Rise Against Lyrics

“Alive And Well”

now’s the time
to rearrange your life
live for something
outside of your own mind
we all dream
the same dream everynight
to burn the world that you call civilized

alive and well
i live to be alive
i lts wrong
alive and well
i live to be alive
i live to always strive
for something more
alive and well
nothing ventured, nothing gained
and I dont need to explain
myself to you.

“My Life Inside Your Heart”

fighting back the impulse
turn my head and close my eyes
spending these nights awake and cold and paralyzed
wonder how we got this far and
never realized the common thread that binds our lives
and I know you hurt
but I can help you if you can…
take my hand
and we’ll live inside the dreams we left behind
take my hand
as we move from this place to a better life
take my hand
(if you take my hand)
fighting back the feeling that you always could deny
anything but everything we know is just a lie
as I cremate this memory and watch the darkened ashes rise
and beneath the smoke
I’ll stand and ask you if you can
take my hand
and I’ll promise not to ever let it go
take my hand
’cause this hope is greater than you’ll ever know
(take my hand)
and this is all I’ll ever ask of you to show
fight back the urges
turn my head and close my eyes
and will I wake tomorrow still alive
I’m still dreaming
I’m still waiting
I’m still sure
(I’m still sure)
you’re still living in a life
that isn’t yours
(that isn’t yours)
and this is part of me
I hope you never see
this is my life inside your heart
take my hand
and I’ll promise not to ever let it go
take my hand
’cause this hope is greater than you’ll ever know
(take my hand)
and this is all I’ll ever ask of you to show

“Great Awakening”

buried words
under lights
soundtrack to this stagnant life
this meaning lost in translation
message sucked out of his hands again
this could be my great awakening
but how would I know
cuz it’s all noise to me
are these words falling on deaf ears?
staring at the empty stares
realize that he no longer cares about the wrong or right
the downward spiral begins tonight
and this could be my great awakening
but how would I know cuz it’s all noise to me
are these words falling on deaf ears?
this could be my great awakening
but how would I know cuz it’s all noise to me
(nothing I can do will make you hear)

“Six Ways ‘Til Sunday”

the years unfold in one moment
the voices that we heard so loud
are now suddenly silenced
inside this crowd

and you’re surrounded by the lives
of those who found something to hold
so bringing everybody down
is all you know

you’ve been hiding so long
you can’t find yourself
in this sheltered life you live
when everything you want is at your fingertips
you’ll never know what need is

you’re claiming to be something different
so wanting to believe
that you’re better than the rest
to make up for your self-esteem
you talk to hear your own voice and
you’ve left me no choice but to choose
I miss the person that you were
but I don’t miss you

you’ve been hiding so long
you can’t find yourself
in this sheltered life you live
when everything you want is at your fingertips
you’ll never know what need is

you’re the new revolution
the angst-filled adolescent
you fit the stereotype well

1, 2, 3, Go!

you’re the new revolution
the angst-filled adolescent
you fit the stereotype well
[repeat to fade]

“401kill”

As I watch your life go up in flames,
you’ll swear up and down you’d like to change
but when the sun sinks slowly into the sky,
now you’re right
where you started again with nothing to say,
without an argument or case
and when it’s said and done and done and said,
and now what’s another day?

I can feel these changes right before my eyes
I see a dying fire inside your eyes, inside your eyes

When will you stop and realize,
the worth and value of your life?
as you suffocate yourself within this mindless,
9-5 wake up! there’s more!
and your life is nobody’s but yours
and now its said and done and done and said,
and now what’s another day?

I can feel these changes right before my eyes
I see a dying fire inside your eyes

You’re running circles around my slow pace
you’ve reached the finish line only to realize there was no race
I’m sick of being stepped on for the things I choose
I give and take and now I’ve taken all I could

And now I’ve taken all I could
And now I’ve taken all I could
And now I’ve taken all I could (now I’ve taken, now I’ve taken)
And now I’ve taken all I could (now I’ve taken, now I’ve taken)
And now I’ve taken all I could

“The Art Of Losing”

I’m not fucking blind to the way
that you talk around the truth
not just what you say
but what you do
played this tug of war way too fucking long
like every time
again I’ve lost
you’ve won
you took advantage of the trust that I gave
took my forgiveness
rubbed it back in my face
reaching for words but there’s nothing to say
I’m left to wonder
will this ever be the same
this rage
burning through my veins
regret consumes my mind
cutting deeply like a razor blade
will I live to see another day
without questioning your motives
with constant doubt
you took advantage of the trust that I gave
took my forgiveness
rubbed it back in my face
reaching for words
but there’s nothing to say
I’m left to wonder
will this ever be the same
and as we sit back waiting
for these scars to heal
try to convince ourselves
that this
that this isn’t real
will you allow me forget your past
or will you always hang it over my head

“Remains of Summer Memories”

all these days
I’ll forever cherish
in the confines of my heart
the faces of ten years ago
like fingerprints on my heart
how can I breathe
when fear chokes my every breath?
how can I balance
six inches from death?
now, the momentum we’ve created
comes to a screeching halt
this angel comes crashing down
on her hands and knees she crawls
how can I breathe
when fear chokes my every breath?
how many of your lies
will I be fed?
the remains of summer memories
spent so far away
free from the fear or jealousy
that plagues our lives today
now that promises we’re broken
enemies were made
we spend our precious time pointing fingers
trying to place the blame
the remains of what’s left
of our past
of a future yet to come
of the battles that we’ve lost
and the fights that we have won

“The Unraveling”

and all these things that we tie together
keep unraveling apart
and the light that used to burn so bright
now is dark
with anger-laced intent we set fire
to the bridges that remain
and they’re wading through the current now.

and they drown in the flood of the tears
that have been wept
and i scream to the sky
“no, you are not alone…”

if you think that your words will ever make a difference
think again and carry on
because the weight behind the hand that holds us is strong
but there is hope in the roar of a thousand pleading cries
and all these things that we tie together

the sound of their tongues being bitten
is all I hear
as we fire at the whites of theirs eyes then
dance on ashes of the world

as they drown in the flood of the tears
that have been wept
and their tongues being bitten
is all that I can hear
as I scream to the sky,
“I need you now…”

can you feel this truth now unraveling?
or will you chase the burning sun
into the sea.

“Reception Fades”

you talk about the way things were
but I can’t hear what you’re saying
a time when life was not this hard
blessed by the innocence

is the best yet to come?
or did it pass by long ago?
are we holding on to a thread
of something already dead?

