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Back An American Paradox
1. Velvet Alley (3:02)
2. Kill Your Scene (2:09)
3. Alien Amplifier (2:36)
4. Cult Of The Subterranean (2:59)
5. Lubricating The Revolution (1:49)
6. The Kids (3:01)
7. Unkoil (4:54)
8. Contender (2:13)
9. Satellite (3:56)
10. An American Paradox (2:36)
11. Dig (2:54)
12. Razor Sex (2:56)
13. Cemetery (3:20)
14. Don't Look Back* (2:40)

01 VELVET ALLEY

(3:02)

You can't make me see what you think I should know
You don't understand where I'm coming from
We're passing through worlds no perception in time
I'm not the same as when I began

Show me, don't tell me
What's going on inside your little world
You say we never landed on the moon
You heard we never reached the sky
Then shed some light, I'll lend a patient ear

Don't let me down, I gotta know
If something good can grow out on this rock
Save me one more time
And I'll be free from the way I think it ought to be

Babble on, could I be wrong
A silhouette of you and me
Just negative space and time
Just reference to a simpler history
I'd sacrifice a million nights
For a moment's peace with you
Reflections to dissect reality

It's all in what we hold as being real
When the symbol kills the substance then we've lost
Save me one more time
And I'll be free from the alleyways of my heart ...eart...

You can't make me see
I'm goin nowhere
What you think I should know
I'm goin nowhere inside this head of mine
You can't make me see
We're goin nowhere
What you think I should know
We're goin nowhere inside this head of mine

Sit and stay awhile
Talk to me about the things that make you real
Let's forget about
All that make you and me surrender, surrender

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02 KILL YOUR SCENE

(2:09)

You weigh your sadness well
It fits the color of your world
Though you have nothing to complain about
There's always something wrong
Break neck lies romanticize these empty-headed alibis
The drama you create amuses you and only you

So take all these lies and be real again
It's all not so bad
I see you under there, hiding down underneath your eyes

Show yourself and kill your scene
You are your worst enemy
Only doing what you do cause you know someone is there to clap a hand
Your conviction lies in words that paint the world a promise land

And all you wanna be, is something I don't see
And all you gotta do, is get the fuck away down
Push, before my thoughts pull me down
All you are is what you've disdained

So take all these lies and be real again
It's all not so bad
I see you under there, create your own despair
It's all in your head

You stole the crown you start torturing yourself...

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03 ALIEN AMPLIFIER

(2:36)

Just one more verse, I swear just one more
Line to rhyme with the last one
I didn't really mean to write at all
And it's all my fault, I'm wasting precious time on words
That never seem to get through to anybody else

Here alone I don't know what I wanna say
When you're around I got a lot to write about
And words are lies, convenience in disguise
Communications scratched and overanalyzed

Well it's all your fault, I've broken everything I own
Unable to spit out while you're standing there waiting for me

Here alone I don't know what I wanna say
When you're around I got a lot to think about
And words are lies, convenience in disguise
And we'll never really let each other in

And we're all dead, communications dead
And I'm no better than the worst I speak about
Give me a sign some frequency in line
To understand what you really want to say

Here alone I don't know what I wanna say
When you're down I got a lot to write about
And words are lies convenience in disguise
And we'll never really let each other in

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04 CULT OF THE SUBTERRANEAN

(2:59)

Tonight we're gonna burn it up 'till too much feels alright
The feast has been laid out to the hungry eyes inside our minds
We are not without a cause, the passion's in our vice
We are not content to judge or fit to moralize

We're on the outside looking in, unbreakable in all we are
Enemy of the sun we are the subterranean
Apocalyptic daydream casual delirium

So take a deep breath and close your eyes
And be glad that you are here
Let each passing moment sterilize
And wash away like tears

Any means to an end
Are the means that I use to get by
And I try to be good, but it's understood
That tonight we'll both look the other way

The smoke of all our thoughts and cigarette exhaust
All possibility of ever getting out of this place
Nodding off but still aware of all that's pulling us to do
The things we always do

Any means to an end
Are the means that I use to get by
And I try to be good, but it's understood
That tonight we'll both look the other way

We are not without a cause, and we are not without a vice
We are not content to judge or moralize
So close your eyes and and see, take a breath and believe
That tonight we'll both look the other way

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05 LUBRICATING THE REVOLUTION

(1:49)

The mirror never lies and neither does the face
Of a man who doesn't know where his place is
This man and his shadow know exactly where they're going
Straight to hell in all it's glory with the rest of it all

I set myself up so that I can set myself apart
And find another way
On this planet I call my home, I'll be an island

I'll rent a revolution and sell my soul to the cause
As a million footsteps march in my parade
And I'll buy the moon a bomb and aim it straight at number one
Cause nobody really wants a revolution to come

