LYRICS

THREADS - 2011

HARBINGER:

You can't break me
Against my throat a persuasive blade
Talks me under a man without a face
As I inhale with the first pang of pain
The girl I was a breath ago slips away
When I stand the world's a battlefield
Though I know now it always was
Where so many share his silhouette
So many cower under his threat
We, the 51%... but I am who one less
I'm a living message
A promise of vengeance
Oh how surprised he'll be to find he's made a warrior of me!
The shake of my virgin thighs rings out through time like a war cry calling
Calling: make them suffer
Make them plead
Erase them to the memory
Oracle eyes
I see through sites
And I've become your destiny
HARBINGER
I laugh when he approaches, yeah he misinterprets me
He sees a smile as my lips curl into a sneer (teeth bared)
And a sparkle in my eyes as I strike the flint (fuse lit)
He's not afraid but I'll teach him fear
He's not ashamed but I'll make him revere it
Let try to rally his boys, yeah bring 'em right to me
The sun rounds the earth again and again
I've spent my years swingin' at faceless men
My victory may be a bitter one
But all will know this one thing when I am done:

You can't break me

REGENERATE:

A tremor starts from deep within
In a palsied final rattling
I toss my eyes to fertile fields
For clarity in next harvest's yield
REGENERATE
In rumination of ruination
We cultivate ourselves 
With hate and compassion
With the heirloom artistry of the meek
We weave our weaker threads into a tapestry
Our place defined
Side by side
The naivety you plead disgusts me
With all your justifications
Can you justify a death for no reason?
With all your sympathy
Why don't you sympathize with agony? 
The naivety you plead DISGUSTS ME
When every root is bound 
And every cry the same sound
Then they become we become I
Our stories align, intertwine 
Like yarn spun of each betrayal of those denied
The lesson in suffering is to lessen all suffering
So I make this offering:
Be free of me
Be free
REGENERATE
How is one step away enough for you, the accomplice
To separate from your conscience?
We're of earth then life, of beast then flesh 
Only after are we human
Our place defined
Side by side
They are
We are
I

WAX AND WANE:

This is just to bring me 'round
This is just to make me full
Wax and wane
My phase, my fate
Maybe if the stars aligned
Maybe if it were just right
I'd stop tonight
Free myself in pure black skies
But everything is white
A shiver, a shake
I can't leave this place
Wax and wane
If it were just right,
You know I'd stop tonight
But everything is white
I'm waning
I'm waning 
I'm waning
You'll see, someday I'll put out the light
I cast down onto this universal blight
But so many'll be left burning bright

SLIGHT OF BADGE:

Life to soul, life to soul
Rather 'round and I'll show you how 
We place bones
Into a  man's 
Life and soul, life and soul
Using only slight of badge 
We'll avert your eyes
From truth to lies
Could we have a volunteer? Yes, you!
The woman who lost her children from neglect and abuse
Have you any wild claims to make today?
Arrest their father! Plunge his name to the depths of shame!
He's a... molester! Worthier of blame! 100's my proof! 
Now this should arouse our suspicions 
But we're gonna make it an inquisition!
In our next act we'll fabricate evidence
Coerce underage witnesses
Then use a bit of hearsay to convict
He'll never come back from this!
ACAB
Now don't try this at home, not that you can
Since we hold down the monoply on legal violence
Watch in wonder as in the beat of a baton
We leave a criminal laying where once there was none
Feast your eyes on the illusion of justice and law
No, it doesn't exist at all!
A broken home
Or fractured bones
Or a loss of dignity
It's all in the show! 
You've been such a captive audience
So in a grand finale of crooked consequence
We'll charge you all with innocence
and lock you up with the rest of them!

