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The Gray Race

The Gray Race
Them And Us
A Walk
Parallel
Punk Rock Song
Empty Causes
Nobody Listens
Pity The Dead
Spirit Shine
The Streets Of America
10 In 2010
Victory
Drunk Sincerity
Come Join Us
Cease
Punk Rock Song (German Version)

The Gray Race

The framework of the world is
Black and white
The infrastructure builders
Flex their might
Turning true emotion into digital expression
One by one we all fall down

(x2) The gray race shrivels
Trapped inside
The world it creates is black and white (x2)

The perpetual destructive motion machine
Began to chart a course
Never before seen
Turning raw compassion into fields of plus and minus
One by one we all give in

The gray race shrivels
Trapped inside
The world it creates is black and white
The gray race shrivels
Trapped inside
The world it creates is black
And
White

I'd swear there were times
When I was someone else
A person with determination and knowledge of the self
But you flattened me to rubble
And now I can see
That I'm just faded negative
Of the image I used to be
Just a shadow

And that's our dilemma

Them And Us

Let's go

Despite that he saw blatant similarity
He struggled to find a distinctive moiety
All he found was vulgar superficiality
But he focused it to sharpness
And shared it with the others
It signified his anger and his misery

Them and us
Lobbying determined through a mire of disbelievers
Them and us
Dire perpetuation and incongruous insistence that there really is a difference between them
And
Us

Hate is a simple manifestation
Of the deep-seated self-directed frustration
All it does is promote fear and constrenation
It's the inability
To justify the enemy
And it fills us all with trepidation

Them and us
Bending the significance to match a whimsied fable
Them and us
Tumult for the ignorant and purpose for the violence
A confused loose alliance forming them
And
Us

And I heard him say
We can take them all (x3)
It's what he said
We can take them all
But he didn't know who we were
And he didn't know who they were
And there wasn't any reason
Or motive
Or value to his story
Just allegory
Imitation glory
And a desperate feeble search for a friend
Go

Them and us
Lobbying determined through a mire of disbelievers
Them and us
Dire perpetuation and incongruous insistence
Tumult for the ignorant and purpose for the violence
A confused loose alliance forming them
And
Us

We can take them all (x2)

 

A Walk

I'm going for a walk
Not the after dinner kind
I'm gonna use my hands
And I'm gonna use my mind

And who the hell are you
To tell me what to do?
You can't even tie your own fucking shoes
Your closet is a mess
Your backyard's falling down
I got no grand ideas or intentions of sticking around

So I'm going for a walk
Not the after dinner kind
I'm gonna use my hands
And I'm gonna use my mind
And I'm gonna build a world
Independent and exempt
All alone I'll be an empire
With no mortgage and no rent

And I don't need to live in your fucked up zoo
You can't even feed the animals donated to you
Your storage sheds are ramshackled, flies decorate the walls
And you expect me to die here in this shit-filled tiny stall?
I'm going for a walk

And I know you're watching everything I do
Call me threat to your children, call me socially unglued
Call me master of insanity, unable to relate
Call me lazy, bane, and filthy
Call me monstrous reprobate

I'm going for a walk
And there's nothing you can do
Because I don't have to
Live like you
I'm going for a walk (x9)

I'm going for a walk

Parallel

Sleeping on a time bomb
Staring into space
There's an ocean of unpleasantries we are not prepared to face
Sitting on the fence post to watch the storm roll in
And terrified of the damage it will bring when it begins
It will begin

Splintered dreams of unity
Our lives are parallel
So far from reality
Our lives are parallel
Independent trajectories
Our lives are parallel
Separate terms of equality
Our lives are parallel
(x4) Our lives
Are par-
Allel (x4)

Is there no redemption?
No common good?
Is there nothing we can do for ourselves or only what we should?
Comes the hard admission of what we don't provide
Goes the insistence on the ways and means that so divide
They so divide

Side by side suffering loneliness
Our lives are parallel
Phony collective progress
Our lives are parallel
Accepting that it's all such a mess
Our lives are parallel
Gesturing without hope of redress
Our lives are parallel
(x4) Our lives
Are par-
Allel (x4)

Forging little plays of deception and pain
As we watch our foundations crumble away
Staggering like birds against a hurricane
And trying all the while to stay out of each other's
Way

