LYRICS

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Bless Me

(A son laments his parent’s broken marriage)

Bless me father, for I offend

Where are those loving parents I once knew
Though mother stayed beside me
The other flew right by me

I am so mother-loving pissed at you
There’s nothing left to save me
No, no one else can save me, oh no

Bless me father, for I offend

Left cold, yet hunger the warmth you gave
No role model to follow
A spoken promise hollow

I am so mother-loving sick of you
Few morals to restrain me
No, no one else can stay me, oh no

Father can’t you hear me
Please believe me, I want you to understand
And I know the shame that precedes leaving
Please oblige me, I needed you beside me

Bless me father, for I offend

Mother-loving pissed at you
Mother-loving pissed at you
You are so mother-fucking much of me
So mother-loving pissed at you
So mother-fuck

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Doubt

(The only thing stopping you is you)

I will follow you every day, in every way
I am the hollow in your heart, in your heart

I will follow you every day
Until I bring you down, down, down
To my level

Doubt, doubt I’m an open door that bars your way
Maybe you should run, WAIT!
Maybe I should stay
Look to the sky and you want to know why do you crawl
Why are you painting your cage
Rewriting your best page

I will follow you every day
Until I bring you down, down, down
To my level

Feel it turn, something in your head is fighting to get out
Sweat rolls off your brow
Let it burn, burn itself out
The question can’t be good, the answer even worse
Let it burn, burn itself right out
The answer never lies, the question has arrived
I?

I will follow you every day
Until I bring you down, down, down

I will follow you every day, in every way
I am so heavy in your heart, in your heart
In your heart…

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Faith

(A man wrestles with the idea of being raised Catholic, and losing the opportunity to explore faith and religion on his own terms at such an impressionable age)

Faith, can be used against you
Faith, is a game of mind played for riches unseen

Watch as Tommy kneels, morning mass distributes the guilt he feels
Crosses over brows, will erase transgressions past I doubt

Do you know what this is?
A life-long search for truth
The fight for your soul eternal has some rules
Do you know what they are?
Can you tell me old friend
Let’s hope that we’re right on through the end

Faith, is the hope that blinds you
Faith, requires a leap, breath in and release

Lost innocence, in a sense the charm only once is lost
Brought up to believe, the brain washing the soul until it’s clean

How can I find my way when
Stained eyes depict my life
Lies sheathed in lies hides the blight inside your mind
How can I become whole
When half is all I know
The footfalls of truth echo away

Morning bells, awake in me a cherished memory
A longing for what’s gone
Uncertainty gained, a childhood that was lost

Do we know why we pray, or bow when we say grace
Is it instinct or ritual at play
Do we know why it is, or what it isn’t
How can we remain sane and be without

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Hate

(The title pretty much says it all)

Yeah
Hate, Hate, Hate I hate
Hate, Hate, Hate you

Say what you will, do as you’re told
Never to hinder again
Bleed in my hands I can’t forgive
Forgiveness would always be feigned

Hate, Hate, Hate I hate
Hate, Hate, Hate you

Slide away into the shadows
Never to hinder again
By and by, my hand will teach you values
Your lessons have taught only pain

Love, sought for by all
So simple and pure
Expect not of your son
Mercy indeed
I’ll let you see
Recognize your deceit
Oooohhhhh….

Say nothing now, I will not hear you
Do as I’m told
Blood that has stained, twice and forever
Forever you’ll place no more blame
My hate

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In Memory Of

(When a relationship is dead and gone and all you want to remember is all of the good…but sometimes it is impossible to separate it from the bad)

See the lies left your eyes dry
Severed ties bind more now
Severed ties bind more now
More than ever

Don’t you take what was left to me
Don’t you bribe my heart with it, no
I’ll be sitting here all alone
In Memory Of…

The trust that you gave to me
Followed too far behind to chase a memory
The love that you took from me
I’ve chased it too long to forget the memory

See the lies let my heart die
Startled eyes cry more now
More than ever

Don’t you take what was left to me
Don’t you bribe my heart with it, no
I’ll be sitting here all alone
In Memory Of…

A window pane scratched again sits dully in the wall
Might be high time, right behind time
I noticed the theft, that it left
Before me

Don’t you take what was left to me
Don’t you bribe my heart with it, no
I’ll be sitting here all alone

The trust that you gave to me
Followed too far behind to chase a memory
The love that you took from me
I’ve chased it too long to forget the memory
Oh the trust
The trust

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Mrs. 1904

A couple living in an apartment complex find themselves struggling to cope with a difficult relationship, while their neighbor quietly insinuates himself into their lives)

Mrs. 1904 did I hear you leaving
That was not your door that I heard creaking
Seeing you so close, heart beating
Someone’s in your room and it’s their heart breaking

Shhh…

Mr. 1903 are you sad and lonely
Wanting her that bad your one and only
Come this tragedy unfolding
When she’s in your bed can you hear her lying

