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Once Only Imagined

(2007)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresMelodic Death Metal, Metalcore
LabelsCentury Media Records
Album rating :  68.4 / 100
Votes :  12
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Once Only Imagined Lyrics

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Submitted by level Zyklus
1. Synopsis (0:32)
2. Rise and Fall (4:02)
This human incompetence and its consequence
Sub-human intolerance hitting home
This stupid old prejudice and its consequence
Civilian rights are not right
For all deserve rights, large and small

Rise and fall
Each breath could be the last
Chances have all come and passed

Why can't we just shake the urge to end everything?
Property lines slice through the earth
The sudden urge to control our surroundings
Money and time now define
Their worthless we rise and we fall

Rise and fall
Each breath could be the last
Chances have all come and passed
Fighting for land to own
And man will always find reasons for war
Fighting wars yields bitter rewards
So let's contemplate what to fight for

From the oceans we rise
To the ashes we fall
All for one, not one for all

Where do we go when we no longer exist?
Apologies are useless, they're nothing, they're impotent
To savour the taste of youth and sweet control
Hierarchal classes split the masses
Pray your ranking's high

Off-white, low-life, nuisance in a flawless life
Ground underfoot like ashes
The world's a fucking gas chamber
Populations rise and fall
3. Born Dead, Buried Alive (4:32)
The bloodline traces back to the past from whence the first real Christians came
The racist procreation remains in every God-damned rally, riot and rage
Eternal damnation divided by nation
Fighting for land, language and souls
A kick to the face of pride
Leave hypnotic control behind

How is it that even now, to this day
This poison we're born with still runs through our veins?

Brainwash young minds
They will learn what you teach
Practice what you preach
Brainwash young minds
Breed corruption

Didn't you expect when you built your empire on pillars of cadavers
(Genocide yields power
You built your empire on murder)
That it would corrode with time?

Say how do you justify systematic eradication
Of the diversity, the foundation of all humanity?
Say how do you justify
Putting words in my mouth
Blood on my hands
Hate in my heart?

The bloodline traces back to the past from whence the first real Christians came
The racist procreation remains in every God-damned rally, riot and rage
Eternal damnation divided by nation
Fighting for land, language and souls
A kick to the face of pride
An insult to all those who've died

I lock eyes with the black monolith towering over me
In my reflection I see our name printed
Far too many times, over and over again
You cannot know the warm touch of the vengeance that calls
Without the sting of the betrayal that afflicts us all
4. Take A Bow (4:05)
Powerless, depressed
I try to conceal all the wreckage inside
But they are denied the basic rights
Hand-delivered to all of mankind

My patience tried
Forgiveness died
My hands are tied
Let go
All of the scars built up the walls
Life drifting far below

Instinct can't save you now
Man stand up, take a bow
The sun always hides behind the clouds, always

Tell me when did we lose our way
Why is the whole world our prey
Inhumane is the trend nowadays
How much more can they pay
In the end

How blind we've been to let destructive forces fly
Deaf ears hear them, closed hands feel them
Empathy begins when all this ends

End all innocent lives right now
For we bring nothing and claim the crown
5. Trophy Kill (3:39)
Often misjudged are the criminals among us
Guilty and their sentence is not yet served
How broken and dead the reigning race would be
If we all got what we deserved
All sentient beings are only those that we dictate
How can you judge what you lick off your plate?
The Giver now has been brutally raped
Who knows if the future has so good a taste?

Although we know what the future has for us in store
A consumption society just breaks right through the door

In blissful ignorance the fists of power thrive
Now look at your hands
Your command tells who will survive

Fresh mermaid carcasses wash up on shore
They're a prize to be won and a cheap thrill, no more
Paranoid grins on fake colourless smiles
Fear of the hollow between wrong and right
Sobriety is no longer an option
When digging upwards from the trench you fell in

At the top of your game, who cares?
The ones below are too far down
But we're the ones who kill our neighbours to stay safe and sound

In blissful ignorance the fists of power thrive
Now look at your hands
Your command tells who will survive

Trophy kill

We are such great masochists
Fuck you, fucking hypocrite

Too bad you do what you do to score
True, that you knew what you knew before
6. Business Suits and Combat Boots (5:27)
Does history guide you, or do you set out to change it?
Breach not broken

Fuck your...
Skinned- alive designer wear
Fashion shades and salon hair
Heels to help where nature failed
Artificial teeth and nails

The wasp's nest expands

So clap your hands! It's her!
The one black woman who's success you don't credit to Affirmative Action
The way of the future is corporate sponsors raising your kids
Maternal love is nothing compared to what $7 gives
Put in, suck out plastic body parts
It's the ever-growing industry of cosmetic arts!
Bombarded with the idealized shots, dysmorphic, self-destructive plots

Physical flaws are a mental blank

So pay your surgeons
It�s your parents you should thank

These eyes are blind to several hundred left behind
(Lest we forget again)
But the border is breached but not broken
Who tries to find the several hundred left behind,
When the border is breached but not broken?

