Tracks

01. Beyond Our Suffering
02. Anodyne Sea
03. Without Conclusion
04. Parallels
05. The Plague
06. Anger And Apathy
07. Condemned
08. Upside Down Kingdom
09. Vacancy
10. The Only Constant Is Change
11. The Blinding Of False Light



01. Beyond Our Suffering

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
"What we see now is only a fraction"

Bound to learn the hard way
This is the human condition
There is nothing that can be said
To stop us from making mistakes

When I look to myself
As a source of ending pain
No matter how many times
Before I?ve failed

It seems our problems solve themselves
When we look beyond us to those truly in hell

The more I focus on myself
Then the more helpless that I become
So why not erase this point of view?
My suffering is trivial

Beyond our suffering
Compared to those
Who know real agony

It seems our problems solve themselves
When we look beyond us to those truly in hell

It seems our problems solve themselves
When we look beyond our suffering
It seems our problems solve themselves
When we look beyond our suffering

Go!

My trials seem insignificant now

Why won?t we look beyond us?
Why won?t we look beyond our despair?
It seems our problems solve themselves
When we look to those truly in hell

Go!

Personal redemption
Cannot change the world
Unless we lay down our lives
For those who still suffer


02. Anodyne Sea

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
None of this matters
None of these words
Common and silent
We will die in this world

We?ve only spoken
To those who agree
And without them we?ve fallen
On deaf ears

Stand on conviction
And you will walk alone

For once I have stood (I have stood)
No one will know
But alone I was born
And alone we must go

In my convictions
I?ve found my own grave
But amongst the dead
We all fade away

Yet solitude is better than a life
Not worthy of reaction

There is nothing to lose (nothing)
So we stand alone or join those
Who follow in misery

In my convictions
I?ve found my own grave
But amongst the dead
We all fade away

In my convictions
I?ve found my own grave
But amongst the dead
We all fade away
Fade away

Stand on conviction
And you?ll walk alone

A voice is only a noise
Without someone to hear
And without a crowd to feed
That noise grows silent

For once I have stood
No one will know
But alone I was born
And alone we must go

Fading back into an anodyne sea
To drown with all who?ve gone before me

We must go

In my convictions
I?ve found my own grave
But amongst the dead
We all fade away

In my convictions
I?ve found my own grave
But amongst the dead
We all fade away

Stand on conviction
And you?ll walk alone

Fading back into an anodyne sea
To drown with all who?ve gone before me
Fading back... fading
Fading back into an anodyne sea
Fading back... fading
Fading back... fading away


03. Without Conclusion

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
If we chase acclaim in search for, search for stature
then our status becomes a vacuum draining
Opulence is a myth for there is no final rest
Change in circumstance only delays
The inescapable fact that we are downcast

In looking to the end
We've lost sight of where to begin

Hope lies not in reaching, reaching the end
If the journey itself is enough to bring fulfillment

Without conclusion this song will end
Without conclusion there is no final rest
Without conclusion, shred

We are void of purpose before we start
For in chasing our destination
The present state is sacrificed, sacrificed

In looking to the end
We've lost sight of where to begin
We have lost sight of where to begin

Without conclusion this song will end
Without conclusion there is no final rest
Without conclusion this song will end
Without conclusion there is no final rest

Without conclusion this song will end
Without conclusion


04. Parallels

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
We are all comatose
We are overfed and under.
Undernourished
Yearning for something more

Never starving yet
Never quite satisfied
Carnal but without
Useful flesh or mind

I am a walking contradiction
That's found consistency
Consuming everything
All without producing sustenance

In the parallels we struggle
Struggle to upkeep
There is a better way
For us to be set free

From all it is we crave
There must be more to life
Than to simply stay alive
To simply stay alive

We are not the same
As I hope to show
There is a better way
If we just let go

We are not
We are not the same
We are not
We are not the same
Let go

In the tension between
Devouring want or simple need
It's clear the only lines
Between the ones we preserve.

We are not the same
As I hope to show
There is a better way
If we just let go

We are not
We are not the same
We are not
We are not the same
Let go
We are not the same

And in the parallels we struggle to upkeep
There's a better way for us to be
For us to be set free
And in the parallels we struggle to upkeep
There's a better way for us to be
For us to be set free

We are not the same
As I hope to show
There is a better way
If we just let go

We are not
We are not the same
We are not
We are not the same
Let go
We are not the same


05. The Plague

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
Just like the spread of disease

Debt and guilt or guilt and decree
The masters that we please
Yet if we seek help for infirmities
We are made twice the sons of hell as before

Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand
Only to be plagued by disease

Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand
Only to be plagued by disease

While religion tries to blame
What we cannot see
I accept that part of the problem is me

It was never a sacred mandate
To accept conformity
Through select revelations
That we choose to believe.

Another blind guide replacing divine eyes

Familiarity is the great deception
Disguised by authority
Sealing out subversion

Whitewashed tombs have hidden the truth
For we unknowingly worship icons of ordinary life

Reach out your hand to find forgiveness
Only to be plagued by disease
The horrors of beliefs and customs
Camouflaged by commonality

Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand

I still believe that there is hope for us
But I believe we must look outside
The sanctuaries of oppression
That have brought our world so much pain

Another blind guide replacing divine eyes
Whitewashed tombs have hidden the truth

Reach out your hand to find forgiveness
Only to be plagued by disease
Reach out your hand to find forgiveness
Only to be plagued by disease

Reach out your hand
Reach out your hand


06. Anger And Apathy

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
I've tried to find reconciliation
Behind the walls of those whose hatred burns

For I find it easier to reach
Someone who still feels
Than to make amends
With passionless apathy
Where all lines are the same
A portrait cannot be made

I need to burn inside
I need to know that you are alive

I need to know
That feelings of discontent
Are stronger than indifference
For those too weak to stand

Like a colorless sky
Over a sea of nothingness
Hatred faces its enemies
While apathy strikes furtively

I need to burn inside
I need to know that you are alive

I need to know
That feelings of discontent
Are stronger than indifference
For those too weak to stand

I need to know
That feelings of discontent
Are stronger than indifference
For those too weak to stand

Until our anger burns
Against injustice
We will create the faceless
By dismissing those forced to concede

Many of us have turned off the light outside
Erasing what exists beyond our front door
And for you I find it harder to reach common ground
Than my most glaring opposition
But what about those who've lost the luxury of choice?
Striving for identity, buried by our lack of interest
Souls marked as mere history
How much grievance will it take to awaken us?

