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07.04.2011

Endgame Lyrics

Help Is On The Way

 

 

i have my mother's dreams

i have my father's eyes

you can't take that from me

just go ahead and try

 

the crescent city sleeps

while giants in the sky

preparing to unleash

let loose a mighty cry

 

can nobody save us?

will anyone try?

the bayou is burning

the cypress has died

and all along they're saying

“help is on the way”, they said

 they said, “help is on the way”, they said

 they said one by land two by sea

 right there in front of me

 help is on the way

 

five thousand feet below

as black smoke engulfs the sky

the ocean floor explodes

eleven mothers cry

 

my bones all resonate

a burning lullaby

you can't take that from me

just go ahead and try

she stands at the shoreline

with hands in the air

her words pierce the dark night,

"does anyone care"?

and all along they're saying

“help is on the way”, they said

 they said, “help is on the way”, they said

 they said one by land two by sea

 right there in front of me

 help is on the way

 

"right here, right here"


choking on the black gold

upon which we rely

we keep axes in the attics

to see cameras in the sky


help is on the way

they said help is on the way

we were told just to sit tight because somebody will soon arrive

help is on the way

but it never came. 


 

 

Satellite

 

 

you can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flames

you have to cross the line just to remember where it lays

you won't know your worth now son until you take a hit

you won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it

we won't back down we won't run and hide

because these are the things that we can't deny

i'm passing over you like a satellite

so catch me if i fall

we stick to you game plans and party lines

but at night we're conspiring by candlelight

we are the orphans of the Amerikan dream

so shine your light on me

 

you can't fill your cup until you empty all it has

you can't understand what lays ahead if you don't understand the past

you'll never learn to fly now until you're standing at the cliff

and you can't truly love until you've given up on it

 

we won't back down we won't run and hide

because these are the things that we can't deny

i'm passing over you like a satellite

so catch me if i fall

we stick to you game plans and party lines

but at night we're conspiring by candlelight

we are the orphans of the Amerikan dream

so shine your light on me

she told me that she never 

could face the world again

so i offered up a plan:

we'll sneak out 

while they sleep

and sail off in the night

we'll come clean 

and start over

the rest of our lives

when we're gone

we'll stay gone

out of sight 

out of mind

it's not too late

we have the rest of our lives

 

we won't back down we won't run and hide

because these are the things that we can't deny

i'm passing over you like a satellite

so catch me if i fall

we stick to you game plans and party lines

but at night we're conspiring by candlelight

we are the orphans of the Amerikan dream

so shine your light on me

 

Because these are the things that we cant deny now

This is a life that you can’t deny us now

 

 

 

Wait For Me



do you see the world in different colors?

do you see the world in black and gray?

alone in your thoughts

how many others

have stood where you stand, 

where you stand today? 

can you wait for me now

to take off this crown

to break all these vows

don't you know ? 

wait for me now

the airs running out

wait for me now

a promise of safe return I delivered

but the oceans were wider than I first guessed

when roads disappeared I followed the rivers

but somehow got in over my head

so a deep breath I'm taking

wait for me now

to take off this crown

to break all these vows

don't you know ? 

wait for me now

the airs running out

wait for me now

 

a lost dream of what could have been

a house on fire a tangled web

the key turns

to find the locks have changed

in time to hear the back door slam

a sound that to this day I can't forget

the colors drain to black and gray

 

wait for me now

to take off this crown

to break all these vows

don't you know ? 

wait for me now

the airs running out

wait for me now

 

 


A Gentlemen's Coup

 


the pain

disorder

a cataclysmic dawn

we trusted

but something has gone wrong

we bought in

but woke to find it gone

impact in 5-4-3-2….

