your walls are flawless 
You told yourself a lie 
It poisoned all your mind 
You never waited 
You knew the ending 
You weren't weak at all 
Where others would all fall 
You stand triumphant 
And you can stop this 
The choice is yours to make 
To give or will you take 
But I will trust you 
I still trust you) 

I'm a broken machine 
Made with overwound springs 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 
I'm all on my own 
With nowhere to call home 
Watch me slowly fall apart 
Slowly fall apart 

You knew exactly how this ends 
You're running just like all your friends 
I'm hunting after you again 
Please stop me 
Please stop me

 

10. Where Have You Been, Jack Douglas? 


After everything I've been through 
I don't know why I'm shocked 
That everything I stood for 
Was hiding something dark 
It's clawing at my insides 
And it's begging for escape 
I can feel my own potential 
And it's driving me insane 
It's like a blackness rising from my soul 
A bent that I can't change  
It's like everything inside of me 
Is everything I hate 

So tell me why 
We can't explain 
Why nothing's changed 
We  live with hate 
Don't we all know 
Everything fades 
It's time we learned 
Nothing lasts forever 

I tell myself I'm ordinary 
There is nothing wrong with me 
I wish that I believed a single lie I hold inside of me 
These blackened words flow from my lungs 
And I can't control myself 
Everything I do just binds me tighter to my inner self 
I tell myself I'm ordinary 
It never seems to take 
It's like everything inside of me is made from my mistakes 
Like every day I wish that I could be a better version of myself 
But I won't sit unmoving with no legacy to sell 

So tell me why 
We can't explain 
Why nothing's changed 
We  live with hate 
Don't we all know 
Everything fades 
It's time we learned 
Nothing lasts forever 

I hold on so tight but it all slips away 
It's like sand in my fingers or dust in the rain 

So tell me why 
We can't explain 
Why nothing's changed 
We  live with hate 
Don't we all know 
Everything fades 
It's time we learned 
Nothing lasts forever 

So tell me why 
We can't explain why nothing's ever changed 
We've reconciled to always live with hate 
In retrospect all beauty's born to fade 
Nothing lasts forever

 

 11. Sing Me to Sleep 

 

Son take me away 
Son give me a good life and 
Rewrite all the problems that I've made 
Son give me hope 
Son give me a good death and 
Forget all my struggles, all my pain 
The troubles of the past have gone away 
And it's a new day 

I've made myself into a dream 
A familiar face you've never seen 
A heartbreaking requiem melody 
All in the name of paternity 

And I'll murder you with my words 
I am a massacre 

I'll take you away 
Down to the river 
Where the sirens wait 
I'll teach you my name 
With water and wicked 
As your shallow grave 
Where innocence withers 
And hatred is answered 
A pathway created 
As flesh turns inanimate 

Softly 
Slowly 
You are the stain upon my soul 
The one thing I can't let go 
You are everything I hated 
But never quite enough 
To crush you into dust 
Until you took my purpose 
The one I'd never trust 

And I'll murder you with my words 
I am a massacre 

I'll take you away 
Down to the river 
Where the sirens wait 
I'll teach you my name 
With water and wicked 
As your shallow grave 
Where innocence withers 
And hatred is answered 
The pathway created 
As flesh turns inanimate 

Like you were alive 
Heaven-sent 
Kairos on its head 
A broken frame left bleeding red 
A shadow appears and my eyes alight 
Your killer in my sight 
And I arrive 
With empty promises I'll aim for more 
This blood I can't ignore 
You've stolen him from me I'll watch you fall 

I'll take you away 
Down to the river 
Where the sirens wait 
Where innocence withers 
I'll teach you my name 
In water and wicked 
An enmity unending created 
I'll take you away 
Down to the river 
Where the sirens wait 
Where innocence withers 
I'll teach you my name 
In iron and ember 
A pathway you've chosen me to wander 

A changing of names 
Your life is retreating 
I scrabble to save 
You're dying you're bleeding 
Your suffering ends 
While mine's just beginning 
A final word 
Please 

I've got a friend in the background waiting  

12. evil will prevail 

Didn't you ever see what you did to me? 
Didn't you even know what this meant to me? 
You act like all of this was just a personal choice 
Like you weren't choosing sides 

