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All Is Illusory

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Track Name: Sonreo
the whole world lay before us
running to the forest
a cape for every crown
clambered past that sylvan edge
and climbed up through the foliage
to see where the wind had gone

though it wasn't that clear
you could feel it in the air
all alone in those branches
swaying with the wind
breathing it in
from who knows when

though you can see it in my face
and you can easily trace
everywhere i'm going
i refuse to be scared
and with my finger in the air
i'll know which way the wind is blowing

though it isn't that clear
you can feel it in the air
all alone in those classes
swaying with the masses
breathing that air
from who knows where
Track Name: Eclipses
i've finally a taste
words fall from my ellipses
shadows, your eclipses
you were in the way
blacked out as the night
during the day

on the phone
i know that it's done
i will call
your voice answers
but you are gone

your love imitates
my thirst, as unspoken
as salt in the ocean
i pull and you break
your current wave, still
barely a wake

i would weather
it like a sailor
our storm had begun
fights through thin walls
light through pinholes
in cardboard
see the sun
covered

on the phone
i know where you've been
i will call
you on whose bed
you have been sleeping in
Track Name: Manifest
love can be a royal menace
and i’ve been reminiscing
you were pretty, penniless
with looks to kill a king
you were blind
begging for change
just you wait and see
now we're making empty threats
pawn their vacancy

we’ve been ruling for years
yeah, really what a waste
we’ve been burning love letters
all that we wrote, erased
we would turn in the manifest
now that we both could read
we've been learning
the terms we committed to
were meant for memory

like the sky
you were over me
yeah, I know
we needed space
i'd go to mars
and make a record
curiosity
i’ll find another
life is ordered now
for the exploring
yeah, if you can take my chaos, baby
well, i’ll map your terrain

we’ve been ruling for years
yeah, we’re never far away
and now we’ve been touring
and tearing the veil
well since the milleni’… um, yeah
baby girl, someday, someday
cos i’m never far away
yeah, we’ll be burning the sheets
we'll save on laundry

yeah, back in 1980, maybe
nah, i was never innocent
now, we’ve been burning the papers
since 1997
we've been drinking free today
yeah, drunk on liberty
i’ve been learning
and earning my confidence
Track Name: Pecos
no rage surges
through my amplifier
more dangerous
a happy fighter
no cage or rush
but ample fire
from los angeles
to the top of the empire
you can make it better
but it takes an effort
don't wait for fairer weather
make use of the wind

did you forget
your soul, survivor
beat a billion sperm
to ankle-biter
i was made from dust
call me macgyver
and will return as such
a tornado rider
Track Name: All Is Illusory
undecided on the role
you'd yet to play
down the recital hall
when all were turned away
you passed like a dream
when you wake
you had no choice

good will finds us
yeah, your eyes give you away
a watch that winds up
in a second hand display
to lose track of time
with you, i’d run away
have you seen this boy

you'd never infer
what we were in for
oh... i thought you were
someone else

like a lock of hair
to keep you close to me
tongue in silent prayer
on the bead of your rosary
i am nothing more
all is illusory
a dream of sorts

you'd never infer
what we were in for
oh... i thought you were
someone else
Track Name: The Giving In
moving on, getting ready
for the role of slow and steady
no rabbit, all turtle
letting go of what’s behind me
making room for the new, finally
aware and in control

all in all, i find it fitting
to realize you were just visiting
some time we bought
but were returning
to the start
before devoting

so it goes, the giving in
running away yet again
know where i want to go?
i always thought
you were behind me
reaching out and waving blindly
no idea at all

i knew it when i saw you
remember the first time
i’d play the fool to follow you
you were always on my mind
don’t know the words to say it
i don’t know where to start
you take my breath away, yeah
but i won’t let you take my heart

all in all, i find it fitting
to realize you were just visiting
some time we bought
but were returning
to the start
Track Name: Church or State
did i learn to hate
from church or state
who chose for me, my palette
who knows, who cares

i keep on thinking
should i give up drinking
will i wake up breathing tomorrow
but every moment foments
till throwing it in
where i'm going
no one will follow

i burn my candle
my soul, i sell
what is money
i can't tell
an empty shell

which fasting or feasting
will pass like a bee sting
in rash and the riesling i swallow
and every moment
ferments till throwing up in
the closest thing
at hand and hollow

going away
for the evening
another day
dead and gone

no mind
your arms around me
feel safe
second to none

so dull
pointless
i lose focus
and pretend not to notice
Track Name: Taken Over
we wrote the rules of currency
the rest learned their lessons fluently
we spent it all and had plenty
we are takin’ over
fools arrive younger and bolder
thinking us wise ‘cos we are older
we will school them like a soldier
we are takin’ over
sharp thoughts dance
mind if i cut in
on your own
all of a sudden
priceless art
sold for a bar again
mine, you stole
without hesitation

darlin’, we all have our moments
think of the time that we’ll spend
proving that all else is pretend
we are taken over

every day a miracle
though, even to say it means fuck all
frankly, the thing makes me chuckle
we are taken over

sharp thoughts dance
mind if i cut in
on your own
all of a sudden
priceless art
sold for a bar again
time, you thought
could spare a second chance
Track Name: You Were the First
i wanted out, so i escaped
you cannot build
until you learn to break
when time will tell
what will it say?
"i am not money"?
or maybe, "wait"?

you were the first
like the one before you
you got it worse
well, i don't got it, it due
you lost the thirst
and drank, but i grew
i break the curse
you say, but i do

i want the pills
and the bottle and the excess
i want the bill
and the model that collects it
i want the thrill
and the throttle and the lexus
i want it all
they pay, none other taxes

all of the greats
are bested one day
they sigh, "auf wiedersehen"
sometimes i feel i'm better off
doing the same
until the day
we pull back that veil
at least pull back on the reins
i've seen the film
and i fall asleep at the end
the end

we will not bend
we will not sway
until you say,
"i'm at your mercy"
Track Name: The Veil Between
what is one
thought another
who looks out
behind the eyes
of your lover
yours, a sight
i would drink in
in time
like a wick’s end
all that i have
you deepen

in the tunnel
by the bridge
held my breath
and from the silence
made a wish
for a time, our next hit
tonight, only this
for the light
toward the exit

allow me to follow
your lead in the dance
let only one step
carry me the distance
my only request
is simply your presence
for now... as it is

though the taste of it
is sweetest
when you’re on
your hands and knees
with the best, some bitter
let it breathe
here and now
i am alive

rising silent as the sun
from my horizon
i alone see your dawn
in the morning when
what rest will awaken
and vision is blurry

when we stumble
from the dream
when we finally see
behind the veil between
will the sight
of the truth free you
are you frightened
of who’ll see you
are you still in a hurry
Track Name: Gtra
i don't need to be in control
no ache to break the mold
i will, like the joint i roll
disappear

don't need to beat the game
no ache to take the king
i just want to do my thing
‘cos it is

passing on
horn a’ plenty
calm dissenting
cognoscente
i hear it all
loud and clear
i just want to stay right here
and do my own thing

who will escape their role
when blindly, led by the fold
if they say
they do not know
what it is

voices will rise in vain
the loudest end up missing
so if they know
they do not say
but it is

doublespeak
singularity
paradox
or merely parody
i see it all
come and go
i just want to take it slow
and do my own thing