I set myself up so that I can see what's goin on
And never be like you
If you have any questions, feel free to make up your mind
On this planet, here right now
There's a place for everyone to just be
On this planet, here right now
There's no place I'd rather be

I set myself up so that I can see what's goin on
And never be like you
If you have any questions, feel free to make up your mind
On this planet I call my home, I'll be an island

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06 THE KIDS

(3:01)

Don't pack your bags, don't bring your things
Just leave them all behind
Don't you worry about a letter left for someone else to find
No explanation needed to define what we have done
We've mapped our course, we've set our sights
Crossed hairs on everyone

Today it's you and me and we're blowing up the world
We'll climb it's highest peak and watch it fall apart
We are the end result, we've forged our destiny to rebuild it all again

Spray paint begins to dry the message soon becomes so obvious
That this walking adolescent death trips tired of doing time
They are the reversal, they are silent, they are one
They are everything you made them, assassination of the young

Today it's you and me and we're blowing up the world
They'll write about us all if they get out alive
We are the end result we've forged our destiny to rebuild it all again

You medicate into submission
A sleeping monster needs no attention
You bring me up to bring me down
You knew one day I'd come around
This wasteland be our playground, be our temple, be our salvation

We'll fill the seas with gasoline, and shoot the sun right out the sky
The spark of our imagination will keep all hope from running dry
They'll write about us all if anyone gets out alive to build it all again

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07 UNKOIL

(4:54)

Slipping in and out of reason, and I don't mind
The side effects are expected with this experiment of mine
I wanna be reborn, breathe smoke
Think black and call it a night
A temporary eclipse outshines me
For a moment I see no end in sight

And still I wait for this stranger inside of me
To show himself and let me be

Well slowly I increase the dosage
One more try and I'll get it right, now
Feel my head expanding outward
I've arrived at a place I haven't been before, yeah

Some thin in the atmosphere is speaking what I wanna hear
The walls have started breathing the colors that I am seeing
The sign ahead reads welcome neighbor
Give up all your fears and enter
Step on through, no hesitation

No disguises, my eyes are wide open
And I can see for the first time
How did we get this far down
How do I find my way back
From this head I've let unkoil

No disguises, my eyes are wide open
And I can see for the first time
How did we get this far down
How do I find my way back
From this head I've let unkoil

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08 CONTENDER

(2:13)

A quiet moment before the champ goes down
Through the doors of his decision to fight through one last round
Though he's beaten and he knows it
No way in Hell he's gonna throw it all away
So on with the round and into the light
Of all the cameras and predictions
News radio depictions of a fight
He knew he'd never win

So for the record
It's just another day, all things fade away

He stood fast till the end
And met his fate with a right hook to oblivion
And no one cried
His opponent young and eager
To accept the admiration of the crowd
Paid no attention

So, down he goes surrounded by
The faces that once proudly only built him up, built him up
Now he lays abandoned
Now the shadows on the wall do not care
Signed, sealed, delivered

He stood fast right until the very end
No commentary about the state of grace he's in
The champion has lost
What will the paper say about a man
Who's proven only to be a man

So for the record
It's just another day, all things fade away
It's just another day, how will I fade away

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09 SATELLITE

(3:56)

I'll understand
If you're not feeling well enough to write
I'll understand
If you've got way too many things to do, you see
I've been sitting here for an hour
Trying to finish what I started now
It seems every line gets harder
I never really write out what I wanna say

So I hope this letter it finds you well
It's taken me a little while to sit and spell and
Everything I wanna say, but I think I'm ready to convey
You're the reason that I play at all
You got me thinking how a song could change it all
If there's any wonder how I made it through
Well I'll tell them that's between me and you, well

Someday, I'll thank you if I see you around
But for now I'll just keep this letter to myself
In a song I'll probably never sing for you
Like a satellite, spinning around my head in sound

When you're sixteen and you're full of anger
Nothing matters much but the sound of broken
Bottles and hearts and the ties that bind you to what you can't ignore
In a world where I had no control
I used my voice as a weapon that I could own
I screamed and shout until I bled
And meant every single word I said
You're the reason that I care at all
You got me thinking how a song could change it all
If there's any wonder why I'm here
Well nothing's ever been so clear well

Someday, I'll thank you if I see you around
But for now I'll just keep this letter to myself
In a song I'll probably never sing for you
Like a satellite, spinning around my head in sound
Like a song I won't forget
A satellite, spinning around my head
Like a song I won't forget

When we're all grown up and looking for that anger
Nothing matters much but the reassuring sound
Of your voice buzzing through that stereo
All this imagery of sound
In words that bite and tear along
So watch me find myself
Again now