I’m not your reason to stand up straight
shoulders back chest out and eyes raised
stepping back, I hesitate
I can’t let myself be taken

is the best yet to come?
or did it pass by long ago?
are we holding on to a thread
of something already dead?

you can’t change your mind, expect me to care
you can’t just snap your fingers and expect me to be there.
[2x]
can’t just change your mind

the reception fades the signals breaking up
and am I moving on or am I giving up?
If you walk away from this with anything
live your life today.

“Stained Glass And Marble”

come warm your hands on hellfire and brimstone
empty the pockets of the innocent victim
bound by fear
we misplace trust
in your voice
inside these walls
convincing us we have no choice
gaze upon these stare of naivete
two thousand years replaced
with eighteen inches of our faith
bound by fear
we misplace trust
in your voice
inside these walls
convincing us we have no choice
and this reflection
on where the message lies
stained glass and marble
or somewhere deep inside
(somewhere deep inside)
this message you will only find deep inside
to read these words
you keep looking down
but in the sky
this message is written in the clouds

“Everchanging”

in the face of change
is when she turned to me and said,
“i’m not sure anymore…”
and there amidst the waves
and the cloudless skies
that blanket the year before
i watch my life wash ashore

have you ever been a part of something
that you thought would never end?
and then of course it did
have you ever felt the weight inside you
pulling away inside your skin?
and then something had to give

[Chorus:]
now the lines are drawn
is this feeling gone?
the best parts of this have come and gone
and now that is all this is
with the reasons clear
we’ll spend another year
without direction, full of fear
and now things will be different

there’s nothing simple when it comes to you and i
always something in this everchanging life
and it probably always will
now that time is getting harder to come by
the same arguments are always on our mind
we’ve killed this slowly fading light

[Chorus:]
now the lines are drawn
is this feeling gone?
the best parts of this have come and gone
and now that is all this is
with the reasons clear
we’ll spend another year
without direction, full of fear
but now things will be different

now something has kept me here too long
and you can’t leave me if i’m already gone
[x3]

make the same mistakes we’re always hanging on
break the promises we’re always leaning on
all this time spent waking up
(now i) keep this line open to get this call from you
(as you) speak the words that keep me coming back to you
now this time it’s all different

now something has kept me here too long and now i’m gone…

“Sometimes Selling Out Is Giving Up”

trying to make a difference
but where the fuck did you go wrong?
lying to all the names and faces
that have been there all along
how can you ask me to just forget?
all the sick lines
and the words you said
how can you ask me to just forget?
deny the promises you’ve made
the things you said
that you hold dear
behind your empty words
you hide and wait
until that you fall in the clear
how can you ask me to just forget?
all the sick lines
and the words you said
how can you ask me to just forget?
just don’t ask me to just forget

“3 Day Weekend”

aside from the name that holds us together
now I think we’d fall apart
it’s the years we’ll pretend we’ve forgotten
that separate our hearts
and I don’t remember the way this was
but the pictures prove I knew you once
and where is the source of our mistakes
I’m afraid one day we’ll drift so far
we’ll wake up not knowing where we are
these words accomplish nothing if I’m gone

“1000 Good Intentions”

it’s all the same thing
now that it ever was
except now you’ve strayed too far
need you to stop digging your hole
and follow the path we light
don’t need an invitation to be reconciled
’cause these home fires are burning
stare into your empty eyes and wonder…
“how could something so right turn out so wrong?”
you spent your time making excuse
for the ways of life that you are choosing
how could something so right turn out so wrong?
not sure exactly where I am
the more we organize
we suck out this life that serves as the fuel behind
you wanna take the passion in my veins
and put it down in black & white
you’ve got your foot directly on the gas
I watch you burn out so fast
now I can see just what you’ve become
and how could something so right turn out so wrong?
I don’t have a backup plan
this is all that I am
and how could something so right turn out so wrong?
not sure exactly where I am
(one) one thousand (good) intentions
(lost) translation (lost) forever
(one) one thousand (good) intentions
(lost) translation (lost) forever
lost
how could something so right turn out so wrong?
I don’t have a backup plan
this is all that I am
and how could something so right turn out so wrong?
not sure exactly
where I am
where I am

“Weight Of Time”

speak with hesitation
talk with reservation
blood on your hands dried long since
but guilt still glowing in your eyes

you hide behind
(and now this blood has long since dried)
your perfect crime
(guilt still glowing in your eyes)
never ask why you lie

now I’ve watched you

stack the mistakes you’ve made on top
of the lies to hide them
your excuses just don’t add up
empty handed we all wonder why

you hide behind
(and now this blood has long since dried)
your perfect crime
(guilt still glowing in your eyes)
never ask why you lie

now I know that
your words
your actions
intentions all were lies
your heart grows heavier with time
(and now this blood has long since dried!)
have I said enough
have I said too much
is it your responsibility to decide
you’re heart grows heavier with time
(I will decide!)
and I fell victim to the changing tide
and this blood has long since dried
this blood has long since dried

“Faint Resemblance”

Wait,
I’m not listening to you now
I wasn’t listening to you then
I know that nothing will be the same again
there’s only so much I can handle
only so much I can take
before my knees start to buckle
and my arms start to shake

Have we been here before?
will we be here again?
I don’t know how much of me you expect

Standing here right now
And I beg for you to let go
I dread the day you finally do
And I fight for your attention
too little too late or too much too soon
and how will this plague the time
we share from here on out
and how long will this taint
all these words spilling from my mouth

Have we been here before?
will we be here again?
I don’t know how much more of me you expect

Standing here right now
Standing here right now
I’m standing!

And have we been here before?
will we be here again?
I don’t know how much more of me you expect

“Black Masks & Gasoline”

Simply because you can breathe,
doesn’t mean you’re alive,
or that you really live.
this life has taken it’s toll
and she just doesn’t know,
how much more she can give

But here, at the top of the world, where I raise my hands and I clench my fists,
they stand before me below, demanding the answers with flips of a switch

I don’t understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn’t care less

A need for revolution’s rising, it comes to the surface, gasping for air,
we’re not putting up with this planet one more day much less one more year

I don’t understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn’t care less

So here and now, in our rotting nation
the blood, it pours, it’s all on our hands now
we live, in fear, of our own potential
to win, to lose, it’s all on our hands now

And I have an American Dream,
but it involves black masks and gasoline,
one day I’ll turn these thoughts into screams,
at a world turned its back down on me

I don’t understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn’t care less

“Heaven Knows”

the day I learn to fly, I’m never coming down
on perfect wings I’ll rise through the layers of the clouds

and from there I see the neon grids of cities
and six million people that keep their fires lit

I threw a party in my name
but the hours crawled by and no one came
so I bowed my head and I prayed for wings
to take me from this place… from you