The Rage That Guides - 2009
HOLLOW BONES:

Welcome to the marrowless assembly
Bang those hollow bones, trumpet in the mass insanity
Play on, numb wills, serenade these bars with your complicity
We warm these cells like moths to flame
Consequence is all that remains
And I too was staggering blind, then I kicked up some insight
And I too was mesmerized by their tune and sang along like a fool
We're all so excited, madness opens tonight
Us marionettes are dressed proper for the planet's sacrifice
Dance on, numb wills, lift your legs and stamp us all right out
These wooden bones are drawn to flame
Consquence is all that remains
And I too was staggering blind then I kicked up some insight
And I too agreed their truth was fact and signed my name on the suicide pact
Now I smear my face with the ashes of the past
Now I fill my empty bones with hate
Now I'm going sane
Bang those hollow bones
There is no power on or above this earth that can govern us
The empire's band betrays with the rhythm of consciousness
Bang those hollow bones

VOLUNTARY HUMAN EXTINCTION:

What if we're too late and our suicidal ways have permeated everything?

Have we undergone a cataclysmic rebirth?
Nothing has been spared - nothing can be saved
Today's existence is a parody of yesterday
What is life so far removed from life?
Define, Deny...
Gone
We're on a sinking ship and the life boats are going down with it
Breathing in carcinogens, I wonder what "natural" might have been
Yeah, I'm part of this charade, but I'll have no part in breeding this shame
No fucking way
Sometimes things die
(With a whimper, not a bang)
And we don't hear their goodbyes
(Like any other day)
Sometimes there is no hope
There is no hope
You can't always fix your mistakes
This time we're too late

REAL CRIME

This insatiable city sways
The living quiver and blocks quake
As the souls sunk into the stones rise in rage
The urban decayed- The murder a day
In whose lost names came the loss of liberty
Alive again to haunt these stricken streets they scream:
We'll tell you just what did us in...
We'll tell you what the real crime is...
Real crime is half below the poverty line
Real crime is abuse of authority sanctified
This is a state of emergency alright
In the destitute desperation abounds
We hit the bottom long before we hit the ground
Lacking opportunity, forced into a drug economy
Caught in a circle of criminality on the outskirts of society
Trying to survive and failing
Those who blame rather than alleviate dig the graves
No one will rest in peace in a police state
Real crime

ANYTHING:

Joy, I know, will soon be under snow
This is goodbye for now...
(One eye)
It's a half-sighted life for now
Three flakes, then four, arrive... then many more
Freezing in an embrace
We wait, we wait
We'll have our spring, anything
Always, home is home so we hung our souls
And hold each other close down these lonesome silent roads
This is goodbye for now...
(One eye)
It's a half-sighted life for now
Freezing embrace
Did I blink off the ice too late?
We'll have our spring, anything, just wait
Here spins the most beautiful song ever written, but the needle is lifted
Here sings a rare and tragic record, "Be good to me and I will love you forever"
This is our melody - anything, anything
Never forget me, we sing - anything, anything

BROKEN TEETH:

Seven from the left
A chip marks the time I can’t forget
These scars we keep
Reminders of the lives we have to lead
We are the renegade abject
Our pain becomes a catalyst to contradict
Once speaking in addiction with perfect diction
We now disregard past dialects for the language of unshakable self respect
Grateful, and hateful, we walk in self exile
Out of the storm
Out the past
To the doorway that will never collapse
I laugh with broken teeth
Lost was everything, regained gruelingly
I laugh with broken teeth
So beaten was I once... now hammers break on me
… and I do look back with sympathy sometimes
So I dedicate this to the me I left behind
Who is all whose lives are denied by the wounds accumulated over time
And attempts to cauterize them with lies
These scars we keep
Tarnished steel redeems
Cowardice with confidence
We laugh with broken teeth
So lost was everything
So beaten were we once
Now hammers break on us
Now hammers break on us
(Straight Edge)

BATHORY:

I know that each day you tell yourself
"This is how it's supposed to be"
And each day you wonder how much longer you can believe
You feel the wrong
You lie to carry on
I lost my faith staring into the eyes of one condemned to die
(A promise made to those we've betrayed)
Lose your faith
In this grand illusion of entitlement to life
Our "need" is a mask for our greed and it's not right
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings
As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory
In a moment I was forever changed
When I made an oath that no life would be taken in my name
Our claims of natural reveal themselves as criminal
So I commit to compassion
Will you answer to this call for action?
Lose your faith
You feel the wrong
Lose your faith
You lie to carry on
Lose your faith
You feel the wrong
Lose your faith
How can you carry on?