I need to know
That feelings of discontent
Are stronger than indifference
For those too weak to stand

I need to know
That feelings of discontent
Are stronger than indifference
For those too weak to stand

How much grievance will it take
To awaken us from
The comfort of our homes
The comfort of our oversized graves

I've tried to find reconciliation
I've tried to find reconciliation


07. Condemned

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
Condemned
Without given a chance to speak.
Without acknowledgment
They're made less than human.

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Trapped by
Trapped by obscurity

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Sentenced
Sentenced to neglect

They will never share our blood
Yet is that reason
To drain what's left of theirs
Abandoning compassion

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Trapped by
Trapped by obscurity

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Sentenced
Sentenced to neglect

Why do we uphold allegiance
Higher than maintaining life?

The ties of blood breaking a stronger bind

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Trapped by
Trapped by obscurity

Condemned
Condemned to anonymity
Sentenced
Sentenced to neglect


08. Upside Down Kingdom

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
Many choose to find their hope
In the thoughts of afterlife
When there is none to be found
Right here before we die

So I understand
The feeling of helplessness
When we are just taught to wait here
Wait here for death

Wait here for death
Wait for this suffering to end
Wait here for death
Wait here for death
Wait for this suffering to end

We are not forgotten

For a kingdom is offered
Beyond that of golden streets
We can represent now
What will one day be complete

Simplicity is not a curse where strength is humbled
And the powerless rise
This is a kingdom born upside-down
This is a kingdom where the broken are crowned

Wait here for death
Wait here for death
The "blessings" of excess
Are only a burden on us

It is a broken system
Where we just wait for death
It is a broken system
Where suffering can never end

Simplicity is not a curse where strength is humbled
And the powerless rise
This is a kingdom born upside-down
This is a kingdom where the broken are crowned
The broken are crowned

If helplessness is our system
Then we're better off upside-down


09. Vacancy

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
We live in slavery
To a past we cannot escape
And I say it's worth
It to just start again, again

We've focused so long
On ideals of freedom
That it is this very belief
That oppresses us.

We all want to be free
Yet we find ways to forfeit liberty
To our own impulses
To our own consumption

So I say it's worth it
To build a new foundation
A new foundation
A new foundation
A new foundation
It's a past we cannot escape

This vacancy
Will take everything
This world can offer
But what is control
Once we have let go
Of all we suffer

Once we've let go

When we've awakened to
Admit we are all enslaved
then there is freedom
In our choice to disobey

Our creeds have become a justification
To live the way that some see fit
And no one is more hopeless
Than those blinded by the scales of content

This vacancy
Will take everything
This world can offer
But what is control
Once we have let go
Of all we suffer

We live in slavery
To a past we cannot escape
So I say it's worth it
To just start again

We've let go
We've let go
We've let go

This vacancy
Will take everything
This world can offer
But what is control
Once we have let go
Of all we suffer

We can't escape
We can't escape
We can't escape
We can't escape

So I say it's worth it to start again


10. The Only Constant Is Change

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
The only constant is change
The only constant is change
Go!

The human heart is born without legs
Sliding back and forth
And never once does it truly rest
Unless accompanied by death
Sliding back and forth

Even the strongest remnants of history
They have begun to crumble against time
Sliding back and forth

The only constant is change
Nothing remains the same
The only constant is change
There's only growth or decay

Let's go!

Unvarying scenes only found in pictures
Can never breathe life
For nowhere else does level ground exist
Unless it has been captured by a flash of steady light

Sliding back and forth

The only constant is change
Uncertainty awaits
The only constant is change
There's only growth or decay
Or decay
The only constant is change

There is nothing that stays the same
From the foundation of our lives
There is nothing that stays the same
There is nothing to erase time

The only constant is change
Nothing remains the same
The only constant is change
There's only growth or decay
The only constant is change
The only constant is change


11. The Blinding Of False Light

Music by As I Lay Dying
Lyrics by Tim Lambesis
I see now
I see through the veil of expectation
I see now
I see that conformity is betrayal

Betrayal of those who are forgotten
Yet vision alone furthers our blame

Unless followed by transformation
It is pointless to be given sight
Without the hope of our reaction
We overlook the purpose of our eyes

Now is our chance to breathe without tyranny
Released from the blinding of false light
(Blinding of false light)
Now is our chance to breathe without tyranny
In weakness we are freed

I see now
I see that conformity is betrayal

With empty eyes I looked ahead
With clarity I now look back

Now is our chance to breathe without tyranny
Released from the blinding of false light
(Blinding of false light)
Now is our chance to breathe without tyranny
In weakness we are freed

I admit my failure
Opacity has dulled my senses
Conformity
Controlled by lifeless vices

Covetousness
Disguised as ambition

But now it ends
But now it ends
But now it ends

But now it ends
Not with defeat but determination
We are freed

Now is our chance to breathe without tyranny
Released from the blinding of false light
Now is our chance
Now is our chance
In weakness we are freed