I’ve come to take you home again
Before the light comes and finds you in his bed
I’ve come to take you home again
Before the light comes and harsher words are said

Mr. 1904 is she worth saving
Maybe it’s not her mind that needs changing
Not knowing is it frustrating
Sorry love she says as she leaves you sleeping
But you’re not sleeping, no, no

Come to take you home again
Before the light comes and finds you in his bed
I’ve come to take you home again
Before the darkness finds room inside my head
I’ve come to take you home again
Before this heart breaks and finds the world is stained

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Send Recieve

(When the newness of love has warn off and life together becomes ritual and everyday, it is easy to forget the love and friendship that binds you)

You go in where I can’t reach
I go out so I can breath
I hold on in disbelief
You let go so you won’t sink

Is this over, come and tell me
How am I supposed to feel
Break up gently, my heart’s already
Backed against a wall

Stop, taking me for granted, oh
Somewhere along the way we forgot love is both give and take
It’s gotta be send/receive

All this time, you cried those nights in vain
You should have come first to me
And communicate
All I ever want is to give peace
Giving you the best of me
And commiserate

When did this become so hard
Why did we let it go so far
Will you take this step with me
Will you take a breath with me

Do you remember that day September
Not knowing we had it all
When we first met and falling we said
How can this be real

Stop, taking me for granted, oh
Somewhere along the way we forgot love is both give and take
It’s gotta be send/receive

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Take 2

(When things aren’t quite going your way, it’s easy to notice how happy other people seem to be. In the end to be happy is all we really want anyway and sometimes we just have to take a second look and reevaluate our situation)

10 days ago I was looking for a job
And saw this fat slob cleaning the streets with a smile
And I could only wonder with a frown
Face down, listening to System of a Down
So long to the dream of peace
And the dream piece placed in my lap of luxury
I just wanted that smile
So I sing my song and hum to the tune
Of whatever tune I was just humming to
And try to concentrate on my happiness
At least my happiness in the future

This is not over, I have wings I mean to fly
Mountains of doubt that surround me
And block out the sky will fade away
At least that’s what I think to myself
As I wander through the day
You know you want to
I know I want to

I have to Take 2

Is there no future in happiness or is it just now
I never saw how
How it was that this guy cleaning the streets
Could smile and laugh and never even know I was there
The Antithesis to his Avatar
So far, far away his state
In this state I can’t stay, must I wait
Tell me is there a date when you can see me doc
I must weigh a million tons
With all the shit I’ve been feeding myself
So stuck in traffic the radio sings

This is not over, I have wings I mean to fly
Mountains of doubt that surround me
And block out the sky will fade away
At least that’s what I think to myself
As I wander through the day
You know you want to
I know I want to

I have to Take 2

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Broken Man

(Using an all too common example of the bum on the street corner, this is a commentary on the decline of American society concerning the boldness of those people who will not help themselves. There is no stigma attached to this behavior/mindset and is in many cases being rewarded. Every one is screaming, “Hey, look at me!” There are many examples in American culture that are far less obvious, though their screams are just as loud)

Look at me, I’m The Broken Man
No matter who I am, you’ve seen me here before

It might be a sign of the times or a sign that’s in my hand
I might be lying in the street or straight to your face
At the end of the day, yeah

And with my thread-bare plan, you see me stand before all of you
With time to face your inner strength, you’re weak just like me
In the end you will be, as you look at me

Look at me, I’m the fall of man
No matter who I am, you’ve seen me here before

It might be a line in the rhyme or a line that keeps me captive
I might be caught out on the street, lie straight to your face
Out here life is great, yeah

Just between me and you, the thought of you is turning me off
That I should feel so bad in spite of all I’ve done right
Let you bear the weight, of all you’ve done wrong

Look at me, I’m The Broken Man
No matter who I am, you’ve seen me here before
At the end of the day

Look at me, I’m The Broken Man

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You Always Knew

(Sometimes in life you fall in love with a person that just gets into you and takes over, leaving you weak and powerless. They only bring you down and cause you pain, even when you find the strength to get them out of your life. And yet it seems they are always right around the next corner of your life, where you least expect them and the attraction is always there)

Begin the trick, offer a smile, let me know how harmless you are
It’s only you
Swim in close for a while, falling for the plan I’ll see
Someone true
You always knew how to cut me deep, yeah
Even when I stayed away
You always knew how to make me weep

I let you in, take a seat, or a bite whichever you need
It’s all for you
Hold me close, take my heart, read it out loud you’ll see
Yesterday’s news

You always knew how to cut me deep, yeah
Even when I stayed away
You always knew how to make me weep

I never forgot the day it blew up in my face
Then nothing could start to heal
Once I let you know that you knew me all too well
I never again could heal
Why can’t you just let me go

You always knew how to cut me deep, yeah
Even when I stayed away
You always knew how to make me weep
Even when I stayed away
You always knew how to make me weep

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