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Assemblage 23 (13)

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In stillness
A silent weight
Pausing as the minutes each evaporate

A desire
To leave a scar
To raise a voice from within the dark

Decaying
Cascading
Existence falls apart
Around me
Within me
So I must leave my mark

CHORUS
This is a document
To prove that I was here
This is a document
To prove I was at all
And when my voice ceases to be
Will the echo still ring loudly?
And when there's nothing left of me
Will my memory still go on?

A flicker
Transitory state
An echo of an instance that burns away

A moment
A shard of time
A solitary thread that threatens to unwind

Decaying
Cascading
Existence falls apart
Around me
Within me
So I must leave my mark

(CHORUS)

Distant
An approaching age
When this document falls beneath another's gaze

Too late
We have lost the dawn
The signal's loud and clear, but the transmitter's gone

Decaying
Cascading
Existence falls apart
Around me
Within me
So I must leave my mark

(CHORUS x 2)

Fallen Down

I've seen this face before
It somehow looks familiar
Tattered and weatherworn
A sad, pathetic creature

And once you stood so strong
Your eyes alight with promise
You vowed to carry on
A heart once beat in your chest

Cut forward to another day
Another time, another place
You're not who you used to be
And I wonder why

CHORUS
I knew you once
When you were young
Before you knew
What you'd become
But that was then
And this is now
You've lost your way
You've fallen down

You can't just walk away
You can't choose to ignore me
I stand in front of you
A stranger stands before me

What happened to the boy
Head filled with aspirations
His dreams within his reach
His life a celebration?

Cut forward to another day
Another time, another place
You're not who you used to be
And I wonder why

(CHORUS)

And now there's nothing left
Your face a pale reflection
With only emptiness
You've lost your life's direction

What happened to the man
Who couldn't be defeated
Who always stood his ground
When lesser men retreated?

Cut forward to another day
Another time, another place
You're not who you used to be
And I wonder why

(CHORUS)

Horizon

Hours
Spiral and coil into black
Some remembered, some forever gone

Tragic
We never get them all back
The relentless march of time must still go on

CHORUS
The tide is turning
Horizons burning
Your days are numbered
Your future has crumbled

Forgotten
Events obscured by the past
Without remembrance did they occur at all?

Losing
At best a tenuous grasp
And nothing below us to break the fall

(CHORUS)

Imagine
What moments those last hours hold
Things we missed that might have changed our lives

Stranded
With no way to get home
The light around us starting to subside

(CHORUS)

I Am The Rain

Too eager to appease
The cure is the disease
And it's only growing worse

Day by day it takes its hold
Divides its cells a thousandfold
And makes your blindness seem perverse

Out of sight and out of mind
Are deadly traits when they're combined
But it's easier that way

Sit and watch the world go by
While all the problems multiply
With nothing left to do but pray

CHORUS
I am the rain
Falling down to cover you
Wish me away
But I'm here for your own good
I am the storm
Sent to wake you from your dream
Show me your scorn
But you'll thank me in the end

These amenities are nice
But there is need for sacrifice
You must lose so you may gain
It's too easy to malign
The implements that steal our time
But it's we who are to blame

Fill your pockets while you can
And try to keep the upper hand
The voice of reason sounds so shrill

Surround yourself with all you own
Work your fingers to the bone
And happiness evades you still

(CHORUS)

Too eager to appease
You've lost the forest for the trees
And it really is a shame

It is such a sorry sight
When you evaluate your life
You've only got yourself to blame

(CHORUS)

Infinite

Like a grain of sand
Swallowed by the desert
Like a drop of rain
That falls from darkened clouds

I am overwhelmed
I stand here awed and humbled
At the feet of giants
Whose shadows stretch for miles

CHORUS
Staggering and infinite
And full of ageless grace
The universe seemed limitless
Without any time
Without any place
Staggering and infinite
The beauty of it all
I feel insignificant
Never have I ever felt so small

Like a century
That passes in a day's time
Like an endless loop
That shudders to a stop

The world redefined
An existence without boundaries
I am overcome
I am lost within it's scale

(CHORUS)

Like a drop of rain
Swallowed by the desert
Like a grain of sand
That sinks beneath the waves

Even the greatest peak
Will one day wear to nothing
Even the deepest sea
Will one day dry to dust

(CHORUS)

Let Me Be Your Armor

Let me take the fall
Let me take the blame
Let me carry you from hell
To home again.

Let me walk for you
When your legs are weak
Let me find the words for you
When you can't speak

CHORUS
Let me be your armor
Let me be your shield
Let me take away the pain you feel (your armor)
Let me be the light
That guides your way through darkest night
Let me be your armor.

