Circuitry

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released July 24, 2009

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Track Name: So Alone
Sentenced
Outcast
Ants, crushed by
Love
Onward, they march, feeling
Nothing, but
Enmity
Track Name: The Smokestacks and the Noose
White walls
Windowless
Losing
Our right to
Justice
Give us our
Poison
Then send us away

My whole existence
Is to better you
My only purpose
To forget the truth
The blood has been shed
Our hope is now dead
The Smokestacks and the Noose

You taught us to tie the knot
That we are hanging in
Now we are falling into a deeper sleep
We are falling into
Deeper sleep

We are the machine
Track Name: Closed Casket
Entry through the portal
shards of glass
through skin, mortal
ending the endlessness

torn between
truth disrobes
this vessel
this hole

phantom anchor, usurpation
so far below my expectations
extenuation, what killed it all
where honesty dies, there love falls

and deep down i knew
i always fought it
lies suppressing the truth
you always bought it
i never wanted to end this
i never wanted
i never wanted to end this
i always fought it
Track Name: Perfume Trigger
She pervades the air
With a softened glow
She saturates my existence
With one hello
Lens focused in
Nothing to distract
All becomes one
Complete
In this abstract

She moves slowly
Breathes
Takes me so far away
From everything I am
I become nothing
But then she turns to leave,
She says it’s fate, she has to go
And I reach for her dress
As she runs out the door

Oh, let go
Say goodbye
The last time

I the hungry
She the provider
I the poor
She the giver
I the broken
She the mender
I the lonely
She the comforter

I the instigator
She the parasite
I the ship-wrecked
She the great white
I the weak
She the virulent
I the defeated
She’s the victor in the end

Oh, let go
Say good bye
The last time

Why can’t I forget you?
Track Name: Evenire
Cannons pierce our ears
As they tear through the ship
We rested through the night
Carried here by the wind

Slowly sinking,
I watch it all drift away
As we
We fall to
The bottom
Of the sea

No one controls the sea
The clashing of waves
Our will, the tides do not obey
And they brought us here today
We knew this was bound to happen
And we waited in suspense
Trying to gain control
But this event was always imminent

Arise
We wipe the sleep from our eyes
Surprise

So many men,
We dwell in foolish pride
In vain we think we can,
In vain we try
To calm the raging winds,
Seize the crashing waves,
Direct the ebb and flow,
Control our certain fate

Slowly sinking,
I watch it all drift away
As we
We fall to
The bottom
Of the sea
Track Name: Melancholy
this bane,
sufferring
torment
agony
and pain
complicated by
bliss and ecstacy
creating my bittersweet
memory

all emotions are exposed
the true colors are shown
the entire spectrum of light
on display in this dark night

waves of all emotions against me
kaleidoscopic tides of memories
i'm stranded
bittersweet
lost at sea

scratching at me from within
black bile
complex decision

I feel too much
I feel too much of everything
and it overwhelms
I don't know what to feel
when you take me over

You grab me from
grab me from the inside

seething, seeking
in my veins
someone, someone
save me, save me
Track Name: Lethe
Another day,
Another disguise
Of charming demeanor,
Past pretenses behind
We all fell for your change in conscience
Until the real you came bleeding through
You bleach stains with your words
Believing that your schemes
No one will ever know
But I dug deeper and discerned
Your lies
Yes, sirrah, I know

Pull me down in the murk
I lurk
To find
The truth and the salient reason
Why
Why I
Let you lead me here

I know you know everything
I know you are so much better than me
I know that you feel so right
When you prey on the weak
And lead me
On another
Long, winding trail
To the waters of
To the waters of
Lethe

Hardened hands push me down to the brink
To drink,
To forget,
To repress this memory
And I see the sweet water flow
And you push me forward to
Drown and drink…

Tender hands
Save me from drowning
My sweet friend pulls me to shore

Now, all I see
All I know
Is your
Caring soul
Now, all I see
All I know
Is your
Caring soul
Track Name: The Age of Machines
Behind that smile and those glimmering eyes,
Behind the shining, white teeth
Is a sword of malice,
A sword of lies

You marched right on in
And pronounced us all dead
Your charm could not mask
The real you and your dark evil depths

One by one
March down the line
Conveyor belt
To our demise
No movements
No breathing
Just metal casings with
No feelings

One by one
Remove our brains
Our greatest loss
Is society’s gain
And our hearts,
Mere batteries
Nothing more
Could we ever dream to be

We all are no longer human
We are but machines
You take, take, take, take,
And break us
With every word you speak

Conformity is all we desire
But it’s only a fragile toy
When we refuse your lies,
Your cords,
Your batteries,
We find true joy

One by one
March down the line
Conveyor belt
To our demise
No movements
No breathing
Just metal casings with
No feelings

One by one
Remove our brains
Our greatest loss
Is society’s gain
And our hearts,
Mere batteries
Nothing more
Could we ever dream to be

You,
I will never be
I will never, even follow you blindly
I cannot give in
To your lies and deceit
So ever present in
The age of machines
Track Name: The Cycle
Again
The cycle begins
Again
Initiated by ruins
Again
I have no sight of the end
Again
I give up, I give in

With every battle,
Every cycle,
I lose more of my strength
This time
I truly have nothing left
Every day a drain of
My everything
Everything in vain,
Broken
Glued together with pain

Hold me steady
After the fall
And tell me
What I know is false

But it’s not over
It’s not over
I feel it pulling me back

I fight
I fail
I fight
I fail
Track Name: The Silhouette Anthem
Silhouettes
Dancing in my head
Reaching out for me to join them
Again
I accede
Captivated by their presence
And their love for the dance

All else fades away
All else fades away

Swaying figures
All I see
In this one, short moment
All I fathom
To be

With dreams
I rest
At ease

Black and paper thin
Is all we could ever be
A few seconds of pleasure
Will suffice
There is no eternity

And when it’s over
We’ll rest and start again
Going through the motions
Just to reach the end

We’re all searching
We’re all hurting
We’re all yearning
We’re all burning

For something more than this
For something more than this

Forgetting all we seek
We embrace our futility

I am a silhouette
I am dancing
I am empty
I am empty
Track Name: Our Last Breath
With all our hopes
And all our fears
And all our joys
And all our tears
And all our dreams
Our choices
Our miseries

How can we be
Merely machine?
Yet they say
This is all we are
We can’t be what we are
They won’t allow it
And we can’t disregard
Their mass of weapons
You and me, we can’t be
You and me, we can’t be

Waves of iron and steel
Waves of smoke and cancer
Enter our lungs
As their
Injection yields our infection

We can’t all be the same
But the disparate
Are thrown away
Because they won’t
Do whatever you say

We forget what we were
When they tell us what we now shall be
And now we tread
In a sea of conformity
Forced to feed the machine

Their reason lives on
Our hearts give in and die
We all succumb to their will
Emotion and I, our sacrifice
A sacrifice in vain
Such a shame

We could’ve been so much more
We weren’t mean for this

Individuality is dead
Sincerity has been hanged
Nature lies slaughtered
Our new world is man made

We can’t be what we are
They won’t allow it
And we can’t disregard
Their mass of weapons
You and me, we can’t be
You and me, we can’t be