I see myself inside you, you dream the dreams that I do,
you’re still searching for these answers, they’re not inside your wrist

and from there I see the neon grids of cities
and six million people that keep their fires lit

I threw a party in my name
but the hours crawled by and no one came
so I bowed my head and I prayed for wings
to take me from this place… from you

I close my eyes as the curtains draw,
I thought I heard your voice but I thought wrong,
’cause you’re not there anymore,
no you’re not there anymore

and so I lift my chin and the show goes on,
the sky is listening, the stars all sing along,
but you’re not there anymore,
and I just can’t care anymore

“Dead Ringer”

I never claimed to be something more than me,
your standards are something that I refuse to see,
I will answer only to myself,
so why don’t you police someone else

the place I call home isn’t there anymore,
with boards on the windows and locks on the door,
so pick up the pieces that never once fit,
let this be the end of it

once you held a place for me,
but now that I’ve left you went and gave up my seat,
don’t expect me to share your visions of life,
I’ll take the my chances somewhere else

the place I call home isn’t there anymore,
with boards on the windows and locks on the door,
so pick up the pieces that never once fit,
let this be the end of it

give me the green light to get on with my life,
pick up the pieces then roll the fucking dice

I live in exile of you, your key no longer fits,
because the locks on my life are new

“Halfway There”

is this the point where we give up?
now is this the point where we give in?
now is this the point where we turn ourselves in?

or is this the time to ask questions?
or is this the time to seek answers?
now is this the time to throw it all in?

when enough is enough that’s when you know that you’re halfway there
when enough is enough that’s when you know that you’re halfway there
you’re halfway there
that’s when you know that you’re halfway there

this is the point where we stand up
now this is the point where we take back
the things that are keeping us from being free

so when enough is enough that’s when you know that you’re halfway there
when enough is enough that’s when you know that you’re halfway there

your voice the airwaves sent you prayed my life would end,
the wasted time I spent ashamed I called you friend,
give me one reason, I need a reason
give me one reason, I need a reason, one reason

“Like The Angel”

They turn the lights down low,
In shadows hiding from the world,
Only coming out when it gets cold

The seas part when they hit the floor,
The voices carry on and out the door
And everything you touch turns into gold

Like the angel you are left creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(your answer’s always ‘maybe’)
That’s when I got up and left

A beating heart and a microphone,
A ticking clock in an empty home
Still tells of these times so long ago,

Even though I’ve come so far,
I know I’ve got so far to go and
Any day now I’ll explode

Like the angel you are left creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(your answer’s always ‘maybe’)
That’s when I got up and left

And each and everyday will lead into tomorrow
tomorrow brings one less day without you
But don’t wait up just leave the light on
‘Cause all the roads that I might take will all one day lead back to you

And like the angel you are left creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(never cease to amaze me)
That’s when I got up and left

Voices Off Camera”

Can you hear the desperate cries
that are calling out your name?
Twisting your arms, holding out their hands
and tugging at your sleeve
Do you feel this underlying sense of urgency
or are you as blind as me?

I hit the ground and I’m still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I’ll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere now

I can’t bear the thought of losing,
I dread the attention winning brings
and ever since the day I came here
I can stand without your strings
I’m so sick of all these people
but I’m scared to be alone
and if this life has taught me anything
I forgot it long ago

And so I hit the ground and I’m still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I’ll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes
Hit the ground and I’m still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I’ll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes

The heart is something you can’t control
We either choose to follow or be left on our own
So we’re leaving here on a less-travelled road
As desperate cries grow louder, I know we’re getting close, getting close

And so I hit the ground and I’m still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I’ll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes
Hit the ground and I’m still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I’ll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes

“Blood-Red, White & Blue”

So come test me, so come break me
So come on intoxicate me
With hands tied behind my back I fight
And wait for you to strike

A new problem we cannot stop them
We’re outnumbered and uncautioned
A rally cry rings out into the night

So pride yourself on what you are
And hold them all to words they can’t take back
I’ve seen a place (it comes) to me in dreams
Where fires die but light still shines for us to see

What did you have to say?
Give me your logic, your definition
The words you twist to justify your position
Of mass starvation and blind airstrikes
Every problem is solved with a fight

Peace won’t be found
Till we’re underground
As long as we live without a sound

So pride yourself on what you are
And hold them all to words they can’t take back
I’ve seen a place (it comes) to me in dreams
Where fires die but light still shines for us to see

Would God bless a murder of the innocents?
Would God bless a war based on pride?
Would God bless a money-hungry government? Noooo!

Would God bless our ineffective court system?
God bless the sweatshops we run.
God bless America?
God bless America? (Noooo)

“Broken English”

our buildings have fallen, our walls all caved in,
and we can’t comprehend this sad state that we’re in
so we sift through the ashes of what we’ve become
and surrender here one by one, so push us down

and we get right back up again,
the things you’re telling me aren’t making any sense,
right back up again,
I’m sick of wishing for someone else to come

let the blind lead the blind,
cause it’s eye for an eye
in your so called life,
are you out there? are you listening?
is there something we’re still missing?

let the blind lead the blind,
cause it’s eye for an eye,
we all fall down

and we get right back up again,
the things you’re telling me aren’t making any sense,
right back up again,
I’m sick of wishing for someone else to come

we’re spinning out of control
we’re trying to find somewhere to land
and I don’t want you to know
the things that keep me down

cause we get right back up again,
the things you’re telling me aren’t making any sense,
right back up again,
I’m sick of wishing for someone else to come

“Last Chance Blueprint”

(Jane, he’s a freak)
(Well then so am I)
(And we’ll always be freaks and we’ll never be like other people)
(And you’ll never be a freak ’cause you’re just … too perfect)

Late nights and bloodshot eyes,
clock ticking half past five,
we’re barely breathing but we’re still alive. Go!

Our plans are all laid out,
take all these unmarked roads,
we blaze the trails to places no goes, yeah!

One last chance to go,
if I don’t leave tonight I never will, let’s go!
One last chance to go,
let’s take it now in for the kill

In time we find ourselves,
back where we started from,
too weak to fight and much too tired to run, yeah!

Before you swallow me
into your perfect life,
I’m not going out without a fight

One last chance to go,
if I don’t leave tonight I never will, let’s go!
One last chance to go,
let’s take it now in for the kill

(If I had to leave tonight would you come with me?)
(What?)
(If I had to go to New York, and live, tonight, would you come with me?)