Let me take the blows
That were meant for you
Let me help you with the trials
You're going through

Let me keep you safe
From the world outside
Let me wipe away the tears
That fill your eyes

(CHORUS)

Let me keep you from
Experience you need
Let me bind you with my selfishness
And greed

Let me stifle you
Let me have control
Let me smother
Every aspect of your soul

(CHORUS)

Love My Way

There's an army on the dance floor
It's a fashion with a gun, my love
In a room without a door
A kiss is not enough

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

They'd put us on the railroad
They'd dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces
And making it our way

There's emptiness behind their eyes
And dust in all their hearts
They just want to steal us all
And take us all apart
But never

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Swallow all your tears, my love
And put on your brave face
You can never win or lose
If you don't run the race

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow
Where my mind goes

Old

When I grow old
And my memory
Leads me deep into the fog where it abandons me
Will you remind me
Of who I used to be
When I was younger?

When I am old
And the hands of time
Have ravaged all the remnants of my fragile mind
Will you still tell me
Of how it used to be
When I was stronger?

If time is cruel
And it takes away
All the recollections of my younger days
Please help me reminisce
Of all these past events
When days were brighter

And years from now
When I can't recall
The faces and the names I used to know so well
Promise you'll help me
Regain those memories
When my load was lighter

When we were young
And the world seemed
Full of nothing else but possibility
I still remember
Blankets of whispers
That said 'Forever'

But if autumn comes
And your love for me
Has withered like the leaves that fall from every tree
Will you lie to me
So I can still believe
That you still love me?
That you still love me?

Outsider

When the door’s always closed
Isolation imposed
I try the best I can

But the gulf is too wide
And I can’t stand astride
Such a gigantic span

(inst)

This impossible distance
Obscures my existence
Like fog hugging autumn shores

And it’s building inside
With each wound to my pride
I can’t take this anymore

I’m standing right here
I’ve not disappeared
And yet you look right through me

Do I not exist?
A presence unmissed
An unseen identity

CHORUS
I’m on the outside
Looking inward
These impenetrable walls restrain me
I could tear them down
But I’m afraid
Of what is on the other side

It’s not my intention
To covet attention
At least no more than I’m due

But you turned your back
And left me in the black
With nothing I could cling to

Was it too much to ask
Such an abhorrent task
To simply acknowledge me?

Some small recognition
To raze this partition
That makes me feel so empty

(CHORUS)

I’m at the point I might break
Alone and displaced
An unwelcome nobody

I’m a vessel adrift
Traversing the rift
Consumed by an angry sea

Pushed aside by the crowd
And I’m screaming out loud
Until my voice is raw

But I won’t go away
From this perverse ballet
As long as I’ve breath to draw

(inst)

(CHORUS)

Reckless

My friend, I think you've lost your mind
The things you say don't make much sense
All the things you've left behind
The change in you has been immense

Stumbling into the evening
Dragging a chain of your regrets behind you
Reckless, distorted, and feckless
Building an image the whole world can see through

My friend, I think you've gone insane
Too many years of blind excess
A testament of hurt and pain
Memories you tried to suppress

Stumbling into the evening
Dragging a chain of your regrets behind you
Reckless, distorted, and feckless
Building an image the whole world can see through

My friend, I just wish you the best
But I'm afraid I fear the worst
I hope you turn your life around
I hope the damage is reversed

Stumbling into the evening
Dragging a chain of your regrets behind you
Reckless, distorted, and feckless
Building an image the whole world can see through

Smoke

A smear of grey across the sky
A warning in the distance
An indecipherable alarm

And there we stood, our mouths agape
The deer caught in the headlights
Our minds adrift and far from harm

(CH)

Smoke on the horizon
Can the flames be far behind?
We run for cover, but it’s too late
We are engulfed, we are
The smoke on the horizon

Nothing ventured, nothing lost
We paid the price, but at what cost?
We sold our future to the past

Accept a necessary doom
Too easily and way too soon
Ignore the wisdom we amassed

(CH)

A smudge of ash across the ground
An undelivered message
All that remains is memory

A gust of wind across the plains
Carries away the remnants
Into forgotten history

(CH)

Spark

For how much longer must I bleed
Intro the soil before I see
The one who holds the blade is me?

For how much longer must I stand
On destiny’s uncertain sands
Before I find stability?

CH

One spark among the embers
One voice against surrender
One dream that’s worth defending
One love that’s never-ending

Ignore the underlying cause
Among a thousand last hurrahs
Where every promise is a lie

Externalize the blame for now
The voice of reason disavowed
A slave to all that I decried

(CH)

I wear a stranger’s face
Not so different from my own
All the steps that I retraced
Left me wounded and alone

For how much longer must I burn
Until I’m able to discern
The root of all this suffering?

For how much longer must I flee
These harsh responsibilities
For the sinking rock to which I cling

(CH)

The Last Mistake

I haven’t seen you in so long
And I think that’s wrong
And I think that’s wrong

This problem needs to be addressed
It’s really for the best
It’s really for the best

CHORUS
We’ll be a family again
No one to steal you from my grasp
They’ll bury you right next to me
We’ll be together at long last

If I can’t have you, then nobody can
I hope you understand
I hope you understand

I have your interests in my heart
Never to be apart
Never to be apart

(CHORUS)

The last mistake you ever made
Was trusting me
Was trusting me

Now close your eyes, my precious child
And I will set you free
I will set you free.
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