Sweet Release

by Titans of Filth

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released May 3, 2015

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Track Name: Big Plans
Who's gonna win the race to lose the blues
Coming through so confused
I know it's a long way to go for a show
Suffering all the things we've done
Looking out for number one
And too delinquent in paying your dues

Big plans slipping through our hands
Seeking solid ground in shifting sands

Here's hoping that the band'll be okay
See me when I'm far away
On stage, a model of militant rage
Sounds a little insincere
Hell, I'm hardly here
I'm gone, you live ones are left on your own.

Big plans slipping through our hands
Seeking solid ground in shifting sands

"Now here we go again!" you hear me howl
Hits whether fair or fowl
Will fall, your name will be scrawled in the stalls
The pain'll last, you'll pass away
Bearing it with grace
I'm torn, frozen where futures are formed

Big plans slipping through our hands
Seeking solid ground in shifting sands
Track Name: Jewels Carried to the Concert
Out in the dark, search for a spark
I'm afraid I missed my mark
Sensitive scene, dubious dream
Tired tradition, stale routine

And we're here now
Seeking our way out

Jewels carried to the concert
I leave 'em all alone
Dust just like in the desert
Dates carved into the stone

Parts that we played, always afraid
Timid wolves out on parade
Fiending for fame, efforts in vain
It's a shady selfish game

That we won't win
Well, that just depends

Jewels carried to the concert
I leave 'em all alone
Dust just like in the desert
Dates carved into the stone

"Is that all there is?" I hear myself hiss
There's so little left of this
Circle around, my body breaks down
And I can't say where I'm bound

Or what I'll find
Running out of time

Jewels carried to the concert
I leave 'em all alone
Dust just like in the desert
Dates carved into the stone
Track Name: Bitter Berries
This present world is mine all mine
It wastes the talent and the time
Of billions of my fellow souls
Who struggle hard but you already know
How this must ever onward go

There was no taste I wouldn't try
There was no brand I wouldn't buy
Our flock was fleeced and now we're cold
We paid the high price for what was sold
Just to stay within the fold

We've been picking bitter berries
Crush them for their juice
Market it to upstarts on the move

All my aspirations dashed
Running low on luck and cash
Wasted days now long gone
They'll haunt me when I'm old and all alone
The time I traded for a song

All the words we use will change
In a thousand years seem strange
But for now we're trudging through
Blind to answers obvious to you
And your enlightened crew

We've been picking bitter berries
Crush them for their juice
Market it to upstarts on the move
Track Name: Sad Songs
Cars carry all the kids over highways into town
They're displacing what we did
Filling niches where we hid
Spotlights shine on brave new sounds

The heat hovers so intense and I long for autumn's breeze
Another month of making rent
Keeping track of money spent
Is this how it had to be?
We make our way through the worlds that we receive

Sad songs
We roam these paths alone
Give us comfort as we sing along
Sad, sad songs

Bummed, I barely watch the news, the world is caving in
I still enjoy the view
As my cultivated blues
Keep me far away from friends

Mistakes hang heavy in my mind, the good times I forgot
See me in decline
Hear me as I whine
'Til I've given all I got
Oh, the air outside is hot

Sad songs
We roam these paths alone
Give us comfort as we sing along
Sad, sad songs

Pause, watch a cloud advance, did I ever have a plan?
Did I really miss my chance?
You can hear me at the dance
Talking shit about the band

The fan spinning overhead pushes down the air
Stains across my bed
Ambition mixed with dread
In a world that doesn't care
Why play a game if it's not fair?

Sad songs
We roam these paths alone
Give us comfort as we sing along
Sad, sad songs

Claire, I'll meet you by the brook where the bugs are making noise
What happened with your book?
I'd like to take a look
Will I be there with the boys?

Spend the fading summer day in someone else's scene
All the power plays
Frustration and delays
Of a dissipated dream
Time advances past our chance to sing

Sad songs
We roam these paths alone
Give us comfort as we sing along
Sad, sad songs
Track Name: Left Behind
Life is a gloom for the dungeon dormers
Always aware we are near the end
In this ballet we are all performers
Dancing the role of dust in the wind

Always uneasy among my companions
Crippled in crowds where the pretty ones play
Spending years afraid of damage
Clinging to a time that fades away

We built this up too high in our minds
The world we've known is gone
We're left behind

Worried we're past the peak of our privilege
Always afraid we were never enough
Did we elect the course we've taken?
Either way, the road got rough

I posted my status surrounded by sadness
But nobody wanted to hear that news
Ignoring my cries of late-breaking badness
Declining invitations to the blues

We built this up too high in our minds
The world we've known is gone
We're left behind

Always aloof up above the others
The hostess refused to leave me alone
Dragging me out onto the dance floor
I'd hoped for so much more but now I'm gone
Track Name: Long Hot Night
Consider a success: Another night's party
I was hooking up with one who wasn't right
I wrote it in my diary:
"Shared a strange bed for an awkward night."
Hoping for the best but no, not quite

My notions of the world are not very nuanced
Tend to rate encounters either win or lose
And lately mostly the latter
Avoid a situation if I have to choose
Follow fear of failure to the bitter blues

