SEVEN AGAINST THEBES

2011

 

 

 

Serpens Caput

7AT

Equilibrium

Nemesis

Mask

7th Sign

Prey for Me

Feed the Furnace

Swandiver

Ophiuchus

Suicide Note

Serpens Cauda

 

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7AT

 

i long to see the day

when the wicked wash away

i long to sleep a night

without famine or a fight

i'll pay the price in blood

just to drag you through the mud

you cannot realize

how much i want your eyes

you wanna know my mind

yet crucify my kind

you can re-write every verse

but you cannot fight this curse

 

oh my lord

sheath thy sword

please let thee

guard thy door

tonight

try not to lose thy head

 

you raided every tomb

 and spaded every womb

but you won't survive the night

every legion every knight

the enemies within

let the prophecies begin

you cannot realize

how much i want your eyes

them seven sacred fools

they're breaking all your rules

that pity little band

the end is close at hard

 

oh my lord

sheath thy sword

please let thee

guard thy door

tonight

try not to lose thy head

 

Seven Against Thebes doesn't matter

I'll watch your head bleed upon a platter

 

now that i am king

 it changes everything

now that i am lord

i'm sleeping with my sword

so all before me kneel

watch me lie cheat and steal

cuz deep down within

you know i'm worse than him

i can see it in your eyes

those seven sacred spies

that pity little band

the end is close at hand

 

oh my lord

sheath thy sword

please let thee

guard thy door

tonight

say goodnight

try not to lose thy head

 

Seven Against Thebes doesn't matter

I'll watch your head bleed upon a platter

 

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EQUILIBRIUM

 

one day i'll stop and forgive myself

for all the things I've run from

 from all the things I've left unsaid

to all the ones unsaid to

 

do it every time do it every time

love em' to their face

hate em' from behind

i do it every time do it every time

love em' to their face

hate em' from behind

 

one day i'll try to make amends

and put to rest this violence

 until it stops i can't sit still

behind this veil of silence

 

you don't seem to believe me

i don't doubt it's deceiving

 peel the skin it is empty

 i just need you to suck me

out of hear we're running

into here it’s coming

out of fear we're running

 into here it’s coming

down

 

 one day i'll stop and forgive myself

for all the things i've run from

from all the things i've left unsaid

to all the ones unsaid to

 

 do it every time do it every time

love em' to their face

hate em' from behind

 i do it every time do it every time

 love em' to their face

hate em' from behind 

 

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NEMESIS

 

take your last breath

shaken to death

prey A.C.F to come and take you home

left all alone

accident prone

pick up the phone and beg someone to save you

you asked them to smile

for the cameras & for your files

now this is your trial & no ones gonna' save you

 

look in my mind

tell me what you find

nemesis it's time to

 

show you

 a cold truth

watch you

turn blue

makes me burn green with envy

but i promise you

this makes me smile

 

look deep in my soul

time takes it's toll

all that you stole from me can never be found

 with no one around

 lay on the ground

 don't make a sound cuz' i can see through this act

and all your masks

 and all of your tasks

 now all that i ask is can you please smile for me

 

 look in my mind

 tell me what you find

 nemesis it's time to

 

show you

 a cold truth

watch you

turn blue

makes me burn green with envy

but i promise you

this makes me smile

 

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MASK

 

running in step

in place in circles for you here

around the things i knew i never said

given the chance i know the follow through

to make this real

 

this mask

is all i see

is all i feel

is all i fear i'll ever be

but i need you to feel alive

 

everyone watches

as this world has gone astray

alone in the dreams of others nightmares

half the time i find it real

but the other half is looking back again through

 

this mask

is all i see

is all i feel

is all i fear i'll ever be

but i need you to feel alive

 

this mask

is all i see

is all i feel

is all i fear i'll ever be

but i need you to feel alive

 

i need you

 

