The Cycle Of Strife Deluxe Edition

by Phoenix Down

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released 05 February 2013

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Track Name: The Cycle Of Strife
I. Separate Paths

Brothers, Two the same
Motherless Creations
Each the others bane
One had sought redemption from his pain
One to find the past he hid in vain

The great empire of Cyrrus lies
On a plain of dust under darkened skies
Science holds the key, The future is made of Genetic chemistry

Three forces about to collide
Two will choose the path of chaos
that sets the world to genocide
what of the one who hangs at the mean
He must first understand himself to follow the scheme

II. The Church

Instrumental

III. Revelations

The Source of my sorrow, was born beyond the village of my birth
Beyond the mountain side a machine rose from the earth
a device of Cyrrus design would seem intended for the greatest good
would only destroy as long as it stood
But what lie inside would change my view of all I ever knew and all I had known

Within the bowels of the machine
A Sleeping drove as far as can be seen
Hundreds of faces frozen in time
Hundreds of faces and all of them mine
ALL OF THEM MINE!!!

IV. Journey To Conflict

It must have been many years ago,
With in the Cyrrus factory deep down below
Though the memory has faded from my view
Within my mind a clue

Creatures of science two will be the test
from these two we will mold the rest

My sense of mission overshadowed by this fact
No one could keep me in tact
Inside it grows this need to know
I search for answers I search for control

Before I can move ahead, before I can see
I need to addres this uncertainty
Moving closer towards the squall
I could pass change for ever
Or this could end it all

V. Sea Of The Subconscious

Riptides of current, Currents of thought
As I spiral through unconsciousness
That incertitude has wrought

Reaching the minds Eye
The turbulence subsides
The Memory divides
The voice of reason presides
Resolution has arrived

VI. Lifestream

I have come to terms of what I have done
those spaces, of insecurity that kept me
from being one

Identity is not subject to change
Those around us glue the mask together
So the core remains

With my conscious clear, I begin to move away
from that pain I shelter to this very day

Healing the wounds, From buried tombs
And the words I turn to say
I AM FREE!!! I AM ME!!!!
Track Name: Nightfall
Instrumental
Track Name: Truth
Verse:

How can you ask me?
Can you convince me?
Can you control me?
Can you Bleed me?

I don't believe in you
My eyes won't see your truth
My ears won't hear your call
I won't acknowledge you at all

You push to force your will
My spirit you seek to kill
But I won't be a part of your games
You'll always be the same

Chorus:

Decision for Independence
Determination relentless
You've got to stand your ground
until your turn comes around

Bridge:

You talk of compromise
the precepts are undermined
Integrity's left by the wayside

Intentions are trivialized
This is not a show of pride
This is not a division of sides

Verse:

How can you tell me?
Can you convert me?
Can you ignore me?
Can you believe in me?

But I won't go along with you!
(Because)I believe in what I do!
This message will go through!
here I stand and will not move!

TImes have forced us to make a choice
A Speach with powerful voice
The judge of sincerity
The answers are written clearly

Chorus:

Decision for Independence
Determination relentless
You've got to stand your ground
until your turn comes around

Bridge:

The time's may not be the best for you and me
But I'll hold on to my dignity
there is no easy way in
Strong convictions is where it begins

Outro:

You've got to believe in yourself
Because if you don't there's no one else
Track Name: Client
Verse:

A system of machines
With unethical flaws
Independent thought
a desire to use extended memory
but the systems antiquated
Expansion slots remain unused
Upgraded hardware excluded

Chorus:

We put our thinking pattern on hold
and do what we are told
how ever ignorant and ill informed
Decisions are not ours to make
we hope we don't regreat the chances
We were made to take

Verse:

The central networks removed from the scene
Making decisions without a view
from the eyes of those who
Handle the load from day to day
But in the end it's they depend
On us to find a way

Chorus:

We put our thinking pattern on hold
and do what we are told
how ever ignorant and ill informed
Decisions are not ours to make
we hope we don't regreat the chances
We were made to take
Track Name: For You
Verse:

Here it comes again, Here it comes
I met you before, do you think
I don't know what you've done
The times you wasted, the promises broken
you hurt the people around you
with the false words you have spoken
Do you even care about anything but yourself
You risk your integrity you risk your health

Verse 2:

People who would help you, you turn them away
What's it like living with the lies, living the good times
living shallow today
Is it the feeling you get sharing intimacies
with someone you hardly know someone you just met
What do you feel, do you feel at all
You're probably in some corner wasted on drugs and alcohol
Hope your real friends stick around
for tomorrows and yesterdays
Hope they really love you who cares what I say

Bridge:

When at last your identity is lost
you struggle with those memories
and what your lies have cost
No one can feel sorry for you
you know what your capable of
But you don't know what to choose
I can't believe I believed in you
What seemed so right
To good to be true

