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What On Earth Can We Do?

by Abuse of Power

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Shadow 02:20
by myself things just dont seem to change i'm holding on to what theres left of me there's no one else but myself to blame i wish i knew how to never feel this way again --- the shades of likeness between you and me are far from what it used to be --- pretend there's no shadow you don't say it's name but since it's descent i've not been the same but this time I won't let it stake it's claim i wish i knew how to never feel this way again --- all this time and now i see what was the shadow and what was me.
They Tell Me 02:01
at night, those fears that live on in my head close my eyes - wish i was dead couldn't be further from the truth they heard from you --- that's right couldn't be further from the truth --- who said what? whos to say? whos to blame? sadness to your name
a silent spring in my mind we search for a reason but don't know why the start to an end we can't deny a silent spring in my mind, i could never find --- it's meaning a vapor, a figure of speech a silence passes just out of reach --- the words i could never find what in this life will i leave behind? --- and now it's not the same weighed down by who you thought i would be
May 1st 01:52
what relief can i find in this violence of life? the essence of presence can't just be getting by i try to find a meaning that feels right the sun that fills the loss of the night --- watching water pour through, spilling out like every "i miss you" --- and there you are sprouting through the earth like warmth through the blinds i save every piece of you i find that the things that matter most are the ones we hold close i feel the warmth you bring no matter where i may be you are always with me
could death just be a rich man's trick? fading trust in straw men who do we look to for an answer? --- a glancing blow from the window met with eyes staring from the void --- flying past my face, it cut the wind and my eyes stung whispers trail off replaced with mourning what could we have done? --- the straw men burn and blood flows from the ground the blackness of the void drinks deep without a sound --- by what we see our minds are bound we go along without a sound aware of who we keep around we go along without a sound we went along without a sound we went along without a sound...
the first lie I ever meant is when I said that I'd come back a choice was made, it wasn't mine it's hard to call a massacre a sacrifice --- when i said i'd die for you, i couldn't know that you would too a flame doused before the spark, never even got the chance to break my heart --- fading - reaching - leading you to the killing fields --- the second lie i told to you was that you'd live through me in all i do that promise flew into the sun so i mourn your death in more ways than one
Pentimento 01:34
am i more than what i say? so much faith in those i face taking what you will from me "the painter becomes the painted" --- pouring myself out and over all in life that i can offer each breath a stroke of the brush consume myself in that which i love --- what color will i become in time? taking my place on the wall what color will i become in time? as the paint fades before my eyes
Leap Year 01:49
is this the last thing i'll remember? as we lift our heads to the sky is this the last thing i'll remember the sound of someone laughing in my ear --- can't you see that we're alone? things we take but not our own what we claim is not our home holes we've dug to fill with gold --- somewhere above me like birds they sing or are they weeping? --- can't you see that we're alone? things we take but not our own what we claim is not our home insecurities yet outgrown --- you look for hope in other people's eyes but do you wear them laughing? or is it all just another disguise another way for you to bide your time just a way to hide the feeling
what is that flickering in the pale mirror? not tears not sighs but tomorrow's vanished scraps or could it be just a leaden body what is that howling in the black sunset? not the night wind not a crow but a creaking hinge of rusted hope --- you are even more beautiful than god what on earth could you want? do you want me? my body was burning up it all seemed like a dream what did you see? was it me? --- what awaits in the pale march of time not a grave not the light not a life but a mirage of a blank face, or could it be... but a mirage of a forgotten place, or could it be... you're in a state of grace


released June 14, 2019

Recorded & Mixed by CJ Ridings
Mastered by Arthur Rizk
Artwork by Kat Lyons


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