Didn't you consider the effects? 
I'm standing here watching as you left 
Apparently this was never what I thought inside 
What it was in my mind 

Of all the ones who made me wanna kill myself 
I never thought I'd see your name up on that shelf 
You left me hanging by just a thread and 
You left me here with almost nothing left 

I, I gave you everything you asked for 
I listened to your every plea 
I put up with the strife and all the lies 
And never asked for anything 
You are everything I've tried to fight 
You're everything I've regretted inside 
Everything I wished I'd never done 
And never given time 

Don't you ever tell me that you wish things could be the same 
Don't you ever tell me that you regret a single thing 
I know better than to believe a single word you say yes 
I know everything you said was just a lie because 

The pain inside me drags me down 
Down to the bottom 
You left me just like all the others 
In the end 
I hope you know that you don't deserve 
A thing you've gotten 
I hope you know you're just a child 
Let me be clear 

I, I gave you everything you asked for 
I listened to your every plea 
I put up with the strife and all the lies 
And never asked for anything 
You are everything I've tried to fight 
You're everything I've regretted inside 
Everything I wished I'd never done 
And never given time 

Everything was just a second away I guess 
Everything was just another of my regrets 
A hundred lies couldn't make me lose my trust in you 
But you did it with the truth 

I hate the air you breathe 
I loathe the world you see 
Can you even understand 
What it means to care about something? 

Or do you only think for yourself? 
Do you think of no one else? 
Do you give in to not caring for anyone? 
I hope you know 

I saw through every lie you said 
Through every word you'd sell 
Through every angry look 
And every empty smile 
And I just let it pass 
Acted like we were friends 
I guess you couldn't stand 
Dealing with my demands 
I hate you 
What you put me through 
Everything you did to me 
That you passed off as normalcy 
You're a liar 

And all the songs I wrote 
They all bear your name 
Between the lines and notes 
I guess you were the same

 

 

 

...and the snow will turn to ash

1. Kelsier Says Hello 

So thank you for your time. 
We're so pleased you're here tonight. 
Welcome to the second movement. 
Take a step inside. 
And listen for your name. 
We're so sure you're not the same. 
Participation is required. 
This is why you came. 

Welcome to the revolution, 
I hope you enjoy the show. 
Oh, this is the beginning of the end, 
And I hope that you're ready for anything. 

Oh, this is an exhibition of all our deepest fears. 
This is where we show you everything that you can be, 
And the potential that you have to change this ruined history. 
And I yell out, "Save me from this torment. 
Don't let me become suspect. 
Rise with me and show them all the power that we have." 

Welcome to the revolution, 
I hope you enjoy the show. 
Oh, this is the beginning of the end. 
And I hope that you're ready for anything. 

Welcome to the revolution. 
Welcome to the revolution. 
Welcome to the time where we must put our lives out on the line and, 
Welcome to the time where we must kill the beast disguised as we. 

The time is here. Declare it loud. 
We stand ready for you now. 
This is the end of this era. 
This is the end of this age. 

Welcome to the revolution, 
I hope you enjoy the show. 
Oh, this is the beginning of the end, 
And I hope that you're ready for anything. 
I hope you know that I'm ready for anything. 
I hope you know that I'm ready for anything. 

2. A Short Drop, A Sudden Stop 

I’ve got a noose around my neck, 
But you call it a tie. 
I live my life from your perspective, 
Hoping I will arrive 
At some divine destination 
Where my destiny stops running. 
I live my life in second person. 

So do I satisfy your standards? 
Do my eyes reach too far? 
Am I worthy of life? 
Or should you just let me die? 
Can you tell me my purpose? 
What am I made for? 
I’m tired of lies 

My life’s a second person story. 
Do you know just what I mean? 
I’m captive to all your desires; 
My calling labelled as a dream, 
With no hope of coming true. 
I’m left with wishes unfulfilled. 
So come tell me of all my faults 
And I will whisper “peace, be still.” 

I’ve got a noose around my neck, 
But you call it a tie. 
I live my life from your perspective, 
Hoping I will arrive 
At some divine destination 
Where my destiny stops running. 
I live my life in second person; 
A passenger to my own crimes. 