But this blueprint’s faded grey
and here it seems like just yesterday
when we mapped out the details of our great escape,

But still these roads all beckon me
to uncover their mystery
but I fall like dead autumn leaves and let the jetstream carry me

One last chance to go,
if I don’t leave tonight I never will, let’s go!
One last chance to go

“To The Core”

If I could paint how I feel,
I’d draw bullseye on your forehead
my anger is not misdirected
unless it somehow misses you

Time spent on hate, is time gone to waste,
I watch you point and click your life away

So cast the stones that I’ll gladly catch
and I’ll throw them right fucking back,
I stand behind the things I say,
you type the words you won’t say to my face

Time spent on hate, is time gone to waste,
I watch you point and click your life away

It seems you’ve let me go again,
just like the day you let me in,
the best of intentions, you were never mine to begin with

So step away from the fucking screen,
see a world outside your scene,
maybe then you will know
and realize the lack of threat you pose

“Torches”

On clearer days I can see the lights from my bedroom door,
on windy nights I can smell the lake as it drifts to me from the shore
the traffic lights silently change a thousand times a day
but I’m still waiting, yeah, and I’m still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?

I can’t remember exactly when this longing began
but I know it wasn’t before the day you touched my hand,
laugh and shout in blissful daze and numbers are exchanged,
but I’m still waiting, yeah, and I’m still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?

So put your hands where I can see them,
and shut your mouth, I know who you are,
in a world void of feeling or heart
I know that we are the torches in the dark

Let’s break this down, let’s make this count,
Let’s leave this one-horse town, no better time than now
[repeat x2]

The angels dance like feathers float, they’re here to see and to be seen,
the clock strikes two, the music slows and each one slowly dons their wings,
once outside they all pair off and hand in hand they leave
but I’m still waiting, yeah, and I’m still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?
Will we ever wake up?

“Amber Changing”

Information kept to myself and everybody wants to know,
I trust the words of no one else cause I’ve been there before,
Your voice is wasted ’cause I’m not listening

These callused fingers are wrapped around a black ball-point pen,
These eyes don’t wander as far as they at one time did,
I’ve seen the future, it’s fading faster

No place that I’d rather be than right here, right now
No time that I’d rather be than right here, right now

I’m on the other end begging you, pick up the phone,
A shaking whisper is answering, don’t call anymore
Your voice is wasted ’cause I’m not listening

Freeze me in this moment,
Thaw me in ten years, (thaw me in ten years)
When the fire’s burned out and the smoke (clears)

No place that I’d rather be than right here, right now
No time that I’d rather be than right here, right now

Let’s just pretend
Let’s just pretend
Let’s just pretend, let’s just pretend,
Tonight will never end
Let’s just pretend, let’s just pretend,
Tonight will never end

No place that I’d rather be than right here, right now
No time that I’d rather be than right here, right now

“State Of The Union”

If we’re the flagship of peace and prosperity
We’re taking on water and about to fuckin’ sink
No one seems to notice, no one even blinks
The crew all left the passengers to die under the sea

[Chorus]
Countdown, to the very end,
Equality, an invitation that we wont extend
Ready aim, pull the trigger now,
in time you firmly secure your place in hell

State of the union address,
reads war torn country still a mess
the words: power, death, and distorted truth
are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue

[Chorus]

Your place in hell [x2]

‘Guilty’ is what our graves will read,
no years, no family, we did
nothing (nothing) to stop the murder of
a people just like us

“The First Drop”

I’m calling out
Only echoes respond
But I scream ‘til my voice is gone
Crouching in corners and hiding your face
I’m sick and tired of playing your games

I’m not alone
I stand amongst the voiceless
Millions in the unforgiving sun

Here arm-in-arm
We parade these streets
And sing our songs (and sing our songs)

We’ve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (We’ve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (We’ve had enough)
Can’t you listen to what we have to say? (We’ve had enough)

Unknowing, we lie and wait for the rain
To wash away what they have made
Face down in the dirt with your foot on my back
In the distance I hear thunder crack

C’mon Stand up !
This system of power and privilege is about to come to an end
Here come the clouds
The first drop is falling down (falling down)

We’ve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (We’ve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (We’ve had enough)
Can’t you listen to what we have to say? (We’ve had enough)

Our futures burn in red horizons
Ashes scattered in winds of change
Casualty numbers are rising
Now it’s time to raise the stakes

We’re meant for something more than living just to put food on our plates
I can’t help but wonder–why should we participate?

We’ve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (We’ve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (We’ve had enough)
Can’t you listen to what we have to say? (We’ve had enough)

“Life Less Frightening”

Suffering from something
We’re not sure of
In a world
There is no cure for
These lives we live
Test negative for happiness
Flat line, no pulse, but eyes open
Single file like soldiers on a mission
If there’s no war outside our heads
Why are we losing?

[Chorus: x2]
I don’t ask for much (Life less)
Truth be told I’d settle (frightening)
For a life less frightening, (Life less)
A life less frightening (frightening)

Hang me out to dry
I’m soaking
With the sins of knowing
What’s gone wrong
But doing nothing
I still run
Time again I have found myself stuttering
Foundations pulled out from under me
This breath is wasted on them all
Will someone answer me

[Chorus x2]

Is there a God tonight
Up in the sky
Or is it empty just like me? (Just like me)
A place where we can hide
Out from the night
Where you are all I see (Where you are all I see)
So blow a kiss goodbye then close your eyes
Tell me what you see (Tell me what you see)
A lifetime spent inside this dream of mine
Where you are all I see

[Chorus x2]

“Paper Wings”

One last thing I beg you please just before you go
I’ve watched you fly on paper wings halfway around the world
Until they burned up in the atmosphere and sent you spiraling down
landing somewhere far from here with no one else around
to catch you falling down
and I’m looking at you now

and I can’t tell if you’re laughing
between each smile there’s a tear in your eye
there’s a train leaving town in an hour
it’s not waiting for you, and neither am I

“Swing for the fences, son” he must have told you once
but that was a conversation you took nothing from
so raise your glass now, lets celebrate exactly what you’ve done
just put off another day of knowing where you’re from
you can catch up with yourself if you run…

and I can’t tell if you’re laughing
between each smile there’s a tear in your eye
there’s a train leaving town in an hour
it’s not waiting for you, and neither am I

is this the life that you lead,
or the life that’s lead for you?
will you take the road that’s been laid out before you?
will we cross paths somewhere else tonight?
somewhere else tonight…

and I can’t tell if you’re laughing
between each smile there’s a tear in your eye
there’s a train leaving town in an hour
it’s not waiting for you, and neither am I
[x2]

“Blood To Bleed”

This place rings with echoes of
Lives once lived but now are lost
Time spent wondering about tomorrow
I don’t care if we lose it all tonight
Up in flames, burning bright
Warming the air of the world

“I don’t love you anymore” is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
But I’ve no more blood to bleed
‘Cause my heart has been draining into the sea

Steps, I take in your footsteps
Aren’t getting me closer to what is left
Of the dreams of what I once claimed to know
Within my bones this resonates
Boiling blood will circulate
Could you tell me again what you did this for?