BLACK FRIDAY:

Work today
Cash rules everything around me
And everything around me is empty
But how can we run escapeless seas?
I put one foot in and sink
I put one foot in and think
We're all sunk by the misery of deceit
Check out today
Cash rules everyone around me
And everyone around me is empty
Disinherited of life
Off the plank we dive
To depths so low
To depths so cold
We choose to breathe below the sea
We choose to sink
Our spirit's poverty
Turns to fury
Turns to frenzy
Believe us when we say that today's casualty was an act of love
We sink
We sink
We sink
PYTHONESS:

Be deaf to the preachers of puritan punishment
You know assholes are full of shit
Coil 'round the neck of sexist institutions
Slide away and never cum back
Never cummin' back
PYTHONESS
Tonight's insertion is a cultural subversion
As is abstaining in disdain of misogyny's intrusion
Lose the myth of loss of dignity
Freedom can happen on its knees
You're not "having your way" when I agree
The song of the pythonessssss pulses like a clitorissssss
Patriarchy's governing anti-woman ideology
Conspiring and contradictory, demanding self deprecating humility
Power dynamics will shift with me - spread eagle for who I please
Whose morals are these?
We are fearless insurgents, loose ladies and vulgar virgins
Laced in their corset of conformity - purity verse carnality
We gasp for air in this dichotomy
Cut loose of antiquated philosophy we breathe guiltlessly
Whose morals are these?
"Slut"? What?!
Double standards are dismissed, along with fictional restrictions
Self respect manifests in self awareness
Loving or loveless, forever or a night
If it's right for you, it's right
Your body
Your mind
Your right

33/45:

They say we'll never get jobs lookin' this way
We laugh
A job ain't nothin but work and we're not for sale, anyway
Letters scrawled on collar bones remind that while they're dead we're still alive
While complacency commands them, we're driven by this rage that guides
Measuring success in happiness
They can keep their endless quest for emptiness
We place more value in the wax that's been pressed
They can judge, but the real judgment is left to the kids of dissidence
Brought together by the spin of a record while the world spins out of control
A tribe arises out of hollow high rises, screaming above the din of advertisments:
It's not for us
It's not for us
It's not
They say that we're the kids who will never fit in
We laugh
... here's hoping!
Measuring success in happiness
They can keep their endless quest for emptiness
We gain our values in the wax that's been pressed
They can judge, but the real judgment is left to the kids of dissidence...
... the kids who will never sell out and never buy in

FIRE BORN:

Fire Born
Retribution I seek
As I, ember, walk these charred streets
Burning in injustice
Unwilling I came to suffering-
So now the inferno suffers me
We see the truth in agony
So light the threats like kindling
But peace will come by any means
Fire Born
I shake from time to time
As I, ember, see the other side
I will rub together fear and terror to spark a memory
Of collective suffering
Warm, humanity
Groping upwards backwards wildly
When we don't have to reach to find decency and honesty
Tricked to worship with a lack of conscience
Illusions like money, god, and privilege
In our saintly mediocrity we are party to atrocitcy
Most are duped by smoke and mirrors
I don't blame most - I just blame some
So now we become the warriors
In flames, the fireborn are home
These eyes won't be put out
Fire Born
Those engulfed in flames
And I, ember, a wordless song we sang
Strive to liberate
And if these be my final, I must say:
I have none, but so much faith.