How quickly did you compromise your morals  
When they set you on the throne? 
And when they called out your weakness 
Did it make you feel alone? 
Did it eat at your insides 
'Til you couldn't stand success? 
And so you turned your hate on those around you, 
And made us into empty things. 

I’ve got a noose around my neck, 
But you call it a tie. 
I live my life from your perspective, 
Hoping I will arrive 
At some divine destination 
Where my destiny stops running. 
I live my life in second person; 
A passenger to my own crimes. 

You were walking in your garden filled with wonders made of dirt. 
And you called upon your father who is lord below the earth. 
And he said "A screw has fallen, or a bolt has slipped aside. 
Some little thing has shifted." And the little things replied: 
I will shut my heart against you and you will not find the spring. 
I who will the thing I want not, the intolerable thing. 
I prefer my empty stomach to your empty, barren head. 
Earth and heaven both fall silent. I am stronger than death. 
Call me king. 

I’ve got a noose around my neck, 
But you call it a tie. 
I live my life from your perspective, 
Hoping I will arrive 
At some divine destination 
Where my destiny stops running. 
I live my life in second person; 
A passenger to my own crimes. 

3. Sycamore Lane 

Can you see the forest for the trees? 
Can you divine the mysteries beneath? 
Can you still hear the whispering of each? 
You see the trees are somewhat similar to me. 

Wrapped in this armor that I made. 
Trapped in this skin in which I rage. 
Sapped by this long-forgotten cage, 
The one that I made for saving face. 

I am lost, 
Tangled in life. 
I have spread myself so thin. 
In the search of what is right. 
I am bound, 
Lacking escape. 
I have put down roots and told myself 
That I can still be free. 

I would give everything  
Just to end this unconscious charade. 
Satisfaction never settled in or stifled my hate. 
But no, I wanted more than this. 
I show no concern for consequence. 

I want to destroy something beautiful. 
I want to defile this empty page. 
I want to do something inexcusable.  
God ‘fore I die, please let me rage. 
I want to remember my humanity. 
I want to reclaim my former self. 
I want to destroy the sin that’s holding me down. 
In this empty, barren hell. 

I am lost, 
Tangled in life. 
I have spread myself so thin. 
In the search of what is right. 
I am bound, 
Lacking escape. 
I have put down roots and told myself 
That I can still be free. 
Can I be free? 

Now that I've broken myself down 
To the essence of everything I am, 
When you listen to this sound 
Do you know exactly what I've been? 

I am more than you could ever dream. 
I contain a multitude unseen. 
I am more than you could ever be. 
I'm creating my own identity. 

I am lost, 
(When you first met me) 
Tangled in life. 
(Was I myself?) 
I have spread myself so thin. 
In the search of what is right. 
I am bound, 
(When you first saw me) 
Lacking escape. 
(Was I still strong?) 
I have put down roots and told myself 
That I can still be free. 
Can I be free? 

4. The Catechism I: Death 

How did it start? What did you feel? 
A sensation of floating or falling? 
Was your heart full of fear? 
Or calm and collected,  
Knowing your selfish life was done?  
That you’d reached the end, your time was up. 
Was it relief? Or was it just pain. 

Tell me dead man, oh, tell me about everything. 
Tell me dead man, oh, did you ever think about me? 
Tell me all of your lies, all the secrets that you kept inside. 
Tell me before the night is out. The night sky is alive. 

Tell me your tale as you lie in your grave. 
Did you ever think of what you’d say?  
Did you contemplate your history? 
Or just forget that you had a thing? 
Tell me everything that you knew. 
Tell me, did your memory serve you? 
Tell me, did your knowledge save you 
From the depths of hell when you were through? 

Could you summon the sun? 
Could you shut up the deep? 
Did the wind heed your voice? 
Did the waves cease to sweep? 
When you let out a cry 
Were you empty inside? 
Did your wealth satisfy? 
Or were your bones all that your skin could hide? 

Tell me dead man, oh, tell me about everything. 
Tell me dead man, oh, did you ever think about me? 
Tell me all of your lies, all the secrets that you kept inside. 
Tell me before the night is out. The night sky is alive. 