“I don’t love you anymore” is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
But I’ve no more blood to bleed
‘Cause my heart has been draining into the sea

Still I wait
With a hope inside of me (inside of me)
So still (so still) I wait (I wait)
Until again we meet
Until again we meet

Within my bones this resonates
Boiling blood will circulate
Could you tell me again what you did this for?

“I don’t love you anymore” is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
But I’ve no more blood to bleed
‘Cause my heart has been draining into the sea

Still I wait
With a hope (so still) inside of me (I wait)
So still (a hope) I wait (inside of me)

“To Them These Streets Belong”

so look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you’ve gone? (so precious)
you got what you came for now I think it’s time to move on (when will you say)
but these ghosts come alive like water and wine
walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs,
to them these streets belong

my atonement lasts the best part of eternity (eternity)
ran out of hands to count the sin that breeds inside of me (inside of me)
not this hate but the loneliness has left me here into this mess of

my hands are soaking in the blood of angels
on broken wings, they collapse (will I see the break of day!)
dark clouds exploded and torrents of rain fell
all these lost halos wash away

head hung from shame we bear a weight that brings me to a crawl (to a crawl)
these years of longing tell of decades of unanswered calls (unanswered calls)
for a change, cause everyday we slip and fall
kicked while were down, our fists clenched into a ball

my hands are soaking in the blood of angels
on broken wings, they collapse (will I see the break of day!)
dark clouds exploded and torrents of rain fell
all these lost halos wash away

so look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you’ve gone? (so precious)
you got what you came for now i think it’s time to move on (when will you say)
but these ghosts come alive like water and wine
walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs
to them these streets belong

“Tip The Scales”

Are we so alone,
So distant,
So forgotten,
As we think ourselves to be?

These are our lives
But did they ever even matter?
Are we worth remembering?

These machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
We’re throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain

When this is all said and done
We spent this life on the run
Judged by the company we keep

Our language, buried inside
These lungs that keep us alive
We breathe so selfishly

Promises we plan to break
Are made in whispered voices
Cause our despair knows many names

We make mistakes
But we apologize with roses we never stop to smell along the way

These machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
We’re throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain

When this is all said and done
We spent this life on the run
Judged by the company we keep

Our language, buried inside
These lungs that keep us alive
We breathe so selfishly

We fell from the sky today
We melt into balls of clay
We sell ourselves everyday
Don’t tell me how to live this way

Pushed so far to the edge
We teeter just on the brink
You can lead me to the bloodbath
But you can’t make me drink

As these machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
We’re throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain
Our lives will not be lived in vain

“Anywhere But Here”

We’ve been alright up until now,
but the air that we breathe is about to run out.
We’ve rehearsed our lines clear and loud,
but the cue never came and the lights,
they never went down.
So we’re passing the time,
while time passes us.
The fast lanes a term never applied to us.
Without a dime to my name,
or a prayer in the world.
I walk out the door.

Destination anywhere but here.
Away from you.

Now I’m on my way to the other side,
(On my way)
I’ll forget everything I left behind.
(On my way)
These empty rooms,
(On my way)
are still filled with you.
(On my way)

So I dropped out of my own race,
a race with no finish line,
no first or last place.
These faces all rush right past me.
I turn and walk away,
cause we finally know now what our
time here’s about, we were not meant to be
another face in the crowd.
We’re a forest of lives,
but we grow tall and wide.
We’ll never be cut down.

Destination anywhere but here.
Away from you.

Now I’m on my way to the other side,
(On my way)
I’ll forget everything I left behind.
(On my way)
These empty rooms,
(On my way)
are still filled with you.
(On my way)

I’m so tired and turned around and scared.
I’m lying in empty beds again.
I’ll wait for you to come
to your senses, barbed-wire fences
won’t keep me from breaking through.
I swear I will to you.

Now I’m on my way to the other side,
(On my way)
I’ll forget everything I left behind.
(On my way)
These empty rooms,
(On my way)
are still filled with you.
(On my way)

I’m so tired and turned around and scared.
I’m lying in empty beds again.
Away from you.

“Give It All”

[Note: This is the cd version of this song, there is also another version from “Rock Against Bush Vol.1″ compilation with the lyrics a bit different. It’s under ‘other songs’]

Break through the undertow, your hands I can’t seem to find,
pollution burns my tongue, cough words I can’t speak so I

stop my struggling, then I float to the surface,
fill my lungs with air, then let it out

I give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Rock bottoms where we live, and still we dig these trenches,
to bury ourselves in them, backs breaking under tension

For far too long these voices, muffled by distances,
it’s time to come to our senses, up from the dirt

We give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Breathe (breathe), the air we give (give), the life we live (live), our pulses racing distances,
(breathe) so wet my tongue (give), break into song (live), through seas of competition

So please believe your eyes, a sacrifice,
is not what we had in our minds,
I’m coming home tonight, home tonight

We give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Today I offer all myself to this I’m living for my dying wish,
I give it all, now there’s a reason, there’s a reason, to give it all

“Dancing For Rain”

we’re losing daylight but i can’t work any faster.
under the veil of dusk we go on
don’t close your eyes.
what if it all disappears in the shadows
that reach from the stars?

if i held my ground would you ask me to change?
this drought bleeds on now we’re dancing for rain
we drink the air but it’s still not the same
these worlds collide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame and i know.. i know

let’s go!

the waters gone but the fire still rages on here
the men all shrugged their shoulders and left
we sleep so sound in rooms just up the stairs
will you save us like you saved them?

if i held my ground would you ask me to change?
this drought bleeds on now we’re dancing for rain
we drink the air but it’s still not the same
these worlds collide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame and i know.. i know

you’ve bled me dry, but i’m still breathing
i swear i’m sucking dry the sky
and you won’t ever find us kneeling
or swallowing your lies

if i held my ground would you ask me to change?
this drought bleeds on now we’re dancing for rain
we drink the air but it’s still not the same
these worlds collide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame, and i know.. i know

this drought bleeds on… this drought bleeds on.

“Swing Life Away”

Am I loud and clear, or am I breaking up?
Am I still your charm, or am I just bad luck?
Are we getting closer, or are we just getting more lost?

