Death of the American Dream

by Lies Beneath

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    Produced by Corey Unger and Lies Beneath
    Mastered at Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA
    Artwork by Steve Shorts

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"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is... infinite."
-William Blake

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released July 2, 2011

Produced by Corey Unger with Lies Beneath
Recorded and mixed by Corey Unger and Jim Fogerty at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA with assistant mastering engineer Maria Rice

Original Artwork by Steve Shorts; layout by Eli Morgan

All songs written and performed by Lies Beneath, except "Remission" written by Ben Serr, Nick Serr and Earl Maneein

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Take a look at yourself through the eyes of the world. What will you be when all else is gone; when there's nothing left to lose, when there's no one left to kill?

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Track Name: Skeletal
Broken mirrors laid out in front of me, I can't choose which ones to use...
To look into my eyes and find these scars of abuse...
Could the sight of my true likeness return life to a meaning,
As the sun falls from the sky, helplessly screaming?
Now what can I do, now that my very shape has dissolved?
What will I use to evolve, to take that next step?
To guarantee that I'll emerge from the ashes, spirit and flesh?

Look at me, what have I done?
How can you turn your back on me now?
Broken down, all on my own, dead again, with no way to return...
Look at me, what do I do?
You promised me you would be by my side...

Broken bones inside of me, piercing my skin
To dig through these wounds and find there's nothing within
Could the sight of my true face give this nightmare a meaning,
As the sun falls from the sky hopelessly screaming?
Now what can I do, now that I've lost my resolve?
What will I use to evolve, to take that next step?
To guarantee that I'll emerge from the ashes, spirit and flesh, again?

There's no skeletal remains of what once was
The pain has left me nothing but a shell
There's no skeletal remains of what once was
With nothing left to anchor me, I'm heading straight to Hell

Living without a backbone, it must be hard to stand erect
What do you think of when you're alone?
You just might be the next one yet
Now that I know what it's like, what it means to be like you
I've got an agenda, your bones can be broken too.
Track Name: Vlad Tepes
Retribution in your eyes alone
Broken man on a broken throne
Inherited blind crusade
Wrap your hands 'round the stake as it runs through you

Your reign is short, but it leaves its mark
Passed down by The Dragon before you
Your fire is fueled and fed by the dark
Tears of blood from above implore you
Now hang them for all to fear
Now purge your conscience clear
Let them tell of what they've seen
Friend and foe alike will bleed

Call for blood, and thousands will answer
Start the flood, and order will follow
Turn and run from the son of The Dragon
Call for blood, you impaler

Retribution in your eyes alone
A broken man on a broken throne
Inherited blind crusade
Wrap your hands around the stake now

The same agenda, the same forked tongue
Passed down by The Dragon before you
Advocation surrounds the smoking gun
No longer will the world ignore you
Suspicions will soon be tamed
Scapegoats will take the blame
Let them tell of what they've seen
Friend and foe alike will bleed

Now call for blood, and thousands will answer
Start the flood, and order will follow
Turn and run from the son of The Dragon
Call for blood, you impaler

Call for blood, impaler
Call for blood.
Track Name: Death of the American Dream
Clenching my fists, I can hear the words ringing through my head like an echo (constant, vigilant...)
Linking the suppression to my fear, like a motive (predetermined)
Why do I continue to be this, like a mannequin? (frozen, lifeless...)
That wicked eye watching over all

Like a hammer to my skull
Swinging 'round to catch me off-guard again
The words echo through my head
Is this the direction we've chosen?

As the blood rushes down from my head
I know this is when it gets ugly
My position, a result of our choices
Greeted by remorse and a chorus of voices

Looking for a turning point, waiting for a way around this
The powers-that-be rejoice as my voice is sold to the terms of service

So this is what we've been raised to believe?
Taunted by ideals for which I grieve
United we now stand in one resounding final scream
For the death of the american dream... Bow your heads.

My true spirit, crying out for freedom
Ignite the flames and watch me run to greet them
The blood of martyrs rains upon the living
Only death can bring the new beginning.

Bow your heads.
Track Name: Devil Beside You
Trust replaces fame
November rust replaces life-giving rain
Don't you slip up again, let your guard down too low
You left no trail behind you, no pray no one will ever know
Now something's growing inside you
Foreshadowing of what's to come
As the claws sink in deeper, you only get numb

Consider this your warning
Your future bears the mark of mourning
The ashes soil your once-better half
The light that once blessed your path
Now shadowing (right behind)
Following (just out of sight)
Shadowing (right behind)
Hallowing (you...)

Smoke clears from the sky
When it spoke, it extinguished the truth from your eyes
The truth that you've hidden so well for so long
You barely remember when everything went wrong
Anesthetize yourself from the lies
Your flesh and your bones are now merely a clever disguise
A curtain to hide behind
And before long you can forget
What's on the other side

Throwback to the time when your heart beat the blood of empathy
Cold fact, no denying the abomination you were meant to be...
Against the backdrop of rusted reality
Your silhouette reveals your true identity

Now you've got a devil beside you, the same one that you've always known
Desire and duty divide you, corrupting you down to the bone
Now you've got a devil inside you, a devil of your very own.
Track Name: Goddess
Your eyes are golden, you're paved hate above your heart
Once mistaken for a soul that's been enslaved
(that's been enslaved)
On wings of torture, you wear your crown of purity
As hell awakens, you're telling me to be afraid...

Goddess (rise, rise...)
Of clarity (rise, rise...)
Goddess (rise, rise...)
Of deceit

Your name is whispered to guide the blind with innocence
My own failure is now your mistake
(now it's your mistake)
With hands that protect, you turn your back but not your face
Your only answer is to stand aside and wait.

If you tear me down, I can't win.

Thorn in my side makes me go blind
To everything I love
But you showed a view of someone who's true
Now I can see the light...
Now I can see the light!

Goddess (rise, rise...)
Of clarity (rise, rise...)
Goddess (rise, rise...)
Of deceiving you
(we all go a little fucking mad)

If you tear me down, you can't show me inside
As I tear me down, you sing a symphony
If you tear me down, you can't show me inside
As I tear me down, you sing a symphony (sing it...)
Track Name: Acirema
Exhaustion overtakes me, the truth is snapping at my heels
What do I turn to, now that there's nothing left?
All that I wanted and worked for has been torn away
By unseen forces... No choice left but to pay
The price for freedom... left undefined
But if you bleed enough, you might just find
Yourself among the chosen, the army of the broken
Born and bred to burn, you tremble as you learn
The cost of freedom... abandoning the chance
At elevation that lies within no nation

You thought you'd built a home and found true love to call your own
But now you see the light of your delusion
And redemption will not follow
Reprieve is not meant for the shallow

As I sit here all alone, forlorn and shaken from my throne
How bright it burns, this fading star
How could we have made it this far?
Scarring ourselves so blindly, but now I see
This dream dies with me... and so I die.

Well america, you've done it. You've started the race and you've won it... the race to the grave, to the end of our days, to certain destruction!
You thought it was all foretold, that our future was laid in gold, no, more like an inherited self-fulfilling prophecy of failure!
You rob the land of her youth, you breed the absence of truth
You had a gift in your hand that most men alive would've killed for!!
Another lesson unlearned? Or has our final page turned?
How could one who turns away from such beauty and truth deserve more than nothing?!!
This dream dies today, and it dies with me.