Trading Past For Pathways

by Red Helen

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released February 17, 2017

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Track Name: The Collapse
I stood and watched as the world I knew fell into this collapse.
I've witnessed the results of this cataclysmic war on life.
We've ignored all the warning signs, covering our eyes.
We set our world on fire and watched it burn.
Red lights screaming critical mass,
We stood and watched this world fall.

We are poison unto ourselves.
A vicious venom, a cancerous cell.
Divided by our difference we conquer ourselves.

There is strength in our diversity.
There is power in our dissimilarity.
United we could become more than we are.

We hate each other for our differences.
We despise one another for our similarities,
But we’re so much more alike than we care to admit.

I will be disassociated from everything that I once knew to be true.
I will not limit myself to a misguided cultural view.

We've held a finger on the pulse,
While bleeding our world dry.
We've stood and watched, committing mass suicide.

Wonders & Miracles my children will never see.
The worst part of it all is the blame rests on me.

This global holocaust,
This global genocide,
What is your new alibi?
New justification you have to hide behind?

This global holocaust,
This global genocide.
When will we open our eyes?
We are the catalysts of our own demise.

The cracks in the floor will swallow you whole.
You claim you want peace, but you’re hoping for war.

I see a blaze on the mountains, an acidic uninhabitable sea.
The wolves are out for blood, atonement for our idiocy.

There is strength in our diversity.
There is power in our dissimilarity.
United, we could become more than we are.

We are poison unto ourselves.
Track Name: Ode To The Corrupt
Corruption seeps through the cracks.
Lies spat from lips of incompetent leaders,
Painting a rainbow nation red.

Ignorance the likes of which the world has never seen,
Did you think we were blind to your crimes so obscene?

You will pay for every lie, every single promise you've ever broken.
You’ll be held accountable for every word you've spoken.

Self-destruction…
Is this the end of us all?
Mass corruption…
Will our new found freedom fall?

Blinded by your lust for power and cravings of wealth,
You have deserted all of your people and live for yourself.

We're taught to be…
Taught to be ignorant, taught to be hopeless.
Surrounded by…
Surrounded by discarded dreams of the homeless.

Ignorance no longer disguised,
Disease curing showers won’t work in our eyes.
Uneducated rapists have no place in power.
You keep the masses blind but we see through your lies.

How long do you think that you can get away with this?
Get away with all you’ve done?
You steal from the rich and give to yourself,
While the poor are forced to wait until your belly is fat enough.
You are destroying the fabric of our society.
You’re nothing, nothing but a disease!

You will pay for every lie, every single promise you've ever broken.
You’ll be held accountable for every word you've spoken.
You will pay for every lie, every single promise you've ever broken.
You’ll be held accountable for every word…

You worship the man who fought for your freedom.
Yet actions speak louder than words.
You might as well spit on his grave.
There is power in numbers yet we suffer divided.
Hatred augmented by reflections of the past.
If we stand together and forgive the sins of our fathers,
We will have our freedom, our peace at last.

Blinded by your lust for power,
You have deserted all of your people and live for yourself.

We're taught to be…
Taught to be ignorant, taught to be hopeless.
Surrounded by…
Surrounded by discarded dreams of the homeless.
Track Name: The Unbreakable Resolution
In the eyes of the masses,
You go unquestioned,
Your words immaculate.

We know who you are,
We see your false facade,
And we won’t listen.
We’ll rise up against your lies.

You tried so hard to take away our integrity,
But you will never break our resolve.

You will never break our resolve.

You are not the one.
No one will answer.
No one will hear your cry.

You tried so hard to take away our integrity.

We know who you are,
We see your false facade,
And we won’t listen.
We’ll rise up against your lies.

You tried so hard to take our integrity,
But you will never break our resolve.

You will never break our resolve.
Track Name: Solace In Suffocation
Don’t say this is the end,
Cause this is far from over.
Your life fell apart in front of me,
But you are all that matters to me.
You are all that matters.
You’re everything to me.

Find your own way, wherever it may lead.
I’ll follow you through your darkest nightmares.
I’ll do my best to pull you out, but will you take me hand?

Will you surface or drag me down?
I will walk this forsaken road even if means the end…
The end of us.

The sky turns grey.
Prepare yourself for the pain that will come our way.
Close your eyes, as everyone dies in vein.

Close your eyes, I’ll take away the pain.
This world stays here but we will fade away.
Close your eyes, I’ll take away the pain.
This world stays here but we will fade away.

Watch as the light fades from our vacant eyes.
Watch as the love turns into hatred.
Seeking refuge in the shadows, no light can find us here.

Will we surface or will we drown?
We walk this forsaken road
and it will mean the end…
The end of us

Close your eyes, I’ll take away the pain.
This world stays here but we will fade away.
Close your eyes, I’ll take away the pain.
This world stays here but we will fade away.

Don’t say this is the end,
Cause this is far from over.
Your life fell apart in front of me,
But you are all that matters.
Track Name: Vartamana
We are lost, wandering off of the path we should walk.
We are blinded by false idols, we’ve been led astray.

Take one precious moment to ask yourself with honesty:
When you’re lying on your deathbed and you whisper your last goodbye…
As you take your final breath will it be pain or peace that fills your mind?
And as you slip away, will you ask yourself?
Will you ask yourself?