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let’s compare scars, I’ll tell you whose is worse
Let’s unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

We live on front porches and swing life away,
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I’ll slave till the end,
I won’t cross these streets until you hold my hand

I’ve been here so long, I think that it’s time to move
The winter’s so cold, summer’s over too soon
Let’s pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow

I’ve got some friends, some that I hardly know
But we’ve had some times, I wouldn’t trade for the world
We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go

We live on front porches and swing life away,
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I’ll slave till the end,
I won’t cross these streets until you hold my hand….until you hold my hand

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let’s compare scars, I’ll tell you whose is worse
Let’s unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

We live on front porches and swing life away,
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I’ll slave till the end,
I won’t cross these streets until you hold my hand

Swing life away [x4]

“Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”

…so please don’t ask me how
i ended up at my wits end and breaking down.
pages torn from books we never read,
cause we’re plugged into this grid.
don’t pull this plug right now,
or then we really have to live.

[pre-chorus]
when i die, will they remember not
what i did, but what i haven’t done.
it’s not the end, that i fear with each breath.
it’s life that scares me to death…

[chorus]
when we built these dreams on sand,
how they all slipped through our hands.
and this might be our only chance.
let’s take this one day at a time,
i’ll hold your hand if you hold mine.
the time that we kill keeps us alive.

your words won’t save me now.
i’m at the edge feeling the sweat drip from my brow.
get a grip on yourself is what they say,
every hour every day.
hands over my ears,
I’VE BEEN SCREAMING ALL THESE YEARS!

[pre-chorus/chorus]

[bridge]
WE CAME IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS!
WE LEFT EMPTY HANDED AGAIN!
SHOTS FIRED INTO THE SKY…
ARE NOW RETURNING!
WHERE THE FUCK WILL YOU HIDE!?
from the laughter in the closet, some alive
but the door hinges are squeaking letting in thin shards of light.
and now our hands extending outward,
quiet comfort they invite,
and do we dare take what they offer?
do we step into the light?

[pre-chorus/chorus]

[chorus]

“Fix Me”

[Originally by Black Flag]

Someday I’ll feel no pain
Someday I won’t have a brain
They’ll take away the part that hurts
and let the rest remain

Fix me
Fix my head
Fix me please,
I don’t wanna be dead

Someday we’ll all be rich
Someday I won’t listen to you bitch
I’ll turn up the volume and you
Can hear all the shit we play just for you

Fix me
Fix my head
Fix me please,
I don’t wanna be dead

Someday I’ll feel no pain
Someday I won’t have a brain
They’ll take away the part that hurts
and let the rest remain

Fix me
Fix my head
Fix me please,
I don’t wanna be dead
Fix it!

“Chamber The Cartridge”

(This is Noyes)

Down beyond these city streets through gutters filled with black debris
In alleys void of any light where nameless things live out of sight
Down through the scrapers of the sky past neon words glowing all night
Echoes my name between each car, “Are you happy where you are?”

Blind to this impending fate
We let the world carry our weight
Its back breaks with every mile
But we all live in denial

Can we be saved? Has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we’ve become?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What’s mine was always yours, and yours is mine

Let’s go!

And so we carry on each day as if our lives are not so grey
While every breath that we take, we only suffocate
Brush past a myriad of scenes a homeless vet crashed
On Wall Street, a single mom of three, a TV personality

I’m blind to this impending fate
They let the world carry their weight
Its back breaks with every mile
But they all live in denial

Can we be saved? Has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we’ve become?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What’s mine was always yours, and yours is mine

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Can we be saved? Has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we’ve become?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What’s mine was always yours, and yours is mine!

“Injection”

Do you spend your days counting the hours you’re awake?
And when night covers the sky you find yourself doing the same
There’s a burden you’ve been bearing in spite of all your prayers
There’s a light turned off inside your heart
Can you remember what it’s like to care?

Knees are weak, hands are shaking, I can’t breathe

So give me the drug, keep me alive
Give me what’s left of my life
Don’t let me go, whooaa
Pull this plug, let me breathe
On my own, I’m finally free
Don’t let me go, whooaa

The trail of crumbs you left somehow got lost along the way
If you never meant to leave then you only had to stay
But the memories that haunt us are cherished just the same
As the ones that bring us closer to the sky, no matter how grey
And yet I fall, through these clouds, reaching, screaming

Give me the drug, keep me alive
Give me what’s left of my life
Don’t let me go, whooaa
Pull this plug, let me breathe
On my own, I’m finally free
Don’t let me go, whooaa

This grip loosens but it never breaks
(NEVER BREAKS!)
We carry nothing but a name you will forsake
Your words are always there to break my fall
(BREAK MY FALL!)
In them I find the comfort to see through it all

Guide me through unchartered waters
Before we lose our way again
Will you be my compass until forever?
Until forever ends!?

Knees are weak, hands are shaking, I can’t breathe

So give me the drug, keep me alive
Give me what’s left of my life
Don’t let me go, whooaa
Pull this plug, let me breathe
On my own, I’m finally free
Don’t let me go, whooaa

Don’t let me go, whooaa
Don’t let me go, whooaa

“Ready To Fall”

Hold on slow down again from the top now and tell me everything
I know I’ve been gone for what seems like forever
But I’m here now waiting
To convince you that I’m not a ghost or a stranger
But closer than you think
She said, “just go on to what you
Pretend is your life but
Please don’t die on me”

Wings won’t take me
Heights don’t phase me
So take a step
But don’t look down
Take a step

Now I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
I think I’m at the edge now but I could be wrong
I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall

Perpetual motion the image won’t focus
A blur is all that’s seen
But here in this moment like the eye of the storm
It all came clear to me
I found a shoulder to lean on
An infallible reason to live all by itself
I took one last look from the heights that I once loved
And then I ran like hell

Wings won’t take me
Heights don’t phase me
So take a step
But don’t look down
Take a step

Now I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
I think I’m at the edge now but I could be wrong
I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall

I count the times that I’ve been sorry
I know, I know
Now my compassion slowly drowns
I know, I know
If there’s a time these walls could guard you
I know, I know
Then let that time be right now

Now I’m standing on the rooftop
Now I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
I think I’m at the edge now but I could be wrong
I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall

Now I’m standing on the rooftop (ready to fall)
Now I’m standing on the rooftop (ready to fall)
Now I’m standing on the rooftop (ready to fall)
Now I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall

“Bricks”

When faith alone is not enough,
To keep our heads barely above,
We look for reason and come up empty-handed.
And when our children fight our wars,
While we sit back just keeping score,
We’re teaching murder not understanding now.

We’re setting the fires to light the way,
We’re burning it all to begin again,
With hope in our hearts and bricks in our hands,
We sing for change

The lives our buried sons have laid,
Won’t cancel debts we’ve yet to pay,
In death, we justify anything now,
As long as we blindly obey and do exactly what they say,
We’ll have no one to blame, but ourselves now.