Broken dreams of unity
Our lives are parallel
Independant trajectories
Our lives are parallel
Screaming out for understanding
Our lives are parallel
Turning inward and suffering
Our lives are parallel
Parallel (x4)
(x2) Our lives are parallel
Our lives
Are par-
Allel (x2)
Our lives are parallel
Parallel
Our lives are parallel
Our lives
Are par-
Allel
Our lives are parallel

Punk Rock Song

Have you been to the desert, have you walked with the dead?
There's a hundred thousand children being killed for their bread
And the figures don't lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please

Have you lived the experience, have you witnessed the plague?
People making babies sometimes just to escape
In this land of competition the compassion is gone
Yet we ignore the needy and we keep pushing on
Keep pushing on

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something's wrong
Like ants in a colony we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' insects out there
And this is just a punk rock song

Have you visited the quagmire, have you swam in the shit?
The party conventions and the real politik
The faces always different, the rhetoric the same
But we swallow it and we see nothing change
Nothing has changed

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something's wrong
Like workers in a company we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' robots out there
And this is just a punk rock song

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective

One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin' out of time
Runnin' out of time

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something's wrong
Like ants in a colony we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' insects out there
And this is just a punk rock song

Figures don't lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please
One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin' out of time

This is just a punk rock song (x3)

Empty Causes

Everwhere you looked there was confusion, violence, drama and drugs
So many righteous revolutionaries spouting utopian love
Everyone shrouded in purple haze
Then one day they woke up from their dream state
They found themselves no more at peace than before older, meek, and conformed

Empty causes
A bluster for the soul
A fix for their mind
Empty causes
Cling to everything you find

Well, the shots rang out like popcorn and the Chief was hit and rushed out of sight
The mohawk-chain, leather brigade rejoiced maliciously on that night
Someone cried out "fuck the government"
His mates couldn't define what he meant
So no one gave him the time of day and the scene died away

Empty causes
A war for the body
An army in the mind
Empty causes
Losing steam as time goes by

Could it be that everybody selfishly desires
Their own personal retinue
And that causes are just manifestations of too much time
And far to little to do
Let's go

Empty causes
Direction for the soul
Conviction for the mind
Empty causes
Cling to it all
Everything you find
Empty causes
A war for the body and an army in the mind
Empty causes
You've got yours and I've got
Mine
Alright
Aha aha ah

Nobody Listens

Hey mister
Don't point at me
You shout rhetoric nonsense like a Pavlovian model responding to questions
Hey teacher
Arrogance is bliss
You spend your time turning water into life
As if you were God's foreman

Is it any wonder
Things seem so awry?
We swim in a sea of confusion
And don't have to think to survive
So nobody listens

Ahh

Hey recluse
Don't shout at me
You proclaim yourself expert by extensions of the methods detailed in your magazines
Hey downer
Don't prey on me
We've all got bum raps that torment us day to day
That we hoist on our own shoulders

Is it any wonder
People pass you by?
Your plea for understanding
Is heard as desperate lies
So nobody listens
I can't help you (x3)
I can't help you now

Is it any wonder
Things are so inane?
So many quests for compassion
Are just for someone's personal gain
So nobody listens

Nobody listens to you

Pity The Dead

There's a boy in crimson rags with a grimace and a spoon
And a little sullen girl face-up staring at the moon
And there's no one around to hear their lonesome cries
Then they pass away alone into the night

Why do we pity the dead?
Are you churned by emotion from the voices in your head?
Look at all the living and you'll ask yourself why
Oh why do we pity the dead?

Well, you've seen the disease, suffering and decay
And you whisper to yourself blissfully "it's okay"
And you still refuse the possibility
That the dead are better off than we

Why do we pity the dead?
Are you scared of the logic that swirls within your head?
Look at all the living and you'll ask yourself why
Oh why do we pity the dead?
Pity the dead

Tell me what you see
Tell me what you know
Is there anyone who lives a painless life?
If there is show me so
The destitute and famished
Demonic and the banished
Dejected and the ostracized
The brainwashed and the paralyzed
The conquered and objectified, the few who see the other side
Tell me what you see
It's a mortal wretched
Cacophony
Let's go

In the end you may find there's no guiding subtle light
No ancestors or friends, no judge of wrong or right
Just eternal silence and dormancy
And a final everlasting peace

Why do we pity the dead?
Are you churned by emotion from voices in your head?
Look at all the living and you'll ask yourself why
Oh why do we pity the dead?
Why do we pity
Why do we pity the dead?

