Lucky #8

Do you ever feel
Like this life you lead isn't meant for you?
Directionless but purposeful
To break away from servitude
And if this ship be sinkin’
I'm at the helm, all the damp way down
It's all just what you make of it
‘Cause in the end the lights go out

And I don't have the answers
I never claimed to
You gotta live to win
When you're born to lose

Do you ever feel
Like we were built for so much more?
And if you're just a sliver of what you could be
What are you waiting for?

I don't have the answers
I don't pretend to
You gotta live to win
When you're born to lose
You gotta take what you can get
Give nothing back

If you're gonna bring this mother home
You better make it all your own
Now - you better get out of my way
It’s time to die, or step aside, and waste another day

We're built for something more

Follow me into the setting sun
And we'll rest in pieces ‘til the stars come home
Hollow promises and vitriol
Will spill the banks on bloodstained soil

This life's not meant for you
This life's not meant for you
We were built for something more
Something more, something more
Nothing less than something more
We were built for so much more

Elephant Graveyard

The pride you carry in life
Has weighed you down to settle in strife
A chain and anchor behind
The scrupulous courses you set in your mind

The days seem blurry at best
Lots of late starts and failure to rest
Reversed the plans that you make
Denied and dispersed your energy wastes

This time passes unchanged
For all of life’s battles are left unwaged
You see the end coming forth
A mockery burning with all it unearths

Your place awaits among the bones
Proceed alone to find an empty throne

You reap what you sow; the universe knows
The harder you fight, well, the answers take flight
You long to amend the souls you offend
But as you deny the myth withers and dies

Your plans have withered and worn
An apathy outweighed before its been born
And, now, as evening awaits
A chill in the winter winds whispers Too Late

You hear your number is called
A sickened serenity follows the fall
Instinct will lead you to fate
The footsteps of failures believed to be grace

Your place awaits among the bones
Proceed alone to where your idols have roamed

You reap what you sow; the universe knows
The harder you fight, well the answers take flight
You long to amend the souls you offend
But as you deny the myth withers and dies

You proceed in this sad parade
The elephant marching to the grave
Forget the part that you have played
The elephant marching to the grave

City of Industry

The Guillotine

I've been trying to define what I’m to do
Accepting the end and all I will lose
And now the mirror stares
And I don't like what I see
This just can't be me

This hatred calls me deeper
This slope is getting steeper
So many treasons we have sown
So many seasons past through
So many reasons not to
But I believe in the unknown

The time for us has come and gone
We cannot retrace our steps to where we went wrong
A fire once burned so bright
In an almost forgotten place
Cold ash, all that remains -- as always

All these years you've stolen from me
All these fears you've buried in me
All these versions of the story
All these omens staring at me
These wounds are healing slowly
As this noose slips loosely from me
This was all I got
No it's not
I take it back

Paralyzed by indecision
The architect of your own prison
You shake your finger at the looking glass
You closed the lock, you hold the key
But there are no more chains for me
You're the only one left in this city of industry

I broke your lock so keep your key
Your prison cannot silence me
It’s up to you to be set free

Now
Set it down
Let it be
I tore the shroud today and saw the light
My eyes were nearly blinded by it
As I looked beyond the haze, as I escaped the maze
That kept my body lost inside it

Today is mine to make
A lifetime in a day
After all that I have done and seen
I will not wait for the guillotine

Dormant like a river dammed
I’m stronger than the walls that hold me
The torment of this raging mind flows as I escape to sea
The river rushing in my soul
A current beyond your control
My power overwhelms me
My power overwhelms me

Today is mine to make
A lifetime in a day
After all that I have done and seen
I will not wait

Your time is over now
My time has just begun
As night draws to an end
Truth rises with the sun
Lies lost in the mist
Destroyed by passing time
Chains broken, left to rust
The past becoming dust
Look forward to the sea
That flows in front of me
My power overwhelms me

Hedging bets and wasting time
Sand in this hourglass is slowly slipping by
Meet your maker on the line
Never follow anybody else's rules but mine
 

Fox Island Archipelago

The current is rising and cold again
I’m searching for something that I can believe in
Hiding my mind from the fog of time
The memories of you can be so deceiving

Hold on to the moment I had
Hold on to the good and the bad
Hold on to the feeling that passed
Hold on to the day so it lasts

Don’t let go – all you need is tonight
I’m with you – everything feels right

You might be a siren, I might be a ghost
Or we’re words on a page neither one of us wrote
Faded with age against the crashing of lives
The islands are there, somewhere, under the tides

Hold on to the moments we have
Hold on to the good and the bad
Hold on to the feelings that pass
Hold on to the days so they last

Don’t let go – all we need is today
I’m with you – everything’s ok
Don’t let go – all we need is tonight
I’m with you – everything’s so right

How long will this last?
Well I can tell you that
The beauty of this temporary love is such that
When we find what’s right
We hold on tight as life depends on
What you take and what you give away

Teleporter Blues