We’re setting the fires to light the way,
We’re burning it all to begin again,
With hope in our hearts and bricks in our hands,
We sing for change.

We run on the fumes of injustice,
We’ll never die with the fuel that you give us,
Keep it coming ’cause I’m prepared to burn,
Keep running, find me at every turn.

Your life around,
(into something true, into something true)
So turn your life around,
(into something true, something true)

We’re setting the fires to light the way,
We’re burning it all to begin again,
With hope in our hearts and bricks in our hands,
We sing for change.

“Under The Knife”

Wake me up inside
Tell me there’s a reason
To take another step
To get up off my knees and,
Follow this path of most resistance.
How ever it takes us,
Whatever it faces and wherever it leads,

So wake me when it’s through,
I don’t want to feel the things that you do (the things that you do)
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
I just don’t want this dream, wake me up inside

Something for the pain, just to kill this feeling
although we looked awake, inside we’re all still sleeping
And I spent my time here alive, but buried there
do you believe we’ll ever make it?
do you think we’ll ever really say?

So wake me when it’s through,
I don’t want to feel the things that you do (the things that you do)
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
I just don’t want this dream, wake me up inside

Wake me up inside
these dreams all die if we let them,
Wake me up inside
today won’t start if we just give in.
(’cause you’ll be anything)

Just wake me when it’s through,
I don’t want to feel the things that you do (the things that you do)
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
I just don’t want this dream, wake me up inside

“Prayer Of The Refugee”

Warm yourself by the fire, son,
And the morning will come soon.
I’ll tell you stories of a better time,
In a place that we once knew.

Before we packed our bags
And left all this behind us in the dust,
We had a place that we could call home,
And a life no one could touch.

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Down!

We are the angry and the desperate,
The hungry, and the cold,
We are the ones who kept quiet,
And always did what we were told.

But we’ve been sweating while you slept so calm,
In the safety of your home.
We’ve been pulling out the nails that hold up
Everything you’ve known.

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

So open your eyes child,
Let’s be on our way.
Broken windows and ashes
Are guiding the way.

Keep quiet no longer,
We’ll sing through the day,
Of the lives that we’ve lost,
And the lives we’ve reclaimed.

Go!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up…
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t hold me up…
(I don’t need your help)
No! No! No!
Don’t hold me up!
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t hold me up!
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t let me down, down, down, down, down!

“Drones”

Deep inside these burning buildings
Voices die to be heard
Years we spent teaching a lesson
We ourselves had never learned

And if strength is born from heartbreak
Then mountains I could move
And if walls could speak I’d pray
That they would tell me what to do

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives
Always keep me coming back to you.

No signs of life here, save the embers, the occasional flame,
We’d know the way but can’t remember, conception to the grave,
Shout confessions from the greatest heights, where no one can hear,
All my fears, my insecurities are falling like tears.

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives
Always keep me coming back to you.

The drones will slave away, they’re working overtime,
They serve a faceless queen, they never question why.
Disciples of a God, they neither live nor breathe, (I won’t come back!)
But we have bills to pay, yeah we have mouths to feed! (I won’t come back!)
I won’t come back!

And if you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives
Always keep me coming back to you.

I’m coming back to you!

“The Approaching Curve”

[Spoken:]
The music played with a calming frequency.
The speakers gently seeped the sound of ambient keyboards and light percussion,
creating a seductive soundtrack to our midnight drive through curtains of blackness.
The windows were cold to the touch, reflecting the icy conditions in our immediate extremity.
Salt stains and fingerprints littered the glass, and streaks with melted snow cascaded down it’s length.
The music pulsed louder, yet gentle, like the far away squeal of a pot of boiling water.
The skylight was glowing faintly with vague hints of an impending dawn.
The car raced along a painfully straight stretch of road,
and she hadn’t so much as turned the steering wheel two degrees in the last twenty minutes
nor had we spoken.

As we were, so perfect, so happy.
They’ll remember, only our smiles ’cause that’s all they’ve seen.
Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned.
As we were, so perfect, so happy.

[Spoken:]
“Why are you doing this?” she spoke as if not expecting a response.
Her voice penetrated the still air of our speechless drive, so suddenly that my heart had jumped.
“I’m not doing anything,” I said, but I didn’t even believe that myself.
“This is what’s best, for me, for you, for us,” or maybe just for me I thought,
as a tear formed in the pit of her eye. The music poured through the speakers
and we were losing ourselves in the cadence. She looked down momentarily and closed her eyes
for a bit longer than a standard blink. Then she was crying. Then she was shouting.
Then I was shouting, now pouring confessions, having no answers, or solutions,
we barely even knew the questions.

As we were, so perfect, so happy.
They’ll remember, only our smiles ’cause that’s all they’ve seen.
Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned.
As we were, so perfect, so happy.

Don’t put me underground, I was meant for a life somewhere else.
Please, love, give me the wheel, before both of our hearts you
will steal tonight (will steal tonight).

As we were, so perfect, so happy.
Don’t remember, only your smiles ’cause that’s all they’ve seen.
Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned.
As we were, so perfect, so happy.

[Spoken:]
Our cracking voices became part of the music.
The car pressed on faster through the night. As our voices lowered,
The cadence again overtook the air.
Up ahead there was a curve approaching.
She made no indications of slowing.

“Worth Dying For”

Set me off like dynamite strapped tight around my waist
We are the ones in competition but claim this ain’t no race

(Let’s go!)

Take a breath and explode like bullets tearing through the wind
Cut me up with a razor blade that tries to separate the skin

Now in the
White flames of burning flags we
found a world worth dying for, yeah
We’ve been battered so hard that we don’t
feel anymore

Take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?
So take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?

Send me off on the morning breeze so far away from here
Feel me rise in the strength I’ve found inside the warm embracing air
I’m moving slow
Like a glacier melting watch me dissipate
I searched for love in an empty world but all I found was hate

Now in the
White flames of burning flags we
found a world worth dying for, yeah
We’ve been battered so hard that we don’t
feel anymore

Take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?
So take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?

Don’t ask me why
‘Cuz I don’t know
Don’t ask me how
I’m gonna solve this on my own
Don’t ask me why
‘Cuz I don’t know
These things I’ve never faced
Scratch out, but won’t erase

In the wreckage of a job well done
I saw a place I’d never seen before, yeah
And that moment I refused to close my eyes anymore

So take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?
So take me
From this world
Save me
What if we
All die young?

So take me [2x]

“Behind Closed Doors”

Chairs thrown and tables toppled,
Hands armed with broken bottles,
Standing no chance to win but,
We’re not running, we’re not running.