Spirit Shine

Shed a tear for the criminal
Give him something to believe
Light a fire for the miserable
Give the darkness some meaning
Closed wounds harbor pestilence
When you lick them from within
Charity has a redolence
Chastity cannot rescind

Spirit shine
It's a sign
Of a tortured mind
Spirit shine
All the time
Can render you blind

Hey (x4)

You can take it all to hearts
Or throw it all away
You go on just a lot
Or live your live in that way
You can give until you're dry
And sucked of all your gleam
You can fake another cry
And compromise your dream, yeah

Cling tight to the parable
Let it dominate your life
Create a God who's infallible
Give your leader some respite
Closed wounds harbor pestilence
When you lick them from within
Rosy smiles lose their radience
When you take it on the chin

Spirit shine
It's a sign
Of a troubled mind
Spirit shine
All the time
Can render you
Spirit shine
It's a sign
Of a tortured mind
Spirit shine
All the time

Yeah
Can render you blind

OK, ah
Streets of America
Desolate and without purpose

The Streets Of America

Desolate and without purpose
Radiating from so many septic sources
Dorming the fabric of a wayward people
Disappearing as the vestiges of our past
Scratched like tartan into virgin soil
A substrate for progress and disarray
A spreading network of broken dreams
Searching for a thoroughfare to take us away

Just a little tale from the streets of America
Sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
Trenchant, weary native sons
Step back
Step back and see the damage done
Meander to the horizon
The streets of America

Ahhh
Black, tarred concrete
Pine for me
Lying domant
For you and your country
Hardened surface
Cracked within
Catch the sweat
From off of the chin

Of men
And women
Senior
And child
Who look to you
And your sterile miles
And in their stares
Is bald dismay
For what you fucking promised, why do you led them astray?

Just another tale from the streets of America
Sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
Trenchant, weary native sons
Step back
Step back and see the damage done
Meander to the horizon
The streets of America

Hard-cracked, daunting, lifeless veins
False hope corridors to greener pastures
Is all
That remains

Say a little prayer from the streets of America
Sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
Trenchant, weary native sons
Step back
Step back and see the damage done
(x2) Shot straight into the horizon
The streets of America (x2)

10 In 2010

Parched, cracked mouths, empty swollen guts
Sun-baked pavement encroaches on us
Haves and have-nots together at last
Brutally engaged in mortal combat

10 in 2010 (x2)

What kind of God orchestrates such a thing?
10 in 2010 (x2)
Ten billion people all suffering
10 in 2010 (x2)
Truth is not an issue, just hungry mouths to feed
10 in 2010 (x2)
Forget what you want, scrounge the things you need
10 in 2010 (x2)

10 in 2010 (x2)

Ahh

Happy and content it can't happen to you
10 in 2010 (x2)
Fifteen years we'll think of a solution
10 in 2010 (x2)
It won't just appear in one day
10 in 2010 (x2)
For ten in twenty-ten we're well on our way
10 in 2010 (x2)

10 in 2010 (x2)

Like piercing ear darts, I heard the news today
10 billion people coming your way
10 in 20 (x2)
10 in 2010

Victory

Let's go

The velveteen and oaken soothed the lonely child
The parents watched the escort take him while they stood outside
The priest was kind and gentle as he positioned his head
The pain was like brimstone, but the kid hardly bled

Victory
Instinct over intellect
Victory
It erupts from deep inside
History
History is laughing at us, plotting its discovery
Victory, victory
Blame it on the victory

Among the parade crowd there stands a decorated man
Remembering how he helped to save this sacred land
His helpless enemy was wounded, both hands raised with hope
He killed him without second thought, with brute force and a rope

Victory
Instinct over intellect
Victory
It erupts from deep inside
History
History is laughing at us, plotting its discovery
Victory, victory
Blame it on the victory

So many times
So many lives
Test the other side
Waiting to see what the maker has in mind

The unsuspecting commoners hum diligent each day
They wallow in their father's sins as time passes away
The crimes are without motive but they ignore all restraint
The evil sits inside them torpid timing its escape

Victory
Instinct over intellect
Victory
It erupts from deep inside
History
History is laughing at us, plotting its discovery
Victory, victory
Blame it on the victory (x3)
Plotting its discovery
Victory, victory
Blame it on the victory

Drunk Sincerity

The smell of virgin pages wafted through the swinging doors
And the croaking speech he'd heard from countries counselors before
They said "we all care for you
We know how you suffer
But I know you can succed, I used to have it so much rougher"

