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Skunkworks

(1996)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresHeavy Metal
LabelsRaw Power, Castle Records
Album rating :  72.5 / 100
Votes :  2
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Skunkworks Lyrics

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1. Space Race (3:47)
Yes, yes, I'd launch into the rising sun
My living breath is measured
Every step is gone
Fare you well my friends
See you down the line, yeah, yeah
I don't belong to nation, state or dying race
I leave my prejudice
With you my religion's in space
So have a little respect

Why are we running in this space race?
Why are we acting like we own the place?
Just want to feel the starlight on my face
Reach out my hand and touch beyond...

Yes, yes, I'd float around till gravity's end, unity is coming
Singular again
See you then my friends at the end of time, yeah, yeah
Secret knowledge, science, logic is all gone
Nothing left but burning up into the sun
On a cosmic beach, I'll see ya there
2. Back From The Edge (4:17)
A silent river flowing black
Strange attractors, no turning back
Present danger I recall
That pins my senses to the wall

Back from the edge where the darkness has fled
And I'm swimming in light and I'm falling...falling from the edge...
Back from the edge

I fell from grace and that's a fact
I still have urges I fight back
Cold decisions wear me thin
Kill yourself...begin again

Back from the fear that you're not worth a damn
Throw yourself into light and the rush as you spin from the edge
Back from the edge

Now and then I wonder where the faces from my childhood have gone?
Like father like son in your bones it lives on glowing shadows
Back from the edge
Back from the edge
3. Inertia (3:03)
These are the pictures
T hese are the feelings from the front line
Living in silence
Feeling the deafness like heavy smoke
Smiling with strangers counting the days
Like a spring coiled up inside
Welcome to your future
Welcome to your book of lies
Fingers crawl through pages
Nothing changes living here...

Inertia
No wish to move at all
Inertia
E verything's a stone wall
Inertia
H istory lets you die

A ragged pile of silent accusers
Smell the blood of strangers here
No eyes no ears no smell no taste
The mouth of the maggot is full ofthis place
Murdered conscience the pressure is crushing heads
Like paper lanterns now
Unbreakable grip a dead hand
Driving us forward to the end
Kicking through traces
A thousand years from now

Inertia
No wish to think at all
Inertia
Everything's a stone wall
Inertia
History lets you die
4. Faith (3:36)
You knew I wouldn't go
That's why you threatened me...would I stay?
Said I was sick...I'd be alone, said my mind was at my own...I didn't learn
You crawled up on your knees...a victim's pretty please...
Would I stay? Would I stay? ...and I stayed

How many more times, till I broke down from that guilty mess
You taught me to hate to love you
That's because you love to hate yourself

I wish it had a happy end
Like the fairy-tales pretend there can be
But things are not the same
When your life love was a game
Of make believe
You get everything you want
But not everything you need
A nd it's true..you receive...what you achieve

How many screaming fights, tears of rage
Until it ended
How many more times till I say who I am
And don't pretend
5. Solar Confinement (3:19)
Trapped inside a web of fiery gravity that fuels all our needs
Chaotic energy that sucks the life from H to He
All life withers in the sun I deny what I have done
Spend my days and nights in roaring halls of crimson fire

Solar confinement
Solar confinement
Solar confinement
Solar distress flares, Oh-o!

I've slept with many strangers so fission fusion fission makes good sense
Where I lay my head my troubles I put down to experience
It's warm and lonely in the sun I deny what I have done
Spend my days and nights in roaring halls of crimson fire

Solar distress flares, Oh-o!

SOLO

A lonely boy sits in his room
His curtains hide the sun
Confess to what you've done and no one understands
6. Dreamstate (3:50)
Well you bred me
Well you fed me
Well you made me what I am
Something for nothing
Good for nothing Well...

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
To kill me with your kindness you'll just have to wait

You say I'm nothing
You say I'm nothing
Never gonna be something Well then, that's life for me
Your expectations,
your reservations
Aw, come on, please

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
You bought into the vision so you don't have to wait
A dreamstate of bliss, a dreamstate of bliss
A dreamstate, a dreamstate

Now I'm standing up here before the judge
Juries got their head where the sun don't shine
Everybody's lying on my case they're lying on my, lying on my, lying on my Lying on my case

Eyes above me, eyes above me
Never realised there was someone else in here
No resolution and no conclusion
Do I believe?

