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Test of Wills

(1995)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal
LabelsMagna Carta Records
Album rating :  89 / 100
Votes :  2
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Test of Wills Lyrics

(8)
Submitted by level Sathanas
1. Gameface (4:30)
There comes a moment in time
Before ascent or decline
You'll face your darkest hours
When other see in your face
The test of wills you've embraced
You are your own opponent

Keeping your focus in the rat race
Do what you have to so you can keep pace
You'll love the contact if you wear a gameface

Harvest a new relation
Engage some tribulation
Progress by confrontation?
You stand in awe but don't see
You are your adversary
Shut up and have some vision
Futures lost in decision

Keeping your focus in the rat race
Do what you have to so you can keep pace
You'll love the contact if you wear a gameface
2. A Social Marginal (7:28)
Remember me when I met you back in Chicago?
Filthy bum (twenty plus some) with an old platitude
"Mending fences or mending souls"
That was all you had to say
But fate was fair my friend
Now it's your turn to walk in my place

Tell me how's the view from down there-
Come on don't you like it?
Suddenly you are no one and you feel like a freak
Down and out you just might find out who you really are
Sorry I can't join you right now
I'd love to stay but can't be late for my happy hour
Now don't get caught up in your paranoia
Just accept that we both -
Lose if there's a confrontation
Well I think we've got to find
Some good excuse with a prospect of detente

But standing my ground
I have drawn the line
Past which there can be no more compromise

Somebody help me find a way out of it
I'm quite sure there must be
More than meets the eye
A matter of what's inside
Pretending my soul can hide from the outside
When everyone can see we're hiding tragedy

Social Marginal-
Setting the stage for our power struggle
Social Marginal-
Engaging you in a test of wills
Social Marginal-
No diversions please
It's time to wear your gameface
It's time to wear it now... just put it on.

Now don't get caught up in your paranoia
Just accept that we both
Lose if there's a confrontation
And it's all we've got to find
A crucible can't we compromise?
Now.

Somebody help me find a way out of it
I'm quite sure there must be
More than meets the eye
A matter of what's inside
Pretending my soul can hide from the outside
When everyone can see we're hiding tragedy
Now.

Social Marginal -
Setting the stage for our power struggle
Social Marginal-
Engaging you in a test of wills
Social Marginal-
No diversions please
It's time to wear your gameface
It's time to wear it now - right now.

Mending fences, mending souls?
Read between the lines and you'll know
Now.
Now it's your turn to accept me-
Now.

....But caught up in your own self-righteousness
All you can do is say - "you first".
3. Walk Fast, Look Worried (5:54)
Fear in a young one with innocence
A crisis I must resolve to handle with competence
He wants to know if he will be "taken" too
He worried - he asked me point blank
"Will I ever be as old as you?"
He just afraid at a young age
Don't want to leave you at a young age

Son I am sorry that things are not always
The way they appear
And don't you think about it anymore today
We've got plenty of time - so just for now please -

Keep me in sight - do as I say son
Please remember I can't always be there
So walk fast, look worried.

How did he think of such a question?
I'm sorry I have to be the one
That changes his perception
Wish we could keep things just like
We had before - an illusion
The point is our survival is the only thing
We're living for
I'm just afraid at a young age
Want to say the right words at a young age......

Son I am sorry that things are not always
The way they appear
And don't you think about it anymore today
We've got plenty of time-so just for now
Please-

Keep me in sight - Do as I say son
Please remember I can't always be there
So walk fast, look worried [x2]
Walk fast, look worried... [x4]

Sorry son, but I've just begun
Don't mean to break up all the fun
Walk fast, look worried
So disengage while your at the age
That you really don't care
Walk a line, keep it true
'cause there's more to life than I've told you
They'll take your money - take your pride
Gonna sell you on the dark side..........
Walk fast, look worried
4. Test of Wills (11:28)
Wish it could be prosperity
That's waiting around the corner
All I can see is more agony
I don't believe things are better
Want it for you - want it for me
Let's do it and keep our sanity
Always a fight - we both may be right
Too stubborn to see