I've found my voice, again now

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10 AN AMERICAN PARADOX

(2:36)

One gaze from it's electric eye
Immortalizes you forever in their hearts and minds
Messiah of the people, the savior of the servants
On a runaway train without a cause

Everyday I tell myself
I gotta find a way out this american Paradox
Paddling like a dog to the bone that's going to splinter me
And they know what's best for my life

Winding backwards it creates a discord
That calls itself progression on a grander scale
The super model monster turned crack head at the wheel
Of this automated virgin sacrifice

Everybody step in line
It's time to get your piece of the american paradox
Biting at the hand that fed me, this illusion now
I'm in for the ride of my life

This perversion gains it's momentum
My resistance turns to fear at it's changing face
I sold my soul to forces still unknown
And I don't want it back now

Prescription dementia riddleated protection
From impurities of the heart and mind
I've canceled my subscription broken covenant now
There is no question, whose side are you on

Everyday I tell myself
I gotta find a way out this american paradox
Biting at the hand that fed me, this illusion now
I'm in for the ride of my life

I don't want to feed myself to the appetite of excess
And I don't want to be another voice in the wind
Got it easy in a world that's not supposed to be
It makes me wonder if I think too much about me

In a world full of mirrors your reflection is all you see
And I can't stand what's becoming of me
So I'll scratch my eyes out, rip this face off
Rebuild something new for the fucking world to choke on

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11 DIG

(2:54)

Well I don't want to make you angry
Don't want to talk about it
When you call I pretend I'm not around
And I don't make good company
And one of us has got to leave
Cause this is getting boring by now

Now I don't know what I'm supposed to say
What I really want to do is try and run away
Gotta get away from this showdown
I know I'll never win with you

I don't want to feed the fire
And I don't to be the liar
But something's gotta give before I'm gone
Now I'm wrong if I don't say enough
And I'm wrong if I give in too much
So I'll take a bow and get out while I can

Now I don't know what I'm supposed to say
When I really want to do is try and run away
Gotta get away from this showdown
I know I'll never win with you

Now here I go again
Just like before I'm going down
I try to practice what I wanna say
But you won't listen anyway

Like every time before one of us is out that door
Don't bother waiting for me
Cause I'll be on my way
Thinking of you

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12 RAZOR SEX

(2:56)

And now I think I know what's on your mind
Your eyes melt through me and it's no surprise
And I can become you, and through your eyes
I'll watch you lie to me step right over me
As I fall to my knees

Like a movie star, like kerosene
Your burning arrows sinking into me
You're my favorite ache inside
So put down that knife
And come lie down with me
Step right over me
You can do anything your heart pleases
You can do anything you want

Just like before she'll bring me down into that place
We come together and erase each other one more time

Step back as I set myself up for the kill
Shoot myself in the foot while I swallow that pill
Stand right above us to unbreak my fall
Your sex with a razor and my blood tells all
Step back as I set myself up for the kill
Shoot myself in the foot while I swallow that pill
Stand right above us to unbreak my fall
Your sex with a razor, my blood tells all

Like a movie star, like kerosene
Burning in my eyes
I can feel you now, here I leave myself wide open now
I leave myself wide open now
It's all I ever knew

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13 CEMETERY

(3:20)

An electric concrete fantasy
Where the billboards keep on warning me
That if I don't keep moving I'll get stuck in this place
Where nobody gets out alive

The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles
The sun holds no regrets, the natives sway under arrest
As all the stars fall from the sky

Now we've all sold our souls
We're just waiting for the show to begin here at the edge

What the hell we doing here
We're everywhere but no ones here
Bodies in motion, desperate motion
The angels have all gone insane
I know I'll never be the same so let it ride
We're goin for a ride

Now we've all sold our souls
We're just waiting for the show to begin here at the edge
Now I watch those zombies celebrate
The burning of their favorite heretics and demigods

The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles
The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles
The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles
The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles
The dead all came to play in this metropolitan decay
A cemetery called Los Angeles

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14 DON'T LOOK BACK

(2:40)

Before you say a word, before you turn away
There's just one thing I gotta know
Are you still who you'd claimed you'd be

I've been told were all the same
Only difference is all the people that you were
Growing up I thought I'd never change
No apologies, always stayed the same
Now I don't look back

Ideals, and blind devotion
Your loyalties can burn
It's growing what's inside that counts
Twisted, true and without a doubt

Yeah I've been told were all the same
Waiting for something that already came
Mind of confusion with no one to blame
Just waiting

Behind, locked inside your emotions
Caging, releasing, it feeds your motives
Growing, changing, it's something you don't know
Make you feel you're losing ground

Growing up I thought I'd never change
No apologies, always stayed the same
I'll never look back

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