There's hope in the words
And emotion in the eyes
It's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
And like fools we trust the delivery
But it's all just drunk sincerity
It's all just drunk sincerity

In maternal family assembly poised regarding the blue tube
The numbers crept up higher and the hawks stayed out of view
Then the generals said
"We dont want our boys dead
Your sons and your husbands will be coming back heroes soon"

There's hope in the words
And emotion in the eyes
It's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
And like fools we trust the delivery
But it's all just drunk sincerity
It's all just drunk sincerity

With steam, heat and rhythm in the back seat of the car
And adolescent perspective projecting life's forecast to the stars
You heard love from the lips
You were rapt by the hips
And the promise was eternal but you couldn't see that far

There's hope in the words
And emotion in the eyes
It's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
And like fools we trust the delivery
But it's all just drunk sincerity
It's all just drunk sincerity (x3)

Come Join Us

So you say you gotta know why the world goes around
And you can't find the truth in the things you've found
And you're scared shitless 'cuz evil abounds
Come and join us

Well, I heard you were looking for a place to fit in
Full of adherent people with the same objective
A family to cling to and call brethren
Come and join us

All we want to do is change your mind
All you need to do is close your eyes

Come and join us
Oho oh
Come and join us
Come and join us
Oho oh oh

Don't you see the trouble that most people are in
And that they just want you for their own advantage
But I swear to you we're different from all of them
Come and join us
I can tell you are lookin' for a way to live
Where truth is determined by consensus
Full of codified arbitrary directives
Come and join us

All we want to have is your small mind
Turn it into one of our own kind

You can go through life adrift and alone
Desperate, desolate, on your own
But we're lookin' for a few more stalwart clones

Come and join us
Oho oh
Come and join us
Come and join us
Oho oh oh

We've got spite and dedication as a vehement brew
The world hates us, well we hate them too
But you're exempted of course if you
Come and join us
Independent, self-contented, revolutionary
Intellectual, brave, strong and scholarly
If you're not one of them, you're us already

So come and join us
(x2) Oho oh
Come and join us
Come and join us (x2)

 

Cease

Blacktop pavement cover me
Like a chemical reaction or a steam roller
Spreading randomly
There's a distant buzz and low frequency
It tickles my ear, rumbles under my feet
And it shakes the leaves off of every tree
Violently
What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

Institution on the hill
Like a beacon in the mind of an ancestor
To ignite a people's will
There's a shadowed stain on the west facade
It has spread like decay to enshroud the fraud
And the descendants find it oh so odd
Oh so odd
What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

Grave memorial hewn white stone
Like the comforting caress of a mother
Or a friend you've always known
It evokes such pain and significance
What was once is reduced to remembrance
And the generations pass without recompense
Oh oh oh
What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must

Punk Rock Song (German Version)

Warst du schon mal in der Wüste, schon mal den Tod gesehn?
Hundertausend Kinder sterben für Brot
Und die Zahlen lügen nicht, sie sind die Krankheit der Menschen
Doch wir tun was wir wollen, wir denken wie's uns gefällt

Hast du die Erfahrung gemacht, hast du die Plage gesehn?
Eltern machen Kinder einfach nur um zu fliehn
Im Land des Wettbewerbes ist kein Mitleid mehr da
Und wir vergessen die Armen, wir machen weiter und weiter
Weiter und weiter

Dies ist nur ein punk rock song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weiter geht
Wie Ameisen im Haufen sind wir programmiert
Aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten Art
Aber dies ist nur ein punk rock song

Hast du schon mal bis über beide Ohren in der Scheisse gesteckt?
Die Parteitagung und die Realpolitik
Die Gesichter wechseln, das Gelaber bleib
Alles wird geschluckt und so wird sich nichts ändern
Niemals ändern

Dies ist nur ein punk rock song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weiter geht
Wie Fliessbandarbeiter tun wir unsre Pflicht
Und es gibt noch mehr von diesen stumpfsinnigen Idioten
Dies ist nur ein punk rock song

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective

Eins von fünf Kindern lebt in Armut
Der Menscheit läuft
Die Zeit davon (x2)

Dies ist nur ein punk rock song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weiter geht
Wie Ameisen im Haufen sind wir programmiert
Aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten Art
Und dies ist nur ein punk rock song

Figures don't lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please
One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin' out of time

Dies ist nur ein punk rock song (x4)