It's not adversity, it's polarity
A balance that keeps the day
Can't we agree to disagree?
It just might work out this way
Want it for you - want it for me
Let's do it and keep our sanity
All in the past so save it for last
When you think of me
'Cause our finest hour is our darkest day
To admit we're human-
That there's more to life than we want to say
In our test of wills did we turn to man?
Did we look for answers-
From a higher source than we understand?
Gotta second chance if we will come clean now
Or it's all over.

I gotta keep it-
I gotta keep it going(keep it going)

Conflict in everything must be defined
Look around - see the answers-
I think you'll find
Nothing is left to chance it's all design
Deny it- pay the price? (or peace will find
Us...)

In our test of wills did we turn to man?
Did we look for answers-
From a higher source than we understand?
Gotta second chance if we will come clean now
Or it's all over

I got to keep it going got to keep it going
Going got to keep it going

Depression overwhelming me - a sign
Burning out - can't believe it
I know you feel it
Lost in transgression may be it is time
Decide if we're back together or divided

'Cause our finest hour is our darkest day
To admit we're human-
That there's more to life than we want to say
In our test of wills did we turn to man?
Did we look for answers-
From a higher source than we understand?
Gotta second chance if we will come clean now
Or it's all over

A misunderstanding unraveling
Flashing back the years
Memories hopes and fears
Calling me home at last
Now I'm taking refuge in the past
All I can do for now
If it's all the same to you...
It it's all the same to you...
I'll be there if it's all the same to you.
But in the end-when everything's said and done
Facing my own excuses
And there's nowhere to run
I should have been the only one to pay
For all the times I heard you say-
I was wrong to you.....
I was wrong to you.....
I was wrong to you.....
Wake up.

Wish it could be prosperity
That's waiting around the corner
All I can see is more agony
I don't believe things are better
Want it for you - want it for me
Let's do it and keep our sanity
Always a fight - we both may be right
Too stubborn to see

'Cause our finest hour is our darkest day
To admit we're human-
That there's more to life than we want to say
In our test of wills did we turn to man?
Did we look for answers-
From a higher source than we understand?
Gotta second chance if we will come clean now
Or it's all over.............
5. Bully Pulpit (part 1) (2:01)
6. Jacko (4:23)
Caught you sleeping on the railroad track
You were so tired that you took a nap
Tied you up while you were on your back
And they told you that your name was Jack

Well, they thought you might have been the
Missing link
Make some big cash with those two big feet
A carnival crew's on the city street
Pay admission just to see the freak-

Named Jacko...
A sign of the times
Please forgive we're just human kind
People don't see
You're a child and you don't want to be
A Jacko.

Big hotel on the news today
By the old fishin' hole where you used to play
It's prime real estate I would have to say
But your home will never look the same

Well, profit shares and the bottom line
Make it to Wall Street with a glass of wine
Your chemical dump I don't really mind
Now I'm bald and I'm going blind

Poor Jacko...
Humanity it speaks of all that it wants to be
And as you can see
All we dish out is hypocrisy
To Jacko.
Jacko...
A sign of the times
Please forgive we're the human kind
People can't see
You're a child and you don't want to be
A Jacko.........
...Just call him Jacko
...Call him Jacko.

I am not your missing link
And I am not your prize
For a hunting expedition under starry skies
Keep me in the wilderness
Where I can breath the air
Maybe one day we will meet
But hey - leave your gun there
If you must come leave your gun there

(Jack-hey-Jacko-a-hey-a-Jacko-call him-
Jack-Jacko-call him-hey-call him-hey-
Just call him Jacko)

Back in the deep wood a line in the sand
By an old oak tree - You will make your stand
If they find you back there you have had it man
They're gonna kill ya anyway they can

Poor Jacko...
A sign of the times
Please forgive we're the human kind
People can't see
You're a child and you don't want to be
To be?
Jacko....
Humanity it speaks of all that it wants to be
And as you can see
All we dish out is hypocrisy to Jacko
7. Crucible (4:59)
We're living proof of these uncertain times
Lost all our money and we've done our time
I've got no answers-only questions now
No point in starting over
Does no good anyhow.

