Gates of Paradise

by Torii

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released March 23, 2016

Vocals/ Lyrics: Eric May
All Instruments: Bill Masino



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Track Name: No More Masters, No More Slaves
I am a slave
Laboring into my grave
Bread and circuses to entertain
A pawn in this system that they've made
I have served my country well
Even if that meant trudging through the very flames of hell
The bombs fell all around me, while the bodies piled in mass
These horrific visions will not allow me to escape my past
I thought that I was fighting to keep my country free
As I upheld moral values in the name of justice and liberty
Yet now I see that those talking heads have indeed lied to me
For I've only been fighting for the sake of a rich man's greed
Trapped under a mound of debt I cannot pay
This world needs no more masters and no more slaves
These lingering bloodstains that I'll never wash away
This world needs no more masters and no more slaves
Break free of your plastic chains
Break free of your numerical chains
High above in a citadel, they sit with the world in their hands
Nothing else on their minds, except to control every man
Manipulating entertainment, religions and world events
As they create new lies to sell on our television sets
Allowing the workhorses to believe that they'll escape poverty
Through ads with paid models on their tablet screens
We're slaves that strive for beauty, we're slaves that strive for fame
We're slaves that haven't yet realized the grip of our invisible chains
I'm sick of your culture and it's glaring weakness
Tired of religion and it's worthless Jesus
When will you realize there's no one to save us
Modernizations made just to enslave us
Cogs get replaced as fools become famous
You open your books and are considered blameless
Puppets portraying extravagant lies
For pawns to daydream before they die
They'll chase you down as your rights become bereft
For a man who rebels is a man who is dead
Wars are fought for profit and gain
While soldiers are sent off to be wounded or slain
Returning home to find you've got nothing
Surely that effort was worth at least something
Forever we live trapped inside these walls
Nothing will change until the empire falls
Track Name: Endless Pills For Endless Ills
(Deaf and blind)
(Dead inside)
(These feelings not mine)
(Within this hell I'm...)
Trapped inside these invisible walls
Wandering through labyrinthine halls
Another dose to save me
Another dose to change me
Another dose to protect from those who wish to harm me
They've enslaved me, they betrayed me
I was nothing more than a variable
Just a pawn in their experimentation
A child with a mouth stuffed full of pills
An industry with a pocketful of thrills
A government paying for every single dose
To ruin the life of just another foolish host
Corporations filling my head with their fetid lies
As their poisons warped and twisted the conclaves of my mind
I was imagining things that I knew were never there
Hallucinating demons, but no one ever seemed to care
And it still goes on everyday
My story is rather tragic, though it's sadly ordinary
The human race is on display
As the very health of a man can be bought and sold in this age
They keep pushing capsules, tempting man with a chemical fate
Playing gods, while bowing to the altar of greed
This medical caricature will not give you what you need
Demonizing natural cures, yet publicizing experimental blurs
Side effects that could even bring death
Poisons marketed to those who have no options left
Why don't you just prescribe them cyanide
Slow kills to deprive humanity of the very gift of life
Take it all away from me
(Lyrics Omitted)
Just shut up and take your medicine
Just shut up and accept this new self
Just shut up and become a statistic of this modern age
Could someone please help me
Could someone please save me from me
Could someone please make me more than me
Could someone please numb me
Please let this pill kill me
Please let this pill erase me
Please let this pill set me free
Track Name: Curse The Pregnant Moon
Can't you see that our world is dying
They've stolen and destroyed my dreams
This culture that they've created has stepped boldly upon me
They don't want equality, they don't want liberty
They only want what they've been told to believe
They don't want happiness, They only want loneliness
They're a cancer and they should not breed
We need to open up a dialogue
Because this world isn't fair
You're nothing more than parasites
Brainwashed by corporate flair
This world is a business
As I hope you're all aware
You'll willingly give up all your rights and strip the constitution bare
Curse the mothers
Curse the fathers
Curse the children of our dying world
Curse producers
Curse consumers
Curse the bleeding pregnant moon
Curse the agendas
Curse the pretenders
Curse the billions funding mankind's doom
Curse their soapboxes
These modern poxes
Curse the children spilling out from the womb
You don't care that you support the rape and murder of millions overseas
Yet complain about being a victim, when you're the only one to blame
You criticize old ways of life, when they contrast against your own
You don't want equality, you only want the world to build you a safe zone
Spineless useful idiots!
If you're the future, then may asteroids pound heavily into the surface of the Earth
If you're the future, may they rip out my insides before I ever see your prosper
If you're the future, then I'll look with both eyes upon this Brave New World
Where I can't even remember if it's still 1984
Let us worship him on high, his bold mustache and bronzed eyes
I will pray to him every night, so that I may receive a blinded sight
Help me to close my mind, from this reality they push on me
Censorship is all they'll find, deep within this toxicity
Track Name: Gates of Paradise
Here I stand outside the threshold
That lies between pleasure and pain
No arms to embrace or hands to guide
There's nothing here but the pattering of rain
Oh, though I can lead you
Those gates are closed for me
Where you go, I cannot follow
This bliss not meant for me
A dream of decay only waits for me
Crushed hopes of the past, the essence of being lonely
A heart so torn and shallow
Ripped like a child from the womb
Beyond may lie a better tomorrow
Yet all I foresee is doom
Oh can't you see me?
I'm the one who leads you through
Oh can't you hear me?
I'm the lone voice that disappears with the coming of the moon
I've walked with many down the path to alluring lovers
Their fingers to fondle, their eyes to caress
Their mouths to utter saccharine adoration
Though that cannot be said for me
The one who is barred behind these wretched gates
As I scream out in agony, there is no key that fits for me
I hear screams of ecstasy on the other side,
Yet shadows are my only comfort
As I converse with those whose dreams have died,
Inside this grave of dead passions
Hell doesn't burn with fire,
It stings with the icy chill of love unfulfilled
In this land of the living dead,
I find myself comatose and unable to speak
Such a calamity inside my head
As the storm rages on with the pounding of the rain
What folly that such a tiny heart
Is forced to shoulder such a unbearable amount of pain
Reap the benefits of hopelessness
See the horrors of emptiness
As the surge of depression increases
I am joined here in loneliness
Forever I'll approach these gates of paradise
Never will I reach the golden land I seek to find
Forever I'll approach these gates of paradise
They are just another fiction in this world of lies
We're still cursing
We're still scratching
We're still pounding
At the gates of paradise
We're still clawing
We're still crying
We're still dying
At the gates of paradise
Oh so many have come here to palaver with me
We shall all feast on this bitter banquet of dead and broken dreams...