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released March 1, 2005

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Track Name: Cest La Vie
search their scars
for something to prove
he sat alone in the corner of a crowded room
just listening to everything
reciting suicide to a lonely king

she’s the girl with the water eyes
‘cause the smallest stories tell the biggest lies
“they’re the shaded grey between the black and white” she couldn’t force a smile to save her life
this song couldn’t have painted a bleaker picture if it tried these words will last with this
in mind

you keep tragedy alive
just long enough to see
that what you’re doing is hurting you
but you’re killing me
cest la vie

and to quote an old cliché
they were the needles in the hay
...as the bands play on with the sinking of ships
their loves...their loves
with their love playing dead on pouted lips
straight to your heart!

we’ve all been at these crossroads
some of us more than once
wind whipping trash at our stumbling feet,
wipe the grit of the city
FROM YOUR EYES
here comes a new sunrise
Track Name: Cross it Out
take it as it comes

and roll with the kicks in the teeth
and smile a little cracked tooth smile

one day, yeah one day kid there’ll be peace won’t spend to much time in regret when it’s all taken up by this rage
each tick of the clock clenches my fist
and yeah...

I JUST CAN’T GET OFF THIS PAGE

there’s so much trouble in the past
and so much more to come
bloody ink and aftermath stories testament to our “fun”
we’ll take it as it comes