I'm not a critic and I'm not a friend
Coming to terms or coming to an end?
Another test of wills could bring us down
I sense a confrontation in the way we sound

I hate to say I told you so-
Before you never listened to a word
But you remembered everything went wrong
So well... so well.
Now I can't leave and I can't stay
But I regret our moments everyday - don't you?
I heard you say this once before:
"You are my crucible".

Now don't be angry at the world - it's you
That comes between us and I know you know it too
We're living proof of these uncertain lines
No point in going back
We tried - we had enough time...............
8. Preaching The Converted (5:30)
[Verse 1]
I hear you laughing loudly
But I'm not laughing with you
Well you may be joking first
But I'll be the one who has the last laugh

[Verse 2]
You call yourself "progressive"
I say it's all regressive
You think you can stand in judgment
So listen here and I'll remind you

[Chorus]
Preaching the converted 'cause it's all you know
Music's dead because it's all about the money now
And you don't even know who you are anymore
"Put it out somehow" -
And the business man laughs all the way to the bank
And he's counting fast and he's laughing hard.
Laughing loud

[2nd time only]
And he's counting fast and he's laughing hard.
Laughing loud
And you don't even know who owns you anymore
"put it out somehow" - "put it out somehow"

And the business man laughs all the way to the bank
And he's counting fast and he's laughing hard.
Laughing loud
And he's counting fast and he's laughing hard.
Laughing loud
Can you take it?

[Cadence]
In our test of wills you got us for a song
Music's dead you sold us out for much too long
Preaching the converted......

[Verse 3]
I've given you all I have
But you say I must find more
"I've got to dig deeper-I've got to see
All the way within my soul"

[Verse 4]
You may call it inspiration
But I'd call it desperation
We're wasting our moments for now
Reliving the past - again and again

[repeat with full chorus]

[Bridge]
A game of tin soldiers is all that we're playing here but nobody wins
Well it doesn't mean anything 'cause it isn't all your saying now
But I hope I'm invited for the ride just in case we end our test of wills
Yes I've seen much stranger things in my days...

[Cadenca]
Preaching still...
Preaching the converted in our test of wills...
9. Critic's Carnival (9:01)
Feel free, write your scathing indictment
Pick us apart with your joke of a pen
Pacified poet, standing alone you know it
I hear you preaching:
"Do it again - won't you please do it again?"

Plenty of time - hear the hypocrites whine
Pathetic business -
Take it, test it, know it, burn it
It's all a game you play so mealy mouthed
At the trough we lay
I hear you pleading:
"Do it again - won't you please do it again?"

Take it all upon you now
Make you mark somehow
And keep it going
With illusions that you're real
And phrases that you'll steall
At your best you'll drag them down

I've heard it all before
It's all been said before
Extending all an invitation - welcome to the

Critic's Carnival -
Where writers think they know more than you
No, don't be a fool at Critic's Carnival

A bully pulpit built to spin a phrase
Will "pitch" a sermon for you
If you've got the money to pay at the
Critic's Carnival
Buy fifty dollar words, try bull-shit

No, don't be deceived at Critic's Carnival...

Invite us to your ivory tower
Impress me with your
Insightfull gift of genius
Yes, you can dish it out
A coward too much clout
Hungry for power -

Do it again - won't you please do it again?
Monday morning's last draft quarterback
Get it right get it wrong
We've just dragged on too long
It's all a game you play
So mealy mouthed at the through we lay
I know you hear me!
Do it again won't you please do it again?

Well?
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