Beneath your grave how does fame taste? 
Upon your lips, its cool embrace? 
You linger here and no one mourns 
Your empty life, your petty scorn. 
And in the end was God concerned 
With facts and figures and success earned? 
Or did He care more for your soul? 
The things you wrought, the lives you stole? 

(Tell me, do you regret?) 

I can’t see your face but the whispers grow louder. 
You’re trapped in this cage you chose of your own power. 
A growing unrest lies inside of me, fervently 
Filling my lungs with the greatest obscenities. 
The demons you left are searching for their sanctum. 
Where you now rest they won’t follow on their own. 
They’re pressing at my mind hoping they can gain entrance. 
The empty night sky is filled with their sulfurous breathing. 

(Tell me, do you regret all the things you’ve done? 
Tell me, do you still hold all your earthly wealth? 
Tell me, was it all worth the lives you stole? 
Tell me. Tell me. Tell me, dead man.) 

Tell me dead man, oh, tell me about everything. 
Tell me dead man, oh, did you ever think about me? 
Tell me all of your lies, all the secrets that you kept inside. 
Tell me before the night is out. The night sky is alive. 

I told my lies. I made my choice. 
I chose myself, destroyed my life.

5. You Don't Vote for Kings 

Every day I try to move on and part ways, but this addiction never stops. 
It’s like I never had a voice of reason, so I tore myself apart. 

I spent my whole life scared of rejection. 
Not taking a stand, I made no connections. 
I sat in the corner, scared of my fate. 
Not speaking the truth, my words were too late. 
And as I sat in that corner the world turned to hell. 
Society told us to burn as we fell. 
No one took a stand. Everybody gave in. 
And all that this led to, to my chagrin, 
Was torture and killing and sinning a'plenty. 
Children were dying. Clueless were many. 
But now’s where it stops. My voice will be heard. 
Sing with me all. This is our word. 

We’re taking over. This ends tonight. 
No longer will we sit back, not without a fight. 
We will take down the leaders, expose them for who they are. 
Because this world, this world is ours. 

And that’s how it goes, just so you know, 
I’m standing up to you and all of your rules. 
No longer abiding, I am deciding, 
Everything I didn’t say it’s all behind me. 
I look to the sky, thank God for the chance 
To speak out this word, my vocals enhanced. 
Now’s where we let it all out and rejoice. 
Just listen to me, follow my voice. 

We’re taking over. This ends tonight. 
No longer will we sit back, not without a fight. 
We will take down the leaders, expose them for who they are. 
Because this world, this world is ours. 

Now I know the things you say they come and go. 
I don’t know why I trusted you. 
You’re just a fragment of the truth. 

We’re taking over. This ends tonight. 
No longer will we sit back, not without a fight. 
We will take down the leaders, expose them for who they are. 
Because this world, this world is ours. 

Now I know the things you say they come and go. 
I don’t know why I trusted you. 
You’re just a fragment of the truth. 
Scream out the truth. 

6. A Silence of Three Parts 

I wish I'd never said those words. 
I wish I'd never sung this verse. 
This war was never worth your life; 
Your life was worth a thousand lies. 

A scarlet sun hung bright over barren lands.  
As we prepared to fight in these forgotten sands.  
A banner we had raised, the one of peace we'd made.  
We wanted to be free, free from our history.  
Day after day we'd walked with wars inside our thoughts. 
We tried to tell ourselves we'd made the right choice. 

Why do we stand for this?  
Why are we falling for this?  
What is worth this kind of life?  

As we fell one by one the sand beneath turned red,  
With nothing but the sun mourning for our dead.  
We marched throughout the day to earn our victory. 
It almost seemed we'd won and then my heart stopped.  

Until that day, the day you fell, 
I always thought I knew of Hell. 
But that was when I saw your eyes, 
Your broken frame, empty inside. 

Why do we stand for this?  
Why are we falling for this?  
What is worth this kind of life?  
We're dying so we can have lives. 
And fighting but we don't realize 
That peace never comes at a fair price. 

Your eyes see right through me, 
Down to the soul that I've tried to hide. 
Your eyes they consume me. 
I take a breath as I start to die with you. 

