01. Like A Lamb To The Slaughter...
The maudlin plea of the penitent
And the crystal skull persuasion
A warning of proverbs and hyperbole
Oh, sing the song of attrition!
Tripping through the light fantastic
The world twisting time
Bankrupted by a poisoned chalice.
There are days and there are days...
02. Black Swan Events
Before the distant laughter rings hollow in the head
A bullet sunk into the flesh
And the sixth foot is the easiest.
So repent, you sinner!
The stillborn will bear our sorrow.
03. Harlow's Vertical Chamber Apparatus
Once bitten, twice dies
A lesson in casting out
Splinters in the mind
I'm breathing in the asbestos
And dreaming in a coffin
It must be me...
04. No Quarter At The Somme
Dig a shallow grave
And the dirt remains under the nails
Run for the hills
Because the sky is falling
The hazy blur of a new vigil.
So in for a penny, in for a pounding.
Still you, ghost, are bothered by instinct
And whispers and falling icons
The failed attempts at a distant second
A beating that took its toll...
A pound of flesh consumed.
06. Leaving Watership Down
A prophet saw the fields run red
In belief of nightmares and happenstance
Crawling from the later
The rats come in swarms...
Pestilence, seduction, plague and death.
07. The Swarming Of The Locusts
The dissected presented
On a cold, steel table
A Kübler-Ross model?
The devil's workshop makes us a stranger.
A State Plan 14.25 in the head
But drawn to the hero or the heroin?
Or a little colder stare...
09. The Finest Cut Of The Scalpel
The finest cut of the scalpel serves its purpose.
The aftertaste of the hemlock matters little.
The slowest twist of the knife opens the wound.
10. Absolve Me
Coitus more ferarum
The guilty with no guilt
The innocent with no life
Suffering the stigmata
Where are the leeches?
Where is my burden?