 

brace 

for fallout

the radiation creeps

on cats feet

we scatter in the streets

she asked me

"do you think its safe to breathe?"

it doesn't look that way to me

we stormed the gates

and raised new flags

but it's just the same old story

we seized the throne

subjugate

we should have burned it to the ground

some might say we've lost our way

but I believe we've not gone far enough

 

afraid

we cower

to interests not our own 

the power

to free or to control

we let it slip through

our fingers to the floor

watch as the bodies wash ashore

nobody lives here anymore

we stormed the gates

and raised new flags

but it's just the same old story

we seized the throne

subjugate

we should have burned it to the ground

some might say we've lost our way

but I believe we've not gone far enough

 

how long will we fall for this ? 

 

 

 

Midnight Hands



like a new day rising like a calm before the storm

like fog lifting from valleys on a sleeping forest floor

 

eyes open slowly as the dust is shaken off

to gaze upon the wreckage 

that the midnight hands have wrought

 

and now I feel my temperature rising

my body explode

i feel like somebody is watching

like i'm not alone

i stopped and I vowed right then

I said that

"whatever path you take,

wherever you might go,

whenever you decide to leave,

I will follow."

we face a crossroad never knowing what's in store

there's an angel on my shoulder 

there's a devil at my door

she proclaimed, " tonight will be the greatest of our lives."

but i said, " don't' be so sure, let's just wait until the morning light." 

 

i feel my temperature rising

my body explode

i feel like somebody's watching

like i'm not alone

i stopped i vowed right then and said

that

 

"whatever path you take,

wherever you might go,

whenever you decide to leave,

I will follow."

there in the clearing,

we gathered close,

under the moon’s pale light we laid out the tools

"you don't have to do this

and i'd forgive you if you don't"

she just looked away and said, " i know."

 

gripped by

the midnight hands

we cradle future

they would prevent

gripped by

the midnight hands

 

the line's crossed over

the dawn grows closet

let's bite off too much

let's jump with a blind trust

in water over our heads

 

I won't bet on the falls you take

I won't let go if you started to stray 

I'll be there until you don't wake up

I will follow

 

 

GRIPPED BY THE MIDNIGHT HANDS

WE CRADLE FUTURES THEY WOULD PREVENT

GRIPPED BY THE MIDNIGHT HANDS

THE LINES CROSSED OVER

THE DAWN GROWS CLOSER

LET'S BITE OFF TOO MUCH

LET'S JUMP WITH A BLIND TRUST

IN WATER OVER OUR HEADS

 

I WON'T BET ON THE FALLS YOU TAKE

I WON'T LET GO IF YOU STARTED TO STRAY

I'LL BE THERE UNTIL YOU DON'T WAKE UP 

I WILL FOLLOW, I WILL FOLLOW.

 

 

 

Broken Mirrors



hey man, now did you hear?

you're final days are near

in a free fall of fire and ice

and explosions in the sky

a fate that we deserve

there's no escape, no

now it's your turn

 

it's been years since our luck ran out and left us here

like broken mirrors

ten million shards of glass and tears

but now we are awake enough to shatter what we hate

like broken mirrors

reflections of an unfamiliar face

 

hey man you got the time 

and can I trouble you for a light?

who me ? no i'm not the ole town crier

i'm the one who sets it all on fire

a fate that we deserve

there's no escape

now it's your turn

 

it's been years since our luck ran out and left us here

like broken mirrors

ten million shards of glass and tears

but now we are awake enough to shatter what we hate

like broken mirrors

reflections of an unfamiliar face

 

we hide from the mirrors

they might show our scars

there is the person that we want to be

and the people we are

confront your reflection

smash what you see and let's restart

because mirrors can't see our hearts



 

 

Make It Stop (September’s Children)



bang bang go the coffin nails

like a breath exhaled

then gone forever

it seems like just yesterday

how did i miss the red flags raise?

think back to the days we laughed

we braved these bitter storms together

brought to his knees he cried

but on his feet he died

what god would damn a heart ? 

what god drove us apart ? 

what god could

make it stop

let this end 

eighteen years pushed to the ledge

its come to this

a weightless step 

on the way down singing

 

bang bang from the closet walls

the schoolhouse halls

the shotguns loaded

push me and I’ll push back

I’m done asking I demand

from a nation under god

I feel it’s love like a cattle prod

 

born free but still they hate

born me no i can't change

it's always darkest just before the dawn

so stay awake with me let's prove them wrong

make it stop

let this end 

eighteen years pushed to the ledge

its come to this

a weightless step 

on the way down singing

 

the cold river washed him away

but how could we forget

the gatherings hold candles

but not their tongues

too much blood has flown from the wrists 

of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss

who will rise to stop the blood ? 