9 lives - 2008


9 LIVES:


I won't break my own legs just to walk with crutches
I may stand alone but I stand as myself
No matter how we obscure it
Truth awaits us, you can't dodge the real shit
What do we have if not control of our minds?
Look to a flask to mask what you've become
Ski the slopes until you're good and numb
Mistake cowaring together for bonding and pleasure
Vices deceive those who wish to believe
It's time to face the lie
You can try to justify with a sob story about your hard knock life
But I used to think this world had broken me
Hiding, ashamed, I suffered self inflicted injuries
We masked the pain and the joy the same
We thought we'd drink away our poverty
But when the sun rose our pockets were still empty
Me and all my friends were lost
Those times alone with no money, no family, no home, and no hope
We'll kill ourselves real slow!
We're all so gone we won't even notice when we go!
Someone once said to me
"You're better than the life you lead"
I made a choice that very night and it's the reason I'm still alive
I see my old friends sometimes
Strung out and 25
Some died
Time slipping by
Doing time
Relapsed and he's breaking down
Envious that I got out
I got out
If this is growing up then I'll stay a kid forever
I'll be the kid that survived
While you prove your maturity
By avoiding your life
I am the one who survived
You can mock my straight edge pride
But I am the one who survived

THE RAGE THAT GUIDES:

I never meant this world for you
And it breaks my heart to know the suffering it has put you through
This grief has shaped me
Forged in the pain of my past
But I ache from the damage of our collective experience
Injustice drives my rage, my guide
He says he's lost all faith in humanity
He was so naive
I can't console him, all that I can say is that's a realistic way to be
I never believed
He calls for blood with tears of fury
In the name of family
In a world that's out to rip our wings
Injustice drives this rage that guides
After all this time i'm horrified
I wish I could have protected you
I can't change the past so all I ask
Is that you never make excuses for their ways
I'm sorry you went through this for me
We fight together for our dignity
Bound by blood
Bound by enemy
I have my own religion but I ain't got no faith
Because this world has left me with only one thing to believe in
When even men of god are out to break me:
This rage that guides
This rage that guides
I would give you everything if I could
Your support means more than anything else ever would
This rage that guides
This rage that guides
This rage that guides me

RAFT:

"Why tread this water anymore when so many have drown in despair?
The tides are relentless!"
Then why aren't we relentless?!
"We're just needles in a haystack, so why try?
Why beat yourself up?
It's not a compromise, it's just life!
You have no choice.
Become the violence, tell the lie.
Don't you see we can't fight the tide?"
Are we fading away into the grey?
Coasting through the fog of right and wrong
Lost at sea, lost at sea
But I still believe
That we can remember who we are
So disconnected by this cheap contentment
These crowns have slipped over our eyes and I just want to find
The way out of this kingdom, this prison, this battlefield
I renounce my crown
I would rather drown
Are we fading away into the grey?
Coasting through the fog of right and wrong
Lost at sea, lost at sea
Anchored by our apathy
Cause when there's no shore in site it's hard to believe
Don't mistake what's easy for what's right
Don't mistake what's right for this half-life of scraping by
The world enslaved so we can sail this dismal night
We are cowards, kings who say it's "too hard" to even try
You say you have no pull? Come on!
Are we fading away into the grey?
Coasting through the fog of right and wrong
Lost at sea, lost at sea
So desperate, I'm praying
To a god I don't believe in that we can find our way home
Are we fading away into the grey?
Coasting through the fog of right and wrong
Lost at sea, lost at sea
These waters may claim me
But I will sink with my integrity
I renounce my crown
This kingdom's going down
Our drive is stronger than the tide
We decide if we decide

Demo - 2006

FINAL GENERATION:


It's easy to lose sight 
To buy in
To give up
But it's not alright
Look around, all things ave been homogenized
Everything is just alike
My town is your town is the world
Extinction looms overhead
Have we given in to death?
I am overwhelmed with despair
I want to apologize
To everything we've victimized
We have to find a way
Everything is on the line
We're all about to fucking die

FRESH TO DEATH:

We refuse to see the reach of the decisions that we make
They've been stripped of everything and still we take
We claim we're innocent, "We aren't the ones who made these rules!"
This may be their machine but we provide the fuel 
Our dislocation manifests as brand identity 
So naive we think that work will set us free 
Let's get free
So hollow and we demand the world to follow
We are the cultureless, at home in emptiness
In every stitch you'll find abandoned goals and forgotten dreams
So vain, we proudly sport this misery
So cruel, we profit off their loss of dignity
Is this who you want to be?
Maybe you feel entitled