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
You fell for it sucker, you fell for the bait
A dreamstate of bliss, a dreamstate of bliss
A dreamstate, a dreamstate
7. I Will Not Accept The Truth (3:45)
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
That I'll never get there never get there, yeah, yeah

I must not push forward, no
I must not push forward, no
I must not push forward, no
Cuz I'll never get there I'll never get there, no way

I will not believe your lies
I will not believe your lies
I will not believe your lies
You say I'll never get there never get there

Hold on,
hold on
Hold on,
hold on

I will not accept the truth
I will not believe your lies
I will not acknowledge pain
I will survive and live again
Coming back now,
rising up now

Hold on,
hold on Hold on,hold on Hold on, hold on
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth!
8. Inside The Machine (3:28)
I've got myself a widget A gizmo with wires and Martian intent, yeah
Strange face of beauty, that's my machine
It blinks and stares right at me Sees nothing, but in it's wires
A strange thing of beauty, that's my machine

You won't believe what it can do
It tells me things I never wished I knew
Like the mirror, when you ask, it tells you true

Inside the machine, the web has got you now
Inside the machine, yeah-eh-eh-eh-eah!

I'd strap my DNA to it A living device, the light of my life, yeah
Strange face of beauty, that's my machine
I sit and we crackle with static It makes no sense to have experience when...
A strange thing of beauty, that's my machine

You won't believe what it can do
It tells me things I never wished I knew
Like the mirror, when you ask, it tells you true

Inside the machine, we're looking for control
Inside the machine, you're part of it somehow
Inside the machine, yeah, yeah, yeah

Inside the machine, the web has got you now
Inside the machine, you're part of it somehow
Inside the machine, we're looking for control
Inside the machine, yeah, yeah, yeah
9. Headswitch (2:14)
What would induce you to swear your allegiance to God? Tonight...
Joined at the hip to a million volt switch of the light Alright...
You want to find out what the planet's about
Falling from grace leaves a cool empty space in the sky

Your eyes are black as they see the red ball of the sun
And they're blind
Dribbling with cum as the volts start to arc through your mind
It's cruel but it's kind
Like father, like son Chop off the head but the body lives on
Falling from grace leaves a cool empty space in the sky

Like father, like son Chop off the head but the body lives on
Heaven that made you has screwed you and laughed
Falling from grace leaves a cool empty space in the sky
10. Meltdown (4:34)
Hey you wait...cringing in the dark
You create what you always fear
A puppet of hatred dishing out poison
You use me for bait, your begging bowl of lies,
Chain letters of snivelling compromise
I can smell the difference...your truth and your fiction
You and your twisted convictions

Were you my friend when I belonged?
Were you my friend when I was strong?
Were you my friend when I was weak?
Were you my friend when I was crawling, calling...out of my head

Cold...like your blood, the snake is always cool (cool)
When things get tough
You slither on the ground
You cover up your tracks when I'm around

Its over now my friend
Your dog has had its day
Its payback time for what you had to say
You're stuck with the life you made
Stuck with the plans you made
Stuck with everything you are
11. Octavia (3:16)
I'm vacuum breathing and open mouthed as the red shift fills my eyes Oh.
Minister, my promises as her shadow cuts the day away
I remembered you when you walked into that room

Dislocated jagged pieces are sliding into this broken mind
I'm swimming back against the river but I'm rising with the tide
Where we came from, we're all going back there soon

How many times have we met this way
How many lives have we lived before
How many faces and how many names
Shadows come but shadows are gone
Shadows come but shadows are gone
12. Innerspace (3:32)
I see the scars of action writhing round your face
Too much inactivity and home's a lonely place
Throw away your beauty cuz you know that it won't last
Throw away your present, you've been living in the past

Come on, take a trip with me across the bridge of lunacy
Fire up some beast and ride the skywaves
Don't wanna waste my time on you if you can't travel this way too
Fire up this beast, we'll ride the skywaves

I've thrown away my images, they're all so distant now
Discovery was a stranger then, welcome to my house
Whatever demons torture me I love them like a friend
Nothing lasts forever but the certainty of change

I'd rather move around and be than figure out live and what it means
Fire up some beast and ride the skywaves
Don't wanna waste my time on you if you can't travel this way too
Fire up this beast, we'll ride the skywaves

And when the fireballs work is done, and we are part of the nuclear one
The whole damn thing begins again
Our glory days have just begun, a fiery sideslip then we're gone
I'll see ya Monday morning
Any way I'm coming back
Any way I'm coming back
13. Strange Death In Paradise (5:01)
Spiralling falling, a silver machine
From wings of freedom, silent above
Eyelids were burning, summer sun roasting
Tumbling chrome in the clear blue sky
Brighter that sunshine for all of our lifetimes
One thousand stars turned day into night at the end

Where were you when it fell from the sky?
I saw the movie, I read the reply
In the beginning there was only the word

People were kissing in front of their shadows
Children were playing out in the yard
I am not guilty, I made no difference
I wasn't born and I wasn't made on that day

Where were you when it fell from the sky?
I saw the movie, I read the reply
In the beginning there was only the word

Strange death in paradise
Strange death in paradise
Strange death in paradise
Strange death in paradise
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