And as we raged in war I watched your body torn.  
Beneath that blood-red sky my world became your eyes. 
And as they filled with pain the blood flowed from your veins. 
My hands and arms grew weak, then I heard you speak.  
"Take my hand one last time. 
Hold me close one last time. 
This is the end of my life." 

I said, "Darling please don't leave me. 
Lovely I can't keep living 
Without you here in my life." 

Why do we stand for this?  
Why are we falling for this?  
What is worth this kind of life?  
We're dying so that we can have lives 
And trying to pretend we don't mind. 
But peace never comes at a fair price. 
  
This is not life. 
It's a reason to fight. 
And I, I will not be denied.  
We're coming for you tonight. 

7. The Bride of Christ 

Exiting from a cold black room 
She walks across the hall, dodging glances from the ones she passes. 
Her scarlet lips hide the smear of filth 
Every lies she’s ever told competes for its chance to be revealed. 
So will you break this promise? 
Oh, don’t you break it. 
Will you break your promise? 
Oh, don’t you make it. 

She’s dressed up tonight, 
All in wedding gown white. 
But I sit and remember 
And I know she’s a liar. 

Welcome back from the intermission. 
Your hands they still shake as you’re staring at the bathroom mirror. 
Your reflection’s not the same as before, 
It’s the same gray eyes on a different whore. 

You had that swagger in your hips. 
That filthy tongue behind those lips. 
A burlesque parade won’t let you down. 
'Cause you're just the cheapest one in town. 

She’s dressed up tonight, 
All in wedding gown white. 
But I sit and remember 
And I know she’s a liar. 

So will you say those words? 
She's dressed up tonight. 
So will you say those words? 
She's dressed up tonight. 
(You had that swagger in your hips. 
That filthy tongue behind those lips. 
A burlesque parade won’t let you down. 
'Cause you're just the cheapest one in town.) 

I’ve been so much less than you deserve. 
I choose my life, my will. 
I know I can’t ever make amends. 
I’ve seen myself for the liar that I’ve been. 

She’s dressed up tonight, 
All in wedding gown white. 
But I sit and remember 
And I know she’s a liar. 
She’s dressed up tonight, 
All in pornstar white. 
But I sit and remember 
And I know she’s a liar. 

8. The Catechism II: Life 

Welcome to the second movement 
Of this alarming one-man play. 
I hope that you remember. 
I hope you can recall that name. 
As we’re giving our lives for your entertainment. 
Pushing forward to decide the ending denouement. 

So welcome to the second movement 
Of this alarming one-man play. 
I hope that you remember. 
I hope you can recall that name. 
As we’re giving our lives for your entertainment. 
Pushing forward to decide the ending denouement. 
Confess your sins, you can save yourself tonight. 

Tell me everything you’ve kept inside. 
Tell me everything you’ve tried to hide. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light and, 
Tell me everything you wish you’d tried. 
Tell me everything that you’ve survived. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light. 

No. 
This is a foolish decision, 
Brought on by fear, 
But I welcome you here. 
Turn your back on living through this. 
Just know that you can’t. 
Just know that you can’t escape the words that you will say. 
Just know that everything you hate it comes from what you’ve made. 
Just know that this is the end and tell me of your life. 

Tell me everything you’ve kept inside. 
Tell me everything you’ve tried to hide. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light and, 
Tell me everything you wish you’d tried. 
Tell me everything that you’ve survived. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light. 

As you’re marching forward take a step back. 
This war was never one that you’d win. 
The time is coming. Your fear is growing. 
Remember you will die. This is your last chance. 

Tell me everything you’ve kept inside. 
Tell me everything you’ve tried to hide. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light and, 
Tell me everything you wish you’d tried. 
Tell me everything that you’ve survived. 
Tell me everything that you still hope will never see the light. 

Tell me everything. 
Take my hands and follow me. 
Tell me everything. 
Take my hands, start to see.

9. Hiraeth  

I begged for you from down on my knees.  
My childish eyes they bled with disbelief.  
But still you walked away, you left me on my own.  
Abandoning, you walked out of my home.  