 

we're calling for

insisting on

a different beat 

a brand new song

make this stop

make this end 

this life chose me,  I’m not lost in sin

but proud I stand of who I am 

i plan to go on living

 

 

 

 

Architect

 

 

 

are there no fighters left here anymore?

are we the generation we've been waiting for?

or are we patiently burning

waiting to be be saved ? 

 

our heroes our idols have mellowed with age

following rules that they once disobeyed

they're now being led when they used to lead the way

 

do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before?

are you out there on the front lines

or at home keeping score?

do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate?

or would you rather be the architect of what we might create ?

they laid out the blueprints, they poured down a base

concrete solutions to slow our decay

and when they are gone

who the fucks going to take their place ? 

 

will it be the cynics, the critics galore?

the cliche apathetic passed out on the floor

the trusting complicit who collectively ignore

do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before?

are you out there on the front lines

or at home keeping score?

do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate?

or would you rather be the architect of what we might create ? 

 

don't you remember when you were young

and you wanted to set the world on fire? 

somewhere deep down I know you do

don't you remember when we were young

and we wanted to set the world on fire

because I still am and I still do

 

make no mistake

we are not afraid 

to bear the burden of repeating 

what they're thinking anyway

let's raise the stakes

on the bet we made

let's decide to be the architects

the master of our fate

 

we still believe in all the things that we stood by before

and after everything we've seen here maybe even more

i know we're not the only ones, and we were not the first

and unapologetically we'll stand behind each word

 

 

 

This Is Letting Go



Once upon a time I could take anything

I always stepped in time, regardless of the beat

I moved my feet, I carried weight

what I could not do I faked

I dug seeking treasure

just to wake up in an early grave

I stopped right then and said

 

go on alone

because I won't follow

but this isn't giving up

no, this is letting go

Out with the old

Dreams I’ve borrowed

the path I carve from here on out will be my own

this path will be my own

 

this is the part where the needle skips and the chorus plays like a sink that drips

a syllable repeating

like a warning we aren't heeding until all of a sudden we notice it

when the wheels brace and the tires grip

a map we've been misreading

a defeat we're not conceding until now

there must be some other way out

 

go on alone

because I won't follow

but this isn't giving up

no, this is letting go

 

I made the most 

of all this sorrow

the path I carve from here on out will be my own

this path will be my own

 

the wind died

the whole world ceased to move

now so quiet

her beating heart became a boom

we locked eyes

for just a moment or two

she asked why

I said, " I don't know why

I just know."

 

go on alone

because I won't follow

but this isn't giving up

no, this is letting go


I made the most 

of all this sorrow

I tried to brave this discontent but now I'm through

I'm letting go of you

 

 

 

Endgame



on that day, they'll tell you

that life hummed on with no clue

the warning signs were all dismissed or shouted down

so it goes

the kings all failed to tell us

the madmen failed to sell us

on what would then become the only life we know

were they burning signal fires

to guide us to the fields?

or building funeral pyres?

the outcome of a final appeal

 

the city lines are down

the kerosene's run out

the fracturing of all we relied upon

 

lets shed this unclean skin

and start to feel again

because all the shoulders on which to cry are gone

the paranoia gripped us

the rain turned engines to rust

the panic set in like a cancer to our hearts

spreading through

we bet on finite genius

or prayed for gods to save us

but there was no antidote

disease tore us apart


we left bodies in the fields

so numb that we forgot how to feel


the city lines are down

the kerosene's run out

the fracturing of all we relied upon


lets shed this unclean skin

and start to feel again

because all the shoulders on which to cry are gone


he looked at the fields

and then his hands,

"All i need is what i have."

then shed a tear of happiness


she watched the world crumble away

"is this the end of yesterday?"