Go-existing in a twisted society
Where youth is a crime and wasteful sweat-shops expenditures are how luxury is defined
Now the KKK has found a new masquerade
Fuck your self-proclaimed supremacy
You hide your face and your shame!

Identify right and wrong when all fact is merely opinion
You cannot know the sweetness of victory without first dwelling in the agony of defeat

These eyes are blind to several hundred left behind
(Lest we forget again)
But the border is breached but not broken
Who tries to find the several hundred left behind,
When the border is breached but not broken?
7. Serendipity (3:42)
Stillborn pride
Let me hide

Once more I've stepped across the line
Repeating to myself that everything is fine
Once more I'm shipwrecked far from shore
This time the war and blood and gore are mine

Approaching the end thinking it's all pretend
Then clarity, so close to me
Although I knew it killed me to
I came back to life
The key is flexibility
Guard your strengths and drown the rest
Out of mind, out of sight

The chains on my wings still tight but loosening
The age of wondering led me to a place never revisited again

Stillborn pride
Spare my mind

Don't regret all of your past you can't change
Tears dry but they're never your last
That won't change
The first stone has just been cast
Show restraint
You can't take all my apathy
You can't fake such a tragedy
You can't break all my fallacies
Let serendipity

Okay, so things don't always go your way
We may see things for what they are today
So things will never go your way
See things for what they are today

Stillborn pride
Truth denied
8. Memento Mori (3:09)
Can't you see how far I've bent?
Fuel abuse at my expense
The limbs that crawl up silken threads
And swift entomb the not quite dead

That sickening numbness hindsight hides
Like spiders creeps out from inside
Remember, simply don't pretend
Both good and bad will come to end

How love's blindfold wears so thin
The world's too strange when seen without
The arrow's head plunged so far in
My body taught me just how to live on without

You tore away a part of my body
So virgin pure
You fed off blood from my soul
No longer will your silhouette haunt me
Reject obsession
Let it burn in the cold

Writhing, wriggling free
From all the superficial constraints
But that sickening numbness hindsight hides
Like spiders creeps out from inside

How love's blindfold wears so thin
The world's too strange when seen without
The arrow's head plunged so far in
My body taught me just how to live on without

Your fingers burn their prints on my skin
But greedy hands can't grope their way into my mind
No more will your venom reach my awe-glazed eyes
(Permanent scars)
Though my last hope was strangled
Although you've burned me

That corpse constantly shadowing my every move
With each step I take pavement grinds my flesh away
The precious static rest beneath my slumber holds me up
Though persuasion pulls me down
9. Void of Sympathy (4:21)
I remember the way your hand reached out and closed doors
I remember, though memories serve no purpose anymore
Wrong direction
I now see what I didn't look for
Feed off perfection and bite the hand you once adored

Because now you've gone too far
So let me show you how I will win every war
And the battlefield is all mines

Thieving, grieving, believing the opposition
Failure to say you're devoid of sympathy

Your forced oppression is one thing that I can tell you for sure
Just won't affect me, so just keep trying to push it more
Your sub-human surprise keeps my hatred alive
Be thankful to survive because I'm just getting started now

See how you've gone too far?
Attempts to put me down won't succeed anymore
But your actions will leave a scar

Thieving, grieving, believing the opposition
Failure to say you're devoid of sympathy

Now I'm taking away, breaking away
This torment ends now
Blinded willingly
Until recently
Suspicion was set free
That was then
So what?
This is now
10. Chiaroscuro (1:06)
11. Forget Tomorrow (3:37)
Fall into flames

Well all that remains of me
Is a stepped-on, thrown-out piece of your enemy
All that remains of me is about to hit the ground

When you begin to deny all of your past lives
When you begin to deny that you can't defend your lies

In total
In control
Get thrown overboard
Get pulled below

Wait patiently as it surrounds me
In vitro
Freakshow
Go home, go
Set me free
The end is only a bloodloss, coin-toss tragedy
Blind-eyed guilty plea

So caught up in here and now
Walk on, walk on
Life expectancy goes down
Corruption
The weakest mind will wear the crown
Because we all need protection
Escapism is a dangerous art
Addiction is the easy part
Please don't let me fall into flames

Night falls and darkness rises deep inside his skin
Blood, sweat and tears will soon pay for this sin

Wait patiently as it surrounds me
Walks towards home, thinks he's alone
Wait and you'll see
The frost glows in his eyes
Exhalation is only a disguise for Death's new enterprise
Infiltration
Self-destruction
Left so lonely
What a tragedy
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