So have I wasted all my days? Time kept running from me.
I’ve lost my way escaping from reality.
So have I wasted all my days? Time kept running from me.
Looking back I could’ve been,
I could’ve been so much more!

You’ve traded your soul for security.
You’re an empty shell of who you used to be.
Left behind your lust for life, you’re content to spend it all on a fantasy.

Every second holds perfection,
Every moment holds the truth.

Take a deep breath and close your eyes.
Open your Heart.
The grass is never greener on the other side.
Open your Heart,
Unshackle your mind.

In a realm of hungry ghosts,
We waste our days clawing at the walls.
Desperately hoping to find something real, something real.

Take one precious moment to ask yourself with honesty:
When you’re lying on your deathbed and you whisper your last goodbye,
Will you ask yourself?

So have I wasted all my days? Time kept running from me.
I’ve lost my way, escaping from reality.
So have I wasted all my days? Time kept running from me.
Looking back I could’ve been,
I could’ve been so much more.
So much more.
Track Name: Don't Take Turns, Take Chances
All the times I’ve failed to follow through,
And I know this like the back of my hand,
That you take my breath away,
Every time you touch me.

Time and time again you’ve shown me,
That you know me better than I know myself.
I see who I am through your eyes.

I know now, that you have always been there,
Even when I’ve let you down.

All the times I’ve failed to follow through,
And I know this like the back of my hand,
That you take my breath away,
Every time you touch me.

Without you this longing in my heart grows stronger.
Without you I have this burning in my chest.

All the times I’ve failed to follow through,
And I know this like the back of my hand,
That you take my breath away,
Every time you touch me.

My heart beats for you,
Although my words don’t always show it,
And my actions don’t speak clearly.
I can’t stay that way.
I swear that I won’t stay this way.

In troubled times I reach out to you,
And it might feel like the ocean is crashing between us,
But do not fear, I’ll hold you close to me.

I am humbled by knowing you.
And you’ve known my heart all along.
Track Name: Shadows
The road I take is winding,
Carrying this shadow on my back.
This twisted mirror of myself,
Casting my life in black.

This choice that’s paved in front of me is split in two:
Killing him?
Or killing you?

His sanity hangs by a thread.
Will he ever remember what it felt like to be whole?

Hold on,
I must remember who I am before it’s too late.

I will burn you to ashes,
And I'll take all that you desire.
I'm a part of your being.
Setting your world on fire.

Time is running out.
I'll soon have to decide,
Which part, which part will live on,
And which part I must hide.
Which one must hide?
Who will live on?

In comfort he grows with familiarity,
Not realizing the difficulties of what may pass.
Is it too late to save what’s left of the fragments of his soul?

His sanity hangs by a thread.
Will he ever remember?

His sanity hangs by a thread.
Will he ever remember what it felt like to be whole?

His sanity hangs by a thread. (I don't need you)
Will he ever remember what it felt like to be whole? (I can do this on my own)

The road I take is winding,
Carrying this shadow on my back.
This twisted mirror of myself,
Casting my life in black.

I am all that you will have left,
When you reap what you have sown.
Track Name: Trading Past For Pathways
In the name of fear, let's wage war upon ourselves.
Schizophrenic, we see ourselves as separate.
In the name of fear, let's wage war upon ourselves.
Xenophobic, a rainbow family under a banner of hate.

Severed from spirit by the capitalist beast.
Psychotic primates disfigured by greed.
Yet hope lays inside, but are you willing to see?

I see the light of a new day falling on the horizon,
Yet if we don't open our eyes,
The morning rays will illuminate,
Nothing but a corpse of this forgotten world.

So wake up!
Children of Earth, we are one and the same.
So wake up!
Separate droplets in a boundless ocean.
Two sides of the same coin.

Proclamations of veracity from either side,
Fear tactics & blatant lies.
A world gone mad,
Humanity traded for a label.
Diversity reduced to ticked boxes.

I see the light of a new day falling on the horizon,
Yet if we don't open our eyes,
The morning rays will illuminate,
Nothing but a corpse of this forgotten world.

These currents threaten to drown us in ash.
Is this a story of hope or the chronicles of our descent?

I will no longer be a slave to this machine.
I’m trading past for pathways.
Track Name: Suicide Notes & Bloodshot Eyes
I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.
You took a piece of me,
That I’ll never get back.
I’ll never get it back.

All hope is lost and I don’t think I'll ever be the same.
Ever be the same.

They’re calling my name.
Over and over, they’re calling me out.
These voices of sorrow speak louder than my thoughts.
I need to find something to light the way ahead.

Weeks of searching couldn't ease this blow.
The moment we found you everything turned black.

The trees started to wither and the shadows grew darker.
As the dried up leaves touched the earth the world seemed inanimate;
But then a shade of green snuck through and everything turned back.

Turn away from the dark.
Smiles will come easy again and tears will dry up,
When you realise shadows are children of light.
Shadows are children of light.

I want to be happy but it feels so wrong to smile.
I feel like my lungs might give out.

When I reveal the best in me,
It's the shimmering fragments of you they'll see.
It's you they'll see.

They’re calling my name.
Over and over, they’re calling me out.
These voices of sorrow speak louder than my thoughts.
But I’ll use these memories to light the way ahead.

Suicide notes and bloodshot eyes aside,
We're exactly where we're meant to be.
Turn away from the darkness that's inside.
Smiles come easy now 'cause,
I know you're at peace.