"Lord, I hope so," is all he said


gone are the old guards

gone are the cold, cold wars

weightless we go forth

on wings of amnesty


the city lines are down

the kerosene's run out

the fracturing of all we relied upon


lets shed this unclean skin

and start to feel again

there are no shoulders

shoulders to cry on now

no more

no more

 

 

 

Lanterns

(iTunes Bonus-Track)



this night will fall 

like many others

daylight subsides and shadows crawl

out from under

black corners hiding 

something stirs 

so restless

cracked windows open wide

deadbolt turns

doors creak open

whispers and moonlight there to guide

 

come raise your lantern to the sky

let's illuminate this night

come dance like heathens 'round the flame

while the world sleeps we are awake

 

the blackbird calls

it sings a chorus

while the gathering swells the flames grow tall

right before us

as drums keep pounding

 

the masses now are fusing

bodies press entangled

as we revel in confusion

our inhibitions thrown into the fire

come raise your lantern to the sky

let's illuminate this night

come dance like heathens 'round the flame

while the world sleeps we are awake

 

here in the dark

we are safe from the judgement

now arm in arm

locked tight so no one gets in

the heaven sent say, "child, you are hell-bent."

but hell is not where we're going

hell's where we've been

 

come raise your lantern to the sky

let's illuminate this night

come dance like heathens 'round the flame

while the world sleeps we are awake

 

 

 

 Disparity By Design

 

 

all the way at the bottom

of these barrels we cried out

so ashamed of our tears that

we blame only ourselves

and that's when they win

they keep us convinced

to lift up our chins

these playing fields are level

we all have a chance

with that they dismiss

the fast lanes they rode

in which access depends

on who you know

or where you came from

whose daughter are you?

whose fortunate son?

we're told to stick out our thumbs

they feast from the linens while we settle for crumbs

is this an over-reaching arm ?or is this compassion?

is this a handout undeserved? or a just reparation?

“like a single domino that falls while the rest stay vertical

we’re fed these empty fairy tails will you believe them?”

all the way from the towers

high above glass ceilinged tombs

tell themselves that they've earned this

by working hard and playing by the rules

but this is only part true

a dangerous trick played on me and you

and so, like a practical joke

we pulled on these bootstraps so hard that they broke

 

is this an over-reaching arm ?or is this compassion?

is this a handout undeserved? or a just reparation?

If there's a God, you better pray

that this sleeping giant never wakes

 

if we just took a step back

a bigger picture we might view

perhaps the man in the gutter

is not so different from you

come in out of the cold

forget all that you know

because there's always been room

by the fire for you

come in out of the cold


Will you believe them?

is this an over-reaching arm ?or is this compassion?

is this a handout undeserved? or a just reparation?

 

Like a single domino

that falls while the rest stay vertical

we’re fed these empty fairy tales

and I’m through believing.

 

 


Survivor Guilt



block the entrances

close the doors

seal the exits 

because this is war

all gave some

some gave all

but for what

I want to know

 

carry on

don't mind me

all I gave was everything

and yet you ask me for more

fought your fight 

bought your lie

and in return I lost my life

what purpose does this serve ? 

 

a folded flag

a purple heart

a family all but torn apart

i fought with courage to preserve

not my way of life, but yours

 

carry on

don't mind me

all I gave was everything

and yet you ask me for more

fought your fight 

bought your lie

and in return I lost my life

what purpose does this serve ?

the cowards preach from pedestals 

with words like courage and resolve

but what they meant was fuck them all

because freedom isn't free

they send our daughters and our sons

to deserts under burning suns

a sacrificial slaughtering to fill the pockets of the weak

an artificial enemy

are we so easily deceived ? 

 

carry on 

just walk away

how many more sent to their graves

in this lesson ignored ?

i fought your fight

bought your lie

and in return I lost my life

what purpose does this serve?

what purpose did I serve ? 


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