To be carried on the broken back of the people
That's not my way
Or is that you think it's a fair trade?
Their time and lives so you can masquerade
In the threads you think make you unique
The world must suffer for your fuckin' sneaks?
Though proud we stand, we are reduced
To the worst we've done to those abused
Behind the fences their hearts still beat
In the rhythm of production, the rhythm of deceit
Imagine their faces, their losses, and their pain
You look into their eyes and try to explain
We will not stay ignorant or turn a blind eye
we create the demand and they're held prisoner for supply 
So I ask why do we do we continue to buy?
We are not innocent if we obey their rules
They've deceived us all and we will not be made fools
In every choice I make i try to think of the effect
I try my best to live my life based on respect
Don't be misled by advertisements
'Cause you're more than shoes bros
Give up your excess
Give it up, give it all up
It was never yours to take
Selfish as we have been
We must rectify our mistakes
Give it up!


VOLUNTARY HUMAN EXTINCTION:

What if we're too late and our suicidal ways have permeated everything?
Every cell is poisoned, every inch of earth
Have we undergone a cataclysmic rebirth?
Nothing has been sparred, nothing can be saved
Today's existence is a parody of yesterday
All things die and I've accepted that it's our time
We're on a sinking ship 
Our lifeboats are going down with it
We're directionless, we're lost
And headed straight for the center of an apocalyptic storm
Sometimes things die and we don't hear their goodbyes
Sometimes there is no hope
There is no hope
We can't always fix our mistakes this time we're too late

BATHORY:

I know that each day you tell yourself, "This is how it's supposed to be"
And each day you wonder how much longer you can believe
You feel the wrong
You lie to carry on
I lost my faith
Staring into the eyes (a promise made)
Of those condemned to die (to those we've betrayed)
LOSE YOUR FAITH
In this grand illusion of entitlement to life
Our "need" is a mask for our greed
And it's not fucking right
We are executioners that parade ourselves as kings
Death as life
We are a society of Bathories
In a moment I was forever changed
When I made an oath that no life
Would be taken in my name
Our claims of natural reveal themselves as criminal
So I commit to compassion
Will you answer to this call for action?
Lose your FaithYou feel the wrong
You lie to carry on

BLACK SHEEP:

Their success is a mass grave 

And you know these ways can't be sustained
I worry that we can't be saved
Because our comfort is a shroud that wraps the whole world 'round
It's entranced the whole world 'round
And no one can get out
I can't hang with the philosophies
That this culture tries to push on me
So I'm gonna leave, yeah I'm gonna leave it all behind
This life isn't mine
Their success is a mass grave and you know these ways can't be sustained
So can someone please explain
Why our comfort is shroud that wraps the whole world 'round
And there's collapse the whole world 'round
And no one can get out?
The more I open up my eyes
The more I see this world is a graveyard in disguise
All this time I thought I was a hostage in this tomb
So I gave up and i thought that humanity was doomed
We refuse to live this way
Immersed in death and decay
From the ashes of yesterday we'll rise
A new beginning, a phoenix in flight
Hey prisoners, you're free
So let's walk, no let's run away from this society
Let's wise up to the wrongs in this world and in our own lives
We're gonna start tonight
Start again, set things right
We have to be what we want to see
I am the new beginning
Black sheepWe have to be what we want to see
It's up to me


ROOT TO SEED:

I've heard the stories so many times
The guilty cowards, concealing their past crimes
You cannot keep the truth away from me
The bigger the lie the more likely it will be believed, but I won't be believe
We all must find out who we were born to be
A place in class and race and in our family tree
You cannot take these roots away from me
I look to the past for inspiration to carry on and find where I belong
There's no grave deep enough to hold the truths that lay untold 
So we honor the dead
We carry the weight of the past, so we must do right for those who've passed
Follow the path of the conquest, follow the path the path of the oppressed
Know their horrors and remember the fights, know those who have given and taken your rights
They've colonized all that we can see, they will not settle in these memories