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7TH SIGN

 

i seen the sign

i toasted wine

till' the end of time

and i will take you all the way to Palestine

there's lots of time

i'm in my prime

and i will take you all the way to Palestine

cuz' you done no crime

and I keep your kind

so i will take you all the way to Palestine

 

time it moves much to fast

for all of these gifts to last

i try to forget the past

all of my time at home

and all of our time alone

i cherish how much we've grown

 

i seen the sign

drank too much wine

and wasted time

but i'll still take you all the way to Palestine

we're out of time

and i'm past my prime

but i'll still take you all the way to Palestine

cuz' i seen the crimes

and i curse your kind

but i'll still take you all the way to Palestine

 

time it moves much too slow

for all of those seeds you sow

they've run out of room to grow

all of my time away

and all of those things you say

now all we can do is prey

 

i seen the sign

i toasted wine

to the end of time

now i will take you all the way to Palestine

 

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PREY FOR ME

 

day

after day

all alone

 sit and pray

pray for you

 to come my way

to want to stay

 now kneel and prey

 

prey for me

all this time

 in my shrine

guaranteed to blow your mind

 

prey for me

i pray for you

why can't you see

 i'm made for you

i try

 try to break through

you try to break free

 i pray for you

 prey for me

 

on spring break

 all alone

 big mistake

i pray for you

 to need a ride

 to come inside

 now take my side

 my misanthrope

all this time

 with some rope

 guaranteed to help you cope

 

prey for me

i pray for you

why can't you see

 i'm made for you

i try

 try to break through

you try to break free

 i pray for you

 prey for me

 

night

 after night

all alone

sit and fight

fight for you

 to come my way

to want to stay

 now kneel and prey

prey for me

all these years

free from fears

guaranteed to dry your tears

 

prey for me

i pray for you

why can't you see

 i'm made for you

i try

 try to break through

you try to break free

 i pray for you

 prey for me

 

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FEED THE FURNACE

 

just a step cried the sad man

take a look down at the madman

 theatre kings on silver wings

 fly beyond reason

 from the flight of the seagull

 come the spread claws of the eagle

 only fear breaks the silence

 as you all kneel prey for guidance

 

 tread the road across the abyss

take a look down at the madness

 on the streets of the city

 only specters pray for pity

 patient cues from the gallows

 sing the praises of the hallowed

 our machines feed the furnace

 if they take us they will burn us

 

 will you still know who you are

 when you come down who you are

 

when the flames have their seasons

 will you hold on to your reasons

 loaded down with your talents

 can you fight well and keep you balance

do you sleep with your dagger

sheathed inside deep of it's scabbard

 hope and pray for a quick death

 as watch you take your last breath

 

will you still know who you are

 when you come down who you are

 

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SWANDIVER

 

right now

there's nothing stopping us

 from smashing this car into the wall

 except maybe the logic

 that crash

would break every one of our bones

and leave us breathless 

 

standing cliff-side

staring at the fall

 let's hold our hands

and close our eyes

 inching one step forward

let me go

 

into the great divide

 and leave them speechless

 stretch out my arms

 swandive

 

stretch out my arms wide

 swandive

 

into the great divide

 and leave them speechless

 stretch out my arms

 swandive

 

we'll never know until we dive

 

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SUICIDE NOTE

 

bring her home

 cuz she's not yours

from my arms you stole

i need a reason

why you lied to me

played your games on me

i need a reason

why you walked out on me

to comfort me

 

fuck my wife for me

tear my life away

beat my children

take my everything

and let karma drag you down

 

likewise i'm

not about to let you get away with this

nothing comes easy

nothing comes for free

 you took away a life that was meant for me

 i need to turn the tables

to comfort me

 

kill my wife for me

tear my life away

beat my children

take my everything

and let your conscience drag you down

 

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SEVEN AGAINST THEBES

2011

 

 

Copyright © 2011.

All songs written by (Michael Rhodes)

Equilibrium, Swandiver, Mask, written by (Michael Rhodes/Chris Morales)

Underwater Music LTD.(BMI)

“Feed the Furnace” adapted from “Knifes Edge”

(Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Richard Fraazer/Leas Jandcek).

Cover art courtesy of Musta Aurinko

A Katavi Arts Production