Outro chorus:
It's a shame you can't feel differently today
It's not my fault he mistreats you
But you don't feel it that way
You're good at playing the game
Good at the rules
Why trust anyone
Cause they're all a bunch of fools
What a fool was I to believe in your lies
Track Name: This Is Me
Verse:

You, You've been trying to get inside
To help your understanding
Clarify confusion and prove this illusion
The farther you look the less you'll find
Cause it's all a state of mind

Chorus:

This is me
I can't change my face or my history
Accept me for me because you
'cause You Can't change it or erase it
This is Me

Verse:

You, You tear me down
Yet what you seek will not be found
still you'll bury that spade in the ground
The greater persistence the more resistance
That you found

Chorus:

This is me
There is more here than you can see
Hidden from you deliberately
Though you try as you might to see with my sight
This is me

This is me
I cannot be who you want me to be
why can't you just let me be

Solo:

Chorus:

This is me
I won't compromise
My individuality
To be something less than me
And now you learn the prize you've earned
This is me
Track Name: The Cycle Of Strife Pt. 1: Separate Paths
Brothers, Two the same
Motherless Creations
Each the others bane
One had sought redemption from his pain
One to find the past he hid in vain

The great empire of Cyrrus lies
On a plain of dust under darkened skies
Science holds the key, The future is made of Genetic chemistry

Three forces about to collide
Two will choose the path of chaos
that sets the world to genocide
what of the one who hangs at the mean
He must first understand himself to follow the scheme
Track Name: ...And The Light Shall Lie(Demo)
Verse:

Living in a dream, Knowing that you're dreaming, You turn away
Bittersweet routine a little piece inside you dies each day
Clinging to the hope, Clinging to the empty, clinging to the memories

Prechorus:

Truths are what we make them, All becoming relics of the damage she left behind
Half your life decides it's better off with out you
how do you cope when half your life abandons you

Chorus:

Light for whom all of this is for
Light let my steps be swift and sure
Light give me strength for near a decade
I allowed these fires to burn to return to the dream

Verse:
When we finally wake to the bitter stench of Faded dreams
I let myself fall prey to thoughts of love overshadowed by your games
Watching you for signs, Watching you for answers, watching you for anything
We must be aware of our weakness lest we find ourselves enslaved by it again

Prechorus:

Life's full of pitfalls to negotiate ahead
wait steady steps, don't turn don't speak don't act too soon now

Chorus:

To many lies now to conceal for your deception is so real
But i've grown so tired watching from the sidelines of your game
It was all for you
Track Name: The Conundrum(Demo)
Verse:
It appears to me on a June afternoon in a mid-day slumber,
Far from the stares of a late night gaze that she kept me under,

Pre-chorus:
I understand why she's gone
Yet I still Wonder

Chorus:
What was said, through the glass
If I don't know why don't I ask
I understand, Now I see
Still I long for who I was and what she ever saw in me

Verse:
With my light moussed haircut and my deeply cut mustache I sit and wonder
Thinking of my home and the spell that it kept me under

Pre-Chorus:
I understand why it was
Yet still I wonder

Chorus:
No one steals, Good Advice
Never dreamed this life would be mine
When I feel, drained of life
That's the day I lost everything
And walked towards the light

Chorus:
Now there's nothing, Left to fight
I'm alone in thinking I'm right
Still there's something, For my strife but there's nothing
To fade as the day turns to night

Bridge:
Reason:
Your Keystone Shaped Heart Again, Colliding with your heart shaped mind
Passion:
Never you never never know a love like hers I still may find
Reason:
You know you'd never have become the person you became down here
Passion:
I'd Hate to lose the music and the friends or I'd never leave the wilderness in fear
Reason:
Things were very present the night before you left at dawn
Passion:
It's times like this I realize once again it's time to move on
Reason:
You always said you believe in Independence, well united we stand divided we fall
Passion:
I've fallen for many years now it's time to stand once and for all!!

Outro:
Fooling love, Blindly fight
Until it all comes clear in the light
Truth has fallen, Like the Wall
It's time to walk away from it all
Track Name: Reconcile(Demo)
Chorus:

Thought I had found a way to explain
That I'm losing my faith in the sound of your voice
In the dark as you said "Well all that's gold turned to lead"
That the only direction is down

Verse:

You're thinking on a scale to fast to slide against
The painfully slow movement of time
days you chased will then turn into weeks to kill you
They turn to fight you with an arsenal of confusion

Bridge:

The signs of my Weakness threatening to wreck you
The echoes of past rings clearly to reappear

Chorus:

Thought I had found a way to explain as we're spiraling into the ground
But words are just sound and sound is not pain and the only direction is down

Something you were fending
Long before our ending
Sending subtle discontent
Blending with your need for something more
Awkward tension
your comfort just being near me
steer me that's not what you need
Plant the seeds of hesitation as you spin
Turning Burning bridges as your running gunning for my guilt
All the time we had was gone and lost forever
If not for me