I was so uptight that I left all the work to you
Down at a dance where we could move
On a long hot night that might be all that we would do
Now we just pray that it improves

I had no desire to be like the others
Still I always thought I'd end up just the same
Vague plan to turn out normal
Marry, reproduce, carry on a name
Assuming that my life would be a simple thing

I go on alone, abandon the burden
Can't compromise the way I thought I could
Who do I think I'm fooling?
Feelings and philosophy misunderstood
Suffering in silence for the greater good

I was so uptight that I left all the work to you
Down at a dance where we could move
On a long hot night that might be all that we would do
Now we just pray that it improves
Track Name: Virgin Soul
The scene on the show on TV was so funny
You tried to describe it for laughs at the party
The chuckles you heard were pity or politeness
Despite your way with words, the people didn't like it

Oh, there you go, virgin soul

You had a dream, it was more like a vision
A great revelation in high definition
What seemed so important left only traces
And feigned looks of interest fading from faces

Oh, there you go, virgin soul
Track Name: Everything Should Be So Much Better Than It Actually Is
Just to try and pass the time, I keep finding things to do
'Cause there's too much on my mind after messing 'round with you
I really am the worried kind, that should come as no surprise
But I'm trying to unwind so let's hear the lovely lies

I was ready for romance, you were the man who would be king
I could join you for walks, we could get rough in the ring
Oh, we had terrific talks, once I even tried to sing
It's a very modern world, I have seen it in my dreams

Everything looks the same
As I wander life's lonely lane
There's a face
That I chase
Through the pain

I know I may be second rate with a mediocre mind
There's a dim dusty film where I spend too much time
The story gets grim and I act like it's fine
But the laughter of the crowd keeps drowning out my lines

The police await outside, getting ready for their bust
A potential point of pride in the minds of folks like us
Did I fit you like a glove? Did I burn you like a brand?
At the mercy of a love that I fail to understand

Everything looks the same
As I wander life's lonely lane
There's a face
That I chase
Through the pain
Track Name: The Grave and Its Decay
You're too busy to see me
It sure got easy to hide away
I got it all together
Not sure whether I should stay

I heard more wedding bells today
I heard the shouts of kids at their schoolyard games
Growing up to be somebody strange

Hope for a future day
We can work around the price we have to pay
The grave and its decay

Through the great exhaustion
Go with caution, watch the time
Each day will pass more quickly
Cried a sickly friend of mine

I heard the New Year's churchbell chime
I heard the whispered pleas of teenagers in heat
Growing up to bravely face defeat

Hope for a future day
We can work around the price we have to pay
The grave and its decay
Track Name: Survival
Sit and stare at my devices
Wonder how to make them work
Can I summon up surprises
Where the tired and lonely lurk

Often suffer late night visions
And awake alone and scared
In this paradise, a prison
For the one who wouldn't dare

Say it's all survival
As we make that compromise
We're expecting revival
Lies, lies, lies

I know that illness overtakes us
Can't forget how this will end
Can't forget the grave awaits us
While we're out collecting friends

Deny a life, deny receiving
Its implausible array
Deny what talent risks achieving
And you're ready for your raise

Say it's all survival
As we make that compromise
We're expecting revival
Lies, lies, lies
Track Name: The Mighty Ones
See you in church, all the little things
Deadly poison in our veins
Back in school, it's still the same

Put it down, your hour's up
Sipping from the crystal cup
Time arrives to call your bluff

And that is all, the story's ending
For even mighty ones will fall
A blast, a gas, the party's over
For ones who laid out on the lawn

Disappointment's VCR
Broken bottles, totaled car
How I wonder where you are

Tell me what we're coming to
Tattered tale of me and you
Cross your heart and speak the truth

And that is all, the story's ending
For even mighty ones will fall
A blast, a gas, the party's over
For ones who laid out on the lawn

Lessons that the bad times bring
I needs some news to make me sing
The way you speak, it sure does sting

Banished from the trophy case
Winners bet we'd lose the race
See you where stockbrokers stay

And that is all, the story's ending
For even mighty ones will fall
A blast, a gas, the party's over
For ones who laid out on the lawn
Track Name: The Scroll Unrolls
Idle and exhausted, up to nothing new
Ready for redemption, turning 32
Life is hanging heavy but you keep on going steady
Making decent tracks in yesterday's shoes

Start out with a pleasant way to pass the time
End up in an essay on a life of crime
People talk brave, but they act afraid
Oh Prudence, you're probably fine

First thing you do is you choose a career
Hup one, hup two, you're out of here
The scroll unrolls and no one knows
What one fine day they'll claim they saw so clear

The prince in the palace with the finer things
The perks and the privilege his position brings
A circle 'round him and a circle 'round them
Crowding up close just to kiss his rings

Meanwhile in the silence of a somber shack
A moldy little tomb that you painted black
Sacrifice is nice and you pay the price
These hours aren't coming back

First thing you do is you choose a career
Hup one, hup two, you're out of here
The scroll unrolls and no one knows
What one fine day they'll claim they saw so clear