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The Ritual

(1992)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresThrash Metal
LabelsAtlantic Records
Album rating :  78.7 / 100
Votes :  15
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The Ritual Lyrics

(11)
Submitted by level Mefisto
1. Signs of Chaos (0:30)
Instrumental
2. Electric Crown (5:29)
Here we go, the people show, victims of tomorrow
The way it goes, it never shows emptiness or sorrow
There is nothing left inside, nothing left to cry for
So I justify my crimes - things I must die for

So alone, away it goes, the life that you have wasted
You never know where is might go, the sweet success you've tasted
Tasted by a bitter frown knowing I must die for
Can't confide to all the lies; no one to inquire

As I wander, change of seasons
As I realize that I'll soon be there

I'll let you know the reapers show: makes you beg or borrow
He comes to see, the tragedy, his fate he will not follow
Wearing your electric crown, the preacher starts to pray
Shiver as the lights go down, "heed these words", I say

As I wander, change of seasons
I can't ponder, I got my reasons
As I realize I don't care
All I know is that I'll soon be there

Now it's gone, the time has come, the people stand in silence
Another dawn has come and gone, his fate has been decided
There is no one left inside, a brain without a mind
Traces of a bitter man are all you will find

As I wander, change of seasons
I can't ponder, I got my reasons
As I realize, I don't care
All I know is that I'll soon be there
That I'll soon be there
That I'll soon be there
That I'll soon be there.!.
3. So Many Lies (6:03)
I didn't mean to offend you, but you were way out of line
And I can't help the way I feel, who said I feel fine?
I'll only give you one warning then you must realize
The day of judgement is closing in; your selfish ways bring your demise

He who lies; evil pays
Who are you? Who made you anyway ?
Wrong or right - who's to say?
I wanna know who made you God today?

Slave to the ways of the system soon to be crucified
I've seen into your darkest fears, the ones you cannot hide

I know where you go when your fears start showing
You run, you cannot hide
Will they respect you when you ask of the world:
Forgive me for so many lies

He who lies; evil pays
Who are you? Who made you anyway ?
Wrong or right - who's to say?
I wanna know who made you God today?

Is there a need to pretend to be a man so divine?
And even if I offended you, my truth you can't deny

I know where you go when your fears start showing
You run, you cannot hide
Will they respect you when you ask of the world:
Forgive me for so many lies

He who lies; evil pays
Who are you? Who made you anyway ?
Wrong or right - who's to say?
I wanna know who made you God today?
4. Let Go of My World (3:46)
Listen now to my sordid tale
My words - they speak to you
They testify, you can't deny
You see it's, oh, so true
I dwell in thoughts of the Universe
What's immortality?
It's said to be the lies they breed
The pages start to bleed; how can this be?

Let go of my world
Let it go.!.

Touch my soul with subliminal sin
Deceptions they induce
Ingest the lies, dissect the mind
You can't control the youth
Enslave the free with conformity
Oppression takes its toll
Hey little man, who are you
To try to take control of my soul?

Let go of my world
Let me go.!.

Bleed me dry, read between the lies
Filter out the truth
Pick at my brain, brand me insane
I know what I must do
Take my life into my own hands
My sins I will atone
If I don't try, I will reside
Inside a mental home, "home sweet home"

Let go of my world
Let go of my world
Let go of my world
Let it go.!.
5. The Ritual (7:27)
Say hello again, my friends, I've got to go
The ritual calls to me, screams twist in harmony
Blinding lights reveal thoughts that should not be
The ritual calls to me; silent insanity

You really thought you'd never be the one who bleeds
It's all so clear to me now, why can't they see?

Revelations breaking through the truth distorts
Untimely accident; your precious mind is lost
Try to regain again, my friend, your sanity
The ritual calls to me; melodic agony

You really thought you'd never be the one who bleeds
It's all so clear to me now, why can't they see?

Fry away your mind
Walk behind the blind
Kill yourself killing time

Oh, whatcha gonna do when your life is sold to a world so cold?
Hey, whatcha gonna say when youre on your way on your darkest day?
Hey, darkest day...

Say goodbye again, my friends, I'm coming home
The ritual calls to me; distant reality
Unseen images expose what I can't see
The ritual calls to me, won't ever set me free

You really thought you'd never be the one who bleeds
It's all so clear to me now, why can't they see?

Fry away your mind
Walk behind the blind
Kill yourself killing time
6. Deadline (4:46)
Take a look away, think about the things you say
The day awaits your soul in chains
You got to make it today or there will be hell to pay
And there is no other way

Look at how you're living now
Life can reason
The cradle to the grave
All I give is all I save

Every day's the same; can you still feel the pain?
You lose your mind then go insane
I can't talk to you, you can't tell me what to do
What I need is up to you

Look at how you're living now
Life can reason
The cradle to the grave
All I give is all I save

And I wonder how they live; always taking what they give
Never far, always near, lose your mind
Gripping you with fear.!. what's done is done!

Hey, slave, take it to the grave
Walk in someone else's shoes: that's the path you paved
Live, die, take off that disguise
Find your own reflection now in the pool it lies

What's done is done!