LATE NIGHTS
NO REST

I’m up for hours on amazing sex
spending time cursed,
spending time blessed
bring that shit on and give me no less... it’s fucking all I’ve got
Track Name: This Street is off Limits
well I’m still walking the streets alone at night and I’m watching the shadows ahead
under the street lights
retrace the steps I’ve stepped a million times before and I see the ghosts remain on the walls I’ve scrawled the walk home at night get used to it I never will
I’ll get back to my room and
onto paper my words spill
frustration sets in and I feel like I’m gonna crack
it’s times like this it’s logic that I lack
set my mind to racing and I can’t slow it down solitude is deafening-I’m surrounded by it’s sound fucking tear it down
I’m feeling washed out
I’m feeling fucked up
and I’ve got everything to lose
so cut me up
fucking cut me up...
yeah I don’t wanna do anything right now...
and I don’t wanna lose anything right now...
and I don’t wanna see anyone right now
except for you, only you, always you
what’s that sound?
DOWN
fucking feeling down
Central Station farewells
always so abrupt
embraces in these archways never lasted long enough she’s framed perfect in the window
and it just eats me up
separated through glass and steel
separated from her touch
fuck your “love”
Track Name: Oh It's Kinda Crazy
let the good times roll
let ‘em take their toll
I’m worn out and run down and out of control strolling in silence
and feeling half alive
so fuck you
pull the hood up over the head
you can just see the eyes
feeling like I’m going nowhere
to nothing again
everyone’s got their sweethearts tonight
I’m just at a dead-end
I put my damaged goods back on the shelf
a voluntary coma would do wonders for my health ‘cause baby right now
I’m just a fucking shell
well it’s cold outside
but I’m just a step away from hell...
there’s no light on for me
nothing to come back to
...and I’d walk the streets all night
if I thought that I’d find you
I hear the laughter on the streets below
and it doesn’t sound so real
and I hear the lovers on the streets below
and I’m not sure what I should feel
when your someone isn’t there
this feeling will carry to the a.m.
another loveless night
not one embrace
...I’m so far gone
Track Name: Love Conquers (FUCK) All
you ask me who I trust?
I’ll just turn my head in disgust
too tired to sleep too alert to rest
my hearts been ripped right out of my chest you wanna rip apart what’s left of me
well you can’t kill what no longer bleeds another lost love tragedy
another lump throat anthem in ode to me love conquers fuck all
another union parting ways
another day I’m fucking left in a daze what the fuck is left to believe?
and what the fuck is left to achieve? everything seems destined for failure and all that’s golden fades
just enjoy the sunny seconds
the batten down the hatches
prepare for the rains
how many times do we build up our dreams? in hope for a better end?
cling to this like drowning rats,
lose hope...get swept away again
HOLD FAST
I know it’s hopeless
what option do you got?
lets laugh in the face of defeat
and give this another shot
let the misery rain
let the warheads fall
down on me
I’ll be the target for ever
GIVING A FUCK
now you’re out of luck
NOW YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK
you’re now the target
I no longer give a fuck
...goodnight
Track Name: Clock In // Clock Out
the system that has kept us in line
and has consumed all of our time
it’s the one that’s kept our necks in the noose and has us believing we have everything to lose strip back, expose all the fucking lies... realise! that without us it’s them who die,
that without us it’s them who die!
our lives have been spinning their way forever
take your life back let the ties be severed
they tell us that we are living our own lives
embedded in our backs are their fucking knives!
each word they speak is another wound
they take their share of blood
we’ll be dead soon
we’re kept neglecting our own wants and needs keeping the power where they want it to be
clock in clock out
one more day they’ve taken from us
one more day we’ve given to them
CLOCK IN/CLOCK OUT
the system that has kept us in line
and has consumed all of our time
it’s the one that’s kept our necks in the noose
and has us believing we have everything to lose
strip back, expose all the fucking lies... realise!
that without us it’s them who die,
that without us it’s them who die!
our lives have been spinning their way forever
take your life back let the ties be severed
they tell us that we are living our own lives
embedded in our backs are their fucking knives!
each word they speak is another wound they take their share of blood
we’ll be dead soon
we’re kept neglecting our own wants and needs keeping the power where they want it to be
clock in clock out
one more day they’ve taken from us
one more day we’ve given to them
Track Name: Old Foundations
not looking up at you
won’t hold you up above me
no shining light emits from your presence not that I can see
what you know
who you know
who you are matters not to me
hold yourself up with such high regard
but a fucking ego is all that I see
pedestals will fall
if not maintained
old foundations will crumble
no one but yourself to blame
just because of your past actions
you think you deserve respect in the now and maybe it’s just me
but I don’t fucking see how
when the past is the past
and the past is dead
it sunk as fast as a boat made of lead buried up over six feet of soil on your head the past is the past
and the past is dead
Track Name: Donny, You're out of your Element!
open your mouth and the sewers flow there’s not a brain in your fucking head YOU DON’T KNOW
shit, so shut your mouth
YOU DON’T KNOW
what the fuck you’re talking about
an arrogant ignorant fool is all I see
your words equal verbal aids
get the fuck away from me
if I had to live like you
I’d think I’d rather be dead
it’s time for you to catch a clue right now
Track Name: Sonny was right, The working man is a Sucker
walk alone, step after step
past the people, their lives full of regrets
I watch the blood as it drains from their face
they know their lives hold no saving grace
hands are tied and their feet are bound
they all talk but don’t make a sound
have they always been this way?
are we destined for the same fate?
a break down of family time
loved ones pushed to the side
as long as you tow the company line
everything will work out fine
for them
a takedown of your rights
here’s another sleepless night
and you do nothing you don’t even fight
you do nothing...you don’t even fight
everyday destroyed and held down
pushing you further in to the ground
who wants to fucking live that way?
who really wants to play their games?
a dead end life is all that they gave
they blew your chances from the cradle to the grave it’s far too late for some to be saved,
but we’re alive so lets smash their charades
it’s another day that they’ve kept you in line
and it’s another day you’re fucking losing your mind and it’s another day they’ve fucking robbed you blind and it’s another day they have you believing
ALL THE LIES...
held down to the ground with nothing to show... except for those who grew up without you
...those you barely know
Track Name: Black is the new Black
I’m not
 lost, lonely or useless

it’s just how I feel
get used to something then I watch it turn it’s heels choking on the fucking sorrow,

wondering what’s in store for tomorrow
wondering who’s next to break my trust
and let the good times turn to dust what the fuck has happened to me?
dead-end nights invading my dreams
FUCK THE WORLD
is how I feel so save me your “feel better” spiels
‘cause I don’t need to hear it

all my hopes are doused in black
and all I want is the good times back
just forget the darker days
...
just forget 
just forget the darker days

fuck the misery that they’ve made

black is the new black didn’t you know? so here I’ll let my emotions show
better than taking a blade to your wrist or living life in ignorant bliss

drive another knife through my heart though I’ll smile it’s tearing me apart so what’s to live for?
here in this
 DYING DAY
and what’s to die for?
when it all just decays

and now...
here’s some closure for you fuck you...xo