I wasn’t worth your time.  
Wasn’t worth the cost.  
Wasn’t worth the effort.  
It was your own loss.  
I was not a child.  
I became a man  
On the day you left,  
On the day you said  

I’m not enough.  

You told me all that I should be.  
But all the words were just deceit.  
"Son be loyal, son be true."  
Look at yourself, how dare you?  
I saw your face, I saw your eyes.  
I saw through every smile and lie.  
You tried your best, I’m sure it's true,  
To please yourself, to have a life.  

I wasn’t worth your time.  
Wasn’t worth the cost.  
Wasn’t worth the effort.  
It was your own loss.  
I was not a child.  
I became a man  
On the day you left,  
On the day you said  

I’m not enough.  

You were all I had.  
You were all I had.  
From your forgotten son,  
Here’s my thank you dad.  
You were all I had.  
You were all I had.  
From your forgotten son,  
Here’s my thank you dad.  

I never had a father.  
I never had a daddy.  
All I had was weekends and phone calls.  
So thank you my dear dad.  
Thank you dad for what I never had.  

I wasn’t worth your time.  
Wasn’t worth the cost.  
Wasn’t worth the effort.  
It was your own loss.  
I was not a child.  
I became a man  
On the day you left,  
On the day you said  
That I’m not enough;  
That you needed more.  
That you couldn’t stay  
You were out that door.  
So, I’m sorry dad.  
I’m sorry dad  
For what I never had.  
I never had.  

I wasn't worth your time. 

 

10. And the Snow Will Turn to Ash 

Enter to a crimson night. 
With fear to the left and hate to the right. 
We stand stoic side by side. 
And something breaks. 

We’ve forgotten who we are. 
What we’ve made and what we’ve done. 
Blasphemy pours from our hands, 
Speaking, urging, "Kill them all." 

So let the cities burn. 
But burn your conscience first. 
Show the world the wrath of God 
As you bring Hell to earth. 

Enter to a burning church. 
A symbol of all the evil we’ve done. 
I want to move but I cannot feel. 

Protection through complete death. 
Healing through overdose. 
I’ve made a mockery of my country’s sacred post. 
They asked me to kill a boy no older than seventeen. 
I burnt my father’s house. 
I destroyed everything. 

So let the cities burn. 
But burn your conscience first. 
Show the world the wrath of God 
As you bring Hell to earth. 
And let your mercy die 
As flames rise to the skies. 
Wash your hands of what you’ve done 
And kill the world tonight. 

We burnt our bridges, now wade through water. 
We’re soldiers fleeing, there’s no room for honor. 
Lay waste to the cities and sack the temples. 
We’ll leave them ruins and give them our devils. 
So take up your arms, sound the retreat, 
Salt the fields, and pray for sleep. 

So take up your arms, sound the retreat, 
Salt the fields, and pray for sleep. 

So let the cities burn. 
But burn your conscience first. 
Show the world the wrath of God 
As you bring Hell to earth. 
And let your mercy die 
As flames rise to the skies. 
Wash your hands of what you’ve done 
And kill the world tonight. 
Tonight. 

 

11. Malaphor (We'll Burn That Bridge When We Come to It.) 

Here we go. 
This ringing inside my ears. 
Hear this sound, 
It fills and decays, it makes unclear. 
Yet we all stop and listen for more confusion from the source. 

We build and break with all our hands make. 
We turn on ourselves. 
We can’t escape this world we hate 
Because we made it this way. 

Our mouths filled with poison, our ears filled with hate. 
Our minds full of malice, unable to sate. 
If this isn’t darkness I don’t know what is. 
I want to amend it but our problem is 

That we all stop and listen. We wait for a taste. 
We want to fix this but we won’t change. 
We create all that we hate, all that we loathe. 
We make our own problems, that’s how it goes. 

We build and break with all our hands make. 
We turn on ourselves. 
We can’t escape this world we hate 
Because we made it this way. 

As we enter in to this evil time do we give ourselves to the church or the dime? 
When we trust in money, ignore the truth, we condemn ourselves; we corrupt our youth. 

We build and break with all our hands make. 
We turn on ourselves. 
We build and break with all our hands make. 
We turn on ourselves. 
I can’t escape this world I hate 
Because I made it this way.