There’s a point I think we’re missing,
It’s in the air we raise our fists in,
In the smiles we cast each other,
My sister, my brother.

About the time we gave up hoping
We’d ever find these locks still open,
Stumbling on stones unturned,
The hurt we feel, we all have earned.

The lines we cross in search of change,
but all they see is treason.

Although we have no obligation to stay alive
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
(Break out) I won’t be left here
Behind closed doors.

Bonfires burn like beacons,
Guiding the lost and weakened.
Flames dance on crashing waves,
Guiding ships who’ve gone astray

Time out, let’s stop and think this through,
We’ve all got better things to do,
Than talk in circles, run in place,
Answers {are} inches from our face.

Although we have no obligation to stay alive
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
(Break out) I won’t be left here
Behind closed doors.

Black eyes, broken fingers,
Blood drips and I let it run
down my lips into my swollen gums.
When hope is non-existent,
Our instincts all scream “Run”,
We never turn our backs or even bite our tongues.

Although we have no obligation to stay alive
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
(Break out) I won’t be left here
Behind closed doors.
[x2]

“Roadside”

Tell me what I’m supposed to do,
With all these left over feelings of you;
‘Cause I don’t know

And tell me how I’m supposed to feel,
When all these nightmares become real;
‘Cause I don’t know

And I don’t think you see the places inside me that I find you,
And I don’t know how we separate the lies here from the truth;
And I don’t know how we woke up one day and somehow thought we knew
exactly what we’re supposed to do.

So leave me at the roadside,
And hang me up and out to dry;
So leave me at the roadside,
And hang me up and out to dry.

And I don’t think you see the places inside me that I find you;
And I don’t know how we woke up one day and somehow thought we knew
exactly what we’re supposed to do.

So leave me at the roadside,
And hang me up and out to dry;
So leave me at the roadside,
And hang me up and out to dry.

‘Cause I don’t think you see the places inside me that I find you,
And I don’t know how we woke up one day and somehow thought we knew
exactly what we’re supposed to do,
exactly what to do.

“The Good Left Undone”

In fields where nothing grew but weeds,
I found a flower at my feet,
Bending there in my direction,
I wrapped a hand around its stem,
I pulled until the roots gave in,
Finding now what I’ve been missing,
But I know…
So I tell myself, I tell myself it’s wrong.

There’s a point we pass from which we can’t return.
I felt the cold rain of the coming storm.
All because of you,
I haven’t slept in so long.
When I do I dream of drowning in the ocean,
Longing for the shore where I can let my head down,
I’ll follow your voice,
All you have to do is shout it out.

Inside my hands these petals browned,
Dried up, fallen to the ground
But it was already too late now.
I pushed my fingers through the earth,
Returned this flower to the dirt,
So it can live.
I walked away now.
But I know…
Not a day goes by that I don’t feel it’s burn.

There’s a point we pass from which we can’t return.
I felt the cold rain of the coming storm.
All because of you,
I haven’t slept in so long,
When I do I dream of drowning in the ocean,
Longing for the shore where I can let my head down,
I’ll follow your voice,
All you have to do is shout it out.

All because of you…
All because of you…

All because of you,
I haven’t slept in so long.
When I do I dream of drowning in the ocean,
Longing for the shore where I can let my head down,
Inside these arms of yours.

All because of you,
I believe in angels.
Not the kind with wings,
No, not the kind with halos,
The kind that bring you home,
When home becomes a strange place.
I’ll follow your voice,
All you have to do is shout it out.

“Survive”

Somewhere between happy, and total fucking wreck
Feet sometimes on solid ground, sometimes at the edge
To spend your waking moments, simply killing time
Is to give up on your hopes and dreams, to give up on your…

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We’ve all been sorry, we’ve all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

An obvious disinterest, a barely managed smile
A deep nod in agreement, a status quo exile
I shirk my obligations, I miss all your deadlines
I excel at quitting early, and fucking up my life

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We’ve all been sorry, we’ve all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
Everything always works out, I have never felt so fucking great
All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
Everything always works out, I have never felt so great

(Life isn’t like this)
(Life isn’t like this)
(Life isn’t like this)
(Life isn’t like this)
(Life isn’t like this) Life isn’t like this
(Life isn’t like this) Life isn’t like this
(Life isn’t like this) Are we verging on an answer,
or fucking up our…

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We’ve all been sorry, we’ve all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

(Who we are)
It’s what makes us who we are
(Who we are)
Makes us who we are
(Who we are)
It’s what makes us who we are
(Who we are)

“Built To Last”

[Originally by Sick Of It All]

Invest time, invest life
invest it all, reinvent yourself
before you know it
your essence is renewed with something fresh
Your will, your way
will earn respect in your day
let the glory sharpened knife
carve the future of your life

let’s not praise the past, just a fact
Built to last
old school or the new
doesn’t mean a thing if your heart’s not true
greedy ones faded fast, we’re here
Built to last
For the fun, not a fad
the love and the truth so powerful

work out the snags of the past
work out the snags that won’t last
mistakes have finished my brothers
mistakes will guide all the others
Your will, your way
might shape a better day
eradicate the stagnancy
eradicate it like disease

let’s not praise the past, just a fact
Built to last
old school or the new
doesn’t mean shit if your heart ain’t true
greedy ones faded fast, we’re here
Built to last
For the fun, not a fad
the love and the truth so powerful
the love and the truth so powerful

as we’ve seen around the world
We won’t go away
cause we’ll always feel this way
We’re here to stay
and our impact will be felt
We won’t go away
if we feel it, if we feel it
We’re here to stay
Built to last

“But Tonight We Dance”

Breathe deep and easy, swallow this pride.
Stare at my shaking hands through bone-dry, blood shot eyes.
Clock strip the hours, I count the miles.
Will you be there waiting, awake until sunrise.

I have traveled in darkness, for what seems like days,
I, come from the sinkholes, collapsed under this weight.
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
So say you’ll stay and dance with me tonight.

In the glow of twilight, our world is finally calm.
I felt it complete me, when the stars give way to dawn.
A language universal, but I speak not its tongue.
Is this a night that spans forever, or a dawn that never comes.

I have traveled in darkness, for what seems like days,
I, come from the sinkholes, collapsed under this weight.
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
So say you’ll stay and dance with me tonight.

Tomorrow we might wake in servitude and silence
I will give you everything if only you would have me
Tomorrow we will sweat and toil,
Our hands will quiver caked with soil,
Tomorrow we’ll give it one last chance,
But tonight we dance,
But tonight we dance!

And for this, I travel in darkness, for what seems like days,
I, come from the sinkholes, collapsed under this weight.
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
Just say you’ll stay and dance with me tonight.


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