Now you know the score, you can't take this hell anymore
You feel like you never did before
Go and find the way, you're closer to it everyday
Yes, this is the price you pay

And I wonder how they live; always taking what they give
Never far, always near, lose your mind
Gripping you with fear.!. when the first comes down
7. As the Seasons Grey (6:10)
Take a look, what do you see?
Image in the mirror
Yesterday is yesterday
You'll meet your marker
I know that time grows old
Can't stop the seasons
Shifting sands slip through your hands
Time is gone before it's begun

Die a little more
A little more for every day
Lord why, oh, tell me why
Do the seasons slowly grey?

Days of blue just turn to grey
The picture slowly aging
Nothing left to the memory
Death will not forsake them
Godfearing people say
They are not afraid of dying
So why do they turn to faith
When faith has no meaning in life?

Time worn, worn time
Say goodbye to yesterday
After life, life after
It's all the same

The golden years bring out the pain
Death rolls in like the seasons change
You've lost all hope but still you pray

Aging eyes that fail to see
The mirror has been shattered
Death's knocking on their door
A vision filled with laughter
I know that time grows old
Can't stop the seasons
And as the end draws near
The story's over before it's begun

Time worn, worn time
Say goodbye to yesterday
After life, life after
It's all the same

The golden years bring out the pain
Death rolls in like the seasons change
You've lost all hope but still you pray
8. Agony (3:59)
Trapped in a nightmare prisoners of warfare
Days gone become years of suffering
Fight on, but what's to gain?
Misfortune leads to pain

Fearless they won't die; caged in they ask why
Cry out, but don't cry in agony
Live on, but what's to gain?
Die slowly everyday; misfortune leads to pain
Will they ever be saved from agony, agony, agony?

In silent suffering it's never ending
They pray to end their misery
Fight on, but what's to gain?
Die slowly everyday; misfortune leads to pain
Will they ever be saved from agony, agony, agony

Missing in action never forgotten
America the Mighty set them free
Fight on, but what's to gain?
Die slowly everyday; misfortune leads to pain
Will they ever be saved from agony, agony, agony?

-- Agony...
9. The Sermon (4:39)
Suit up for destruction
Death looks behind many faces
Hatred plants its deepest seed
In the most obvious places

Symbols of allegiance
Chaos spells devotion
Evil is their sanction
The master plan is set in motion, oh yeah!

What the hell are you proud of?
Heads held low - self respect must be earned

Evil poisons taste just like wine
Swallow the lies until you are blind
-- And you're going blind
Now let it flow...

Waiting to deliver
Imposing martial laws of pain
KKK or CIA
They are one and all the same, oh yeah!

What the hell are you proud of?
Heads held low - self respect must be earned

Evil poisons taste just like wine
Swallow the lies until you are blind
-- And you're going blind

Can't get to me or abuse me
Your racist tears will amuse me
-- And then you'll bleed...
Now let it flow...

Charismatic leaders
Preach their sermons of ignorance
Please, take heed soon, my friends
Promises won't cleanse the sins

What the hell are you proud of?
Heads held low - self respect must be earned

Evil poisons taste just like wine
Swallow the lies until you are blind
-- And you're going blind
Now let it flow...
10. Return to Serenity (6:30)
I'm gonna take you to a place far from here
No one will see us; watch the pain as it disappears
No time for anger, no time for despair
Won't you come with me? There's a room for us there

This innocent beauty my words can't describe
This rebirth purity brings a sullen tear right to your eyes
No time for anger, no time for despair
Please let me take you 'cause I'm already there

I'm so alone - my head's my home
I'll return to serenity

Rhyme without reason is why children cry
They see through the system, that's breeding them just so they die
So please let me take you and I'll show you the truth
Inside my reality we shared in our youth

I'm so alone - my head's my home
And I feel... so alone, so alone, you know
At last I'll return to serenity

Now that I've taken you to a place far from here
I really must go back; close your eyes and we'll disappear
Won't you come with me, salvation we'll share
Inside of my head now there's a room for us there

I'm so alone - my head's my home
And I feel... so alone, so alone, you know
At last I'll return to serenity
11. Troubled Dreams (5:02)
Troubled dreams of a wandering nomad
Damned to be all by myself
I travelled far following bright stars
Through the endless desert sands

Starring off into the sky down on myself
Loneliness brings my demise
Oh, what a nightmare! Here we go!

Leave me be; why must I please them
When I can't even please myself?
Deep in thoughts but I still feel so
Lost in endless despair

Starring off into the sky down on myself
Loneliness brings my demise
Oh, what a nightmare! Here you go!

As you soon realize the nights so black I feel blind
Should I keep wandering on, on and on and on?
There's just one thing you should know
No, I can't take it no more
Two wrongs don't make it right; right or wrong, I can't take it
And in the end you will find, find me a peace of mind

Forever lost severing my thoughts
From the dream I must seek
Time to end this aggravation
The nomad spirit lives in me

Starring off into the sky down on myself
Loneliness brings my demise
Oh, what a nightmare! Here you go!
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